I’m a sucker for romance.
I love relationships in Anime, and when a couple who should get together do get together, I’m always on board.
I love watching couples get together in Anime, and seeing two characters declare their love for one another and act like they’re genuinely in love always brings a smile to my face.
So being a sucker for romance, who are my favourite Anime couple?
Syaoran and Sakura (Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle)
Syaoran and Sakura are childhood friends. They’ve known each other since they were kids, and despite their differences in upbringing and social status, throughout their childhood, they were always there for each other. It was meant to be, they were destined for each other.
When the story of Tsubasa starts off, Syaoran, now a budding archaeologist pays a visit to the hometown where he and Sakura grew up together, taking a break from a long excavation he is leading. Immediately upon arriving, Sakura attacks him with a loving hug, demands he tell her everything about his work while he was away and spends the entire day with him, even though she’s not allowed to leave the palace due to being the princess of her country.
The two have deep, romantic feelings for each other, but before either of them can confess their feelings, everything is brought to an abrupt halt when tragedy strikes and Sakura has her memories scattered across various parallel universes. Syaoran, with the lifeless Sakura in tow, them embarks on a quest to travel across these dimensions and find each and every one of Sakura’s memories, risking life and limb to do so.
And the real kicker is that in order to gain the power to travel to these worlds, Syaoran must give up the one thing most precious to him: the relationship he shares with Sakura. No matter how many memories Sakura regains, she will never remember who he was, what he meant to her or the memories they made together.
And despite all this, despite putting his life at risk and having his heart crushed every time she doesn’t remember who he is, Syaoran still does his best because he loves her that much. He doesn’t care about himself, all he cares about is that his true love is alive and well.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. As the plot develops and more hardships befall them, the couple wind up further and further apart, which eventually culminates in unspeakable tragedy that I can’t discuss because of massive spoilers.
Yet, despite all the tragedy and depressing moments, the love between these two characters feels very real. The entire theme of Tsubasa focuses on how fragile the relationship between two individuals can be, and how easy it is for a romance to be destroyed, yet it also focuses on rebuilding that broken connection and starting anew by rising above the hardships and problems and moving on: together and stronger than ever before.
And it is that theme and the strength of their relationship despite all of those hardships that makes Syaoran and Sakura my favourite romantic pairing in Anime, even if it isn’t as full of smiles and happiness as the average romance.
It’s a romance that has resonated well with me for a number of years, and finally getting to see it blossom after all the hardships, makes for a truly satisfying romance.
Thanks for reading everyone!
Who are your favourite couple in Anime?