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My Favorite Kissing Scenes From Manga and Manhwa
I've been reading manga for years, and I've lost count of my favorite memorable, romantic parts—so, I decided to start listing them! The kissing scenes listed below are the ones that left the biggest impression on me; even now, I can clearly remember the feelings I had when I read these scenes for the first time. These romances are just so lovely and wonderful.
This list is purely based on my own preferences, and I admit that there are loads of manga I haven't read yet. I respect others' opinions, and I hope that readers will share their favorite romantic kissing scenes that would be worth adding to this list.
Top 9 Manga Kisses
- Kaichou wa Maid-Sama: Usui and Misaki
- Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden: Uruki and Takiko
- Dengeki Daisy: Kurosaki and Teru
- Beast Master: Leo and Yuiko
- Gakuen Alice: Natsume and Mikan
- Mekakushi no Kuni: Arou and Kanade
- Reimei no Arcana: Caesar and Nakaba
- Yeonmo (Lee So Young): Misu and the "King"
- The One: Eros and Lele
1. Kaichou wa Maid-Sama: Usui and Misaki
Usui and Misaki are a manga/anime couple that's beloved by millions of people. No wonder—their cat-dog relationship is lively and interesting, with no dull moments. There's always a noisy and funny atmosphere around them, and the couple always pleases and excites readers with their perfect timing. These two are a perfect pair!
The Kiss After the Cultural Festival
I like their costumes here; the outfits add drama to this scene in KWMS. Like always, Usui teases Misaki, and she gets all red and flustered. She questions his sincerity and why she feels so confused and agitated whenever he's near. In this scene, she reveals her true feelings for him, but somehow she can't utter the words "I love you."
I know there are lots of romantic kissing scenes in this story, but, for me, this one is the most romantic of them all.
2. Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden: Uruki and Takiko
This is the most romantic kissing scene in Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden. This is when Uruki finally confesses his feelings for Takiko.
Another Festival Kiss
The two are attending a festival in Tomite's village and wearing masks. Out of nowhere, Uruki grabs Takiko and asks her to dance; it's really cute. After that, Uruki takes her out of the crowd to a field, where he admits that he truly cares about her—not as a warrior but as a man.
Now that I'm thinking about it, why do kissing scenes that take place during festivals always seem so romantic?
3. Dengeki Daisy: Kurosaki and Teru
After more than 60 chapters, Kurosaki and Teru finally kiss. Many teenagers hope for a romantic kiss on a Ferris wheel like this one! This kiss happens on their second date; their first date was interrupted and completely ruined by Kurosaki's enemy, Akira.
A Birthday Gift for Teru
On Teru's birthday, the two share a special day to celebrate and make up for their disastrous first date. Kurosaki gives Teru a watch as a present, paired with a sweet, loving kiss. It's a romantic moment for the two, who aren't even a couple at this point (although they have a mutual understanding).
4. Beast Master: Leo and Yuiko
Ayah! Fans of this series know that Leo is a beastly yet childish young boy. But in this scene, he is so serious and mature as he tells Yuiko the words she's been longing to hear.
After all the trouble Leo's had with his inheritance, he and Yuiko become a couple. Having no experience with romance, Leo struggles to express his love verbally, which makes Yuiko feel insecure and jealous towards other girls. She knows Leo likes her because she showed him kindness when everyone else feared him. He's obviously attached to her—but, without hearing the words, she's uncertain if what he feels for her is really love.
Three Precious Words and a Passionate Kiss
The ending scene leaves me breathless when the two share a very passionate kiss. It isn't shown in the panel, but I can imagine that Leo would give her a kind of "not cute" kiss.
5. Gakuen Alice: Natsume and Mikan
Who doesn't love Natsume and Mikan? Although they are very young for romance, I don't care; I just love these lovebirds, haha. Like Kurosaki and Teru, these two bicker all the time, but this moment of romance brings them closer together.
A Kiss on the Balcony
When I contemplate the most romantic kissing scene Natsume and Mikan have ever had, a particular event pops up in my mind. Can you guess? Yes, it's the balcony scene—just like in Romeo and Juliet.
6. Mekakushi no Kuni: Arou and Kanade
It's the night of Arou's birthday, and Kanade brings him to a place she treasured when she was young: a nook in the treetops. She personally decorates it with lights to make the venue even more beautiful and romantic.
"I Want You"
The picturesque site is her personal gift to Arou, but he asks for more, saying, "I want you." Kanade smiles wholeheartedly, and they share a meaningful kiss. It's a good start to the birthday celebration, but then something happens that ruins the mood. Nevertheless, the kiss is still romantic!
7. Reimei no Arcana: Caesar and Nakaba
Caesar and Nakaba are from the royal families of two warring countries, Belquat and Senan. Since the two countries are not on good terms, Nakaba's family decides to marry her off to Caesar as a sign of their peace treaty. In Belquat, Nakaba is ridiculed because of her red hair. She promises to protect Loki, her bodyguard and friend, even if that means killing Caesar. But that changes when she starts to fall for Caesar.
Lies and a Kiss
Caesar gives Nakaba an ultimatum to meet him outside the castle. At first, she refuses, but when she sees a premonition of Caesar falling, she immediately rushes towards him . . . and they both fall in an abandoned well! He confronts her, but she lies, saying that she hates him and has even attempted to poison him. Caesar sees right through her lies and hushes her with a kiss.
8. Yeonmo (Lee So Young): Misu and the "King"
This manhwa is one of my favorites. It's not yaoi; the "King" here is actually the twin sister of the deceased supposed-to-be-King, and that's only one of the disguises! In the story, Misu and the King are childhood friends, though Misu is really her assistant/maid. That's right—when they're young, they both disguise themselves as the opposite sex due to their difficult lives. The male Misu dresses as a girl, and the female King (whose name I've forgotten, sorry!) dresses as a boy. They wind up parting at a young age.
They meet again years later, and Misu becomes the King's vassal, but he is unaware that the King is really a woman. Misu is confused by his feelings for the King. Meanwhile, the King has realized that Misu is actually her long-lost friend.
Two Romantic Kisses and a Realization
The first kiss happens when the King pulls Misu out from a crowd of noisy and boisterous people (I think they're celebrating something), and she brings him to the barley fields to watch the sunset; it's a very romantic scene indeed. They share a kiss in the later part of their conversation. This is really romantic—but no, I actually wouldn't pick this one!
Right after the barley scene, the King gets attacked, and she and Misu end up in an abandoned hut in the heavy rain. Misu tends the King's wounds and loses control over his feelings, kissing her. The King carelessly allows him to discover her secret identity.
9. The One: Eros and Lele
The One is one of the most trendy and fashionable manga I've read. The twin brothers in the story, Eros and Angus, are just too sexy and handsome. I keep wishing these fictional characters existed in real life . . .
A Kiss From a "Fake Boyfriend"
For me, the most romantic kissing scene between Eros and Lele is when she pleads with him to teach her about love by becoming her "fake boyfriend." Although Eros rudely says "no" after he sees the hickey Angus left on Lele's neck, he suddenly kisses her. Lele's heart pounds hard. She's interested in more, but Eros realizes that he's lost control. He pushes her away and throws her in the bathtub to cool down.
Book Bug on December 25, 2013:
I definitely agree with Mikan and Natsume. Waay too young--but then, they're so freakin' cute that you cease to care! =D Cool blog!