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  • Guts and Casca from Berserk joke about holding hands and actually do hold hands once their relationship is affirmed.
  • Happens a lot in Beyond the Boundary with Akihito and Mirai. In fact, their interactions as a couple generally consist of either holding hands...or Mirai crying into Akihito's chest. Surprisingly it still works given their backstories and how their relationship evolves. And by the time the finale movie rolls around, holding hands is more significant and symbolic for these two that they opt to do this rather than kiss during the moment they finally get together.
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  • The very last image in Bitter Virgin has Daisuke and Hinako doing this, immediately after both had silently admitted to themselves that they didn't expect their relationship to last and wanted the other to find someone who'd be a "better fit" for them. The scene enhances the final question of whether their relationship really is doomed as everyone thinks or not.
  • In a Bleach cover page, Rukia and Orihime are shown doing this. NAKED.
  • Pazu and Sheeta in Castle in the Sky hold hands frequently.
  • A Tear Jerker example happens in D.Gray-Man where For arranges Bak's deceased parents after they were killed by Alma so that they were leaning against each other and holding hands.
  • Renton and Eureka do this in Eureka Seven. Literally. A LOT.
    • You can say that it starts when Renton saves Eureka from falling while they were in the sea of rainbow clouds after he leaves Ray and Charles and Eureka starts looking for him, though that may count as a Take My Hand moment as well.
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  • In Fly Me to the Moon, the two leads start their marriage with "all-you-can-grab" handholding.
  • About a third of the way through Fruits Basket, on the way back from an errand, Kagura wants Kyo to hold hands with her. After causing a scene when refusing, he agrees just to get her to be quiet.
  • Holding Hands is part of the Ship Tease between Hana and Chikahito in Gate 7. Every character (aside from Tachibana) that look at them holding hands comment how cute and close they are and Chikahito responds with High-Pressure Emotion.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, at the end of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon holds Nagato's hand when promising to defend her against the Data Integration Thought Entity.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers has a moment where a young America and England hold hands, which is a Flashback Within a Flashback.
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  • His and Her Circumstances. When the girl didn't know how to show her love for the boy, she held his hand during the student council meeting.
  • Chapter 16 of I Think Our Son Is Gay is about this. Hiroki notices some of his classmates doing this as he's shopping with Tomoko. Tomoko asks if he would do that with his crush, and Hiroki, who is gay and closeted, sounds extremely relucant, only considering that if it can be done when in private. Tomoko tells Hiroki that the latter was how she and Akiyoshi did when they were dating since he was easily embarassed, and makes a mental note of making him more comfortable with his sexuality.
  • In Junjou Romantica the couples are shown holding hands along with Intertwined Fingers in the opening sequence. It's rarer in the manga or anime, highlighting the seeming reluctance of some of the characters to pair up.
  • This is the central event of an important scene in the first chapter of Kaiju Girl Caramelise. Kuroe Akaishi is a high school girl who undergoes Involuntary Shapeshifting of parts of her body as a result of strong emotions, so she becomes an antisocial loner to avoid any incidents. When her popular and handsome classmate Arata Minami ropes her into going on a kinda-sorta date with him, a Girl Posse from their school catches sight of them walking together and audibly protest such an "ugly chick" being with the school heartthrob. Arata defiantly holds Kuroe's hand in response; Kuroe is so overwhelmed by this gesture that her emotions get the better of her and she fully transforms into a Kaiju for the first time.
  • In Katanagatari, Togame and Shichika finally do this in Episode 11 against the sunset to the Squee! of many. It makes what happens right afterwards more heartwrenching.
  • Aoki and Rin from Kodomo no Jikan occasionally do this. Most likely a romantic version.
  • Used twice as a plot point in Drug & Drop. In the first instance, Rikuo has to hold Kazahaya's hand while they watch a movie together, because Kazahaya is too sick to get the information they need from it unless he channels Rikuo's vision. Kazahaya isn't exactly thrilled about all the Ho Yay implications.
    • Later, the two of them have to search for a vase in a pitch-dark shrine. When they discover that it's Bigger on the Inside, they decide to hold hands to keep from getting separated. It isn't until they realize that not only does the other apparently smell like flowers, but that the hand they're holding is too small to belong to a teenage boy, that they discover that the spirit of the vase has been leading them around in the darkness all this time, just for giggles.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth:
    • The three protagonists frequently hold hands with each other in Cephiro, especially after surviving some danger or expressing worry.
    • Hikaru and Lantis aren't shy about doing this right after he gives her his mother's pendant to protect her.
  • In the climax of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha this was one of the first steps taken by Nanoha and Fate to show their then budding relationship, with Nanoha holding Fate by her hand and Fate responding by grasping Nanoha's between both of hers. It's also worth pointing out that Fate normally has an aversion to physical contact due to her experience with Precia, making this an extreme act of trust on her part.
    • Lindy holds Fate's hand in A's to comfort her after she wakes up following being ambushed. While it does make her blush, she clearly enjoyed the display of parental affection.
    • Erio and Caro hold hands while air-dropping into their first battle during StrikerS.
    • The second movie had several scenes that focused on Nanoha and Fate holding hands that reflected Fate's confidence as a person. At first, Fate was only able to offer her hand to Nanoha, but in the end she's able to reach out and take Nanoha's hand on her own.
  • Miharu and Yoite from Nabari no Ou do this when running away from Kairoushuu. Yoite later thanks Miharu for "never letting go" of his hand right before he dies.
  • Naruto:
    • This happens between Naruto and Hinata, after the latter delivers a Get A Hold Of Yourself Man to the former in Chapter 615. Given their general reactions, it's definitely presented in a romantic way. This frequently gets a Call-Back throughout the rest of the franchise and especially in some of Shippuden's later openings and endings. It even made its way to one of the manga's volume covers (specifically, volume 64) and some merchandise. This is actually a large part of Hinata's character arc: the one thing she always wanted was to catch up to Naruto and hold his hand.
    • Naruto and Hinata hold hands again several times in the climax of the canon movie The Last: Naruto the Movie, as one of the final preludes to the two of them finally becoming a couple.
    • Shikamaru/Temari and Sai/Ino are seen holding hands in the final episode, signifying that they have officially started dating.
  • No. 6: Shion and Nezumi hold hands while sitting on the same bed, no less.
  • Haru and Tsurezure from Ojojojo hold hands for the first time in Chapter 20. It should be noted that they had already been a couple for several weeks at that point.
  • In One Piece, Robin meets her mother for the first time and was just so happy to hold her mother's hand despite the entire island of Ohara going up in flames.
    Robin: I've wanted to do this for a long time.
    • In a flashback on Fisher Tiger, a human girl Koala went up to him and held his hand, despite his attempts to swat her hand away. What makes it particularly outstanding is that Fisher Tiger was enslaved by humans and here, he allows a human to hold his hand. Not to mention how humans have cruelly discriminated fishmen and how fishmen bitterly hated humans in return, this little act spoke volumes.
    • At the end of the Dressrosa arc, Kyros is shown holding his daughter's hand and bursting into Tears of Joy at being able to feel her warmth after ten years of Sense Loss Sadness. He's also holding her hand without any gloves on, in contrast to flashbacks where he refused to do so out of fear that his past as a murderer would taint her.
  • Happens from time to time platonically in Pokémon, but a significant one is in XYZ, where Serena's weakened Eevee holds her hand...not with her paw, but with a Sylveon feeler, signifying her evolution.
  • In the RS arc of Pokémon Adventures, Winona allows herself and Wallace to briefly hold hands before they go off for battle, hinting that she might be interested in rekindling their past (failed) relationship.
  • Crops up frequently in Pretty Cure, especially between Cures that have dual transformations, and even more so between the original duo, Nagisa and Honoka, who power up their finisher by squeezing each other's hands harder.
  • In a memorable Ranma ½ story epilogue, Ranma and Akane are walking home together after a dangerous (and relationship-defining) adventure in the forest of Ryugenzawa. Desperately trying to convey his affection for her, but completely at a loss as to how, he reaches back awkwardly and hesitantly. Akane notices, and takes his hand — in the animated version, this disarms him completely, whereas in the manga this makes him even more nervous than ever before.
    • In the OVA ending "The Ballad of Ranma and Akane," Ranma and Akane sing about how they developed feelings for each other and the difficulties of being unable to express love. As the song comes to its end, they both smile and reach out to hold the other's hand.
      Ranma: Today, I can't seem to meet your gaze.
      Akane: In my whole life, I've not felt this way before.
      Ranma and Akane: Can't say it aloud. Let's just keep it quiet for now.
      Ranma: Without words, your hand in mine's enough.
    • In one episode, Genma goes home to the Tendo household, after being lost for several days, and sees Ranma and Akane arguing. He cuts out the middleman (Who needs romantic buildup, anyway?) and puts their hands together himself. It actually shuts them up for once and they look at him with surprise while he quietly sips his tea.
    • After Ranma and Akane eat love mushrooms, Ryoga, Mousse, and Kuno chase after them. When they find the two of them walking up the mountain, holding hands, they know things have gotten serious.
  • Reborn! (2004): Gokudera and Tsuna in one Filler episode.
  • Sailor Moon Crystal:
    • In Act 1, Usagi's second recurring dream of a romance between a prince and princess, her view of the dream princess changes to a first-person perspective, in which she sees herself running while holding tight to the sword-wielding prince.
    • The Closing Credits, which detail a romantic rendezvous, open with a close-up on Serenity and Endymion's clasped hands as they walk to the ocean shoreline, while the Ending Theme's first lyric is "Let's hold hands".
  • The group variation is done towards the end of Simoun where the survivors of Chor Tempest hold hands as they walk together into the Spring for their final gender assignment. This is in particular contrast to the original Chor Tempest members' visit to the Spring at the beginning of the series: they go in separately and alone, and the whole ordeal is a lot more traumatic for each of them.
  • In episode 7 of Spice and Wolf, Holo offers Lawrence her hand to hold, but he gets distracted by his trading endeavors and fails to notice. He catches on the third time.
    • Even Lampshaded, that it takes him that long to catch on that she wanted to hold his hand. Usually she is quite content to walk about on her own, and so the romantic effect is brought into focus.
  • Haku and Chihiro from Spirited Away first held hands after Chihiro helped Haku remember his name. Also justified since they were free falling from the sky and Haku was able to fly. After this they continue to hold hands whenever they're in touching distance of each other.
  • In Summer Wars, Kenji holds Natsuki's hand to comfort her after her great-grandmother's death, complete with Intertwined Fingers.
  • In Sword Art Online, when trapped inside the nest of an ice dragon, Lisbeth ask Kirito to hold her hand before falling asleep. She then comments how warm it is, even though they're nothing but data inside a virtual world. After their adventure, Lisbeth confides to Kirito that she has been looking for something real in that world, and she found it in the warmth of his hands.
  • In Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream episode 3, Himespetchi sees Mametchi holding Yumemitchi when she almost trips, notices they're holding hands, mistakenly assumes they're doing so because they're in love with each other, and faints from seeing it. After she wakes up from fainting, she realizes the two weren't holding hands because they love each other and sighs in relief.
  • Washio Sumi Is A Hero: Washio and Sonoko hold hands while watching fireworks during a summer festival.
  • Defied For Laughs in Yu-Gi-Oh! when a magic ritual requires the gang to form a circle and hold hands. Joey and Tristan don't look too comfortable with this and end up just touching fingertips.


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