There have been a lot of Romance Anime over the years. Take a look at MyAnimeList’s picks for the best!
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Something in the air has a romantic tinge to it right now. Anime with a strong focus on romance is likely to remain popular for a long time to come, even if the rest of the offerings don’t. Even if you’re not in the mood for a classic will-they-won’t-they romance or an intriguing love triangle, curling up with a decent romance anime is almost always a good time.
However, which one stands out as the best? What are the best anime series for lovers of romance? Today, we’re using MyAnimeList as our guide.
Morgan Austin has just updated this page with the following information as of October 23rd, 2020: It has been a rough year, but anime fans can look forward to plenty of shows in the romance genre to cheer them up and make them cry. There’s something for everyone, from comedy episodes with awkward and endearing relationships to serious series that necessitate the use of a tissue box. In fact, we went back and added a couple more to this list.
1. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Kan (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax!) – 8.54
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU follows the characters as they approach their senior year of high school in the third season (2013-2020) of the series. As Hachiman joins the Service Club at his high school, he meets a plethora of new classmates, all of whom have a profound effect on his view of high school. A lot of heartache is felt this season as the characters realize that high school will soon be gone and they must prepare for adulthood on their own.
After 12 episodes, this season received an overall rating of 8.54 out of 10. (from 81,354 users). Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, Romance, and School are just a few of the genres covered.
2. Fruits Basket 2nd Season – 8.55
After meeting and befriending members of the Soma family (2019-2020), a girl called Tohru Honda discovers that they secretly transform into members of the Chinese zodiac whenever they are embraced by someone of the opposing sex. Unlike the original 2001 anime adaptation, this remake includes a second season, which was not available in the original version. The ties between Tohru and the Somas have grown stronger in this season, but there are also more ups and downs because of it.
3. Kara no Kyoukai 5: Majun Rasen (The Garden of Sinners Chapter 5: Paradox Paradigm) – 8.57
TheGarden of Sinnersis a film series that focuses on Mikiya and Shiki, two main characters. A special ability known as the “Mystic Eyes of Death Perception” enables Shiki to see “death” and its relationship to her environment as lines. Cases where people have inexplicably died are solved by Mikiya and Shiki. As Mikiya investigates the man’s killings in the Ogawa apartment complex in this fifth episode (2008), a fugitive murderer encounters Shiki and runs into her.
Action, Mystery, Thriller and Thriller are some of the genres this film falls under. It has a weighted score of 8.57 (from 99,784 users).
4. Bakuman. 3rd Season – 8.60
Season 3 (2012-2013) of Bakuman has 25 episodes of the manga team of Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi as they compete in the Shounen Jack manga rankings against a wide range of other teams. However, they have bigger issues to deal with: particularly, they have to compete in the rankings against artist Eiji Niizuma, and if they don’t compare within six months, their show will be canceled!
An 8.60 weighted score was given to this season’s third episode (as determined by 147,276 users). Comedy, Drama, Romance, and Shounen are all subcategories.
5. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy) – 8.61
The Tatami Galaxy (2010) tells the story of a man in his third year of college who is dealing with feelings of regret. Up to that point, he had been spending all of his free time with his friend Ozu breaking up couples rather than looking for a partner of his own. In an attempt to make amends for his past mistakes after meeting a mysterious figure claiming to be a god, he is sent back in time to his freshman year of college.
There are 11 episodes in all and a rating of 8.61 out of 10. (from 91,546 users). Mystery, comedy, psychology, and romance are all subgenres that fall under this umbrella.
6. Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) – 8.67
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010) is based on the fourth Haruhi light novel and takes place after the anime series. It runs for 2 hours and 42 minutes. Haruhi, the SOS Brigade, and their mysterious exploits are completely forgotten by everyone on Christmas Day! Now he and Haruhi must go on the hunt for information.
It has acquired a weighted score of 8.67 (rated by 237,268 users) and is classified as a comedy mystery romance school sci-fi Best Theatrical Film at the Animation Kobe Awards was given to it in 2010.
7. Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle) – 8.67
In the 2004 Ghibli film Howl’s Moving Castle, the Witch of the Waste, out of jealousy, curses Sophie Hatter to become an old woman. With the help of a mysterious and powerful wizard named Howl, Sophie must now journey with his colorful cast of companions in his living castle, who is guilty for the witch’s jealousy.
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, and Romance are all represented in this film’s 8.67 user rating, which comes from 509,352 reviews. More than a few accolades have been bestowed upon it, including an Excellence Prize, Animation at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2004 and the Mainichi Film Awards’ Best Japanese Movie Overall in 2003. The 78th Academy Awards considered it for the Best Animated Feature category.
8. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Yumemiru Shoujo no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl) – 8.69
With a young woman’s life in his hands, the romantic comedy Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl (2019) explores Sakuto Azusagawa’s range of conflicting feelings. Despite the fact that Shouko Makinohara (a.k.a. “the rabbit”) shows up dressed as a bunny, his life takes an unexpected turn. This is the film version, running at an hour and thirty minutes.
142,992 users have given the series a weighted score of 8.69 out of a possible 10 and it is classified as a comedy, romance, and school. Light novels from Hajime Kamoshida’s Seishun Buta series serve as inspiration for the anime.
9. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan – Tsuioku-hen (Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal) – 8.73
To prepare for its two-hour theatrical release, Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal (1999) began as a four-episode anime series. Hitokiri Battousai stars in the series as a prologue to the Rurouni Kenshin mythos, exposing the origins of the star-shaped scar on his forehead. It also focuses on his romance with Yukishiro Tomoe, hence it’s classified as a Romance.
It received a weighted score of 8.73 (based on 110,544 user ratings) and is classified as action, historical, romance, martial arts and samurai.
10. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) – 8.78
Your Lie in April (2014-2015) is a 22-part drama series following the adventures of Kousei Arima. The piano prodigy becomes depressed after the death of his mother. Then, after two years of not playing, he meets violinist Kaori Miyazono, who completely changes his life.
According to 735,327 users, the series has a weighted score of 8.78 and is classified as Drama, Music, Romance, School, and Shounen. The anime category of the 2016 Sugoi Japan® Awards went to this film.
11. Monogatari Series: Second Season – 8.78
Monogatari’s second season begins with a new semester and a group of friends who hope to fend off the oncoming darkness. Tsubasa Hanekawa, the vampire Shinobu Oshino, the athlete Suruga Kanbaru, the spirit Mayoi Hachikuji and Nadeko Sengoku, Koyomi’s stalker, make up this group. We want you in our supernatural family!
Weighted score 8.78 (based on 245,761 user ratings): Mystery, Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, and Vampire are all subcategories of this film. There are a total of 26 episodes in the series, but three of them serve as wrap-ups.
12. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai?: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2) – 8.81
There are twelve episodes in the second season of Kaguya-sama: Love is War (2020), which follows the lives of high school sweethearts Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya in their second year of high school. Currently, Miyuki is president of the student council, and Kaguya is his vice president. However, despite the fact that they would make the perfect couple, they have never admitted their feelings since they believe that whoever confesses first is the loser!
You may find it in the categories of Comedy, Psychological, Romance, School, and Seinen with an 8.81 weighted score. This is going to be an epic showdown of “will they or won’t they?”
13. Clannad: After Story – 8.96
Get ready to cry the anime: Clannad: After Story (2008-2009) is a continuation of the slice-of-life romance series Clannad. Over the course of the show’s 25 episodes, we follow Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa as they prepare to graduate high school and embark on the adventures and heartbreaks that come with adulthood.
Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural, Drama, and Romance are some of the subgenres that this show falls under, with an overall user rating of 8.96. Kyoto Animation created the film based on Key’s visual novel.
14. Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name.) – 9.01
LAFCA Animation Award winner Your Name. or Kimi no Na wa. (2016) is an animated film that won Best Animated Film at the Mainichi Film Awards and the LAFCA Animation Award in 2016. 998,113 people have rated it with a mean score of 9.01, making it the tenth most popular anime of all time.
Mitsuha Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana are two high school students who wake up one day and find themselves in the other’s body!! Mitsuha is able to live out her urban fantasy in Tokyo, while Taki enjoys the serenity of rural life. They need to find each other and solve this riddle of body swapping. Supernatural, School, and Drama are also listed as subgenres for this anime.