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Top 10 Best Romance Anime

This are my personal top 10 best romance anime This list is just for fun and is by no means an absolute top 10. If I have left out your favorite series, please feel free to let me know using the comment box below. :D

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1. Kaichou wa Maid-sama

This anime really tops the list, in my opinion. The story begins at an all-boys school that has recently begun to accept girls. Of course, with such a drastic change comes tremendous shock. It is terrifying for girls just to be in this school, let alone try to study there. Along comes Misaki Ayuzawa, who becomes the first female student council president and leads the girl charge to make the school safe for girls. She might be tough and even look like a "boy hater" but the twist is that she works as a maid outside of school. Soon enough, a guy named Takumi starts paying attention to her after discovering her "secret" and the two realize they are in love.

2. Clannad/Clannad After Story

Clannad is set in a private high school. Tomoya Okazaki is a student who doesn't take his studies seriously. His father is an alcoholic and a gambler. Tomoya hates his life: he hates school, his daily routine, and his father. He is late for school every day. Just when he thinks that his life is always going to be horrible, he meets a strange girl and things start to get interesting.

Clannad After Story is set a few years after Clannad ends. In this story, Tomoya and the strange girl (Nagisa) are together but life is difficult. One tragedy after another take place . . . in one universe. Meanwhile in a mysterious "Illusionary World" Tomoya and Nagisa are happy and everything is going well.

Tomoya Okazaki is a high school delinquent being raised by an alcoholic gambler father. He hates his dad with a passiohen Tomoya thinks his life couldn't get any worse, he meets Nagisa Furukawa and life starts to get better. Note: There is a game based on the Clannad series.


Toradora is funny as well as romantic. The protagonist is Ryūji Takasu, a gentle guy with eyes that make him look mean and tough. They say looks can be deceiving, and Takasu is a perfect example of this. Raised by a single mother, Takasu is gentle and independent. At school he is in the same class as his secret crush and another girl, Taiga, who is super tough. Together, Ryüki and Taiga help each other win their love interests' attention.

Itazura na Kiss

Girls love this anime caters because the guy is a hottie. Personally, I like the romance and highly recommend Itazura na Kiss for the story alone. The female protagonist Kotoko is a senior in high school. She musters all her courage and confesses her love Naoki, the most handsome boy in the school. He rejects her right away. But after an earthquake destroys Kotoko's family home, her father seeks help from a childhood friend and Kotoko's family moves in with the friend and his family. Surprise! Her father's friend is Naoki's father so Kotoko gets the pain (and pleasure) of living with the crush who spurned her . . . at first.

5. Karin (Chibi Vampire)

Vampires like to suck human blood, but a vampire named Karin likes to give blood to her victims. Karin is the middle child in a family of vampires, but she is different from her siblings. She doesn't suck blood, she makes it. When she bites people, she gives her victims blood. If she doesn't bite anyone she experiences crazy nose bleeds.

Karin's life at school is normal from the outside and she develops a crush on a new transfer student, Kenta Usui. Whenever Karin is near him, she makes even more blood than usual. Eventually Kenta begins to suspect that something strange is going on and he discovers her secret . . .

6. Lovely Complex

Known as Love*Com, this series follows Risa, who is unusually tall for a girl, and Atsushi, who is unusually short for a boy. They are friends that always bicker and quarrel. During summer school they each meet someone they like and decide to help each other win their crushes. When their crushes end up dating each other, Risa realizes that she has feelings for Atsushi . . .

7. School Rumble

Another great anime set in a high school, School Rumble focuses on two main protagonists: Kenji and Tenma. Kenji is a tough boy with a secret crush on Tenma, while Tenma has a crush on the quiet and mysterious Oji. Each character in this love triangle struggles to confess their feelings and do lots of quirky things to distract themselves, like stuff themselves with curry.

8. Zero No Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)

A noble girl named Louise is absolutely inept at using magic. She is teased by her peers and called "Louise the Zero" for her total inability to use any of the four elements. During their second year in school, the characters have to summon a familiar to serve as a companion. Familiars are usually magical creatures, but Louise summons Saito, an ordinary teenage boy from Japan. She is totally humiliated by her mistake and treats Saito like a slave, until the two of them become friends and help each other.

9. Special A

Special A, or S.A., is about a very competitive girl named Hikari who is defeated in a wrestling match by a boy named Kei. From that moment on, Hikari is determined to beat Kei at everything: sports and academics. With all of this competition going on, Hikari does not realize Kei is actually in love with her.

10. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a companion series to Full Metal Panic! I included it in this list because I love mecha anime with action and romance mixed together. This story follows Sagara Sousuke, a member of a secret anti-terrorist organization, who is ordered to protect a girl named Kaname Chidori. At first, Sousuke doesn't understand what is so special about her, but he soon realizes that she can activate a powerful military device. Meanwhile, Chidori is developing a crush on Sousuke.

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is funnier and more romantic than the original FMP. If you like more serious stories, watch Full Metal Panic! and FMP: The Second Raid.

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Ayu Bi 3 years ago from Sorajima

I agree with Clannad and FMP anf Lovely Complex!

But I would love it if Nodame Cantabile, Skip Beat, Kimi ni Todoke and His and Her Circumstances are included in the list too :)

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Hikapo 3 years ago from California Author

I thought about His and Her circumstances. It was a tough choice. I haven't watched Skip Beat or Kimi ni Todoke, so I cannot review them yet. However, I will watch them and perhaps the list will change! :D

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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i like special A. Saw the anime at youtube. I would be trying out Clannad soon. Your review caught my attention. Gonna try watching the first few episodes and see how it goes. Thanks for the list. Gonna bookmark this page .

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Hikapo 3 years ago from California Author

No problem. Thanks for stopping by!

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Nightlife-nerd 3 years ago from Tampa, Florida

I would have put series like School Days and Rumbling Hearts in there. But those I guess would be considered Tragic Romance series.

Either way, this list is pretty good.

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Hikapo 3 years ago from California Author

Haha thanks nightlife. Btw you should check out gigguk's review on School Days, it is funny! :D

Here it is:

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Nightlife-nerd 3 years ago from Tampa, Florida

I think I will in a bit, thanks!

Roddey 3 years ago

The familiar of Zero if by far my favorite here. I watched all 4 seasons and after seeing all the animes listed here, it has no competition. They are all great but The Familiar of Zero takes the cake.

Deku 3 years ago

I love love LOVE School Rumble! (I'm a Harima/Yakumo fan.:]) But... I rather hate Clannad... And with a passion. But I'm not upset it's on the list, because it's your list, not mine.

Isuzu Cousland 3 years ago

Kamisama Kiss is a great little romance, have you seen or read it?

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Hikapo 3 years ago from California Author

No, I might check it out though.

Charuzu 3 years ago

I love Maison Ikokku.

JHSDAHSA 3 years ago

Wow I have seen all of these already

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AnnaStevens1552 3 years ago from USA

I am also a great fond of watching the anime romantic movies and I am so pleased to see that you have also included my favorite movie in your list which is “school rumble”.

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Hikapo 3 years ago from California Author

I am glad you like school rumble! I loved season 1.

Belldandy 3 years ago

You guys need to watch:

1. Vampire Knight

2. DearS

3. Please teacher

4. Ah! My Goddess

5. Chobits

geroffmycase 3 years ago

i think Sword Art Online should be the top one instead i love maid sama to but Sword Art Online is even better

Diana Rose 3 years ago

Hi... I just wanna asked if there's any romantic anime series like special a or kimi ni todoke.. i really love those ones

Anonymous 3 years ago

The top 1 should be Suki-tte Ii na yo!

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misty 3 years ago

I loved Kaichou wa Maid-sama, I feel like there isn't any more left to read/watch since finishing that series, it was wonderful!

think_of _me 3 years ago

why no ouran high ?

anda 3 years ago

i agree. Vampire Knight was awesome. my fav anime. a little strange their love story but awesome

Kirito-kun 3 years ago

Sword Art Online, watch it you won't regret :')

Kiki 3 years ago

Itazura na kiss is fantastic! I watched it over in one day, I just didn't like the last episode though.

sora priness chan 3 years ago

clunned was the most sads thing

sora priness chan 3 years ago

lol u have to what peach girl its so what the word

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shanasakai 3 years ago

why isn't shakugan no shana there

arika 3 years ago

marmalade boy!

bbbleh 3 years ago

what about sakurasou? or mayo chiki? those 2 are my fav cx

bbbleh 3 years ago

what about sakurasou? or mayo chiki? those 2 are my fav cx

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Benjamin N Taylor 3 years ago from Sedro-Woolley, Washington

There are a few I would add but a fun list to read.

genieter 3 years ago

i really love toradora and clanned so i am glad you both have them in the top 3

catherine 3 years ago

clanned was very sad i liked it arigato

Awesome Death Note Guys :) 3 years ago

I has only watched/read 2 of those :( any good anime related to S.A or school rumble? You should watch strawberry panic kinda weird but I never finished watching it cuz of my dumb phone :( plz watch strawberry panic and let me know what ya think

Hello World! 3 years ago

Have you seen Sword Art Online? I you haven't seen it yet, you wont't regret it. Every episode holds great quality and meaning. Great graphics and music, but that's not the point. The memories from the great storyline and lifeblood of the characters stole my heart.

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LofZOdyssey 3 years ago

To be fair it has been a long time since I have seen Full Metal Panic Fumoffu and I do remember there being romance in it, but I don't know if I would call it a romance though.

I need to definitely need to check out Zero No Tsukaima, as well as re-watch Toradora.

One I would suggest is Inu x Boku Secret Service.

kanade 3 years ago

Clannad is best romance anime I ever seen . Angel beats and stein;gate is good though ,even it not have tag romance in genre

sorry for my bad english

Animelover 3 years ago

I might start watching romantic anime with these commentsthey seem funnu

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kotobukijake 2 years ago

Clannad/ After Story and ToraDora! are UNQUESTIONABLY awesome picks for a list such as this. I really want to see S.A. and Maid-Sama, and have them waiting to be watched in my collection--one day... I consider School Rumble a stretch for this list, but it was an incredibly fun show that did have some great romance; Karin was an equally surprising, albeit an easier show to make a case for here. However... WITHOUT EXCEPTION, Maison Ikkoku is the greatest romance story of them all. This list is not complete without it.

Himli 2 years ago

Well I think this is a good top 10 romance anime but like others said it, for me Sword Art Online is minimum in the top 3 romance or even anime list. There is a great development, the couple of Asuna and Kirito is sooo cute and funny and the fact that it just doesn't stop in the virtual life - that you don't know if there will be a future for them in real life - makes it more interesting than other couples. But if Black Bird (if you don't know it and you like little dark romance/funny/beautiful manga you definitely should try it) had an anime, I would say Kyô and Misao is the number 1 couple !

lala 2 years ago

Three words: Video girl Ai

RyosukeakaL 2 years ago

im surprised Ouran high isn't on here

G. 2 years ago

Peach girl is also super nice ^^

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Adia Rafio 2 years ago

omg you forgot kimi ni todoke and hana yori dango

bob 2 years ago

u forgot say i love you

Yoshida 2 years ago

come on, are you forgot tonari no kaibutus-kun?

Passerby 2 years ago

Now that 'Golden Time' has been finished recently, I'd say it is the best! :-)

And my Ranking for top 3 would be..

(Pure Romance)

1.Golden Time


3.Kaichou wa Maid-sama


1.Golden Time

2.Kaichou was Maid-sama


(I want to put School Rumble as top 1. But I don't see a solid part of Romance there since comedies are giving way too much.)



2.Golden Time

3.Onegai Teacher


Person 2 years ago

What about Kimi ni Todoke? It's such a sweet anime!

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DChance2 2 years ago

I have only read Kaichou wa Maid-sama in the manga. I did love it, though.

DAREKA 2 years ago

i believe that you should check out NISEKOI.

AWASAE 2 years ago


white sparkey 2 years ago

yes I think I like maid sama best too its soooo Kawaiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!

ilikecats 2 years ago

kaichou wa maid-sama is the first on this list!!!


I love special a too, but my all-time favorite is kaichou wa maid-sama

Rhea 2 years ago

Kimi Ni Todoke !

deadxunicorn 2 years ago

bokura ga ita is a good one too c:

Ghost 2 years ago

"I am going to introduce my personal opinion on the top 10 best romance anime FROM A GUY'S POINT OF VIEW."


You're kidding right?

As a guy I would never pick kaichou wa maid-sama as number 1. I understand that a lot of people love it especially girls but for me i just don't like those dudes that are just soooo perfect or like acting cool or being like a prince charming. But don't get me wrong i like the the story but there's a lot more deserving IMO. From a REAL guys point of view.

And sorry for my grammar English is not my native language.

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banri 2 years ago

Why only one person mention about golden time? Have you all watch golden time? Now golden time is the best romance...! Watch it if you don't believe me...!

ilikecats 2 years ago

i just finished watching ouran highschool host club and i think it should be at least top 3. it might even surpass kaichou wa miad-sama, which i LOVE. but ouran HSHC might be even better. YOU FORGOT OURAN HSHC!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pinkiwie 2 years ago

My favorite one is undoubtedly Sword Art Online ^^

annie 2 years ago

kaichowa maidsama is my favorite

Chev 2 years ago

WTF??! Kaichou wa Maid-sama as number 1? That Anime is SOOOOOOOOOOOO OVERRATED!!

AnimePrincess 2 years ago

On my own opinion Special A must be the no. 1 then followed by Maid Sama then Lovely Complex... My top three best anime romance.

animebabe 2 years ago

check out SAO everyone! amazing love story plus good plot!

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Sophie Dionne 2 years ago from Quebec

a lot of my fav are here. Tho i liked Sword art online, Sawako, tsubasa chronicle, chobits, zero no tsukaima.

CHEDDAR 2 years ago

Golden Time is pretty awesome, i hope this page would be updated

Lobster 2 years ago

Spice and Wolf anybody

MeulinLejion 2 years ago

"Say I love you" is another super cute one, top 3 worthy. You should all watch it.

Dd 2 years ago

Why the hell would you not include spice and wolf

Dd 2 years ago

Lobster 2

Spice and Wolf anybody

Agree completely saw this after I posted my last comment spice and wolf is amazing

If you love spice and wolf watch the anime MoonPhase it's a funny romance anime about vampires

....just.... Ignore the intro to the show its weird very japenese and has nothing to do with the show

Well that's my recommendation maybe you'll like it maybe you'll hate it but can't blame a guy for trying

teenytayy 2 years ago

why is clannad not number one?? it is seriously the best happy/sad romance anime of all time... while i did enjoy maid-sama clannad should have been number one

D4518 2 years ago

Thanks for getting me into Zero no Tsukaima! watched it over a couple of days and it's one of my favourite animes of all time now, i can't find anything similar to it though with a fantasy setting, romance, comedy and the fact that it is all lighthearted. I liked the fact that they both confessed feelings for each other early on and didn't have to wait till the last episode.

Eve 2 years ago

Kaichou wa maid-sama is my all time favourite but I think High School Host Club and Vampire Knight should be included as well!

stavion 2 years ago

surprised no one has mentioned eureka 7, guilty crown. sao was amazing, karin was just cuuute. chobits was not bad either. its difficult because each anime.. even in the same genre has a completely unique flavour... like my bride is a mermaid.... seriouslynot a very serious anime..

Mia 2 years ago

the ultimate rom/com anime would be sekaiichi hatsukoi it is the most funny amazing romance anime and is one of my favorite anime out there, the only this is that it's a shounen-ai, but still it's amazing

MrDickButt 2 years ago

the best anime series i know is Sword Art Online

Pham Quang Duy 2 years ago

You forgot Marmalade Boy, Fushigi yuugi, Say I love you, Peach girl, Ginban Kaleidoscope, Inuyasha, and Sailor Moon :(

Abbey 2 years ago

My favorite anime of all time is Karin, so I got super excited when I saw it here.

white dragon 2 years ago


y u no put SAO? I think school days should be here,

Jessa 2 years ago

yeah !!!!

i really like KAICHOU MAID SAMA ....

for me, the 1st rank is still "kaichou maid sama" and the second for me is "sword art online".... that is just only my opinion...

AllyssaTheStrange 2 years ago

I agree with you completely. Have watched almost all of this. :) thanks for this though.

dark dragon 2 years ago

I would say SAO is the most perfect anime I've ever watched. And I'm still watching it(season 2). AND HOW COME SAO IS NOT ON THIS LIST?!!!!. Ohhh and try watching GLASSIP

Bob 2 years ago

You forgot the most awesome anime ever! Sword Art Online

Bob 2 years ago

Rumbling hearts.

Pearl 2 years ago

Fruit Basket is a good anime to watch

AnimeFreak 2 years ago

When you watch Clannad get a box of tissues, A beautifull Anime that takes you on a feel rollercoaster

Giazhia 2 years ago

You forgot Hanasakeru Seishounen! Best anime romance drama everrrrrr!

style 2 years ago

Tonari no kaibutu-kun.. Its a great show

fuwafuwa 2 years ago

i'll be gald if GLODEN TIME added in your list :D

Chris 2 years ago

Golden Time FTW

rom-pompom 2 years ago

You should add Inu x Boku SS and Honey x Honey Drops too! Kamisama Kiss is great too

2 years ago

Kimi ni todoke is the cutest thaaang

Yolo 2 years ago

Nisekoi should be included too!

Mina 2 years ago

I don't know if this counts as a romance because of all the action and shit but I loved loved loved Mirai Nikki....depressing ending though.

Ayane 2 years ago

Great List, it has some of my favs ^-^. It would be really hard for me to make ANY top list. Here's som more to add/check out if you have time!!


Mayo Chiki

Rosario + Vampire


Sukitte Iinayo-Say I Love You

The World God Only Knows

Kimi ni todoke

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun



Sword Art Online... [though.. I still feel like it actually would be in more my Action Drama list instead... but that's my opinion]

BlueHood 2 years ago

How dare you not put clannad on 1'st ;P

NoName 2 years ago

Ao Haru Ride too. Did you watch it already? :)

wolf 2 years ago

sao is the best by far! best anime ever!!!!

Chicken 2 years ago

Glad SOMEONE mentioned Eureka 7 in the comments. I agreed to his surprise of its absence. Though apearently I need to take a look at Sword Art Online!

shelby 2 years ago

I think toradora should rank second

hime 2 years ago

ayashi no ceres

fushigi yuugi

marmalade boy



lovely complex

fate stay knight

bokora gaita

tohei 2 years ago

Golden Time

FnaTix_NooB 2 years ago

The author or Zero no Tsukaima died... If he would still be fine we could watch Season 5 or Mord or it...

Me And Anime 2 years ago

Omg you totally forgot the black prince and the wolf girl and uta no prince-sama

shiku 24 months ago


best one!

PaRjD 24 months ago


Sonya 23 months ago

I agree, SAO should deff b top 3, if not number 1...but what about Eureka 7?

Des 23 months ago

Has anyone watched Golden Time . I love that anime ......

BrandonJoslin 23 months ago

1. High school DxD

2. Guilty Crown

3. Cat Planet Cuties

4. Rosario Vampire

5. Legend of the Legendary Heroes

6.Fairy tale

These are what u need ur vewers to watch it is one friend to another that I day this ur posts will skyrocket and also High school DxD season 3 English dubbed will come out April 3

boris 23 months ago

I liked itazura na kiss a lot

I trust that I'm in love with love that there is in it

Chris 23 months ago

How about Kamisama Hajimemashita?

clara 23 months ago

You left the most cool anime : ouran highschool host club

my name 23 months ago

but what about ao haru ride and sukitte ii na yo!?

HOLO 22 months ago

Spice & wolf FTW

btg 22 months ago

why is kamisama hajimemashita not no 1? I have watched all of these and personally, kamisama is the best. I hate kaichou wa maid sama because its tottaly stupid. And has anyone seen tomoe in it? He is absolutely awesome

anonymous 22 months ago

Yeah! Special A & Itazura na kiss are my fav! Nodame cantabile is great although the major of the story is about music, but i think its a MUST SEE list :)

cazza 22 months ago

Everyone commenting on this list and hasn't added Clanned doesn't know what their talking about.

Random otaku 22 months ago


PersonToBeNamedLater 22 months ago

If any of you people out there are thinking about watching "Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama" or have just recently finished watching it, I would actually recommend to just ignore the anime and go read the manga instead. Its like x50 times better than the anime, not even joking. In the anime they only kiss, like what, twice. But in the managa they kiss a lot more. Plus its so much more cuter with way more fluff. And in some parts it'll even get you hyperventilating, like dayummm.

Sorry if I talk too much but Usui and Misaki are tied for my OTP so yea.

Also I recommend watching "Fairy Tail" just for the f**king NaLu


Anakha 22 months ago

Fruits basket, Nagi ni asukara, Ginban Kaleidosope are the most romantic anime

Fujisaki 22 months ago

May I add Shigatsu ha kimi no uso? Its centered in music, monochrome life of the protagonist who fell in love to a girl that likes his bestfriend. Even though the ending is like that, its still lovely.

mashiro shiina 21 months ago





5.Sakurasou no pet na kanojo

you'll never regret if you was watch those anime. :v

Alyssah 21 months ago

Vampire Knight.


Vampire Knight.

Anindyta 20 months ago

Ao haru ride might be an option for you :v

Bananarama 20 months ago

Haha, just currently going through your list and watching each anime. Clannad though! The feels!! :') Toradora is especially cute!

Zeref Cifer 20 months ago

hahaa. . reviewing only now. . but this is a good list watched all of it. . but would b better if kimi no todoke was in the list. lol

ff 20 months ago

1.Kaichou wa maid-sama because the flow and the way it was created is can watch it many times and you won't get tired of it....if i was to rate it , it'll probably be 10

2.3.Brothers conflict co'z the men there are just so hot




3.etc thats probably my ideas..

Yuiffy 18 months ago

i love SAO!

the best! Amazing story.

Eternal Snow...i love it too.:-)

Yuiffy 18 months ago


it's not eternal snow,gomen.:D



gakuen alice...


shugo chara...

judy abbott.:D

Asuna Yuuki 18 months ago

My Top 5 Best Romance Anime!

1. Fushigi yuugi

2.Sword Art Online

3.Special A

4.Kaichou Wa Maid Sama


Hehehehehehe!! ^~^

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Subhashree suprava sahoo 16 months ago

ao haru ride should be in the list . the best anime

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