10 Supportive Friends From Romance Anime We Want In Our Lives
Anime are famous for a lot of reasons like for having a compelling storyline, breathtaking animation, addictive soundtracks, etc.
Something that also contributes to its popularity but aren’t given enough credit are its side characters.
These side characters can be in the form of rivals, foes, sensei/mentors or even friends of the protagonist.
These friends of the protagonist play a major role in the characters development and success of the protagonist.
They are even of more value in romance genre. As fellow anime enthusiasts we tend to envy their friendship and wish if we had friends just like them to bring our own romantic life on track as well.
Featuring from the ‘Friends’ mini saga, 10 Treasured romance anime friendships
1. Keiki Kiryu (from Hensuki) is the Matchmaking Cupid we all desire
Keiki is a kind-hearted, friendly and considerate guy who cares for his close friends and family.
Keiki is forced to be the matchmaking cupid for Koharu Otori to set her up with his best friend, Shouma Akiyama.
Though technically Keiki is being blackmailed by Otori to take the role of a cupid, he still successfully manages to set them up.
Who doesn’t want a friend who sets you up with a cute girl, who cares if he is being blackmailed to do it.
2. Tasuki Uehara (from Gamers!) Organizes the Perfect Classroom Proposals Of All time for Keita
In the beginning, Uehara is portrayed as a cold, arrogant and a popular guy who has a girlfriend. But the viewers couldn’t be more wrong at judging him.
Uehara is shown as a good friend when he decides to set Keita up with Karen, the most popular girl in their high school, who for some reason had taken a liking to Keita.
Uehara knows that Keita won’t confess to Karen due to low confidence unless his pushed to the limits.
Therefore, Uehara plans the perfect classroom proposals of all time for Keita where the whole class will be a witness to his iconic love confession, though he had some personal motives behind it but we won’t go into that.
Keita’s back is against the wall, there’s no running away now, it’s now or never, he has to act upon his feelings.
3. Tooru Ishikawa (from Horimiya), that one friend who’s okay with you asking out his crush
Tooru Ishikawa still chooses to stay friends with Miyamura even after he confesses his feelings to the girl he liked first, Hori.
Initially, Tooru was the one who asked out Hori but unfortunately got rejected.
Tooru overcomes his initial jealousy that it should be him not miyamura to go out with Hori because he and Hori were together first, Miyamura is the one who came later.
Tooru and Miyamura go on to become best friends. He assures Miyamura that Hori choosing him over him has nothing to do with their friendship. He is not going stop being friends with him for a stupid reason as that.
4. Roman Yamashina (from Tsuki Ga Kirei) is a friend who helps Kataro without even asking him for help
Roman Yamashina is Kataro Azumi’s best friend who is in love with his homeroom teacher, Ryoko Sonoda.
Roman is one of those friends who will even lie for your sake.
Roman is a good friend who helps Kataro’s relationship with Akane to move it forward.
When all of them are on an amusement park trip, he lies to everyone that Kataro and Akane got separated from the group and that they are lost. So that they can have an amusement park date with the just two of them which was initially the plan.
5. The one where Ririna Sanada (from Koi to Uso) Plays Cupid for his future husband
Ririna Sanada is the assigned wife of Yukari Nejima who is actually in love with his lost-time crush Misaki Takasaki.
Ririna becomes fascinated with Yukari’s illicit romance and decides to play the cupid for his future husband to set him up with his life-long crush.
Ririna deeply desires to see her best friend Misaki happy. So she keeps her feelings towards Yukari hidden. So that he can be with Misaki and keep her happy.
6. Arata Kaizaki (from Relife) is your go to Senpai for Dating Advice
Arata is responsible for Kazuomi to make him confess his love for Rena Kariu.
Kazuomi is handsome as hell plus has an endearing personality but they are of no avail cause his also dense as hell.
Arata had to step in to make him realize that he is in love with Rena.
Arata finds himself in the midst of teenage high school romance drama helping his friend navigate his love life.
7. Midor Tokiwa (from Tamako Market) is the Unsung hero of Tamako’s Successful Love story
Contains Spoilers for Tamako Market.
Midori and Tamako have been close friends since elementary school.
Later on in the series Midori comes to accept the fact that she has feelings for Tamako but unable to act upon it she decides to conceal it
When Midori realizes Tamako had feelings for Mochizo but is unable to confess them.
She lies to her that Mochizo was taking a train to Tokyo to transfer school but in reality he was only going to take the examination, encouraging Tamako to take actions immediately.
Tamako would have never confessed her feelings to Mochizo if it wasn’t for Midori.
8. Hiroto Suwa (from Orange) Selflessly puts his romantic feelings aside for Naho and Kakeru’s sake
Hiroto Suwa is an extremely extroverted and friendly friend of Naho and Kakeru.
Despite having feeling for Naho and aware of the fact that they get married in the future. He willingly puts Naho and Kakeru’s feelings towards each other over his own. So they can be happy together thus leading to a future where Kakeru doesn’t kill himself.
In the future Kakeru suicides and Suwa blames himself for not being able to save his life. So to avoid that timeline he willingly ignores his feelings to make sure Kakeru has a reason to live.
9. Tsubaki Sawabe (from Your Lie In April) that one friend who supports you no matter what
Tsubaki is very ampethetic, kind, caring and outgoing girl who is always willing to help out her friends and family in their troubles.
Tsubaki is very possessive of the people who are close to her like for example Arima.
Tsubaki has always been with Arima through all his ups and downs like when she use to ask him to come out and play when his mother use to make him practice piano the entire day or when his mother passed away or when he made his big on stage debut.
Tsubaki has always been the constant pillar of support in every phase of Arima’s life.
Arima is so lucky to have a friend like her.
10. Yuri (from Blue Spring Ride)
Yuri Makita is an adorably cute and pretty friend of Futaba, the female protagonist.
Yuri and Futaba are good friends. However tensions start to arise when both of them start crushing over the same guy, Kou Tanaka.
Yuri’s feelings towards Kou are one-sided but in Futaba’s case Kou seems to like her as well.
Yuri treasures her friendship with Futaba more than anything so she gets over her feelings to avoid any unnecessary chances of ruining their friendship.
Next on the ‘Friends’ mini saga
Why we need friends in rom-com animes