Romance is one of the most famous genres of anime ever. The best part about the romance genre is that it can be watched with loved ones. Romance anime often have sub-genres like sports, comedy, and many more to keep the viewers engaged.
These are the top 10 must-watch anime series for every romance genre fan or someone who needs to get into the genre. So, without any more explanation, let’s jump right into it!
“Touch” is a 1980s romance anime that still upholds today’s standards. The anime has a little touch of Slice of Life, the main focus being romance. It was adapted from the manga of the same name by Mitsuru Adachi.
The series follows the story of two twin brothers, Tatsuya Uesugi, and Kazuya Uesugi, and their adolescent childhood friend, Minami Asakura. The story mainly revolves around baseball, as Kazuya is the ace pitcher of his team.
Tatsuya is a slacker who lived all of his life-giving the main spotlight to Kazuya, although Tatsuya may be more talented than Kazuya. Lastly, Minami is the neighbor and childhood friend of the Uesugi brothers. She is constantly subjected to dating one of the Uesugi brothers in her school.
This bitter-sweet story of two brothers and a childhood friend, the main focus of their society, is a must-watch for every romance genre fan.
9. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for An Otaku
“Wotakoi” is a unique romance anime that takes the main focus of a romance anime from a slightly different angle than usual. Most famous romance anime revolve around teenagers, but Wotakoi features mature characters and takes place in a workplace setting.
The series follows the story of two couples. The first couple consists of Narumi Momose, an office worker lady who is a secret otaku, and Hirotaka Nifuji, Momose’s old friend from her middle school who is also a secret otaku who also plays games for fun.
The second couple consists of Hanako Koyanagi, a stage theatre geek who loves to read manga and watch anime and is also fond of Boys Love, and Tarou Kabakura, who is also fond of anime and games, famous for his exceptional taste in almost every media.
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8. The Rose of Versailles
“The Rose of Versailles” is another timeless classic and one of the most famous anime of the 1970s; also considered the most influential romance anime of all time, making a significant impact on the romance genre in anime.
The story is set in the 1970s golden era of France Revolution, taking some historical references. The anime follows a noblewoman named Oscar Francios, who was raised as a son by her father as she was his only child.
Oscar is met by her servant and childhood friend, Andre Grandier, who used to learn the art of fencing and horsemanship with Oscar. The complex relationship between Oscar and Andre is the central romance focus of the series, while it seems impossible.
7. Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo
“Sakurasou No Pet na Kanojo” mainly focuses on character growth and how they tackle hardships of life.
The anime follows a second-year high school student, Sorata Kanda, who lives in the Sakurasou dormitory. The dormitory students are known explicitly as trouble students because of their peculiarities and unique talents.
The story picks up the pace when another talented individual named Mashiro Shiina moves into the Sakurasou Dormitory. Sorata becomes her caretaker, eventually leading to develop complex feelings for Mashiro.
6. Ore Monogatari!!
“Ore Monogatari!!” is a romance anime with a touch of comedy that follows the unique and heartwarming relationship of the characters and how they tackle various challenges to appreciate each other’s polarities.
The anime centers around Takeo Gouda, a high school student with a muscular appearance who is often misunderstood but has an open and helping heart that is ignored because of his appearance.
The story starts to unfold when Takeo saves a kind-hearted girl named Rinko Yamato from a harasser, and later in the series, he falls head over heels for Rinko.
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5. Kare Kano
“Kare Kano” is an old yet exceptional romance anime. Aired back in the 90s, the series mainly focuses on self-discovery and character growth. The Anime is directed by the mastermind, Hideaki Anno, at Gainax.
The anime follows a girl named Yukino Miyazawa, a popular student at her school and a high achiever. Yukino’s life is changed forever when she crosses paths with her handsome and intelligent classmate, Soichiro Arima, who discovers her real nature that no one knows.
Focusing on the relationship between Yukino and Sochiro, this bitter-sweet and complex relationship anime is a must-watch.
4. My Little Monster
“My Little Monster” is considered the perfect romance anime adaptation of the manga. It was animated by Studio Brain’s Base and aired from October 2012 to December 2012.
The story’s plot revolves around a girl named Shizuku Mizutani, a high school student who is not interested in anything except receiving exceptional grades until she gets to know her classmate Haru Yoshida.
As they get to know each other’s differences and interests, their relationship develops into something neither Haru nor Shizuki saw coming.
“Orange” is not much talked about, even though it is one of the best romance anime to come out in a long time. “Orange” deals with the regrets of anyone’s past life, the power of love, and their chance for redemption.
The seires follows Naho Takamiya, who supposedly receives letters from her future self. The future self of Naho tells her the significant upcoming events of life and the decisions she needs to make to change the future.
“Orange” revolves around the relationship between Naho and a new transfer student, Kakeru Naruse, who holds a secret hidden from everyone.
2. Kimi Ne Todoke
“Kimi Ne Todoke” is a heartwarming romance anime with some elements of comedy in it.
The story follows a high school girl named Kuronuma Sawakoi, a shy and misunderstood girl often compared to the ghost from the movie “The Ring” due to her uncanny resemblance and struggles to make friends in her school.
Often feared by her classmates, the story takes a significant turn when she befriends the school’s most famous boy, Shouta Kazehaya, who helps Kuronuma to break her shell and sees her without the absurd resemblance to that particular ghost.
Later on, their friendship slowly develops into a relationship, and they become the main focus of their school due to their timid personalities. This comes with a set of problems and misunderstandings. Will they be able to overcome those problems?
“Nana” is widely known as the mastermind of romance anime, with a bit of a touch of drama. The profound and unique buildup of the story and the complex cast are the themes that make it mature and different from every other romance anime.
“Nana” revolves around two girls named Nana Osaki and Nana Komatsu, both having contrasting personalities. They first met on a train to Tokyo, coincidentally having the same names and destinations. As soon as they get off the train in Tokyo, they start to hang out with each other and develop a complex bond that words can’t explain.
The series explores the complex themes of love and explores their journeys individually, as both have different sets of problems, complexities, and relationships with their loved ones. Will they make it out of the rush hour city of Tokyo?
Including these anime, there are much better romance anime out there. Let us know in the comment about some best anime series that we missed!