Sometimes a love triangle is formed in romantic anime to add some drama and hurdles for the main couple to overcome. Although it’s nice to see how it happens and how the characters grow out of it. However, there are some love triangles that disappoint fans for various reasons. Some of them drag on too long and the characters barely grow out of it.
Also, there are times when love triangles just seem pointless because they don’t really offer anything but headaches. The characters involved usually go in circles and the relationship is unlikely to develop in a healthy way. These love triangles are some of the most nonsensical in the romance anime genre, and one of the worst in general.
10/10 Tsukushi Makino, Tsukasa Domyoji and Shigeru Okawahara (Boys Over Flowers)
It would be so easy to dislike Shigeru for showing up, but it’s a bit difficult since she’s a pretty likable character. Tsukushi and Tsukasa are not the best couple and they had a lot of problems to deal with. Adding Seegeru to the mix seemed unnecessary and pointless. Fans already knew that Tsukasa was in love with Tsukushi, but he still forced Shigeru on and made her think that he would fulfill their engagement and get married.
Of course, Shigeru also forcibly invaded his life, but it was Tsukasa who asked her on a date and promised that he would learn to love her. Even when she asked Tsukushi if it was okay to be with Tsukasa, she said it was fine and helped Shigeru in her relationship with Tsukasa. If Tsukushi had been honest from the beginning, it would have saved Shigeru from grief.
9/10 Momo Adachi, Sae Kashiwagi and Kazuya “Toji” Tojigamori (Peach Girl)
peach girl there was so much drama that adding love triangles to it seemed natural. However, this is one love triangle that was not needed. Sae had already made Momo’s life pretty miserable, so her blackmailing Toji to go on a date with her was just terrible. She had a male model who she knows took pictures of himself and Momo in a hotel bed when he tried to attack her. To protect Momo and prevent the publication of these photos, Toji agreed to date Sae.
Sae herself did not like Touji, but simply went with him to harm Momo. It’s mind-boggling how anyone, let alone Momo, can forgive her for everything she’s done. Sae could have found other ways to make Momo’s life miserable, but the way she set up this whole love triangle is hateful and goes far beyond the usual bullying.
8/10 Yuki Cross, Zero Kiryu and Kaname Kuran (Vampire Knight)
There are many things about Vampire Knight who just haven’t aged, and this love triangle is one of them. This is quite confusing as Kaname is technically Yuuki’s ancestor, but somehow he is also her “brother” and her fiancé. The Quran family is known to intermarry, but some marry outside the family. Then her relationship with Zero, a hunter who hates all vampires but is in love with Yuki. The two of them clearly have feelings for each other, but many things get in the way, mainly Kaname.
It’s all very confusing and complicated, whether you’re watching anime or reading manga. Either way, this love triangle was supposed to be good for the show, but it was more frustrating and pointless than anything else.
7/10 Chiaki Yoshino, Yoshiyuki Hatori and Yuu Yanase (Sekaichi Hatsukoi: The World’s Greatest First Love)
This is one love triangle that didn’t do any good for the characters involved. Yoshino and Hatori are childhood friends, and Hatori has been in love with Yoshino for a long time. Yoshino was completely oblivious to his own feelings and to Yanase’s. Because of this, Hatori and Yanase disliked each other and competed to get Yoshino to notice them. However, Yoshino mistook this for being together, causing fans to become frustrated at how slow he is.
In general, Yoshino and Hatori’s relationship starts off very hard and not in the best way (especially in the manga). Yoshino’s forgetfulness causes him to harm Yanase as he rejects him but still wants to keep Yanase as a friend. It’s just one huge mess and fans are divided when it comes to the characters and their relationships.
6/10 Tohru Honda, Kyo Soma and Kagura Soma (Fruit Basket)
There are a lot of love triangles in the show, but this one shouldn’t have gone so long. The appearance of Kagura usually means that fun and chaos will follow, but poor Kio is usually at the end of her unwanted affections. Although she is a good character, Kagura was selfish in her desire to have a relationship with him. It was all because she felt guilty about using him as a means to make herself feel better when they were kids, since he was a Cat. Kagura thought that if she could convince herself that she loved him, she would get better.
It also doesn’t help that Kagura blamed Kyo several times for going on a date with her while pretending to cry. Kio made it clear and said loudly that he was not interested in her in any way and was avoiding any opportunity he had. Her rivalry with Tohru is mostly one-sided, as Tohru admires her and even considers her a great person. Maybe it’s a good thing that Kagura wasn’t with anyone at the end of the series. So she could focus more on herself.
5/10 Kotoko Aihara, Naoki Irie and Kinnosuke Ikezawa (Itazura Na Kiss)
This is an anime where the best friend had to win. Kotoko is a dumb, well-meaning girl who has a crush on Naoki Irie, the smartest boy in school. Naoki usually insults her whenever he interacts with her and just shows her disrespect. Kinnosuke, on the other hand, absolutely adores Kotoko and doesn’t care if she’s smart or stupid. He loves her for who she is and is working on himself to be the best man for her. Unfortunately for him, Kotoko’s feelings for Naoki never fade and she eventually marries him.
Kinnosuke respects her decision, but it’s sad to see that his feelings for her were mostly used as a joke in the series. It doesn’t really help that Naoki sometimes makes fun of his feelings for Kotoko. Even if fans can’t agree on who’s best for her, most can agree that Kinnosuke deserves more than being treated like a joke.
4/10 Miaka Yuuki, Tamahome and Yui Hongo (Fushigi Yugi)
Considering it’s a reverse harem anime, it’s bound to have a lot of love triangles. Yui basically wanted revenge on Miaka for seemingly returning to the book world just to be with Tamahome. Because of this and her growing affection for him, Yui tried to brainwash Tamahome, had Nakago nearly beat Miaka to death, and even used her second wish to send her and Miaka back to their world so Miaka and Tamahome couldn’t be together.
Luckily, Yui managed to see that Nakago was manipulating her and eventually saw that Miaka and Tamahome were happy together. Seeing friends fight and stop being friends over a guy is an old trope, but it’s never good when best friends literally try to kill each other just because one of them is jealous.
3/10 Haruhi Fujioka, Tamaki Suoh and Eclair Tonnerre (Oran High School Host Club)
The anime series did a great job of bringing the beginning of the manga to life. However, it was decided that this would end with an anime-only story arc in which Eclair appears. She heard stories about Tamaki and built a fantastic life with him thanks to his mother (who worked as a servant at the Eclair House) telling her stories about him. When she arrived in Ouran, she belittled Haruhi after seeing how affectionate Tamaki was with her.
Tamaki only accepted the engagement between them because Eclair’s family could ransom his family and he was able to see his mother again. Although Haruhi never confessed her feelings for him, it was clear that she didn’t want him to leave. At the end of this story, there was no confession or anything else. It was all pointless and left fans wondering why the anime ended with a story that wasn’t in the manga.
2/10 Makoto Ito, Kotonoha Katsura and Sekai Saionji (School days)
This is one triangle that has been a huge mess for a variety of reasons. Makoto is interested in Kotonoha but doesn’t know how to talk to her. Sekai is Makoto’s table partner and becomes his personal guinea pig when it comes to kissing or other things in a relationship. She develops feelings for him and this love triangle becomes one of the biggest turmoil in anime history.
Makoto introduces Sekai and the other girls under the guise of wanting to become more educated while he continues to date Kotonoha. All the girls he dated eventually find out the truth and break up with him. He yells at Sekai for ruining his life after finding out she might be pregnant (she’s not pregnant) and that he wants to be with Kotonoha. Broken by this, Sekai brutally kills him and she is later killed by Kotonoha. All in all, this is one love triangle where everyone sucks and where things definitely got out of hand.
1/10 Inuyasha, Kagome Higurashi and Kikyo (Inuyasha)
If there is one anime known for its messy and pointless love triangle, Inuyasha reigns supreme. Inuyasha and Kikyo were in a relationship before Naraku manipulated the events around them into betraying each other. After emerging from a fifty-year coma, Inuyasha fell in love with Kagome, Kikyo’s reincarnation. However, Kikyo was later revived and his feelings for her were still there. This would result in Inuyasha coming to her whenever she was around, but also having feelings for Kagome. Whenever another man flirted with her, Inuyasha would get jealous and pout if Kagome was friendly with them.
Kikyo could have just let Inuyasha go, but she didn’t like his feelings for her future colleague and found it hard to accept. On the other hand, Kagome could have easily left with Koga, another demon who loved her, or with Hojo, a boy from her time. Inuyasha always left her whenever Kikyo showed up, not really caring what she thought or felt. This whole situation makes Inuyasha look selfish because he didn’t want Kagome to love another man but didn’t want to return her feelings because of his love for Kikyo. However, he also didn’t pursue the relationship after she was revived because he loved Kagome.
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