Summer 2021 was a rather slow season for anime but there were still some incredibly fun anime to watch for the season. And of course, with good anime come amazing couples! Ships are what make anime enjoyable for many because it’s when we’re able to root for a couple and, in a way, we’re joining them on their adventure! Here are the couples that we think deserve the spotlight from Summer 2021.
5. Noe and Dominique de Sade from Vanitas no Karte (The Case Study of Vanitas)
Noe and Dominique have been close friends since childhood as they grew up together. Although Noe sees Dominique only as a close friend so far, it is clear that Dominique has feelings for him. While Noe’s feelings may or may not change, they are still the closest as Noe often drinks Dominique’s blood in order to not activate his powers. What’s unique about Noe and Dominique is that they are always there for each other and understand each other above anyone else. The scene where Dominique sucks on Noe’s blood and when Noe sucks on hers in return is a defining moment in the anime because it’s clear that Dominique has feelings for him but Noe is unaware.
4. Alan Stuart and Mary Hunt from Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta...X (My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X)
Here we have a betrothed couple, but it is clear that they like someone else, aka Catarina Claes. In the game, Mary was the main rival for Alan’s route and her love was unrequited. While the engagement was arranged between Alan and Mary, she fell in love with him when he commented on her gardening skills. But in the present timeline, both Alan and Mary know that they have no romantic feelings for each other but choose to stay engaged so they may chase the person they like. What makes them one of the best couples that deserve to be on this list is that they’re going to support and help each other win over the person they like. Of course, Alan is not aware that they are chasing after the same person so it’s definitely going to be interesting to see how this couple progresses in the later seasons.
3. Kazuya Souma and Liscia Elfrieden from Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki (How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom)
Next up, we have Kazuya and Liscia from How A Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom. The two are initially betrothed to each other as strangers when Kazuya became the temporary king, which made them very confused. But as the anime progressed, we realized that they were perfect together. Where Kazuya lacked, Liscia helped and vice versa making the pair a power couple all over the Elfrieden Kingdom. It is clear that Liscia has started developing feelings for Kazuya and we hope he’s not a completely oblivious protagonist who doesn’t notice her feelings. As a couple who are close and support each other in order to make the kingdom prosper, they know how to set their priorities and still very much care for each other, making it a worthwhile choice on this list.
2. Duke and Alice from Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid (The Duke of Death and His Maid)
In second place, we have another power couple, Duke and Alice from The Duke of Death and His Maid. From the very beginning, it is clear that the Duke and Alice are in love with each other and the curse is in the way. While the curse prevents Duke from touching Alice, they are often creative in their ways of showing their love for each other from a dance without contact to Alice often teasing the Duke with her body. Unlike most people, Alice is not afraid of the Duke because of his curse and instead, cares for him and decides to help him break the curse. The Duke also wants to stop Alice's suffering and remove the curse so that he can cherish her in the best way possible.
1. Takemichi Hanagaki and Hinata Tachibana from Tokyo Revengers
And at the very top, we have the couple whose love for each other transcends time and even death, Takemichi and Hina. Takemichi and Hina are childhood sweethearts who dated in Middle School. The two are very much in love with one another which is clear from the beginning. Hina can read Takemichi in a way no one can and vows to protect him and Takemichi vows to protect her in return no matter how weak he is. The couple never fails to stand up for each other no matter the situation, which shows their dedication to each other. When Takemichi couldn’t believe in himself, it was Hina who made sure that he believed in himself by giving him a kiss and telling him that Takemichi will always be Takemichi and there’s nothing wrong with it. Takemichi and Hina deserve to be at the top because one picks up where the other lacks and they do so without complaining.
We hope you enjoyed this article! Couples in anime are great sources of motivation to keep watching and see if a couple works out till the end. Relationships are extremely beautiful and important and it’s amazing to see a couple flourish in anime. Who is your favorite ship from SUmmer 2021? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!