faithb4sight wrote:I guess I'm also kind of looking for a "You're so annoying but eventually I'm in love with you!" vibe (Inu/Kag from Inuyasha, Ranma/Akane from Ranma 1/2, Ahiru/Fakir from PTT, Tomoe/Nanami from Kamisama).
Spark any ideas? Again, I prefer dub, and don't want anything MA - or anything with too much sexual content.
By the way, EventualDay, thank you!
For that kind of character dynamics I'd recommend:
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Cold hearted girl who focuses so much on studying that she has no friends ends up falling for very sweet, highly enthusiastic and loving guy. It starts with her hating his guts then develops into an actually believable love story.
Ao Haru Ride
Girl changes her image upon entering high school by acting out so as not to attract the attention of boys lest she loses her new girl posse. She is then reunited with her middle school crush who she hasn't seen in years and who has changed into an indifferent guy who basically ignores her more often than not. Some very interesting comments regarding social identity and school life in general make this even more interesting.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.
This one is not as clean but it's one of my favorites so I'll plug it here. Highly cynical borderline hikkikomori boy (whose name is actually 'Hikigaya') offers his insight as a loner about his surroundings. Ends up joining a club that helps up other students, there he teams up with an equally socially reclusive and highly intelligent girl who has no issues telling him how much she despises his defeatist attitude and with a gentle and popular girl who also suffers from the social pressure of high school life.
The romance is toned down and may be more developed in the upcoming second season. What makes Yahari so great is its honesty, at times nakama power won't get you anywhere and the way it deconstructs clichés even as it mocks otaku culture with glee.