List of the 15 Most Popular Anime Couples
Curious as to who the most popular anime couples are? Stick around as we share the top list…
In any fandom, there is always one couple that fans fully support. Obviously, this is true in many anime series. Fans of Japanese animation series know that couples are ‘shipped’ not only in shoujo shows but also in shounen ones.
After all, even the fiercest fighters are bound to have a love interest, right?
Here are fifteen most loved anime couples in history:
Most Popular Anime Couples
Goku and Chichi from Dragon Ball
First in the list is an example of an anime couple from a shounen anime. Goku and Chichi are one of the most popular pair in anime history.
Perhaps this is because of the immense popularity of the series, not only in Japan but also across the globe. These two have known each other since they were children. L
ater, they got married had two sons, Gohan and Goten. Of course, both children went on to do great things.
Vegeta and Bulma from Dragon Ball
When speaking of Dragon Ball couples, you can never forget about Vegeta and Bulma. These characters are definitely an unlikely pair, with Vegeta being a frigid and ambitious warrior and Bulma a feisty and brilliant scientist.
Over the years, they had children named Trunks and Bulla. With the brains and brawn these two bring, they are certainly one of the power couples in anime.
Krillin and Android 18 from Dragon Ball
One can never talk about the Dragon Ball couples without mentioning Krillin and Android 18. After all, these two are one of the most peculiar pairs, not only in the franchise but in the whole of the anime world.
Creator Akira Toriyama said that the two ended up together because he thought since Krillin always ended up in bad situations, letting him get married to Android 18 was a way to “let him be happy.”
Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba from Sailor Moon
Another phenomenal series is Sailor Moon. Of course, who could forget about the tension between Usagi and Mamorou, or should we say Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask?
These two have always been shipped by fans, especially with both characters having secret identities. The best part is, they discovered each other’s secret lives and went on to protect the world together.
Sakura and Syaoran from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
If you watched Card Captor Sakura, you’ll probably want to watch Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles. Starring an alternate world version of Sakura and Syaoran, this has definitely captured the attention of multiple fans, especially as it is a crossover universe of the original Card Captor Sakura, X and xxxholic, all made by Clamp.
With the complicated storylines and unexpected twists, the story of these two will definitely keep you hooked.
Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyuga from Naruto
If there’s one thing fans love about this anime show, it is the good story development between two characters. This is what makes Naruto and Hinata’s pair highly popular.
Hinata had a crush on Naruto for a long time. However, Naruto did not notice her at the beginning. Then, the two got closer and finally got together over the course of many episodes.
This universe even had a follow-up series called Boruto, starring the titular character and the couple’s son.
Ichigo Kurosaki and Orihime Inoue from Bleach
Followers of the anime Bleach definitely know the struggle of shipping Ichigo with one of the female characters. Generally, fans want Ichigo to end up with Rukia or with Orihime.
However, this list counts Ichigo and Orihime as they are the official couple in the series. Just like Hinata with Naruto, Orihime had always had a crush on Ichigo.
The two also ended up together after facing a lot of challenges including battles and invasions.
Inuyasha and Kagome from Inuyasha
Just like Vegeta and Bulma, Inuyasha and Kagome are an unlikely couple, not because of their clashing personalities but because they come from different time periods.
Kagome is a high school girl who found herself taken back to the Sengoku, which occurred between 1467 to 1477.
There, she met Inuyasha, a half demon-half dog hybrid. In a twist of events, the two had to go on a journey together and fell in love.
Celty Surluson and Shinra Kishitani from Durarara!!
Speaking of couples who were not likely to end up with each other but did, it is important to mention Celty and Shinra. Coming from such an odd series as Durarara!!, the pair is composed of a “headless” fairy and an underground doctor.
In her search to find a head to fix her “headless” form, she met Shinra who studied her. The two eventually fell in love despite Celty not having the ability to speak.
Sailor Venus and Sailor Neptune
Those who have watched the North American dub of the show have probably not seen Sailor Venus and Sailor Neptune as a couple on television. This is because North American stations censored the show and portrayed the two not as girlfriends, but cousins.
In other dubs, the two definitely had a relationship, but Sailor Uranus has a male voice. Meanwhile, its Japanese airing portrayed the couple as intended.
Victor and Yuuri from Yuri on Ice
Considered as one of the most realistic portrayals of LGBTQ relationships in anime series, the Victor and Yuuri pairing was phenomenal.
In fact, the anime is recognized for not using the tension between two male characters as a way to tease the viewers.
Instead, the anime acknowledged their relationship and did not subject the couple with the type of discrimination the LGBTQ community encounters in real life and in fiction.
Haruhi Fujioka and Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club
Another groundbreaking anime in terms of gender roles and stereotypes, Ouran High School Host Club features another popular couple, Haruhi and Tamaki.
The two fell in love after Haruhi broke an extremely expensive vase and was forced to work in the host club. As the story progresses, the narcissistic and flamboyant boy found himself having feelings for Haruhi – and denying it.
Edward Elric and Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist is definitely a serious anime, especially with its focus on family and brotherly love. However, the human response of these characters is what makes them more realistic.
So, it is only fitting for Edward to have a love interest, despite his struggle to get his brother’s body back. In fact, Winry played a big role in this adventure as she crafted an artificial arm for Edward.
Ryuuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka from Toradora!
Being a rom-com anime, you can definitely expect a popular couple from Toradora. Taiga is a typical tsundere – a cold character who turns warm over time.
Being a tsundere, you can expect that she warms up to Ryuuji, but not without struggles. After all, his intimidating eyes were a cause for misunderstandings.
Izuku and Ochako from My Hero Academia
This “couple” from My Hero Academia has not officially gotten together. However, fans of the two, and the anime, have hoped for them to be together for a while now.
This may actually come true in future episodes, especially as the two have shown interest in each other since the beginning.
With this list of the most popular anime couples, you can definitely observe that even the strongest and most serious characters are capable of falling in love.
So, if you have not seen these shows, make sure to check them out soon!