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Post #589817

1:10 am, Mar 7 2013
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So we all love (Or eventually come to dislike) the main pair in a romance-centric series, of course...but who are the best beta/secondary couples that you have come across? I'm talking about those like Nina and Tsujiai in Ultra Maniac, Chizuru and Ryuu in Kimi ni Todoke, Takenaga and Noi in The Wallflower, Akira and Tsubaki in Rockin' Heaven, etc. etc.

I personally prefer the story of the beta couple most of the time, since they are less in the spotlight and their relationship almost always seems more genuine. They also add extra dimensions to the main couples story most of the time (e.g. Main couple learn from their relationship). Have I missed some great pairings that you love? Do tell! I must've not read many series that have strong beta couples, and I don't want to overlook any biggrin

Post #589830
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little martian

3:47 am, Mar 7 2013
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Haha~ I totally agree with you! (Sometimes the main couple's relationship just becomes so draggy and boring. bigrazz)

My personal favorites are Sasayan and Natsume (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) and Shinobu and Chihiro (Suki desu Suzuki-kun) ^_^

Post #593517
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10:19 am, Apr 3 2013
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Hihi, I was going to say Sasayan/Natsume too. Adore that pairing <3

Post #596784 - Reply to (#593517) by sallyen
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Tsundere Kitsune

9:51 am, Apr 28 2013
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Hihi, I was going to say Sasayan/Natsume too. Adore that pairing <3

I second this! Lately, I am getting more into them than the main pairing! biggrin

Others I like:

Kiyoshi/Rena from Dengeki Daisy
Eun Taek/Bora from Cheese in the Trap
Tadashi/Akira from Special A
Watanuki/Karuta from Youko x Boku SS
Ryu/Chizuru from Kimi Ni Todoke

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Post #596796
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11:10 am, Apr 28 2013
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Don't forget Fukuda Sakaya and Kusano Kazuki from SHIMOTSUKI Kinusa's Tonari no Kashiwagi-san!
It's a Shounen but still worth mentioning. I soon found myself following the romantic development between the main couple's best friends because the protagonist tends to be extremely slow and quite idiotic at times. Yay for some tsundere action!

And another beta pairing you shouldn't miss:
Yoshii Rio and Miyagawa Takeru from Love So Life by KOUCHI Kaede! It's almost impossible not root for them, after
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Rio showed such bravery and publicly kissed Takeru-kun on the lips in order to make him understand her feelings. Way to go, girl!

I also ship Kiki and Mitsuhide from AKIZUKI Sorata's Akagami no Shirayukihime although I'm not sure if it's going to happen at all.

How could I forget Hinohara Yuki-sensei and Nagai Tatsumi from 14-sai no Koi by MIZUTANI Fuka? Nagai-kun is too cute when he is teased.

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Post #600493
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1:06 am, May 25 2013
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Everyone from TSUDA Masami's Kare Kano, especially Tsubasa/Kazuma. I greatly recommend this manga, it's slice of life and has amazing background stories for all their characters and really builds on their character development.

OH AND The cutest couple ever, Meroko/Izumi from Arina Tanemura's Full Moon wo Sagashite. They both face some sort of betrayal before reconciling.

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Only Human

11:07 pm, May 26 2013
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I thought Nobu and her boyfriend in Lovely Complex was adorable, although they were more background characters.

"Everything is okay in the end. If it's not ok, then it's not the end."

"I'm tired of all the nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What else do you want; an adorable pancreas?" - Jean Kerr

When I said 'death' before 'dishonor', I meant alphabetically.

Imagine what would happen if there were no more hypothetical situations.
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4:54 am, Jun 17 2013
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Any from Usotsuki Lily. It has lots of cute couples. smile wink grin

Post #606800 - Reply to (#603845) by yarn
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12:59 pm, Jul 11 2013
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Quote from yarn
Any from Usotsuki Lily. It has lots of cute couples. smile wink grin

Haha yeah, somehow people around the main characters get a couple.

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K-Indie ♥

11:27 am, Jul 27 2013
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I second Eun Taek and Bo Ra from Cheese in the Trap. Don't know why, but they give off this childhood friend aura, including all it's strong and weak points. ^^

"It's like love is a bonus in your life. Even without it, I'm just fine. I don't feel like pointlessly searching for it. You don't have to make yourself unhappy." (Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji)

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Post #608747
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12:30 pm, Jul 27 2013
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The Breaker......season 1 had the most amazing pair of... Chun-Woo Han (Yours truly... THE Goomoonryong) and the absolutely captivating Shi-Ho Lee...

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And when Shi-ho died.... I.. for the first time in a decade.. felt tears welling up T___T

Oh woops... i just noticed that this was the SHOUJO/JOSEI section .. ~__~
Well... this is rather embarrassing ~___~

But still... this couple will remain as the best beta couple... for me biggrin

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Post #622430

2:38 am, Nov 29 2013
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Agree with Ryu/Chizuru!

Yahiro and Megumi from Special A was the only thing that made me finish the series when the main couple started getting repetitive.

Namiki and Kaichou from Land of the Blindfolded were one of the first beta couples I ever rooted for.

FullMetal Alchemist isn't shoujo but really, for me the best beta couple in maybe all of manga is Roy and Riza.

Yay for beta couple appreciation laugh They keep shoujo/josei fresh when the drama of the mains get too annoying. But then you have mangas like Fruits Basket.....

Post #636803
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4:55 pm, Mar 19 2014
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I kinda like the couple Arthur and Momoe (?) sensei in 5 ji kara 9 ji made by Aihara Miki. I think the fact that she is a fujoshi and ignores him is funny. The romance is slow between them but it is alright. I also like the couple Eun Taek and Bora in Cheese in the trap. they are so funny biggrin !

Post #637241
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5:30 pm, Mar 23 2014
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I totally A.D.O.R.E Nobu and Nakao from Lovely Complex They just have that awesome vibe going. Hell, I think I like them more than the main couple.
Then there is Lady Aglaia and Delos from NG Life
That's about all I can come up with at first thought.. I might post more soon. smile

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Post #637254

6:06 pm, Mar 23 2014
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Inukai and Tsurutani in Hirunaka no Ryuusei! While I do enjoy/agonize over the main love triangle... After I read this lovely lovely thing I just. I need MORE.

What else... SasaNatsu in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun hell yes. Ritsuka and Kou in Hiyokoi. Chizuru and Ryuu in Kimi ni Todoke.
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Yuuri and Uchimiya
in Ao Haru Ride is also adorable.

And I agree with dotsforeyes about Special A. Finishing that was painful. I only kept reading because I liked Yashiro/Megumi.

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