I feel like every person has that one ship that they just keep going back to.
It doesn’t matter how long ago you watched the series, or how many other ships you’ve gotten into since then. All it takes is to just see one post relating to that ship and then you just fall right back into it.
Do you ever find that when you’re talking to someone about a series for the first time, you really need to downplay your ship?
So on the outside you’re just like “Yeah, I like these characters. I think they’re pretty cool”.
While on the inside you’re just like “OMG I love them sooooo much! They are my babies! They must be protected and are totally MEANT TO BE! And I can name a bunch of reasons why! But, I don’t want to freak you out, so I’ll just play it cool…“
Once again, thank you @lexinthymia for tagging me, this wa an absolute treat to do. Again, I’m limiting to one per series for fairness and there will be spoilers for some of these series. I admit some of these entries were based on what happened to them in the manga if the anime stopped at a certain point. Also, once again, I probably went into more detail then I needed to with some of these couples, but lets begin!
Honourable mentions that didn’t make the list:
Touken (Tokyo Ghoul), Renruki, Ishihime, Ichihime, and Ginran (BLEACH), Victori (Yuri on Ice!!), Levihan (Shingeki no Kyojin), Royai (Fullmetal Alchmist), Tamaharu and Hikaharu (Ouran Highschool Host Club), Banlaine (Nanatsu no Taizai), Haku x Chihiro (Spirited Away), Hideki x Chii (Chobits), Ayame x Mine and Hatsuharu x Rin (Fruits Basket), Cielizzy (Kuroshitsuji), Shinji and Chisato (Battle Royale: Angel’s Border) and Tetsuo x Kaori (Akira).
10. Hana x The Wolfman - Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki
It’s one of the most short-lived romances on the list, but by God it is so heartfelt! It’s the closest thing to the first ten minutes of Up you’ll get in anime form (in terms of how it hits you emotionally). Right off the bat the film made me care about these two so much as a couple and as individuals. The Wolfman is shrouded in mystery, a lonely figure in search of meaning and belonging, and Hana is optimisitic college student, told long ago to always smile in the face of tradegy and sadness. Together they form a quick bond that is genuine, sweet, and heartfelt. The Wolfman’s death was crushing, especially since we are left to piece together the circumstances of his death, and every scene they appear in together afterwards had me sobbing.
9. Kyoru - Fruits Basket
I have to include this pairing. I watched anime when I was really young, but I didn’t seriously get into it until nine years ago. The anime that threw me beyond the point of no return was Fruits Basket. I originally shipped Tohru with Yuki, but Kyo grew on me as a character and as a result so did his relationship with Tohru. The last few epiodes of the anime pretty much solidified them as one of my firt anime ships; but coupled with the events that happened in the manga and they became an unforgettable ship for me.Their relationship initally brought them joy, pain and uncertainty, but in the end, it healed them in almost everyway possible,allowing them both to move on from Kyoko’s death and find happines together.
8. Rock x Revy - Black Lagoon
I’ve only just recently got into Black Lagoon,
but one of the things I love most about the show is the complex relationship between Rock and Revy. The
chemistry between these two
is insane! I love the banter and dialouge they share together, and they’re
of the same coin in a lot of ways - Revy is nihilistic and cynical, while Rock is calculating and always tries to save those in need, even in a place as chaotic and deathly as Roanapur. Their relationship is based on an ironic twist of the ‘getting a second chance at life’ trope for both of them - Revy gave Rock a second chance at life in a hell-hole of a place, and Rock made Revy realise she has another chance to be more then just a drifter in life. Also, that cigarette
kiss is near iconic at this point.
7. Nishikimi - Tokyo Ghoul
You would not believe how hard it was to
choose between Touken and Nishikimi. In the end I went with Nishikimi
because I had keep this list more anime-focused (keep in mind I only saw the
first season of Tokyo Ghoul and bits of the second season) and my love for Touken has stemmed mainly from later chapters in Tokyo Ghoul: re. The moment Nishiki said he would come back from the dead to kill Tsukiyama if he hurt Kimi, I knew I had a new angsty ship to worship.This couple just hit me in the feels every time they’re on-screen
together or when they mention each other when they’re apart. They gave each other a reason to keep living and have shown they will go to the ends of the earth for each other (Nishiki dragging himself, starving and weakened, to Anteiku to search for Kimi, and Kimi willing to give up her flesh to feed Nishiki). Given the events of :Re, I really hope that it ends well for them, I don’t know if my heart could take it otherwise ;_;
6. EdWin - Fullmetal Alchemist
Edward and Winry are practically made for each other, and it was only a matter of time I started shipping them when I Started watchinG Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. They follow a few of the tropes I absolutely adore in romantic relationhips (childhood friend-to-lovers, promises to protect, and the fighter-healer dynamic). Winry was Edward’s healer both physically (she gave him an arm and leg and repairs them for him) and emotionally, and Edward has been a constant in Winry’s life since she was very young, being there for her when her parents were killed and giving her a reason to put her skills to use. As the series went on, I came love every scene they were in together (of particular mention is when Winry almost shot Scar and their not-so-equivalent exchange moment at the end of the series). Also, the fact Ed might have tried to match her height as a child by using his cow-lick is priceless.
5. Rivetra - Shingeki no Kyojin
Man I wish this gif was actually a scene from the anime. The couple that will never be. Shingeki no Kyojin made it clear from the start that it wouldn’t be pulling any punches when it came to characters’ mortality, but it really hit me when Petra died…and even more so when I saw Levi’s reaction. There was a lot of potential for a relationship to grow between these two; for me they had a lot of chemitry in the moments they were together. As per the trend with quite a few of the couples on this list, they were opposites in a lot of ways, but their differences complimented each other so well. Petra was mother-hen of sorts for the Survey Corp., while Levi was their steel-bound, stoic leader. However, I always felt Petra could see the other part of him many didn’t - that he actually cares about his comrades a great deal and has been through a lot of loss - and Levi always treated her lightly different from the others. It’s a darn shame we didn’t get more moments of them together or find out Levi’s true feeling towards Petra, but regardless, I still ship them for what could have been.
4. Takeo x Rinko - Ore Monogatari!!
the very definition of ‘sweet’!! I just can’t get over how cute, fluffy, and
special their relationhip is. It really helps that they are adorkable
people themselves. Rinko is a kind and sweet girl with a love for
baking and tall, burly men, while Takeo is biggest goofball with
a heart of gold and a strong will to help others.A a result they’re a hugely likeable couple who are so sweet and funny and charming when they’re together. I loved seeing their relationship develop in both the convetional and non-conventional ways of shoujo anime. Also, their character designs just suit each other so, so well!
3. Gutsca - Berserk
I just…oh God, these two! Their relationship is one of the reasons I loved the Berserk anime and continue to read the manga.
I love how a sense of tenderness slowly grew between them, and how they healed each other in small ways when they finally got together. After the Eclipse…oh God, here come the tears again! I don’t want to spoil anything in case anyone of you are reading/watching or want to read/watch Berserk (trust it’s better if you aren’t spoiled for maximum emotional impact), but they’ve been through so much and I desperately want them to have a happy ending together (but this is Berserk, what the chance fo that actually happening? T_T).
2. Tomoya x Nagisa - Clannad & Clannad: After Story
The heart of Clannad is it’s characters and the little adventures
they get up to, but it’s through Tomoya and Nagisa’s relationship that
this all made possible; it is the thread that binds every event and character in the story, including the parallel world with the girl and the robot. These two are incredibly sweet and endearing
together, able to bring the best out of each other, motivate each other
when they’re going through strife, and change each other for the better -
Tomoya came to believe in second chances and see the goodness within
himself because of Nagisa, while Nagisa learned to be more assertive and
gain more self-confidence because of Tomoya. They’re such a likeable and relateable
couple, to the point where fangirled for their moments of joy and sobbed up rivers when sadness or tragedy struck. I love them so much and always will!
1. HitsuHina - BLEACH
This is my only OTP. The only couple that has made me inconsolable after one particular event happened to them. The only couple I have been completely rendered speechless by when I see and think about their bond. The only couple that hold a very special place in my heart. I don’t think I will ever love a ship as much as I love HitsuHina. I have done everything for them that I have never done for any other couple in any other fandom: I have written metas about them, am constantly coming up with fanfic and fanart ideas for them, and once literally sung my praises for them from a rooftop. I can not stress enough how powerful and incredible their bond is: it has survived the worst fo trials and I can practically feel the decades of history between them by just watching them interact. The effect they have on each other is also amazing: Toshiro always endevours to become stronger for Momo’s sake and would do anything for her, and Momo’s bond with Toshiro was strong enough to make her doubt the man she dearly admired. I could sit here all day tell you why I love them so much, but if you’re intereted, I have a whole bunch or ramblings and metas on my blog that can do the job for me.
My Top 10 Anime Ships/OTPs
(spoiler alert for some of the shows)
10. Levi x Petra
Levi x Petra is a rather subtle/ambiguous ship. They might not even have had anything going on between them, but the subtlety is what I love about the ship. I didn’t even think of Levi as the kind of guy to have any romantic relationships. But the very first time I watched AOT, I thought that if they were going to write a romance involving him, this implied/subtle ship is a good way of doing it.
Besides, I seem to have a thing for angst.
9. Rock x Revy
At first, I didn’t think they’d make a good pair at all. I mean, Rock was just this average guy who seemed kind of wimpy compared to Revy. What changed my opinion about him, as well as their relationship, was the fight scene where he stands up to her. As the show went on, we could see Revy looking out for Rock. A lot. I thought it was nice to see her soft spot. It was nice to see that one of Roanapur’s deadliest mercenaries needed the innocence and kindness of a (not so average) Japanese businessman, and would risk her life just to protect him.
Also, that cigarette kiss.
8. Satoru x Kayo
They’re so cute! Yeah, yeah, Satoru is 29, Kayo is 10, this ship is pedophilia, etc. I’m sorry but I’m going to have to disagree with those statements.
My first impression of ERASED was a man who has regrets over what happened when he was 10 years old. A man who has the memory of a lonely girl in a red coat lingering in his mind. So when Satoru goes back in time, I see it as a second chance. A second chance to be 10 again. A second chance to make things right.
So I don’t see it as a 29 year old stuck in a 10 year old boy’s body. I just see it as a man who became 10 years old again, but with 29 years’ worth of memory.
But…is it weird that I’m glad one of my favourite ships didn’t happen?
Okay. Lemme explain. As I continued to watch the show, I realised that the show was more about a boy becoming a hero than a boy-saves-girl kind of story. Even though I was really upset about the ending at first, I ended up accepting it, and even becoming glad about it.
It would be unrealistic for Hinazuki to wait 15 years for Satoru. She’d be wasting the life he gave to her. But just because she married someone else, doesn’t mean that she ever forgot about the boy who saved her. He still remains a very important person in her heart. And he always will.
In the end, I can only remember SatoKayo as a moment in time. A short, sweet time in their lives when they meet the person who will change their lives forever. It’s a kind of bittersweet beauty for me.
So I am glad about the ending. In a sad-glad kind of way.
7. Hitsugaya x Hinamori / Ishida x Orihime
I can’t choose between these two ships.
Anyone who’s seen my blog knows that I ship Hitsuhina. It’s a cute-angsty kind of ship that I wish I could see more of. I like how they’ve been friends since childhood and how their personalities and powers are polar opposities (Hinamori being more outgoing and kind, Hitsugaya being more introverted and grumpy/serious. Hinamori’s fire zanpakutou and Hitsugaya’s ice zanpakutou). Like how can I not ship them?
Ishihime is a painfully underrated ship. I know that some people ship IH because they love Orihime and want her to be happy. Well, I love Orihime too, but that’s why I can’t ship her with Ichigo. Yes, Ichigo does try to protect her, even to the point of turning into a monster to fight Ulquiorra (though he was also thinking about protecting Uryu). But that’s kind of his number one goal - to protect others. One of the things that made me decide not to ship IH is the way Ishida looks at Orihime. It’s just different from the way Ichigo does. He’s the one who knows her, protects her, understands her, and loves her. I loved their dynamic and how they worked as a team in the SS arc. Overall, I think he’s the best guy for our princess.
6. Fakir x Ahiru
Aka the only ship I ship that breaks the first girl/guy rule. I’ve never seen a lead-girl-ends-up-not-with-the-main-guy kind of ship done so well. I can go on and on about the reasons why I ship Fakiru.
But you know what, JUST GO WATCH PRINCESS TUTU!!
5. Minato x Kushina
NaruHina? NaruSaku? SasuSaku? Forget about the shipping wars, this is my OTP from Naruto. I think what really got me into them is how Minato loved Kushina’s red hair, which she thought was ugly. For someone to love the very thing that you hate the most about yourself, the part of you that you feel is the ugliest, I think that it’s a beautiful thing.
This is my favourite Ghibli ship. Hayao Miyazaki’s films were what got me into anime in the first place.
I’m not sure what it is I like about San and Ashitaka so much. I guess it’s the same reason I love movie - their scenes. No, these scenes are not the shoujo, lovey-dovey kind of scenes. They’re powerful scenes that not only define their relationship, but also the movie itself.
The scenes where Ashitaka first sees San, where he calls her beautiful, where she takes him to the Forest Spirit, where she feeds him, where he talks to Moro about her, where he tries to save her from Nago, where she stabs him and he responds with a hug…I can go on and on about this amazing movie and relationship.
I’m not as passionate about this ship anymore, but I’m putting them at no.2 because of the impression they’ve left on me.
1. Soul x Maka
I think this is the first OTP I really fell in love with in anime. Ever since I saw how Soul protected Maka from Crona, I’ve been spiraling deeper and deeper into SoMa hell. I love their bond. I love how they argue but care for each other deeply. I love how they’ll support each other no matter what. I love how they’re always together. I love how they truly are partners.
SoMa even gave me the standard for my other favourite anime ships, namely Royai and Ichiruki. I’ve heard that your OTP reflects what you actually look for in a relationship.
Well, this is what I look for in a relationship. I don’t just want someone who will make butterflies flutter in my stomach. I want someone who will understand me. I don’t just want romantic dates or kisses in the rain. I want someone who will be there for me through all the hurricanes in my life. I don’t just want someone who will throw romantic gifts at me. I want someone who will truly care for me, and I for him. I want someone who will go together with me on this adventure we call life, someone a can share a real bond with.
Sorry for the long rant. And thanks if you managed to reach the end of this post.
I’m tagging @herprettysmile to make a top 10 anime ships list (if you have time or if you haven’t done one already)
I admit to spending an embarrassing amount of time on this.
10. Kaede x Setsu from Mirmo de Pon
Probably my very first anime ship ever, so I have a very soft spot for them. Mirmo de Pon was my childhood; if anyone could please help a poor soul find the complete episodes online? :’(
9. Tomoe x Nanami from Kamisama Hajimemashita
Tomoe knows how to treat Nanami like the goddess that she is, even as he snarks at her all the time. UwU, now I feel like re-watching it just for their moments.
8. Soul x Maka (SoMa) from Soul Eater
I love my protective soul mate ships with an extra helping of angst yes, please and thank you.
7. Amu x Ikuto (Amuto) from Shugo Chara
HE WAITED FOR HER. They saved each other countless times even when they were enemies; she saved him from himself and he loved her as herself no matter her persona, and he vowed to WAIT FOR HER no matter what.
6. Hak x Yona (HakYona) from Akatsuki no Yona
I also love my bodyguard ships. Swoon! (I want someone who has not watched AnY to explain what is going on in this picture.)
5. Sanji x Nami (Sanami) from One Piece
Didn’t mean to ship anyone in One Piece at first, but now here we are. I am full-on heart-eyes (just like Sanji’s) for them.
4. Yato x Hiyori (Yatori) from Noragami
When the mom friend and the dad friend get together to battle gods and demons with their snowpuff son.
3. Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye (Royai) from FMA
Have I said how much I loved angst already? ANGST ^^^ Riza ‘I’d follow you to hell’ Hawkeye and Roy ‘I can’t afford to lose you too’ Mustang, ladies and gentlemen.
2. Shinichi and Ran (ShinRan) from Detective Conan
THEY ARE PRACTICALLY MARRIED AND EVERY ONE KNOWS IT.
1. Hitsugaya and Hinamori (HitsuHina) from Bleach
*directs you to the copious amount of HitsuHina meta on my blog* My tag for them is ‘OTP of OTPs’. Nothing’s perfect, but they’re pretty much close to it! She melted his icy heart and he made her believe again. I JUST CAN’T with these two..!!
If you’re wondering if I literally scoured google images just to find pictures of my OTPs doing the princess carry (aka the bridal carry -
denotes or foreshadows a romantic relationship between the characters) or holding each other, then the answer is, yes, yes I did (totally worth it).
Whenever I think of Hitsuhina, Watermelons pop up in my mind, so gotta include Toshiros fav food xD He tries to look cool eating it btw (ง ื▿ ื)ว and as you may have noticed, I drew the more grown up version of Toshiro hehehe
I also used a simplier coloration so that I make it to this day xD lol I’m glad I finished in time X’D