If you’re a fan of old-school shoujo, it doesn’t mean you don’t want a little sex. The following are some of the best couples in the genre.
No matter how much the Seinen genre caters to older men, there is always room for romance in the mix. In the words of Kaguya-sama: So many couples out there are capable of making you smile, my Goddess.
This type of romance is typically more adult and/or outlandish in seinen manga. A few seinen manga and anime couples have made more of an impact than others due to the sheer volume of these works. Here are some of the most well-known, as well as some lesser-known, artists.
1. Overlooked: Juliet Fiammata Asto Capulet & Romeo Candorenbato Montague (Romeo X Juliet)
Even in anime, the story of Romeo and Juliet is one of fated love. However, their love story, including the tragedy, is essentially the same inRomeo X Juliet as it was in William Shakespeare’s original play.
Romeo and Juliet are a heartwarming and angst-ridden relationship, respectively. Maybe because they were expecting the same outcome as the original, most fans didn’t watch or try to find out about them.
2. Popular: Haruhi Suzumiya & Kyon (The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya)
Kyon, on the other hand, is a high school student who appears to have no last name. It’s a running joke that no one knows his real name.
Kyon is the only one who can calm Haruhi’s erratic and exuberant personality, and without him, the world would come to an end. In spite of her imperfections, Haruhi truly cares for Kyon and the other way around.
3. Overlooked: Kenshin & Kaoru Kamiya (Rurouni Kenshin)
There had already been some attention paid to this couple earlier, but the horrendous claims made by the author of Rurouni Kenshin brought their romance down a notch or two.
It’s because Kaoru is based on the author’s wife that she is a kind and considerate person. He is portrayed to be both carefree and unafraid to protect what he values, even as he wanders and vows not to murder.
4. Popular: Hachiman Hikigaya & Yukino Yukinoshita (My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected)
Season three of My Youth Romantic Comedy SNAFU will premiere in Summer 2020, and Hachiman’s pairings between the two females will also be available at that time. Many fans have been hoping for the main character, Yukino Yukinoshita, instead of Yui.
When it comes to fan favorites, Hachiman’s no-nonsense style and Yukino’s chilly, twisted temperament tend to take the lead behind Yui’s exuberant personality.
5. Overlooked: Livius Orvinius Ifrikia & Nike Remercier (The World Is Still Beautiful)
Nike Remercier, the Rain Dukedom’s youngest princess, falls in love with Livius Orvinius Ifrikia, the Sun Kingdom’s king, in The World is Still Beautiful. The chemistry between Nike and Livius is striking considering the disparity in their ages.
Nike is a wonderful heroine who provides a counterpoint to Livius’s more erratic tendencies. Despite the fact that their appearances may cause some fans to pause, those who decided to watch the series were in for a pleasant surprise.
6. Popular: Belldandy & Keiichi Morisato (Ah! My Goddess)
They were two of the most popular characters in both the manga and anime versions of Ah! My Goddess when it was first released. The Norse Goddess Belldandy, whom Keiichi is sent to Earth to live with as a guest, falls in love with him.
In a genre rife with perverts, it’s pleasant to see Keiichi stick by Belldandy throughout the series. In seinen manga, they’re one of the best-loving couples around.
7. Overlooked: Utena Tenjou & Anthy Himemiya (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
In the manga and anime series Revolutionary Girl Utena, Utena Tenjou is known as an LGBTQIA+ symbol.
Despite the fact that Utena and Anthy were never a couple in the canonical sense, some fans decided to make them a couple anyway.
Utena, who wants to be a prince instead of a princess, defends Anthy from being used as a “prize” by those who have won a contest. Their relationship is sexual in the film, but it is platonic in the original series, with the two of them being close friends rather than romantically involved.
8. Popular: Kagome Higurashu & Inuyasha (Inuyasha)
Rumiko Takahashi’s Kagome and Inuyasha were instantly popular when the series debuted.
Inuyasha made the pairing of Kagome and Inuyasha a treat to see when the series aired in Japan and on Toonami.
Even though Kagome and Inuyasha’s romance was far from perfect, their popularity as a couple was undeniable, with many fans dressing up as the couple in costumes.
9. Overlooked: Akira Tachibana & Masami Kondo (After The Rain)
Akira Tachibana, a high school student, falls in love with Masami Kondo, a 45-year-old man. Because Akira may be Masami’s daughter, the age disparity is understandable.
After he gives her a cup of coffee while they’re both hiding from the rain, she falls in love with him. When she starts working at the restaurant he manages, she begins to gradually express her feelings for him.
10. Popular: Kaguya Shinomiya & Miyuki Shirogane (Kaguya-sama: Love Is War)
Although Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are relatively new to the seinen anime scene, the success of Kaguya-sama: Love is War has helped them become household names. The story revolves around two tsunderes who compete to win each other’s heart by persuading the other to confess first in order to get their love back together.
Even though they are clearly in love with each other, they compete with each other by employing a variety of psychological and sleight-of-hand techniques.