Today I have yet another tough question to answer for my manga challenge (and yes I do find myself saying this everyday!). For my eighth challenge I have to pick my favourite manga couple which is definitely a challenging question.
I think my first pick for favourite couple has to go to Mashiro and Miho in Bakuman. Their relationship lays the foundation for everything Mashiro and Takagi go on to do with their dreams to do with creating manga and it’s just a really sweet bond Miho and Mashiro have. It’s a relationship that isn’t always at the front of your mind because at the core of the series Bakuman is about the manga industry and working within it. I think the fact we never see too much of their relationship is also what makes it so pure and makes it work so well for the story though. We’re left with a more than satisfying ending and definitely aren’t left with the feeling of needing to have seen more of the two together. Definitely one of the best couples.
I was talking about Dengeki Daisy yesterday when I called Kurosaki one of my manga crushes and thinking about it I realised that the series gave me one of my favourite couples in Teru and Kurosaki. The two don’t look like they should work in the beginning but they build up a close bond and tease and joke about with one another relentlessly but still ultimately stay extremely close to one another. Teru is outspoken and won’t stand for doing nothing while being protected by Kurosaki, she’s her own person, but on the flip of the coin Kurosaki deeply needs Teru to keep him going. It’s an interesting dynamic but something I like a lot.
Next up we have a slightly odd choice. I’ve picked Hiyori and Yushin from Hiyokoi. I’m not too sure why my mind went for this choice but I think it’s because I find Hiyori pretty cute and she goes through a lot in order to confess and get together with Yushin. She’s so short and cute that you can’t help but cheer for her as she gets closer to Yushin. On the flip of the coin I think I really like Yushin because he’s kind and genuine and will look after Hiyori no matter what. The two are pretty perfect together and I hope they stay together as long as the series continues.
For my final pick I’ve gone for yet another slightly odd choice in Hikaru and Minato from Sora Log. At only four volumes long I got through the series surprisingly quickly originally and didn’t think it’d stand out in my memory for long but it does. Hikaru and Minato never go through any overblown dramatic moments during their story leaving us with a tale that feels real and leaving Hikaru and Minato as a stronger couple for it. I wish the series would be licensed for release as I’d snap it up really quickly just to relive this tale a few times more. Hikaru and Minato are by no means perfect for one another – but they’re mature and talk through their differences like a lot more shojo characters should. That’s why they’re a favourite couple of mine.