Hello, as a special for Valentines Day, I have decided to make a lovey-dovey post.
It is unfortunate however that a good kiss, or even a regular kiss is rather hard to find in anime/manga. No, seriously, I had to look quite hard to make this small list. As it stands, most romantic series end before the characters kiss and well, I haven’t seen/read as much as some of you have so my kiss database is lacking.
- The kisses glossed over in this post are probably not the 10 greatest kisses of all time, but I think they will suffice for a last minute Valentines Day post.
- These kisses are in no particular order. I do like some more than others, but I don’t want to assign ranks. Ignore the numbers. Those are only here for fun/formatting purposes.
- If you are one of the blogosphere’s more refined individuals who believes that a kiss is nought without context and requires a thorough understanding of the show to understand (i.e. you hate spoilers), then you may click on the skip button to move on to the next kiss. Note: The medium through which I experienced the kiss is listed in brackets. This might be good to know.
- Consider the kiss in the opening image of this post as an honorary 11th entry. It was awesome because it was a kiss but also because it was followed by a JoJo reference.
Kaichou wa Maid Sama (manga) skip
There is a reason why this post of mine is one of this blog’s most viewed posts. I am not entirely sure what that reason is, but I’d wager it is because people liked that kiss.
It took a long ass time for Misaki and Usui to get together.
Since close to the beginning, Usui had been consistently confessing to Misaki, and Misaki consistently categorized his confessions as nothing more than childish mockery.
Fortunately, KWMS’es faithful readership were quite content with Usui’s hotness and Misaki’s tsun tsun-ness to put up with the manga, but there was always that deep hidden desire to finally see these two get together.
Then finally, in the 57th chapter (this is a monthly series), they got together and boy was it an excellent confession.
Fed up with her own hesitance and worried that she had been misunderstood once more, Misaki ran up to Usui, grabbed him with a scarf she had knit and kissed him.
Misaki, the demon president who had been painfully stubborn and shy about her feelings for all this time, confessed with a kiss. It was a glorious moment and one that the Shoujo fandom will not forget any time soon.
For being such an adorable kiss and for accompanying one of the most anticipated confessions of all time, this kiss definitely deserves a spot on this list.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (anime) skip
If memory serves me correct, there were three important kisses in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
The first kiss happened between Kamina and Yoko. There was nothing exceptionally great about this kiss, especially since everyone was watching the show for awesome action/hilarious comedy/Yoko’s boobs.
Like the kisses that came after this one, this first kiss was a tragic kiss. One of the lovers would die shortly after, but this was the only kiss where the lover’s death could be attributed to the kiss itself. (Simon watched them kiss, got jealous, couldn’t pilot well, etc, etc and Kamina died.)
The second kiss was quite powerful kiss in this anime and arguably deserving of a spot in this post.
The kiss between Yoko and Kittan was powerful, not only because Kittan, like Kamina, died right after, but also because Kittan knew he was going to die. The kiss was his final goodbye to Yoko, a person he had loved for a long time. It also felt like he had finally stepped out of Kamina’s shadow and into his own.
As great as both of those kisses were, the one I want to include in this post is the final TTGL kiss.
The final kiss, or rather the only kiss between Simon and Nia was a kiss of closure.
The kiss closed the show. It was the final goodbye to one of the best animated adventures of all time and it was also a goodbye to my one of my earliest and most beloved of waifus: Nia.
I know that as a character, Nia is probably not all that special, but I used to have the biggest of crushes on her (and likely still do), so saying goodbye to both the anime and her was hard.
Kanata Kara (manga) skip
The first kiss between Noriko and Izark is special because of the events that conspired right before it.
Argh, I can’t quite find the words to describe what made this event special, but it really was quite awesome. This kiss did not come out of Norko’s overflowing desire for Izark nor did it serve as a confession, it came after Noriko first bore witness to Izark’s demon transformation.
Like any macho hero would, Izard immediately got embarassed/sad and told her not to look. Noriko wasn’t in a position to turn around, so she couldn’t help but look. She got scared, but not because she was scared of Izard’s monster form, but because she felt that she had betrayed the trust Izard had placed in her and he would leave her behind because of it.
From this sense of regret, came her confession and kiss. It was not a ‘I love you even if you are a monster’ confession, it was a “I love you, so please don’t leave” confession.
On top of that, their relationship was adorable so it was great to see it finally result in something.
(I probably used all the wrong words and made the manga look really bad, but trust me…it is pretty good.)
Tora Dora (anime) skip
I need to rewatch Tora Dora sometime. I currently hold the impression that while I liked it, it is probably overrated. Having said that, the kiss in the final episode was nothing to scoff at.
They kissed under the cover of bedsheets and while the scene was perhaps not romantic in the traditional classy sense, it was so very full of love. It was a scene between two people who had never kissed before and as such, it was somewhat awkward, but their love shined and boy did it shine.
Taiga’s repeated, almost silent requests for ‘one more’ moved me so very much.
Arakawa Under the Bridge (anime) skip
Even though it featured a couple, Arakawa Under the Bridge was not a terrible romantic anime. Regardless though, the relationship between Nino and Kou was very sweet. Kou in particular really came to like Nino and her eccentricities.
The kiss between Nino and Kou was something Nino did to prove their relationship. So, it was probably not the most ‘love’ filled kiss of all time, but it was so spontaneous and sudden, you couldn’t help but love it.
Even though Nino didn’t even completely understand the reasoning behind kissing, I’d like to imagine that when she kissed Kou, she did it while being at least somewhat aware that it was only something you do with someone you love.
As an aside, the kiss in the opening song is quite cute to.
Eureka 7 (anime) skip
Ah, Eureka 7.
I’d need to re-watch it sometime, but there is much I could say about this show. It had some great moments and some bad ones to. It had some fun relationships and some sucky ones to.
The relationship between Renton and Eureka was always a bit of a mixed bag in my opinion. For all sakes and purposes, they were both kids (I think Renton was like 14) so awkwardness was to be expected, but that kiss, man, that final shot of the two falling to Earth together was excellent.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (anime) skip
I think most common Hetero Haruhi ship is Kyon x Nagato. While I certainly like Nagato, I have always shipped Kyon and Haruhi.
The relationship between Kyon and Haruhi isn’t terribly romantic (unfortunately), but there is something special there. Kyon is the only person Haruhi really trusts and Haruhi in turn, is the one person Kyon both hates and loves more than anyone else.
The kiss I am talking about happened in the final 1st season episode (if you go by airing date). Even tough the kiss itself was a last minute survival thing and one that Haruhi chalked up to being a dream, it was great regardless.
Ouran High School (manga) skip
Like Kaichou wa Maid Sama, readers of Ouran had to wait a long, long time before they finally got to see a kiss between Haruhi and Tamaki. The wait combined with the silly conversation/typical Haruhi misunderstandings made this a nice kiss.
(To be honest, it could have been better, but Ouran never really was that good in the romance department.)
Bakemonogatari (anime) skip
I think upon seeing this post’s title, Bake fans would have immediately assumed that if I had even a shred of good taste, I’d include episode 12 here.
The relationship between Araragi and Senjōgahara is a relationship made on wit, sarcasm and little hints of affection. It is the smallest forms of concern and affection that Senjōgahara shows for Araragi through conversation that make this relationship lovely.
Episode 12 has been hailed as one of the greatest romantic episodes of all time by some because all the two did together under that brilliant night sky was talk. They talked and then ended their conversation with a supposedly beautiful kiss.
Okay, well perhaps this one is a bit unfair since they didn’t even kiss on screen, but still! The leadup to this implied kiss was too great to not include it.
It really is one of the best romantic episodes I have ever seen.