Kirito’s Top Ten Romance Anime!

IT’S-A VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL POST! In honor of Valentine’s Day, aka S.A.D. (Single Awareness Day) for some OTL, I’ll list my top ten favorite Romance anime! This might be an annual thing, who knows?

To keep this post short and sweet, I’ll stick with anime that only have one season and NO HAREM SHENANIGANS. These are great shows that you can watch with your significant other! And as I watched some of these back when I didn’t have a blog to write about them some will not have reviews…but I guarantee that they are all masterpieces!

*I ordered these from happiest to saddest so tread carefully!*


Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken

Studios: Seven
Source: 4-koma manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, Seinen
Synopsis: “Though they couldn’t be any more different, love has managed to blossom between Hajime Tsunashi, a hardcore otaku who shuts himself in at home while making a living off his blog, and his wife Kaoru—a hard-working office lady who, in contrast, is fairly ordinary, albeit somewhat of a crazy drunk. As this unlikely couple discovers, love is much more than just a first kiss or a wedding; the years that come afterward in the journey of marriage brings with it many joys as well as challenges.” -MAL Rewrite

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken is the exception to the rule above as it has TWO seasons BUT the episodes are short. So marathon time-wise it’s basically one! This show was such a joy to watch and rather than going through the messy parts of love like the whole “confession” scene or the “first kiss”, this story is more about the moments after the “honeymoon” phase. It’s simple artwork and plot makes for a relaxing and satisfying experience!


Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Studios: Doga Kobo
Source: 4-koma manga
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School
Synopsis: “Chiyo Sakura is a cheerful high school girl who has fallen head over heels for the oblivious Umetarou Nozaki. Much to Chiyo’s confusion, when she confesses to her beloved Nozaki, he hands her an unfamiliar autograph. As it turns out, the stoic teenage boy is actually a respected shoujo mangaka, publishing under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno! A series of misunderstandings leads to Chiyo becoming one of Nozaki’s manga assistants.” -MAL Rewrite

My favorite from this list, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun takes your favorite shoujo manga and what it takes to actually make such a moving story. Nozaki’s calm demeanor as a famous Shoujo Manga mangaka and Chiyo’s attempts to gain his attention go hand in hand creating a unique and entertaining dynamic throughout the show. Along with a cast of fun and quirky characters, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is a classic in more ways than one!

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Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Web manga
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Synopsis: “Having slept through all four of her alarms, the energetic Narumi Momose finds herself running late for her first day of work at a new office. As she races to catch her train, she makes a promise to herself that none of her coworkers will find out about her dark secret: that she is an otaku and a fujoshi. Her plan goes instantly awry, though, when she runs into Hirotaka Nifuji, an old friend from middle school. Although she tries to keep her secret by inviting him out for drinks after work, her cover is blown when he casually asks her whether or not she will be attending the upcoming Summer Comiket. Luckily for her, the only witnesses—Hanako Koyanagi and Tarou Kabakura—are otaku as well.” – MAL News

I can’t stress how relatable and good Wotakoi is. I enjoyed everything from the composition of the opening theme to the characters and the artwork. The characters interactions with each other make for such an energetic and fun environment it’s hard not to fall in love with them!

You can check out my full review —> here


Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai

Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai

Studios: CloverWorks
Source: Light novel
Genres: Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, School
Synopsis: “This year, Sakuta Azusagawa, a second-year student at a high school near Enoshima, meets several girls that are experiencing this “puberty syndrome.” For instance, he meets a wild bunny girl in the library. She turns out to be an actress on hiatus, Mai Sakurajima, who is also his senior at the school. For some reason, no one else can see this enchanting girl. How did she become invisible…? As Sakuta searches for answers to help Mai, they spend more time together, and he eventually learns of her hidden feelings…” -Aniplex USA

Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai has appeared a few times throughout my blog (making it to my top ten anime of 2018 ). So don’t read a book by it’s cover! This show is more than cute girls in bunny suits! No, it’s more about “going against the flow” and self-discovery.

You can check out my full review —> here


ToraDora

Toradora!

Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Light novel
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, School
Synopsis: “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.
ToraDora is one of the first romance anime I’ve seen and I loved every single second of it. The dynamic duo of the Ryuuji and Taiga (Dragon and Tiger) make for an entertaining show but as it progresses things get a bit complicated…and well emotional! Be ready for some real drama and feels hidden underneath this comedy!

Ano Natsu de Matteru

Ano Natsu de Matteru

Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Original
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life
Synopsis: “While testing out his camera on a bridge one summer night, Kaito Kirishima sees a blue light streaking across the sky, only to be blown off the railing seconds later. Just before succumbing to unconsciousness, a hand reaches down to grab ahold of his own. Dazed and confused, Kaito wakes up the next morning wondering how he ended up back in his own room with no apparent injuries or any recollection of the night before. As he proceeds with his normal school life, Kaito and his friends discuss what to do with his camera, finally deciding to make a film with it over their upcoming summer break. Noticing that Kaito has an interest in the new upperclassmen Ichika Takatsuki, his friend Tetsurou Ishigaki decides to invite her, as well as her friend Remon Yamano, to join them in their movie project.” -MAL Rewrite

This show will always give me a nostalgic feeling because I remember marathoning this with my friends in the middle of a sweltering summer and laughing about the characters and getting excited about the wonderful art. While this may be slightly biased as it has a lot of meaning for me, the story is still a masterpiece nonetheless. The wonderful storytelling, bittersweet romance, and wonderful artwork are sure to keep you interesting episode after episode.

You can check out my full review —> here (it’s an old review…)


Kotoura-san

Kotoura-san

Studios: AIC Classic
Source: 4-koma manga
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School

Synopsis: “A school love comedy. Kotoura Haruka is a 15-year-old girl who can read people’s minds. She has been suffering from troubles caused by her mind-reading ability, and her parents got divorced as a result. She moves to a new high school but tries to keep away from her classmates. Manabe Yoshihisa, one of her classmates, accepts and appreciates her ability and she begins to interact with her friends with his help.” -MAL Rewrite

I don’t remember how I came across Kotoura-san but it ended up being one of the saddest and also happiest shows I’ve seen. Where the artwork lacks appeals and interest, the story makes up for with well-developed characters that are interesting and meaningful.

You can check out my full review —> here


Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Studios:A-1 Pictures
Source: Original
Genres: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Drama

Synopsis: “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.” -MAL Rewrite

The first anime I got emotionally attached to. I still get emotional with I hear the ending theme song (my friend once played me a list of sad anime songs and I was totally fine until this song played and I bawled my eyes out). I’ve always recommended AnoHana to anyone looking for a good anime. The setting is set in Chichibu City (Saitama Prefecture) so it’s really cool to be able to see these real-life locations get integrated into the anime. Aside from the great art, the story is an emotional journey of love and bonds between friends that have deteriorated over the years. It’s an experience and I hope all who watch it enjoy it to the fullest.


Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories

Studios: Doga Kobo
Source: Original
Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance
Synopsis: “Eighteen-year-old Tsukasa Mizugaki has failed his college entrance exams, but after pulling some strings, he manages to land a job at the Sion Artificial Intelligence Corporation. SAI Corp is responsible for the creation of “Giftias”—highly advanced androids which are almost indiscernible from normal humans. However, unlike humans, Giftias have a maximum lifespan of 81,920 hours, or around nine years and four months. Terminal Service One, the station Tsukasa was assigned to, is responsible for collecting Giftias that have met their expiration date, before they lose their memories and become hostile.” -Mal Rewrite
Has an anime ever made you cry on the first episode? If not, I introduce to you Plastic Memories, where every episode is a feels trips and you’ll need more than one container of your favorite ice cream. Jokes aside, Plastic Memories is a real tear-jerker, using its expressive art and wonderful storytelling to bring out the emotions of different iterations of love.
You can check out my full review —> here (It’s an old review…)

Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai

Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai

Studios:Studio VOLN
Source:Novel
Genres: Drama, Romance, Seinen

Synopsis: Spring time in April and the last of the cherry blossoms are still in bloom. The usually aloof bookworm with no interest in others comes across a book in a hospital waiting room. Handwritten on the cover are the words: “Living with Dying.” He soon discovers that it is a diary kept by his very popular and genuinely cheerful classmate, Sakura Yamauchi, who reveals to him that she is secretly suffering from a pancreatic illness and only has a limited time left. It is at this moment that she gains just one more person to share her secret.

I walk into the movie theater expecting a sad anime, what I didn’t expect was to be unable to walk out of the theater because I was crying so hard I couldn’t function. Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai is all about “Living with Dying”. It takes the idea of death and deconstructs it in a heartfelt way.

You can check out my full review —> here


And that’s it!

What are your favorite romance anime to watch? Let me know in the comments below!

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3 comments

  • This is my first visit to your blog, so I just wanted to say hello! Hello! There are a few entries on this list that I’ve yet to watch. I’ll definitely have to look into a few of them at some point! Some of my favourite romance anime include Lovely Complex, Honey and Clover, My Love Story, Chobits, and Arakawa Under the Bridge. I’d seriously recommend trying these anime out, if you haven’t already!

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