If there’s one thing anime fans love, it’s a good romance, and 2022 has been chock full of them. From brand-new and highly anticipated titles to old favorites making a return, just about every anime this year has introduced an adorable love story for fans to swoon over. There have been many incredible couples throughout 2022, each capturing the hearts of fans everywhere with their chemistry and heartwarming relationships.

It almost feels too hard to choose the best out of them all. However, some anime couples have touched the hearts of fans more than others this year and are easily the most popular. Whether they’re a strong power couple or a cute high school crush, these anime couples have become fan favorites and are the best of 2022 so far.

15. Ataru & Lum Are A Classic Pair With A Modern Update

Urusei Yatsura

Ataru Moroboshi and Lum from the 2022 Reboot of Urusei Yatsura

For decades, Rumiko Takahashi’s works have been adored by anime fans everywhere. Among her many incredible classics is Urusei Yatsura which, up until recently, has been widely overlooked by modern fans. Luckily, with the 2022 reboot of the series, viewers are able to relive its magic and fall in love once again with the zany and unpredictable relationship between protagonist Ataru Moroboshi and the beautiful Lum.

Though they don’t exactly hit it off immediately, it’s hard to resist the charm and chemistry between these Ataru and Lum. They’re one of those couples who learn to love each other the closer they get, which is probably a big reason why they still appeal to audiences even today.

14. Ayumu & Urushi’s Rivalry Is Irresistible

When Will Ayumu Make His Move?

Ayumu and Urushi stadning side by side in When Will Ayumu Make His Move?

When Will Ayumu Make His Move? is yet another rom-com series that takes cues from the ever-popular Teasing Master Takagi-san. It centers around a kendo student named Ayumu Tanaka, who finds himself crushing hard on Urushi Yaotome, the president of the Shogi club.

To get closer to her, Ayumu joins the team and is determined to only confess his feelings to her after he’s beaten her in a competition. Unfortunately, this proves to be much harder than he first anticipated. Though Ayumu and Urushi are far from a couple yet, their adorably hilarious dynamic is nearly impossible for fans to resist.

13. Suletta & Miorine Become An Unstoppable Duo

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury

Suletta and Miorine from Mobile Suit Gundam The Witch from Mercury

Romance has always played a surprisingly large role in mecha anime, and that’s no different for the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. Gundam has always had a strong emphasis on relationships, and with the newest installment of the franchise, it plays a bigger role than ever.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury centers around Suletta Mercury and Miorine Rembran, two young girls who find themselves joined by fate when Suletta wins Miorine’s hand in marriage after defeating her fiancé in a duel. From then on, they become an inseparable pair and an unstoppable duo, fighting to right the injustices of their school and the world they live in. Though their relationship isn’t necessarily romantic in nature, many hope this power couple becomes more than friends.

12. Aileen & Claude Learn To Trust Each Other Over Time

I’m The Villainess, So I’m Taming The Final Boss

aileen with claude on ramparts

The Villainess trope has been a popular storyline within anime for the last few years with no signs of slowing down any time soon. I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss is the most recent installment within the genre, following a similar format to most Villainess series.

Protagonist Aileen finds herself reincarnated as the villainess of an otome game. In order to prevent her doom, she makes it her mission to win the heart of Claude Jeanne Elmir, the final boss of the game. Though fans have seen this setup many times before, few can resist the charm of Aileen and Claude’s budding relationship as they learn to trust each other and work together to bring peace to their world.

11. Jirou & Akari Aren’t A Couple, But Many Think They Should Be

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Jirou and Akari from More Than A Married Couple, But Not Lovers.

More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers was one of the most anticipated new rom-com series of the year, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The series centers around the complex yet oh-so-swoon-worthy relationship between protagonist Jirou Yakuin and Akari Watanabe.

The two wind up living together after their school assigns them as partners for the “marriage practical”. Though they’re seemingly uninterested in each other at first, it doesn’t take long for sparks to fly between them. They aren’t together, but fans all wish they were, as they’ve easily become one of the best couples of 2022.

10. Himuro & Yukimura Make A Comically Adorable Pair

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Ayame Himuro and Shinya Yukimaru get intimate in Science Fell in Love, So I Tried To Prove It.

In Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It, scientific rivals Shinya Yukimura and Ayame Himuro share a romance unlike any other in anime. Though the two have clear feelings for each other, they want to prove their love scientifically through a series of experiments.

This unusual setup makes for a hilariously adorable budding relationship that fans can’t help but love. Himuro and Yukimura first captured audiences’ hearts back in 2020 with the premiere of the first season. This year, they’re back and more endearing than ever, easily earning a spot as one of the best couples of 2022.

9. Damian & Anya Are Too Cute To Resist

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Anya making her meme face as she and Damian face off in Spy x Family

From the moment these two meet, Damian Desmond and Anya Forger are an iconic pair. Though they don’t always get along, they have some of the cutest interactions in the whole series. Considering that Spy x Family is almost nothing but wholesome, that’s a feat in and of itself.

Damian and Anya have a hilarious and fun dynamic that feels exactly like kids dealing with their first crush, and it’s nothing short of precious. Damian and Anya are still just little kids, so it’s highly unlikely they’ll become an actual couple anytime soon. Nevertheless, fans can’t resist their comically cute dynamic.

8. Naofumi & Raphtalia Have Become Instant Favorites

The Rising Of The Shield Hero

Naofumi fishing with Raphtalia in Rising of the Shield Hero

Fans adored the relationship between protagonist Naofumi and his faithful companion Raphtalia in the first season of The Rising of the Shield Hero. With the second season, fans are treated to more of this beloved duo and their many adventures together.

Even in such a short time, the pair has had many ups and downs, but they’ve managed to overcome them altogether. Though Season 2 has ended on a disappointing note overall, fans still appreciate the loving bond between Naofumi and Raphtalia, and it remains one of the best parts of the series.

7. Fudo & Desumi’s Secret Romance Is Nothing But Lovable

Love After World Domination

Desumi and Fudo find a moment's peace in Love After World Domination

Love After World Domination centers around two young lovers who must hide their relationship from the world. Fudo is the proud leader of a group of heroes, while Desumi is in command of a notorious gang of villains bent on world domination.

As natural enemies, the two must keep their love a secret, throwing them both into some of the most hysterical situations as they try to cover up their true feelings. Their relationship is a typical star-crossed lovers story, but with an added comedic twist that makes it fun and fresh.

6. Vanitas & Jeanne Are A Perfect Example Of Enemies-To-Lovers

The Case Study Of Vanitas

Vanitas kisses Jeanne in The Case Study of Vanitas

The Case Study of Vanitas was an instant classic last year, so it’s no surprise that its second part saw incredible success during the Winter 2022 season. Though fans love everything about this complex and emotional series, it’s clear that the enemies-to-lovers romance between Vanitas and Jeanne is one of the best parts.

Seeing Vanitas and Jeanne slowly develop feelings over the course of the series is nothing but a joy for viewers, and their incredible chemistry only makes it better. They’re an iconic power couple and have easily stolen the hearts of fans everywhere.

5. Sasaki & Miyano Bring Much-Needed Representation

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Sasaki and Miyano, the titular characters of the anime series

For years, BL was notorious for its toxic couples and poor representation of LGBTQ+ relationships. Luckily nowadays, the genre has improved dramatically and given fans some good representation at last. Sasaki and Miyano is a perfect example of this, featuring the incredibly whole some relationship between the two titular characters.

The boys have amazing chemistry together, and their sweet friendship-turned-romance is one of the best of the year by far. Unlike most couples of the genre, there’s no drama or strife between Sasaki and Miyano. Their relationship progresses naturally, and the two admire and respect each other the more they get to know each other.

4. Tadano & Komi Are Anime’s Cutest Pair

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Tadano and Komi in Season 2 of the anime

Komi Can’t Communicate has taken the anime world by storm. Everyone can’t get enough of Komi and her wholesome adventures as she attempts to make one-hundred friends. But what fans love best is the blossoming romance between her and her very first friend, Hitohito Tadano.

Since the series’ debut, they’ve been one of the cutest couples in anime, and they’ve only gotten cuter in the 2022 continuation. As the story progresses, it looks as though the pair are finally beginning to realize their own feelings for each other. Fans can only hope that means they’ll get together in a future season.

3. Kaguya & Miyuki Are Adored By Everyone

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Image features a visual from Kaguya-sama: Love is War: (From left to right) Miyuki Shirogane (short, blond hair and black school uniform) is staring at Kaguya Shinomiya (long, black hair with a red ribbon and black school uniform).

With every new season of Kaguya-sama: Love is War, fans just seem to love the back-and-forth battle of love between Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane more and more. Though they’re both head-over-heels for each other, neither of these stubborn lovers is willing to admit their true feelings, resulting in hilarious situations in each episode.

Their wits, banter, and antics make for a dynamic unlike any other. This is exactly why Kaguya and Miyuki have become one of the most beloved couples in recent anime.

2. Yor & Loid Forger Make An Incredible Duo

Spy X Family

Yor and Loid Forger making the shape of a heart with their hands in Spy x Family.

Spy x Family has some of the best relationship dynamics of any anime series, from found families to budding romances. Without a doubt, the developing relationship between Yor and Loid Forger is one of the greatest in the entire series, and it’s easily become one of the most popular ships of the year.

Though they’re only posing as husband and wife, the chemistry between this couple feels completely authentic. Fans can’t help but love their relationship, and many hope they become an official couple down the line. Loid and Yor are an incredible duo and an awesome power couple. It’s no wonder fans can’t get enough of them.

1. Marin & Gojo Bring Out The Best In Each Other

My Dress-Up Darling

Marin Kitagawa confessing her feelings to a sleeping Wakana Gojo in My Dress-Up Darling

During the Winter 2022 season, My Dress-Up Darling completely stole the show. Likewise, protagonists Marin Kitagawa and Wakan Gojo have won the hearts of fans everywhere with their unusual relationship. From their wildly disparate personalities to differing hobbies, they’re already the most unlikely pair to get together. Yet somehow, they’ve become one of the sweetest and most wholesome couples in anime.

Marin and Wakan bring out the best in each other, with Marin helping Gojo open up and experience life and Gojo in return making her dreams a reality. They’re nothing but supportive of each other’s goals, too, helping in whatever ways they can. Though they aren’t a couple yet, fans are rooting for them and hope to see them get together in a continuation.