Anime has a curious way of depicting certain facets of life. From tests of strength, both recreational and literal, to one's colorful demise, expect mangakas to blow up details when it comes to animated storytelling.
What about subject matters that are closer to reality, such as love? One way or another, every anime has touched upon the topic of romanticism for being easily identifiable. True enough, most series had portrayed love in its most authentic form.
That said, here are 10 lessons on matters of the heart, as told by a whimsical bunch of manga artists.
We're all fools for love
Lupin and Fujiko (Lupin The Third)
Despite being a blatant double-crosser, the ever-desirable Fujiko always succeeds in seducing the thief protagonist. Can't blame Lupin, though; she is quite the fine ass.
Stick together through good and bad times
Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon)
Despite the shared responsibility of looking after Planet Earth and every challenge that comes with it, the superhero pair never fails to express their fondness for each other.
You're never out of her league
Krillin and Android 18 (Dragon Ball Z)
The waste of a Dragon Ball wish got lucky for once when he ends up being married to the comely cyborg. They even had a child (Marron); think about that!
Brother-in-laws are certified terrors
Ippo and Kumi (Knockout/Hajime No Ippo)
It doesn't get any more awkward than when the main character finds out that her love interest is the younger sister of the man he has to slug it out with inside the ring.
Consider yourself fortunate with a long-distance relationship
Shinichi and Ran (Detective Conan/Case Closed)
Living proof of the phrase, "So near yet so far." Imagine how hard it is for the detective prodigy, in his seven-year-old form, to suppress feelings for his childhood friend always by his side.
No matter how crazy you are, someone can like you
Naruto and Hinata (Naruto)
There is no better example of opposites attracting than love story between the bold and shy ninjas. Boruto and Himawari serve as their happy ending.
The more you hate, the more you love
Inuyasha and Kagome (Inuyasha)
Commanding the dog-demon human to "Sit" is her unusual show of affection. Inuyasha is also someone who cannot move on easily, with Kagome being the reincarnation of Kikyo.
Protect her at all cost
Recca and Anna (Flame of Recca)
It's not every day you vow to serve a girl and risk burning yourself for her. But that was Recca's way to treat Anna like a princess, even if it meant sacrificing his life.
A woman adores a man who honors his word
Goku and Chi-Chi (Dragon Ball Z)
Despite the "arranged marriage" nature of their union, everything turned out well for the power couple. Goku's innocence and Chi-Chi devotion make for cute matrimony.
Love is patient, love is kind
Eugene and Jenny (Ghost Fighter/Yu Yu Hakusho)
Much like Chi-Chi, Jenny eagerly waits for her other half, who has the unenviable task of ridding the world of evil and fighting monsters of all shapes and sizes.
There's hope in the friendzone
Hanamichi and Haruko (Slam Dunk)
Apparently, the King of Rebound isn't just a basketball "genius"; try getting close to the woman you like to that degree without getting rejected (technically). Hints about Haruko starting to like Hanamichi at the end of the story only make him more legendary.