Best anime couples — top 30 cutest couples 2023

Check out our list of the most popular and beloved anime couples you will absolutely fall in love with.

Love can blossom anywhere, whether between characters who secretly like each other or have contrasting personalities. The anime community loves to ship characters. Everyone wants the characters they love to be happy and with the right person. If you love to explore and project your desires on characters, check out the top list section of our website, and you’ll find a lot of interesting characters.

There are all sorts of couples in anime, focusing on different genres and unique personalities; since most shows include the element of romance, anime couples often end up carrying the show. This list includes some of the best anime couples you’ll remember, so keep reading, and you might find some new couples to cherish.

If you’re someone who wants to discover these fantastic anime couples firsthand, then you should watch some popular anime series; lucky for you, we have the super list of the best romance anime of all time, you’ll find some amazing couples in there. However, If you’re in for some 90s vibes, check out our list of unforgettable 90s anime you’ll ever see.

So, let’s see who the most popular anime couples are without wasting any more time.

1. Shoya Ishida and Shouko Nishimiya from A Silent Voice

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No amount of words are enough to describe the emotions you feel while watching this show; there are things that we all hate about ourselves. We make mistakes and regret our choices but what’s important is that you fix them; the story about a guy struggling to fix his mistakes is refreshing.

What makes their story special is the element of forgiveness and moving on from your past; they show this act again n again throughout the series. Shouko was bullied during grade school by Shoya and had to move to a different school, and Shoya was solely blamed for this, which made him an outcast in the school.

What’s even more amazing is that Shouko not just forgave Shoya but accepted his friendship. Shoya decided to have a good time with Shouko, taking her to visit places and having fun.

2. Kousei Arima and Kaori Miyazono from Your Lie In April

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The most beloved and tragic anime couple of all time, your lie in April truly depicts how unfair life is and how important it is to live it to the fullest. Imagine meeting someone who comes into your life and changes it for the better.

What makes this couple good is the contrastive personalities, both of them suffered from issues that no child should have to go through. And while Kousei left everything that made him who he was, Kaori dived into the things that made her happy, including helping Kousei.

She was a ray of sunshine in Kousei’s life, always there for him, making sure she was okay. Seeing her draw a smile from him and living her life the way she wants is amazing.

3. Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya from Kaguya-Sama: Love is War

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The premise of the series is hilarious; Kaguya and Miyuki, the protagonists of the series, both love each other but won’t admit it because they see it as a sign of defeat, so they plot elaborate plans to pull a confession out of the other.

Throughout the series, their feelings for each other blossom, and even after confessing to one another, they try to keep this a secret from the rest of the student council members. Still, everyone already suspected they were romantically involved except Chika.

These characters couldn’t be more different; however, their frivolous love quarrel and pettiness to accept their feelings brought them close to one another.

4. Hachiman Hikigaya and Yukino Yukinoshita from Oregairu

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Believing that you are alone putting a distance between you and the people who care about you is unhealthy. In Hikigaya’s mind, this makes sense because he truly believes that everyone wants what’s good for themselves.

Hachiman, the protagonist of the series, is the prime example of this; he’s a loner with a stoic personality who doesn’t believe in making or relying on others. On the other hand, Yukino Yukinoshita also has a similar outlook on life; they both believe the same thing; however, their lifestyle is completely different.

Hachiman doesn’t care about what others think and doesn’t bother to make an effort to better himself in the eyes of others; while Yukinoshita also doesn’t care about others, she makes efforts to better herself so she wouldn’t have to ask for anyone’s help. 

5. Ryuuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka from Toradora

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Toradora is the most beloved romance anime series of all time, and the typical high school romance between a tsundere girl and a normal guy is nothing less than exciting, and Taiga is the queen of all tsunderes.

Although they eventually meet over a misunderstanding and a misdirected love letter, their friendship begins with a deal that both of them will help each other get together with their crush. However, their feelings for each other grew significantly as Ryuuji began to care for Taiga, and Taiga trusted him more and more, often spending her time at his house.

Their contrasting personalities make this show amazing; Taiga is the short-tempered girl always charging at others and creating messes while Ryuuji cleans up after her.

6. Sorata Kanda and Mashiro Shiina from Pet Girl of Sakurasou

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Both of them have a unique relationship; Sorata is tasked with taking care of Mashiro’s daily needs, from dressing her up to making sure she eats proper food before school. And while Mashiro doesn’t give it much thought, Sorata always has mixed emotions toward her.

Earlier in the show, Sorata takes care of Mashiro and only does it because his teacher gave him this task but starts developing feelings for Mashiro but keeps them inside. And While Mashiro was introduced with a stoic nature and monotone expressions, her feelings for Sorata grew exponentially to a point where she didn’t know what to do.

Sorata is a kind-hearted person who genuinely cares about his friends living in Sakura Hall. Still, he always felt jealous, comparing him to others and often following behind Shiina.

7. Banri Tada and Kouko Kaga from Golden Time

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Where most airing anime revolves around the high school romance genre, Golden time brought something unique; this university romance story is about a normal guy and an eccentric girl. After constantly being rejected by her initial crush, Kouko is dishearted and gives up on dating but later decides to take another chance with Banri.

Their romance begins somewhat unexpectedly; they first meet when Kouko slaps Mitsuo with a bouquet of red roses and; on the spot, Banri falls for her bravado and becomes fascinated with her bold personality.

Banri would often look after Kouko; he would spend time with her, comforting her every time Mitsuo turned her down. Although Kouko initially didn’t feel anything romantic toward him, she soon became more honest with him about her feelings.

8. Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu from Your Name

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The red string of fate symbolizes two people destined to be with one another. They are soulmates created in heaven. Your Name focuses heavily on that; the red string of fate binds together two people who have never met one another.

It somehow feels strange to call them a couple because they don’t meet until later in the series, but it became clear that they were meant to be together as the story progressed.

Mitsuha and Taki would unintentionally switch bodies in their dreams and struggle to understand what is causing this strange phenomenon; they both agree to help one another uncover this mystery and, in the meantime, create rules so to not interfere with each other’s different lifestyles.

9. Kyouko Hori and Izumi Miyamura from Horimiya

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If we’re talking about high school anime couples, the relationship between Miyamura and Kyouko is the most cherished one; their relationship is sweet, both of them understand each other and accept them for who they are.

Miyamura is a loner at their high school; he sits by himself and doesn’t bother to engage with his classmates; most of his classmates consider him a weirdo and an otaku, but he leads a different life outside of school, and just like him, Hori is a model student who everyone around her admires, but she also lives a different life outside of school.

These characters couldn’t be more different from one another, but sometimes opposites attract, their simple and adorable relationship loved by millions of fans.

10. Haru Yoshida and Shizuku Mizutani from My Little Monster

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The High school romance genre always finds a way; the relationship between Haru and Shizuku is somewhat back and forth. They first meet when Shizuku goes to his house to deliver his homework because Haru is always skipping school.

Rumor around the school is that Haru is a trouble maker who was dismissed from school after he beat up a few students, but couldn’t be further from the truth; it’s later revealed that Haru was only defending a student who was getting bullied.

Shizuku is a model student at her high school, always achieving high grades in her class; her dream is to become like her mother, successful in her work. She works extremely hard and goes through so much to achieve her goals to exhaustion.

11. Lelouch Vi Britannia and C.C. from Code Geass

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Another fan-favorite anime couple from the famous Code Geass series is Lelouch and C.C. since the moment they first met; the strange power of Geass bound them together. C.C. was always on Lelouch’s side, no matter how difficult it got; she stayed loyal to him, and it was the same for Lelouch; he took care of C.C. through thick and thin, they shared a deep connection.

Their relationship was somewhat strange throughout the series; even if they cared for one another, they didn’t express it, or rather, they didn’t have to express it. Both of them supported one another every step of the way, and in the end, they came together stronger than ever.

12. Sakuta Azusagawa and Mai Sakurajima from Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

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This list would be incomplete if we don’t include the famous bunny girl senpai, the relationship between Mai and Sakuta will always be special to us anime fans. Since they first met, Sakuta has been fascinated by the strange bunny girl who sits at the library every evening; later, he finds out that she goes to the same school.

Their relationship is unique because they’re both well-written characters; their relationship isn’t based on an anime cliche. Mai suffers from adolescence syndrome, which causes her to be invisible to the people around her, so she dresses up in a bunny girl costume in the hope of someone noticing her.

Sakuta goes out of his way to understand her situation and help her fight back the adolescent syndrome, making Mai fall for him.

13. Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyuga from Naruto

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There is no couple more iconic than Naruto and Hinata; they might as well be the Romeo and Juliet of the anime world. Since the show’s beginning, Hinata has had a crush on Naruto; he was her inspiration for working hard and trying to be the best she can be.

Even though they didn’t have much progress in the relationship department when it came to the actual story, Hinata was always there for naruto when it counted, risking her life to protect naruto multiple times. Naruto soon began to develop feelings for her too.

Their relationship was long-awaited by millions of fans, and it was a grand moment when it finally happened.

14. Shikamaru Nara and Temari from Naruto

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Another beloved couple from the Naruto series is Shikamaru and Temari, which was a little unexpected but not surprising since we had often seen them go on various missions and work together during the Five Kage Summit.

As we all know, Shikamaru is the king of efficiency, you may call him lazy even, but he gets the job done when it counts. He was the first to be promoted as a Jonin because of his exceptional tactical skills as a strategist and leader.

Being the big sister of Gaara, Temari played a huge role in his character development; she has a short temper, which is easy to spot as she is always pissed about something; however, it is not the case with Shikamaru.

15. Meliodas and Elizabeth from Seven Deadly Sins

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If you’ve seen the anime, you must know that their relationship doesn’t need any introduction; they’re made for another and will only belong to each other until the end of time. It was fate when they first met at the Boat Hat inn, and they make a good couple since Elizabeth doesn’t seem to mind Meliodas being perverted.

Meliodas deeply cares for Elizabeth since he goes out of his way to help her find the missing seven deadly sins members to take back her lost kingdom; their relationship grows throughout the show revealing secrets about their previous lives.

Their relationship evolves into something special since they share a bond much deeper than love, Meliodas would always protect her from any danger, and Elizabeth is always by his side.

16. Ban and Elaine from Seven Deadly Sins

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There is no couple more tragic than Ban and Elaine; their relationship is beautiful and pure. Despite being away from one another for many years, Ban never forgot about Elaine; he continued to chase after the possibility that he could someday revive his dead lover and reunite once again, and for a moment, he did, even if that moment was small, we got to see them together.

Their relationship was unexpected, to say the least; they first meet when Ban tries to climb the gigantic tree in the Fairy Kingdom to drink from the fountain, which will give them immortality. Elain being the guardian of the fountain, stops him multiple times but eventually gives up after realizing that Ban doesn’t harbor any ill feelings or malice.

17. Kamina and Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann

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From the beginning of the show, it was fairly obvious that both of them had some sort of romantic feelings toward one another; even if Yoko found Kamina a bit annoying at first, she soon came to enjoy his boisterous nature and carefree lifestyle; maybe she always had a thing for muscle heads like Kamina because of course, Kamina was cool.

It was interesting to see these two characters develop feelings for one another; even though they were both strong individual characters who had a similar approach to life, they couldn’t be more different in terms of personality.

With his boisterous personality, Kamina was an idealist to the point of ignorance who would dive headfirst into battle without thinking. At the same time, Yoko was mature and relied on her skills as a sniper and survival instincts.

18. Ken Kaneki and Touka Kirishima from Tokyo Ghoul

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Their relationship was such a tease throughout the story, but thank god they finally get to be together in the final season. Things were always changing between them, one-moment Touka was a badass protecting Kaneki, and the next, Kaneki lost his memories and became the S-rated ghoul. It was an interesting back and forth between the two characters, but it was worth it when in the end.

Throughout the series, we got to see them interact from time to time, and despite living in completely different worlds, they cared for one another. Touka always had a soft spot for Kaneki, she wanted to protect him by being on his side, and Kaneki wanted to move away because he knew that danger would soon follow him.

19. Kazuto Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online

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Name a better iconic couple than Kirito and Asuna; we bet you can’t. Despite the general hate toward the actual show, the anime community adores this couple. They first meet during a meeting between players who take on the first boss of the game; after defeating the first boss, Kirito walks away when his identity as a beta tester is revealed.

They eventually meet again when Asuna becomes a commander for the knight of the blood oath, their relationship was rough at first. Asuna was uptight, always thinking about finishing the game so she could go back to the real world, but all that soon changes when Kirito makes her realize that life inside a video game is worth enjoying.

20. Hiro and Zero Two from Darling in the FranXX

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It’s not often that you see your soulmate jumping out of a river with a fish in their mouth. Zero Two, the female protagonist of the series, take a liking to her new-found darling Hiro and offers him a chance to drive a Franxx if he wishes to be her darling. Even though their relationship felt one-sided, or forced even, they found what they were looking for.

Even though Hiro was initially hesitant about riding the Franxx with Zero Two, he accepted it because of his desire to pilot a Franxx. It was interesting to see their relationship grow so incredibly to a point where they didn’t even care about their lives, roaming the cosmos as one in each other’s comfort.

21. Takumi Usui and Misaki Ayuzawa from Maid Sama!

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The relationship between Usui and Misaki is Iconic, Ayuzawa being an empowered and overburdened character who has a hard time managing her school life, a part-time job, and house chores, and Usui, the popular guy in school who falls in love with her; confesses his love to her in hundred different ways.

Something you have to know about Usui is that he’s a cool guy; he’s very much a prince charming of every girl in school, but even prince charming isn’t as amazing as him. Takumi takes care of Ayuzawa throughout the series, helping her with work, protecting her from creepy stalkers, and even helping her with student council work.

Ayuzawa has led a busy life since her father walked away from the family; she does all she can to help her mother around the house, keep a part-time job and focus on her studies at school.

22. Yamato Kurosawa and Mei Tachibana from Say I Love You

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The normal high school relationship between an introverted girl and a pretty high school boy is nothing new, but the relationship between Yamato and Mei gives it a different meaning. Mei Tachibana is a loner at her high school; she doesn’t have any friends because she believes that friends betray each other when it’s convenient for them.

But her life soon changes after she comes in contact with Yamato, a popular guy at school who becomes infatuated with Mei after he sees her stand against a bully, but even after he tries multiple times to get close to Mei, she outright rejects him, saying she wants nothing to do with him.

However, after Yamato protects Mei from a stalker, she begins to develop feelings for him, and soon after that; they become a couple. And even though their relationship wasn’t perfect at first, they go through hardship, and our boy Yamato makes Mei feel loved.

23. Nasa Yuzaki and Tsukasa Yuzaki from Tonikaku Kawaii

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You’ve heard of relationships moving at a fast speed, right? Now, this might be the fastest couple progression if you’ve ever seen, our protagonists, Nasa and Tsukasa, are married in the first episode of the series. Their relationship defines the word kawaii, Nasa’s persistent nature, and Tsukasa’s easy-going personality make them a wonderful match.

Their love story being unexpected, they first meet when Nasa sees Tsukasa and rushes across the street to meet her but he is met with truck kun who injures him badly not enough that he can’t walk, Nasa limps across the street confess her love to Tsukasa to which she responds if he likes her, then they should get married.

Even though their newly formed relationship was awkward at times, it was still cute to see how both of them began to understand one another, caring for each other’s feelings and being honest about their own.

24. Gojo Wakana and Marin Kitagawa from My Dress-Up Darling

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The relationship between Gojo and Marin is precious; It has been a while we discovered a couple like this one, both of them are perfect for one another, both of them complete each other, Marin’s love for cosplaying as her favorite anime characters and Gojo’s experience making Hina dolls has brought them together.

Gojo is an introvert, he leads an ordinary life living with his grandpa, making Hina dolls, his love for Hina dolls sparked when he was just a kid. Gojo is a loner in his school because of less popular interest, but all that changes once he meets Marin Kitagawa who requests him to help her with her cosplays.

Marin is an eccentric and overly enthusiastic girl who is kind toward others and quite friendly as she’s able to friend anyone she meets. She’s also a foodie, but she can maintain her slim figure. But most of all, she’s a cosplay fanatic, she loves to cosplay as magical girls from adult video games and anime.

25. Hideki Nishimura and Ako Tamaki from And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online?

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Did you actually thought there was never a girl online? This adorable romance follows the story of a young high schooler named Nishimura who one day musters up the courage to ask out her crush in an online game but gets his heart broken once he discovers that his crush is an adult male playing as a female.

Getting his heart broken into million little pieces, he decides to let go of his chase for love and decides that he will never trust another girl in an online game. But all that soon changes once he joins a guild and meets Ako, a member of his party who is deeply in love with him and wants to marry him.

The group decides to have an offline meeting where Nishimura meets Ako who isn’t just a girl but also his schoolmate, Ako and Russian soon marry one another in the game.

26. Yuuta Sakurai and Moriko Morioka from Recovery of an MMO Junkie

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This is where the romance genre and game genre come into play to make the perfect love story about two adults who turn to video games when their real-life gets too much to handle. The female protagonist, Morioka decides to quit her long-standing job after having some conflicts at her work.

She decides to take a swing at playing online games to pass the time, she creates a handsome male avatar named Hayashi and dives into the realm of the online game, she later creates some allies and meets an adorable healer name Lily and the two of them quickly become inseparable.

The two of them develop a unique friendly relationship in the game but little Morioka knew, Lily was an adult office worker, working at her former company. They soon discover each other’s real identity and develop a relationship outside the game.

27. Shinichi Sakurai and Hana Uzaki from Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out!

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Shinichi is a normal college student who is an introvert and likes to be by himself, he loves to play video games and watch movies but all that soon changes he is reunited with a former high school friend Hana Uzaki who is surprised to see his senior being a loner, so she takes it upon herself to look after him and keep Sakurai from feeling alone.

Earlier in the show, Sakurai completely rejects hanging out with Uzaki because of her eccentric and energetic personality. Still, he gives up against Uzaki’s persistence and goes along with Uzaki’s shenanigans even if it leads to them getting in trouble.

Sakurai soon began to enjoy his time around Uzaki and their relationship got better over time to a point where everyone around them thought they were dating.

28. Nishikata and Takagi from Skiller Teaser Takagi San

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The trope of having an overly enthusiastic female lead and a shy male protagonist is getting out of hand; there are few times when their relationship is just adorable; it shows how two people who are somewhat different from one another enjoy their time around each other.

We see their relationship develop throughout the series from being classmates who only tease one another to best friends. Takagi loves to play hilarious pranks on Nishikata to get a reaction out of him, which often makes him anxious; Nishikata tries his luck to get back at her but often fails.

Even though they have a competitive relationship, they both care about one another; Takagi always looks out for Nishikata and goes out of her to check on him.

29. Mitsuyoshi Tada and Teresa Wagner from Tada Doesn’t Fall In Love

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The romantic story between Tada Mitsuyoshi and Teresa Wagner is nothing less than a fairy tale, it almost feels like a Disney princess movie. Teresa came from abroad to study in Japan where she met Tada who helped show her around town and even snap some pictures for her.

Tada is a normal high school boy who is kind toward his friends and works hard to help his grandfather’s coffee shop, and although he doesn’t talk much, Tada is always attentive to his surroundings.

Teresa is generally a nice girl; she has a bubbly and cheerful personality and loves to be around friends; she always has a smile on her face and looks for ways to make others happy. Her feelings for Tada grew after realizing how thoughtful and caring he was.

30. Chika Kudou and Satowa Houzuki from Stop This Sound!

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The relationship between Chika and Satowa is something else, even from the beginning when they both met; we knew they were going to end up together one way or the other. Chika loved to play the Koto, and just like Satowa, he would train every day to get better at this; their love for the instrument brought them together.

Chika Kudou is a strong, brooding, arrogant guy who has been suspended from school multiple times because he often fights with other students. However, it’s later revealed that Chika is a super nice guy, and all the allegations against him were made up.

Satowa, on the other hand, is a prodigy; she’s the daughter of a well-known koto musician and wants to live up to that name. She was forced to train every day by her mother so that she could take over their family.

We hope you liked our list of the best anime couples; these couples are loved and shipped by the entire anime fandom. Something else we anime fans love is animals in anime, especially cats. Most of them are bystanders who waggle their tails and lick their paws, but some play a huge role in the anime progression; check out our curated list of best anime cats.