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Anna Lindwasser
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Anime fans get super invested in the pairings they like, and sometimes even more so in pairings they do not like. For every beloved anime couple, there exist anime characters who ended up with the wrong person. Sometimes, a perfect anime finale gets ruined by bad anime couples who never should have gotten together. A few of these ill-suited anime pairings appear below, so be prepared for some SPOILERS if you read on.

Many different reasons can help to explain why a relationship might be totally unappealing. Sometimes the reason is obvious, like with Rin Kaga and Daikichi Kawachi of Bunny Drop. Even though Daichi raises Rin since she was six and he was 30, the two start a romantic relationship when she's 16. In other cases, the reasoning is more subtle, and more subjective. A lot of people think Ichigo would have been better off with Rukia in Bleach, and get very passionate about it – but others like his canon choice to marry Orihime. All of these poor anime pairings are up to debate, but the fact people debate them at all is not a great sign for their longevity.

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Rin Kaga Marries Her Father Figure In 'Bunny Drop'

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When Rin Kaga and Daikichi Kawachi first start getting to know each other, Rin had recently lost her father, and Daikichi, her father's adult grandson, decided to adopt her.

Nothing about this scenario sounds even remotely romantic, so when the Bunny Drop manga turned the father-daughter duo into an official couple, some readers voiced their displeasure. At first, Daikichi rejects the 16-year-old Rin's request to get married and have children, but as soon as they learn they aren't biologically related, he changes his mind.

Who else could Daikichi have dated? Well, he tries to get into a relationship with a woman named Yukari, but she rejects him because her teenage son isn't into the idea of her being in a relationship. In another creator's hands, Yukari might not reject him, and instead have a heart-to-heart talk with her son. Or, Daikichi could date literally anyone else in the world besides the teenage girl this now 40-year-old man has raised over 10 years. 

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Kyousuke Kousaka Has Options Besides His Sister In 'My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute'

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Kyousuke Kousaka has multiple romantic options, but he chooses to pursue his sister Kirino instead. The two even have a wedding – not a real one, since siblings can't legally marry, but a ceremony designed to celebrate their romantic feelings nonetheless. 

Not only is this inherently unappealing to the majority of viewers, it's still not a great relationship even if you are an inbreeding fan. Kirino is consistently cold and cruel to Kyousuke, showing no appreciation whatsoever for all the times he goes out of his way to help her. What's more is that Kyousuke actually has a healthy relationship with Kuroneko before he randomly develops feelings for his sister, so this poor girl gets shunted to the side. With a title like My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute, it's not like this development comes out of nowhere, but in the story itself, it feels arbitrary and unfair. 

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The reason Misa Amane and Light Yagami get together stems from Misa's obsessive devotion to the one she believes enacted justice for her murdered parents. Still emotionally raw from the trauma of their deaths, Misa is ill-equipped make good decisions about, well, anything. Light, meanwhile, feels no interest towards her romantically, but he does like the idea of using her to further his career as a serial killer.

What's disappointing is that they never move past this. Light distances himself from Misa when he no longer needs her help, only to happily use her when it's to his benefit. Misa deserves better than being a mass murderer's groupie, and Light should probably be with someone who he can have a real conversation with. That is, assuming you believe Light deserves to be with anyone

Many fans suggest that Light is best suited for L, the detective trying to catch him. Intellectual equals with similar priorities and personalities, Light and L complement each other by forcing the other to be their "very best." The whole cat-mouse aspect of their relationship sort of ruins that theory, but it could work, especially when you consider how much they clearly value each other.

Misa, on the other hand, deserves someone capable of actually showing love – and that's Touta Matsuda. He's a kind, well-meaning person who treats everyone around him with respect. If Misa doesn't want someone quite that wholesome, she could date Kiyomi Takada, Light's other girlfriend. Seeing the two of them unite against Light would be a feminist dream come true. 

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The end of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX features one of the most bizarre, unsettling end game relationships in the history of anime. Protagonist Yuki Judai (known as Jaden Yuki in the dub) follows his kidnapped friend Johan (Jesse) Andersen into an alternate dimension that vaguely resembles hell. There, the being who kidnapped Johan possesses Judai and forces him to commit a plethora of atrocities, which include enslaving and killing thousands of sentient card spirits, and murdering nearly all of his friends. While the dead do come back to life, the experience remains.

Who is making Judai do all these awful things? As it turns out, it's his girlfriend from a past life, Yubel. She kidnapped Johan out of jealousy, because Judai was showing him too much affection. She made him kill all those people for a series of convoluted reasons that boil down to wanting him to accept her back into his current life. This means literally living in his body like a parasite, since Yubel lacks her own physical presence. 

Judai accepts her terrible proposition on the grounds that in his past he had apparently loved her, and she had made some serious sacrifices for him. For the rest of the series, Yubel just sort of lives in his body, helping him win card games and warping his personality such that the formerly friendly guy completely isolates himself from everyone who cares about him. 

To be fair to Judai, Yubel would probably have killed him if he hadn't accepted the relationship on her terms, but that doesn't make it any less horrifying a conclusion. Ideally, Yubel would have been defeated by card games, and Judai could have gone on to continue his close relationship with Johan. Or Asuka, who he showed vague interest in at one point. Or Shou or Kenzan or Manjoume or literally any other character besides the person who treated him so poorly.

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