Between the ages of 18 and 40, the term “seinen” refers to a certain group of people. Anime aimed at the seinen demographic might encompass a wide range of other genres. More realistic romances, more action-packed storylines, and darker humor are all common themes in this genre. If you want to identify a seinen series, look for an older protagonist, a more realistic art style, and a darker plot. Today, we’re going to talk about mature romantic animes in particular. It’s time to move on from the typical high school love stories and instead read about more mature relationships that deal with issues like adultery, sex, rape, and the psychological ramifications of being in a committed relationship. In contrast to typical anime, these shows portray love in a more realistic light.
1. Golden Time
After the opening ceremony, Tada Banri, a recently enrolled student at a private law school in Tokyo, was unable to locate the freshmen orientation. Yanagisawa Mitsuo, another lost student from the same school, walked into his path at that exact time, and the two instantly clicked. Just as they expected, a lovely young lady with a bunch of red roses showed up before the two of them. Mitsuo was then smacked across the face with the bouquet by the girl, who then gave him the flowers. She only said, “Congratulations, freshmen!” before walking away. Kaga Kouko, his boyhood friend who had swung at Mitsuo, was a sophisticated, well-dressed, and picture-perfect woman. Both of them had made promises to each other as children that they would get married one day. Mitsuo had taken the private college’s entrance exam in order to get away from her, but now she was in the freshman orientation hall. She’d caught up to him on the law school admission exam because she’d taken it as well.
2. Itazura Na Kiss
Because Naoki Irie was one of her favorite students, Kotoko Aihara aspired to join him in high school. The only difficulty is that Irie is the most intelligent, while Kotoko is one of the least intelligent. She’s still not there, even though she’s in her third year of high school. Irie’s house was the only option for her after her own was destroyed one day. Will their relationship be the same, or will it grow even stronger now that she lives so near to him?
3. Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Even though Hazuki has poor eyesight, he recognizes beauty when he sees it, and the delicate features of Rokka, the proprietor of a flower shop, pique his interest. Hazuki gets a part-time work at her shop in an attempt to build a relationship with her, only to uncover two large thorns that prohibit any romance from blossoming. Most men would be put off by Rokka’s unresolved grief over the death of her spouse Shimao, but it’s the latter that has Hazuki’s dwindling dreams of love dwindling even more rapidly than they already are. because despite the fact that Shimao is dead, he hasn’t yet left Rokka’s flat, and his spirit is still there. Except that only Hazuki can see him, resulting in a bizarre love triangle. What are the possibilities that Hazuki and Rokka will end up together if the man who still resides in her house dies? Or, can he somehow make love flourish despite the daisies being pushed up between them by an intruder?
4. Shoujo Kakumei Utena
After the death of Utena’s parents, a prince comforted her by giving her a ring with a rose crest. Utena was awestruck by the Prince and made a pledge to one day achieve his status. It’s been a few years since Utena first met the prince, but the young girl is now attending Ohtori Academy in a boys’ uniform in order to want to be just like him. Utena defends her friend’s honor in a duel after one of the Student Council members insults her. In the dueling arena, Utena’s rose crest allows her to join and win the duel, resulting in her engagement to the Rose Bride. By accident, Utena finds herself drawn into a series of student council duel for the custody of the Rose Bride, which she had no idea she was a participant in. The more she falls in love with Anthy, the Rose Bride, the more determined she gets to protect her and uncover the horrible mystery of Ohtori Academy.
5. Honey and Clover
There are three young guys who live in the same apartment building and attend an art college in Tokyo: Yta Takemoto, Takumi Mayama, and Shinobu Morita. Hagumi Hanamoto, the cousin’s daughter and first-year art student at the art school where everyone attends, is introduced one day. Hanamoto lives with Hanamoto and lives with Shoji Hanamoto, an art professor. When it comes to their affections for Hagu, Yuta and Shinobu are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Yuta keeps his feelings under wraps and tries to be a friend to Hagu, while Shinobu goes all out, even going so far as to call Hagu “Mousey” and take pictures of her all the time. Hagu, despite her initial trepidation and apprehension, begins to warm up to the three. Ayumi Yamada, a great potter known as “Tetsujin” (Iron Lady), joins the group and becomes a close friend of Hagu. She assists her father in the family booze business when she is not in class.
In spite of Ayumi’s popularity with young men, she develops feelings for Takumi, despite the fact that he does not return her affections and instead regards her as a close friend. A widowed acquaintance of Professor Hanamoto’s named Rika Harada, Rika owns an architecture company that she and her late husband built together. Takumi instead pursues Rika. There are love triangles, unrequited feelings, graduating from college and finding a job in this story that follows these five characters.
6. Spice and Wolf
Kraft Lawrence, a 25-year-old traveling merchant in a stylised historical setting with European overtones, is the focus of Spice and Wolf’s story.
In order to open his own shop, he has already spent seven years touring the world and gaining knowledge in the industry. When he arrives at Pasloe, he discovers a 600-year-old wolf-deity named Holo in his wagon. The only thing distinguishing her appearance from a human teen are her wolfish tail and ears.
In her introduction, she claims to be the town’s goddess of harvest, a role she has held for many years. After her duties as town watchwoman, she wishes she could return home, believing that the people have already deserted her and she’s kept her commitment to keep the harvests good. Holo, on the other hand, is itching to venture out and discover what the world has become like since she last left it. She gets out of the town by negotiating a deal with Lawrence, who agrees to take her with him if she will leave with him. Although her wisdom helps him boost his earnings, her actual character attracts undesired attention from the Church.
7. Otona Joshi no Anime Time
A collection of animated short stories for women based on award-winning short stories. 33-year-old Kanazawa native Noriko, in the story “Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze,” had resolved long ago that she would not accept an ordinary, provincial life for herself. So she’d gone to school in Tokyo, worked for herself, married a man from a prestigious trading firm, and had a child. She and her family, which includes a husband and a four-year-old boy, have just returned from a five-year trip abroad. Although she has returned, she has noticed that she has a great void in her heart. There is also a man who is privy to a significant piece of information that Noriko possesses.
Mimi, a married woman in her late twenties, abandons her family to live with a young man in “Yuuge.”
As she approaches her forties in “Jinsei Best 10,” businesswoman Hatoko reunites with the boy or girl with whom she had her first kiss in middle school. A mother-daughter connection is explored in “Dokoka Dewanai Koko” by a 43-year-old housewife.
Space travel will no longer be a pipe dream for people in the year 2075; it will be a part of their daily lives. Progress in science and technology has resulted in the moon’s colonization and the commercialization of outer space. In the Debris Section of the Technora Corporation, Ai Tanabe, a vivacious lady with a deep interest in the cosmos, is assigned to remove harmful space trash between the orbits of the Earth and Moon. In any case, Ai quickly learns how undervalued her position is. The Debris Section of Technora is understaffed, underfunded, and forced to employ an outdated spaceship called the “Toy Box” for debris retrieval because it is the laughingstock of the city. As Ai continues on his journey, he meets a diverse group of people from the Debris Section, including the bumbling but friendly chief clerk Philippe Myers, the enigmatic and secretive temp worker Edelgard Rivera, and the irascible but devoted Hachirota Hoshino, who dreams of having his own spaceship.
9. The Princess and the Pilot
The conflict between the Levamme Empire and the Amatsukami Imperium has been going on for a long period of time now. As the battle rages on, the prince of the Levamme Empire proposes marriage to Juana del Moral by professing his love for her and promising to put a stop to it within a year. In response to this, the Amatsukami attack the del Moral residence, specifically targeting Juana’s life. The San Maltilia Airforce hires a bestado, a mercenary of mixed blood, to fly Juana to the Levamme capital secretly as a last ditch effort to bring the prince his wife. Even though Charles agrees to take on this dangerous task, it proves to be far more difficult than anyone expected.
10. Millenium Actress
The decaying Ginei Studio buildings will be removed around the turn of the millennium. To mark this event, filmmaker and former employee Genya Tachibana has made a special documentary about the company’s star actress, Chiyoko Fujiwara: the reclusive love of Shouwa Era filmmaking. Genya and Kyouji Ida, the cynical cameraman, have finally received permission to interview the retiring starlet, and Genya is eager to put his idol back in the spotlight once more. A thousand years of history have been compacted into a single lifetime in this hidden mountain refuge. They are taken on an imaginary voyage through Japanese cinematic history by Chiyoko’s recollections; her acting career is intertwined with her filmography, the actors in her life blend effortlessly with the characters on screen, and the present and past meld together. Even though she quit from acting 30 years ago, the curtain on her life’s stage has not yet come down.