‘Say I Love You’ is an enjoyable anime for fans of romance and drama. Mei Tachibana, the protagonist of the show, is a reclusive loner. She doesn’t trust her friends because she doesn’t think they should be trusted. After being falsely blamed for the death of their class pet, she developed a pessimistic outlook on life. She hasn’t changed her mind about the world, even now. Her reaction to Yamato Kurosawa’s conversation with her isn’t one she’s happy about. Kissing her in the middle of the night saved her from an assailant later. Right? This is the beginning of something wonderful, don’t you think? No! Problems begin to arise (it would not have been so popular otherwise). The story revolves around Mei and Yamato as they attempt to mend their broken relationship. Here are our picks for the best shows that are similar to ‘Say I Love You,’ so far. Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Hulu all offer streaming options for some of these shows, including ‘Say I Love You’.
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8. Kimi ni Todoke (2011)
Look no further than “Say I Love You.” Let’s find out what ‘Kimi ni Todoke’ is all about. A young woman who is having social difficulties. Check. There is a misunderstanding at the root of the problem. Check. She meets and falls in love with a well-known young man. Check. Problems arising in the aforementioned partnership. (I should have used the word check instead of double check.) I’m stumped as to why I had to “double check”! There you go—another hilarious romantic comedy you’ll like. Everybody misinterprets Kuronuma Sawako’s timid and sweet demeanor as a front for some malicious plan. Since she appears like the ghost girl from Ring, her looks aren’t helping her. Sawako’s only desire is to have a normal existence with ordinary people she can relate to. Though it appears that she has no chance, she is surprised when the most popular guy in class starts talking to her. After all, there’s always the possibility of friendship, if not something more.
7. Bokura ga Ita (2006)
Like ‘Say I Love You,’ ‘Bokura ga Ita’ has plenty of heartfelt moments. As in “Say I Love You,” the central couple’s relationship is fraught with difficulties. The anime’s female protagonist, Nanami Takahashi, is eager to meet new people as she begins her high school career. She meets Yano Motoharu, a young man. One of Nanami’s friends is Yuri and she seems to have an indifferent attitude towards Yano because he was the boyfriend of her older sister. Though initially Nanami doesn’t care about him, slowly, her attitude towards him changes. The two become close and spend lots of moments together. But their relationship has loads of issues since Yano is yet to totally move on from the feelings of his former relationship; Yano’s ex-girlfriend, Nana died in a vehicle accident. He feels it hard to open up to Nanami. Will these difficulties erode their aspirations of having a successful relationship or will they get through everything together?
6. Ao Haru Ride (2014)
Let me simply say it now, without any sort of ‘double-checking’ or ‘checking’. ‘Ao Haru Ride’ and ‘Say I Love You’ have many similarities. It is Futaba Yoshioka, the main character, who falls in love with someone and loses out on the opportunity to pursue him because of a misunderstanding. As a result, she tries to avoid drawing too much attention to herself. Tomboyishness takes over her cute and welcoming personality. The only one that undergoes change is her. Kou Tanaka, the kid she coveted, has also evolved considerably. To begin, he is now known as Kou Mabuchi. His personality appears to have completely transformed, since he is no longer the shy youngster who Futaba used to share a rainstorm shelter with. When he returns to her life, will her feelings for him change? Or will she stick with the one male she’s ever liked, despite how much he’s changed?
5. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (2013)
Let’s face it: romantic comedies exist to provide you with a distraction. You can take a break from more somber material by watching a romcom. That is exactly what ‘Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.’ does. It’s a lot of fun, and it’ll help you unwind. There is drama and self-discovery in it, which is why it made the cut. Anime protagonist Hachiman has an extremely negative outlook on life and the world around him. In an essay, he slams modern societal structures. As a result, his instructor assigns him to a volunteer group that aids other pupils in need as a punishment. Yukino and a few other students are also there. Is Hachiman’s pessimism going to help or hurt him in the long run? This is going to be a blast, that much is certain.
4. Itazura na Kiss (2008)
In ‘Itazura na Kiss,’ the protagonist is the same gender as in ‘Say I Love You.’ This lady, like the others, is socially awkward and has a crush on a boy who seems to have a crush on everyone else. Kotoko Aihara is the name of her character. It doesn’t help that she has a low SAT score and isn’t the brightest student in her class, but she still has a crush on Naoki Irie, Japan’s most brilliant high school student. After her house was devastated in an earthquake, she ended up in Naoki’s residence owing to a series of events. What a time saver, am I right? But wait, where’s the joy if there’s no complication? It doesn’t help Kotoko’s cause that we have a mother who is always intervening in anything that has to do with her child. Some of my buddies are also really dimwitted. Kotoko, on the other hand, believes she has a shot at him because she has never been so close before (physically, of course).
3. Kokoro Connect (2012)
‘Say I Love You,’ despite its strong romance and drama, is grounded in reality. If you are looking for a slice-of-life, romantic comedy that includes a supernatural element, this one is for you. Let me be clear before you assume it’s some monsters and demons nonsense. You may have seen the Japanese film “Kimi no Na wa.” Since you are on this list, are you aware of the fact that you are on this list? Is it true that it had supernatural elements? Now you see where I’m going with this. There are five people that get together to start a club in the novel. Because they have no one else to confide in, they form a strong friendship. It’s then when the supernatural begins to take hold. The five of them begin a random process of body swapping. Despite the fact that it may appear to be a game at first, they soon discover that each of them has suffered significant emotional trauma, further complicating matters. With everything going on, will they be able to maintain their bonds?
2. Peach Girl (2005)
‘Peach Girl’ tells the story of a girl who has a troubled relationship with her peers and the rest of the world. She is frequently misinterpreted, which has a negative impact on her life. Momo Adachi is the main character in the anime. She has a lovely figure and a tan complexion. People mistakenly believe she’s a beach bunny because of this. The only reason she’s tanned in the first place is because she swims for a club team, and her skin tends to tan easily. Sadly, the guy she likes only favors non-tan chicks (really!!) because of her tan. It’s only natural that she has friends that support her through her difficult circumstances, isn’t it? No. When her friend tries to capture Momo’s attention for herself, things get even more complicated. On the other hand, there’s this other man who likes Momo. So, this is a typical rom-com, right?
1. Ballroom e Youkoso (2017)
As a romantic comedy, ‘Ballroom and Youkoso’ made the cut because it’s so enjoyable to watch. Those hoping for a female protagonist should go elsewhere, as the focus of this anime is on a boy. It’s been Tatara Fujita’s lifelong goal to fit in, the protagonist of the anime. Avoiding difficulty and challenges is what he strives to do. However, you can’t always ‘fit in’. Tatara’s quest for self-awareness is shown in this anime. Tatara is invited to Kaname Sengoku’s dancing studio after he rescues her from a gang of bullies. He’s experiencing sensations he’s never had before. He returns because he wants to be in the spotlight while dancing in front of others, and sure enough, there he meets a girl!