30 Best Romance Anime Of All Time

Last time i made a list of 100 Best Anime Series Of All Time. So i’m thinking about making more posts like top anime of all time of all anime genres (Romance, Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Mecha, Slice of Life, Yori, Yaoi
Fantasy, Drama, Horror etc.) Here is the good list of comedy packed mix romantic anime series that most anime fans have watched, if not then you should watch it.

If you find your top best romance series below any other anime series please don’t whine, comment below why is your favorite is better than that anime. This is not top anime list, it’s just a list of best romance anime.

Clannad

clannad

Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who finds life dull and believes he’ll never amount to anything. Along with his friend Sunohara, he skips school and plans to waste his high school days away.

One day while walking to school, Tomoya passes a young girl muttering quietly to herself. Without warning she exclaims “Anpan!” (a popular Japanese food) which catches Tomoya’s attention. He soon discovers the girl’s name is Nagisa Furukawa and that she exclaims things she likes in order to motivate herself. Nagisa claims they are now friends, but Tomoya walks away passing the encounter off as nothing.

However, Tomoya finds he is noticing Nagisa more and more around school. Eventually he concedes and befriends her. Tomoya learns Nagisa has been held back a year due to a severe illness and that her dream is to revive the school’s drama club. Claiming he has nothing better to do, he decides to help her achieve this goal along with the help of four other girls.

As Tomoya spends more time with the girls, he learns more about them and their problems. As he attempts to help each girl overcome her respective obstacle, he begins to realize life isn’t as dull as he once thought.

  • Story is based on the original VN plot but still unfamiliar and emotionally manipulative plot elements otherwise unpretentious slice-of-life drama/romance.
  • Kyou’s tsundere-ness, Fuuko’s quirkiness, Nagisa’s unending sweetness, etc.
  • Sound evocative without being over dramatic
  • Art high budget, great production values and art direction.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

Your Lie in April

Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano.

Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again.

Based on the manga series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei’s recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April.

  • Unique style of romance, funny comedy every now and then.
  • The characters really are the backbone of the entire show.
  • “Classical Music” background music is solid, adds to the scene.
  • The characters designs are rather unique, It’s colorful and bright when things are more lively, dark and dull when things are more depressing, you get the idea.

Bakemonogatari (Ghostory)

Bakemonogatari

Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student, manages to survive a vampire attack with the help of Meme Oshino, a strange man residing in an abandoned building. Though being saved from vampirism and now a human again, several side effects such as superhuman healing abilities and enhanced vision still remain. Regardless, Araragi tries to live the life of a normal student, with the help of his friend and the class president, Tsubasa Hanekawa.

When fellow classmate Hitagi Senjougahara falls down the stairs and is caught by Araragi, the boy realizes that the girl is unnaturally weightless. Despite Senjougahara’s protests, Araragi insists he help her, deciding to enlist the aid of Oshino, the very man who had once helped him with his own predicament.

Through several tales involving demons and gods, Bakemonogatari follows Araragi as he attempts to help those who suffer from supernatural maladies.

  • Simply put, half the show is about the romantic relationship between the Senjougahara and Araragi.
  • Many abstract and surreal scenes, unconventional cuts, and intriguing camera angles that made the viewing experience very pleasant.
  • The main characters of ‘Bakemonogatari’ are among the most unique and complex I have yet to encounter.
  • Voice acting is taken to a whole new level in this series.

Ouran Koukou Host Club (Ouran High School Host Club)

Ouran High School Host Club

Haruhi Fujioka is a bright scholarship candidate with no rank or title to speak of—a rare species at Ouran High School, an elite academy for students of high pedigree. When she opens the door to Music Room #3 hoping to find a quiet place to study, Haruhi unexpectedly stumbles upon the Host Club. Led by the princely Tamaki, the club—whose other members include the “Shadow King” Kyouya, the mischievous Hitachiin twins, and the childlike Haninozuka “Honey” and his strong protector Mori—is where handsome boys with too much time on their hands entertain the girls in the academy.

In a frantic attempt to remove herself from the hosts, Haruhi ends up breaking a vase worth eight million yen and is forced into becoming the eccentric group’s general errand boy to repay her enormous debt. However, thanks to her convincingly masculine appearance, her naturally genial disposition toward girls, and fascinating commoner status, she is soon promoted to full-time male host and plunged headlong into a glitzy whirlwind of elaborate cosplays, rich food, and exciting shenanigans that only the immensely wealthy Ouran Host Club can pull off.

  • The story was quite shallow at first but when you continue with the later part of the series you’ll realize that behind all the smiles of the characters, there is a bitter past.
  • Every character is based with a stereotype near the beginning of the series.
  • Lovely animation & while during the hyper-active moments
  • Sound is not so good.

Toradora! (Tiger X Dragon)

Toradora

Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student with a love for housework; but in contrast to his kind nature, he has an intimidating face that often gets him labeled as a delinquent. On the other hand is Taiga Aisaka, a small, doll-like student, who is anything but a cute and fragile girl. Equipped with a wooden katana and feisty personality, Taiga is known throughout the school as the “Palmtop Tiger.”

One day, an embarrassing mistake causes the two students to cross paths. Ryuuji discovers that Taiga actually has a sweet side: she has a crush on the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who happens to be his best friend. But things only get crazier when Ryuuji reveals that he has a crush on Minori Kushieda—Taiga’s best friend!

Toradora! is a romantic comedy that follows this odd duo as they embark on a quest to help each other with their respective crushes, forming an unlikely alliance in the process.

  • The story stays away from cliches and was relatively unpredictable for a love story.
  • The characters are all unique, likable, and relatable due to the fact they all display their weak sides sometimes and moments of insecurity behind the personality exterior.
  • The soundtrack was really good, making certain scenes all the more memorable
  • The artwork is smooth with enjoyably setting.

AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day

anohana

Jinta Yadomi is peacefully living as a recluse, spending his days away from school and playing video games at home instead. One hot summer day, his childhood friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, appears and pesters him to grant a forgotten wish. He pays her no mind, which annoys her, but he doesn’t really care. After all, Menma already died years ago.

At first, Jinta thinks that he is merely hallucinating due to the summer heat, but he is later on convinced that what he sees truly is the ghost of Menma. Jinta and his group of childhood friends grew apart after her untimely death, but they are drawn together once more as they try to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. Re-living their pain and guilt, will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma move on—but themselves as well?

  • Anohana was a fantastic, emotional story of loss that struck all the right heart chords.
  • Balancing that though, is some rather strong characterisation.
  • The animation was very good in this series, but nothing buzzworthy.
  • Number of slow pieces of background music. Opening theme features a sequence that shows their past and present forms and hints.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Class President is a Maid!)

Class President is a Maid

Being the first female student council president isn’t easy, especially when your school just transitioned from an all boys high school to a co-ed one. Aptly nicknamed “Demon President” by the boys for her strict disciplinary style, Misaki Ayuzawa is not afraid to use her mastery of Aikido techniques to cast judgment onto the hordes of misbehaving boys and defend the girls at Seika High School.

Yet even the perfect Ayuzawa has an embarrassing secret she works part-time as a maid at a maid café to help her struggling family pay the bills. She has managed to keep her job hidden from her fellow students and maintained her flawless image as a stellar student until one day, Takumi Usui, the most popular boy in school, walks into the maid café. He could destroy her reputation with her secret. or he could twist the student council president around his little finger and use her secret as an opportunity to get closer to her.

  • Maid-sama has an initially interesting hook, also provides pretty good humour comes from the gender-relation jokes.
  • Deviant nature of characters. Maid Sama casts them in a tender, affectionate light, ultimately creating some feel good moments without downplaying how hilariously odd they are.
  • Appropriate and beautiful in its own right. It definitely sets the tone for the anime. The sound effects are also quite spot on.
  • The art in this anime was pretty nice as well

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)

 

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

When abandoned kittens and his good conscience force second year Sorata Kanda to move into Suimei High School’s infamous Sakura Hall, the satellite dorm and its eccentric, misfit residents turn his life upside down. The decidedly average Sorata finds it difficult to fit in with the bizarre collection of dorm residents like Misaki, an energetic animator; Jin, a playwright playboy; Ryuunosuke, a reclusive programmer; and Chihiro, the dorm manager, art teacher, and party girl.

Sorata’s friend Nanami, a second year student and aspiring voice actress, pushes him to find new owners for the many cats so that he can quickly move back into the regular dorms. However, his desire to escape Sakura Hall wavers when the pet-like and infantile second year Mashiro Shiina, a world-class artistic savant looking to become a mangaka, transfers in during the spring trimester and quickly latches onto him.

Supported by each other’s quirks, Sorata and Mashiro come out of their shells and trigger change in the lives of those around them. Based on the light novel series of the same name, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo explores the fine threads connecting talent, hard work, romance, and friendship with its ensemble cast.

  • An exceptional story. While it’s romance is admittedly weak, it doesn’t take much away from the story.
  • The art implements a fairly unique style, using mainly warm and bright colors.
  • The mood of the entire anime and the openings very cleverly display the fantastic art style.
  • Characters truly give it that extra dimension, all main characters are surprisingly deep.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru

(My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) (Oregairu)

Oregairu

Hachiman Hikigaya is an apathetic high school student with narcissistic and semi-nihilistic tendencies. He firmly believes that joyful youth is nothing but a farce, and everyone who says otherwise is just lying to themselves.

In a novel punishment for writing an essay mocking modern social relationships, Hachiman’s teacher forces him to join the Volunteer Service Club, a club that aims to extend a helping hand to any student who seeks their support in achieving their goals. With the only other club member being the beautiful ice queen Yukino Yukinoshita, Hachiman finds himself on the front line of other people’s problems—a place he never dreamed he would be. As Hachiman and Yukino use their wits to solve many students’ problems, will Hachiman’s rotten view of society prove to be a hindrance or a tool he can use to his advantage?

  • The anime revolves around protagonist Hikigaya Hachiman who is a entirely rejected and remarked as “gross” by those who know him.
  • The characters in this show were phenomenal. characters developed, interaction between the characters amazing, especially Hikki and Yukinoshita, were just amazingly done.
  • It was quite colorful, the characters look great and the scenery is always well drawn.
  • Opening is good, ending wasn’t as well but is adequate for an ending.

Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf )

Ookami to Koushinryou

Holo is a powerful wolf deity who is celebrated and revered in the small town of Pasloe for blessing the annual harvest. Yet as years go by and the villagers become more self-sufficient, Holo, who stylizes herself as the “Wise Wolf of Yoitsu,” has been reduced to a mere folk tale. When a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence stops at Pasloe, Holo offers to become his business partner if he eventually takes her to her northern home of Yoitsu. The savvy trader recognizes Holo’s unusual ability to evaluate a person’s character and accepts her proposition. Now in the possession of both sharp business skills and a charismatic negotiator, Lawrence inches closer to his goal of opening his own shop. However, as Lawrence travels the countryside with Holo in search of economic opportunities, he begins to realize that his aspirations are slowly morphing into something unexpected.

Based on the popular light novel of the same name, Ookami to Koushinryou, also known as Spice and Wolf, fuses the two polar genres of economics and romance to create an enthralling story abundant with elaborate schemes, sharp humor, and witty dialogue. Ookami to Koushinryou is more than just a story of bartering; it turns into a journey of searching for a lost identity in an ever-changing world.

  • Its very refreshing to see an anime that actually takes time to explain things to the point that you are convinced enough to believe the situation at hand.
  • Holo is probably one of the greatest characters of all time, and undoubtedly my favourite female lead in all fiction.
  • Spice and Wolf’s music is beautiful.
  • The character drawings are fine, but art isn’t really the strong point of this series.

Banri Tada is a newly admitted male student at a private law school in Tokyo. Due to the after-effects of a fall from a bridge shortly after his high school graduation, he has lost all of his memories prior to the accident. During his freshman orientation, he encounters another freshman from the same school, Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and they hit it off at once. Without any memory of each other, their lives become more and more intertwined as if set by the hands of fate. But what is their fate, and will it lead to happiness or another memory to forget.

  • The characters can be a bit overdramatic (although honestly, it’s nothing I haven’t seen in real life).
  • The entire plot revolved around Banri’s amnesia and his relationship with Koko, with no focus or backstory for the side characters and relationships at all.
  • The art in this anime is not too good neither bad.
  • The sound in this anime is amazing.

Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)

Kimi ni Todoke

Kuronuma Sawako is completely misunderstood by her classmates. Her timid and sweet demeanor is often mistaken for malicious behavior. This is due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from “The Ring,” which has led her peers to give her the nickname Sadako. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, she is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, whose “100% refreshing” personality earns him great admiration from Sawako. So when Kazehaya starts talking to her, maybe there is hope for the friendships Sawako has always longed for. Maybe. there is even a little hope for some romance in her future.

  • Classic shoujo romance stereotypes and plot devices and flips them on its head leaving us with a thoroughly rewarding and groundbreaking romance.
  • Sawako character concept is initially not all that unique she becomes so much more than just a socially awkward, shy, and moe girl. Other characters come and go but are no less impactful to the story.
  • Soft colors and artwork just match the beauty and sweetness in the story perfectly.
  • The background music/sound always fits into it, and because of that, it emphasizes the event even more.

Nana

Nana

Nana Komatsu is a helpless, naïve twenty-year-old who easily falls in love and becomes dependent and clingy to those around her. Even though she nurses ambitious dreams of removing herself from her provincial roots and finding her true calling, she ends up traveling to Tokyo with the humble reason of chasing her current boyfriend Shouji Endo.

Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is a proud, enigmatic punk rock vocalist from a similarly rural background, who nurtures the desire to become a professional singer. Putting her career with a fairly popular band (and her passionate romance with one of its former members) firmly behind her, she boards the same train to Tokyo as Nana Komatsu.

Through a fateful encounter in their journey toward the metropolis, the young women with the same given name are brought together, sparking a chain of events which eventually result in them sharing an apartment. As their friendship deepens, the two attempt to support each other through thick and thin, their deeply intertwined lives filled with romance, music, challenges, and heartbreaks that will ultimately test their seemingly unbreakable bond.

  • The story is one of Nana’s strong points.
  • Art, is not that impressive.
  • Nana has one of the best soundtracks.
  • We can actually see the reflection of ourselves in some of them and believe, that someone like that can really exist.

Sukitte li na yo. (Say ‘I Love You’)

Say I Love You

Mei Tachibana was once a regular girl who enjoyed hanging out with her friends. But after a traumatic incident where all her so-called friends suddenly turned their backs on her, Mei’s idea of friendship changed forever. In order to stop herself from ever going through the same awful experience again, she decides to stay away from people as much as possible, and ideally, to never make any friends ever again. This tactic seems to have worked relatively well in her current high school life, and she didn’t at all mind being thought of as gloomy and strange. However, the appearance of Yamato Kurosawa—one of the most popular boys in her high school—shakes her stable foundation of an introvert, and makes her question whether or not her choices were indeed the right ones.

Not only does Yamato not ignore her like everyone else seems to be doing, he also decides to freely give her his phone number! As their relationship slowly develops, and is marked with an unexpected kiss, Mei is finding it very hard to adapt to this new life style, and hardest of all, to express her true feelings towards Yamato. Sukitte Ii na yo. follows their developing relationship, as well as their frequent disagreements, to portray how difficult it can really be to say “I love you.”

  • The artwork of the series is quite realistic and portrays the backgrounds with the school life setting.
  • The soundtrack of the series is lighthearted.
  • Characters also plays their roles in the story as well that often brings forth new surprises and obstacles to the couple.
  • The artwork may not be a masterwork, it is very fluid and reality based, with clothes and body types that stay in the realm of possibility.

Kokoro Connect

Kokoro ConnectKokoro Connect is about the not-so-ordinary lives of the members of the Cultural Research Club of Yamaboshi High School. Seemingly without reason and without warning, the five club members suddenly find themselves randomly switching bodies with each other. Taichi Yaegashi, Iori Nagase, Himeko Inaba, Yui Kiriyama, and Yoshifumi Aoki―it’s utter chaos, especially during times when they find themselves in the bodies of the opposite sex.

Secrets and worries that each of them have hidden away are brought to the surface, and it’s unclear whether they will bring the group closer, or drive them apart. And in the center of these supernatural events is the mysterious Heartseed.

  • The story of Kokoro Connect (KC) revolves around a supernatural conceit that drives the drama of the story.
  • Kokoro Connect is great in all categories, it’s just not anything spectacular.
  • Although the techniques are gimmicky, and there are a few one note main characters (Aoki) i was still very impressed with the amount of depth delivered by the characters in this story.
  • The background music is great to hear; they fit the scenes nicely and add to the drama and emotion.

Nisekoi

Nisekoi

Raku Ichijou, a first-year student at Bonyari High School, is the sole heir to an intimidating yakuza family. Ten years ago, Raku promised his childhood friend that they would get married when they reunite as teenagers. To seal the deal, the girl had given Raku a closed locket, the key to which she took with her when she left him.

Now, years later, Raku has grown into a typical teenager, and all he wants is to remain as uninvolved in his yakuza background as possible while spending his school days alongside his middle school crush Kosaki Onodera. However, when the American Bee Hive Gang invades his family’s turf, Raku’s idyllic romantic dreams are sent for a toss as he is dragged into a frustrating conflict: Raku is to pretend that he is in a romantic relationship with Chitoge Kirisaki, the beautiful daughter of the Bee Hive’s chief, so as to reduce the friction between the two groups. Unfortunately, reality could not be farther from this whopping lie—Raku and Chitoge fall in hate at first sight, as the girl is convinced he is a pathetic pushover, and in Raku’s eyes, Chitoge is about as attractive as a savage gorilla.

Nisekoi follows the daily antics of this mismatched couple who have been forced to get along for the sake of maintaining the city’s peace. With many more girls popping up his life, all involved with Raku’s past somehow, his search for the girl who holds his heart and his promise leads him in more unexpected directions than he expects.

  • The story of Nisekoi is not one of its strong points.
  • The art is pleasant. Everything is just solid and complement the scenes well.
  • The voices are perfect. That’s all that needs to be said.
  • If the story is cliché and generic, could it be possible that the characters rise to the occasion and present themselves as deep.

Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)

Ao Haru Ride

Futaba Yoshioka used to be an attractive and popular middle-schooler well liked by the opposite sex, but ostracized by the girls. Nevertheless, she was able to brush all that off, because the only opinion that truly mattered to her was that of Kou Tanaka, a classmate with whom she shared a shelter from rain once, followed by quite a few other precious and significant memories. She even succeeded at making plans to meet with the quiet and innocent boy at the summer festival, but a simple misunderstanding, and Tanaka’s subsequent disappearance, left her walking the halls of her school friendless.

Now in high school, Futaba is not your typical adolescent girl. Determined to become a class favorite this time, she avoids all unwanted attention and, instead of acting cute and feminine, only stands out through her tomboyish behavior and disheveled look. But still, her world is soon turned upside down when the only boy she ever liked unexpectedly comes into her life once again except he goes by the name of Kou Mabuchi now, and it is not his name alone that has gone through a sea change.

  • It’s the underlying layers and nuances woven throughout the narrative that strengthen and elevate it (a little bit) above the cliché romp it could have been.
  • High quality of animation (as they are well known for animating action and effect-heavy anime) to animate something more tame and simple.
  • The background music compliments the series well enhancing the current scene or giving a sense of the emotions present during a silent moment.
  • Since the only outstanding things about the secondary characters also tie into underlying plot points not mentioned in the synopsis, I won’t talk about anyone other than our main two Yoshioka and Kou.

Nazo no Kanojo X (Mysterious Girlfriend X)

Nazo no Kanojo X

Every girl is a mystery when you’re a 16 year-old boy, but Mikoto Urabe is in another league. She carries scissors hidden in her stockings. She sleeps on her desk every day. She seems to have no friends whatsoever. But none of that can compare to what happens when Tsubaki Akira decides on a whim to taste a drop of her drool while Urabe sleeps.

From that moment onward, things between Urabe and Akira are never the same, and the mysterious girl slowly becomes Akira’s mysterious girlfriend. Along with their friends Ueno Kouhei and Oka Ayuko, Akira and Uraba try and navigate the minefield of high school first romance-and all the strange things that happen along the way.

  • The storyline is about a guy. Not your generic anime guy without a personality/cowardly/insanely courageous guy, no it’s about a simple highschool boy with his unique personality.
  • The character designs really helped with that instance of charm at the beginning, creating what seems like a mixture of styles from Osamu Tezuka and classic Ghibli.
  • That bit with the saliva seems to be the make or break factor when people decide to watch this anime or not.
  • Not too much flare in the sound department, it just seemed like the bare minimum to pass the “not completely boring” mark.

Itazura Na Kiss

Itazura Na Kiss

When her newly-built home is razed to the ground by an earthquake, low-achieving, clumsy, and troublesome third-year high school student Kotoko Aihara is forced to share a roof with the school’s—and possibly Japan’s—smartest student, Naoki Irie. Kotoko is not actually a complete stranger to Irie-kun; unfortunately, a single love letter that she tried to give him in the past has already sealed her fate as far as he is concerned. Throw in some quirky friends and a meddlesome mother, and Kotoko might not even have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the older Irie boy’s heart. Yet Kotoko remains optimistic that, because she now lives in his house, her unattainable crush on the genius since the beginning of high school has never been more within reach.

  • This anime is about Kotoko, a ditzy, klutzy, dimwitted, high school girl, and her one-sided pursuit of her school’s super-perfect heart throb, Irie.
  • Itazura na Kiss makes you feel what the other character is feeling, makes you think what the other character is thinking.

5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters Per Second

Takaki Toono and Akari Shinohara, two very close friends and classmates, are torn apart when Akari’s family is transferred to another region of Japan due to her family’s job. Despite separation, they continue to keep in touch through mail. When Takaki finds out that his family is also moving, he decides to meet with Akari one last time.

As years pass by, they continue down their own paths, their distance slowly growing wider and their contact with one another fades. Yet, they keep remembering one another and the times they have shared together, wondering if they will have the chance to meet once again.

  • The movie tells of a love that’s slowly torn apart because the lovers move further away, both in heart and home.
  • The animation quality is astounding, from the detail in backgrounds to the astounding lighting effects and camera angles that help bring the mood of the scenes to a level different from mostly anything else.
  • Astounding job on the soundtrack
  • The character we follow through the movie is Takaki Tohno, and we get to see how he looks on the events that unfold as a child, a teenager and finally, and adult.

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