Anime, as a genre, has had some stunning examples of romantic subplots over the years. In fact one of the early distinctions of anime was that it wasn’t just for kids; many topics such as romance were often addressed from an adult perspective, and not every couple were happy or got a fairytale ending. Today, let’s look at a few of the best examples of the worst.
These are the anime couples who didn’t get happy endings, or in some cases even happy beginnings or middles. Largely, these are from very popular series, and most anime fans will be familiar with the characters referred to within. Though, as this is a continuation of an older article, it can also be seen as a bit ‘mecha-centric’ as all of the series included are from that sub-genre.
#5 Sigyn and Hodr
King Hodr & Queen Sigyn (Broken Blade). Yeah, they don’t really like each other. She’s in love with high school sweetheart Rygart. He seems more into his cook. They sleep in different rooms. Yet neither of them seem able to drop the hammer on the divorce paperwork. They’re too indifferent to each other to even not like each other.
#4 Rick and Lisa
Lisa Hayes & Rick Hunter (Robotech/Macross). Robotech was one of the first big anime series in the US, from all the way back in 1985. That’s almost long enough for some fans to forget just how much they despised this couple. Minmie was almost included, but she has residual cool points for singing ‘We will Wiiiiiiiin!’ as the SDF-1 punched its way through the Zentraedi fleet, so she managed to avoid the nod.
#3 Suzaku & Princess Euphemia
Suzaku & Princess Euphemia (Code Geass). Honestly, it’s amazing these two did not place higher. Between his obnoxious moral character, and her voice acting, this was a match designed to set teeth to grinding. This was one of the few ‘star crossed romances’ in recent anime history where viewers were actually glad when it disintegrated.
#2 Yoko Littner
Yoko & Anybody (Gurren Lagann). Poor Yoko, she tries so hard to be a good romance option. She’s smart, tough, and has a body to make Jessica Rabbit envious. Yet…every guy she gets close to…dies. That same episode. That’s rough. Yoko almost made the list twice, since it happens more than once, but it was decided to just include both her beaus in one shot for brevity.
#1 Shinji & Asuka
Shinji & Asuka (Evangelion). It feels treasonous to include Eva characters because of how great the series is, but there is some consolation to be found in the fact that these two were designed to be dysfunctional from the get-go. Seriously, these two kids should really not be around each other. With her repeat abuse of poor Ikari to the point where he tries to strangle her, they’re a match made in, well, third impact.