The Best Anime Kissing Scenes of All Time
What makes an anime kiss stand out?
In the first place, why should you be interested in seeing two 2-Dimensional characters kissing? Well, to put it simply, it is an art form. A kiss in an anime series is just as deep and emotional than a kiss in a blockbuster movie. The big epic kiss is usually the peak of climax (that's quite a naughty term) in the emotional roller coaster ride that the characters in the scenes have experienced prior to the kiss. It is the point where their emotions finally come to a crossroads, where they become intertwined and come together.
Because of the outright nature of kisses being rarely shown directly in anime, the kiss is usually a major point of plot advancement or character development. Sometimes, the kiss marks the time when a character has a sudden revelation regarding his/her feelings towards obviously his/her partner.
The deep emotion expressed with the kiss is usually accompanied by romantic music or may even be supported by a beautifully epic background effect to emphasize the importance of the kiss. Anime kisses are fully capable of pulling our heartstrings when done right, and some, a very rare few, may even become memorable and relatable to a degree.
Risa has been pursuing Otani for a long time. It's always been difficult trying to get it through his thick skull that she likes him. When she finally managed to, he found himself rejecting her multiple times. It probably has something to do with the height difference, probably not. Lovely Complex revolves around the relationship between a girl who's taller than normal and a guy who's shorter than the average anime protagonist.
The series is a good balance of humor and drama. Mood swings are abound, and this scene, accompanied by fireworks in the background is a unique scene in the sense that it isn't the girl who's admitting that she likes the guy, but it's the guy who's confirming his feelings for the girl in the most direct way possible.
The secretive nature of the kiss and the surprise (for both the audience and Risa) is what makes this kiss especially amazing.
...your lips are rough
Wrapped in a blanket pretending to be a bride in a small room illuminated by the moonlight. It is a simple setting where a simple kiss is delivered. After traveling so far, going through so much, eventually realizing that running away from home might have been a stupid freaking idea, and after all of that, realizing that they do indeed have feelings for each other, Taiga and Ryuuji, the two protagonists of Toradora share a kiss so simple it could happen to anyone. But, the emotion, the genuine movements of them kissing 'again' and 'again', subtly and almost poetically, is so deeply moving.
It's truly Toradorable.
Honey and Clover
...appears more as a comedy skit than anything else
There's just something funny about seeing a hysterical, laughing man kiss a shy artist girl who's half his size while giving her an adorable red scarf. The real gold in this scene is the aftermath, where Morita (the male) suddenly panics and runs off, after suddenly realizing what he just did. Hagu, the cute girl in the video soon collapses to the ground, not knowing really how to react. It might not be a direct representation of life, but who knows, maybe people really do act like this when they get kissed by someone out of the blue?
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
...kiss God to prevent the world from ending
This kiss has everything we want in an epic anime kiss. Perhaps the only thing lacking here is the 'massive emotional revelation' that both characters are feeling. But, we are nonetheless treated to a kiss accompanied by ominous latin music, massive creatures walking about in the background, and the fate of the world being decided at the very moment.
To summarize the event, our protagonist (Kyon) is trapped in a world created by a being with the power to manipulate reality like a god (Haruhi). Haruhi isn't satisfied about how the world is, y'see, and because of this she created an entirely new world with only her and Kyon as its inhabitants. What could this mean?
Well, Kyon isn't too concerned with answering that question because if he doesn't find a way to 'convince' Haruhi that the old world is worth living in, then the old world, the world where everybody else resides in, could cease existing. Without giving too much away, tips by his friends come in the form of references to Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Kyon eventually manages to put 2 and 2 together, and, after declaring a somewhat indirect confession of his ponytail fetish, proceeds to plant one of the most beautifully delivered kisses in anime history... before waking up in his bed wondering what the hell just happened.
Five Centimeters Per Second
...unlike the others
It is quite the tragedy.
From the acclaimed Movie: 5 cm per second, the kiss happens under a tree in the middle of winter. As the world seems to be purposely pulling them apart, Takaki and Akari, the star-crossed lovers share a kiss under a cherry blossom tree. They have long been friends, but the distance between them is growing ever larger. The scene is romantic, peaceful, and atmospheric. But it is painful when you realize that this is the only kiss shared between the two characters.
As it is one of the last moments they spend together before they are cruelly separated from each other by the whims of the world.
The entire movie is painful to watch if you're expecting a romantic anime that ends on a good note. Makoto Shinkai is a master of drama. Merely listening to the melody of the song can make you feel... the tragedy that abounds lovers in the real world.
Full Metal Panic
...after so damn long
This kiss has yet to be adapted into the anime scene, but fans were just rejoicing once it happened. After perhaps so many episodes, so many long months spent in the series time line, the kiss that everyone was waiting for finally happened. As the series went on, it became obvious to its followers that its two main characters were slowly becoming attracted to each other. But naturally, this being anime, neither character (or maybe just Sosuke) refused to outright admit it. Then this happens, perhaps accompanied with the chorus of a thousand 'squeeing' fangirls.
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Of the ones mentioned so far, which one is your favorite?
Feel free to discuss down here. --v
I've obviously missed a lot of good kissing scenes.