Valentine’s Day or not, a lot of romance shows and movies will surely make your heart swoon. This includes anime shows which have their own love stories to tell. From sweet and heartwarming tales to emotional tearjerkers, there’s a huge collection of romance anime that explores different kinds of love stories that will certainly make you ~fall in love~ too.
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If you’re looking for some romance stories to inspire the hopeless romantic in you, we’ve got you covered because we’ve prepared a list of seven romance anime that will definitely make you feel ~kilig~ RN:
From Me to You
In this light-hearted romance, we’re introduced to Sawako Kuronuma who’s given the name “Sadako” due to her seemingly frightening appearance similar to The Ring’s horrific character. But in reality, she’s actually quite timid and very sweet. Sawako aspires to make friends and live a normal life, being mainly inspired by Shouta Kazehaya who is the most popular boy in their class and can easily become friends with anyone. When paths cross between Sawako and Shouta in a test of courage their class holds one night, the duo get to know each other and start to *change* each other’s lives.
A major strength of this anime is that it makes you feel all the emotions the main characters experience throughout their daily lives such as Sawako’s personal doubts. Additionally, Sawako and Shota have unique twists on the “shy girl” and “boy-next-door” archetypes in which their budding relationship displays the purely wholesome and innocent side of high school love. You’ll even have fun with the friendships Sawako makes throughout the show.
A classic romance anime, Toradora! introduces viewers to Ryuji Takasu an intimidating-looking high school student who has a gentle personality. One day, he crosses paths with a small and cute girl, Taiga Aisaka who’s surprisingly sharp-tongued. Upon this chance encounter, they find out that they have crushes on each other’s best friends. Ryuji and Taiga then agree to help each other out in this new unlikely alliance.
You’ll have a lot of fun watching the chemistry between Ryuji and Taiga. The anime also dives into the themes of friendship and social pressure that come with adolescence which gets you thinking about staying true to yourself. Simply, Toradora! is a great show because of its ability to balance humor, romance, and drama that makes you hooked on each episode.
In Fruits Basket, we’re introduced to the orphaned Tohru Honda, who’s invited to stay with the Sohma family. She discovers that the Sohma family is possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac and is cursed to turn into their animal forms when they are weak, stressed, or when they are embraced by anyone of the opposite gender who is not possessed by a zodiac spirit. Tohru learns of the hardships and pain faced by the afflicted members of the Sohma family, and through her own generous and loving nature, helps heal their emotional wounds while traversing her own story of love.
Fruits Basket showcases a compelling storyline and steady character development that will make you fall in love with each member of the Sohma family. Plus, the series shows a wide range of love stories such as unrequited love, broken love, idealistic love, and even platonic love.
Horimiya follows the lives of Kyouko Hori, an academically successful high schooler who’s secretly a homebody and looks after her younger brother Souta. There’s also Izumi Miyamura, a quiet schoolboy who appears timid but hides the fact that he has several tattoos and piercings. One day, Hori and Miyamura meet each other by sheer coincidence– neither looking as the other expects. They then become friends, sharing with each other a side they’ve *never* shown to anyone else, beginning their tale of romance.
As a popular romance anime, people enjoy this show because of how unique and likable its characters are. Hori and Miyamura have such a deep connection and the way they progress their relationship is wholesome and fun to watch. Additionally, its story is a breath of fresh air from other romance anime out there.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War
This slice-of-life romantic comedy follows Shuchiin Academy’s Kaguya Shinomiya, the daughter of a wealthy family and vice-president of the student council, and Miyuki Shirogane, the top student of the school and president of the student council. These two geniuses seem like the perfect match. However, despite their mutual attraction, they can’t get themselves to confess their feelings to each other because of their pride. This starts their ~battle of wits~ to make the other confess to them first.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War! is noted for its unique approach to high school romance because of the pride and unwillingness to confess of the show’s main characters. You can also find a lot of humorous moments that make each day in the student council more exciting to see. Viewers will be on the edge of their seats when watching the “battles” between Shirogane and Shinomiya trying to make each other confess to them with their elaborate scheming.
Wotakoi: Love is hard for Otaku
Similar to Horimiya, this show has its characters hiding some parts of their personality. Momose Narumi is a die-hard fan of idols, games, and anything manga or anime related. After breaking up due to her previous boyfriend not liking her interests, Narumi quits her job and joins a new company where she reconnects with Hirotaka Nifuji, a childhood friend of Narumi who also loves games and anime. Upon catching up, Hirotaka and Narumi understand each other’s struggles and begin dating. But balancing love, work, and hobbies isn’t as easy as the couple believes.
You’ll love the relatable characters and stunning art style of this show. Wotakoi: Love is hard for Otaku brings a lot of ~warmth~ and surprises to its viewers. It’s a great slice-of-life to watch because of how it dives into hobbies and niche interests that people don’t normally have. Even if Narumi and Hirotaka’s interests lie in anime and manga, the show still has something for every type of audience to enjoy such as its bubbly comedy.
The final romance anime recommendation we have is Clannad. Its story revolves around Tomoya Okazaki, a third-year high school student who’s become resentful of his life. One day as he walks to school, he meets a strange girl named Nagisa Furukawa who is actually a year older but is repeating the grade level due to her illness. When Tomoya and Nagisa get acquainted, the two begin to hang out and Tomoya’s life starts to shift in a new direction.
Regarded as one of the best romance anime out there, this series has well-written characters, a beautiful soundtrack, and overall a ~well-crafted~ story. Each character will grow and *break out* of their comfort zones and make mature decisions as they grow older throughout the series.