28 Romance Anime Recommendations

 Hey guys! First and foremost, happy new year! Hope everyone had a safe and happy new year. I sat at home and watched one of my favorite streamers while reading Say I Love You manga. I hope 2021 brings forth happiness for everyone. 2020 was a difficult year for everyone and we all deserve happiness after that. Now let's get into the blog post. 

After talking with new friends on a Discord server, I decided it was time to officially offer my recommendations on romance anime. I'm going to actually sort them...kind of...in my own way...I guess...let's get started lol. I don't know why I am being so awkward. 

High School Romance

Say "I Love You" 

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/say-i-love-you

Source: Crunchyroll

"Tachibana Mei has had no boyfriend and couldn't even make friends. One day she injures Kurosawa Yamato, the most popular boy in school, and for some reason Yamato takes interest in her..." (source: Crunchyroll)

*If you didn't know, this is my favorite romance anime. I actually just rewatched it and bawled like a baby. I'm now reading the manga again. It is chef's kiss. 

My Little Monster

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/my-little-monster

Source: Crunchyroll

"Impassive girl meets trouble maker in a brand new love story! After Mizutani Shizuku, a girl whose sole interest is studying, is asked to deliver some handouts to Yoshida Haru, a boy who hasn't come to school after spilling blood on the first day, she finds herself the target of his affection. This is a story about a boy and a girl who struggle with love and friendship. Opening yourself up to other people forces you to be honest with yourself." (source: Crunchyroll)


watch on www.funimation.com

Source: Funimation

*This anime is not out until January 2021, but I definitely recommend watching it. The manga is wonderful. 

Ao Haru Ride

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/blue-spring-ride

Source: Crunchyroll

"At the end of her first year of high school, the main heroine, Futaba suddenly has a chance encounter with her first love, Tanaka Kou. Three years ago, he transferred schools before she was able to say how she felt about him. After meeting each other again, Futaba realizes that he has gone through many changes. He acts more cool and even had his last name changed to Mabuchi. Gradually the two rekindle their love while piecing together what had happened in the time that they were apart." (Source: Crunchyroll)

Lovely Complex

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/lovely-complex

Source: Crunchyroll

"Koizumi’s just started high school, and she’s got a little problem: for a girl, she’s super tall! Meanwhile, her classmate Otani’s got a big problem: he’s virtually a midget, but still wants to join the basketball team. Written off as a bickering comedy duo by their teachers and classmates, the pair can’t decide who’s less likely to find love before graduating, and ultimately bet each other on who’ll actually land a mate." (Source: Crunchyroll)

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/monthly-girls-nozaki-kun

Source: Crunchyroll

"Chiyo Sakura, a high school girl who fell in love with the unrefined boy schoolmate Umetaro Nozaki, decides to be courageous one day and asks him out. Her feelings weren't conveyed properly, and before she knew it she ends up helping a particular job of his as an assistant... The series is a shojo manga boy comedy which centers around Nozaki, a high school boy that is a popular shojo manga artist, and has a story woven by very individualistic characters." (source: Crunchyroll)


watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/nisekoi

Source: Crunchyroll

"Raku Ichijo is an average high school student. He also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. 10 years ago, Raku made a promise… a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will “get married when they reunite.” Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him." (Source: Crunchyroll)


watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/toradora

Source: Crunchyroll

"It’s Ryuji’s first day as a junior in high school and it seems as if things are looking up. He gets to sit in between his only friend, Yusaku, and, more importantly, the girl he’s secretly crushing on, Minori Kushieda. But just when he thinks the stars are aligned in his favor, he unwittingly crosses the most feared girl in school, Taiga Aisaku, making her onto his arch enemy. To top it off, Taiga has moved in right next door to Ryuji and happens to be Minori’s best friend! Can this school year possibly get any worse?!" (source: Crunchyroll) 

Wolf Girl and Black Prince

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/wolf-girl-and-black-prince

Source: Crunchyroll

"While the proud Erika boasts to her friends about being lovey-dovey with her boyfriend, she has never really had one for 16 years. Feeling the limits of lying, she took a picture of a cool guy she found in town and showed it to her friends as her boyfriend. But the person in the picture happens to be Sata Kyouya who is in the same grade in their school. While she was able to explain the situation and convince him to act like his boyfriend, he was not the nice looking boy she thought he would be: he was a super sadistic schemer! Thus begins Erika's life blackmailed into being Sata's dog." (Source: Crunchyroll)


watch here: https://www.funimation.com/shows/suzuka/?qid=12d43cdb757baab3

Source: Funimation

"Yamato transfers to Aoba High and is quickly smitten with Suzuka, the school’s rising star of track and field. Unfortunately, she’s totally uninspired by Yamato’s irresponsible nature. When the young man decides to step it up and join the track team, even his best efforts might not measure up to Suzuka’s standards. Will he go the distance for love or will Suzuka have him running in circles?" (Source: Funimation)

Kimi no Todoke

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/kimi-ni-todoke-from-me-to-you

Source: Crunchyroll

"Sawako Kuronuma has had a difficult time fitting in. Some say it's her jet black hair, others say it's her hushed manner of speaking, while still others claim it is due to her name's similarity to Sadako, a character from a popular Japanese horror series. On her first day of high school, Sawako meets the one boy who treats her like a normal girl-Shota Kazehaya. Through his selfless aid, Sawako slowly learns to come out of her shell and even begins to make friends for the first time in her life. However, with a new social life come social pressures. Rumors begin to circulate about her, her friends, and even the kindhearted Kazehaya. As she grows into her new identity, Sawako must learn to deal with such pressures as well as start to understand the unfamiliar feelings inside of her, especially in regards to the boy who made her new start possible." (Source: Crunchyroll)

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/the-pet-girl-of-sakurasou

Source: Crunchyroll

"Sorata Kanda, a high school sophomore living in Sakurasou, the den of their academy's problem children, spends his days being dragged around by the strange residents, swearing he's going to escape Sakurasou one day." (Source: Crunchyroll)

Fruits Basket

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/fruits-basket


watch here: https://www.funimation.com/shows/fruits-basket-2001/?qid=8ad8f8681c7bf384

Source: Crunchyroll

"Tohru Honda thought her life was headed for misfortune when a family tragedy left her living in a tent. When her small home is discovered by the mysterious Soma clan, she suddenly finds herself living with Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Soma. But she quickly learns their family has a bizarre secret of their own: when hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Zodiac!" (Source: Crunchyroll)


watch here: https://www.netflix.com/title/81104406

Source: Crunchyroll

"To keep the boys in line, student council president Misaki runs the school with an iron fist - while secretly working as a waitress at a maid cafe." (Source: Netflix)

Fantasy Romance

Hiiro no Kakera

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/hiiro-no-kakera

Source: Crunchyroll

"On her way to visit a village from her past, Tamaki comes across a strange white creature that can talk. Soon she finds herself surrounded by menacing creatures when she is saved by a mysterious man." (Source: Crunchyroll) 

Familiar of Zero

watch here : https://www.crunchyroll.com/familiar-of-zero-f

Source: Crunchyroll

"FAMILIAR OF ZERO F follows the adventures of second-year student, Louise and Saito at the Tristain Academy of Magic." (Source: Crunchyroll)

Fushigi Yugi

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/fushigi-yugi

Source: Crunchyroll

"Miaka, a junior high school student in Tokyo, has normal problems: fights with her mom, entrance exams, and deciding where she's going to go eat with her friends. But when she finds a mysterious book in the library, her life is changed forever when she and her best friend are transported inside!" (Source: Crunchyroll) 

The World is Still Beautiful

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/the-world-is-still-beautiful

Source: Crunchyroll

"Nike, the fourth princess of the Principality of Rain and one who holds the power to call forth the rain, travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for her country, despite her own reluctance. She soon discovers that the King, who conquered the world in only three years after his ascendance to the throne, is still a child!! Furthermore, for trivial reasons, he has demanded that Nike call forth the rain…!?" (Source: Crunchyroll)

Akatsuki no Yona

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/yona-of-the-dawn

Source: Crunchyroll

"Currently, Hiryuu Palace has no one else next in line for the throne other than the fifteen year old princess, Yona, who had been raised with care. Finally, the night of her sixteenth birthday arrives. She expects it to be a wonderful day spent with her peace-loving father, Il, her servant and friend Hak, and her cousin Soo-won, who she had feelings for... However... That night, Yona goes to visit her father to tell him how she really feels, because he opposes to her getting married to Soo-won. However, when she gets to her room, she encounters a shocking truth." (Source: Crunchyroll)

Akagami no Shiroyukihime

watch here: https://www.funimation.com/shows/snow-white-with-the-red-hair/?qid=9953cdb25cb422

Source: Crunchyroll

"In the kingdom of Tanbarun lives an independent young pharmacist named Shirayuki. Shirayuki is a plain girl, save for her shock of beautiful apple-red hair. Her stunning mane gets her noticed by the prince, but instead of romancing her, he demands she be his concubine. Shirayuki chops off her lovely locks, and runs away to the neighboring kingdom where she befriends a handsome stranger." (Source: Funimation) 


watch here: https://www.funimation.com/shows/sankarea/?qid=5e3ceb4d6b5d48be

Source: Funimation

"Zombie-obsessed Furuya is making a potion to reanimate his dead cat when he meets Rea. She’s about as miserable as a girl can get, thanks to her creepy, domineering father. When the pain becomes too much, she tries to commit suicide with a sip of Furuya’s weird elixir. The potion doesn’t kill her—but it does turn her into a zombie!" (Source: Funimation) 

BL Romance


watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/given

Source: Crunchyroll

"Somehow, the guitar that he used to love to play and the basketball games that he found so fun just lost their appeal... That was until Ritsuka Uenoyama randomly met Mafuyu Sato. Ritsuka had started losing his passion for music in his everyday life, but then he hears Mafuyu sing for the first time. The song resonates with his heart and the distance between them starts to change." (Source: Crunchyroll)

Love Stage!!

watch here: https://vrv.co/series/GR0XGX5VY/Love-Stage

Source: VRV

"Sparks fly when antisocial Izumi Sena is reunited with his former costar, the now-famous and ultra-handsome Ryouma Ichijo, on the set of a commercial they filmed 10 years ago!" (Source: VRV)

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi

watch here: https://www.funimation.com/shows/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-the-worlds-greatest-first-love/?qid=3561ac182768d947

Source: Crunchyroll

"After his first love with a handsome upperclassman ends in heartbreak, Ritsu Onodera is over the troubles of love. But when he transfers to Marukawa Publishing to work as an editor he winds up in the shoujo department under Masamune Takano—the senpai who broke his heart! Follow as they sort out their feelings and watch as love blooms between two other couples. Boy’s love is in the air!" (Source: Funimation) 

Junjo Romantica

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/junjo-romantica

Source: Crunchyroll

"Three very different couples caught up in a storm of pure romance! Romantica: Misaki is struggling to prepare for his college entrance exams, but his nightmare is just beginning when his tutor comes on to him! Egoist: Just when Kamijou's life is at its lowest, he meets Nowaki. His name means "typhoon," and he's about to take Kamijou on a whirlwind ride. Terrorist: Miyagi always seems to shrug off the cares of the world, but even he has problems. Foremost is Shinobu, a relentless man who's adamant that they're destined to be together." (Source: Crunchyroll)

Yuri on Ice

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/yuri-on-ice

Source: Crunchyroll

"Yuri Katsuki carried the hope of all Japan on his shoulders in the Figure Skating Grand Prix, but suffered a crushing defeat in the finals. He returned to his hometown in Kyushu and hid away in his family's home, half wanting to continue skating and half wanting to retire. That was when the five-time consecutive world champion, Victor Nikiforov, suddenly showed up with his teammate, Yuri Plisetsky, a young skater starting to surpass his seniors. And so the two Yuris and the Russian champion Viktor set out to compete in a Grand Prix like none the world has ever seen!" (Source: Crunchyroll)

Sad Romance

The Pilot's Love Song

watch here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/the-pilots-love-song

Source: Crunchyroll

"The latest and greatest in the "Pilot" series! With today's top staff and cast, it's at last being animated! To find the end of the sky and sea, we went on a journey aboard the flying island Isla. A boy who lost everything in the revolution. The lonely girl who calls the wind, who became the revolution's symbol. The young pilots set out aboard the flying island Isla to find the end of the sky. Friendship, love, adventure... and each of them have something they want to protect. An epic story of love and dogfights begins now." (Source: Crunchyroll) 


watch here: https://vrv.co/series/GRKE3X99R/Clannad

Source: VRV

"Tomoya is a bitter, third year high school student. But when he meets Nagisa, his life shifts into a new direction. This classic fan favorite of love and redemption will tear you down and build you up as friendship blossoms into young love." (Source: VRV)

And there you have it! A bunch of these shows are slows burn and some barely scratch the surface of the manga. But they are all worth the watch. Some of them get you so hooked that you need to know what happens next. Now, this is just a start. There are a bunch of other romance anime out there that I haven't included because 1) I haven't seen them or 2) I just didn't add them. I just started watching The Ancient Magus' Bride. This also doesn't even cover the romance manga out there! What are your favorite romance anime? Recommend some to me and maybe I'll check it out! 

That is all I have for you today! See you all in the next update. 

Ja ne! 

xx Kat





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