#2 Yuzuki Eba x Haruto Kirishima in Kimi no Iru Machi (Manga, Anime)
This manga is translated into A Town Where You Live in English. Notice the you (as in Kimi) in this usage usually refers to a girl, but can also refer to a guy. In this case, the town that was referred to in the first part of this story is Hiroshima, Haruto’s hometown, a place in which Yuzuki Eba seeks to find her first love in. The town in the second part of the story refers to Tokyo, Yuzuki’s hometown, a place in which Haruto moves to in order to win back his girlfriend Yuzuki. In the third phase of the story, the town refers to any place where both of them settle down, together. At least, that’s how I want to interpret this manga in a poetic way.
Now let’s get down to some facts.
Was this manga epic (in the sense of really poignant romance) in the first 100 chapters?
Yes. The progression of relationship between Yuzuki and Haruto is something fascinating to read.
Do I get the urge of punching the characters in KnIM at numerous occasions?
Without a doubt. I wanted to punch Haruto so many times throughout the manga, because of some of his stupid decisions, and Yuzuki as well for the same reason.
Is Haruto the biggest jerk in the world?
Well, maybe not the number 1 biggest jerk in the world, but he certainly is a big jerk. So what? Aren’t we all? Every man and woman is a jerk in relationships at times for whatever reason. And if you have never been a jerk, the chances are that you probably haven’t been in a relationship before. It’s fine being a jerk at odd occasions, but the important thing is to realize that you were a jerk and apologize to those people of whom you have hurt, or at least prioritize those of whom are dearest to you.
Does this manga becomes endlessly side-tracked by new characters/new love interests?
I wouldn’t deny it, but isn’t that the how it is with life? Haruto isn’t going to be stuck with the same friends his known since childhood forever, just like a normal person wouldn’t be. When he joins new clubs, work at new restaurants, or find new jobs, he meets new people, along with new female characters who are romantically interested in him. In the end, what is most important is staying with the person you love the most despite new (and old) temptations, and that is all.
Will Haruto and Yuzuki end up with each other?
If the majority of fans wish for it, YES. In this case, it is literally true because mangaka will always take what fans want into account (public demand and preference dictate what is being produced). That is, unless he wants to alienate every fan with an ending that is even more notoriously atrocious than Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. Specials, he would make an ending where Haruto and Yuzuki is together. Rest assured.
A beautiful love story.
#3 Koyomi Araragi x Hitagi Senjougahara in Monogatari Series (Light Novel, Anime)
Time to talk about everyone’s favorite tsundere and half-vampire, Soujougahara and Araragi-kun. I think that everyone who has read the light novel or watched the anime would have a really hard time disagreeing with the chemistry that exist between these two characters.
Everything from their rapid-tongued, witty, and sarcastic exchange of phrases, Soujougahara’s cute tsundere tendency as well as Araragi’s “bravery and heroism”, and their perfect contentedness in forming a special “SM” relationship, do nothing but help to prove their perfect chemistry together as a couple. Fans are treated to even more goodness during the second season, where even though the couple’s screen time together is almost non-existent, still viewers become more convinced that they are perfect for each other.
Senjougahara becomes strong when she is with Araragi, so she can treat her love with Araragi as her first and only love.
Of course, Araragi may not be the ideal boyfriend, having
a harem too many female friends who are excessively fond of him, even including his own sisters! However, Araragi maintains his faithfulness despite hanging out with his female friends more than he should be, simply because he’d have to be careful if his girlfriend is the fearsome stationary-wielding, sharp-tongued tsundere none other than Hitagi Senjougahara.
Sometimes true love really do fall from sky…