A beautiful romance can make anyone’s heart sing, and anime is one of the best animation media for presenting them. Several romance stories have been presented in Japanese animation throughout the years, ranging from funny to serious and tragic. 

Fans of romance may find it difficult to sort through the dozens of options available to find the right show to watch.

Fortunately, a few series stand out from the crowd, and that romantic anime lover should make a point of seeing. 

And, here they are-

Fruits Basket

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Tohru’s story of attempting to help her friends (The Sohma family) who have been cursed to become animals from the Chinese Zodiac break the curse is so captivating that it spanned over 50 episodes in its original run, only to be followed up by Fruits Basket: Final, which will premiere in the Spring 2021 anime season. Its most recent season is now listed in the top 25 romantic anime on many sites, demonstrating that it is fantastic not just as a romance but also as an anime.

The Garden of Sinners

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Mikiya and Shiki are the main protagonists in the Garden of Sinners series of films. Shiki has a special ability dubbed “Mystic Eyes of Death Perception,” which allows her to perceive “death” and its relationship to her environment as lines. Mikiya and Shiki collaborate to solve unusual situations involving inexplicable deaths. A killer has fled and runs into Shiki in this fifth chapter (2008), while Mikiya investigates the man’s killings at the Ogawa apartment complex. This film has a weighted rating of 8.57 (based on 99,784 user reviews). It is classified as an Action, Mystery, Supernatural, Drama, Romance, and Thriller film.


This romantic anime is ideal for homosexual and bisexual anime fans who want to see themselves represented on-screen and well-written enough for everyone to appreciate. Mafuyu and Ritsuka’s romance blossoms as Mafuyu learns to play the guitar and sing in Ritsuka’s band. The combination of seeing Mafuyu’s confidence improve and the love tension creates a great series that fans will not want to put down.

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The Tatami Galaxy

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The Tatami Galaxy (2010) is a crazy, weird, and heartwarming romantic anime about a man suffering from guilt in his third year of college. He had been spending his time with his friend Ozu, breaking up couples, rather than seeking a relationship for himself, up until that moment. He’s thrown back in time to his freshman year of college to attempt to live without regrets after meeting a mystery individual who claims to be a god. The show has 11 episodes and is divided into four categories: mystery, comedy, psychological, and romance.

Howl’s Moving Castle

Sophie Hatter is cursed by the Witch of the Waste to become an elderly lady out of envy in Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). Sophie must now go with his colorful cast of allies in his living castle with the assistance of a strange and powerful wizard named Howl, responsible for the witch’s jealousy. This film falls within the Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, and Romance genres. It has won several accolades, including the Mainichi Film Awards’ Best Japanese Film Overall and the Japan Media Arts Festival’s Excellence Prize for Animation, both in 2004. The film was then nominated for the 78th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature.

Your Lie in April

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Is there anything quite like music when it comes to romance? This romantic anime depicts how a single encounter may drastically alter a person’s life and lead to romance. It’s corny in the nicest manner imaginable at times. Your Lie in April (2014-2015), another romantic anime tearjerker, is a 22-episode series following Kousei Arima. In Your Lie in April, a disillusioned pianist named Kousei meets a talented violinist named Kaori, who challenges him to break out of his shell and rekindle his love for music. He’s a piano prodigy till his mother passes away, and he falls into melancholy. He meets violinist Kaori Miyazono, who flips his life upside down after he hasn’t played in two years.

Clannad: After Story

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Clannad: After Story (2008-2009), also known as “Get Ready to Cry the Anime” among romantic anime fans (as a joke), is a continuation of the romantic anime Clannad. It begins when main protagonists Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa graduate from high school and experience the pleasures and heartbreaks of growing up in this 25-episode series. The original anime follows the games’ plot while also displaying the “real ending” on screen. While the original is fantastic, albeit a touch dated at this time, most romantic anime fans consider Clannad: After Story a must-see program for every anime lover.

Kimi no Nawa

Kimi no Na Wa. (2016) is an animated film that received the LAFCA Animation Award in 2016 and the Mainichi Film Awards’ Best Animated Film in 2017. The story focuses on two high school students, Mitsuha Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana, who wake up in each other’s bodies! Mitsuha gets to live out her goal of living in the big metropolis in Tokyo. At the same time, Taki enjoys the peace of the countryside. They must find each other and solve the body-swapping puzzle. This romantic anime is classified as Supernatural, School, and Drama, in addition to Romance.