For any romance, drama fan, ‘Say I Love You’ is an entertaining anime. The anime follows the life of Mei Tachibana, who tries to keep herself away from society. She believes that friends are not meant to be trusted. Her pessimistic attitude began after being wrongly blamed for the death of their class pet. Even now she remains adamant in her view of the world. So, when one of the most popular guys, Yamato Kurosawa, starts talking to her, she does not welcome this change. But later, he saves her from a stalker by kissing her. This marks the beginning of something beautiful, right? No! Complications kick in (it would not have been so popular otherwise). The series follows Mei and Yamato as they try to work out their relationship. With all that said now, here’s the list of best anime similar to ‘Say I Love You’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these anime like ‘Say I Love You’ on Netflix, Crunchyroll or Hulu.
8. Kimi ni Todoke (2011)
Want an anime similar to ‘Say I Love You’? Let’s see what ‘Kimi ni Todoke’ is all about. A girl having trouble in her social life. Check. The trouble is due to a misunderstanding. Check. She starts a relationship with a popular guy. Check. Complications in the said relationship. Double check (I should’ve gone with a check. Don’t know why I did ‘double check’!). So yes, it is another funny romantic comedy, which you will love. Kuronuma Sawako is misunderstood by everyone as they take her timid and sweet behavior as a forefront for some malicious intentions. Her looks don’t help her since she looks like the ghost girl from ‘Ring’. Sawako just wants a normal life and normal friends. But prospects seem bleak until the most popular guy in the class starts talking to her. Maybe there’s some hope of friendship after all, positively something more.
7. Bokura ga Ita (2006)
‘Bokura ga Ita’ has all the emotional drama that we see in ‘Say I Love You’. The relationship between the main characters goes through various complications like in ‘Say I Love You’. Nanami Takahashi, the female protagonist of the anime, starts her high school life with the hope of making new friends. There, she meets a boy by the name of Yano Motoharu. One of Nanami’s friends is Yuri and she seems to have an indifferent attitude towards Yano because he was the boyfriend of her older sister. Though initially Nanami doesn’t care about him, slowly, her attitude towards him changes. The two become close and spend lots of moments together. But their relationship has lots of complications since Yano is yet to completely move on from the feelings of his previous relationship; Yano’s ex-girlfriend, Nana died in a car accident. He feels it hard to open up to Nanami. Will these obstacles deplete their hopes of having a good relationship or will they get through this together?
6. Ao Haru Ride (2014)
Well, without checking or ‘double-checking’ let me just blurt it right out. ‘Ao Haru Ride’ has lots of similarities with ‘Say I Love You’. We have a female protagonist, Futaba Yoshioka, who loves a guy but some misunderstanding blows off her chances to pursue the said guy. She thus distances herself from society, trying not to attract too much attention. Her cute and friendly demeanor changes to a tomboyish attitude. But she is not the only one who changes. The boy she liked, Kou Tanaka, has changed a lot too. For starters, his name is now Kou Mabuchi. But everything about his personality seems to have changed, as now he is not that timid, innocent boy with whom Futaba once shared a shelter during a rain. Now, when he comes back in her life, will her feelings for him change or will she pursue the only boy she ever liked, even though he has changed so much?