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32 Most Epic Love Triangles in Anime of All Time

Updated January 20, 2023 by Ernie

Are you a fan of anime and romance? Of those love unrequited and being broken-hearted? Or are you in for some sweet moments shared by two or three characters? Have you ever felt confused between two lovers and can’t decide who to choose?

If so, you’re in for a treat with this list of the top 32 love triangle anime series of all time. From heart-wrenching drama anime to comedic romps, these shows have it all. What are we waiting for! Let’s check them out! 

WELL – KNOWN ANIME LOVE TRIANGLES

1. Tohru Honda, Yuki Sohma, Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket)

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Fruits Basket” is a classic shoujo anime that tells the story of Tohru Honda, a kind-hearted high school student who ends up living with the mysterious Sohma family. The Sohma family is cursed, and each member transforms into an animal of the Chinese zodiac when hugged by someone of the opposite sex. Tohru finds herself caught in a love triangle with two of the Sohma family members: the charming prince Yuki and the hot-headed Kyo. You might have missed an episode so better check out the filler list so you won’t get confused!

2. Hitomi Kanzaki, Prince Van, Allen (The Vision of Escaflowne)

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“The Vision of Escaflowne” is a fantasy romance that follows the adventures of Hitomi Kanzaki, a high school girl who is transported to the magical world of Gaea. There, she becomes embroiled in a struggle for the fate of the world and finds herself caught in a love triangle with the handsome prince Van and the brooding knight Allen.

3. Sawako Kuronuma, Shota Kazehaya,Ryuu Sanada (Kimi ni Todoke)

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“Kimi ni Todoke” (From Me to You) is a sweet and heartwarming romance about a high school girl named Sawako Kuronuma who is misunderstood due to her resemblance to the horror movie character “The Grudge.” Despite this, she becomes friends with the most popular boy in school, Shota Kazehaya, and finds herself caught in a love triangle with him and her childhood friend, Ryuu Sanada.

4. Tomoya Okazaki, Nagisa Furukawa, Kyou Fujibayashi (Clannad)

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Clannad is a visual novel that was adapted into an anime in 2007. The love triangle in this series involves Tomoya Okazaki, Nagisa Furukawa, and Kyou Fujibayashi. Tomoya is a high school student who becomes friends with Nagisa, a shy girl who is trying to restart the school’s drama club. Kyou is the class representative and the older sister of Tomoya’s friend, Ryou. Both Nagisa and Kyou have feelings for Tomoya, but he is initially unaware of their feelings and is more focused on helping Nagisa achieve her goals.

5. Jinta Yadomi, Meiko Honma, Naruko Anjou (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai)

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Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai” (We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day) or what we all know as “Anohana” is a drama about six childhood friends who are reunited after several years apart. The main character, Jinta Yadomi, finds himself caught in a love triangle with his childhood friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, and another one of their friends, Naruko “Anaru” Anjou. This is one anime that will definitely make you cry!

6. Takeo Goda, Rinko Yamato,Makoto Sunakawa (Ore Monogatari!!)

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Ore Monogatari!!” (My Love Story!!) is a romantic comedy about a high school boy named Takeo Goda who is tall, muscular, and intimidating. Despite this, he is a kind-hearted and loyal friend. He falls in love with a girl named Rinko Yamato and finds himself in a love triangle with his best friend, Makoto Sunakawa.

7. Banri Tada, Kouko Kaga, Mitsuo Yanagisawa (Golden Time)

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Golden Time” is a romantic comedy about a law school student named Banri Tada who suffers from amnesia and has to re-learn his entire life. He meets a girl named Kouko Kaga and falls in love with her, but finds himself in a love triangle with her ex-boyfriend, Mitsuo Yanagisawa. There are memorable quotes shared by these characters that you might wanna check!

8. Haruhi Fujioka, Tamaki Suou, Kyoya Ootori (Ouran High School Host Club)

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Ouran High School Host Club ” is a comedic high school romance about a girl named Haruhi Fujioka who ends up joining a club for male hosts at her school. She finds herself caught in a love triangle with the two main members of the host club: the charming Tamaki Suou and the quiet, bespectacled Kyoya Ootori.

9. Kotarou Azumi, Akane Mizuno, Chiaki Kurihara (Tsuki ga Kirei)

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“Tsuki ga Kirei” (The Moon is Beautiful) is a romance about two high school students, Kotarou Azumi and Akane Mizuno, who are paired together as classmates in their third year. As they get to know each other, they find themselves falling in love, but they also find themselves in a love triangle with Kotarou’s childhood friend, Chiaki Kurihara.

10. Raku Ichijou, Chitoge Kirisaki, Kosaki Onodera (Nisekoi)

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“Nisekoi” is a romantic comedy about high school students Raku Ichijou and Chitoge Kirisaki, who are forced to pretend to be in a relationship in order to prevent a gangster war. Despite their initial animosity towards each other, they eventually start to develop real feelings for each other, but they find themselves in a love triangle with Raku’s childhood friend, Kosaki Onodera.

11. Inuyasha,Kagome, Kikyo (Inuyasha)

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In the classic anime “Inuyasha,” the titular character finds himself torn between his feelings for Kagome, a modern-day teenager, and Kikyo, a reincarnation of his former love. The love triangle is eventually resolved when Inuyasha chooses Kagome, but not before the three characters go through numerous trials and tribulations. This love triangle is memorable because it showcases the enduring power of love and the ability to let go of the past. If you haven’t seen this anime yet, here is watch order guide.

12. Kaori Miyazono, Kousei Arima, Ryota Watari (Your Lie in April)

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In the anime “Your Lie in April,” Kaori and Kousei are both talented musicians who are vying for the affection of each other. The love triangle is further complicated by the fact that Kousei is still grieving the loss of his mother, who was a famous pianist. The love triangle is eventually resolved when Kaori chooses Kousei, but the moment is bittersweet because Kaori is terminally ill. This love triangle is memorable because it highlights the importance of living in the present and pursuing your passions, even in the face of tragedy. As we all know Kaori’s death is one of the most heartbreaking in the anime universe.

13. Misaki Ayuzawa,Hinata Shintani,Takumi Usui (Kaichou wa Maid-sama!)

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In “Kaichou wa Maid-sama!,” Misaki is the tough-as-nails president of the student council, while Usui is the charming and enigmatic vice president. The love triangle is further complicated by the fact that Misaki is in love with Usui, but is too afraid to confess her feelings to him. Meanwhile, Usui is in love with Misaki but is unsure if she feels the same way. The love triangle is eventually resolved when Misaki confesses her love to Usui, and the moment is made even more memorable by the comical misunderstandings and romantic gestures that precede it. The two of them go on to have a strong and loving relationship, and their love serves as a source of strength and support for each other.

14.Ryuuji Takasu, Taiga Aisaka, Minorin Kusuda (Toradora)

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Toradora! is a light novel series that was adapted into an anime in 2008. The love triangle in this series involves Ryuuji Takasu, Taiga Aisaka, and Minorin Kusuda. Ryuuji is a high school student with a kind personality, while Taiga is a short-tempered classmate who is secretly in love with Ryuuji’s best friend, Yusaku Kitamura. Minorin is Ryuuji’s classmate and Taiga’s friend, who has feelings for Ryuuji. Both Ryuuji and Taiga initially have feelings for other people, but they eventually realize their feelings for each other and become a couple. And as some people say, your personality depends on your zodiac sign, here are Toradora’s characters signs!

15. Sorata Kanda, Mashiro Shiina,Nanami Aoyama (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)

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In The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, the main character Sorata finds himself caught in a love triangle with the brilliant and ambitious Mashiro and the kind and caring Nanami. As Sorata tries to balance his responsibilities as a newbie caretaker for the eccentric residents of the Sakurasou dormitory with his own dreams and aspirations, he must also come to terms with his own feelings for both women and the difficult choices that come with love. The love triangle in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is a complex and emotionally charged one, as Sorata grapples with his own personal growth and the demands of his relationships with Mashiro and Nanami.

16. Hachiman Hikigaya, Yukino Yukinoshita, Yui Yuigahama (My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected)

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My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected, also known as OreGairu, the main character Hachiman finds himself caught in a love triangle with the bubbly and cheerful Yui and the smart and ambitious Yukino. As Hachiman struggles to come to terms with his own cynicism and social anxiety, he must also navigate the confusing and sometimes frustrating world of love and relationships. The love triangle in OreGairu is a realistic and nuanced one, with plenty of introspection and self-discovery as the characters try to understand their own feelings and the feelings of those around them.

17. Yuuta Takemoto, Hagumi Hanamoto, Ayumi Yamada (Honey and Clover)

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Honey and Clover is a slice-of-life love triangle anime that follows the lives of a group of arts students as they navigate love, friendship, and their passions. The love triangle in this anime centers around Yuuta Takemoto, a second year college arts student, who finds himself falling for his classmate Hagumi Hanamoto at first sight. While one of his senpai, a popular pottery student, Ayumi Yamada already has deep feelings for Takemoto. 

18. Keima Katsuragi,Ayumi Takahara, Tenri Ayukawa (The World God Only Knows)

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The World God Only Knows follows the story of Keima Katsuragi, a dating sim champion who is summoned by a spirit hunter demon to capture the spirits that are hiding in bodies of the students in his school, Majima High. But these spirits only possess girls. In order to do this, he needs to win over the hearts of the girls, until he finds himself caught in a love triangle with the childhood friend Tenri and the tsundere Ayumi.

19. Sunako Nakahara, Kyohei Takano,Yukinojo “Yuki” Toyama (The Wallflower)

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The Wallflower is a reverse love triangle anime that follows the story of Sunako Nakahara, a girl who has been traumatized by the superficiality of the beauty industry, went through depression and has become a recluse. Her aunt then owning an apartment has 4 handsome high school boys as tenants, and these four should turn Sunako into a lady or else their rent will triple! Later on Sunako finds herself caught in a love triangle with the energetic Kyouhei and the kind-hearted Yuki.

20. Oscar François de Jarjayes, André Grandier, Marie Antoinette (The Rose of Versailles)

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The Rose of Versailles is a historical love triangle anime set in France that follows the story of Lady Oscar, a girl raised as a man who becomes the bodyguard of Marie Antoinette. This is one of a kind anime as it tackles the main characters’ individuality and politics surrounding her. As she navigates the intrigues of the French court and her own feelings for her childhood friend André Grandier and the charming Marie Antoinette, she must also confront the revolution brewing in France.

21. Kyon,Haruhi Suzumiya,Mikuru Asahina (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a sci-fi love triangle anime that follows the story of Kyon, who finds himself caught in a love triangle with the eccentric Haruhi Suzumiya and the shy Mikuru Asahina. As they navigate their supernatural powers and the madcap adventures that Haruhi drags them on,and even put up a club named SOS Brigade, they recruit two more additional members. However, Haruhi doesn’t know that she possesses true powers. Along their adventures, Kyon must confront his own feelings for the two girls

22. Ritsuka Aoyagi, Agatsuma Soubi,Hawatari, Yuiko (Loveless)

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Who would want to end up loveless??? Of course, no one does. This is a supernatural anime that follows the love triangle story of Ritsuka Aoyagi, a boy who has lost his memories and his ability to feel emotion. As he investigates the mystery of his brother’s death, he is approached on his first day of class by Soubi claiming that he knows Ritsuka’s brother. Eager to find out the truth, he finds himself caught in a love triangle with the enigmatic Soubi and the kind-hearted Yuiko.

23. Nanami Momozono, Tomoe, Mizuki (Kamisama Kiss)

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Kamisama Kiss is a supernatural romance anime that follows the story of Nanami Momozono, an average high school girl, trying to live her life out turning into a homeless girl because of his gambler father. After all the very unfortunate events that happened to her, she still is a very kind person. Later on, she meets a stranger, learns the man’s name is Mikage, lets her live in his house that turned out to be a shrine and  becomes the earth deity of a shrine. As she navigates her new responsibilities and her growing feelings for the fox spirit Tomoe who is the familiar of Mikage, she must also deal with the advances of the charming Mizuki, another familiar. 

24. Haru Yoshioka, Prince Lune, Baron Humbert von Gikkingen (The Cat Returns)

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The Cat Returns is a fantasy romance anime that follows the story of Haru, a shy high school student that has the ability to talk to cats. who is whisked away to the Kingdom of Cats after saving the life of a cat prince named Lune.  As she navigates the strange customs of the cat kingdom as she is to be married to Prince Lune, Baron tells her while in disguise that the more she spends time in the Cat Kingdom, the more she loses her human self and she has to rediscover it.  While finding a way to go back home, she is also tangled in her feelings with the Prince and the Baron.

25. Alice Cartelet ,Aya Komichi,Yoko Inokuma (Kiniro Mosaic)

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A different kind of approach to love and life, Kiniro Mosaic is a slice-of-life romance anime that follows the story of Alice, a British girl who becomes friends with a group of Japanese girls during a study abroad program. As Alice navigates the cultural differences and her own growing feelings for the kind-hearted Aya and the energetic and boyish Yoko, she must also deal with their mutual friend Karen, who came from England and is half Japanese.

26.  Kyosuke Kosaka, Ruri Gokō, Ayase Aragaki (Oreimo)

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Oreimo is a romantic comedy anime that follows the story of Kyosuke Kosaka, who becomes embroiled in the otaku hobbies of his little sister Kirino. Because he later found out that his sister keeps a Japanese explicit video game. As he navigates his relationships with Kirino and their friends, he finds himself caught in a love triangle with the energetic Ruri Goko, who calls herself Kuroneko and the kind-hearted Ayase.

27. Subaru Natsuki, Rem, Emilia (Re:Zero)

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Definitely one of the most known love triangles in the world of anime, we all know that our main character, Subaru, despite all the things he has been through, only has eyes for Emilia, and on the other hand, Rem, has her eyes only for our main boy, Subaru. No matter how much the fans would have wanted Subaru to return the love Rem deserves, we couldn’t force him to.  Let’s just reminisce some of the most memorable quotes from this anime.

28. Shizuku Mizutani, Haru Yoshida, Asako Natsume (My Little Monster)

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My Little Monster is a romantic comedy anime that follows the story of Shizuku Mizutani, a straight-laced student who becomes friends with the troublemaking Haru. After making friends with him, she started to let her emotions be seen and she learned to be more outspoken. As they navigate their growing feelings for each other and learned that they have fallen in love, there is their classmate, Asako Natsume, who seems to have feelings for her as well. 

29. Miaka Yuki, Tamahome, Hotohori (Fushigi Yuugi)

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Most of the anime fans have watched this anime and come to think of it, this is one of the first few and perhaps one the best of the isekai genre. Anyways, this is a story of Miaka who was transported to a new world with her friend Yui, but was separated. Miaka, while finding a way to her friend and a way back home, got in the middle of her love for the Celestial Warrior Tamahome and their King, Hotohori. 

30.  Yoko Nakajima, Ikuya Asano, Keiki (The Twelve Kingdoms)

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The Twelve Kingdoms is a fantasy romance anime that follows the story of Youko Nakajima, an unhappy Japanese girl who met a strange man who promised to be her servant and ally. She is then transported to the magical world of the Twelve Kingdoms,after a battle with some kind of a demon. As she navigates the conflicts of the kingdoms and her own growing feelings for the kind-hearted Asano and the noble Keiki, she must also confront the enemies seeking to use her power for their own ends.

31. Kraft Lawrence, Holo, Chloe (Spice and Wolf)

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Spice and Wolf is a romance anime that follows the story of Kraft Lawrence, a travelling merchant who becomes friends with Holo, a 600 year old wolf deity in appearance of a 15 year old girl, well of course aside from her features telling that she is a wolf, which are her ears and tail. As they travel together and Kraft helps Holo return to her homeland, they must also navigate their growing feelings for each other. While Chloe, Lawrence’s long time friend and also a merchant, has these hidden feelings for Lawrence. 

32.  Hugh Anthony Disward, Dalian, Flamberge (The Mystic Archives of Dantalian)

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The Mystic Archives of Dantalian is a fantasy romance anime set in the early 20th century that follows the story of Hugh Anthony Disward, the inheritor of the Phantom Library, with a great range of magical books from his bibliophile grandfather and its guardian, a non-human girl named Dalian. As they navigate the dangers of the library and Hugh’s own growing feelings for Dalian, Hugh also encountered another biblio princess named Flamberge, amidst all this, they must also confront the enemies seeking to use the power of the library for their own ends. As the story progress, Hugh and Dalian, not only proved to be a great couple but an iconic anime duo too!

Conclusion

As you can see, love triangles can be some of the most dramatic and emotionally charged moments in anime and the real world!! From forbidden anime romances to heart-wrenching choices, these moments had us on the edge of our seats and left a lasting impression. We hope that our list of the 32 best love triangle moments in anime has provided some insight and entertainment for fans of this classic trope.