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10 Best High School Romance Anime

Updated on August 26, 2018

There are so many anime series based in high school! It's a period full of romance, for someone it may be even time when they form lasting relationships. So here's the list of 10 best high school romance anime! The trailers included here will help you to choose your next favorite anime! Also, make sure you vote in the poll for your most favorite high school romance anime series!

10 Best High School Romance Anime
10 Best High School Romance Anime

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What Are the Best High School Romance Anime Series?

  1. Toradora!
  2. Clannad
  3. Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)
  4. Doukyuusei (Classmates)
  5. My Love Story
  6. Your Lie in April
  7. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
  8. Nisekoi (Nisekoi: False Love)
  9. Lovely Complex
  10. School Rumble

10. School Rumble

School Rumble | 10 Best High School Romance Anime
School Rumble | 10 Best High School Romance Anime

Episodes: 52 (total)

Seasons: 2

If you got bored of watching long anime series with boring storylines, you should try School Rumble. Each episode of this anime is totally random, even though it tries to keep following the main storyline. You will enjoy it if you like comedy genres: every time when you feel the story is about to become serious, it takes its comedic turn faster than you can expect. However, there´s something that you should keep in mind before you dive into it, especially if you are new to anime: there are many characters and a lot of names, so it takes some effort to remember everything; the characters' voices may seem funny to you as they are exaggerated very much (for me, it makes the characters look very dumb most of the times); and there are occasional half naked scenes.

School Rumble basically follows the story of a love triangle. Tenma Tsukamoto (the female protagonist), struggles to confess her feelings to her strange and dull classmate Karasume Oji, while Kenji Harima (the male protagonist) loves Tenma, attending school only because of his feelings to her. The characters learn that high school romance is no joke, especially when different misunderstandings complicate the things even more.

9. Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex | 10 Best High School Romance Anime
Lovely Complex | 10 Best High School Romance Anime

Episodes: 24
Seasons: 1

The characters of Lovely Complex are very human! You will get the feeling that you are one of the characters while watching this romantic comedy anime series. They are not extraordionary, there´s nothing special about them:you will feel sorry for the characters whose dreams scatter and happy for those whose dreams come true. The story itself isn´t full of unexpected turns and twists, it´s not something new, something that you have never seen before, but it is told in such a way that you fall in love with it.

This romantic comedy anime follows the story of a mismatched pair in high school: a girl who is much taller than any girl in her class, and a guy who is much shorter than the average boy. To make the things even more complicated, their crushes fall head over heals for each other, leaving both of them heartbroken.

8. Nisekoi (Nisekoi: False Love)

Nisekoi (Nisekoi: False Love) | 10 Best High School Romance Anime
Nisekoi (Nisekoi: False Love) | 10 Best High School Romance Anime

Episodes: 32 (total)

Seasons: 2

With very common storyline, Nisekoi is not really unique. It's some kind of Romeo and Juliet type of story with some plot twists and turns. Its adorable characters are what makes this romantic anime so enjoyable. Give a shot to this romantic comedy anime whenever boredom crosses your mind and you won't regret it!

Many years ago, Raku Ichijo promised his childhood love to keep a pendant while his sweetheart will keep the key. He dreams of meeting his love one day again, he wants to reunite with her. But years pass, and reality smashes his hopes when he is dragged into family affairs. He is forced to marry the daughter of a rival gang's leader in order to reduce the tension between the two groups. Moreover, Raku and Chitoge start hating each other from the very first sight! Rakus still doesn't want to give up on his promise to find his love. His search leads him in very unexpected directions.

7. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions | 10 Best High School Romance Anime
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions | 10 Best High School Romance Anime

Episodes: 25 (total)

Seasons: 2

You will find yourself laughing, cringing, and tearing many times while watching Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. This anime series is a nice balance of drama and romantic comedy: the realm of melodrama is contrasted with gags, reality blends with fantasy. If you are looking for an emotional roller-coaster, yet without the whole realm of melodrama, look no further!

The romantic comedy centers on Yuuta Togashi, a boy who suffered from "chuunibyou" disease, believing he possessed mystical powers that differed him from other "ordinary humans". He recalls those days with embarrassment and it bothers him so much that he decides to change the school. In hopes that nobody will recognize him in new school, he attempts to start the new chapter in his life. However, it doesn't work since his new classmate, a young girl crashes into his life. She learns about his past and becomes interested in him.

6. Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April | 10 Best High School Romance Anime
Your Lie in April | 10 Best High School Romance Anime

Episodes: 22

Seasons: 1

Your Lie in April will take you to the world of music that you will never forget. Music connects people, it can affect them in many ways. You will easily attach to the relationship the main characters share. But don´t think this story is tragedy. On the contrary, it´s about passion, inspiration, moving forward, friendship and family.

The story follows Kousei Arima, a pianist who falls into a deep depression after his mother's death. Since then he refuses to hear the sound of his piano. Some time passes but nothing changes: the once prodigious pianist lives colorless life. However, Kousei is extremely lucky to meet a beautiful girl, a violinist, who encourages him to face music again.

5. My Love Story

My Love Story | 10 Best High School Romance Anime
My Love Story | 10 Best High School Romance Anime

Episodes: 24

Seasons: 1

Takeo Gouda is not your typical high school student. He is so muscular, tall and courageous that he is respected among boys. Unfortunately for him, his looks scare most of the girls. As if it's not enough for the poor Takeo, his best friend steals the hearts of all the girls he likes. One day Takeo saves the life of pretty Rinko Yamato and falls head over heels in love with her. He thinks the girl loves his attractive friend and unselfishly decides to become their cupid instead of confessing his feelings.

My Love Story is a slow and well-paced rom-com anime series that resolves the conflicts in realistic ways. It's rare to see such a grounded and realistic anime these days. All the relationships are accurately portrayed and all the conflicts are realistic! If you are a fun of slow realistic romantic stories, give it a try!

4. Doukyuusei (Classmates)

Doukyuusei (Classmates) | 10 Best High School Romance Anime
Doukyuusei (Classmates) | 10 Best High School Romance Anime

Episodes: 1

Duration: 1 hour

Based on the manga of the same name, Doukyuusei (Classmates) is a simple romantic story made in unique, though somewhat simple artstyle, simpler than what we used to see. The story itself isn't something special and super emotional. So if you are looking for a hardcore movie, roller-coaster of emotions, you might want to skip this one. However, if very romantic and real anime is what you need, give it a shot! There's no dramatic twists, rivals or love triangles. This anime doesn't need that at all. The story basically tells just about the characters falling in love and enjoying each other. The interactions between them is the cutest thing in this anime series! You can easily feel the characters, their love for each other.

This romantic high school anime follows Hikaru Kusakabe and Rihito Sajou, two high school students. Rihito is one of the best students who always gets perfect marks, while Hikaru is a guitarist in the popular band and is popular among girls. Totally different, the two meet one day after school. Time passes, and they realize their feelings for each other grow. They realize that it is love that makes their hearts beat together.

3. Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)

Kimi ni Todoke | 10 Best High School Romance Anime
Kimi ni Todoke | 10 Best High School Romance Anime

Episodes: 38 (total)

Seasons: 2

Kimi ni Todoke tells the story of two classmates, a boy and a girl who secretly love each other and just hope that their feelings will "reach" the other. Kuronuma Sawako seems strange and creepy to her classmates. The girl longs to make new friends and live normal life but she doesn't understand how one can be as friendly and liked by everyone as Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular boy in class. He is the only one who smiles at her, who treats her with kindness.

This high school anime is truly a coming-of-age story. It focuses on the emotions and feelings of each character, which allows us, the viewers, to see who they really are. If you are looking for a romance anime series just to see the couple get together and fall in love, you might want to look somewhere else. In Kimi ni Todoke, it takes a long time for the characters to express their feelings. However, if you are a true romantic, this anime has all chances to become one of your all time favorites.

2. Clannad

Clannad | 10 Best High School Romance Anime
Clannad | 10 Best High School Romance Anime

Episodes: 23

Seasons: 1

Clannad is one of those anime series which everyone will enjoy, regardless of how many anime they saw before. Even if you have never watched any kind of anime, you will understand it. There's no violence, it's just a classical anime with lovely romance and a touch of humor. If you are depressed and your life seems colorless to you, give a shot to this anime!

Tomoya Okazaki, the protagonist of the story, doesn't see the beauty of life: he finds life dull and plans to waste his high school days away. One day he meets Nagisa, a girl who has a strange habit to exclaim things she likes just to motivate herself. The first time Tomoya refuses to talk to her and walks away. However, eventually he befriends with Nagisa and decides to help her reach her dreams along with the help of four other girls. Since then, Tomoya tries to help as much people as he can and realizes that life isn't that colorless and dull as he thought.

1. Toradora!

Toradora! | 10 Best High School Romance Anime
Toradora! | 10 Best High School Romance Anime

Episodes: 25

Seasons: 1

All the characters are relatable because we can see all their weak sides, moments of insecurity. They all have their own reasons and motives for what they do and how they do it, not just being stubborn or dumb. Toradora starts off with the comedic scenario, but it gets gradually more serious and emotional as we dive deeper into the story and get to know the characters closer. This romance anime will give you that good feeling of heartstrings tingle. So, if you are looking for a romance anime series with the story that stays away from cliches, is relatively unpredictable and gives you that warm feeling, check it out!

The story follows two totally different high school students who suddenly cross their paths. They soon discover that they both have a crash on each other's best friends! They form a funny alliance and try to help each other with their respective crashes.

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      Magsi Rover 

      4 weeks ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi! I'm new to hub pages and I love this article. Awesome picks but, I gotta say. I'm digging you've got "Your lie in april" on the list. keep up the awesome work!

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      These are all new to me in this well-collated hub.

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