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Top 10 Best Romance Anime Series - Anime Recommendations

Updated on June 14, 2015

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

There is also a new update version for 2015 which you can check it out here.

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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      Subhashree suprava sahoo 2 years ago

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

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      Spud 2 years ago


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      Asuna Yuuki 2 years 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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      Yuiffy 2 years ago


      it's not eternal snow,gomen.:D



      gakuen alice...


      shugo chara...

      judy abbott.:D

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      Yuiffy 2 years ago

      i love SAO!

      the best! Amazing story.

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

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      ff 2 years 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..

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      Zeref Cifer 2 years 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

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      Bananarama 2 years ago

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

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      Anindyta 2 years ago

      Ao haru ride might be an option for you :v

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      Alyssah 2 years ago

      Vampire Knight.


      Vampire Knight.

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      mashiro shiina 2 years ago





      5.Sakurasou no pet na kanojo

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

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      Fujisaki 2 years 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.

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      Anakha 2 years ago

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

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      PersonToBeNamedLater 2 years 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


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      cazza 2 years ago

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

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      anonymous 2 years 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 :)

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      btg 2 years 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

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      HOLO 2 years ago

      Spice & wolf FTW

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      my name 2 years ago

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

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      clara 2 years ago

      You left the most cool anime : ouran highschool host club

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      Chris 2 years ago

      How about Kamisama Hajimemashita?

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      boris 2 years ago

      I liked itazura na kiss a lot

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

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      BrandonJoslin 3 years 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

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      Des 3 years ago

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

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      Sonya 3 years ago

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

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      PaRjD 3 years ago


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      shiku 3 years ago


      best one!

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      Me And Anime 3 years ago

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

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      FnaTix_NooB 3 years ago

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

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      tohei 3 years ago

      Golden Time

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      hime 3 years ago

      ayashi no ceres

      fushigi yuugi

      marmalade boy



      lovely complex

      fate stay knight

      bokora gaita

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      shelby 3 years ago

      I think toradora should rank second

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      Chicken 3 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!

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      wolf 3 years ago

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

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      NoName 3 years ago

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

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      BlueHood 3 years ago

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

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      Ayane 3 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]

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      Mina 3 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.

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      Yolo 3 years ago

      Nisekoi should be included too!

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      3 years ago

      Kimi ni todoke is the cutest thaaang

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      rom-pompom 3 years ago

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

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      Chris 3 years ago

      Golden Time FTW

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      fuwafuwa 3 years ago

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

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      style 3 years ago

      Tonari no kaibutu-kun.. Its a great show

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      Giazhia 3 years ago

      You forgot Hanasakeru Seishounen! Best anime romance drama everrrrrr!

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      AnimeFreak 3 years ago

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

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      Pearl 3 years ago

      Fruit Basket is a good anime to watch

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      Bob 3 years ago

      Rumbling hearts.

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      Bob 3 years ago

      You forgot the most awesome anime ever! Sword Art Online

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      dark dragon 3 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

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      AllyssaTheStrange 3 years ago

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

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      Jessa 3 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...

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      white dragon 3 years ago

      How DARE YOU,

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

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      Abbey 3 years ago

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

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      Pham Quang Duy 3 years ago

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

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      MrDickButt 3 years ago

      the best anime series i know is Sword Art Online

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      Mia 3 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

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      stavion 3 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..

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      Eve 3 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!

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      D4518 3 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.

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      teenytayy 3 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

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      Dd 3 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

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      Dd 3 years ago

      Why the hell would you not include spice and wolf

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      MeulinLejion 3 years ago

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

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      Lobster 3 years ago

      Spice and Wolf anybody

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      CHEDDAR 3 years ago

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

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      Sophie 3 years ago from Quebec

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

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      animebabe 3 years ago

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

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      AnimePrincess 3 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.

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      Chev 3 years ago

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

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      annie 3 years ago

      kaichowa maidsama is my favorite

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      Pinkiwie 3 years ago

      My favorite one is undoubtedly Sword Art Online ^^

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      ilikecats 3 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!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      banri 3 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...!

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      Muebles de jardin 3 years ago from madrid


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      Ghost 3 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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      deadxunicorn 3 years ago

      bokura ga ita is a good one too c:

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      Rhea 3 years ago

      Kimi Ni Todoke !

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      ilikecats 3 years ago

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

      THANK YOU!!!!!!

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

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      white sparkey 3 years ago

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

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      DAREKA 3 years ago

      i believe that you should check out NISEKOI.

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      DChance 3 years ago

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

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      Person 3 years ago

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

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      Passerby 3 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


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      Yoshida 3 years ago

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

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      bob 3 years ago

      u forgot say i love you

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      Adia Rafio 4 years ago

      omg you forgot kimi ni todoke and hana yori dango

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      G. 4 years ago

      Peach girl is also super nice ^^

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      RyosukeakaL 4 years ago

      im surprised Ouran high isn't on here

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      lala 4 years ago

      Three words: Video girl Ai

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      Himli 4 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 !

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      kotobukijake 4 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.

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      Animelover 4 years ago

      I might start watching romantic anime with these commentsthey seem funnu

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      kanade 4 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

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      LofZOdyssey 4 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.

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      Hello World! 4 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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      Awesome Death Note Guys :) 4 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

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      catherine 4 years ago

      clanned was very sad i liked it arigato