It’s that time of year again my friends and as such, I intend to uphold my tradition of celebrating romance and anime at the same time. By that, I mean I’m about to share another Valentine-themed anime post. I’m quite the avid shipper, but of all the canon and non-canon pairings, these are the ones that I support the most. These are the ones that make me happy just thinking about them. Truth-be-told, I’ve already written about my favorite anime couple, but these ones deserve tot be shared. Please enjoy.
Warning: Heartbreaking spoilers ahead.
Runner Ups: Rukia x Ichigo of Bleach, Roy x Riza of FMA, Kazehaya x Sawako of Kimi ni Todoke, Revy x Rock of Black Lagoon. Tomoya x Nagisa and Sanae x Akio of Clannad.
All of the Baccano! couples
That’s right. Isaac and Miria (above), Firo and Ennis, Claire (Vino) and Chane, and Jacuzzi and Nice, maybe even Ladd and Lua. Baccano is an exceptional show and one of the qualities that make it so fantastic is just how dynamic and likable its couples are. And would you look that? Four couples, all of which are canon. Baccano’s couples get into all sorts of trouble. All the while, their sizzling romances and sweet friendships hold them tightly together.
All of the Eureka Seven couples
Here we have Eureka and Renton, Talho and Holland (above), and Dominic and Anemone. All three couples go through some serious trials and hardships, some caused by their love interests, others by the unforgiving world they live in. Love is the foundation this show rests upon. By the last few episodes, my interest was most occupied by wanting to see these couples get their happily ever after, so much so it overshadowed the exciting plot.
C.C. x Lelouch of Code Geass
Birds of a feather stay together… C.C. and Lelouch have so much in common, while being unique unto themselves. They’re both sharp in mind and tongue, with shades of tragic, villainous qualities. They work off each other not just in similarities though. They voice their minds at the other’s mistakes and keep each other company when everyone else has abandoned them. While Lelouch’s life is madness, C.C. is an anchor in that she’s there in all those situations, whether behind the scenes or sharing a cockpit with him. The creators might say there is no romance, but the extensive artwork and kiss in season one say otherwise.
Simon x Nia of TTGL
Simon and Nia’s friendship begins when they are still young. Nia provides Simon with someone to focus on when he’s overcoming the loss of a loved one. Simon is Nia’s escort as she learns about the outside world. When they reach adulthood, a real romance forms, but circumstance split them apart. I spent so much of season 2 biting my nails (not literally. I have no such habits) pleading for them to be reunited. Simon and Nia’s romance ranks amongst the most powerful and the most beautiful.
The Count x Haydee of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
This is a romance that never really took off like it did in the original book, perhaps because of the age gap. So much of this show consists of schemes and tragedy. For me, it’s most apparent in how the Count risks so much for his revenge. All the while, Haydee is by his side, gracing him with affection and concern. She’s one of the few people on the show I can say with certainty he genuinely cares about.
Shiro x Ganta of Deadman Wonderland
Discussing these two is difficult without bringing to light some serious spoilers. Shiro and Ganta were childhood friends and are reunited in Deadman Wonderland. As the manga unwraps, we learn more about who they were back then and who they are now. Both are shaped by tragedy, love, hate, jealousy, and a desire to protect the other. Deadman Wonderland was always at its best when focusing on these two’s history and current predicament. Let me just say cheerful, innocent Shiro has more to her than meets the eye. While in the first few episodes,there is a cute possible-couple dynamic, as we fully realize who Shiro and Ganta are (and they realize it), a harsh reality sets in. Despite the tragedy and pain that follows (I’m not saying one of them dies), the love they have for each other is stronger than anything life throws at them.
And there we have it, my favorite anime couples. Thank you for reading and happy Valentine’s Day!