10 Most Frustrating Failed Confessions In Romance Anime | Pretty Reel

Failed confessions are a tricky trope. While the current era of anime has been much more conducive to romantic progress thanks to anime like Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, there have been some truly frustrating confessions over the years. Some are so inexplicable that they begin to blow your mind.

Up to a point, it’s understandable that confessions fail from time to time. The story has yet to happen, and maybe the author doesn’t want to pull the trigger so soon. Sometimes it can even be well written. However, good or bad, that doesn’t make it any less frustrating to watch.

Kazuya’s many self-sabotages – Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanokari)

In an age where romance is treated with far less prudishness than before, it’s only natural that modern anime would have a bit more sexuality in the mix. Still, that doesn’t stop the characters from consistently failing in their romantic endeavors, and Kazuya is the shining example of this trope.

Kazuya, despite being hailed both in-universe and out-of-this as a massive loser, still manages to lure a harem of women into falling in love with him, or at the very least pretending to be interested. This does not prevent him from canceling all chances of a relationship he has with his absurd paranoia. While having weird NTR fantasies about it.

Unforgettable Confession – Your Name (Kimo no Na Wa)

Your Name is one of the best love movies of recent years, and all thanks to the strength of its two protagonists. Taki and Mitsuha are two distinctly different people who nevertheless share a bond in seeing happiness in their own lives. Unfortunately, an incident threatens to make it all a memory.

In the film’s most moving scene, Taki and Mitsuha finally come face to face, at the mouth of this trusty lake. As they express their feelings, they begin to share their names. Unfortunately, fate itself intervenes and both have trouble remembering the name of the person they loved the most.

At Death’s Door – Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)

Attack on Titan isn’t exactly a “romance” in the traditional sense (it’s not a traditional anime either), but it does have its fair share of romances. For starters, Mikasa and Eren’s relationship is a constant presence in the story, even if it’s a relatively one-sided romance.

When the two are surrounded by Titans, the stoic Mikasa begins to gush about her feelings, and as she leans in for the last kiss, Eren stands up after having an epiphany. Although he promises to “wrap his scarf around her as many times as she wants,” it doesn’t lead to a developed romance between two of Attack on Titan’s best characters, giving viewers a beacon of less in this dark anime.

Fatal Phone Call – Oregairu (My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected)

Oregairu has no shortage of frustrating half-confessions, but this is perhaps the worst, mainly because it exposes each character’s greatest weaknesses. When the non-confrontational Yui finally decides to confess her true feelings to Hachiman, she suddenly receives a phone call.

To her credit, she wants to put it aside, but Hachiman, in typical fashion, tells her he should pick it up. While many cite this as Hachiman’s way of protecting Yui’s feelings, the truth is that he is doing it for himself. He doesn’t like the idea of ​​rejecting someone close to him, but instead of directly engaging with her, he decides to keep stalling, which hurts Yui in the long run.

Your Biggest Fan – Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun)

While frustrating, the entire premise of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun hinges on this hilarious misunderstanding. After Chiyo finally confesses her feelings to the tall, handsome Nozaki, he misinterprets the scene as her offer to become his manga assistant.

This is because Nozaki is a famous shoujo mangaka, and much to Chiyo’s surprise, she ends up going to his house to hang out with him. The irony of a shoujo mangaka completely unaware of the love interest Chiyo is the basis of the anime’s comedy and frustrations.

Confessions of the Guardian – Cardcaptor Sakura

The adorable Cardcaptor Sakura remains a cultural touchstone of anime. He is loved for many reasons, but one of the most important was his surprising progressiveness with his romantic relationships. In the ’90s, a well-written gay romance was hard to come by, but the dynamic between Touya and Yukito was heartbreakingly sweet.

Still, this relationship didn’t start easily, and one of the most annoying things fans had to deal with was the constantly failed confessions. Whether it’s a mundane run or a dangerous villain, it seems like Touya can never find an opening to tell Yukito how he feels about him. Still, at least fans can look back on that fondly in a post-canon Touya x Yukito world.

Platonic Misunderstandings – Kimi no Todoke (From Me to You)

Kimi no Todoke is a classic in the eyes of many romantic anime fans. Unfortunately, Kimi no Todoke was also one of the first examples of how boring failed confessions can get. Sawako and Kazehaya have feelings for each other so clearly that even in-universe people wonder why they still aren’t together.

The annoying reason is that they confessed, both saying “I like you” almost in unison. Unfortunately, the two interpret this as platonic, and fans spend an entire season trying to be awkward friends instead of dating. It’s every romantic comedy fan’s worst waking nightmare.

The moon is beautiful, isn’t it? – A silent voice

A Silent Voice is a beautiful drama about overcoming trauma and depression, but it also happens to have a romantic subplot that is unfortunately stopped in its tracks. After Shoko and Ishida reconnect, Shoko begins to admit her feelings in the most intimate way she can think of: with her voice.

Unfortunately, since Ishida isn’t quite used to Shoko’s normal voice, he misheard and assumes she’s talking about the beauty of the moon. Fun fact, saying “the moon is beautiful” is a common literary trope for confessing, due to their phonetic similarities. However, Shoya is not the literary type, so that wasn’t an answer, and a frustrated Shoko fails to properly confess during this film.

“Who is Rem? – Re: Zero

Arguably the most infamous confession scene in recent memory, Rem’s penultimate confession in Re:Zero was a heartbreaking scene for Rem and his legions of fans. All of this devotion leads to Subaru rejecting her, then telling her who she rejected him for. Naturally, this has led to many flame wars on the internet.

By all accounts, that was a perfect confession on Rem’s part, but the simple truth is that Subaru doesn’t return any romantic feelings. This left many Rem fans stunned, especially with Subaru pining for Emilia, a woman who at the time wasn’t even interested in Subaru. Still, it’s a bold choice, because there’s nothing to be done about how people feel, romantic or not.

All Tropes – Tsurezure Children (Tedious Children)

Tsurezure Children is like a walk-in gallery of all the best tropes in romantic comedy history. While there are plenty of established couples on the show, the classic “boys and girls who can’t spit” are still there. Some unorthodox dynamics also exist, leaving romance fans with a fun library of ships.

What Tsureuzure Children understands from the frustrating confession that a lot of bad romances don’t understand is that they have to build something. With each failure, the couple should not take a step back, but a step forward. It does wonderfully with all the different romances, and while frustratingly frustrating, it’s a love letter to the romance genre as a whole.