Are you in need of a romantic spice in your life? Or perhaps, you are just bored, and wanted some extra drama in your life! Worry not, because this article is perfect for you. Below, I have listed the top 25 must-watch romance anime that will undoubtedly provide you endless hours of entertainment, drama, and ultimately, kiss scenes. So what are you waiting for?? Strap up, sit tight, and scroll down to learn more about these amazing romance anime.




Toradora

toradora - romance anime
  • Episodes: 25
  • Season: Fall 2008
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: J.C.Staff
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, School

Ryuuji Takasu, a kind-hearted high schooler, possesses a delinquent look that prompted everyone to stay away from him. One day, like fate, he met Taiga Aisaka, a frail and petite girl with a hard-pleasing personality. Ryuuji, realizing that Taiga is his crush’s best friend, begins seeking love advice from her. However, they say that feelings can change. Surely enough, over time, Ryuuji falls heads over heels for Taiga. Come and watch this comedic duo as they deepen their romantic bond.




Golden Time

golden time - romance anime
  • Episodes: 24
  • Season: Fall 2013
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: J.C.Staff
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Banri Tada is a university student who has lost all memories of his past self. Despite that, Banri meets and befriends Mitsuo Yanagisawa; his college life seems to be sailing smoothly. However, when Banri encountered Kaga Kouko, that all changed. Her beauty captivated Banri, and his life begins changing in ways he has never imagined before.




Ore Monogatari

ore monogatari - romance anime
  • Episodes: 24
  • Season: Spring 2015
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Shoujo

Takeo Gouda is a bulky high schooler who possesses seemingly inhumane strength. However, contrary to Takeo’s outer appearance, he is actually a kind and caring boy deep within. Yet, he is easily misunderstood by other girls in his class. In addition, Takeo’s best friend, Makoto Sunakawa, is a cool and charming guy who steals the heart of many girls who dares to venture near the duo. Takeo’s love life couldn’t be worse.

However, this all changed when one day, Takeo saved a girl named Rinko Yamato from being molested. Despite falling in love with her immediately, Takeo assumed that Rinko was interested in Sunakawa. Unaware of her hidden feelings, he decided to give Rinko love advice even when he can’t suppress his own feelings.




ReLIFE

reLIFE - romance anime
  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Summer 2016
  • Source: Web Manga
  • Studio: TMS Entertainment
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Romance, School

Arata Kaizaki, a 27 years-old salaryman, is unsatisfied with his current life. After quitting his first company in merely 3 months, he struggled to get himself a stable job. On one fateful night, a mysterious man named Ryou Yoake approached Arata and offered him a chance to re-do his life once more. Arata was then instructed to take a mysterious pill and go to sleep. The next day, Arata woke up in a younger body and was forced to go through one year of high school once more. Will Arata be able to conquer his life struggles once and for all?




Tsuki ga Kirei

Tsuki ga Kirei - Romance Anime
  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Spring 2017
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: feel.
  • Genre: Romance, School

Tsuki ga Kirei revolves around an aspiring writer, Kotarou Azumi, and an avid member of the track team, Akane Mizuno. When the wheel of fate begins turning, nothing can seem to stop it. Beginning as complete strangers, the two gradually become closer through a string of coincidental events. Come tune in for some sweet and unprecedented events of young love.




Nagi no Asukara

  • Episodes: 26
  • Season: Fall 2013
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: P.A. Works
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Nagi no Asukara is set in a beautiful underwater world. Its underwater residents, despite being human, are blessed by God with a protection called “Ena” – allowing these people to breathe underwater. However, over time, more and more people preferred to live on the surface. Over time, they have lost their Ena, and become unable to return to their underwater habitat.

The story revolves around four close friends, Hikari, Manaka, Chisaki, and Kaname. One day, they were forced to attend school on the surface. There, they meet the surface residents who will forever change the dynamic of the childhood friends’ relationships.

This anime is unique amongst other shoujo anime for its plot and settings. The story involves characters who live on land and sea, showing the differences and specialties of the protagonists. The setting also changes from land to sea from time to time, so it engages you more into the beauty of the animation and the anime overall. The character development and relationship between each character is deep and enthralling, which is why you must watch this anime!




Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso - Romance Anime
  • Episodes: 22
  • Season: Fall 2014
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen

Arima Kousei was once a child prodigy within the music world. He was nick-named the human metronome for his flawless and machine-like piano performances. However, after a traumatic event, Kousei retired and begins to avoid the piano.

Years after, Kousei was still actively avoiding the piano. One day, his friends invited him to a violin concert. There, he met Kaori Miyazono, a beautiful violinist with bright blond hair. And upon hearing her performance for the first time, Kousei begins to change from within.




Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji - romance anime
  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Fall 2014
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: TYO Animations
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo

Erika Shinohara pretended to lie about her love life to her close friends. When pressure into showing them a picture of her boyfriend, Erika randomly snap her phone onto a stranger. Coincidentally, the stranger was no other than the popular boy, Kyouya Sata.

Unable to escape her own lies, Erika confronted Kyouya, asking him to become her fake boyfriend. However, Kyouya was not as kind. In exchange for helping Erika, the boy made her become his dog. And in a string of seemingly unfortunate events, Erika begins to actually fall for him. The question remained. Will she be able to make Kouya feels the same way about her?




Orange

Orange anime
  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Summer 2016
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Telecom Animation Film
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo

Naho Takamiya is late for the first day of sophomore year in high school. As she leaves the house, Naho received a strange letter addressed from her future self. In it, the letter described Naho’s future events to a scary degree of accuracy.

In addition, the letter mainly addressed Naho’s future relationship with a transfer student named Kakeru Naruse. To leave no more regrets in the future, Naho now has the chance to make the correct decisions. Perhaps this time, she will be able to have a happy life once and for all.




Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories - sad drama anime
  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Spring 2015
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: Doga Kobo
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance

In the near future, technological advancements made it possible to create android robots, or Giftias, that possess human emotions. Tsukasa Mizugaki has failed his college entrance exam. Fortunately, he was still able to get a job at the Sion Artificial Intelligence Corporation.

There, Tsukasa met a beautiful Giftias named Isla and fell heads over heels for her. Unfortunately, Giftias only have 81,920 hours to live before their memories are reset. Tsukasa then comes to an ugly realization. Happiness does not last forever.




Akagami no Shirayuki-hime

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime - good drama and romance anime
  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Summer 2015
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Bones
  • Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Shoujo

Shirayuki is a red-haired girl in the country of Tanbarun. One day, the prince of Tanbarun, Prince Raiji, witnessed Shirayuki’s beauty and wanted her to become his concubine. However, Shirayuki was in full denial and eventually escaped into a nearby forest. There, she was rescued by a white-haired prince named Zen Wistalia. In order to repay him, Shirayuki decided to become a herbalist within Zen’s kingdom.

Similar to Maid-Sama, the heroine is portrayed to be independent and strong; Zen is an additional touch of spice in her life. This romance anime is a must-watch because of Shirayuki’s exciting journey and the doki-doki moments!




Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

Soredemo sekai wa utsukushii - romance anime
  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Spring 2014
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot
  • Genre: Adventure, Romance, Fantasy, Shoujo

In the Sun Kingdom, there lives a powerful king named Livius Ifrikia. In merely three years, he has managed to conquer nearby kingdoms with mere military strengths. However, one day, Livius was tired of the hot and overbearing Sun shone over his kingdom. When learned of a particular kingdom whose specialty was to create rain, Livius quickly decided to marry one of its princess – Nike Remercier.

Upon hearing this news, Nike Remercier was not the least pleased. Livius was rumored to be a cruel tyrant, and living with such a man was the last thing on Nike’s agenda. However, upon meeting Livius, her beliefs started to change. And sure enough, the two began to form a unique and sweet relationship.

Despite Livius’ height, Nike sees more in him than his handsome physical attributes and the rumors about him. This romance anime further features these two learning more about each other and their journey in fulfilling their own destiny!




Kaguya-Sama

Kaguya Sama
  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Winter 2019
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy, Psychological, Romance, School, Seinen

Miyuki Shirogane is the student council president of Shuchiin Academy. Below him, Kaguya Shinomiya, is the student council vice-president. The two are well-known for their academic success, in addition to being able to excel in any field possible. Indeed, they are the rumored couple who are perfect for each other.

However, Kaguya and Miyuki knew better. Love is a brutal battlefield, and the one who fell in love is the loser. And so, despite having feelings for each other, the two are in perfect denial of their own emotions. This is a story about a pure and sweet relationship between young love.

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Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san
  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Winter 2018
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Shin-Ei Animation
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, School, Slice of Life, Shounen

For Nishikita-kun, his school life is definitely an easy one. Why? Because sitting next to him is a cheeky girl named Takagi. She loves teasing Nishikita, and her pranks have oftentimes gotten him into trouble with the teachers. Nishikita vowed to one day make Takagi taste her own medicine by teasing her and make her blush in embarrassment.




Ao Haru Ride

Ao Haru Ride
  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Summer 2014
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Production I.G
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo, Slice of Life

As a middle schooler, Futaba Yoshioka has had her shares of boys coming after her. However, she wasn’t concerned with any of them. Because the only boy in her heart was the shy and timid Kou Tanaka. However, after events of misunderstanding, Futaba was once more left in a void of emptiness. Years after, the same boy has reappeared in front of her eyes. However, his name was now Kou Mabuchi, and he was as shy and timid as before. Will Futaba be able to get close to him once more?

Ao Haru Ride conveys realistic and relatable moments for all high school students, with special moments of love and jealousy amongst the characters. This is definitely a must-watch romance anime for those interested in watching the drama ensue with the characters!




Ouran Koukou Host Club

Ouran Koukou Host Club
  • Episodes: 26
  • Season: Spring 2006
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Bones
  • Genre: Comedy, Harem, Romance, School, Shoujo

Haruhi Fujioka is a student at the prestigious Ouran High School, a school known for a student body compromised of high-class citizens. One day, she found Music Room #3 and decided that it was a great spot for studying. Unfortunately, this meant she crossed paths with the Host Club, a group of handsome boys with too much free time on their hands.

Panicked, Haruhi tried to escape from the room. However, while doing so, she accidentally knocked off a vase that was worthed 8 million yen. Now, in order to pay her debt, she was forced to become a member of the Host Club. Now, Haruhi’s daily school life has suddenly transformed into that of luxury, as she emerges in rich food, cosplays, and much more.

This shoujo anime is definitely unique in its own ways with its amusing characters and scenes; a must-watch if you want to see more than just a connection between the protagonist and her love interest.




LovelyComplex

Lovely Complex
  • Episodes: 24
  • Season: Spring 2007
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Toei Animation
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Shoujo

Koizumi Risa is a girl who possesses a taller-than-average height (172cm). Meanwhile, Ootani Atsushi, a boisterous guy, is shorter than average -sitting at 156cm. For the two, their love lives are definitely not the best. Not only do they have an unrequited love for their crush, but the two are also labeled as a comedic duo in their class. And this is all due to their stark difference in heights. As their school life goes on, Koizumi and Ootani soon find themselves closer to one another. Perhaps they were made for each other. For now, only time will shape their unfound chemistry.

Lovely Complex goes against the social “norms” for couples (a girl with a taller guy). With the light-hearted and funny scenes, this anime is definitely a recommended romance anime!




Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
  • Episodes: 26
  • Season: Spring 2010
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: J.C.Staff
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo

Misaki Ayuzawa has just transferred to a school that has recently transitioned from an all-boys to a co-ed education. Despite being fairly new, Misaki was nicknamed the ‘Demon Queen’ due to her ability to subdue boys with her Akira skills. However, despite her tough appearance, she actually has a secret.

Due to family circumstances, she works a part-time job in a maid cafe. Unfortunately, Uzui Takumi, one of the popular boys at school, one day walked in and discovered Misaki’s secret job. Now, Uzui is able to use this secret to take ahold of Misaki. Will he tell this secret to the entire school? Or will he abuse his new power in order to let Misaki open up more to him?




Akatsuki no Yona

Akatsuki no Yona - romance anime
  • Episodes: 24
  • Season: Fall 2014
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo

Princess Yona has been living a luxury life before disaster’s struck in her Kingdom of Kouka. Her father, the king, was overthrown by her beloved cousin, Su Won. And Yona was forced to escape with her childhood friend, Son Hak. She must then embark on a journey of self-growth, and find a way to recover her lost kingdom to its previous state.

Akatsuki no Yona shows more than just love triangles, but also the deep character development of every character within the story. Definitely a must-watch because the characters that accompany her are super loving and there are definitely more cute husbandos than just Su Won and Son Hak! 😉




Sukitte Ii na yo.

sukitte ii na yo - romance anime
  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Fall 2012
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Zexcs
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo

Mei Tachibana finds friendship as something difficult. Her previous best friends have wrongly accused her of the death of their pets. Now, Mei is a wandering loner who stays away from people in order to avoid getting hurt. Unfortunately, she comes across Yamato Kurosawa, a popular boy within her school.

After finding out that Mei was being stalked, Yamato kissed her in order to save her from the dangerous criminal. Slowly, their feelings developed, and they began dating. However, Mei continues to hide her true self from Yamato. Watch as the couple further deepen their relationship through suffering hardships and pain.




Kimi ni Todoke

kimi ni todoke
  • Episodes: 25
  • Season: Fall 2009
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Production I.G
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo

Kuronuma Sawako is a shy and timid girl who is easily misunderstood by her classmates. Isolated from her class, Sawako naturally seeks to be someone popular, like Kazehaya Shouta. To her delight, one day, Kazehaya takes interest in her. Is this her chance to recover from her classmate’s misunderstandings and get closer to Kazehaya?




Kamisama Hajimemashita

Kamisama Hajimemashita
  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Fall 2012
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: TMS Entertainment
  • Genre: Comedy, Demons, Supernatural, Romance, Fantasy, Shoujo

Due to her father’s debt, the loansharks have driven Nanami Momozono into the street of homelessness. With nowhere to go, Nanami was in distress. However, when Nanami spots a man in distress from being harassed by a dog, she immediately proceeds to help him. To repay the favors, the mysterious man gave Nanami a place to stay at a nearby shrine. There, she encountered a handsome yet irritable fox-man.

Turns out, the mysterious man was Mikage, the land god of the shrine. And Nanami was sent there as a replacement God. Now, Nanami must do her best to get along with the residents of the Shrine, as well as fulfilling her duty as a replacement god.

Nanami is an empathetic and determined heroine who was able to quickly adapt to a new world that she has entered. Combined with that, Tomoe’s appearance has also changed and helped her for the better. This is definitely a recommended shoujo anime as there are many wonderful scenes of Nanami and Tomoe assisting each other despite not getting along in the beginning.




Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzakashii

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzakashii
  • Episodes: 11
  • Season: Spring 2018
  • Source: Web Manga
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life

Narumi Momose is secretly an Otaku and a Fujoshi. Having found herself late for her first day of work, Narumi has decided to never let her co-workers know about her dark secrets. Coincidentally, one of Narumi’s former classmate, Nifuji Hirotaka, also works at the same company. To make sure her secrets stay hidden, Narumi invited Nifuji out for a drink after work.

When Narumi complained about her inability to share her hobby with anyone, Nifuji took his chance to ask her out. He promises her to always be there to support her, and help her farm rare drops and materials in Monster Hunter. Impressed with the proposal, Narumi agreed to become his girlfriend.




Tsurezure Children

Tsurezure Children - romance anime
  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Summer 2017
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Studio Gokumi
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen

There are many different types of love, as they come in different forms. Your girlfriend could be a clingy fluffball, a Tsundere cutie, or an emotionless queen. However, at the end of the day, love is love. And for these young couples, nothing will change that fact.




Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun - romance anime
  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Fall 2012
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Brain’s Base
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo

Shizuku Mizutani is an honor student who knows only to study. One day, she was instructed by the teachers to deliver a special note to Yoshida Haru, a violent troublemaker. Or so she thought. After meeting and befriending the delinquent, the two became closer. Haru even goes as far as to confess his romantic feelings to Shizuku. However, Shizuku is still very much conflicted with her own feelings. And she is unsure whether she would be able to return those feelings to Haru. However, Shizuku knows for a fact: she does not hate him.




Conclusion:

And that concludes my list for the top 25 must-watch romance anime. Again, these are all amazing shows in my opinion, and they show the different aspects of a loving and sharing relationship. Hopefully, you are able to find your romantic taste from within this list!

And for those who have already watched these anime, what do you think of this list? Which anime would you replace and why? Feel free to share in the comment section below!

Keni
An anime enthusiast who writes about things he likes