Anime is sometimes cited as the best form of escape. While Goku is learning about his upcoming rainbow change, it’s challenging to consider your student loan burden. But in all honesty, a well-written romance is the thing that immerses you the most in the world.
Anybody can be moved to tears by a beautiful romance, and anime is one of the few animation mediums that do them justice. Numerous romance narratives, ranging from funny to poignant and sorrowful, have been depicted through Japanese animation over the years.
Romance fans can struggle to choose the ideal show to watch from among the thousands of options available. Thankfully, a few excellent romantic anime series stand out from the crowd. This will produce a unique viewing experience for die-hard and weekend viewers.
Here is the list of 50 Romance anime you must watch once time:
Table of Contents
- 1. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (2020)
- 2. Fruits Basket (2019)
- 3. Whisper Of The Heart (1995)
- 4. Kaichou Wa Maid-sama (2005)
- 5. Kimi No Na wa (2016)
- 6. Weathering With You (2019)
- 7. Hachimitsu To Clover (2005)
- 8. Emma: A Victorian Romance (2005)
- 9. Nana (2006)
- 10. Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War (2019)
- 11. Seishun Buta Yarou Wa Bunny Girl Senpai No Yume Wo Minai (2018)
- 12. Clannad: After Story (2018)
- 13. Kimi No Suizou Wo Tabetai (2018)
- 14. Mahoutsukai No Yome (2017)
- 15. We Were There (2006)
- 16. Romeo x Juliet (2007)
- 17. Golden Time (2007)
- 18. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
- 19. Fireworks: Should We See It From the Side or the Bottom? (2017)
- 20. Itsudatte Bokura no Koi wa 10 cm Datta (2017)
- 21. Masamune Kun No Revenge (2017)
- 22. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi To Akashic Records (2017)
- 23. Love And Lies (2017)
- 24. Orange (2016)
- 25. Koe No Katachi (2016)
- 26. Kono Bijutsubu Ni Wa Mondai Ga Aru (2016)
- 27. Your Lie In April (2015)
- 28. Junjou Romantica (2008)
- 29. True Tears (2008)
- 30. From Me to You (2009)
- 31. Angel Beats! (2010)
- 32. Hotarubi No Mori e (2011)
- 33. My Love Story (2015)
- 34. Akagami No Shirayukihime (2015)
- 35. Toradora! (2015)
- 36. Charlotte (2015)
- 37. Nisekoi (2015)
- 38. Kokoro Connect (2012)
- 39. Hyouka (2012)
- 40. Princess Tutu (2013)
- 41. The Wind Rises (2013)
- 42. Kyoukai no Kanata (2013)
- 43. Tamako Market (2014)
- 44. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (2014)
- 45. Say “I Love You” (2014)
- 46. Ao Haru Ride (2014)
- 47. Anthem Of The Heart (2015)
- 48. Akatsuki No Yona (2014)
- 49. Soredemo Sekai Wa Utsukushii (2014)
- 50. Lady Jewelpet (2014)
1. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (2020)
Series Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! excellently reproduced the image of people working in the field of anime. Asakusa, Mizusaki, and Kanamori represent anime directors, artists, and producers. Through them, viewers see hidden corners in the industry. The film also mentions the film from long working hours and low salaries to the competition between digital and hand-drawn animation and the conflict between artistic and commercial purposes.
2. Fruits Basket (2019)
Fruits Basket‘s narrative starts when female student Honda Tooru is forced to stay at her classmate Souma Yuki’s home owing to numerous unavoidable circumstances. She unintentionally learned the Souma family’s secret: they will change into one of the twelve zodiac signs when ill, under stress, or touched by someone of the other sex. The Souma clan’s sinister secrets lie at the root of this curse. Tooru has made a difference in the lives of those who reside here by being an honest person.
3. Whisper Of The Heart (1995)
One of the uncommon animated movies about city life from Studio Ghibli is titled Whisper of the Heart. Our main character is a 14-year-old girl Shizuku Tsukishima. Every day, Shizuoku goes to the library to borrow books to read because this is a job she loves. Each book is often accompanied by a card with the name of the person who has borrowed it. And in it was a name that made her curious – Seiji Amasawa. This name always appears in every book that Shizouku borrows.
4. Kaichou Wa Maid-sama (2005)
Kaichou Wa Maid-sama is the story of the school that Misaki attends, with most male students. As the student council president, she has to protect the girls from being bullied by constantly arguing with the boys to show her authority. Misaki then worked at Maid Cafe again. Things began to go wrong when she was discovered by Usui Takumi, a student many people at school pursued. What will Misaki have to do next?
5. Kimi No Na wa (2016)
Kimi no Na wa created global box office fever when it was just released and immediately entered the top of the best romance anime. The film has a novel plot with the exchange of souls between the male lead Taki and the female lead Mitsuha when the comet Tiamat appears. This exchange brings many changes in the lives of two people. However, when the comet disappeared, they could not remember each other.
6. Weathering With You (2019)
Weathering With You revolves around the lives of Hodaka and Hina. Hodaka is a young man living on a small island; because of boredom, he left his hometown to visit Tokyo. In this bustling city, he happened to meet Hina. The secret of Hina’s identity is gradually revealed. She has the power to purify the sky, stop the rain, and dispel the dark clouds when she prays. With that magical power, the two opened a service calling for rain to call the sun to earn extra income.
7. Hachimitsu To Clover (2005)
Hachimitsu To Clover revolves around the story of Mayama Takumi, Takemoto Yuta, and Morita Shinobu, college students living in small apartments. Although the situation is tricky, the three always cherish the joy of minor things. Their lives gradually change when the cute girl Hanamoto Hagumi appears. School stories love gradually budding.
8. Emma: A Victorian Romance (2005)
Coming to Emma: A Victorian Romance, we enter 19th century London, the character Emma – an orphan girl, is raised and cared for by Stowner – a retired tutor. She had a chance to meet William Jones, the eldest son of a wealthy family. Love begins to develop between the two of them. However, they also have to overcome the difficulties and scrutiny of social prejudices. Will Emma and William overcome the class barrier to be happy together?
9. Nana (2006)
Nana‘s story is about a girl who, to pursue her dream boyfriend – Shouji, and live the life of her dreams, Komatsu Nana, decides to move to Tokyo. On the train to the city, she happened to meet Oosaki Nana – the dominant vocalist of the punk rock band “Blast”, who also moved to Tokyo to pursue a career as a singer. Later, they became like-minded friends who always supported each other in life.
10. Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War (2019)
Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War revolves around the story of Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, both members of the Shuchiin Academy student council. This place is considered to be the school that converges the genius of geniuses. The time they got to know each other and be together made them gradually realize their feelings for each other. However, their ego and pride do not allow them to be the first to confess. Will this talented couple come together?
11. Seishun Buta Yarou Wa Bunny Girl Senpai No Yume Wo Minai (2018)
Puberty Syndrome – a syndrome that is rumored to affect teenage boys and girls. One day, a pretty bunny-eared girl appeared in front of Sakuta Azusagawa. She is Mai Sakurajima – the famous female student in the school. While understanding the mysteries behind this syndrome, Sakuta gradually realizes his feelings for Mai Sakurajima. There is where the narrative of Seishun Buta Yarou Wa Bunny Girl Senpai No Yume Wo Minai begins.
12. Clannad: After Story (2018)
Clannad: After Story revolves around the story that after graduating from high school, Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa begin to experience the emotional stages of adolescence. After serious confiding, the two-faced personal problems together. Thanks to that, old relationships also become more profound. However, an unexpected event changes their lives forever.
13. Kimi No Suizou Wo Tabetai (2018)
The story of Kimi No Suizou Wo Tabetai is told from the perspective of an unnamed protagonist. One day, he happened to find the diary in the hospital. Its owner is Yamauchi Sakura – her classmate. Thanks to that, he learned that his friend was suffering from terminal pancreatic disease and had only a few months to live. Despite her utterly opposite personality, the main character is highly sympathetic and decides to stay by her side in her final days.
14. Mahoutsukai No Yome (2017)
Mahoutsukai No Yome is a love anime between humans and demons about a girl named Chise Hatori who is wandering around because of the loss of her parents at the age of 15; she is captured and sold at a slave auction. For £5 million, she was bought by a strange masked gentleman. His name is Elias Ainsworth, a magician of immense power. Elias sought to help Chise escape slavery and announced that she would later be his apprentice and bride.
15. We Were There (2006)
We Were There is about Nanami Takahashi, who wishes her fresh start at high school to go smoothly by making many new friends. At this school, people always talk about a famous guy – Motoharu Yano. Most of the girls in the school adore this unique character. When Nanami asked her deskmate Yuri about Yano, she replied coldly that she didn’t admire her. In one encounter in the hallway, the guy Yaro teased Nanami by saying a fake name. At first, she was very angry with Yano, but after a few encounters, she realized her feelings.
16. Romeo x Juliet (2007)
Romeo x Juliet is the love story of two main characters who are prevented by the fierce fighting of two families. Romeo doesn’t want to get involved with the Montague family, and Juliet also wants to forget Capulet’s hatred. Will these two shining hearts of love come together or be separated forever?
17. Golden Time (2007)
Golden Time tells the love story of 2 boys and one girl. The characters Mitsuo and Kouko have been friends since childhood. Just because he missed his promise to marry Kouko for a long time, Mitsuo continuously avoided her friend. When entering law school in Tokyo, Mitsuo and Kouko have a chance to meet again. The third person who adds drama to this love story is Tada Banri – a friend Mitsuo made on the first day of school. Because of an unfortunate accident, this boy lost his memory and had to take a year off school to recover.
18. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Many moviegoers consider 5 Centimeters Per Second to be the best romantic anime cartoon. The film brought a fever not only in Japan but also exploded in many other countries. In the background of the 1990s, the movie tracks the development of Tōno Takaki from the age of 13 to maturity. The film’s tempo is slow, bringing viewers to witness each scene in both the main character’s past and future. Romantic movie photo frames filled with the sadness and regret of youth bring unforgettable emotions to the audience.
Set on clear summer days in Japan, young people gather to watch fireworks from the town’s lighthouse. At this time, Norimichi receives a text message from the girlfriend he has a crush on – Nazuna. From there, a fantastic Fireworks: Should We See It From the Side or the Bottom anime begins. The movie aids viewers in being emotionally involved with the character and experiencing the most magnificent spirit of youth.
20. Itsudatte Bokura no Koi wa 10 cm Datta (2017)
This anime, Itsudatte Bokura no Koi wa 10 cm Datta, about school-age love, revolves around the cute school-age love story of Haruki Serizawa and Miou Aida. From the first time they met, both had a good impression of each other and quickly became close and interested in each other. Sometime later, when she heard that Haruki was going to study abroad, Miou gathered the courage to confess to him. There is always an invisible distance of 10cm between them. Can the power of love close this gap to zero and create the perfect ending?
21. Masamune Kun No Revenge (2017)
Masamune Kun No Revenge tells about Makabe Masamune as a child, a boy with a rather chubby body and a weak personality. During a failed confession to his friend Adagaki, he became desperate. After regaining his spirit, Makabe Masamune determined to put in the effort to train himself and secretly devise perfect plans, waiting for the day to take revenge on Adagaki. Miraculously, the boy did it. Eight years later, he has become an attractive young man with a perfect body and excellent academic performance.
22. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi To Akashic Records (2017)
Hoping to explain the castle’s mysteries in the sky, Sistina from the Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi To Akashic Records anime decided to join a magic academy to further her skills. After the teacher she loved retired, a teacher named Glen took that place. Unfortunately, Glen is just a lazy, weird guy who doesn’t have the qualifications of a leader. So what was the reason Glen caught the eye of the academy’s best leader?
23. Love And Lies (2017)
In Japan, in Love And Lies, when young people reach the age of sixteen, they are allowed to marry by the government. Young men and women no longer have to search for the right person. Instead, they need to accept a suitable person to be assigned. Yukari Nejima – a fifteen-year-old boy who has fallen in love with a girl who already has a fiancé. Will those intense love expectations help him be happy with the lover of his dreams?
24. Orange (2016)
Orange is one of the best romantic anime series, fully expressing the emotions of youth, friendship, and love. One day, Takamiya Naho receives a letter claiming to be from herself ten years later. The letter listed the things that would happen in her new school year, mainly involving her friends and her new classmate, Naruse Kakeru. Naho initially ignores the letter, but as the events referred to happen in reality, she eventually comes to believe it, especially Kakeru’s death by suicide in the future.
Orange stands out with an emotional story intertwined between two colors “orange” – “black”.
25. Koe No Katachi (2016)
Among the best romantic anime movies, it is impossible not to mention the name Koe No Katachi. Schoolgirl Nishimiya Shōko, unfortunately, has congenital hearing loss. Because of this disease, she is bullied by her friends, with the initiator being Shōya Ishida. To protect her, Shōko’s mother transferred schools. At this time, Shōya is turned away by his friends and experiences the situation that Shōko went through. He felt highly regretful. Several years later, Shōko and Shōya meet again. What does Shōya have to do to make Shōko forgive him?
26. Kono Bijutsubu Ni Wa Mondai Ga Aru (2016)
Kono Bijutsubu Ni Wa Mondai Ga Aru revolves around the character Subaru Uchimaki. He wishes to draw his version of the most beautiful and perfect bride, so he joins the school’s Art Club. Here, he meets a lazy President who sleeps during the day. Only her peer Mizuki Usami is the only member who is serious about this club and the artistic path. Do not miss this fascinating anime if you are also curious about how Usami will “deal” with the rebellious members to revive the club.
27. Your Lie In April (2015)
Despite the passage of time, Your Lie in April is still considered one of the best romantic animation movies in Japan. Arima Kousei is the piano prodigy of his generation. However, he has post-traumatic stress disorder after being abused by his mother. After his mother died, he couldn’t continue playing the piano, and Kousei couldn’t hear the sound whenever he tried to play. Kousei’s life changes when he meets and falls in love with Kaori Miyazono, a talented young violinist.
28. Junjou Romantica (2008)
Junjou Romantica tells the story of how, when Misaki was struggling to prepare for the university entrance exam, his brother arranged for Usaki to be a tutor. The two young people did not have feelings for each other at first sight. How will Misaki pass the fierce exam, and will he be captivated by the feelings of adulthood?
29. True Tears (2008)
Surely it would be remiss not to mention the True Tears anime in the top 50 best romantic anime of all time, right? This is the story of the male protagonist Shinichiro Nakagami and the three girls, Isurugi Noe, Yuasa Hiromi, and Yuasa Hiromi Ando Aiko. Shinichiro is a gifted painter of impressionism. Unfortunately, his works were never recognized by the publisher. Meeting with Noe was a great inspiration to motivate him to perfect his artwork.
30. From Me to You (2009)
From Me to You revolves around the girl Sawako Kuronuma who has a kind personality but is challenging to approach. Her classmates nicknamed her “Sadako” because her hair is very similar to the main character in the horror movie “Ringu”. Her life changes when she meets Shota Kazehaya – a trendy boy in high school. From the first meeting, he had feelings for Sawako, starting with romantic school stories.
31. Angel Beats! (2010)
In the beyond, all angels must fight for their future and destiny. The main character Yuri is the head of an organization against those who have labeled her a meaningless life. The girl Tenshi, the president of the beyond student council, also leads the Angels to stop the rebellions of the SSS organization. One faction is a powerful organization equipped with advanced combat weapons SSS. The other side is Angels with supernatural powers. Where will the outcome of this Angel Beats fight go?
32. Hotarubi No Mori e (2011)
A romantic anime movie that you can hardly ignore is Hotarubi No Mori e. During a stray into the forest, Hotaru Takegawa met Gin – a boy who always wears a mask. The two become friends, but Hotaru cannot touch Gin because if he did, he would disappear. After this meeting, Hotaru returns to the forest every summer to find Gin, and her feelings for him also grow. Hotaru and Gin’s love story is as beautiful and romantic as the scene of thousands of fireflies lighting up the whole forest. But when the light goes out, the fireflies also disappear.
33. My Love Story (2015)
My Love Story is an anime film adapted from the manga of the same name by two authors, Kazune Kawahara and Arko. The main character Takeo Goda is a tall high school student with a somewhat ugly appearance. Therefore, he is shunned by most of the girls in the school. Everyone only notices and cares about Makoto Sunakawa – his best friend. Takeo Goda once rescued Rinko Yamato from a pervert on his way to school. Takeo fell in love with this female student at first sight.
34. Akagami No Shirayukihime (2015)
Akagami No Shirayukihime is the story of Shirayuki – Snow White is a beautiful girl with rare red hair. Just because of her fabulous hair, she was forced to kiss by her country’s prince and taken back to the palace as a concubine. Frustrated with fate, Shirayuki decided to cut her hair to run away from the palace. She happened to meet Zen – the prince of a neighboring country. Admired by the young and talented prince, she decided to become his closest servant to serve him.
35. Toradora! (2015)
Toradora is about Ryuuji Takasu, who is a 2nd-year high school student. He possesses good looks along with a gentle personality. However, along with that seemingly perfect appearance, his killer eyes make anyone who looks at him in awe. Because of this, Takasu is very melancholy and always thinks he can’t meet a girlfriend or friend in a new class. Interesting circumstances began to happen when Takasu accidentally ran into his classmate Taiga Aisaka.
36. Charlotte (2015)
In Charlotte‘s context, a small percentage of boys and girls in puberty will possess some kind of exceptional ability. Yū Otosaka is also one of them. He hid his hidden powers and lived an everyday life like many of his peers until the girl Nao Tomori appeared. Stories of extraordinary people are gradually revealed.
37. Nisekoi (2015)
Content Nisekoi tells about a love triangle between the son of the boss of the Yakuza gang – Ichijō Raku, and two classmates. Raku has a crush on Onodera Kosaki. One day, he accidentally drops the token when encountering Chitoge, the new transfer student. They arise conflict and extremely hate each other. To keep the peace for the two fathers as leaders of two mafia organizations, Raku and Chitoge have to pretend to be dating. However, the two gradually developed good feelings for each other after a while.
38. Kokoro Connect (2012)
Kokoro Connect is a story revolving around Taichi Yaegashi, Himeko Inaba, Iori Nagase, Yui Kiriyama, and Yoshifumi Aoki, five members of the Cultural Studies Club. They encounter a mysterious phenomenon when Aoki and Yui are swapped bodies. Sometime later, the rest of the members also had a similar incident that made their lives chaotic. At first, all five friends found it a bit interesting. But sad stories happened gradually, and their friends also gradually changed.
39. Hyouka (2012)
Hyouka is the story of a high school student, Houtarou, who has a rather cold personality and is often aloof from others. He doesn’t like to pay attention to the stories around him. Until one day, Houtarou’s older sister advised him to join the school’s literature club. A new life and many exciting things begin to happen. Houtarou and his friends accidentally find an anthology called Hyouka, and the mysteries from 33 years ago are gradually revealed.
Hyouka’s hidden secret from 33 years ago is gradually revealed.
40. Princess Tutu (2013)
From fairy tales to everyday life, with her clumsiness, it’s hard to imagine Ahiru as the main character. But when using magic, she can transform into the beautiful and talented princess Tutu. Her ballet dance gives people a strange relaxation. With that fantastic ability, Ahiru sets out to find and collect fragments of the prince’s heart she once had a crush on. Will the fairy tale Princess Tutu bring a happy ending?
41. The Wind Rises (2013)
The Wind Rises sketches the life of Jiro Horikoshi – a young man who always cherishes the dream of becoming a pilot. Unfortunately, because of his nearsightedness, he could not achieve that goal. Jiro switched to studying aeronautical engineering in Tokyo and became a talented young engineer. Not long after, the Mitsubishi 1MF10 that Jiro was passionate about was rejected by the Imperial Navy. He went to a resort in Karuizawa to relax and rest and happened to meet Nahoko Satomi – the girl he had a crush on in the past.
42. Kyoukai no Kanata (2013)
Kyoukai no Kanata is about a high school boy named Akihito Kanbara who doesn’t look different on the outside but has the blood of a demon on the inside. Thanks to that, he can recover quickly, rarely getting injured. One day, Akihito accidentally became acquainted with Mirai Kuriyama because she mistakenly thought this first-year girl intended to jump from the building. After that, a series of unusual events began to take place.
43. Tamako Market (2014)
Tamako Market is about Tamako – a girl who is in 12th grade and plans to take over her father’s mochi bakery after graduation. Mochizou is a childhood friend who lives right across the street and has a tradition of making mochi. Mochizou has been secretly in love with Tamako for a long time, but he is shy and has never expressed it. The boy always kept his dream of becoming a professional filmmaker, so he wanted to go to Tokyo to study. Before leaving, he resolved to confess his long-held feelings.
44. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (2014)
The protagonist of Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji is a high school student named Shinohara Erika, who enjoys making up stories with her friends about her perfect partner. However, in reality, she has not loved anyone for 16 years. When her friends gradually became skeptical, there was no other way; Erika had to take a photo of a friend and claim that this was her real boyfriend. Incidentally, the male student in that photo is Sata Kyouya – a student in the same school as her.
45. Say “I Love You” (2014)
Say “I Love You” revolves around the main character Mei Tachibana, a 16-year-old girl. She lives a very closed, quiet life, has no friends, and has never had a boyfriend. One day, Mei accidentally injures Yamato Kurosawa – the most popular boy in school. For some reason, Yamato became interested and wanted a chance to get close to Mei. The film’s climax is when Yamato protects Mei from stalkers by kissing her.
46. Ao Haru Ride (2014)
Ao Haru Ride revolves around the story of Futaba Yoshioka, who is a 16-year-old high school girl. Because before, she was ostracized by female friends, so when she entered the high school environment, she tried to fit in by behaving correctly. However, this made Futaba feel bored. One day, Futaba Yoshioka meets Kou Tanaka, her first love, who had previously moved to Nagasaki in middle school. Kou has now changed his last name to “Mabuchi” and has become cold and indifferent.
47. Anthem Of The Heart (2015)
Anthem Of The Heart talks about Naruse Jun, a lively, cheerful girl who often talks. It was also because of that bad habit that inadvertently destroyed her own family. Through these sad things, Jun gradually became afraid and sealed his mouth in an egg, waiting for the prince to come and open it. The innocent thoughts, bright smiles, and even tears of the characters bring the audience unforgettable emotions.
48. Akatsuki No Yona (2014)
Akatsuki No Yona is the story of Yona – the only princess of the Kouka Kingdom. She lived a luxurious life and was loved and spoiled by her father. Yona fell in love with her cousin Soo-won even though he always acted cold. On Yona’s birthday, events happen when Soo-won assassinates the king’s father to carry out his plot to seize power. Yona and her bodyguard Son Hak have had to flee and live a sheltered life. They began their journey to find the legendary power of the four dragons to wait for the opportunity to avenge.
49. Soredemo Sekai Wa Utsukushii (2014)
Soredemo Sekai Wa Utsukushii is the story of Nike – the fourth princess of Rain. She possesses a highly mysterious superpower that can control the rain. Fate arranged that she must marry the Sun Kingdom king – Livius I. This king is famous for being a fearsome person, having invaded the entire world in just three years. However, when Nike met the king for the first time, she was surprised that he was only a boy younger than her. The couple’s love story takes place from the beginning as husband and wife names to the love develops gradually later.
50. Lady Jewelpet (2014)
Lady Jewelpet is a story about the heroine Momona. She runs a small bakery and lives peacefully in Jewel Land city with her family. Momona is a bit jealous of the bride Lady Diana at the wedding ceremony because she is marrying the cousin she has secretly loved. And then Momona meets the white rabbit Ruby – who will guide her through the quest to become the honest Lady Jewel. Along the way, she met a new love.