Chihiro and Haku from Spirited Away. Most Studio Ghibli feature a character who has the feel of a love interest, but unlike Disney Princess movies, they do not tend to be the end goal and any future romance is usually kept vague.
ofsparrows: “I like to think that Howl and Calcifer just sat down and had tea and a chat once in a while. You would too if your fireplace were a sentient fire demon. It’s one of the perks. (Super late submission to ghibli jam, which I only found out.