A good romance anime can make anyone’s heart skip a beat. Countless romantic stories have been told through anime over the years, ranging from comedic to deep and heartbreaking. If you’re a fan of the romance genre you may have a hard time sifting through the thousands of choices to try and pick the perfect show to watch. So, to make your lives easier, here are the 10+ Best Romance Anime To Watch With Your Girlfriend! (If you actually have one, hehe)
Best Romance Anime
10. Ouran High School Host Club
Haruhi Fujioka is a bright young lady who has just started at the prestigious Ouran Academy. She comes across an apparently unused music room one day while looking for a quiet and peaceful place to study. Haruhi is greeted by members of the well-known Host Club, a club in which attractive boys entertain girls from all over the school. However, when Tamaki Suou, the club’s founder and president, startles the bright scholarship student, she inadvertently breaks an expensive vase.
With repayment looking difficult for Haruhi, the Host Club members devise the ideal solution: work for the club and eventually become a Host herself! Haruhi, who is mistaken for a boy by her peers, is forced to entertain various female students while dealing with the extravagant personalities of her fellow Hosts.
After being dismissed as a hopeless loser by those around him, 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki bounces around from one job to the next. His unremarkable existence changes dramatically when he meets Ryou Yoake, a member of the ReLife Research Institute, who offers Arata the chance to change his life for the better by taking a mysterious pill. Arata accepts it without hesitation and awakens the next day to discover that his appearance has reverted to that of a 17-year-old.
Arata quickly discovers that he is now the subject of a one-of-a-kind experiment and must attend high school as a transfer student for one year. Though he initially believes it will be a breeze because of his superior life experience, Arata is proven horribly wrong on his first day: he flunks all of his tests, is completely out of shape, and is unable to keep up with the new school policies that have emerged in the last ten years. Furthermore, Ryou has been assigned to observe him, much to Arata’s chagrin. ReLIFE follows Arata’s struggle to adjust to his hectic new lifestyle and avoid making the same mistakes he made in the past, all while learning more about his classmates.
Nana Komatsu is a naive, unmotivated high schooler who spends her days chasing one crush after another. Despite her repeated failures in her search for love, her spirits have never been dampened. At the age of 20, she boards a train bound for Tokyo in the hopes of reuniting with her current boyfriend.
Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is fiery and self-assured. She falls in love with music and one of the band members after joining a local band in high school. When given the choice between her relationship and her musical career, she chooses the latter and divorces her boyfriend. On her 20th birthday, she boards the same train as her namesake to Tokyo, where she hopes to become a top vocalist.
The two girls with the same name but very different goals end up sitting next to each other on their train ride to the city and, as fate would have it, eventually share the same apartment. A deep and unique bond is formed, and they will support one another throughout this saga of love, music, friendship, and heartbreak.
Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student who enjoys housework; however, his intimidating face often leads to him being labeled as a delinquent. Taiga Aisaka, on the other hand, is a small, doll-like student who is anything but a cute and fragile girl. Taiga, armed with a wooden katana and a fiery personality, is known as the “Palmtop Tiger” throughout the school.
An embarrassing mistake brings the two students together one day. Taiga has a crush on the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who also happens to be his best friend, which Ryuuji discovers. But things get even crazier when Ryuuji admits to having a crush on Taiga’s best friend, Minori Kushieda!
Toradora! is a romantic comedy that follows this odd duo as they set out to help each other with their crushes, forming an unlikely alliance in the process.
6. Lovely Complex
Love is unusual for Risa Koizumi and Atsushi Ootani, who are both in high school and looking for their ideal partner—172 cm tall. Koizumi is much taller than the average girl, and Ootani, at 156 cm, is much shorter than the average guy. To make matters worse, their crushes fall in love with each other, leaving Koizumi and Ootani amused and heartbroken. To make matters worse, their homeroom teacher refers to them as a comedy duo because of their personalities and the stark difference in their heights, and their classmates regard their arguments as sketches.
Lovely Complex follows Koizumi and Ootani as they support each other in their search for love and become close friends. Aside from their ridiculous antics, they quickly discover a surprising similarity in their music and fashion tastes. Maybe they have undiscovered chemistry, but can love blossom between the mismatched couple?
5. Kamisama Kiss
Nanami Momozono, a high schooler, has been having a lot of problems lately, starting with her absentee father being in so much debt that they have lost everything. She comes across a man being harassed by a dog while downtrodden and homeless. She explains her situation after assisting him, and to her surprise, he offers her his home in gratitude. When she discovers that said home is a rundown shrine, she attempts to flee but is apprehended by two shrine spirits and a fox familiar named Tomoe. They mistake her for the man Nanami rescued, Mikage, the shrine’s land god. Tomoe leaves abruptly, refusing to serve a human after realizing Mikage must have sent her there as a replacement god.
Rather than returning to the streets, Nanami devotes herself to her divine responsibilities. But if she is to keep things running smoothly, she will need the assistance of a certain fiery fox. In her bumbling attempt to track down Tomoe, she gets herself into trouble and ends up signing a contract with him. Now, as god and familiar, the two must travel the path of godhood together; however, it will not be easy, as new threats emerge in the form of a youkai who wants to devour the girl, a snake who wants to marry her, and Nanami’s own unexpected feelings for her new familiar.
4. Maid Sama!
Misaki Ayuzawa is a one-of-a-kind phenomenon at Seika High School. Through her honesty and diligence, she became the first female student council president in a predominantly male institution. Misaki has been working tirelessly to improve the school life of all girls since she was promoted to the position. Despite this, Misaki is extremely strict with the boys, earning her the title “Demon President.”
After hearing a girl cry in the hallway one day, Misaki runs into Takumi Usui, the most popular boy in school, as he rejects a love confession. Misaki, enraged by what she sees, reprimands him for making the girl cry. Usui, on the other hand, is unconcerned and dismisses it as insignificant.
Misaki unexpectedly runs into Usui again, but this time she is working at a maid cafe! Embarrassed that someone has discovered her secret occupation, Misaki vows not to let Usui ruin her reputation. However, the mysterious boy now visits the same cafe on a regular basis to observe and tease Misaki. Will Usui be able to keep the president’s secret when the chips are down?
3. Your Lie in April
Kousei Arima is a child prodigy known as the “Human Metronome” for his precision and perfection in playing the piano. Kousei, who is guided by a strict mother and rigorous training, dominates every competition he enters, earning the admiration of his musical peers as well as audience praise. When his mother dies unexpectedly, the resulting trauma renders him unable to hear the sound of a piano, and he never returns to the stage.
As a junior high school student, Kousei leads a quiet and unassuming life with his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. He continues to cling to music as he struggles to come to terms with his mother’s death. His monotonous existence is turned upside down when he meets the eccentric violinist Kaori Miyazono, who hires him as her accompanist. Through a little deception, these two young musicians become closer as Kaori attempts to colorize Kousei’s world.
2. Clannad: After Story
Clannad: After Story, the sequel to the critically acclaimed slice-of-life series Clannad, begins after Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa graduate from high school. They go through the emotional ups and downs of growing up together. Unsure of his future path, Tomoya discovers the value of a strong work ethic and the strength of Nagisa’s support. They push forward to confront their personal problems, deepen their old relationships, and form new bonds because of the couple’s dedication and unity of purpose.
Time passes in the Illusionary World as well. As winter approaches, the Illusionary Girl and the Garbage Doll are confronted with a difficult situation that reveals the World’s true purpose.
Clannad: After Story is an impactful drama based on Key’s visual novel and produced by Kyoto Animation. It emphasizes the importance of family and the struggles of adulthood.
1. Fruits Basket (2019)
Tooru Honda has always been fascinated by the Chinese Zodiac story that her beloved mother told her when she was a child. However, a sudden family tragedy alters her life, and subsequent events leave her completely alone. Tooru is now forced to live in a tent, but she has no idea that her temporary residence is on the private property of the prestigious Souma family. She meets Shigure, an older Souma cousin, and Yuki, the “prince” of her school one day after stumbling upon their home. Tooru explains that she lives nearby, but when the Soumas see her walking back to her tent one night, they discover her well-kept secret of being homeless.
Things are looking up for Tooru after they offer to take her in after hearing about her situation. Soon after, however, she becomes embroiled in a fight between Yuki and his fiery cousin, Kyou. While attempting to stop them, she discovers that the Souma family has their own well-kept secret: whenever they are hugged by a member of the opposite sex, they transform into the Chinese Zodiac animals.
With this new revelation, Tooru will find that living with the Soumas is an unexpected adventure filled with laughter and romance.
BONUS: Kaguya-sama: Love is War!
Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are the student body’s top representatives at the prestigious Shuchiin Academy. Miyuki is the student council president and is regarded as the best student in the country by both peers and mentors. Along with him, vice president Kaguya—the eldest daughter of the wealthy Shinomiya family—performs admirably in every field imaginable. They are regarded as the ideal couple by the entire student body.
Despite the fact that both have feelings for the other, neither is willing to admit it. The first to admit defeat will be looked down upon and considered the lesser. Miyuki and Kaguya are both equally determined to be the one to emerge victorious on the battlefield of love, with their honor and pride at stake!
That was it for the list, be sure to let us know what’s your all-time favorite romance anime in the comments below!
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