posted a list yesterday of their top 10 epic sci-fi romances and surprised me with not just one, but two nods to anime by including Spike and Julia from Cowboy Bebop and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time's Makoto and Chiaki. Good choices, particularly with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time--can't get much more epic than a romance that defies the laws of the universe. Looking at the wider picture here, I'm glad that anime is being viewed by the greater science fiction community as at least an equal to contemporary, "traditional" works in that genre.
Makoto Shinkai, Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, both of which feature romances that span time, space, and universes. These are, in my opinion, some of the most epic love stories in anime and, try as I might, I just can't stop that clenched feeling in my heart when watching them, no matter how much I try to kill it with beer.
But back to the two titles they did mention, are they deserving of being listed among the greatest sci-fi romances of all time? What would you have put in there, loverboy/girl?