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  • The anime adaptation of the Ai no Kusabi novel has the Star-Crossed Lovers doing this near the end.
  • In Danganronpa 3 Side: Despair Episode 8, Chiaki and Izuru spend several long moments just gazing at each other after she recognizes him as her Love Interest Hajime, now mind-wiped into another person. Junko even tells them to stop acting like they're in some shojo manga.
  • In the Dragon Ball anime, Goku and Chi-Chi do this and an off-screen kiss after he recovers from his heart virus.
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  • Haruka and Makoto from Free! are pros at this. Whenever they have a moment together, which seems to happen quite often, there will be a Held Gaze.
  • This happens a lot between Italy and Holy Roman Empire in the chibitalia part of the Hetalia: Axis Powers anime.
  • Inuyasha: Occurs several times between different pairs, including a moment between Sesshoumaru and Kagura. As her life ebbs away, they talk, run out of words, and finally hold each other's gaze as she disintegrates into the wind.
  • March Comes in Like a Lion has one of animosity between Hina and Kyoko. The intimidating effect that Hina aims for during the scene falters due to her own nervousness, in large part due to the fact that she's a middle schooler trying to stare down a taller, adult woman, and they both know it.
  • Mazinger Z: Kouji and Sayaka do this in the Mazinger-Z vs Great General of Darkness, right when Kouji is going to sortie with Mazinger-Z to fight a battle he knows he can not win, and thinking he'll die. Sayaka stops him to give him his little brother's birthday gift, and both stare into each other's eyes for a long while. In the movie, Kouji finally turns around and leaves. In the manga version of that moment, they DO kiss.
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  • Naruto and Hinata had a few throughout the series—Chapter 98, Chapter 615 (which gets a Call-Back in Chapter 633), and Shippuden Episode 166 being the most notable examples—as an indication of their ongoing Unresolved Sexual Tension. It gets ramped Up to Eleven in The Last: Naruto the Movie, culminating in their Big Damn First Kiss that signifies the start of their relationship.
  • Ayaka loves to Playing Hard to Get with Karino in Phantom Quest Corp.. But when she does this in the final episode, all side characters instantly catch on that this might finally create a Relationship Upgrade and leave to improve the odds. Sadly, Ayaka's dress breaks in that moment, Karino happens to steal a glance and she gives him a Megaton Punch for that.
  • In Pokémon, Jessie and James from Team Rocket do this at the end of the episode "Holy Matrimony!". When Jessie and Meowth think James has got married and left forever, he suddenly returns in a hot air balloon, literally whisking Jessie off her feet. And then the two stare into each other's eyes while reaffirming their partnership, while Meowth runs after them, complaining that they forgot about him again. It's a very popular episode with Rocketshippers, for some reason.
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  • Parodied in Ranma ½. Ranma and Akane are in a School Play, playing the parts of Romeo and Juliet. At one point, they look into each other's eyes for a long time. The audience thinks that they're pausing for dramatic effect and building the romantic tension. In reality, Ranma just forgot his lines.
  • Rosario + Vampire: Moka and Tsukune do this to Running Gag levels, often spending several minutes at a time just staring into each other's eyes and saying each other's names.
  • In Act 1 of Sailor Moon Crystal, after sniping at each other without really meeting eyes, Usagi pulls her test paper away from her face to further chastise Mamoru for mocking her low score, only to gasp as they both stare open mouthed, the scene turns mutually Gaussian and Love Bubbles appear. Usagi breaks the gaze and makes an awkward retreat, acutely aware that she finds the nameless boy attractive.
  • Mika and Yuu occasionally have this in Seraph of the End.
  • In Sk8 the Infinity, there's a particularly tender moment in episode 4 between the protagonists Reki and Langa where, after Langa drops Reki off at home and the scene goes warm and quiet, panning over the hibiscus flower that's associated with Reki (meaning "new love" in hanakotoba), they hold each other's gaze, making promises to each other. It happens after they seal it with their Secret Handshake, except instead of how Langa expects it to go, Reki passes by his fist, and presses his own fist against Langa's heart, looking softly at Langa. They have several more throughout the series afterwards. By the end of the series, Reki becomes Langa's Implied Love Interest.
  • Victor and Yuri from Yuri!!! on Ice do this after Victor tackles and kisses Yuri in Episode 7.
  • School Zone: Subverted Trope. High schooler Yokoe sneaks a peek at her best friend and secret crush, the irascible Kei, during class, only for Kei to notice and return her gaze for a long, lingering moment. Yokoe being Yokoe, rather than be earnest and confess her feelings she immediately texts Kei and mockingly asks if it was enough to make Kei fall in love with her. Kei responds by deleting Yokoe's contact info and blocking her number.


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