Just because you can be together, doesn’t mean you should be together. The anime couples on this list are all in relationships that should have never happened. Whether they are blood related, dysfunctional, or a psychotic serial killer, these are not the one true pairing.
Many of the anime characters on the list have perfectly acceptable alternatives that they could have gone for in their respected series. The couples on the list aren’t limited to the romance genre. Be sure to check out the most toxic anime couples of all time too.
10 Natsuo Fujii and Hina Tachibana - Domestic Girlfriend
Hina Tachibana is one love interest for Natsuo Fujii from Domestic Girlfriend. Hina is Natsuo’s teacher and becomes his stepsister when Natsuo’s father remarries Hina’s mother. Hina also has a younger sister named Rui that Natsuo meets and has a one-night stand prior to Rui becoming his stepsister. While Natsuo takes interest in both his stepsisters, its Hina that takes his heart more. Hina realizes that the things she does with Natsuo are wrong and eventually leaves only leaving a letter behind. This leaves Natsuo crushed, but at least he has his other stepsister.
9 Daisuke Aoki and Rin Kokonoe – A Child’s Time
The second teacher student relationship on the list is Daisuke Aoki and Rin Kokonoe from A Child’s Time. Daisuke is a 23-year-old teacher to third grader Rin. Daisuke finds himself in precarious situations with Rin and begins to develop feelings for the 7-year-old.
As the series goes on, Daisukes feelings get stronger and he lies to himself that he sees her like a daughter. When Rin turns 16 the two become a couple.
8 Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno – Naruto
Sasuke Uchiha is a love interest for Sakura Haruno and a poor one at that. Despite giving off countless red flags, Sasuke and Sakura have a daughter that Sakura finds herself raising. Sasuke has almost gotten Sakura killed on multiple occasions and betrayed the trust of her and her friends, but still takes Sasuke back. At one point in the series Sakura ends up lying to Naruto about her feelings for Sasuke as she has completely fallen for him.
7 Kyousuke and Kirino Kousaka – My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute
Anime's token incest couple, Kyousuke and Kirino Kousaka, are blood related siblings.
When Kyousuke finds out that his little sister is into little sister eroge his life begins to change. Going on a series of adventures for Kirino, Kyousuke starts to fall for Kirino. As a tsundere, Kirino can’t admit that she has feelings back, but feels the same way. The two date for part of the series but break up. Being apart they realize how much they really mean to each other. Kyousuke even gets kicked out of his house by his parents for the feels he has for his younger sister. At the end of the series, the two get married for the experience, but decide it’s best if they stay siblings.
6 Mugi Awaya and Hanabi Yasuraoka – Scum’s Wish
Hanabi Yasuraoka is in love with her teacher and childhood friend Narumi, but knows she can’t be with him. Mugi Awaya is in love with his music teacher Akane but is played by her. Hanabi and Mugi date each other at the start of the series for convenience. They both want to be with other people. The two don’t really love each other landing them on the list. To make matters worse for them Narumi and Akane end up getting married.
5 Nana Komatsu and Takumi Ichinose – Nana
Nana Komatsu, also known as Hachi, is in a relationship with Takumi Ichinose, the leader of the band Trapnest. Takumi is a player that has been known to go through woman very quickly. However, it’s different between him and Hachi. Takumi comes across as he is in love with Hachi, not wanting her to leave his side. Hachi can’t decide whether she wants to be with Takumi or Nobu a guitarist she became friends with prior.
When Hachi realises she’s pregnant, she is unsure who the father is. Due to Takumi’s position in a famous band she decides he is better fit despite who’s really the father. Takumi doesn’t stray from his old antics cheating on Hachi multiple times.
4 Yukiteru Amano and Yuno – Future Diary
Where do I start with these two? Yukiteru Amano, known as Yukki and Yuno Gasai are caught up in a battle royale death game. Yuno Gasai is a yandere, meaning she is infatuated with Yukki and has homicidal tendencies to anyone that takes interest in him. Yuno has a secret that she doesn’t want Yukki to know. She’s hiding the two corpses of her parents in her closet that she starved to death and a third corpse of herself in an altered world. Yuno doesn’t want Yukki to know about her secret in fear that Yukki will never love her. Thank you Yuno, for showing us that pink hair is a red flag in anime.
3 Subaru Natsuki and Emilia – Re:Zero: Starting Life in Another World
“I love Emilia”, echoes through the mind of everyone who felt Suburu Natsuki should have accepted Rem’s confession. While nothing is inherently wrong with Emilia, the way Suburu rejected Rem’s feelings was heartbreaking and landed him on this list. With Re:Zero being confirmed for a second season Rem fans will look to see if she shoots her shot a second time.
2 Louise Francoise Le Blanc de La Valliere and Saito Hiraga – The Familiar of Zero
A toxic relationship is never good and whether its ironic or not Louise Francoise Le Blanc de La Valliere and Saito Hiraga just aren’t working. Getting called names, whipped, beaten, and even starved, Saito is constantly abused throughout The Familiar of Zero. Saito endures Louise’s torment for no apparent reason. Her magic isn’t great and she is constantly abusing him even when he does the right thing.
1 Makoto Itou and Kotonoha Katsura - School Days
Easily one of the worst couples in all of anime, Makoto Itou and Kotonoha Katsura are the ideal couple on how not to be in a relationship. Arguably, any pairing with Makoto in School Days can be considered awful but Kotonoha makes this list. Throwing a whole group of terrible people together and having them compete for love was not a good recipe. Jealousy, vengeance, manipulation, homicide, domestic violence, the list goes on and on.