Some weeks back, we had a look at what might have been the top 5 WORST romance subplots in anime. Today, we have a look at the flip side of the coin, with what might be the five BEST anime romances.
#5) Rock & Revy (Black Lagoon). It's hard to say why one would approve of these two so much. They have a lot in common with Shinji and Asuka from the 'Worst' side, but somehow this bloodthirsty pirate and meek businessman manage to succeed where their mecha pilot counterparts fail. Rock stands up for Revy, and gives her credit as a geniune human being (where everyone else sees her as an unsalvagable psychopathic monster), and talks her out of situations where she gets in over her head. For her part, Revy keeps Rock from getting himself killed more times than can be easily kept track of, backs him up when no one else has faith in him, and values that he tries to retain his morals even in the dark cesspool of the underworld. In essence, they can be seen as incomplete people who can really only be successful together. Kinda sweet, really.
#4) Simon & Nia (Gurren Lagann). The guy who saves the Human Race (twice) and the daughter of the guy he saved them from (the first time), who becomes the messenger of the guys he saves them from (the second time). Okay, now that we've given away the plot for both halves of this series, let's get down to brass tacks. They're a cute couple, both as kids and grownups. Seriously, she has blue hair and the irises of her eyes are flowers, for crying out loud. Adorable. Also, despite being rather 'cutesey' they have serious emotional depth and character development. Sadly, these two kids did not get the happy ending hoped for, though 'bittersweet' is a fair description.
#3) Kirito & Asuna (Sword Art Online). Trapped together for two years in a deadly video game that can only be escaped by beating it, Kirito (Kirigaya Kazuto) and Asuna (Yuuki Asuna) start out with something of a rivalry that develops into respect, affection, then devoted love. They grow to count on each other more and more as the series progresses, and maintain their love out of the game and into the real world. A startlingly healthy and conclusive relationship, given the Anime genre's typical attitude toward open ended and nevere-ending romance subplots.
#2) Toma & Mikoto (A Certain Magical Index/Scientific Railgun). The main characters of two related Animes that have an uncertain affectionate relationship between defeating bad guys on their own and together. Despite having to start their relationship over when Toma's brain gets blasted, these two manage to fumble through an accidental romance where he says things he doesn't realize will be overheard, and she forces him into situations that couldn't possibly backfire but do. That she has 9969 younger sisters that look just like her and dig Toma too only complicates issues. How this one will end is not known, as the story is ongoing, but hopes are high.
#1) Max & Miriya (Robotech). Yup. Robotech, proving that love can transcend not only race but species and size. Max is an ace Human veritech pilot. Miriya is an ace Zentraedi...what...battle armor pilot? How's that work again? Anyway, after several inconclusive battles, she comes to Earth after being shrinked (shrunk?), plays against him in some video games, and they fall in love. D'awwwww. Unknown if there is official word on if their children are sterile. It's always assumed they would be. Honestly, she's a Zentraedi!