For all the romantic entanglements that anime brings to the table, there's surprisingly little kissing going on. With some couples, the first kiss may be the only kiss the viewer ever sees. With that in mind, lets take a look at some of the best anime first kisses out there.
Some are romantic and adorable, some are heartbreaking, and one literally saves the world from destruction. Which anime first kiss is your favorite?
Yuuri Katsuki & Victor Nikiforov — Yuri!!! On IcePhoto: MAPPA
The kiss between Yuuri Katsuki and Victor Nikiforov of Yuri!!! on Ice is one that will go down in anime history. Yuuri is a professional ice skater who is left wallowing in depression after a bad professional year. Victor, another pro skater who Yuuri has always admired, agrees to coach him, and the two quickly develop a romantic relationship that culminates in a kiss.
Not only is said kiss emotionally fulfilling for viewers who have been watching their love grow, it also depicts a healthy representation of an LGBTQ relationship, a rare occurrence in anime.
Yuuri and Victor aren't just a couple sharing their first kiss, they do so in front of thousands of ice skating fans during an internationally televised skating event. Realistically, Victor could have been arrested for violating the gay propaganda laws of his home country, Russia. With this in mind, watching the fearless Victor kiss the person he loves so hard he knocks him over is truly inspiring.4,4991,088Was this love at first kiss?
Kurisu Makise & Rintaro Okabe — Steins;GatePhoto: White Fox
You might think that any kiss where the participants find time to reference Albert Einstein's theory of relativity cannot be particularly passionate. If so, Steins;Gate is here to prove you wrong.
Kurisu and Okabe have just realized that Kurisu might have to die so that they can save someone else... but only in one timeline. Maybe. It's complicated. Kurisu's possibly immanent demise is part of what spurs the kiss. Faced with the prospect of losing her, Okabe realizes how close they've grown, and how she's been the only person he could truly rely on.
This is heartwarming, and so is Kurisu's explanation for why she kisses him in the first place. She didn't do it because she wanted to; she did it because powerful experiences such a first kiss are stored in the hippocampus, and aren't easily forgotten. This isn't Okabe's first kiss, but it's his first one with someone he loves, and they end up kissing for a while afterward. The whole thing is awkward and strange, yet somehow still touching and lovely.2,063478Was this love at first kiss?
- Photo: Gainax
Nia Teppelin and Simon of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are a tragic pair, and their first kiss is reflective of that. Nia and Simon loved each other for some time, but were never able to be together due to Nia's status as an alien princess tasked with helping to destroy humanity.
By the time they finally resolve everything standing in the way of their love, it's too late for them to have a real relationship; Nia is going to disappear along with all of the other anti-spirals. Despite knowing that this will happen, Nia and Simon have a wedding ceremony, and share their first — and last — kiss. Can you say heartbreaking?1,976481Was this love at first kiss?
- Photo: Kyoto Animation
Kyon and Haruhi's first kiss may be the most high-stakes kiss to ever appear in an anime. Haruhi is about to destroy the world, so she can remake it into something that she finds more interesting. To stave off a literal apocalypse, Kyon has to come up with some way to make Haruhi want to stay in the current world.
After remembering what she looks like with a ponytail, he decides to kiss her. She thinks he's an idiot, but she also doesn't destroy the world, so she must have been at least a little into it.1,340382Was this love at first kiss?