5 Genuine Manga Friendships That Prove Opposites Can Attract

What’s better than a genuine manga friendship? A genuine friendship where the friends are opposites!

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Soul dragging Maka by her hoodie with her pouting at him.

The saying “opposites attract” is a common saying for romance, but it works just as well in friendships. This is increased tenfold in manga, where friendships and situations are often dramatized. There are many iconic friendship pairs, and many of them are complete opposites — yet they still love and care for each other. Here are five examples.

Soul and Maka from Soul Eater

Soul dragging Maka away while she pouts at him.

Honestly, it’s a miracle that they didn’t kill each other. Soul is aloof and reserved, while Maka is more straightforward and hardworking — and she loves books! These two take every opportunity to aggravate the other and are always at each other’s throats. But, when it counts, they’re there for each other. If one is in danger, the other will stop at nothing to save them. They may always get on each other’s nerves, but they also mean the world to each other.

Luffy and Nami from One Piece

Nami angirly squishing Luffy's cheeks while they glare at each other.

They’re both pirates looking for treasure, but their similarities end there. Luffy likes being silly and messing around, but Nami is more serious and usually gets mad about his antics, which in turn makes him annoyed at her. But they work together as brawn and brains, respectively. Nami looks out for Luffy and tries to do damage control where she can, and Luffy protects her from danger. They make up for each other’s shortcomings and are probably the closest in the Straw Hat crew.

Hinata and Kageyama from Haikyu!!

Hinata and Kageyama sitting on the floor side-eyeing each other.

It’s a tale as old as time: the small, sunshine one and the tall, grumpy one. Except they’re both total volleyball nerds who can’t stand the sight of each other. They don’t get along and have different ideas and skills regarding volleyball. But nobody else on the team can keep up with Kageyama, and Hinata has too much energy and passion for anyone else to handle. So they — begrudgingly — work together, and they become close friends.

Yona and Yun from Yona of the Dawn

Yun hugging and Ao Yona with tears in his eyes with Shin-Ah and Gija in the background.

Yona was a sheltered princess who knew nothing about the world until she was forced to flee with her life. Yun was an orphan who nearly died on the streets. They got off to a rough start, but the two grew close over time. Yun could do everything, and Yona couldn’t do anything for herself. They always do their best to look after each other, whether protecting the other or quietly helping them with small tasks.

Lucy and Erza from Fairy Tail

Lucy and Erza standing outside smiling.

Unlike most of the friends on this list, these two have always gotten along. Lucy’s optimism and charm balance out Erza’s strength and cool demeanor, and they make for quite the duo. They’re always trying to do what’s best for others, including trying to keep their rowdy friends in line— Lucy by talking, Erza by force. They are usually the voices of reason with their friends, and sometimes, with each other.

Which opposite friends are your favorite?

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