Okay, been a few days since I posted. New anime season and all changed my schedule. Almost ready to do a post about the current season. But before that, I thought another regular feature that would be worth doing is some Top Ten lists, since they’re somewhat fun to compile and debate. The first one will be on ‘Kisses in Anime/Manga/VNs’. Now note this list is personal taste. I’m sure there’s plenty of good ones out there. But these ten really did it for me.
#10 – Otani x Risa in Lovely Complex – Now here was a couple that almost never was. They were a great comedy duo but almost at each other’s throats in the process. The true problem causing their relationship reset spam was that Risa had the guts to admit her feelings for Otani – eventually – while Otani was too stubborn to admit he liked Risa back. After several rejections, Risa had just about given up on Otani. Amusingly, Otani finally dropped a pair once the threat of Risa leaving his life was imminent. The icing on the cake was the kiss Otani planted on Risa when she least suspected it then followed it up with a second to calm her down. Short stuff finally acted like a proper man and took the lead when it was needed. And thus, the couple FINALLY got going!
#9 – Shuuichi and Reiko in Fault!! – Well, we couldn’t have a kiss list without one of the more saucy variety! ^^ This couple came from one of Tony Taka’s titles – Fault! Shuuichi and the females in the tennis club were constantly in heat. You can imagine what happened as a result. However, the stylish, enigmatic Reiko Date Wingfield got first crack at dear little Shuu, engaging in one long, sensual, intimate kiss – a rarity in anime full stop. Reiko takes the lead and Shuu complies, with scintillating results. And with Tony Taka artwork to boot, it looked darn good.
#8 – Lelouch and C.C. in Code Geass R1 – This was not your average duo. Man vs world and woman vs self. They were the only person capable of getting to each other or complimenting one’s faults with their own strengths. Episode 11 revealed a side of C.C. she never wished to reveal to anyone. It had an unexpected effect on Lelouch, who would show the odd moment of kindness to C.C. thereafter, whil. When C.C. was in the depths of despair once more, Lelouch fired the classic line ‘If you’re a witch then I’ll become a warlock’ Lelouch was hardly a romantic – he didn’t have time for that. But when it was needed, he knew exactly what to say to C.C. to keep her going. That counts for something. Perhaps it was that which compelled C.C. to give Lelouch a kiss during the closing minutes of the series one finale. Pragmatic since Lelouch needed a bit of drive at that moment – which only C.C. could give him. Still, it signified the bond between those two and what might have been in a not-so-flocked up world. It was still one delish kiss.
#7 – Chiaki and Kana in Minami-ke S1 – The Minami household saw a lot of wacky behaviour therein, despite Chiaki’s claim their lives were pretty normal. Now when Chiaki and Kana were in a fracas, Chiaki’s wit would win out nearly every single time. However, clever scheming allowed Kana to permanently get one up on Chiaki. The topic of kissing sent Chiaki into fear. Yet when Kana proposed Chiaki should give her first kiss to Haruka, Chiaki’s admiration of her elder sister made her comply with the idea. As Haruka was frozen in shock at the thought and Chiaki eagerly awaited with eyes closed, Kana swooped in and stole the prize. Chiaki’s reply was hardly positive.
#6 – Horo and Lawrence in Spice and Wolf S2– Yes, the Jun Fukuyama – Ami Koshimizu pairing gets a double dose on this list. Face it, the two are electric when pairing up with their voicing talents. Lawrence and Horo always had a good deal of flirty, loaded dialogue. But come the end of season two, after nearly losing Horo for good, it was time for Lawrence to stop treating the situation like it could idly last forever. Horo’s reaction was as expected – almost in denial then admitting reciprocation. The subtle banter between these two was delicious and that kiss was the cherry on top we’d been waiting for. I’m not picking the lips one this time. I’m actually calling the hand kiss in the closing minutes and the banter that followed, because the lip kiss earlier that series was a bit weak on the animation side. The leadup to this one was better, the animation was better and it was a nice touch to end a good second series. Besides, you don’t always need the kiss to be on the lips to be effective.
#5 – Nana x Hachi in NANA – Now this is a duo of females with the same name, but one took the nickname Hachi to prevent name confusion. One was living the dream of being a rock star while the other was way out of her depth in the big city. Yet despite their differences, they were good friends all the way. This cute, flirty kiss was delivered by Nana early in the title as a form of gratitude. Nana took it in her stride while Hachi’s head almost exploded. That was par for the course for these two friends. Thankfully, manga-ka Ai Yazawa did it with taste and style. As the visual example, I gave the live-action shot. Hey, if it looked good with real people, you know it was win!
#4 – Tomoya x Kyou in the Clannad Kyou After bonus episode – Okay, confession. I don’t like Nagisa one bit. Kyou and Tomoyo were far and above the two Clannad females I was into. Mainly because they instilled change into Tomoya well before the mess he created in After Story in the Nagisa route. Tomoyo made Tomoya realise he wasn’t worthy as a man and he needed to fix up his life. Tomoyo was the one that instilled some long overdue maturity and made Tomoya work like hell to be worthy of Tomoyo’s love in the long run. If that climax scene in the snow had a kiss, it’d have been on this list for sure, but alas, it didn’t. On the other hand, when it came to Tomoya and Kyou, it’s that scenario of two friends never being able to be fully honest with each other when there’s a third person in the mix. What gave Kyou’s arc an edge was that Tomoya realised what a cold-hearted bastard he’d been and that he should never have let both Fujibayashi sisters fall for him. Thus Kyou was the one who made Tomoya grow a heart at freaking last and come clean with his feelings. The heartbreak scene in the rain, the ‘disguise’ trigger for Tomoya’s confession and ending with that summer-swept kiss – this was a great series of Key moments. Kyou was the only one in the fold that had a similar mindset and attitude to Tomoya. You could imagine those two having fun for a long time.
#3 – Kousaka x Saki in Genshiken S1 – Hey, you didn’t think you could make an anime/manga kisses list without an otaku-style kiss moment?! Ah, Saki – the somewhat normal university woman looking for love. She thought she’d instantly found her dream guy in Kousaka. There was one slight problem – the dreamy-looking Kousaka who looked nothing like your typical otaku was actually one of the most hardcore of them all! It was hard times for Saki to handle Kousaka’s fanboy actions and painful for the other Genshiken members to see Saki get crushed the way she did regularly. Still, Saki persisted. Hey, if you can get over a future line like ‘There’s no way I could ever stop playing H-games!’, you can get over anything, really! With the Genshiken providing Kousaka with a wake-up call, Saki finally got the ball rolling long-term – albeit with a lot of obstacles along the way!
#2 – Akiko x Mari in Girl Friends – Now here was a rare example of a female-female relationship in this industry that was for real, earnest and taken seriously – albeit with a lot of humour and drama. Akiko was the incredibly popular blonde while Mari was the quiet, brainy short black-haired one. Milk Morinaga was able to accurately portray the agony, awkwardness and longing of two girls who cared for each other but struggled to find a way to make it happen. Face it – their kind of love isn’t generally approved of by society as a whole. Their first kisswas intriguing, where Mari, who had always let Akiko take the lead, dared to give a sleeping Akiko a tender one. But Morinaga gave the couple class and was able to achieve the rare feat of making the couple and what happened to them believable, albeit overly dramatic.
#1 – Okabe x Kurisu in Steins;Gate – Even if you put these two against the aforementioned duos, you’d still think this pairing was the wackiest of them all. Yet their insanity was a major part of their electric chemistry. Those two were on a level only they could attain. You loved to see them push the other’s buttons. You loved to see the way they combined to work through the logic of a problem with their own bizarre rationale. And when it came to the crunch, the two cared about each other. For those two to make it amidst the chaos they were engulfed in was rather touching. One of the better transfers of a character arc to an anime series, for which we are grateful. And one of the more refreshing tsunderes in Kurisu who was anything but the typical selfish, violent type – for which we are even more grateful!
So, how did you find that list? Got any examples you think were more worthy? Got any faves from those listed above?
Next time I should finally have a lengthy post about my thoughts on the October season. My IRL friends are already in a war of words on the AJAS forums. Apathy veterans vs fanboy greenhorns – always makes for amusing raging! Peace out all!