This sweet teen rom-com about a high school romance is full of unexpected twists and turns. This charming animation may bring to mind other works of the same genre.
An ongoing webcomic series based on the manga series Horimiya has inspired a fresh new animated series. No one is what they appear in this new high school anime, but that’s what makes it so endearing. When it comes to people, a first impression isn’t enough.
Because actual humans are multi-faceted entities with many hidden and unexpected aspects to their personality, this is accurate. Horimiya follows a group of seemingly unremarkable schoolmates who become close friends and learn a lot about one another and themselves along the way. Fans of Horimiya should check out what other animated programs are out there.
1. Maid-Sama!, When The Tough Girl Is Secretly A Maid
Another high school rom-com, but this time the male hero is a superstar, in stark contrast to Miyamura-kun, who appears to be uninteresting. Misaki Ayuzawa, the tough-as-nails student council president, is Takumi Usui’s one and only love interest.
Under order to help her impoverished family, Misaki works at a beautiful maid cafe in disguise. The more Takumi learns about Misaki’s past, the more he falls in love with her. As for Takumi, he has his own mysteries.
2. Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku, The Workplace Romcom
Wotakoi would be the result if Horimiya and The Office had a child. Every day, mature office professionals get caught up in workplace shenanigans, making this one of the few rom-coms that doesn’t take place in high school or junior high.
When it comes to gaming, Hirotaka Nifuji is a secretive cloak-wearer. Narumi Momose, his co-worker and childhood friend, is also a big admirer of BL and comics, but they keep it a secret from the outer world and fall in love in each other’s arms.
3. A Silent Voice, The Story Of Redemption
In this uplifting series, the main character, Shoya, has a long path ahead of him, yet he is a heartwarming protagonist. When Shoko Nishimiya was a sixth-grader, he was a ruthless bully.
Another lesson learned from this series is that people can be more complex than meets the eye, as Horimiya demonstrates. Shoya is eager to make amends for his past transgressions and to show Shoko (and himself) that he has changed for the better. If so, will it work?
4. After The Rain, A Gentle Love Story Of Healing
Instead than focusing on “high school pranks,” this short but animated series emphasizes themes of healing and self-realization. Injuries have kept Akira Tachibana off the track, and she believes she’ll never be able to run again.
Akira, on the other hand, develops love for her forty-year-old restaurant employer, Mr. Kondo, and while they can’t have a true relationship (the age gap is too great), Akira gets to know the real Mr. Kondo, and there’s much more to him than the funny, clumsy restaurant owner everyone else sees.
5. One-Week Friends, With Many First Dates
Kaori Fujimiya, a high school student, has a problem. It’s impossible for her to maintain a friendship for more than a week at a time since every Monday morning, her memories of all acquaintances and associates are erased. As a result, she abandoned the goal of making friends and adopted a frigid demeanor to deter others from approaching her.
A fellow student of hers, Yuuki Hase, has no problem with her icy appearance. He wants to be Kaori’s buddy, and he’s eager to take on the job of helping her overcome her memory loss. She has a lot more going on beneath the surface than meets the eye.
6. Bloom Into You, When Two Girls Find Real Love
While Yuu Koito and Touko Nanami’s friendship is depicted in Bloom Into You’s manga series, it was the anime adaptation that gave the yuri genre a major boost in popularity. Yuu will soon discover that Touko has a few secrets up her sleeve.
Everyone admires Touko for her beauty, intelligence, and kindness, but Touko isn’t flawless. Yuu is willing to provide a hand to Touko as she works through her grief and come to terms with the loss of her sister and the questions it has raised about her own identity. Self-discovery is rarely a straightforward process.
7. Toradora!, Starring The Tiny Tiger
At first glance, the male protagonist of this popular rom-com series has the countenance of an icy bully who can scare anyone away just by making eye contact. In reality, he’s a lovely young man who loves to cook and has a good relationship with his single mother. As it turns out, this guy is a lot of fun to cuddle with.
With the fearsome but lonely Taiga Aisaka, Ryuji develops a love-hate relationship with her bad-girl attitude (and she makes a huge mess of everything). Two pupils who have been wronged and misunderstood.
8. TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You
Many anime conventions have been turned upside down by this fall 2020 animated series. Nasa Yuzaki, the male protagonist, marries Tsukasa, a beautiful but enigmatic woman, almost immediately after the film begins. It’s time to go backwards now that they’ve crossed the finish line.
When it comes to proving the authenticity of their relationship, both Nasa and her foster sister, Chitose, have to put up a fight. There’s also the lingering question of whether Tsukasa is a fabled moon princess or just a regular teenager. Why does she keep this a secret?
9. Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai
Sakuta, a seemingly normal high school student, soon discovers a strange occurrence in which young ladies get infected with Adolescence Syndrome. The bunny girl, Mai Sakurajima, is the first impacted girl Harry encounters on his journey.
Although she doesn’t normally dress like a rabbit, Mai does so in an effort to draw attention to herself. In addition to dressing like a bunny girl, Sakuta has set out on a mission to assist those who are affected by this illness and help them get their life back on track. He learns a lot about his fellow students as he goes along.
10. Fruits Basket, A Shojo Flagship Series
If you’re a fan of the shojo genre, you should definitely check out this series. The enigmatic (and supposedly cursed) Sohma family’s orphaned daughter, Tohru Honda, makes friends with the affluent and well-to-do Honda family.
The Sohmas have a hidden secret: they are endowed with all twelve of the Chinese Zodiac animals, making it difficult for them to blend in with the rest of society. The gentle ways of Tohru will cure the hearts of the Sohma members one by one, nevertheless, she is determined to help. Everyone can be saved.