Some of the most endearing relationships are found in anime. Many characters find themselves in intense romances that show the true meaning of love and connection. These couples’ stories are so intertwined that they appear destined for each other. Though they may face many tribulations on their way to happiness, these couples were always meant to be together.
Whether the couples met when they were young or when they were older, it is clear that their pairings are inevitable. The couples have many relationship dynamics, but all end in lasting partnerships fans know will last. Romance can be tricky to navigate, but these anime characters always had a clear path toward their happy endings.
Updated on March 2nd, 2023 by Sarah Martin: The idea of soulmates makes for one of fiction’s most compelling romantic tropes – and the red string of fate is all over anime. Some couples seem like they were destined to be together. We’ve added a few more of them to this list.
13 Tomoe & Nanami
In Kamisama Kiss, Tomoe & Nanami were destined to be together from the start of the series – even though Tomoe vehemently denied any potential feelings for Nanami at first. Nanami thought that Tomoe was always in love with Yukiji until she traveled back in time.
There, Nanami realized that Tomoe was in love with her the entire time, but confused her with Yukiji because of a string of confusing circumstances. In actuality, Tomoe waited for Nanami for 500 years.
12 Miyuki & Kaguya
Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War
In Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War, Miyuki and Kaguya’s feelings for each other were apparent to everyone else around them. However, the only reason why it took so long for them to actually get together is because they were simply too prideful to confess.
Instead, they put themselves and everyone else around them through the psychological wringer via a series of nonsensical mind games hoping to trap the other into a confession. Miyuki & Kaguya’s relationship works because they’re so stubborn and prideful that their personalities are best for each other.
11 Yona & Hak
Yona Of The Dawn
Yona & Hak from Yona of the Dawn were childhood friends, even though Hak was technically Yona’s bodyguard. After Soo-won killed Yona’s father, Yona and Hak became fugitives.
Though Hak was initially against Yona joining him to avenge the former king, Yona wanted to learn how to fight and personally retake the kingdom while looking for the four dragon warriors. Yona and Hak’s chemistry was obvious throughout the entire series, and Hak fell in love with her from the time they were kids.
10 Taiga Aisaka & Ryuuji Takasu
Taiga Aisaka and Ryuuji Takasu begin Toradora! with crushes on each other’s best friends, and they vow to help the other score a chance with them. However, Ryuuji and Taiga fall in love in the process as they realize how much they have in common.
Taiga and Ryuuji have bad reputations at school, and both feel let down by at least one of their parents. The more they hang out together, the more they see the softer sides of each other, making them destined to become a couple despite their initial goals.
9 Rinko Yamato & Takeo Gouda
My Love Story!!
Takeo Gouda thought he would always be unlucky in love until he meets Rinko Yamato on the train. The adorable Yamato and burley Takeo seem like complete opposites, but they fall head-over-heels for each other because of their differences. Yamato loves Takeo for his outgoing personality, while Takeo loves Yamato for her unbridled kindness.
Throughout My Love Story!!, Takeo and Yamato dote on each other and do their best to make the other happy. They always try to communicate their feelings and consider each other when making plans. Takeo and Yamato work because they care for one another at all costs.
8 Victor Nikiforov & Yuri Katsuki
Yuri!!! On Ice
Growing up, Yuri Katsuki always looked up to Victor Nikiforov. As a teenager, Victor already won a gold medal, inspiring Yuri to work hard in his own skating career in Yuri!!! On Ice. Victor becomes intrigued by the young skater who drunkenly asks Victor to be his coach. At long last, idol and fan cross paths as Victor agrees to coach Yuri to place in the upcoming competition.
As they work together, they grow closer. Victor helps Yuri put more of his emotions on the ice, while also giving him the confidence to perform at his best. Meanwhile, Yuri’s enthusiasm inspires Victor to restart his skating career. The two men’s love of figure skating and each other sparks into a touching relationship that began all because of an inebriated request.
7 Kyo Sohma & Tohru Honda
When Tohru Honda was little, her mother told her the story of the Zodiac and how the Cat missed the feast because he was tricked. Saddened by the Cat’s plight, Tohru declared that she was henceforth a member of the Cat Zodiac. Little did she know that she would meet and fall in love with the embodiment of the Cat later in life in Fruits Basket.
Kyo Sohma is cursed to be the vessel for the Cat Spirit and is shunned by his entire family because of it. However, Tohru sees the good in him. Touched by her kindness, Kyo develops feelings for Tohru, and the two embark on an endearing romance. As the only “members” of the Cat Zodiac, Kyo and Tohru were meant for each other. Adding to their destiny, Kyo promised Tohru’s mother that he would look after her.
6 Kyouko Hori & Izumi Miyamura
Although Kyouko Hori and Izumi Miyamura are in the same class, they do not officially meet until Miyamura helps her younger brother get home when he finds the boy injured. Hori and Miyamura bond over their shared alternate personas and vow to keep each other’s secrets. The two begin to fall in love as they learn more about one another in Horimiya.
Hori and Miyamura both have flaws, but they accept each other regardless, forming a strong relationship based on trust and communication. Many try to interfere with their relationship, but Hori and Miyamura are too dedicated to each other to allow anything to come between them.
5 Edward Elric & Winry Rockbell
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Edward Elric and Winry Rockbell have been close friends since they were children. As the years went by, their friendship grew until they both developed romantic feelings for each other. Though they are separated for much of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’s runtime, Edward and Winry never forget their love for each other.
Despite losses, war, and many, many fights about the state of Edward’s Automail, Winry and Edward eventually decide to get married. It is the perfect culmination of their relationship that had been building for decades. Edward and Winry survive everything to finally live a peaceful life together.
4 Naruto Uzumaki & Hinata Hyuga
Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyuga first meet when he saves her from being bullied in Naruto. Hinata develops a crush on Naruto that lasts well into their teen years. Hinata tries to confess many times, but Naruto never seems to understand.
When the two go on a mission to save Hinata’s sister, Naruto experiences a genjutsu that makes him realize his feelings for Hinata. After so many years of fighting alongside one another, Hinata and Naruto finally get together, proving that love and patience can win in the end.
3 Shun Hashimoto & Mio Chibana
The Stranger By The Shore
After coming out to his family, Shun Hashimoto goes to live in Okinawa with relatives in The Stranger by the Shore. While there, he notices a boy who sits on a bench and watches the ocean and tries to talk to him. The boy shoots him down but later apologizes and says he does not mind Shun’s attention.
Unfortunately, the boy, Mio Chibana, moves away for a time. However, Mio comes back to Okinawa years later just to be with Shun again. The men begin a touching romance, and Shun finally feels loved and accepted for the first time in his life. Though they were separated for a time, Mio returns to give Shun the courage he needs to be himself.
2 Usagi Tsukino & Mamoru Chiba
Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba may seem like average teenagers, but they are actually reincarnations of Princess Serenity of the Moon Kingdom and Prince Endymion of earth. The two originally died in battle. Yet, they find each other again in their new lives, destined to be together.
Usagi and Mamoru have a romance that never dies, even when their bodies perish. The pair find each other time and again to rule over the Moon Kingdom. Though they are separated for long periods in Sailor Moon, Usagi and Mamoru always find their way back to each other and fall in love all over again.
1 Taki Tachibana & Mitsuha Miyamizu
Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu are two teens in the movie Your Name who discover that they randomly switch bodies from time to time. Though they are unsettled by this phenomenon at first, they find ways to make their switches work. As they live each other’s lives, they learn more about one another and begin to fall in love.
When all traces of Mitsuha start to disappear one day, Taki goes on a journey only to discover that Mitsuha tragically died when a meteor hit her small town three years prior. Taki scrambles to find a way to save her and thankfully makes one last connection before she is gone for good. As Taki hopes to meet Mitsuha in the future, their relationship proves that love can transcend time and death.