Shounen anime is recognized for its highly-energetic battles and its easy-to-watch access for beginning anime viewers, but it also is known for its romance. From renowned anime such as Naruto and One Piece, there are always a few couples that fans cannot help but love.
However, that does not mean that all of the couples in Shounen anime get the spotlight that they deserve, and they have been pushed aside in place of other up-and-coming fan-favorite couples. While some may have been revered years ago, they are not anymore. Here are the five most popular couples in Shounen anime and five that got overlooked.
10 Overlooked: Renton Thurston & Eureka (Eureka Seven: Psalms Of Planets)
Renton Thurstan met Eureka after she made a crash landing on his grandfather’s house. Although he fell in love with her at first sight, Eureka took a long time to recuperate his feelings. When they finally did become a couple, they arguably became one of the “it” couples in mecha anime in the early 2000s.
They were quite popular back then, but with the influx of anime, very few remember the epic love story of Renton and Eureka.
9 Popular: Zero Two & Hiro (Darling In The Franxx)
Zero Two and Hiro are a couple that took over the anime fandom when Darling in the Franxx made its debut in January 2018. The series was the long-awaited original anime by anime studio Trigger, and the two leads became a hot topic after the debut episode.
Even afterward, with everything that happened between them (including that infamous love triangle), they are a couple that will either make you cringe or fawn over them.
8 Overlooked: Kenshin Himura & Kaoru Kamiya (Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story)
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story may have ended a while ago, but Kenshin is not a forgettable anime character. However, most forget about the relationship between Kenshin and Kaoru. Their relationship was crafted to mimic the manga author’s relationship with his wife, which is quite a sweet piece of trivia.
They overcome a lot in their relationship as well as accept each other for who they are, even if Kenshin’s past is full of blood and despair.
7 Popular: Edward Elric & Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Edward Elric and Winry Rockbell are an especially sweet couple because of all they went through together. For one, they are childhood friends. Who does not love the childhood friend-to-lovers trope?
Second, after all the tragedies in the series, it was a nice touch to see Edward gain the happiness he deserved. Because of how famed Fullmetal Alchemist is, most anime fans know of this couple.
6 Overlooked: Sakura Mamiya & Rinne Rokudo (RIN-NE)
RIN-NE is brought to you by the famed Rumiko Takahashi who created one of anime’s most popular couples, Inuyasha and Kagome. So why aren’t Sakura and Mamiya as famous, you ask? Perhaps it is the current trends in anime.
While Sakura can see supernatural things, Rinne is half-human half-death god. Sakura’s wish is to stop seeing supernatural creatures, so she enlists Rinne’s help. However, the more they discover, the more they begin to realize how important they are to each other.
5 Popular: Yuji Sakai & Shana (Shakugan no Shana)
Shakugan no Shana is the home of one of the most popular tsunderes in anime, but it also features a romance between Shana and Yuji Sakai. Although Yuji may at first be your typical high school student, in truth, he is already dead.
On the other hand, Shana was formerly a human who is a Flame Haze who does not even have a name. Yuji was the one who named her as well as the one who humanized her.
4 Overlooked: Rosette Christopher & Chrono (Chrono Crusade)
Chrono Crusade is a comedy and action anime, but it is also tragic. It takes place in 1920s New York where the mob runs the streets freely, and there is minimal rule. While Rosette Christopher works as a part of the Magdalene Order, Chrono acts as her demon partner.
Although he is a demon, he treats Rosette with utmost care as she searches for her brother. Their relationship is a subtle one that most in Chrono Crusade take notice of, despite them being different species.
3 Popular: Vegeta & Bulma (Dragon Ball)
Vegeta has been the haughty tsundere that fans of Dragon Ball cannot help but love, and his relationship with Bulma is another strong point of his character arc. Although he was depicted as an antagonist, his romance with Bulma has made a lot of fans rethink their thoughts on him.
He cares for his wife and children, although he tries to hide this aspect of himself. Vegeta and Bulma are usually deemed the best couple in the series.
2 Overlooked: Victorique de Blois & Kazuya Kujou (Gosick)
Gosick is a detective anime with hints of romance between Victorique de Blois, a young genius who can solve almost any mystery, and Kazuya Kujou, a Japanese student who comes from a line of soldiers.
While they solve mysteries together, they also grow closer and understand each other more. Even though there is a tragic hint to their relationship, which is a trope that is usually well-liked by fans, it is often overlooked in favor of other romances in anime.
1 Popular: Naruto Uzumaki & Hinata Hyuuga (Naruto)
Naruto and Hinata were a couple fans shipped as soon as Hinata made her first appearance twirling her fingers shyly. While Naruto was always chastised as the boy with the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed inside of him, Hinata always loved him no matter what others said.
This seemed to pay off, as Naruto finally took notice of her. They got married at the end of the series and made a family of their own, to the happiness of fans across the world.
Shounen brings both epic battles and epic romances to their anime. Here are the 5 most popular couples and 5 that got overlooked.