View Full Version : Relationship that took the longest to become canon
04-04-2008, 02:44 AM
Sometimes in anime, despite the constant romantic and sexual tension, it seems to take forever before a couple becomes official. The one that comes to my mind right now is the main couple from Yawara: A Fashionable Judo Girl which took 124 episodes and a movie before the couple became established.
Which couple do you think took the longest to become official? You may also include yaoi/yuri couples in addition to straight couples.
Its an interesting topic but could use just a little clarification. Can this include series where you have a "last minute" couple yet there is constant interest/tension throughout the series or a couple where even though they may be with other people for some of the series they're obviously interested in each other only to end up together in the end?
04-04-2008, 03:23 AM
This only includes a couple where there is obvious romantic/sexual tension throughout (even if they get together with others first before eventually settling in with the right one).
04-04-2008, 08:10 AM
For me it was Slayers. 78 episodes, and Slayers Premium and Lina and Gourry still aren't together. (Although I'd prefer a Gourry and Zelgaddis hookup myself!)
With the new series, I'm sure we can add another 26 to it to make it 104. :D
04-04-2008, 08:30 AM
Well, part of it is how you exactly decide what constitutes 'canon'. Urusei Yatsura was nearly 200 episodes long with 5 movies (sorry, I refuse to acknowledge the complete crap that was passed off as the 6th movie) and nearly a dozen OVAs- and Lum and Ataru never truly and officially 'get together' (them manga ends the same way). However, it's pretty much a given from within a season in (namely, the first Christmas episode) that they will get together.
Honestly, much of this just depends on the length of the series- a whole hell of a lot of shows will keep the main couple from officially being 'together' until the very end (re: KOR, MI, Myself; Yourself, etc.) since the plot/drama/comedy depends on the competition from other suitors even if it's blatantly obvious who the canon couple is.
04-04-2008, 11:55 AM
I concur with Slayers.
I think Ranma 1/2 also fits this. I don't think Ranma and Akane even "officially" get together/embrace their feelings & the arranged marriage at the end of the manga series (but I could be wrong?), and how many seasons was the anime? 7?
Currently I'm watching a goofy little shoujo called Kirarin Revolution. Going on over 100 episodes, two of the characters, Kirari and Hiroto, have obvious romantic feelings towards each other. I'm up to episode 58 and they've yet to do anything beyond awkward hugs and a "fake kiss" for a drama they took part in. If they're waiting until close to the end of the series (and a new season was just picked up, so I'd say we have a LONG way to go) to get them really together (if at all), I'd say this is going to be very, very dragged out.
04-04-2008, 03:36 PM
Most triangles in Adachi Mitsuru shows/manga. Touch (mainly) & Miyuki come to mind. When spoilers can be hidden I can elaborate.
04-05-2008, 09:57 AM
Maybe Cardcaptor Sakura. For most of the series, Sakura and Syaoran were in love with the same guy. And Sakura doesn't realise her feelings until the very end.
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