15 Best Romance Anime of All Time

Love is one thing that is unique in the entire universe. Everybody thinks that they fully understand it but they really don’t (like a Christopher Nolan movie). Some want it while some deny it. No matter which side you are on or how much icy your heart is there are times you do feel the need to be loved. Though I cannot give love to you in a way you need (that came out horribly wrong) I can provide you with the next best thing, romantic anime. Yup, your friendly neighborhood writer is gonna take you through a tunnel of love (what is wrong with me?). Let’s just jump right into the list of top romance anime ever. The list includes some of the really great romantic anime films. You can some of these best romance anime on Hulu, Netflix, Crunchyroll, YouTube or Amazon Prime.

15. Toradora! (2008)

This anime is a bit cliché but I liked it so it is on the list (deal with it). The story sees Ryuuji Takasu wanting to get close to his crush Minori. During this, he crosses path with Taiga, a seemingly sweet girl on the surface but hot volcano inside. She eventually agrees to help Ryuuji if he helps her with her crush. But lo and behold who fall in love, Taiga, and Ryuuji. The anime is fun and romantic.

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14. Kaichō wa Meido-same! (2010)

This is one of the famous romantic anime. The story sees student council president Misaki trying to maintain order in the school and prevent problems from happening. She has a tough job to do since the school had recently become coed. Even though she is tough and all she has a deep secret inside. She works as a maid in a café to support her family. Things begin to change when a boy named Takumi finds out about it. Will he use this secret to mock her? Is he here to make her life heaven or hell?

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13. Shōjo Kakumei Utena (1997)

Utena Tenjou wants to become a prince. This strange desire had been harboring inside her since she was consoled by some prince after her parent’s death. He had left her a ring. Years later she finds herself in a school where other students with similar rings fight to get the Rose bride, Anthy, and her magical powers. She wins and gets Anthy and thus begins her journey of romance and darkness.

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12. Doukyuusei (2016)

‘Doukyuusei’ is a fairly recent anime movie that deals with homosexuality between two male characters. This is a really great romantic/drama anime which touches on some really deep stuff. Rhito Sajou would have never met Hikaru Kusakabe but fate pulls them together. The boys are completely different one (Hikaru) a guitarist in the band and other a studious A-level student. Hikaru helps Rhito in preparing for the chorus. Slowly they start meeting more frequently and before anyone knows it, they fall in love. This is a must watch if you love romantic stuff.

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11. Rabu★Kon (2007):

‘Rabu★Kon’ or ‘Love Com’ is a romance genre anime created by Aya Nakahara. The story follows the life of Atsushi Ōtani, a short height boy, and Risa Koizumi, a tall girl. A tall student from another class shows up and catches Rias’s eye. Meanwhile, Atsushi has a crush on another girl. The duo decides to help each other in their love life. But what happens? They themselves fall in love silly! (you should’ve guessed it)

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10. Ore Monogatari! (2015)

This anime like others follow a cliché. You can kind of perceive the beauty and the beast kinda relationship. The story sees Takeo Goda, a big muscular student, whose crushes end up falling for the charming Makoto, his best friend. But his lonely life is soon to end as the girl, Rinko, he saves ends up falling in love with him.

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9. Orange (2016)

This is a fairly recent romance anime. The story follows the life of Naho Takamiya a high school student. One day she receives a letter. It has been sent by her future self. The letter details her regrets and mistakes in life and what she needs to do in order to change them. The story is beautifully written and the anime brings the character to life and touches on many emotional and mature topics.

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8. Butūmu! (2012)

This is an action/romance anime and sees the main protagonist Ryouta Sakamoto trapped in a real-life version of a game he plays. Now, he has to kill the other participants to win a token of victory in the form of a green crystal to return home. He is helped by his in-game wife Himiko. The two start getting really close to each other while trying to survive this life and death game.

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7. Ai Yori Aoshi (2002)

Kaoru Hanabishi meets a girl at the station. Seeing her confused Kaoru decided to help her find her destination. As they continued searching for the girl’s destination Kaoru realized that they were walking in his own neighborhood. Later it turned out that there was an empty space where the girl was supposed to go to. Kaoru invites her to his house to solve the mystery and soon realizes that this girl is his childhood friend and fiancée.

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6. Kareshi Kanojo no Jijō (1998)

This anime kinda reminded me of ‘Old Love’ by Jeffery Archer. The story follows the life of two people Miyazawa and Arima. At school, Miyazawa is the perfect student, polite and nice gaining everyone’s praise. But on inside she is arrogant and would do anything to be the best. Enter Arima, a boy who starts becoming the top student. This pisses off Miyazawa. To add to her trouble Arima finds out her façade and uses her to get his work done. But slowly things change as it is revealed that Arima loves Miyazawa and both slowly get into a relationship.

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5. Chobits (2002)

 

This anime is based on the question- ‘Can Humans fall in Love with A.I.?’ Hideki Motosuwa is a student who finds an abandoned Persocom, computers which look like humans. Turns out this is a defective piece which can only say the word Chii and cannot download information. So, Hideki decides to teach her the ways of the world himself while trying to find out the truth about ‘Chii’.

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4. True Tears (2008):

This is a nice little romantic anime. Imagine living in the same house as your crush but cannot make a move since she is cold towards you. This is what happens to Shinichiro who cannot understand how to help Hiromi move on from her tragic childhood when her parents died. In addition to this an eccentric girl, Noe, from school takes an interest in him while his parents want him to take dancing lessons he doesn’t want to. He needs to manage all this while trying to open up Hiromi. Is Noe the key?

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3. Furūtsu Basuketto (2001)

Let’s start with a weirdly funny anime. ‘Furūtsu Basuketto’ or ‘Fruits Basket’ is a romantic anime created by Natsuki Takaya. The story follows the life of Tohru who finds herself homeless after the death of her mother. She receives shelter from a classmate Yuki. She soon finds out that Yuki’s family is cursed and the members turn into Chinese zodiac animals when hugged by the opposite sex (yup, you heard it). She promises to keep it a secret and continues living inside the house soon finding herself falling in love with Yuki.

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2. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (2011):

This anime is a great coming of age story. The plot is kinda simple, I mean it has been done before but even so you will surely enjoy it. The main protagonist of the anime is Jinta who has become a recluse after his friends drifted apart since the death of their friend Meiko. One day Jinta sees the ghost of Meiko who says she cannot pass to the next world since her one wish is left unfulfilled. The story then follows Jinta reviving their old group back in order to fulfill Meiko’s wish. Inner feelings are revealed as things start to get emotional.

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1. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (2014)

Death is never cheerful. It always brings gloom and sadness. If it is a loved one who dies then it seems like the world has come to an end. Similar fate occurs to pianist Kousei Arima when his mother dies. He feels sad and cannot play the piano. Depression takes over him and two years pass without him striking a single chord. Fate starts taking a turn when he meets violinist Kaori, who helps him move on and get back into music. You might feel that the anime is becoming a bit too dramatic at times but I guess it is meant to be.

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