Anime romance, at times, is the best kind of romance. Today, let’s looking at the list of best romance anime of all time. The list has been made by considering the anime with a substantial amount of romantic elements to them. This will aid in creating a different viewing experience for the hardcore and weekend days fans alike.
1. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
Director: Kyōhei Ishiguro
Writer: Takao Yoshioka
Cast: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese); Max Mittelman (English), Risa Taneda (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English), Ayane Sakura (Japanese); Erica Mendez (English)
The plot of the anime is quite magical, a prodigy in piano, Kosei Arima plays beautiful piano melodies and is very popular among child musicians. The controversy that runs around him is that he can’t hear his piano playing when he has a mental breakdown after the sudden death of his mother. Will Kosei be able to play the piano now?
The background music and soundtrack of this show have the power to influence our lives in extra ordinary ways. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso portrays this glorious message by its main characters and the quest they face to let go of their history and work hard to seize better days of their future. For sure, any true romantic fan would fall in love with the sound of puppy love ringing all through the series. The song is filled with both passion and gloom. This romance anime series is a must-watch for hopeful broken hearts!!
2. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
Director: Masahiro Ando
Writer: Deko Akao
Cast: Saori Hayami, Brina Palencia (English), Ryōta Ōsaka (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English), Yūichirō Umehara (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English), Kaori Nazuka (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
The series is adapted from the manga that Sorata Akizuki wrote and illustrated. The manga puts light on a youthful lady named Shirayuki. She is born with her red hair trademark that catches the attention of almost everyone she encounters. Unfortunately, this brings the attention of Raji, a prince, who wishes to marry Shirayuki. While she tries to flee from the country.
If the viewers are looking for a sweet and heartwarming love plot, then they should look no further. As that is exactly the romance between Shirayuki, a practitioner of herbalism with special hair color, and Zen, who is another prince of the Kingdom of the Clarines. There is no needless bickering or drama, plus the story’s flow and the character’s interaction is smooth and calming.
Will she be able to flee from her problems to reach a peaceful place or person?
3. Clannad: After Story
Director: Tatsuya Ishihara
Writer: Fumihiko Shimo
Cast: Yūichi Nakamura, David Matranga, Mai Nakahara (Japanese); Luci Christian (English), Ryō Hirohashi (Japanese); Shelley Calene-Black (English).
Emotions are a strong thing; they have the power to overcome any modicum of reason and compel their emotional nature to surrender to even the ficklest of beings. Because of this, many times, those of us who pretend to be critics of different media fall short of our own standards. Clannad After Story is a series which is talked about by many viewers as “life-altering”. It is a show that held the hearts of the viewers who saw the show before it became a classic.
The plot of the anime takes place at Hikarizaka Private High School and there are glimpses of a fictional world all along. Well, you’ll have to watch it to know it.
Tomoya Okazaki is the central character of both the Clannad visual novel and also the anime series. It really is disconcerting how successful an appeal to pathos can be. This show has made its viewers cry at the endings of almost every episode. This show will definitely leave the viewers in tears and tissues. What happens in the illusion world is something unimaginable. Will the story turn out the way its supposed to?
4. Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!)
Director: Morio Asaka
Writer: Natsuko Takahashi
Cast: Takuya Eguchi, Ren Katou (young) (Japanese); Andrew Love, Luci Christian (young) (English), Megumi Han (Japanese); Tia Ballard (English)
Ore Monogatari!!, also known as My Love Story, is genuinely what its title says. It’s a love story between two key characters, Takeo and Yamato. And they seem like a mismatch at first glance. At the same time, there is nothing that is similar between the two. Takeo’s appearance is like a professional sumo wrestler, with a massive height of 7 feet.
At the same time, Yamato is portrayed like a weak schoolgirl. However, the show is not all about appearances. Since fate binds them in this love story in ways that really offer the word ‘love,’ its significant significance. This anime takes a different approach to the genre of romance anime by placing a child as the main protagonist. Takeo Gouda is massive, daunting, and terrifying, yet he really does have a heart of gold. He may be totally unlike the normal shoujo boys, but he’s more kind and more romantic than most, which makes his love story something to lay eyes on.
The plot of the anime takes place in a high school where Takeo Goda, who is not good with girls as every girl he likes falls in love with his best friend. But one day he saves a girl, who falls in love with him. Will they love each other till the end or will his best friend make an entrance here too?
5. Sukitte Ii na yo. (Say “I Love You”)
Director: Toshimasa Kuroyanagi, Takuya Satō
Writer: Takuya Satō
Cast: Ai Kayano (Japanese); Caitlynn French (English), Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Leraldo Anzaldua (English), Risa Taneda (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
Sukitte Ii na yo (also known as Say “I Love You”) is an anime series adapted from a manga written by Kanae Hazuki. The series blends into the side of romance and suspense, as opposed to pure rom-com, because of the story involved. Where Mei is an awkward, shy girl with not even a single friend, Yamato is a popular, mass appeal and a laid-back guy with friends all around. The two of them are poles apart, but they somehow end up in each other’s ways, confirming that they attract opposites. Sukitte Ii na yo is a shining rock and is one of that unique old shoujo that are appealing to the viewers who are in the drama category. The series is one to get a taste of because of the way it portrays itself. Will the opposites attract for long or lose the poles they stand on?
6. Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)
Director: Hiro Kaburaki
Writer: Tomoko Konparu
Cast: Mamiko Noto, Daisuke Namikawa, Miyuki Sawashiro
Very rarely does a series crack the mold that its genre has cast for it, and far more rarely does it set itself apart from all the others. That’s the case with Kimi ni Todoke. It takes all the classic shoujo romance stereotyping and plotting devices and turns them on their head, leaving us with a thoroughly satisfying and revolutionary romance. The feelings and circumstances that have been introduced to us in this anime are real and strong, but not in an overly dramatic way.
Nobody has a torturous family life or a traumatic history, or some other circumstance that is always forced to construct a drama that could be best done by excellent characters and storytelling. The concepts are plain, slow, and full of the requisite blushes and aw-shucks moments. Like its gentle artwork and color palette, Kimi ni Todoke is the kind of show you’re going to sit back and relax, ignoring all the problems of your day.
The plot takes place at a high school where a 15-year-old, Sawako Kuronuma is made fun of because of the ring like appearance she carries. Soon it’s seen that is as sweet as a pie. The popular kid starts talking to her and a whole new world is opened for her. Will she be able to express her true self without being shy with the support she gets?
7. Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma (Emma: A Victorian Romance)
Director: Tsuneo Kobayashi
Writer: Mamiko Ikeda
Cast: Yumi Tōma (Japanese); Eileen Montgomery (English), Tokuyoshi Kawashima (Japanese); Ted Lewis (English), Taeko Nakanishi (Japanese); Erica Schroeder (English).
Emma- A Victorian Romance is a series about an aristocracy member, William Jones. Unfortunately, he finds his heart in the hands of a maid. The story continues with the struggles they have to face because of the tension between the two groups. William’s family goes all out to make him fall out of love, but it comes off a bit like Romeo & Juliet. Of course, both William and Emma have a core character that gives them motivation when things get tough.
The show is a classic romance that managed to make itself different from the clichés that were already there in traditional anime. The series is set in 19th century Victorian London and appears genuinely authentic. The viewers are going to have a great time watching the shades of tan and brown on their screens. Will she be able to handle all the hardships in the way?
Director: Morio Asaka, Atsuko Ishizuka(assistant)
Writer: Tomoko Konparu
Cast: Midori Kawana (Japanese); Kelly Sheridan (English), Romi Park (Japanese); Rebecca Shoichet (English)
The background of this anime is like an endless white night. Things appear to be in constant movement; startings and endings held tightly in an endless sea of raining snow, there to fuse into one another. The forehead remains in endless twilight. The entire landscape portrays the frigidity of life rising from the frosty gales to the calmer ether, only to return to the stormier lands. Movement is not linear here.
In its entirety, NANA is purely dynamic, an explosion of emotional energy taking rounds, pushing, always in movement. The show is filled with discussions of destiny, limited time, and human relations. NANA thoroughly invokes the influence of pathos as a work, thus bringing “drama” to new heights. It is a true gem of romance anime only as it discusses various kinds of tenderness in a greater perspective than usual. There are more than a few sparks, but the most outstanding is undoubtedly Nana Osaki x Ren. This is the epitome of heartbreak, passion, and lust. Will you be able to handle all this at once?
Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai
Writer: Mari Okada
Cast: Junji Majima, Erik Scott Kimerer, Rie Kugimiya, Cassandra Lee Morris
The Romance genre has always been an untiring watch for the viewers. Aisaka Taiga is the central female character of the show. The other protagonist is Ryuuji Takasu, who is a high school student. He has a childish nature, but due to his strict face, he is often termed as a delinquent. It’s a good thing to feel this stuff from time to time. It captivates us to recall what the romance series is meant to be. Toradora is a unique love story that reveals what it’s like to fall in love with someone you’ve never dreamed of falling in love with. Will it break you into tears?
10. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Kaichō wa Meido-sama!)
Director: Hiroaki Sakurai
Writer: Mamiko Ikeda
Cast: Ayumi Fujimura, Monica Rial, Nobuhiko Okamoto, David Matranga
Known for being strict and bitter, Misaki, the main character, is the class president. She has a very dark secret inside her; she works part-time in a cafe dressed as a maid. That’s until Takumi, the most popular guy at school, figures her out. Misaki has to do her best to prevent the boy from spreading her secret. But as both of them begin to look through one another for more than just their outer layers, what begins out as something to save her secret gradually develops into something just the opposite. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! It’s different from everyday romance, and that’s what made the viewers love it. Kaichou doesn’t have the touch of physical love. Even then, it manages to hold the viewer’s hearts perfectly that they just can’t stop watching. Will they be able to accept each other with all of their flaws?
11. Tamako Market And Tamako Love Story
Director: Naoko Yamada
Writer: Reiko Yoshida
Cast: Aya Suzaki (Japanese); Margaret McDonald (English), Atsushi Tamaru (Japanese); Clint Bickham (English).
Tamako Market, a show that became popular because of its romantic sequel Tamako Love Story. The sequel premiered in Japan on April 26, 2014. This beautiful story about two friends who communicate with the cup and string system across their bedrooms. Isn’t this cute?
The sequel, Tamako Love Story, pulls all the characters from the market and puts them in a different setting. The main characters include Tamako Kitashirakawa, the protagonist of the show. She helps her family run a mochi shop and invent new kinds of mochi. Mochizō Ōji is Tamako’s childhood friend. His family also runs a mochi shop. They live across the road, and since their bedroom windows face each other, they talk with the cup and string technique. This is a cute anime television series followed by a sequel movie, called Tamako Love Story. Will the family wars overpower their love?
12. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
Director: Shinichi Omata
Writer: Yasuhiro Nakanishi
Cast: Aoi Koga (Japanese); Alexis Tipton (English), Makoto Furukawa (Japanese); Aaron Dismuke (English)
This comedy-romantic anime is the funniest anime ever to exist, precisely because of its loud humor that sticks in the viewers’ memory. Excellent dialogues delivered by fantastic characters hold the audience’s attention at all times. The story follows two members of the student council at the prestigious Shuhchiin Academy in Japan. Miyuki Shirogane is the student council president, and Kaguya Shinomiya, who is the Vice President of the same, have major crushes on each other. But won’t express their feelings for another because of the heights of pride. Both of them trying to express their love is something to look up to. Will they be able to overcome their pride truly?
13. Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (His and Her Circumstances)
Director: Hideaki Anno, Hiroki Sato (#16–26)
Writer: Hideaki Anno (#1–18, 20–23, 26), Hiroyuki Imaishi(#19)
- Shōji Saeki (#24)
- Tatsuo Satō (#25)
- Ken Andō (#26)
Cast: Atsuko Enomoto in Japanese and Veronica Taylor in English, Yuki Watanabe in Japanese and Jessica Calvello in English.
The anime with the evergreen Evangelion feel to it. Yukino Miyazawa is the protagonist, the most stylish girl among the beginners in her highschool. She is admired by all as she tops in both academics and sports. Everyone looks up to her. In reality, she just wants to be the center of attention every moment of her life. Here enters Soichiro Arima, the male representative of the class, and guess what, he’s even more perfect than her. The rivalry and tightness between the two is something the viewers enjoy watching. The exams are the turning point of the show as Yukino gets the top scores beating Soichiro. To her amazement, he congratulates her and confesses his love for Yukino. How things turn around is something entertaining to watch for all ages. What will her reaction be, will it all turn upside down?
14. Fruits Basket
Director: Akitaro Daichi
Writer: Higuchi Tachibana
Cast: Manaka Iwami, Laura Bailey, Yuka Imai, Parisa Fakhri
A delightful watch, where all the characters of the anime are relatable, funny, and cute to watch. A comedy series to watch with friends. The character design is extraordinary, The show has a dash of slapstick humor and cute romance to keep the viewers happy and lovely. Every episode makes the viewers want to cry in happiness and awe. The main character is Tohru Honda, a high school girl with a tragic background story and one of the most innocent characters in anime. She meets different characters of the anime and learns a dark truth about them. How the writers made a tragic story like this one, a humorous and romantic one, is worth a standing ovation. With all the dark information she has, what is the one thing she will do?
15. Sword Art Online
Director: Tomohiko Ito
Writer: Reiki Kawahara
Cast: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (English), Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (English)
The one and only futuristic show on the list is Sword Art Online. The show is set in the year 2022, where virtual reality has improved by miles, and there is a hype about a new chart-buster online role-playing game called Sword Art. The players are able to control their characters with nothing but their thoughts. Kazuto Kirigaya, also called Kirito, is one of the few people to lay hands on the new game. He enters the game to find a medieval setting with vintage weapons and gruesome monsters.
The plot becomes interesting once the player finds out that they cannot get out of the game (log out). The game’s creator has tricked the players into staying in the game until they complete all the 100 levels of the game. Asuna Yuuki and Suguha Kirigaya and also in the main cast of the show. How the show turns in events into building into a romantic is worth watching. The second season of the show is also out and is considered to be even better than the first one. However, both the first and the second season of the show keeps the viewers at the edge of their seats. Will you able to hold up the sword?
16. Kokoro Connect
Director: Shin Ōnuma, Shinya Kawatsura
Writer: Fumihiko Shimo
Cast: Takahiro Mizushima (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English), Aki Toyosaki (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
This anime tells the story of five members of the Cultural Research Club who starts to switch their bodies with one another out of nowhere and no information. In the quest to find the reason for this supernatural phenomenon, they realize that it is hard to keep your inner feelings a secret when their bodies are swapped. With a slow beginning but an extraordinary story development, the show has become everyone’s favorite. The characters are the soul of the show. The story builds up just for the massive climax of episode five. However, the show’s initial 13 episodes don’t comprise of the whole story, the OVAs (episodes 14-17) contain the ending of the show. As the OVAs are a bit harder to find, many don’t watch it, but go watch the show and enjoy it as you know now. Bodies switching would cause so much confusion, is everything going to go as planned?
17. Romeo x Juliet
Director: Fumitoshi Oizaki
Writer: Reiko Yoshida
Cast: Fumie Mizusawa (Japanese); Brina Palencia (English), Takahiro Mizushima (Japanese); Chris Burnett (English)
Although it is one of the loosely based shows on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, the romance and agony are still intense. Be sure to check out this one if you enjoy anime reworkings of classical works and you are a romance fan since it contains many delightful and romantic scenes. The story is based on the floating continent of Neo Verona, where the Montague family butchers the entirety of the Capulet family and takes command of the kingdom. The classic story with an anime is definitely worth watching. Will the anime deliver a shakespearean play uniquely? Only one way to know.
Director: Masashi Ikeda (#1–44), Yasunao Aoki (#45–167)
Writer: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
Cast: Kappei Yamaguchi, Satsuki Yukino, Kōji Tsujitani, Houko Kuwashima
InuYasha follows Kagome Higurashi, a fifteen-year-old girl whose usual life ends when a beast takes her into a doomed well on the grounds of her family’s Shinto shrine, based on the Shogakukan award-winning manga. Instead of reaching the bottom of the well, during Japan’s violent Sengoku period, Kagome ends up 500 years in the past with the real target of the devil, a jewel called the Shikon Jewel, which gives you what you desire for is reborn inside her. Kagome has the aid of a newborn hybrid dog-demon/human named Inuyasha after a confrontation with a resurrected demon that unintentionally causes the sacred jewel to shatter, to help her retrieve the pieces and keep them from getting into wrong hands. But later on, they realize that there is more to them than just being travel companions. This anime is one of many must-watch shows on the list.Will she be able to handle all the evil by herself?
19. Junjou Romantica: Pure Romance
Director: Chiaki Kon
Writer: Shungiku Nakamura
Cast: Takahiro Sakurai, Hikaru Hanada and Rina Sato, Kōsuke Toriumi
Misaki Takahashi, who is studying for his university entrance tests, is a normal high school student. He accepts the assistance of his matured brother’s best friend and popular writer, Akihiko Usami, in order to alleviate the tension of learning, or so he hopes. Masaki is nearly going to find out that the books of Usami are of a very mischievous genre. Junjou Romantica also follows the tale of two other couples closely aligned with the “Romantica.” of Masaki and Usami. Will their love story be able to reach prosperity?
20. Hachimitsu to Clover (Honey and Clover)
Director: Ken’ichi Kasai
Writer: Yōsuke Kuroda
Cast: Hiroshi Kamiya, Yuri Lowenthal, Haruka Kudō, Heather Halley
Nearly all about Honey and Clover is special and great. Each episode is an exciting and emotional take on the specific lives of the six main characters, from the unnerving OP to the moving ending narration. There is no rush so that this series would be ignored by the conventional young male viewers, but the insightful comedy and very nuanced tricky character progression that dominates the show is sure to please most adult fans who are sick of an edgy and wicked anime. It is sometimes quite similar to American soapies, but believe it or not that any love triangle storylines are obsolete by Honey and Clover.
This rom-com anime tells us about the cute Hanamoto Hagumi who interrupts the lives of three poor college students when she suddenly comes into their lives. The students get blown away by her charm, and the battle for who gets her first begins. Will you be able to handle all the heat?
Some honorable mentions that couldn’t make into the list are Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster), Ouran High School Host Club, Ao Haru Ride, and Kamisama Kiss.
These films are going to be a very romantic and delightful watch for anime lovers. This article give you all the anime romantic movie which will make the audience happy. And this article also suggests 20 best romantic anime films, and each one of them is amazing in its own way. So what are you waiting for? Grab your coke and pop-corn tub and start watching. Until then, stay home, stay connected!