Welcome to Sunday’s Select Sevens at Anime Rants! Today we’ll look at some LGBT+ pairs in anime. These aren’t necessarily my personal favorite couples or the best or the most memorable. They’re just a sampling selected from the anime I’ve seen, which focus on these couples as the main characters.
1. Akuma no Riddle: Tokaku and Haru
Tokaku (blue hair) is novice assassin assigned to kill Haru (reddish hair). However, Tokaku instead feels attracted to Haru, and becomes her protector. They have some truly sweet and sexy moments in the show. It was highly enjoyable to see their interesting personalities interact, with Haru the sweet and gentle one, and Tokaku the one who is quiet but intense.
2. Bloom Into You: Nanami and Yuu
For the next couple, we have Nanami (dark hair) and Yuu (light hair). This show did a great job portraying an LGBT+ couple. One of the most interesting things about them is that Nanami is clearly sexually attracted to Yuu, who becomes romantically bonded to Nanami but does not feel comfortable with too much physical contact.
3. Given: Ritsuka and Mafuyu
Given provides another excellent depiction of a young LGBT+ love story. Mafuyu is quiet, unsure, and struggles with grief from the past. He’s an amazing singer, so the intense guitarist Ritsuka invites him to join his band. Both characters are well-written, cute/hot, and interesting. What’s not to love?
4. Gravitation: Eiri and Shuuichi
As with many older yaoi anime, Gravitation presents a couple that is problematic in some ways and full of tropes. All the same, it was the first anime of its genre that I ever watched, so I have a special appreciation for it. Eiri (gold hair) is a celebrity with an aggressive personality, while novice musician Shuuichi (pink hair) is cute and carefree as can be. They have a dramatic and sometimes rocky relationship.
5. Junjou Romantica: Usagi and Misaki
The relationship depicted in Junjou Romantica is full of problems, to be sure. However, exactly for that reason, the couple has always felt very “real” to me. Their dynamic changes through the 3 seasons as they learn to be more sensitive to each other. Usagi eventually realizes that he was wrong in several ways at the start of the relationship, and has a serious discussion with Misaki about it. All that to say, when it comes to this couple, I am a die-hard fan-girl. XD
6. Revolutionary Girl Utena: Utena and Anthy
Much to my bafflement, there are still people who will say Utena and Anthy are really just friends. While it’s true that they don’t seem to have a very physical relationship in the series, they are clearly still connected in a romantic way. My favorite thing about this couple involves Utena’s decision at the end. I won’t spoil it.
7. Shinsekai Yori: Saki and Maria
Saki and Maria make up one of my very favorite anime couples. I love how bonded the two girls are– not only sexually, but also on a deep, emotional and mental level. I’m a lot like Saki and Maria is a lot like I girl I knew, my former best friend. So I really feel for both characters and their relationship.
That wraps it up for this week’s Sunday Select. Thank you so much for reading!
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