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The 22 Best Romance Anime Of All Time

Anime often does an amazing job with romance stories. But among the many, which are considered the best. Check out this list of the 22 best romance anime.
Romance anime, Horimiya

Among the many genres, romance often brings about the most wholesome feelings. There are countless good romance anime to watch out there, and some pull on our heart strings more so than others.

If you’re here now, then you’ve probably binged through mountains of popular romance anime and are searching for another anime to satisfy your ants. Or, you’re new to the romance genre and need the perfect first recommendation. Whatever the reason, you’ve come to the right place.

We researched a huge amount of romance anime, using MyAnimeList, online forums, and other sources, and narrowed them down to a little list of what we’ve found to be considered the best of the best.

Ahead are 22 of the best romance anime. Explore and read through the synopsis’ to find the next romance story for you.

22/22

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Japanese Title Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Studio(s) Doga Kobo
Number Of Episodes 12 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 7.85 Score 860,000+ Members

The story follows Chiyo Sakura, who is a cheerful high school student who has developed a deep romantic attachment to the clueless Umetarou Nozaki. Chiyo is confused when her crush Nozaki gives her an unexpected autograph after she confesses to him. The stoic teen boy, who writes under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno, is actually a well-known shoujo mangaka! Chiyo ends up working as one of Nozaki’s manga assistants as a result of a series of misunderstandings.

She makes friends with several of her eccentric schoolmates over the funny events that follow, including Mikoto Mikoshiba, her apparent shameless fellow assistant, and Yuu Kashima, the “Prince of the School.” Chiyo is followed by Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun as she tries to assist Nozaki with his manga in the hopes that he will finally become aware of her affections.

21/22

Golden Time

Golden Time

Japanese Title Gouruden Taimu
Studio(s) J.C.Staff
Number Of Episodes 24 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 7.74 Score 939,000+ Members

The story follows Banri Tada, who suffers from amnesia as a result of a tragic accident, erasing his memories of his hometown and history. However, after meeting Mitsuo Yanagisawa, he decides to leave and start a new life in law school in Tokyo. But, just as Banri is settling into college life, the gorgeous Kouko Kaga unexpectedly enters his life, and their fortunate meeting marks the start of an extraordinary year.

Banri finds himself in a new place and a new world after experiencing the college life—a place where he can be reborn, make new friends, fall in love, make stupid mistakes, and grow. And as he begins to realise who he is, the route he has chosen leads him to a blindingly bright life that he will never forget.

20/22

ReLIFE

ReLIFE

Japanese Title ReLIFE
Studio(s) TMS Entertainment
Number Of Episodes 13 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 7.98 Score 941,000+ Members

After being dismissed as a hopeless loser by those around him, 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki bounces around from one job to the next. His mediocre life changes dramatically when he meets Ryou Yoake, a member of the ReLife Research Institute, who gives Arata the chance to transform his life for the better by taking a strange pill. Arata accepts it without hesitation and awakens the next day to see that his look has reverted to that of a 17-year-old.

Arata quickly discovers that he is now the subject of a one-of-a-kind experiment and must attend high school as a transfer student. Though he initially feels it will be a breeze because of his superior life experience, Arata is proven severely mistaken on his first day: he flunks all of his exams, is completely out of shape, and is unable to keep up with the new school policies that have emerged in the last ten years. Furthermore, Ryou has been assigned to observe him, much to Arata’s chagrin. ReLIFE follows Arata’s attempt to adjust to his frenetic new lifestyle and avoid making the same mistakes he made in the past, all while learning more about his classmates.

19/22

Date A Live

Date A Live

Japanese Title Dēto A Raibu
Studio(s) AIC PLUS+
Number Of Episodes 46 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 7.2 Score 947,000+ Members

The story follows a supermassive “spatial quake” – a phenomenon involving unexplained space vibrations—devastated the Eurasian continent thirty years ago, killing around 150 million people. Since then, these quakes have struck the earth on an irregular basis, albeit on a smaller scale.

Shidou Itsuka appears to be an ordinary high school student who lives with his younger sister, Kotori. When an impending spatial quake threatens Tengu City’s safety, he hurries to help her, only to be caught in the ensuing eruption. At its source, he encounters a fascinating girl who is revealed to be a “Spirit,” an otherworldly being whose appearance causes a space quake. Soon after, he becomes involved in a battle between the girl and the Anti-Spirit Team, a vicious strike group dedicated to the annihilation of Spirits.

However, there is a third party who believes in the salvation of the spirits: “Ratatoskr,” which is curiously led by Shidou’s younger sister! Following the battle, Kotori forcibly joins Shidou, offering him an alternative approach of dealing with the Spirits’ threat – make them fall in love with him. The destiny of the planet now rests on his dating prowess, as he searches out Spirits to seduce them.

18/22

My Little Monster

My Little Monster

Japanese Title Tonari no Kaibutsukun
Studio(s) Brain's Base
Number Of Episodes 13 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 7.48 Score 990,000+ Members

The story follows Shizuku Mizutani, who is generally uninterested in her classmates and is just concerned with her grades. When she meets Haru Yoshida, a violent troublemaker who stopped attending class after getting into a brawl early in the school year, her icy outlook on life begins to shift. He is not much different from her in that he, too, knows little about human nature and has no friends. Shizuku is taken aback when he declares that she will be his buddy and instantly expresses his affections for her upon meeting her.

Shizuku struggles to grasp her relationship with Haru since she lacks friends and social engagement. But their bond gradually grows, and she realises that Haru is more than just violence. She begins to have feelings for him but is confused what kind of sentiments she is having. Shizuku and Haru work together to discover the true nature of their relationship and emotions.

17/22

Maid Sama!

Maid Sama!

Japanese Title Kaichō wa Maid-sama!
Studio(s) J.C.Staff
Number Of Episodes 26 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 8.01 Score 1,154,000+ Members

Misaki Ayuzawa is a one-of-a-kind phenomena at Seika High School. Through her honesty and diligence, she became the first female student council president in a predominantly male institution. Misaki has been working relentlessly to improve the educational life of all girls since she was promoted to the role. Despite this, Misaki is quite harsh with the boys, earning her the label “Demon President.”

After hearing a girl cry in the corridor one day, Misaki runs into Takumi Usui, the most popular boy in school, as he rejects a love confession. Misaki, enraged by what she sees, reprimands him for making the girl cry. Usui, on the other hand, is unconcerned and dismisses it as unimportant.

Misaki unexpectedly stumbles across Usui again, but this time she is working in a maid cafe! Embarrassed that someone has discovered her secret occupation, Misaki vows not to let Usui ruin her image. However, the unknown boy now visits the same cafe on a regular basis to observe and torment Misaki. Will Usui be able to keep the president’s secret when the chips are down?

16/22

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

Japanese Title Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo
Studio(s) J.C.Staff
Number Of Episodes 24 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 8.10 Score 1,161,000+ Members

A school themed story: the Sakura-sou dormitory of Suimei High is notable for housing the school’s most notorious delinquents. As a result, when the generally mild-mannered Sorata Kanda is relocated to the dorm, escaping this lunatic asylum becomes his first priority. For the time being, he is trapped there and must learn how to interact with his other neighbors, who include flamboyant animator Misaki Kamiigusa, handsome playboy writer Jin Mitaka, and the ever-reclusive Ryuunosuke Akasaka. Sorata regularly finds comfort in his interactions with his one “normal” friend, aspiring voice actor Nanami Aoyama.

Sorata is captivated by Mashiro Shiina, a new foreign exchange student, who joins the dormitory. Mashiro is an autistic savant beneath her unearthly looks, capable of world-renowned brilliance in her art but unable to execute simple daily activities. When Sorata is put in charge of caring for Mashiro, the two inevitably get closer, with Sorata’s initial wish to escape the dormitory becoming a distant memory.

Despite their oddities, each resident excels in their respective fields, leaving Sorata to deal with his own lack of any particular skill. With brilliance all around him, he attempts to match their abilities. Sakura-sou no Pet ni Kanojo is a joyful coming-of-age story of friendship, love, ambition, and heartbreak told through the eyes of an average person surrounded by the remarkable, revolving around the difficulties and joys of its colourful characters.

15/22

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!

Japanese Title Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
Studio(s) Kyoto Animation
Number Of Episodes 24 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 7.72 Score 1,252,000+ Members

Everyone has gone through a period in their lives when they believed they were unique and distinguished from the crowds of regular people. Some may have even believed that they were capable of wielding mystical powers or that they descended from a mythical land. This “syndrome” is known as “chuunibyou,” and it is frequently the root of some of a person’s most embarrassing moments.

The scars left by his chuunibyou phase are still raw for Yuuta Togashi. He looks back on his middle school years as the “Dark Flame Master” with immense embarrassment, so much so that he plans to attend a high school far away where no one will recognise him. He longs to put his terrible past behind him and live a typical high school life.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t yet escaped his past: enter Rikka Takanashi, Yuuta’s new classmate and self-proclaimed vessel of the “Wicked Eye.” As this unusual young lady enters Yuuta’s life, his fantasy of a normal, chuunibyou-free life crumbles. In this amusing and endearing story about a youngster who just wants to forget his unpleasant experiences, old delusions are far from gone.

14/22

Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

Japanese Title Bakemonogatari
Studio(s) Shaft
Number Of Episodes 15 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 8.34 Score 1,311,000+ Members

Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school girl, survives a vampire assault thanks to the assistance of Meme Oshino, a mysterious man who lives in an abandoned building. Though he was freed from vampirism and is now a human again, he still has superhuman healing skills and heightened vision. Regardless, Araragi attempts to live a normal student’s life with the support of his friend and class president, Tsubasa Hanekawa.

When Hitagi Senjougahara falls down the steps and is caught by Araragi, the boy notices that the girl is unusually light. Despite Senjougahara’s protests, Araragi insists on assisting her, intending to request the assistance of Oshino, the very guy who had previously assisted him in his own predicament.

Bakemonogatari follows Araragi as he strives to treat people suffering from supernatural illnesses through a series of stories involving demons and gods.

Ecchi

13/22

High School DxD

High School DxD

Japanese Title Haisukūru Dī Dī
Studio(s) TNK
Number Of Episodes 53 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 7.34 Score 1,311,000+ Members

Issei Hyoudou, a high school student, is your typical pervert who spends his days spying on women and fantasising of having his own harem one day. When a gorgeous girl asks Issei out on a date, things appear to be looking up for him, but she turns out to be a fallen angel who brutally kills him! However, he is given a second chance at life when attractive senior student Rias Gremory, a top-class demon, resurrects him as her servant, enrolling Issei into the school’s Occult Research club.

Issei must train and fight to survive in the deadly world of angels and devils as he slowly adjusts to his new life. Each new journey leads to many humorous (and risqué) situations with his new allies, all while keeping his new life a secret from his High School DxD friends and family!

12/22

Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life

Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life

Japanese Title Kono Oto Tomare!
Studio(s) Platinum Vision
Number Of Episodes 26 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 7.92 Score 256,000+ Members

Gen Kudou, a koto maker, worries that his delinquent grandson Chika would never grasp the value of the traditional musical instrument. Chika attempts to join the Tokise High School Koto Club in order to atone for his naiveté and better grasp his late grandfather’s instructions.

Despite the group’s severe need for new members, new club president Takezou Kurata is hesitant to accept Chika’s application due to his terrible reputation. Nonetheless, after observing Chika’s dedication and enthusiasm, Takezou accepts the problem kid, along with koto prodigy Satowa Houzuki and three of Chika’s enthusiastic classmates, into the group. Kono Oto Tomare! follows a joyful band of musicians as they strive to compete at the national level.

11/22

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

Japanese Title Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru.
Studio(s) Brain's Base
Number Of Episodes 38 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 8.01 Score 1,302,000+ Members

Hachiman Hikigaya is a cynical high school student who exhibits narcissistic and semi-nihilistic tendencies. He is certain that joyous youth is a hoax, and that anyone who claims differently is deceiving themselves.

Hachiman’s teacher forces him to join the Volunteer Service Group as a new punishment for writing an article ridiculing modern social interactions. The club aims to lend a helping hand to any student who needs their support in accomplishing their goals. With just the beautiful ice queen Yukino Yukinoshita as a club member, Hachiman finds himself on the front lines of other people’s problems—a position he never imagined himself in. Will Hachiman’s skewed perception of society prove to be a burden or a tool he can use to his advantage when he and Yukino utilise their wits to solve many of the students’ problems?

10/22

Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories

Japanese Title Purasutikku Memorīzu
Studio(s) Doga Kobo
Number Of Episodes 13 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 7.91 Score 862,000+ Members

The story follows Tsukasa Mizugaki, eighteen, who has failed his college admission examinations, but after pulling some strings, he lands a job at the Sion Artificial Intelligence Corporation. SAI Corp is responsible for the development of “Giftias,” extremely evolved androids that are nearly indistinguishable from normal people. Giftias, however, have a maximum lifespan of 81,920 hours, or almost nine years and four months. Tsukasa’s station, Terminal Service One, is in charge of collecting Giftias that have reached their expiration date before they lose their memories and turn hostile.

Tsukasa is quickly coupled with a beautiful Giftia named Isla after joining Terminal Service One. Despite her tiny stature and calm demeanour, she is a Terminal Service veteran and regarded the greatest in Giftia retrievals. But time is ticking, and Tsukasa must confront his love for Isla before it’s too late. Nothing lasts forever, no matter how much someone desires it.

9/22

Clannad

Clannad

Japanese Title Kuranado
Studio(s) Kyoto Animation
Number Of Episodes 23 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 8.01 Score 1,327,000+ Members

The story follows Tomoya Okazaki, a delinquent who believes he would never amount to anything. He skips school and aims to waste his high school days with his friend Youhei Sunohara.

While walking to school one day, Tomoya notices a little girl murmuring quietly to herself. She yells “Anpan!” (a popular Japanese meal) without warning, which captures Tomoya’s attention. He quickly learns that the girl’s name is Nagisa Furukawa and that she exclaims things she enjoys to motivate herself. Nagisa claims they are now friends, but Tomoya walks away, dismissing the meeting.

However, Tomoya notices Nagisa more and more around school. He eventually gives in and befriends her. Nagisa has been held back a year due to a terrible sickness, and her dream is to resurrect the school’s theatrical club, which Tomoya discovers. He agrees to help her attain her goal with the help of four other girls, claiming he has nothing better to do.

Tomoya learns more about the girls and their concerns as he spends more time with them. As he tries to help each girl overcome her own challenge, he realises that life isn’t as dull as he originally assumed.

8/22

My Dress-Up Darling

My Dress-Up Darling

Japanese Title Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru
Studio(s) CloverWorks
Number Of Episodes 12 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 8.30 Score 790,000+ Members

This romance anime follows a story about Wakana Gojou, a high school student, who spends his days honing the technique of creating hina dolls, aiming to one day reach his grandfather’s level of expertise. While his peers are preoccupied with pop culture, Gojou finds fulfilment in sewing outfits for his dolls. Nonetheless, he goes to considerable measures to keep his unusual passion hidden, believing that if it were revealed, he would be mocked.

Marin Kitagawa, an exceptionally beautiful girl whose confidence and poise contrast sharply with Gojou’s meekness, enters the picture. It would contradict logic for the friendless Gojou to associate with Kitagawa, who is usually surrounded by her classmates. However, the unthinkable occurs when Kitagawa finds Gojou’s sewing prowess and openly confesses to him about her own hobby: cosplay. She decides to enlist his assistance because her sewing abilities are pitiful.

As Gojou and Kitagawa collaborate on one cosplay outfit after another, they can’t help but become close—despite the fact that their lives are worlds apart.

7/22

Horimiya

Horimiya

Japanese Title Hori-san to Miyamura-kun
Studio(s) CloverWorks
Number Of Episodes 13 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 8.20 Score 1,113,000+ Members

On the surface, the concept of Kyouko Hori and Izumi Miyamura getting along might seem unlikely. After all, Hori combines beauty and intelligence, whereas Miyamura appears humble and distant to his classmates. However, a fateful encounter between the two reveals both of their hidden sides. Hori is popular at school, but due to chores, she has little time to mingle with her friends. Miyamura, on the other hand, lives under the noses of his peers, his body covered in concealed tattoos and piercings that make him appear to be a kind delinquent.

Despite having opposing personalities, the two immediately become friends and frequently spend time together in Hori’s home. As they both emerge from their shells, they share a side of themselves that is hidden from the outside world.

6/22

Darling In The Franxx

Darling In The Franxx

Japanese Title Dārin In Za Furankisu
Studio(s) A-1 Pictures, Trigger, CloverWorks
Number Of Episodes 24 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 7.22 Score 1,481,000+ Members

Among the top romance anime, Darling In The FranXX follows a story set in the distant future, where monstrous animals known as Klaxosaurs have pushed humanity to near-extinction, driving the survivors to seek safety in massive fortress cities known as Plantations. Children raised here are trained in boy-girl pairs to pilot huge mechas known as FranXX—the only weapons known to be effective against the Klaxosaurs. These children, bred for the sole purpose of piloting these machines, know nothing of the outside world and can only justify their existence by defending their race.

After failing an aptitude exam, Hiro, an aspiring FranXX pilot, has lost ambition and self-confidence. Hiro flees to a woodland lake after missing his class’ graduation ceremony, where he meets a weird female with two horns sprouting out of her head. She introduces herself as Zero Two, the nickname of an infamous FranXX pilot known as the “Partner Killer.” The Plantation is rocked by an unexpected Klaxosaur attack before Hiro can digest the encounter. Zero Two engages the beast in her FranXX, but it sustains significant damage in the fight and crashes near Hiro.

5/22

Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai

Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai

Japanese Title Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai
Studio(s) CloverWorks
Number Of Episodes 13 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 8.26 Score 1,535,000+ Members

This is a romance anime about Puberty Syndrome, a rare and perplexing condition, is regarded to be a myth. It’s a rare disorder that only affects teenagers, and its symptoms are so supernatural that no one believes it’s a real thing. However, Sakuta Azusagawa, a high school student, knows from personal experience that it is extremely genuine and is quite common in his school.

Mai Sakurajima is a third-year high school student who rose to stardom as a child actress in her youth but lately ended her promising career for reasons undisclosed to the public. She is well known throughout the school, but no one cares to connect with her—that is, until Sakuta notices her roaming the library in a bunny girl outfit. Despite her erotic outfit, no one seems to notice her, and when he confronts her, he finds she is another victim of Puberty Syndrome. As Sakuta tries to assist Mai, his activities bring him into contact with more girls infected with the enigmatic disease.

4/22

Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April

Japanese Title Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Studio(s) A-1 Pictures
Number Of Episodes 22 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 8.66 Score 2,008,000+ Members

Kousei Arima is a child prodigy renowned as the “Human Metronome” for his precision and perfection in playing the piano. Kousei, who is guided by a stern mother and hard training, tops every competition he enters, garnering the adoration of his musical contemporaries as well as audience applause. When his mother dies unexpectedly, the resulting trauma renders him unable to hear the sound of a piano, and he never returns to the stage.

As a junior high school student, Kousei leads a calm and unassuming existence with his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. He continues to cling to music as he struggles to come to terms with his mother’s death. His monotonous existence is turned upside down when he meets the eccentric violinist Kaori Miyazono, who hires him as her accompanist. Through a little deception, these two young musicians become closer as Kaori attempts to colourize Kousei’s reality.

This is a romance anime that everybody should watch.

3/22

Toradora!

Toradora!

Japanese Title Toradora!
Studio(s) J.C.Staff
Number Of Episodes 25 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 8.10 Score 2,037,000+ Members

Ryuuji Takasu is a polite high school student who appreciates housekeeping; nonetheless, his scary appearance often leads to him being classified as a delinquent. Taiga Aisaka, on the other hand, is a petite, doll-like student who is anything but a cute and frail girl. Taiga, armed with a wooden katana and a fiery personality, is known as the “Palmtop Tiger” throughout the school.

An unpleasant mishap brings the two pupils together one day. Taiga has a crush on the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who also happens to be his best friend, which Ryuuji discovers. But things become even wilder when Ryuuji admits to having a crush on Taiga’s best friend, Minori Kushieda!

Toradora! is a romantic comedy that follows this unusual couple as they set out to help each other with their different crushes, creating an unlikely partnership in the process.

2/22

Fruits Basket (2019)

Fruits Basket (2019)

Japanese Title Furūtsu Basuketto
Studio(s) TMS Entertainment
Number Of Episodes 63 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 9.02 Score 712,000+ Members

The perfect example of a romance anime series. Tohru Honda has always been interested by the Chinese Zodiac narrative that her mother told her about when she was a child. However, a family tragedy alters her life, and further events leave her completely alone. Tohru is now obliged to live in a tent, but she has no idea that her temporary residence is on the private property of the Souma family. She meets Shigure, an elder Souma relative, and Yuki, the “prince” of her school one day after stumbling onto their home. Tohru explains that she lives nearby, but when the Soumas spot her heading back to her tent one night, they learn her well-kept secret of being homeless.

Things are looking up for Tohru once they offer to take her in after hearing about her condition. Soon later, though, she becomes embroiled in a conflict between Yuki and his fiery cousin, Kyou. While attempting to stop them, she discovers that the Souma family has their own well-kept secret: whenever they are hugged by a member of the opposing sex, they transform into the Chinese Zodiac animals.

Tohru will discover that life with the Soumas is an unexpected experience filled with laughter and romance as a result of this new revelation.

1/22

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

Japanese Title Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
Studio(s) A-1 Pictures
Number Of Episodes 37 Episodes
MyAnimeList Rating & Popularity 9.10 Score 1,516,000+ Members

Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are the student body’s top representatives at the prestigious Shuchiin Academy. Miyuki is the student council president and is regarded as the best student in the country by both peers and mentors. Along with him, vice president Kaguya—the eldest daughter of the rich Shinomiya family—performs excellently in every profession imaginable. They are regarded as the ideal couple by the entire student body.

Despite the fact that both have affections for the other, neither is willing to admit it. The first to admit defeat will be looked down upon and regarded the inferior. Miyuki and Kaguya are both equally motivated to be the one to emerge triumphant on the battlefield of love, with their honour and pride at stake!

That’s it! The 22 best romance anime. How many of these have you already watched? Which of these are you going to watch next? Let us know down in the comments.

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