Tuesday’s Top 5: Romantic Anime

I must admit, while I love darker anime and frequently lean toward action, mystery and horror, I certainly have gathered quite the collection of romances as well. What makes one romance work for me and another fail is usually whether or not there is a story outside of ‘and they all fell in love’ and whether or not the characters grab my interest and support. So the following is an entirely subjective list and I will explain my reasons, but feel free to add your favourite romantic anime below.

Please Note – There are spoilers below. You have been warned.

Honourable mentions this week go to Clannad (which I know should be higher on the list but I find this more dramatic than romantic so have left it off), Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (because while there is a romance in it, it really isn’t a romantic anime), and Karin (because while the romance seems fundamental early in the series, the end seems to forget about this and goes off on a tangent).

Number 5: Kamisama Kiss

While this is one of my favourite anime on this list, it isn’t my favourite romantic anime. Kamisama Kiss is a great story with humour and drama and we really get to watch Nanami grow into her role as a god, but her relationship with Tomoe is extremely slow moving. So, if someone asked me for a good romance I probably wouldn’t recommend this one straight up because the romance itself is actually pretty frustrating. Why did I include it in my top 5? Tomoe, of course. He is great value as the object of Nanami’s affection even while he suffers from a range of personality disorders that would actually make dating him painful in the extreme. Plus, he is really good looking for an anime character which when combined with the generally good looking animation makes Kamisama a very pleasurable watch.

Number 4: Golden Time

I really questioned whether to include this one. Yes, it is a romance but there is a lot else going on in this anime. Ultimately I decided to include it because the ending of it clearly establishes that yes, the whole point was for these characters to end up together. Tada Banri has amnesia (surprise) and has forgotten his past but is now ready to forge a new future at college. There he meets Koko, a girl totally obsessed with another guy. Jump ahead and watch these two fairly inept characters steal your heart away and become one of the sweetest couples going. Just so you know, Koko is crazy and obsessive and Banri is possibly one of the most wishy washy guys I included on this list, but they have a certain charm and will grow on you by the end. Certainly they hit a lot of bumps along the way but the ending is adorable (if a little unrealistic). Besides, it gives you hope realising that even these two can work it out.

Number 3: My Love Story

This is a relatively new addition to my list of romantic anime but I absolutely fell in love with this story. It makes me laugh and smile and I just really want the two main characters to be together. And unlike so many others on this list, the characters actually are together in a relationship (albeit a slow moving one) from the second episode, so the frustration of whether or not they are going to date and admit their feelings is not present. Add in some really amusing and interesting supporting characters and you have a romantic anime well worth the watch. The focus on the male character is also a refreshing change in this genre.

Number 2: Akagami no Shirayuki

Another relatively new anime but this one completely stole my heart. I remember watching this and then binge watching it again instantly. At it’s core it really is a fairy tale romance (hence the Snow White with the Red Hair) title but it is so much more. It has characters that feel fleshed out and real (even if they are all overly sweet at heart) and Shirayuki is perhaps my favourite female lead in any romance. While I didn’t give this the number on sport, Shirayuki is by far the preferred leading lady as she is confident and self-reliant but still falls in love and has to find the balance in herself. Partnered with Zen (I still don’t get that name), this is a fantastic couple. Zen isn’t useless so that the girl can show her stuff. He is capable in his own right and has his own life aside from pursuing and saving the girl (though he certainly does do that as well). If you just want something sweet but do not want to see the simpering girl pining for the guy or being dependent on him, this is the romance for you.

Number 1: Kimi ni Todoke

This show defines love story. So Kazehaya and Sawako’s relationship moves incredibly slowly, but it remains the focus of the series even while we see Sawako develop her other relationships and the usual school events (sports carnivals and festivals) occur. While the slow pace might frustrate some, it feels necessary given initially the large gap between the protagonists experiences and expectations. Besides, even Sawako’s friends agree that if she dated Kazehaya while still feeling indebted to him it wouldn’t really work out. There is very little unexpected in this story, but the combination of characters and the way it is presented makes this a truly pleasurable watch. Well worth making it to the end of this romance story.

What are your favourite romantic anime or did I include yours on the list?

 

 

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41 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Top 5: Romantic Anime

  1. I have watched every anime on this list and I will have to say that it’s a great list. Akagami no shirayuki-hime and Golden time from this list. I personally didn’t like Kimi ni todoke because I’m not a big fan of slow and all too sweet romance anime. As for my favourite romance anime, it’s Toradora! and then Waiting in the summer. Lovely complex is also another great romance anime.

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    1. Lots of peope find that with Kimi ni Todoke. I’m surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did given how slow it is. I haven’t seen Lovely Complex yet but it is on my list of anime to catch up on eventually.
      Thanks for the comment.

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  2. I like kamisaka Kiss, as well. I haven’t watched KNT anime, because I actually dropped the manga…. there are just so many characters with side stories that I’m not interested in.

    I love Koutura – san ,for some reason.

    I love Chivalry of a Failed Knight, too. It’s on top of my list.

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    1. Koutura-san didn’t do much for me. Chivalry of a failed Knight was okay but I didn’t feel it had much impact.
      Get what you mean about side stories sometimes getting in the way when you just want to see the plot progress.

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      1. Koutura-san is for the main girl .

        Chivalry is for the couple…. the main guy has integrity.

        Re Say I Love you… although it’s typical shoujo romance, the main guy is a potential cheater, and I pity the main girl for future heartbreak.

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  3. So far my all time favorite romance anime is Bokura ga ita, which is also one of the few that shows a romantic relationship while its ongoing.

    My other favorite is 5 centimetres per second. I just love it.

    Also Kare Kano is a very good one, which is a bit on the lighter side, but a good romance still.

    I enjoyed Lovely complex and Itazura no Kiss too a lot. The aforementioned Kimi ni todoke is rightly mentioned too.

    Actually what is annoying that most romance stories don’t go beyond the confession line, even though the hard part comes there.

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    1. That’s why I liked My Love Story because the confession and the getting together bit happens early and then they have to actually work out how to be a couple. Admittedly, they still move at a ridiculously slow pace.

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  4. I love Tomoe so much but I do agree that it’s frustrating to watch since their relationship hardly gets anywhere with both the characters denying their feelings. I’ve seen all the series you’ve listed and I didn’t enjoy Golden Time (somehow managed to finish it tho) and My Love Story (dropped it). Most likely because the relationship progressed really slow and that’s not my cup of tea. You already know that I love Kaichou so that’s one of my top romance anime. I also recommend watching Sukitte Ii na yo (Say I Love You) if you haven’t seen it!

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  5. I’ve only see one of these. (Snow White with the Red Hair.) But I hope to see Kamisama Kiss and all soon! They seem really awesome. I’m a very action/darker anime person as well. But these are super cool!

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  6. Oh the title of this blog post rang to be read and I loved every single one you mentioned ahhh I am happy πŸ˜€ Kimi no todoke is my no1 fav romance has been for so long has all the elements there. People I’ve spoke with always complain about the pacing being sooo slow but frankely disagree, I am glad it took it’s time to get there in the end, It’s like you said a pleasurable watch πŸ˜‰

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    1. The pacing is definitely slow and normally this wouldn’t be my thing but there’s so much charm in these characters it won me over completely even as I was driven crazy by their lack of forward movement.

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  7. I’m glad to see that two of my most-liked, romance animes also made it into your list! xD (That is, Golden Time and Akagami no Shirayuki-hime)

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  8. I don’t know how you managed to whittle it down to five. There’s just so many good’uns. Happy to see Kamisama Kiss in there, it’s a gorgeously animated, emotionally heavy show with plenty of goofy humour. Good list, as always.

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  9. Kimi no Todoke and Akagami no Shirayuki are also my top two favorite romance anime. I fell in love with both of their stories and loves the characters both very much. I will have to add Lovely Complex to the list too just because I love that show.

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  10. I have not seen #3 or 4, I will have to check those out. Totally agree with your #1 & 2. Great choices. I love Snow White with Red Hair because it is so mature, in the sense that there’s not a lot of stupid drama. Shirayuki and Zen know who they are as individuals and what they want from life. I wish there were more anime featuring characters like this. I’m getting too old for all the drama in some romances. πŸ˜›

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    1. I kind of get sick of the ridiculous misunderstandings forced in narratives in order to extend the drama or create tension. That is probably why I liked 1 & 2 so much. The drama and tension come from forces outside of the main couple for the most part or from what feel like more genuine misunderstandings that occur between people.

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  11. I just finished watching Snow White with the Red Hair and I love it so much, it’s a really great romance for all the reasons you stated, and I’m sad that we didn’t get to see the story continue in anime form. My favorites probably are Peach Girl, though it leans more on the soap opera-y dramatic side, and RomeoXJuliet I love to pieces (though also dramatic lol). I’d love to see you just straight up do a top 5 favorite couples in anime list!

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    1. Will add that to my list of future lists. Though, how I would manage to make the choice for top 5 I do not know at this point. Just so many great couples.

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