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The 20 Best First Meetings In Anime

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The best anime couples have unique stories of how they met and fell in love. Among their beginnings are some of the best first meetings in anime. The greatest initial encounters between love interests are those that are outside the norm. They are moments that are so bizarre, you can't possibly forget it. Sometimes, they're so beautiful that they move you to tears, and other times, they're so comical you can't stop laughing.

Not all of these first encounters are the beginning of a love story. Some first meetings are the start of a significant friendship or even the development of a rivalry. First meetings are often the turning point of the plot, and may at times be shrouded in mystery for the majority of a series. They all prove that at any moment, your life could change forever. Vote up the most awesome first meetings between two characters in anime. 

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    Alex Louis Armstrong And Sig Curtis - 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'

    Photo: Bones

    Just two burly, strong men flexing their muscles for each other. Nothing unusual about that. When Sig Curtis lands an impressive blow on Sloth, Armstrong can't help but admire this man's strength. As if they're telepathically connected, they take turns showing off their muscles before shaking each other's hands. Then they both finish Sloth off with a double punch. Can you name a more memorable showcase of manly camaraderie?

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    393 VOTES

    Mugen And Jin - 'Samurai Champloo'

    Photo: Manglobe

    Mugen and Jin's first meeting results in an amazing swordfight that's arguably one of the best anime fight scenes. Jin enters Fuu's restaurant at the wrong time, causing Mugen to mistake him for the prefect's bodyguards. This battle ends with the restaurant burning to the ground and the two of them are wrongfully sentenced to death by the local authorities. Fuu helps them escape, marking the beginning of an incredible friendship among the three.

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    576 VOTES

    Tohru And Kyo - 'Fruits Basket'

    There are a number of ways a first meeting can go wrong. But seeing a boy turn into a cat is probably not what one would expect. When Tohru moves into the Sohma household, Kyo suddenly crashes through the roof and challenges Yuki to a fight. As if that's not strange enough, Tohru accidentally falls onto Kyo, making him turn into a cat before her very eyes. It's honestly surprising that Tohru didn't faint from shock. 

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    1680 VOTES

    Atsushi And Dazai - 'Bungou Stray Dogs'

    Photo: Bones

    It's not everyday you save someone from drowning and they're not happy about it, but such is the case for the kind-hearted Atsushi who spots Dazai floating downstream and pulls him to shore. Dazai's unusual response takes this encounter out of the ordinary, and simultaneously gets you intrigued about his character.

    It says a lot about both of them in just the few minutes of the series' beginning, yet you know there's so much more to learn.  

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