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Top Romance Anime You MUST Watch

Updated on April 2, 2018

KIMI NI TODOKE

Anime: Kimi ni Todoke
Anime: Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke (From me to you) is a must for beginners. It's a good starting point for those who are getting into anime. The plot is simple yet heartwarming and intriguing. You will get hooked up on every episode.

Plot:

Kuronuma Sawako is a honest and shy student. Due to her appearance, she gets easily misunderstood by her classmates. She has long black hair and always tries to interact with others by forcing a smile, which makes her appear like the ghost Sadako from the movie "The Ring". This act makes her classmates fear and avoid her. The most popular boy in the school Kazehaya Shouta is not so shallow and wants to get to know her. He sees her good sides and falls in love with her.

Will Sawako open up to Kazehaya and show him her true self?

Kimi ni Todoke Opening

BOKURA GA ITA

Anime: Bokura ga Ita
Anime: Bokura ga Ita

Bokura ga Ita (From me to you) is a realistic, sad life lesson. It tells a story of two people struggling with the hardships of life, timing and self-discovery. These two will win your heart over and change the perspective of anime art and story. Thou the anime seems finished, the story actually continues in the manga.

Plot:

Nanami Takahashi is a cheerful girl who wants to make a lot of new friends in her class. She is an honest crybaby, but also a fighter for love. Yano Motoharu is rude, stubborn and his attitude keeps Nanami away at first, but she slowly gets to know him better. Yano has a bad experience with relationships, his ex-girlfriend died in an accident and he blames himself, but Nanami reaches out to him and they start dating. Life has a lot more heartache in store for them.

Will they stay together?

Bokura ga Ita Opening

ANGEL BEATS

Anime: Angel Beats
Anime: Angel Beats

Angel Beats is an anime that wraps comedy perfectly with romance. It is remarkable how they managed to connect music, tragedy, romance and comedy all together. Only in the last episode will you find out that the entire plot is based on a hidden love story.

Plot:

Otonashi wakes up in the afterlife and finds himself on a school ground. The only thing he can remember is his name. The leader of the rebellious group, a girl named Yuri, explains that they need to fight against an angel-looking girl Kanade in order not to disappear from the afterlife.

Is Kanade really an enemy? Does she know something about Otonashi?

Angel Beats Opening

KAICHOU WA MAID-SAMA

Anime: Kaichou wa Maid-sama
Anime: Kaichou wa Maid-sama

Kaichou wa Maid-sama is one of the most popular romance anime because of its easy going plot and not-so-average female lead. She is not the type of girl who runs after the popular boy, this time, it's the other way around.

Plot:

Misaki is the school president, who hates boys, with a secret - she works in a maid cafe. It is prohibited for students to work, and that becomes a problem when Usui Takumi, the school's trouble maker and heart breaker finds out and starts to blackmail her.

What is Usui's reason for keeping the secret to himself?

Kaichou wa Maid-sama Opening

YAMATO NADESHIKO SHICHI HENGE

Anime: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
Anime: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge has a quite original plot. It tells a story about accepting someone the way they are. One after another, the characters fall into a comic rivalry which is quite refreshing.

Plot:

The main character Sunako has been dumped and told that she is ugly by her first love. That influenced her and she became an introvert who neglects her appearance. Her aunt wants to help her regain her confidence and makes her live in a mansion with four model-like male students, by giving them a order to turn her into a lady.

How will they react to Sunako's behavior? Are they as perfect as they seem?

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge Opening

AO HARU RIDE

Anime Ao Haru Ride
Anime Ao Haru Ride

Ao Haru Ride has a common story-line, but adds some unique elements to differ the experience a bit. It's amusing to watch the process of making friends while hiding your true self. Especially if you want to hide your true feelings.

Plot:

Futaba and Mabuchi went to the same elementary school where they slowly grew closer until Mabuchi misunderstands Futaba's words and moves away, making them lose contact and their friendship. Now in high school, Futaba hides her true self by acting sloppy in order not to be bullied by other jealous female students. Suddenly, Mabuchi transfers as a new student, but pretends not to know her.

Will they be friends again? Will they clear up the misunderstanding from the past?

Ao Haru Ride Opening

ORANGE

Anime Orange
Anime Orange

Orange is an anime which won over everyone's hearts in 2016, made everyone cry and put suicide as a serious problem in our society. It's a heartwarming story which will leave you breathless and make you want to help other people out.

Plot:

Naho, Suwa and their friends are going to pay respects to their friend from school who committed suicide. They remember how Kakeru was depressed at that time and feel guilty for not realizing it on time. If only they could change it somehow... That's when they decide to write letters to their former selves. This is where the story begins. Naho finds a letter from the future, warning her about Kakeru's suicide.

Will they be able to save Kakeru? Will Naho admit her feelings this time?

Orange Opening

CLANNAD

Anime Clannad
Anime Clannad

Clannad is an unforgettable story which will leave you thinking for months. The first part - Clannad - shows us the maturing and persistence of outsiders who combine their strengths to achieve their dreams. The second part - Clannad After Story - continues the story with the main character trying to overcome the sadness of losing a loved one.

Plot:

Nagisa has an incurable illness which makes her body weak and unable to attend school. That's why she was forced to repeat a class, but this never, not even once, made her falter or give up. On the other hand, Tomoya never knew the meaning of family due to his alcoholic father and ignores all that is happening around him. Suddenly, Nagisa catches his attention and for the first time, he wants to achieve something in life.

How will he cope with Nagisa's illness?

Clannad Opening

Clannad After Story Opening

TONARI NO KAIBUTSU-KUN

Anime Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Anime Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, also known as My Little Monster, has a well-known subject as its main plot. A nerd girl and a delinquent boy - who's gonna have a bigger influence?

Plot:

Shizuku only cares about her grades and never had any friends. A teacher uses her perfect student image and makes her take care of Haru, a boy who was suspended from school due to a fight. But, Haru turns out to be scared and intrigued about going to school. Shizuku helps him return to his former self which makes him fall in love with her.

Will Shizuku change and accept his feelings?

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun Opening

KAMISAMA HAJIMEMASHITA

Anime Kamisama Hajimemashita
Anime Kamisama Hajimemashita

Kamisama Hajimemashita is a fantasy romance anime which never ceases to amaze with awesome new characters. The comedy outshines the romance aspects so even the action scenes seem funny.

Plot:

Nanami was left without a home after her father falls into a huge debt. She accidentally complains to a stranger, and he offers her his help. That stranger turns out to be a shrine owner, but wants to leave that life behind, so he gives the title to her without mentioning that she has divine duties and a fox familiar named Tomoe.

Will Nanami fit in this supernatural world?

Kamisama Hajimemashita Opening

TORADORA

Anime Toradora
Anime Toradora

Toradora shows us how love can turn everything around and develop an unexpected turn of events. The characters are relatable and show their insecurities to each other. The personalities may seem switched at the beginning, which will additionally intrigue.

Plot:

The two main characters, Taiga and Ryuuji, are in love with each others best friends. Even though they don't approve of one another, they agree to cooperate in their plans. Taiga is short, sweet and everyone thinks that she is a charming young girl, but she is hot-blooded and violent. Ryuuji has been labeled as a delinquent because of his intimidating face, but in reality, he is gentle, loves to cook and clean.

How will they sort out their differences?

Toradora Opening

LOVELY COMPLEX

Anime Lovely Complex
Anime Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex is one of the best comedy-romance anime which will introduce you to unusual main characters. It will draw out your insecurities about your own height and appearance and show you how little of a problem this truly is.

Plot:

Risa and Ootani have been friends since forever, but they never considered each other their ideal partner. Risa is 170cm tall and always teases Ootani for being 156cm tall. After they both end up heart-broken and help each other ease the pain, they start developing feeling for one another, but are scared to admit because of their height difference.

What will happen with this mismatched pair?

Lovely Complex Opening

SHIGATSU WA KIMI NO USO

Anime Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Anime Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) is an anime built on music and strong emotions. This anime will hook you right away and make you look differently at each character. This melodrama open up a new taste in music and sadden you to the core.

Plot:

Arima is a talented young pianist who struggles with his past and runs away from notes and instruments until violinist Kaori makes him face music again. He becomes inspired only due to her cheerful attitude and finds out that music is much more than just playing perfectly. Everything seems perfect Kaori's lie surfaces.

What did Kaori lie about?

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Opening

RE:LIFE

Anime Re:Life
Anime Re:Life

Re:Life is an anime-like project with a very special plot. What if you had a chance to learn everything from scratch. Would you accept without knowing the consequences?

Plot:

It tells a story about a 27-year-old man named Arata who fails at everything - job, family, love. He is on the verge of depression when a stranger approaches him. he is offered a mysterious pill and after taking it, find himself reverted to a 17-year-old. He got another chance to learn how to socialize and prepare for his adult life. Returning to school, he meets Chizuru, who reminds him of his former self and opes up to her.

What will Arata do when he realizes that everyone will forget once he returns back to his old life?

Re:Life Opening

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