Anime Discussion: LGBTQ Couples in Anime

In Anime you can pretty much get any crazy story if you look hard for it enough, Today I look at the LGBTQ couples that anime has offered us over the years.

Recently since I have had time to think about myself and what I identity as, I came to a conclusion and I think that is halfly because of the couples I resonate with.

Haruka and Michiru from Sailor Moon

If anyone knows anime, they will know of the Sailor moon Guardians, especially these two Solar System Sailor Guardians Haruka and Michiru.

Haruka identifies as both a man and a woman which is why this couple makes so much sense. Since Michiru and Haruka are one of the earliest examples of a lesbian couple in anime and manga, and Naoko Taekuchi has been upfront in her affirmation that the pair are a relationship, Sailor Moon did a lot to rock the boat with their romance.


Yuri and Victor from Yuri!! on ICE

A couple of years ago we got Yuri!! on ICE. I absoutley loved this series.

Yuri has been a major fan of Victor’s since he was a child, and his skating has profoundly influenced him. Yuri’s childhood dream was to be able to compete with Victor on the ice on an equal footing and eventually surpass the Russian. Yuri’s infatuation for Victor prompted him to acquire a poodle similar to Victor’s and name it after him.

After seeing Yuri flawlessly repeat his free skate, ‘Stay Close to Me,’ Victor enters Yuri’s life.
Victor started out as a physical trainer for Yuri, but after witnessing how his emotions affected his skating, he made an attempt to get to know him on a more intimate level. Yuri was first wary of Victor and kept his distance from him, but as time passed, he warmed up to him.

Yuri and Victor’s close relationship resulted into a most heartwarming scene of exchanging rings and they are now presumed engaged.


Touya and Yukito- Cardcapture Sakura

It was only when Clear card came out a few years ago that I learned about these two. Touya and Yukito have had this chemistry for a very long time and all of the girls go crazy with the mention of these two.

Touya and Yukito’s friendship is regularly shown throughout the series. Touya bestows his abilities on Yue in order to save Yukito’s life. Yukito eventually confesses his love for Touya to Sakura after Touya saves his life, referring to Touya as his “number one.”

Due to censorship, all overt references to Yukito’s homosexual relationship with Touya were omitted from the North American Cardcaptors adaptation, which I find disgraceful.


Misaki and Usagi from Junjou Romantica

Misaki meets Akihiko for the first time when he returns home to find Akihiko clinging to Takahiro Takahashi, and Takahiro introduces the two. Misaki goes to Akihiko’s house the next day since aforementioned person was to be his tutor because Misaki had very terrible grades and would not be able to get into the university that Takahiro was going to before their parents’ deaths.

He has difficulty recognizing that he loves Akihiko because of his hesitant character, despite the fact that his actions suggest that he is deeply in love with his caretaker and easily carried away by his whims. Misaki gradually opens up and becomes less shy in their connection throughout the anime/manga.


Ritsuka and Mafuyu from Given

Ritsuka was on his way to his sleeping location when they first saw each other at school.
The nap location, however, had already been claimed by Mafuyu, who was fast sleeping.
Mafuyu gradually awoke and sat up straight, the two of them staring at one other without saying anything. Mafuyu immediately stepped to the side and offered him a seat.
Ritsuka spotted Mafuyu’s broken guitar after exchanging a few words and asked Mafuyu to have it fixed. When Mafuyu realised it may be, he asked Ritsuka to mend the strings before asking him to teach him how to play the guitar.

Their relationship bloomed over the course of the series and took over the top spot for cutest gay couple from the raining champions Yuri and Victor.


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