Love may be in the air, but characters in anime have a tendency to fall head over heels in love, which might have unintended effects.
In any anime genre, the inclusion of a love story can enhance the plot and heighten the audience’s emotional response. A romance subplot is common in shojo and josei anime, but in certain shonen and seinen series, too. When they get to know each other a little better, some characters are able to fall in love more slowly, while others rush the process.
A character may fall in love all at once and immediately determine that the person they are in love with is their soulmate for any number of reasons. These characters may simply believe they’re in love, but they may actually be infatuated or obsessed with the other person (such as a villain). It is possible for other characters to have a strong impression of someone else and immediately announce, “I adore you!”
1. Himiko Toga, Who Apires To Become Like Deku (My Hero Academia)
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” as the cliche goes, and Himiko Toga is the epitome of that sentiment. She had a special admiration for the renegade Stain, but Izuku Midoriya also made a mark on her from the moment she lay eyes on him.
In the same way that Himiko is drawn to those covered in blood, which was the case with Izuku at the moment, she developed an unhealthy obsession with the man and set out to learn everything there was to know about him. Known as the “black twin,” she aspires to be as heroic as Izuku Uraraka.
2. Sakura Haruno, Going After The Obvious Cool Guy (Naruto)
Sakura and Sasuke’s friendship grew over time, although Sakura Haruno was getting ahead of herself in the early days. Her admiration for Sasuke Uchiha is understandable, but she went a little too far.
The self-absorbed Sasuke had done nothing to deserve Sakura’s adoration, save from (maybe) his beautiful looks. Sakura was tripping over herself to impress him. When Sakura first became interested in Sasuke, her feelings for him were more surface-level and unsubstantiated. All of this would change, however, when they reached maturity.
3. Byakuya Kuchiki, Who Married An Impoverished Commoner (Bleach)
Due to his position as a commander of Soul Reapers and head of the Kuchiki family, Captain Kuchiki holds law and order and etiquette in high regard. When it comes to marriage, he would normally have chosen a noblewoman, but instead he married Hisana. Honestly, that was a bizarre decision.
Hisana was a street rat who had abandoned her infant sister Rukia just before meeting Byakuya, and she didn’t come from a noble family. Byakuya’s choice of Hisana as his wife was hasty, and he broke several norms and conventions in the process. What was it about her that made him fall in love with her so deeply? It’s a little hazy.
4. Jericho, The Holy Knight (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Jericho may not be one of the Liones kingdom’s strongest Holy Knights, but she is well aware of her responsibilities and takes them very seriously. Early on, Jericho fought against Meliodas and his group, but Ban, the fox sin of greed, defeated her.
After that, Jericho had a strong romantic interest in Ban, but she kept her sentiments to herself for a while. Even though Ban impressed her with his strength, Jericho’s newfound affection for Ban came across as unnatural. As of the most recent season of the anime, they don’t have a really deep or serious relationship.
5. Misa Amane, Who Idolizes Light As Her Savior (Death Note)
As Kira, Light Yagami killed the burglar who had slain Misa’s parents in front of her eyes, and she fell in love with him. Light drew Misa in with his attractive looks and quick wit as well, but their relationship quickly devolved into one of dysfunction and abuse.
Although Light was a cunning manipulator who had no feelings for Misa, she swiftly came to the conclusion that he was the only one for her and held on to those feelings. This opened the door to a slew of difficulties and tribulations for her.
6. Takumi Usui, The Blond Prince Of Seika (Maid-Sama!)
Despite their passionate relationship, some people may wonder if Takumi was a little too quick to fall head over heels in love with Misaki Ayuzawa. When Misaki is under a lot of stress, she doesn’t always put on a friendly face.
Despite this, Takumi rapidly came to the conclusion that he was in love with her, and he presented only a few explanations for why. It was his playful attention and affection for her that defined their relationship for many years. As a whole, this relationship had a good deal going for it. Takumi, on the other hand, could have provided some substance a little sooner.
7. Juvia Lockser, The Lonely Rain Girl (Fairy Tail)
When their guilds went to battle, Juvia Lockser met Gray Fullbuster in mortal combat, but she sought to flee when she felt her heart race. She then engaged Gray in a fierce battle, which she eventually lost. Once their combat was finished, a few lovely words from Gray sent her amorous thoughts into overdrive.
Gray was an obvious choice for Juvia because she had been so lonely up until this point and no one could blame her for wanting a friend like him. Rather than jumping right into “I love you,” Juvia could have built a friendship first before saying, “I’m in love with you.” Everything went according to plan.
8. Joseph Joerstar, Who Fell For Suzie Q (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
In the late 1930s, Joseph Joestar met a young woman named Suzie Q and knew she was the one for him right away. Even if Suzie Q was a beautiful lady, this romantic subplot was a little too short and rushed for my taste.
It’s safe to say that Joseph made the right choice in marrying Suzie Q, but he did go from “hello” to “I saved your life” to “let’s married!” very quickly during the events of Battle Tendency. What else attracted him to her? Viewers will never know for sure.
9. Mako, The Firebending Orphan (The Legend Of Korra)
The relationships between Aang and Katara, Zuko and Mai, and Varrick and Zhu Li, for example, are all complex and take time to develop. Despite this, Mako the Firebender and Asami Sato had an easy romance in Book One: Air.
Even though their relationship started out well enough, the flurry of activity that followed left Mako feeling rushed and untested in his pursuit of Asami’s affections. A few days later, he and Asami were a happily-ever-after, and Mako gave away his heart quite readily. Firebenders appear to be able to accomplish everything at a rapid pace.
10. Nasa Yuzaki, The Responsible Young Husband (TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You)
However, in this case, the male protagonist fell in love way too quickly and readily. In any case, Nasa Yuzaki is a very responsible and compassionate person. Tsukasa’s love and marriage to him were not tainted or doubtful in any way.
In this series, however, the two main loves are married right immediately, and then their relationship is developed in reverse. Nasa got married before he was legally allowed to do so, but that’s part of what makes this rom-com so entertaining to watch.