10 Best Romantic Anime on Netflix Right Now

February 28, 2019
12 min read

Romance is the evergreen genre. Filmmakers have been using romance central to their story since time immemorial. It has worked in movies, tv shows and even in anime. With that in mind, today, I set out to find the best romantic anime that are available on Netflix. With the emergence of online streaming services, nowadays, people prefer watching movies sitting in the comforts of their home. Netflix, of course, has the lion share of eyeballs. So, if you are planning to watch romantic anime with a bunch of your loved one, you can just invite him/her to your house and turn on Netflix. This list consists of all kinds of romantic films: from love stories to sad romantic anime; from romantic comedies to heartbreaking anime. Again, here’s the list of some really good romance anime on Netflix.

10. Violet Evergarden (2018)

Look, ‘Violet Evergarden’ is not your conventional romance anime. Most of the anime in this list are not. The anime is about finding out what love truly means. It is a pretty decent anime with a nice storyline. The experience is heightened by the beautiful visuals. I like the character design of Violet. There are a total of 13 episodes in this anime series and each episode is about 23 minutes in length. The anime takes place in the aftermath of the Great War. During the war, there were lots of bloodsheds and the continent of Telesis has become separated into two factions.

Now, that the war is over things are beginning to change and the continent is starting to flourish again. Violet Evergarden is a young girl who had lived pretty much all her life on the battlefield. She was raised for the very purpose of destroying enemies. But now that the war is over she does not know what to do. She starts working at the postal service after falling out with her adoptive family. There she witnesses the work of an auto memory doll whose job is to transcribe a person’s thought on paper. It interests her a lot and she wants to become an auto memory doll herself.

This job takes her on various journeys and adventures which will lead to self-discovery. Will she be finally able to decipher the words of the only person she held dearest?

9. Devils Line (2018)

Let’s now take a look at a vampire anime. ‘Devils Line’ is something which needs a niche audience to get popular I think. Don’t worry the ‘Twilight’ vibe it gives off won’t remain for long and the story gets somewhat interesting in the middle. One of the things that I feel the anime wanted to do and messed up is trying to go for the ‘Tokyo Ghoul’ feel. The anime came out the previous year and has a total of 12 episodes in it with each episode being around 24 minutes in length. Though the anime is primarily an action anime it also showcases a lot of drama and romance themes. ‘

Devils Line’ takes place in a world where vampires seem to be living among humans. Their existence is known to none, not even the government. The main reason for this is that physically they are not different from normal humans. Also, they do not have to drink blood. But when their cravings go high or they get angry things can quickly go sour as they become vile creatures. Yuuki Anzai is the protagonist of this anime. He is a vampire-human hybrid. Tsukasa Taira is one of the main female characters in the series. She falls in love with Yuuki at the very first sight. She does her best to help reduce the suffering of Yuuki. It is sort of dark modern fantasy.

8. Toradora! (2008)

‘Toradora!’ is a conventional romance anime. So, if you were looking for one then you should check it out. The anime takes inspirations heavily from common tropes but the best part is that it implements them nicely enough to make the show quite entertaining rather than boring. There are a total of 25 episodes in this anime series with each episode being around 24 minutes in length. It is based on a light novel of the same name which is quite popular and has been turned into games as well.

Ryuuji Takasu is the male protagonist of ‘Toradora!’. He is quite kind and nice and loves doing household works. But his face is comparatively scary and is often responsible for him getting labelled as a delinquent. Taiga Aisaka is a cute-looking girl with short-height. But she is quite far from that when it comes to her personality. She is feisty and short-tempered and often gets into quarrels. One day after an embarrassing incident Ryuuji finds out all about Taiga’s crush over his best friend. Also, it turns out that Ryuuji has a crush on Taiga’s best friend. So, both decide to help each other but during it, they start getting closer. Classic anime premise.

7. Sword Art Online (2012)

‘Sword Art Online’ is one of the most popular anime which revolves around a game world. This type of anime is quite famous as online games connecting one individual to multiple people across the world is quite an awesome concept. It provides a warm ground for lots of interesting storylines. ‘Sword Art Online’ is one of the products of such storylines. It came out in the year 2012 and has gained a lot of popularity. There are a total of 25 episodes in this anime series with each episode being 23 minutes in length.

The anime takes place in the year 2022 when technologies related to virtual reality have become quite advanced. Using the latest technology, ‘NervGear’ a popular online game by the name of ‘Sword Art Online’ is creating quite a buzz. It allows gamers to create avatars and control them just via their thoughts. Kazuto Kirigaya, the protagonist of this anime, is very lucky to be able to get his hands on the first shipment of the game. But when he logs in, he along with multiple other players is not able to log out and must remain in the game until they can complete 100 levels.

The creator of the game seems to have trapped the players. Now, he must explore the world of Aincrad, which seems to be set in sort of a medieval era complete with lots of fantasy weapons and monsters. He must survive in this game for as long as possible since if you are killed in the game you die in real life.

6. Hajimete no Gal (2017)

Look, I know ‘Hajimete no Gal’ isn’t so deep as other romance anime. It might even come off as bland. But if you have some time to kill and want to watch a romance anime, with lots of ecchi stuff, and fanservice then believe me you will enjoy ‘Hajimete no Gal’. The show has a total of 10 episodes and each episode is about 23 minutes in length. The arts and animation the anime is decent enough to keep you interested. Also, if you enjoy watching sexy female anime characters then you will have plenty of scope in this anime.

Junichi Hashiba is the protagonist of this anime. He is still a virgin and has no girlfriend. He is also quite low on self-confidence. The time is Spring which is often dubbed, ‘The Season of Love’. But Junichi still finds it quite hard to get a girlfriend. To keep him going his friends forced him into confessing to a girl by the name of Yame Yukana. Yame is a popular girl who is quite soft. Junichi starts dating her. Throughout their relationship, he understands valuable things like, for instance, a relationship is not just about sex.

5. Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san (2018)

Let’s stay on the ecchi romance theme for a bit and discuss the next anime on the list, ‘Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san’. ‘Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san’ is a supernatural anime with romance theme and lots of ecchi stuff. So, if you enjoy such stuff (people do enjoy them from time to time) then go for it. There are a total of 12 episodes in the series with each episode being 23 minutes in length. Fuyuzora Kogarashi is a psychic. His childhood has been full of trouble since he got possessed by ghosts a lot who tortured him. Over the years, he trained hard to become a psychic and now can exorcise any ghosts with just one punch. But the problem is that he is broke and needs a cheap place to stay so that he can attend high school.

So, when he finds a place by the name of Yuragi Manor which is quite cheap he instantly agrees to stay there. Turns out the place is haunted by a girl who died in the manor. Kogarashi encounters the spirit of the girl but since he cannot punch her he decides to make her move to the other side via the conventional method of fulfilling her remaining wish. Also, the members of the manor are not normal at all. They all seem to be supernatural.

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4. Orange (2016)

‘Orange’ is a sci-fi, drama, romance genre anime. It is a decent story which revolves around the question-what if you get to know what will happen in the future? Will you change everything to make it better? Or will you just live life as it is?. Naho Takamiya is the protagonist of this anime. Things did not go well enough at the start of her sophomore year in high school. One day after waking up let she finds a letter. When she starts reading it she realizes that the letter is from a future Naho. Of course, she is sceptical but when things happen as described in the letter she takes it more seriously.

The letter is from her 10-year future self and it tells her what are the things which will go wrong during her time in high school and what she needs to do to avoid them. The letter also asks her to be careful around a transfer student by the name of Kakeru Naruse as he is not around in the future. Naho needs to be quite cautious when it comes to him. Will she be able to save him? Or will the past repeat itself? There are a total of 13 episodes in the series with each episode being around 24 minutes in length.

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3. Shikioriori (2013)

Let’s now take a look at an anime movie. ‘Shikiorirori’ or ‘Flavors of Youth’ is an anime which came out in the previous year on Netflix. The movie has three episodes and each episode is around 26 minutes in length. the movie is pretty decent when it comes to art and animation which makes it quite visually appealing. Each of the episodes takes place in a different city in the country of China. The movie revolves around the joy in simple stuff in life and how love does not reduce with the flow of time. The three episodes of the anime are ‘Hidamari no Choushoku’ (Sunny Breakfast), ‘Chiisana Fashion Show’ (A Small Fashion Show), and ‘Shanghai Koi’ (Shanghai Love). While the first two episodes deal with not-so-romantic stuff the final episode has lots of drama and romance and is my favourite among the three.

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2. Citrus (2018)

If you don’t like incest then you are better off without watching it. But if a bit of step-sibling romance does not bother you then you can go for ‘Citrus’. There are a total of 12 episodes in this anime with each episode being around 23 minutes in length. Yuzu Aihara loves fashion and is a socialite always looking for an opportunity to meet new people. So, when her mother remarries and she has to move to a new high school it is not much of a problem for her.

She wants to fall in love and finally get to experience her first kiss. But when she enters the academy she finds out that it is brimming with overachievers and follows strict discipline. Her colourful style quickly catches the attention of the beautiful student council president Mei Aihara who starts sensually groping her to confiscate her phone. When Yuzu returns home she finds out that Mei is her step-sister and when she shows a cold attitude towards her she begins teasing her. Suddenly, Mei pushes Yuzu down on the ground and kisses her and storms out of the house leaving Yuzu to wonder about the nature of her first kiss.

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1. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (2014)

I know this list does not follow any order but I still decided to save the best for last mainly because it is so popular every romance anime fan has already seen it. If you are one of those who has not seen it yet it is highly recommended that you do so. It is one of the best romance anime out there. They just don’t make them like that anymore. Kousei Arima has to go through the tragedy of losing his mother. After the incident even though he is a prodigy at playing the piano he can’t seem to hear the sound of his piano. So, he leaves it altogether that is until he meets Kaori Miyazono who is a skilled violinist. She begins to open him up and draws him out of his shell and Kousei begins to play the piano again. It is a wonderful anime which is also an emotional roller coaster.

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