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Back in the day, it was very rare to see two characters get together. Most romance anime ended with the leads possibly confessing. Kissing, hugging, dating, and hand holding? You’d have to read the manga for that. Thankfully, within the past few years, the romance genre evolved.
Characters confess and get together within the first three episodes or less, and we get to see the couple kiss! So we’re here to bring you an update on our Top 10 Anime Kiss Scenes. If you don’t see a couple that you think deserves to be on here, they’re most likely in our old list. Make sure to check that out first before you continue reading. And this should go without saying, but there will be spoilers. With all that said, let’s get started.
10. Yamada x Kosuda from B Gata H Kei (Yamada’s First Time)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2010 to Jun 2010
She’s a gorgeous freshman who’s on a mission; have sex with one hundred guys before she graduates high school. Yamada schooled herself in the art of man pleasing and is ready for some action. If only she can get through her first. Yamada chooses cherry boy Kosuda to be the first guy she sleeps with. But building up the courage to have sex has proven to be quite the obstacle. Will Yamada complete her goal?
It’s Christmas Eve, aka date night in Japan. Yamada and Kosuda managed to go on a date together. While Kosuda is trying to figure out what to do next, Yamada is trying to book a night at a love hotel. The two walk through a love hotel district, and a makeout park, but the mood was awkward. Finally, Kosuda decides to kiss Yamada, but freezes in the process. After an awkward pause, Yamada slams her face into Kosuda to force a kiss. It hurt her forehead, but at least she managed to slip in a french kiss.
9. Ryouta x Himiko from BTOOOM!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2012 to Dec 2012
Ryouta is your typical NEET. No job, not in school, and rude to his mother. The only thing Ryouta is good at is being one of the top BTOOOM players in Japan. He even has an online wife. One day, Ryouta is knocked out and taken to an island, along with eight other people. Equipped with bombs and a green gem implanted in his hand, Ryouta is forced to participate in a battle royale in order to escape the island. What’s worse is that he’s competing with eight angry, insane, and mentally broken people.
It is the moment we’ve been waiting for. The time when Ryouta and Himiko realize that they’re already married in the game. With episode 12, Himiko decides to give up her gem in order for Ryouta to escape the island. But Ryouta rejects her offer right away and tells Himiko that he loves her. Himiko cries and the two share a passionate kiss...followed by a cliffhanger caption that says “Continue the Game: Yes or No?”. If we do get a season two, we’d love to see more romantic moments like this.
8. Shirayuki x Zen from Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jul 2015 to March 2016
Shirayuki is an independent woman who works as an herbalist. One day, Prince Raj kidnaps Shirayuki and forces her to become his concubine. Luckily, Prince Zen from the neighboring kingdom, comes to rescue Shirayuki. The two fall in love, but a common herbalist can’t be with a prince, right?
At this point in the series, Shirayuki and Zen have admitted to wanting to be by each other’s side forever. They’ve held hands, hugged, and shared stories of their pasts. All we need is a kiss to seal the deal. But Shirayuki gets nervous and doesn’t want to rush things. Zen understands, but can’t help himself and kisses Shirayuki. Shirayuki faints at the sudden gesture. Being the charming prince that he is, Zen carries her bridal style all the way to her room.
7. Gouda x Kamine from Tsurezure Children (Tsuredure Children)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2017 to Sept 2017
Several couples, several stories. We follow the romantic tales between all sorts of couples in high school. Some are trying to confess, while others are in love. But they all have one thing in common; it’s their first relationship.
There are all sorts of kiss scenes throughout Tsuredure Children. We’ve decided to choose Gouda and Kamine’s first kiss for being the cutest. Kamine is a sweet girl who wants to do more couple-like things with her boyfriend, Gouda. Gouda is absolutely clueless when it comes to romance. Kamine admits that she wants to be more intimate with him, so Gouda immediately kisses her. It was so sudden that Kamine blushes and chokes. Feeling embarrassed, Kamine kisses Gouda again, and the two share a magical moment together.
6. Risa x Otani from Lovely Complex
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr 2007 to Sept 2007
Risa is 172 cm tall while Otani is 156 cm. The two are always arguing about something, to the point where the class calls them a comedy duo. From their disputes, an unlikely friendship is born. Or maybe something more?
Risa and Otani have shared a few kisses throughout the series. We’ve decided to choose episode 18’s kiss scene for being the most romantic. It’s Risa’s birthday, so her friends and her go to the school rooftop to enjoy the fireworks. Otani shows up late, and tells Risa to meet him at a corner so her friends wouldn’t see them. Otani gives Risa a necklace with a cute bunny on it. Then, Otani kisses Risa while her friends are distracted by the fireworks. Risa gets flustered, so Otani kisses her again as the fireworks shine.
5. Victor x Yuri from Yuri On Ice!!!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2016 to Dec 2016
Yuri Katsuki lost a major figure skating tournament, and decided to retire. But after a figure skating practice video of him goes viral, Yuri has caught the attention of the champion; Victor Nikiforov. Victor chooses to take a break from figure skating to help Yuri become the next champion. But with the rise of the junior champion, Yuri Plisetsky making his senior debut, can Yuri Katsuki even pass the first round?
At this point in the series, it is apparent that a romance is blooming between Victor and Yuri. Ignoring Victor’s flirtatious personality, we can tell that he genuinely cares for Yuri. Plus Yuri admitted at a press conference that he wants his performance to be a love confession to Victor. In episode 7, Yuri lands all of his jumps and adds a few new moves as well. The crowd cheers at Yuri’s new personal best score. Victor, he runs up to Yuri and kisses him. The crowd cheers even more and tosses roses at them.
4. Takeo x Yamato from Ore Monogatari (My Love Story)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr 2015 to Sept 2015
Takeo is a hopeless romantic, but all of his crushes fall for his good looking best friend. While on the train, Takeo spots a pervert groping a high school girl. He calls out the pervert and forces him to leave. The girl turns around to thank him, and in that moment, Takeo falls in love.
We were curious as to how Takeo and Yamato’s first kiss would look like. Since Yamato is so tiny and Takeo is huge, we just couldn’t picture it looking romantic. In episode 18, we were proven wrong! While Takeo is asleep, Yamato quickly kisses him before leaving. Takeo wakes up shortly after, and runs through the snow to Yamato’s house. He asks if he can kiss her properly and Yamato nods. Takeo bends down to kiss her. They blush and hug each other as the snow continues to fall.
3. Ikki x Stella from Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2015 to Dec 2015
Ikki is considered to be the worst mage at Hagun Academy. While moving into his dorm, he opens the door to Stella Vermillion changing. Not only was he assigned to dorm with a girl, but the strongest mage in the academy as well. They don’t get along at first, but Stella agrees to help Ikki become better at magecraft.
For this series, we’ve decided to choose Ikki and Stella’s final kiss scene in episode 12. It is a hard journey for Ikki. He is kidnapped and tortured, then escapes, only to nearly die while fighting Touka at the school tournament. But after coming out victorious, Stella runs to Ikki and hugs him. Before Stella takes him to the hospital, Ikki asks Stella to become a part of his family. Stella cries and says “Yes, make me your bride!” The crowd goes wild at the sudden proposal, while Ikki and Stella embrace each other into a kiss.
2. Issei x Rias from High School DxD BorN
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2015 to Jun 2015
Oppai enthusiast, Issei Hyoudo is back at it again. Rias decides to use their summer vacation as a training camp to strengthen her team. There, Koneko is forced to face her treacherous past. Making matters worse, the mischievous God Loki, rallies up a team to defeat the Red Dragon Emperor once and for all.
After a long and difficult battle, Issei and Rias are suddenly transported to a beach with a beautiful sunset. Rias admits to Issei that she was jealous at all the attention he gets from the girls at the Occult Research Club. She was afraid that Issei didn’t care about her anymore. But when Rias saw how hard he fought for her, Rias realized that there was nothing to worry about. Issei goes up to Rias and says “Let’s go home, Rias.” For the first time, Issei calls Rias by her name instead of “President”. The two lean in and share a romantic kiss.
1. Kurisu x Okabe from Steins;Gate
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr 2011 to Sept 2011
Okabe is a crazy mad scientist, inventing futuristic gadgets, and making scientific breakthroughs...at least in his mind. In actuality, Okabe and his friends work at an apartment in Akihabara, trying to invent the next big thing. One day, Okabe’s invention works, but leads to some strange events. The phone microwave can send emails back in time, but these emails drastically change history. A unique must watch sci-fi thriller, Steins;Gate is a non-stop race against time.
Okabe has a serious chat with Kurisu. He feels tired and broken, and explains to her all that he’d done to prevent Mayuri’s death. Kurisu calms him down, but Okabe says that he doesn’t want to abandon the person he cares about most. Kurisu blushes, and Okabe says that he loves her. He wants to know how Kurisu feels, so she tells him to close his eyes. When he does, Kurisu pulls him in for a kiss. When they separated, Kurisu says that she didn’t want to do that, but Okabe says that he doesn’t want to forget this moment. So he grabs Kurisu and kisses her again. Who knew Okabe was such a sly dog?
We’re so happy that we’re out of that “will they, won’t they?” rut. And we’re excited to see many more romantic kiss scenes. Did you like our list? What are some of your favorite kiss scenes in anime? Let us know, and we’ll be sure to respond as soon as we can. Happy Valentine’s Day!
The kiss is rarely shown in anime, because it is often something really special and shows two main protagonists going through a lot emotionally until the actual kiss. They often go through a sort of emotional roller coaster until the characters need to come together and show their true feelings. Which makes the kiss scene in anime as important and emotional as in a movie on the big screen.
This list contains a mix of epic kisses which makes it a really interesting Top 10 to be doing, because everyone out there has their own special kiss between their favorite anime characters.
1st Moment - Naruto
Naruto is a anime about ninjas, friendship and working hard towards a goal. But it also contains one awesome kiss as well. More of a really funny kiss but nevertheless it needs to be on this list. Uzumaki Naruto and his rival Uchiha Sasuke have just started the ninja academy where they will train to become powerful ninjas. Sasuke is your all classical silent tough guy and is really popular with all the ladies. While Naruto is the practical prankster of the class and the whole town.
It’s a really funny mistake that happens when Naruto is sitting on the desk in front of Sasuke as they glare at each other giving each other mean looks. All of a sudden, Naruto loses his balance, trips forward and Naruto and Sasuke kiss. All the girls got so mad because it was Sasuke’s first kiss that Naruto stole.
2nd Moment - Steins;Gate
Steins;Gate is about The eccentric scientist Okabe, his childhood friend Mayuri and the otaku hacker Daru. They have created a Laboratory for future technology and spend most of their time hanging out in the lab and inventing new gadgets. The only invention they created that is interesting is the Phone Microwave, which they later discover it can send text messages to the past.
Steins;Gate has a more serious touch in story and character development. The actual kiss between Makise and Okabe is really beautiful, with the lightning coming from the window and how their slowly giving into each others emotions.
3rd Moment - Eden of the East
Eden of the East has a rather different story. On November 22, 2010, ten missiles hit Japan. This terrorist act, later known as Careless Monday, did not have any victims and it is quickly forgotten. 3 months later, Saki Morimi, a young woman living in the United States of America is on her graduation trip in front of the White House in Washington DC. She gets into trouble but one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this strange man called Akira Takizawa, seems to have lost his memory, completely naked, and is holding a gun in one hand. In the other hand, he holds a phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen.
About the kiss in this anime, it is as unexpected as the story is for this anime. It’s a really cute and nice kiss and the audience looks pretty much the same as Saki Morimi. Totally in shock from the cute kiss that she receives from Akira Takizawa.
4th Moment - Full Metal Panic
An anime about Sousuke Sagara, a seventeen year old military specialist, who works for the secret organization MITHRIL. His mission is to protect the latest “Whispered’’ candidate Kanami Chidori, which is not so easy because he needs to protect her and get used to living an average school student life. Not so easy for someone raised on the battlefield.
This kiss between Kanami Chidori and Sousuke Sagara is very emotional and it’s that kind of kiss where the girl is all concerned about the boy, but first yells at him. Later she ends up in tears and the only way to express their feelings further is through a simple, but emotional kiss.
5th Moment - Honey and Clover
Takemoto Yuuta, Mayama Takumi and Morita Shinobu are college students who share a small apartment. Like college students are known for, they live in poverty. But the three of them live life to the fullest with the pleasures of the small things in life. The anime follows these three characters life stories as poor college students, but also their love life when a small, gifted 18 year old girl named Hanamoto Hagumi, makes an appearance.
This is a really nice kiss because it is so extremely cute and hilarious with the male protagonists reactions after the kiss. Even when he sprints away from her, the reaction of Hagumi just standing there with the muffler covering all of her face.
6th Moment - Itazura na Kiss
Ever since Kotoko Aihara entered high school, she always wanted to be in the same class as Naoki Irie. The only problem is that Irie is the smartest student and Kotoko is the dumbest. She is now in her 3rd year at the school and she still isn’t close to her goal. But one day her home gets destroyed and the only place left to stay is at Irie’s home. Now that she lives so close to him, will it just be the same-old-same-old between them, or will something great happen?
This kiss is also one of the so called “surprise kisses,” but a really good one. Kotoko is so surprised by the kiss that she is just gazing and can’t believe what’s happening. First, Kotoko is at tears saying she just wants to forget him and the thought of college. Irie’s answer is, “Then go ahead and try”. And he slowly leans in for the kiss.
7th Moment - Lovely Complex
Lovely Complex revolves around the relationship between a girl who’s taller than normal and a boy who’s shorter than the average anime protagonist. The story is a mix of humor and drama. Koizumi Risa and Atsushi Otani have always been friends and have been known as a comedy duo, but as their friendship goes on, so do their feelings.
The thing that is different about this kiss is that it is the boy who admits and explains to the girl in the best way possible how he really feels about her. The kiss is a big surprise in a really great way. They sit down, there are fireworks in the background, and you can hear Otani’s voice, Koizumi? She answers, turns her head, and then their lips meet.
8th Moment - Kaichou wa Maid Sama
The anime is about Misaki Ayuzawa who is the first female student council president at a once all boys school, but now turned to a coed school. She is a very strict person, but she has a secret. She works at a maid café due to her family’s circumstances. One lovely day, one of the popular students, a notorious heart-breaker Takumi Usui, discover her secret. He makes a deal with her in order not to tell everyone else about it and all he demands is that she spends some time with him.
A really awesome kiss, their both on the schools rooftop and out of the blue, Usui grabs Ayuzawa and just kisses her and then explains his true feelings. A shocking kiss that is also the reason he jumps off the roof.
9th Moment - Sword Art Online
The anime is about a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online game in the near future. The games is called Sword Art Online, and the players control their avatar through brain waves using a technology called NerveGear. But to everyones surprise, when they enter and log into the game, they cannot log out. The scary part is, if they die in the game, they die in real life.
This kiss is really emotional and sweet because of the previous fight, which took place before the kiss. Because of that, it makes the kiss special for the viewers and both main protagonists. Making the kiss mean so much more for Kirito and Asuna.
10th Moment - Toradora
Even though Ryuji Takasu has a gentle personality, his eyes make him look intimidating. Class rearrangements put him together with his best friend, Yusaku Kitamura, and his hidden crush, Minori Kushieda. With this, comes Kushieda’s best friend, Taiga Aisaka, who has a delicate appearance with a brutal personality. Secretly in love with Kitamura, Taiga agrees to help Ryuji with his love life as long as he helps her.
A very cute and sweet kiss, also a highly emotional moment. The lightning and the music helps a lot to set the mood for this scene. It displays as something really innocent and beautiful. You can really feel the connection between Ryuuji and Taiga.
There we go! It was not an easy task to decide which kiss deserved the number 1 spot, but I am really sure Toradora! sits really good up there as number 1. Of course, it was really tough to decide a so called “winner,” but as we all know, there are so many other great anime out there with great kisses.
I hope you guys liked it?! Be sure to let us know in the comments what anime kiss scene you like the most.