The world has always had a certain enamored nature when it comes to twins. They are an interesting phenomenon, to be sure, but anime has a particular interest in them. Unfortunately, most anime series will use twins in one of two tired old ways.
Ichiru and Zero From Vampire Knight
These twins have a long and contentious history. However, their story as twins is an interesting one. Ichiru was born weak because those born a vampire hunter rely on instinct and use that instinct in the womb. Typically they would reabsorb their twin, but not this time. However, Ichiru’s weakness made him the bane of his parents, leading to him hiding his survival after his family’s slaughter from his own twin for a long while.
Shion and Mion From Higurashi: When They Cry
Higurashi is a confusing show, 90 percent because of how they structured it. That other 10 percent comes from its use of twins. It actually is one of the few shows to do the old trope of switching the twins out successfully. Which one’s evil? Which one’s violent? Which one is really who they say they are? You probably will have to watch more than once to sort it all out.
Hikaru and Kaoru From Ouran High School Host Club
There are probably no more famous anime twins than these two. Furthermore, they explore many of what one might believe are common twin problems in the show. Of course, that being said, they cause a lot of their own twin problems themselves. If you are mischievous little gingers, you can’t really blame anyone but yourself when people can’t tell you apart.
Ryou and Kyou from Clannad
What’s a harem without a pair of twins vying for a man’s affection? However, that is not quite true in this case. The assertive twin pressures her shy sister towards a man because she maybe likes him. However, you know it is the assertive tsundere that has the stronger feelings.
Tsukasa and Kagami from Lucky Star
Yet another set of purple haired anime girl twins? What are the chances? The weird thing is they even have similar personality types, but their show isn’t a romance.
Sora and Haruka from Sky of Connection
You know what they say: all it takes is the death of your parents to reveal you have deep sexual desire for your sibling. Sky of Connection isn’t all twincest, but it does place a bit of a focus on it, though.
Vash and Knives from Trigun
Although not strictly human, Knives and Vash play out a popular twin trope where one is portrayed as evil and one is portrayed as good. Their ties by blood make it an emotional fight. As they are twins, and thus equal, rather than a younger/older dynamic, it makes the battle more even.
Yukio and Rin From Blue Exorcist
Though they are twins, they couldn’t be more different. The only similarity they have is their chosen profession. Having a set of twins be exact opposites in terms of personality is a pretty popular trope, but at least they aren’t enemies.
Pretty Much Everyone in Futakoi
Are you ready to go ultra instinct for twins? Futakoi is for you. It is about your random generic guy who goes back home and suddenly he is surrounded by twins in love with him. It is, in truth, a rather awful show in every respect, but jam-packed full of twins.
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