Heartwarming: Anime and Manga
The Japanese know what's scary
, and what is either heartwrenching
, or awesome
. However, they also know how to make you feel warm and fuzzy
Series with their own pages:
- The Stoic Meia comforting newcomer Misty in Vandread and caring for Ezra's baby Karu (AKA "Pyoro II").
- The Wallflower in the latest manga chapter, after 20-odd chapters of She Is Not My Girlfriend and 73 of What Is This Thing You Call Love?, Kyohei gives this 'love' thing a try and, of his own volition, kisses Sunako-chan. Cue High Pressure Nosebleed from the recipient and Squee from male and female fans alike. We can only hope it sticks.
- There's also a storyline in an earlier volume where Kyohei is forced to stay in the hospital and makes friends with the spirit of a beautiful young Bishounen trying to find a hidden love letter he wrote for his sweetheart years ago. With help from Sunako and Kyohei, the ghost finds the letter and gives it to his aged sweetheart, who is Kyohei's nurse and a very touching moment is felt. However, the reunion is sadly cut short when the ghost passes on over to the afterlife.
- Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou has a beautiful scene in which an emotional Alpha watches an area with pretty underwater streetlights, accompanied by the woman who patched her up after she got struck by lightning earlier in the series.
- And the final strip: Alpha goes into Yokohama for coffee beans, just as she did in the first strip, and comes home to find Kokone there waiting for her. So very, very sweet.
- The whole damn series. Which is odd, because it takes place After the End.
- The very last scene in the final TV episode of Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu. Despite the rest of the episode essentially being as nonsensical as the rest of the series.
- Sister Princess: At the end of episode 20, when, as a Christmas present, the sisters sing a song for their brother. An example of Crowning Music of Heartwarming.
- The very final scene of Vision of Escaflowne has Hitomi back on Earth after her adventures on Gaia. She briefly sees a vision of Van smiling in at her and wearing the pendant that she gave to him before she went back. She smiles and says, "I'm doing fine."
- El-Hazard: The Magnificent World: As Ifurita prepares to enter the Eye of God in order to bring it back under control, and to close the Stable Time Loop which brought about the events of the series:
Ifurita: "This is destiny, Makoto. If I had not undertaken this journey, I could never meet you, and that is why I am going...to meet you - because I had nothing until I met you, not even a single memory."
"Then let me give you mine." [A Montage
of Makoto's memories on Earth with Ifurita placed in them, at peace and happy, follows]
- The final scene where Ifurita is all alone in the schoolyard, seemingly forever trapped out of her world and time. Suddenly, a slightly older Makoto materializes with her key staff as promised to rescue her and she joyously runs to join him and go home to the tune of a beautiful ballad.
- The end of the final Episode of Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai: Sasshi says Screw Destiny, finally renounces being a kid and wants to grow up for Arumi (meaning he'll face that they'll move away and that he'll lose his old environment) and changes all of reality to not only bring Masa-jii back to life but also to resurrect Mune-Mune and Abe no Seimei to live the life together they had wanted.
- In Piano, Miu plays a waltz by Chopin for her friend Yuuki and gets her feelings across. It's actually quite rare that Miu performs a whole piece for somebody, even though the show is supposed to be about her piano playing.
- In Kill Me Baby, the comedy is based mainly around Yasuna annoying Sonya, usually resulting in Sonya hurting her. However, in Episode 13, we see that the two really do care about eachother.
- Haru wo Daiteita: When Iwaki declares his love, he entwined his fingers with Katou and held them to his heart.
- From the Street Fighter manga Sakura Ganbaru, Sakura's father discovers his daughter's dangerous hobby and says "When I first saw it, I thought 'I won't allow this', but to see your child throw themselves into something so earnestly... No parent would want to discourage that..."
- Girls Bravo: Kirie hugging Yukinari and encouraging him to go rescue Miharu.
- My Last Day unfolds through the eyes of a thief who receives the same brutal crucifixion sentence as Christ. Later, when he and Jesus have died on their crosses, we pan up to Heaven and see the thief with Jesus who recites John 11:25.
- Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation has a few (what with the adorable nature of nearly every character) but one stands out. After the fight with Arfoire and all the CPU's are freed, you see the little sisters hugging their big sisters...with Vert being left out. Cue Nepgear walking over to her and giving her a nice big hug to show that they missed and love her too.
- The final episode/OVA has a huge moment when Neptune and Peashy are reunited after the painful ending of Episode 10. Of course this shortly turns into a Crowning Moment of Funny when Peashy, instead of hugging Neptune, headbutts her in the stomach and they collapse on the floor before Neptune hugs her.
- Knights of Sidonia has True Companions Lala Hiyama and Hiroki Saito, both of whom were the best of friends when the latter was still alive. The anime shows one such scene of their friendship where Hiyama, an intelligent bear, playfully rubs up against Hiroki like a playful puppy. Later, when Hiroki makes off with an infant clone of himself who would go on to become Nagate Tanikaze, Hiyama actually helps him escape, piledriving soldiers sent to kill him as he makes his getaway.