#16 Yuuta Togashi x Rikka Takanashi in Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! (Anime)
The cutesy teenage couple brought to us by the wonderful Kyoto Animation, and I promise you, it won’t be the last on this countdown. If I am forced to explain why this pairing is great, I can only repeat the title of the anime in English, “Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions, I still want to Love!”. Indeed, everyone is entitled to experience love, not even the most deeply-entrenched otaku can avoid it.
#17 Simon x Nia Teppelin in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Anime)
For an anime that isn’t even categorized as romance, I myself am surprised that this couple is even on the list. It’s probably because how tragic both of their past and how far they’ve come along together had been something that really touched me. Most of all, their love is one that in the end cannot be. Despite knowing this, both of them still decide to love and do it without regrets, even enjoying their last moments together with cheerful smiles on their faces.
#18 Guen Soo Min x So Ri Jeon in Can’t See Can’t Hear But Love (webtoon manhwa)
Created by Nasty Cat (manhwaga of Trace), a webtoon deity who can make the most emotional stories ever (manga or manhwa), but somehow sucks at drawing. The only reason why this couple is so far down the list is … the last few chapters is not translated!!! At this point, I am almost begging, please finish translate this masterpiece! Anyways, it tells a love story of an artist who lost his sight and a pure-hearted girl who was deaf as well as mute since her birth, and the only thing that connect them is the inspirational manhwa that the artist used to draw when his eyes were still good.
This is a beautiful love story that teaches us again and again that love is never easy, but it is something that we should not abandon. Indeed, true love is sometimes the least feasible option, but with resolve and determination, one can overcome all obstacles, be it inability to communicate, terminal illness, or financial problems.
#19 Hitoshi Aoshima x Wagatsuma Ai in Wagatsuma-san wa Ore no Yome (manga)
Put yourself in the male lead’s shoes. If you on the off chance time-traveled 10 years into the future and discovered that your wife is none other than the most popular, beautiful, and ideal girl in your high school, would you do everything in your power to try to make her fall for you when you return to the present? To add to that, you are not popular, bad at studying, and hang out with a bunch of people who hate “normalfags”. At this point, you would be pretty desperate to win your “future wife” ‘s hand, right?
True, it’s nothing impressive that Aoshima decided to pursue her. What is impressive, though, is that when the future is somehow changed, and your wife becomes an equally impressive European hotty (who is a lot easier to approach), he still does not lose sight of whom he loves the most, and continues to pursue that relationship despite obvious contradictions in the future. Now that is something to be praised for. Good luck, Aoshima, may you be successful!
#20 Kazuto Kirigaya x Asuna Yuuki in Sword Art Online (anime, manga, and light novel)
After listing so many rules about this and that, guess what, I’ve put Kirito x Azuna on this list. Lame, I know. It is pretty easy to see though that these two does make a good couple together, probably one of the biggest reasons for which SAO is so popular, even though, you know … Kirito is more often than not flirting with other girls. One of his “harem” members just has to be the recently-grown big-busted sister-turned-cousin Suguha-Leafa. Of course, let’s not forget the would-be future partner aka. blue-haired angry gun chick Sinon. Don’t worry, though, if Kirito has an iota of common sense, he will remain faithful to his one and only Azuna, right? … Someone please agree with me …
Eagerly awaiting for the completion of second season!