If you happen to like anime stuff, but you’re also a sucker for engaging romance series, we have good news for ya, as the anime realm is actually packed with a variety of amazing love stories.
Some might look at this stuff as silly cartoons, but there’s actually so much more to it than that. Many anime series are crafted by genuine masters of drawing, animation, and storytelling.
We are looking at a very serious trend with a massive global following after all, hence it’s obvious that serious business and skills are bound to be involved in the mix as well.
So this time around we decided to delve head on into the world of romantic and love stuff in an attempt to bring you the best romance anime series the world has to offer. We sifted through both classic series and on-going ones, and have summed up our thoughts and results into a concise Top 10 rundown.
If you can spare a few minutes, we kindly invite you to get a load of the goods below.
– I want to find a good romance anime series!
That’s the spirit! We honestly believe that there’s plenty of amazing series out there to keep your eyes peeled about, but to kick things off it’s enough to focus on these 10. Some of the key factors we kept in mind while going through the goods is that the series are genuinely engaging and easy to get a hold of from the get go.
So no unnecessary intricacy, no previous knowledge of anime in general required, just get a hold of one of these puppies and kick off an amazing journey into one fascinating world. If you want to check out another popular niche with similar content, consult our list of best high school romance anime series. Anyhow, let’s focus on the specific items now!
– Kaichou Wa Maid-sama
The Maid-sama is an anime that addresses some major issues of today’s society, such as gender equality, social classes, high-school problems that can have a deep impact on the rest of one’s life, and much more. Crafted by Hiro Fujiwara, it tells the story of Misaki Ayuzawa, a female student who arrives to Seika High school.
Until recently, the school was accepting only male students, and even when switching the rules left little room for females. Misaki takes on the role of the leader of the female movement, urging both students and staff – as well as the system in general – to change their ways and give equal opportunities to everyone.
This makes Ayuzawa a very prominent figure in school, loved by girls and teachers, but somewhat frowned upon by a portion of the boys, making her situation difficult in many ways.
Additionally, the lass is secretly working as a maid café in a local joint in order to support her family. One day, a very popular boy from school, an accomplished fella called Takumi Usui, who is very successful in everything from academics to athletics, enters the café one day and finds out about Misaki’s secret. What follows is an incredibly journey indeed…
– Wolf Girl and Black Prince
Written by Ayuko Hatta, the “Wolf Girl and Black Prince” has a very interesting plot. It tells the story of high school girl named Erika Shinohara who has a bad habit of lying about having boyfriends and taking photos with random guys as proof for her friends. One day, she makes the mistake of taking a photo with a fella named Kyouya Sata who turns out to be going to the same school as her.
After a bit of pleading, Kyouya seemingly plays the role of prince charming and decides to help the lass. However, he soon entirely changes his act and starts acting badly towards Erika, blackmailing her to be his servant and a “dog.”
Obviously, the two haven’t kicked it off very well, but in time, Sata develops this protective attitude towards the girl, who also starts falling for the boy more and more every day. What follows is an interesting story, do check it out if the plot suits you.
For the finest viewing experience, we recommend getting the DVD or BluRay edition of the anime. Stretching across two discs, the product features around 300 minutes of footage and shows the duo’s entire journey.
Now this one is packed with some good ole romance troubles of a young lad! Crafted by Yuyuko Takemiya and illustrated by Yasu, this anime follows the story of a young fella called Ryuji Takasu. The thing that sets him apart is a very kind soul and a lovely spirit, but also a pair of very menacing and evil eyes, leaving him with a dark look he simply cannot get rid of.
Ryuji has a crush on a girl called Minori Kushieda, and is very happy at the series’ beginning to find out that he is assigned to the same school class as she is. To make things even cooler, his best friend Yusaku Kitamura has also been assigned to the same class.
But as it always happens in life, bad things happen too, as Minori’s best girl friend, Taiga Aisaka, is also in the class with the rest of the gang. Taiga is a very difficult individual who instantly dislikes the story’s protagonist and does everything in her power to make our protagonist’s life as miserable as possible. And her power is not to be underestimated at all, as Aisaka comes from a wealthy and influential family. Follow the story to find out what happens next!
– Say “I love you”
“Say ‘I love you'” is an intriguing feature that follows Mei Tachibana, a quiet girl that spent her years in high school being quiet and very unassuming. She never made friends and rarely spoke to anyone, all because of a childhood incident that had a deep effect and left her thinking that everyone is bound to betray you at one point or another.
However, Mei soon meets a boy named Yamato Kurosawa, who becomes interested in her. Through their complex relationship, the girl becomes more open to people and the world in general, providing the viewers with valuable life lessons. Check out the whole thing to see how the story ends.
Apart from the two focal characters, “Say ‘I love you'” brings in a variety of other characters and really spices things up with intricate happenings and dialogues down the road.
The series is mostly recommended for teenage female audience, although pretty much everyone is more than welcome to join the ride. We recommend getting the DVD edition for the best viewing experience. Loaded with 3 discs and containing over 325 minutes of content, the package will provide you with all the stuff you need to enjoy a nice ride.
– Kimi ni Todoke
If you like your anime infused with a pinch of good humor and funny scenes, give ” Kimi ni Todoke” a go. Made by Karuho Shiina and published by Shueisha, the series tells the story of a peculiar girl called Sawako Kuronuma. As a very shy and introvert girl, Sawako gets called Sadako by her classmates because she reminds them of the creepy character from “The Ring” movie.
But on the inside, Sawako is a sweet girl who just wants to make friends. She has a crush on a popular boy named Kazehaya, and one day he talks to her. At this point, the gal’s life drastically changes and people start respecting her more and talking to her.
The two start becoming closer and closer, do watch the whole thing to see how the relationship develops. Also, the girl’s new identity comes with new requirements and challenges. She is no longer this shy girl nobody wants to talk to, she now has to interact and deal with people, and that is an entirely different situation.
We recommend getting the DVD edition to properly delve into this series. Stretching across four discs and featuring a total of 273 minutes, the package will provide you with everything you need.
– My Little Monster
Illustrated by Robico, “My Little Monster” tells an awesome story of an odd pair – Shizuku Mizutani, a very strict and focused girl whose only goal in life is to study, study, study and reach high level academia, and a boy named Haru Yoshida who sits right next to her in school.
Haru is rarely in school and has a reputation of a bad boy, but is in fact a kind, honest and nice guy who enjoys life very much. Although Shizuku is known as this ice princes with a cold heart, her armor is actually completely melted by the boy’s innocence and honest.
The two develop an intriguing relationship as two loners and start working their way against the world. This leads to many situations we can all relate to, making the watching process of “My Little Monster” a rather engaging experience.
A gorgeous DVD and BluRay boxed set of the anime is available, featuring 317 minutes of content and a neat accompanying book to further engage you. This one is a must have for all the teenage girls out there, although any ages and members of both genders are more than welcome to join the ride.
– Blue Spring Ride
The “Blue Spring Ride” anime tells a very interesting story of a girl named Futaba Yoshioka. Unlike many anime heroes who are quiet and unassuming, Futaba used to be very popular and grabbed all the boys’ attention in her junior high school.
Because of this, the girl became unpopular among the little ladies, and that struck her hard. She wanted a friend, yet she never had one. On top of that, the one boy she ever liked, Kou Tanaka, left the school before she could tell him how she feels.
After moving to high school, Futaba is determined to turn the page, and decides to become less feminine and more unassuming in order to gain friends. She even meets Kou again, but he now goes by the name of Kou Mabuchi and has a dark and cold attitude. He admits that although he used to like her, he no longer feels that way, leaving the girl crushed and starting an intriguing story.
Although the series is aimed towards younger crowds, it delves into some mature topics every once in a while, but always remains safe for work, of course.
Available in multi format, the series clocks in at 300 minutes, featuring writings and illustrations by Io Sakisaka. Recommended for all ages, a stunning ride!
– Kamisama Kiss
In case you’re up for some fantasy elements to go with that romance, why not check out the “Kamisama Kiss”? This series follows the story of a teenage girl named Nanami Momozono and a guy called Mikage. One day, she finds Mikage hanging from a tree in her yard becase a dog chased him. She saves the fella from the angry dog and tells him how her drunk father abandoned her.
As a sign of gratitude, Mikage gives her his home, but soon upon entering that home, she realizes that weird things are going on, as the entire house is shaped as a giant place of worship. Soon enough, the girl learns that Mikage was an Earth Deity of the shrine and has bestowed his mark upon her so that she may be the new deity.
At first she is reluctant, but soon enough accepts living with three other characters – Tomoe, Onikiri and Kotetsu. The plot thickens as the girl starts developing feelings towards Tamoe, turning this one into a bonafide love drama with god-like entities. We’re looking at lengthy 325 minutes of content here, buckle up and kick off that ride!
– Lovely Complex
This romance anime stands out a bit because the starring couple involved – a girl named Risa Koizumi and a boy called Atsushi Ōtani – starts out as two friends who get ridiculed by the world all of the time because of their significant height difference.
Risa is over 7 inches taller than the boy, but they’re making it work like buddies. Things get a bit complicated when Risa falls for a new tall boy from the other class – Ryouji Suzuki – while the lad gets his eye on a girl called Chiharu Tanaka.
As faith would have it, the two crushes end up not being with our heroes, but with each other! Until this point, Risa and Atsushi went through thick and thin, and that is when another odd things starts happening – they start falling for each other. Get the full series to see how the story develops!
Made by Aya Nakahara and published by Shueisha, the series was a solid hit, and ended up being developed into a Play Station 2 game and a live action film, but we still think that anime is where it’s at. So get that Complete Series edition and start looking through those 4 discs. That’s 575 minutes of pure entertainment, god stuff!
– Golden Time
Finally, we’d like to kindly draw your attention towards “Golden Time,” an interesting series that follows the story of a guy named Banri Tada, a private law school student who finds himself completely lost after falling off a bridge while returning from school. This is an unfortunate condition they call the retrograde amnesia, and there are people in the real world who actually suffer from it.
The incident leaves the dude’s memory completely blank, starting an intriguing journey of everlasting search, love and burning desire. A stunningly beautiful girl named Kaga Koko is also an important part of the story, and we invite you to join the ride and see how it all fits into pieces.
We’re looking at two discs with around 300 minutes of content here, meaning that you shouldn’t have too much trouble with grasping the whole story. There’s drama, there’s anime, there’s love, and there’s comedy – it’s the golden mixture in “Golden Time” indeed! Recommended for all ages and both genders.
Therefore, when all is said and combined, these 10 doggies strongly stand out as top contenders for the flattering title of the best love story anime series in the world.
Needless to say, taste is a subjective thing and it greatly depends on your personal preferences which series will suit you the best, but we believe that the se 10 fulfill enough objective criteria to stand out from the crowd as top-level stuff.
With that out of the way, feel free to browse through these items and treat yourself with one of the killer series as early as today. This could be the beginning of an amazing journey for you, or further exploration deep into the amazing world of anime. Get busy now, highly recommended!