Who is your favourite anime couple? (30 Day Anime Challenge) – Day 13

30 Day Anime Challenge

Who is your favourite anime couple?

So, this should be good. Anime has a number of very interesting relationship types and my favourite couple fit right into that mould. It may seem insane to pick a couple from a harem anime, but that’s what I’m doing. My favourite anime couple is Rias and Issei from High School DxD.

Rias and Issei

Why is that?

There are several reasons, but the most recent was in season four – Hero where I got so frustrated with Issei that I took to Twitter threatening to kick him in the nuts if he didn’t tell Rias he loved her. This is not my usual response to harem anime.

They have a fascinating relationship. She literally saved his life, making him a part of her devil family. Even though he was a massive screw up, she persisted with him. He had a quality that only she could see. Issei, himself, struggled to understand why she put up with him.

But time and time again, Issei has stepped up to save Rias and his friends. He has put his life on the line more times than you could imagine, enamouring himself with the other girls under Rias. There was a beautiful moment between Rias and Issei at the end of season three, once he’d saved her from the Juggernaut Drive.

Rias and Issei Beach

What caused the Twitter rage?

Through season four, it became quite apparent that Rias had developed strong feelings for Issei and was struggling to see them returned. Issei had numerous times to confess his feelings, but he just kept blowing it. In one instance, Akeno referred to him as a useless dildo!

Issei, however, had the same feelings but couldn’t bring himself to act on them. In short, he was suffering from post-traumatic stress from the last time he opened up to a girl. She killed him, literally. Finally, though, he found the will to step up and save his nuts from my wrath…

Rias and Issei Kiss

Anything else you’d like to say?

I’m sure there will be people out there rolling their eyes at this, thinking it’s lewd and silly, how can there be a romance? To those people, I say ‘Pull that stick out of your arse and live a little.’ There is undoubtedly a romance element to High School DxD, maybe it’s not your magical view of romance, but it’s definitely there and I love it!

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  1. Well they do look like an interesting couple. I can’t say since I didn’t make it past episode 2 of this anime it is nice to see a relationship grew out of it.

    • It was surprising just how much the characters developed. By the end of season four I was fully invested in their relationship and demanding that Issei steps up and tells Rias how he feels. Can’t say that’s happened to me before.

  2. Issei’s relationship to Rias is the heart of the entire series, and how he’s portrayed is what makes the show as amazing as it is…aside from the fanservice of course.

    There is a lot to unpack in the relationship (that I’ve taken a stab at!), and you should for sure give it another chance.

    • At some point I’m going to have to rewatch the whole thing and make lots of notes. Not like that’ll too much of a hardship.

      Bring on season five. I’ve also started on the manga too.

  3. I wholeheartedly agree with this!

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