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  • Renton loves Eureka. That's the whole premise of Eureka Seven, a giant mecha anime. Renton, the hero of the story, falls madly in love with Eureka the moment she crashlands near his grandfather's house. Complicated by the fact that Eureka is not human and doesn't understand his feelings. Around the end of second season, Eureka begins to show more and more human emotions and eventually falls in love with Renton. The fact that she is a Coralian, however, leads her to think that she and Renton are unable to be together, leading to problems in their relationship.
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  • The trigger to the action of Maison Ikkoku: Yusaku is about to leave the place he lives in, meets the new landlady Kyoko and falls for her hard. Really, really HARD.
  • Andrei Smirnov from the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, fell in love with Louise Halevy upon seeing her.
  • There's an implication that Spike, at least, fell in love with Julia at first sight in Cowboy Bebop. It's not completely clear since their Back Story is never fully told, and there are only a few Flashback images to go by, but in what was apparently the first time Spike saw Julia he reacts with wide eyes and his mouth hanging open.
  • Berserk
    • Casca as a girl fell for Griffith at first sight, helped by the fact he just saved her from getting raped by a nobleman at the time. Casca even think he’s a angel and years later when Farnese and Schierke traverse Casca's mind, her exact feelings in that moment are "she feels she's taken a blow to the head" though in retrospect her love of Griffith is more worship than love.
      • Casca not alone in this regard as Charlotte, Sonia and thousands of other people fell for Griffith when see him saying he has a supernatural beauty beyond compare.
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    • It's implied Griffith falls for Guts when he sees him kill Bazuso or at least desires Gut's for his army, in the anime he is also clutching the Behelit while ogling Guts.
    • Ironically Guts and Casca didn't fall in love at first sight despite their passionate romance, and both tried to kill each other in their first meeting. However it's played somewhat straight when shortly after the fight Guts woke up to see Casca keeping his naked body warm with her own, and Guts's reaction to seeing Casca upon waking up is very telling... before she punches him.
  • Outlaw Star:
    • Jim develops a crush on Hanmyo when he first sees her practicing her martial arts at a water fountain. Apparently, she felt the same towards him. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be, as she turns out to be an assassin sent after Gene, and Jim unknowingly causes her death. Poor girl.
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    • Harry also falls for Melfina in this way to a rather extreme extent.
  • In Plastic Memories, Tsukasa falls for Isla in the first episode. Given Isla's nature as a Giftia and her being shell-shocked from vast experience of terminating her own kind, however, a full-blown relationship is going take a while to develop.
  • A running gag in Pokémon is that Brock will fall in love with just about every girl he meets at first sight.
  • In Flame of Recca, Recca has this to an extent with Yanagi (The Dulcinea Effect kicking in full power). Despite meeting her for the first time, he swears to protect her and is shown blushing around her. As the series goes on, his feelings for her deepen (as do hers for him), but it's still nevertheless love at first sight.
  • Dragon Ball
    • Yamcha and Bulma fall in love at first sight, hilariously it happens just before Yamcha was about to finish off Goku (yeah you read that right) and seeing Bulma puts him out of action and Yamcha retreats from the battle. Of course even though Yamcha and Bulma dated, it doesn't work out between them as Bulma has Vegeta's child while Yamcha sleazes around other women.
    Oolong: Your telling me you won't go for the giant robot? But someone fires a missile and you go ga-ga?
  • In the Alternate Universe spin-off of Future Diary, Mirai Nikki: Paradox, Akise Aru (who already seemed to have a suspicious Ho Yay crush on Yukiteru in the original) is shown to have fallen in love at first sight with the wounded Yukiteru. It's so bad to the point where he is shown "championing" for Yukiteru, so that when he defeats all of Yukiteru's enemies, Yukiteru can become God.
  • Hardly one of those pure-hearted, Disney-esque fairy tale types, but apparently Gauron from Full Metal Panic! fell in love with 12-year-old Sôsuke at first sight, becoming something of a Stalker with a Crush towards him. Yes, warped and disturbing as it is, it's probably the closest thing Gauron has experienced to being in love. Even after five years of not seeing or hearing from Sōsuke, he still manages to recognize Sōsuke right away (at least, after he manages to get a clear view of Sōsuke's face), and apparently has never forgotten him ever since they first met. Gauron himself even confesses to Sōsuke that he loves him.
    • It's also shown in the novels, that Lemon was heavily implied to be attracted to Sōsuke. When he first saw him, he thought Sōsuke was very good looking and "charming", despite the boy being completely emotionless (read: "eye candy"). Later, after Sōsuke wins a tournament that helped win back Lemon's money, Lemon hugged him with "more passion than a french kiss would warrant," making Sōsuke slightly uncomfortable. And later still, Lemon gets drunk, and subsequently invades Sōsuke's personal space by hugging and groping him while blushing — which irritates Sōsuke to no end.
  • Rohfa from D.Gray-Man falls for Allen at first sight. It's not like that's anything unexpected...
  • In Double Arts, after listening with agonized stoicism to an awkward not-quite-confession from Elraine that she's been falling in love with him bit by bit for the entire series, though she doesn't expect him to understand or even know what she's talking about... Kiri Luchile reveals to the reader, although not to her, that he actually did this. He's got his reasons for keeping quiet, though.
  • In Black Cat, Kyoko fell in love with Train at first sight (some of it might have to do with how, at first sight, he was saving her). She then becomes his rabid Stalker with a Crush.
    • Creed, as well, is shown to have fallen in love with Train at first sight (in the short excerpt in the manga which shows the scene where they first met). It also cements Creed's status as a masochist, considering that his first interaction with Train consists of Train disdainfully glaring at him, and telling Creed to shove off, saying that he's useless to Train. Creed, being Creed, gets aroused by this and ends up becoming Train's Stalker with a Crush.
  • Baron Kelvin from Black Butler immedietly fell in love with a seven-year-old Ciel at first sight. This is barely justified by the fact that his love was based on how he views Ciel as special and beautiful, and only special people could interact with other special people. He then goes through a painful surgery to look more beautiful so he could have a chance as Ciel's romantic interest. His obsession leads to a point where he recreates the most painful of Ciel's memories of being sacrificed just so he could be there and be killed in the same way that Ciel had murdered his tormentors. "Talk to the demon", indeed.
  • Baccano!:
    • Subverted. Claire Stanfield completely insists that Chane is The One after a single meeting...just like he insisted that the last girl he crushed on was his One True Love. And the one before that. And all those other ones too... Though to be fair, Chane is the first person who didn't reject him on the spot when he declared his love.
    • For a straighter version, Firo claims Love at First Sight for Ennis. Too bad that she happens to be the one woman in the series that happens to be borderline asexual... It takes them fifty years to get married.
  • In Emma: A Victorian Romance, William fell in love with Emma at first sight.
  • One Piece
    • Sanji's first reaction to any beautiful women is generally lovestruck, but the anime specifically gives the audience his first reaction to Nami in particular. It happens when Sanji is pouring wine out for a female customer (to the annoyance of her date) and he glances over at ruckus the Strawhats are making, spots Nami and has expression similar to Oh, Crap! on his face before Sanji gives the bottle to the woman's boyfriend telling him to "pour it yourself" and swoops over to Nami.
      • To make it more hilarious, it also shows Zoro's first reaction to Sanji as well.
    • Brook similarly to Sanji is also love stricken at beautiful women, and expresses how beautiful Nami when he first sets his eye sockets on her while Nami rapidly shakes her head at his compliments since he's a creepy skeleton and outright kicks him down when he asks to see her panties which becomes a Running Gag. Later Brook is head over hells and even has heart eyes when he meets Sanji's sister Reiju.
    • Almost everybody who meets Boa Hancock the most beautiful woman in the world is completely enthralled with her and thanks to her Devil Fruit is turned to stone, one vice-admiral of the Marines had to stab his hand so the pain would distract him from Hancock's beauty and saved him from her power. Luffy doesn't even need to that as having a pure heart and being a Chaste Hero makes him immune.
      • Sanji of course got turned to stone immediately upon seeing Boa Hancock but telling part was the fact she wasn't using her power at the time.
    • Bartolomeo's first reactions to seeing his idols (the Strawhat Pirates) is this, complete with drooling and crying.
    • Loki the prince of Elbaf fell in love with Lola at first sight (something virtually no other men has done) but Lola refuses to marry him as she wants her freedom to marry who she chooses. Very ironic as when we first see Lola in the series she’s begging every male she sees to put a ring on her.
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura, both Sakura and Syaoran describe their attraction to Yukito as Love at First Sight. Subverted as Yukito was created to be the perfect match for Sakura, and his power was what Syaoran was subconsciously attracted to.. Still, Yukito falls for Sakura's brother, and Syaoran and Sakura fall in love with each other.
    • Been a while but where was it stated that Yukito was created to be a perfect match for Sakura? He was a pretty boy long before Sakura came into the picture. The entire reason why Syaoran was attracted to him is because of his powers.
      • Where Eriol said what was 'unexpected' in his plans was that Sakura fell for Syaoran, not Yukito. Yue was (in love?) with Clow, and so Clow thought that Yue would be less lonely if he loved his new master. Eriol also did not expect Yukito to love Touya.
  • In Higurashi: When They Cry, Shion Sonozaki loses three nails, goes Ax-Crazy and considers suicide because she is in love with Satoshi Hojou - whom she talked with for maybe twenty minutes tops, during most of which he was under the impression she was her twin sister Mion. In the anime that's more or less the case, but they have a more complex friendship in the manga and sound novels.
  • It is very difficult to interpret the Sengoku Basara anime's first meeting between Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune as anything but this. Especially when Yukimura clutches his chest and goes weak at the knees while waxing rhapsodic about the One-Eyed Dragon of Oshu
    Yukimura: It burns.
    Sasuke: ... What?
    Yukimura: My heart is burning. Such presence. Such fighting spirit. Such... strength.
    Sasuke: So he, er, lights your fire, does he?
    • Later on, when Shingen asks Yukimura if Masamune was really that strong, Yukimura responds, with shining eyes: "He was! So much so that he shook my very soul."
    • This trope also took place between Kasuga and Uesugi Kenshin in the backstory; she was sent to assassinate him and instead fell in love with him.
  • Also happens in Crying Freeman, where Emu Hino becomes attracted to the handsome and sad assassin she saw first after he accidentally killed his targets in front of her.
  • Shizuka Doumeki from Xxx HO Li C fell for Kimihiro Watanuki like this, when he saw the other sadly cradling a dead kitten and stating "I'll die like this. Alone." Doumeki then swore to himself this wouldn't happen.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Kodachi Kunō fell for the title character once she glanced at him for the first time after he saved her from taking a bad fall.
    • Her brother Tatewaki, likewise, fell for "the Pigtailed Girl" more or less after first confirming her existence. This did not prevent him chasing after Akane Tendō, his first crush, as well, and seems strong enough to keep him from realizing that the "Pigtailed Girl" is Ranma Saotome. Both of the Kunō siblings have rather... forceful and dramatic personalities.
    • The anime has Sentaro and Satsuki. They sit and stare at each other for so long when they first meet, that by the time Sentaro finally says something to her, it's the next day and everybody else has fallen asleep. To top it off, the first words out of Sentaro's mouth are a proposal.
    • It's implied that Ranma himself believes in love at first sight. He once said:
      Ranma: Time means nothing to love.
  • Muraki from Descendants of Darkness constantly reminds Tsuzuki of how much he loves his beautiful eyes, telling him that he fell in love with him at first sight when he saw his eyes in a photo.
  • In Tenjho Tenge, this happens to Masataka when he saw Aya the first time. And to Aya, after she meet Nagi.
  • Julia from Strawberry Shake Sweet virtually explodes hormonally as soon as she meets the girl she is about to tutor, Ran.
  • This happens to Fumi in Aoi Hana when she meets Yasuko, the most popular student at her all-girl high school. It appears to be mutual, although Yasuko still dumps Fumi rather abruptly.
  • Pandora Hearts:
  • Juvia Loxar falls in love with Gray Fullbuster at first sight in Fairy Tail. Her feelings are compounded as he's the first person to defeat her and his accidental groping her.
    • In turn, Gray's rival Lyon falls in love with Juvia at first sight, prompting a hilarious Love Triangle.
  • Hinagiku of Hayate the Combat Butler admitted to Ayumu that her love for Hayate was "at first sight". If you reread the relevant chapters, you see that, indeed it was. All the chapters since have proven that the love is not just as "looks-oriented" as most cases would be though. Especially since it took her a long time to realize the feelings, even though they were clear as day to everyone else. It's also been implied that it might work both ways. He has said that he is attracted to Hinagiku. With Hayate being a Chaste Hero and thicker than a box of bricks, it might be a while before we find out if that's the case.
  • Subverted in Princess Tutu. Ahiru/Duck falls in love with Mytho the first time she sees him (when she's a duck). She's turned into a girl to help him, but later admits she just liked him because she "thought he was handsome", and then her actual feelings were more by the "platonic admiration" than "romantic love" Then he picks Rue aka Kraehe, the girl he's known for years, as his Princess instead. And she fell in love with him at first sight, too, after he saves her life as a child, evolving into a painfully sincere love that leads her to be a Love Martyr.
  • Zetsuai1989: Kouji Nanjo falls for Takuto Izumi like this, when they are 10 years old (and he thinks Izumi is a girl). Izumi, however, takes much longer to return his feelings.
  • Naruto:
    • A flashback reveals that Karin fell for Sasuke once she glanced at him for the first time after he saved her from a bear.
    • Shiho seems to do the same with Shikamaru when he is at the code squad's office.
    • Rock Lee falls in love with Sakura at first sight as well early on in the series.
  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water: There is really no other explanation as to why Jean start following Nadia in Paris during the first episode. (Nadia initially doesn't feel the same way, but he earns her trust when he rescues her. This starts a close friendship between them that gradually does turn into a romantic one; in fact, Nadia is completely transformed by her relationship with Jean.
    • When Grandis meets Captain Nemo on the Nautilus, she becomes madly infatuated with the man, igniting a jealous rivalry between her and the overprotective first officer, Electra (who harbors similar feelings for the captain.)
  • Shinra Kishitani from Durarara!! fell in love with Celty Strulusen the day he met her... when he was four years old at the time, and his father Shingen was also performing a vivisection on her. Twenty years later, though, Celty has mutual feelings for him, but even then, it's no perfect romance. Not that Shinra is complaining.
  • Yandere Kanojo has main characters Reina Ryuuzaki and Manabu Tanaka falling in love with each other at first sight in the first yonkoma so it can dispense with the typical Will They or Won't They? and instead focus on their wacky hijinx as a couple.
  • Misa Amane from Death Note claims that her love for Light was at first sight. Before seeing him, she was mostly thankful to him for killing the murderers of her parents.
  • Noelle from I'm Gonna Be an Angel! falls in love with Yuusuke right off the bat upon just meeting him when he stumbles across her in the forest and accidently kisses her.
  • Bleach:
  • In Wild Rock, Yuuen thinks he's doing too good of a job Disguised in Drag charming Emba . He later finds out he's not and the biggest thing that gave Yuuen away is simply that Emba's been entranced since the first time they saw each other and knows exactly who (and what gender) he is.
  • In Battle Athletes Victory, Akari bumps into Kris, who immediately loudly proclaims to have fallen in love with Akari and has no qualms about showing her affection.
  • This is Brief's reaction when he first sees Panty in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
  • It turns out that Keith Goodman from Tiger & Bunny is prone to this. First crush? A high school girl he fell in love with at first sight (who didn't even so much as talk to him). Second love? A woman in the park that he fell in love with at first sight (who turned out to be a malfunctioning android). His "soulmate"? A puppy that he took one look at through the pet store window and, once again, fell in love with (no, not in that way) at first sight.
  • Its been suggested that Daisuke's love for Risa developed at first sight in D.N.Angel. Also, in episode 14 there's Mio Hio towards Daisuke.
  • Shu from Flower Flower falls head over heels with her wife, Nina, at first sight. Nina on the other hand...
  • It's implied in Wandering Son that Saori fell in love with Nitori at first sight. Flashbacks show that when New Transfer Student Nitori introduced herself to the classroom Saori was instantly drawn to her.
  • In Big Order Hoshimiya Eiji falls for Kurenai Rin as soon as he sees her first enter class. This changes once he learns that she was sent to kill him.
  • In Mamotte Shugogetten Kaori Aihara is like this for Tasuke and Tasuke is like this for Shaorin.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: One of the stories in the novel involves one of Kyon's old friends who he hasn't talked to in months calling to ask about the cute girl he was walking with one day. Turns out to be Yuki. The friend took one look at this girl, briefly, from a distance, and spent the next few months obsessing over her, to the point of laying out a five-year plan for college and starting his own business to prove himself worthy of her. Turns out he had the ability to perceive Yuki's communication with her boss, the Data Integration Thought Entity, and that's what he saw that gave Yuki an angelic aura in his eyes. Yuki quietly removed this ability, and he (embarrassed) gave up on her. He was just seeing the communication; Yuki explains to Kyon that if he looked too closely, he would have eventually perceived the Entity itself, which would have killed him.
  • Arisa and Kureno in Fruits Basket. Arisa takes an instant liking to him because he reminds her of Tohru, and for Kureno... well, she was probably the first sane girl he had met in years.
  • Practically a staple for the Evillious Chronicles—though the most notable examples are actually the product of magic, such as the titular duke of The Lunacy Of Duke Venomania using his powers for instant seduction (or pursuing women out of instant sexual attraction and pretending it's love), and Michaela's many instant suitors in Wiegenlied Of Green from her being a reborn forest spirit.
  • In Detective Conan, Shiratori pretty much fell in love with Kobayashi when they met once as children. He fell for Satou because he thought she was the grown-up Kobayashi, and once he realises Kobayashi was the "girl of destiny" they started a proper relationship.
  • Yurine in AnoKiss has a case of love at first talk. At first she doesn't really notice Ayaka (since she didn't pay much attention to her surroundings in the first place), but when the latter gently speaks to her and shows her a glowing smile, Yurine falls pretty hard and doesn't even try to hide it. Ayaka, however, has a lot of trouble reciprocating.
  • Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam fell hard for both Matilda Ajan and Lalah Sune. Not only were both women spoken for - Matilda by Woody and Lalah by Char - they both die with Amuro as the main reason why.
  • Rize of Tokyo Ghoul develops an attraction towards Kaneki the second she first notices his good looks, and preys on him, blurring the line between murderous and romantic intentions.
  • Umeno-suke of Adekan describes himself as this for Mutsukuchi-sama.
  • Luluco of Space Patrol Luluco immediately falls for Alpha Omega Nova when she sees him bust into their class. Deconstructed, when she finds out that she fell in love with a boy who was literally an empty shell sent to deceive her.
  • Shiine from Akazukin Chacha fell for Chacha the moment he saw her. He even greeted her by saying he had fallen for her at first sight.
  • Rino Juse from I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying and My Girlfriend Without Wasabi has been in love with her husband Nozomu since the day they first met in college. Although it wasn't strictly love at first sight since she didn't realize it until she got home that night (she had spent most of the day angry at him since he thought she was a little girl).
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT: Not exactly love, but Friendship at First Sight: Alicia and Cinque become friends immediately when they first meet, without saying a single word. The reason? They recognize each other as older sisters who look younger than they are.
  • Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke; he was ready to die for San the moment they shared eyes. And his words to her when she's about to slit his throat for carrying her out of Iron Town? "You're beautiful." Yup, he was hopeless from the get-go.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Saikawa is immediately enthralled by Kanna as soon as she sets eyes on her, but she cannot help but approach her in the only way she knows, which is by being confrontational and competitive. Kanna defuses the conflict by feigning to cry so that Saikawa stops behaving aggressively, and by doing so, opening the way for their relationship.
  • In Soul Hunter Tou Sengyoku fall in love with Dokuson the moment she first see him, and decide on her own that they're a couple and will get married.
  • Katarina's parents in Destruction Flag Otome fell for each at first sight with her father in particular going to her family to arrange a marriage. However, because he felt ashamed at getting engaged to her without her consent he acted awkwardly around her which she took as being upset at getting engaged to a woman who was slightly older than him. As such their relationship would have soured despite having a daughter until said daughter inadvertently clears things up for them by acting like a horrible monkey child instead of the duchess she is.
  • In the Shogakukan Sonic the Hedgehog manga Nikki's parents met 20 years ago when Paulie crash landed near Brenda's house. It was love at first sight and they married soon afterwards.
  • In her debut episode, Himespetchi of the Tamagotchi series falls in love with the main character Mametchi after seeing him for the first time.
  • In Goddess Creation System Ming Zhu, a princess from the plains of the main setting, fell in love with the gorgeous crown prince at first glance. Xiaxi argues that this is a terrible basis for a relationship, especially given their different values and high social position: Ming Zhu is used to a certain amount of social flexibility and more women's rights, but if she married Jun'er she'd have to give up the lifestyle she's used to, could be reduced to a concubine or at least be one of many wives and if she ever became an obstacle to the crown prince or raised a fuss she could be taken hostage or end up starting a war. Plus, there's the obvious fact that she doesn't even know him and could turn out to despise him after marrying him.
  • In Attack on Titan, Jean Kirstein is instantly smitten with Mikasa Ackerman when he sees her, telling her she has beautiful black hair. Unfortunately for him, Mikasa only has eyes for Eren Yeager.
  • In Cheerful Amnesia, Arisa fell in love with Mari after seeing her working as a cashier at a fast food restaurant and proceeded to return to her place of work every day for a year until she returned her affection. As a result, she's still in love with her after becoming an Amnesiac Lover.

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