Top 10 Best Romance Anime of All Time

There is nothing heart-warming like a lovey-dovey romance anime. Everyone needs a little loving and warmth in their lives to keep that heart beating, often making that ratatat when hugged by their special one, or just a peck on the lips. Nothing beats experiencing a lovely, romantic moment to make the clock spin counterclockwise. If you’re looking for confirmed, good romance anime, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of the top ten we’ve built up for you.

10. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Episodes: 26  | Aired: Apr 2, 2010 to Sep 24, 2010  | Duration:  24 min. per ep.

Rate: 8.2/10

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!It’s never easy to be the student council president, much less a girl holding a tremendously important position like that, especially if your school bent a few rules and became a co-ed school rather than just an all boys school. Misaki Ayuzawa, the student council president, or nicknamed Demon President for her strict, cold behavior towards any student who makes the tiniest bit of a mistake. Misaki’s wish is to protect girls from the horde of misbehaving boys at Seika High school.

However, the so-oh-cold-hearted Misaki has an embarrassing secret she works hard to protect from everyone else, to keep her reputation as a strict president. She works at a maid café, and yes, she wears the costume of a cute maid, a tsundere one, but all for a good cause—to help her family pay the bills. One day, her day or whole life is ruined by one wrong person stepping in the maid café— Takumi Usui. He is the most popular boy in the school. Seeing her like that, Takumi, decides to cause some mischief and blackmail her with that secret, and she, Misaki, has nothing to do but comply to his wishes. Though, Takumi’s secret wish is to get closer to her.

9. Lovely★Complex

Episodes: 24  | Aired: Apr 7, 2007 to Sep 29, 2007  | Duration:  24 min. per ep.

Rate: 8.2/10

Lovely★ComplexTall girls intimidate short boys, and they’d never fit together as a couple, right? Risa Koizumi, one of the main protagonists, struggles with her love life. She’s apparently too tall for boys to like her or date her, and that’s all she wants to achieve as a highschool student—fall in love and have an endearing romantic story she’d babble about everywhere to her friends.

Risa falls in love with the tallest guy in her class, mainly because he’s taller than her, yet he falls for another girl in class, the same one Ootani Atsushi falls in love with. That’s how the duo is brought together. First, they start by glaring at each other and expressing annoyance and hate, then it blooms into a lovely-complex friendship full of funny moments, one that will ultimately lead to a tense attraction between the two. Yet again, what will Risa do since Ootani is just 156cm and she’s 172cm?

8. Ookami to Koushinryou

Episodes: 13  | Aired: Jan 9, 2008 to Mar 26, 2008 | Duration:  24 min. per ep.

Rate: 8.3/10

Ookami to KoushinryouDeities are always worshipped, celebrated or revered at least, but what happens to the Deity once all that disappears? Holo is a deity that used to be celebrated and revered in the small town of Pasloe for blessing of annual harvest. Yet, the citizens of the small city become self-sufficent and no longer paid attention to the deity Holo, so she merely turned to a folk tale.

That is until a traveling merchant Kraft Lawrence stumbles upon Pasloe, meeting Holo, who offers to become his business partner if he agreed to take her to her northern home in Yoitsu. The merchant, being rather savvy and sharp, recognizes her mysterious abilities to evaluate a person’s personality and accepts her offer. Lawrence inches closer to his goal of opening his own shop, not realizing he’s opening another door to a woman’s heart as well.

7. Toradora!

Episodes: 25  | Aired: Oct 2, 2008 to Mar 26, 2009  | Duration:  24 min. per ep.

Rate: 8.4/10

Toradora!Sometimes love is not from first sight. Sometimes it starts with a burning hate then turns into a burning desire. Toradora is all about that. Hate and annoyance turned into something brighter, warmer than anything Ryuuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka.

Ryuuji is a gentle, kind, loving young man, who has a weird love for house chores, but in contrast, his appearance, as intimidating as it is, labels him as a delinquent to other people. On the other hand, Taiga Aisaka is far from the little doll that’s all cute and bubbly, in fact, she’s quite the opposite. She’s known for her tsundere act, especially towards her crush. Ryuuji and Taiga meet under strange circumstances and form a weird bond of friendship with each other, with Ryuuji helping taiga throughout the whole show to get the love of her life. That was the plan, at least.

6. Nodame Cantabile

Episodes: 23  | Aired: Jan 12, 2007 to Jun 15, 2007  | Duration:  22 min. per ep.

Rate: 8.5/10

Nodame CantabileBeing a musician is never easy, much less it being a dream, a dream that is slipping through the tips of your fingers. Shinichi Chiaki is a first class musician, who wants to make it in the elities in Europe, yet his only obstacle from achieving that is his fear of flying, so he’s bound to stay on the ground.

Shinichi, coming from a very distinguished family, is known for being a perfectionist. He is highly critical of himself and others around him. Megumi Noda, or as she likes to call herself Nodame, is fairly different from this young man, as she appears to have no sense of direction when it comes to her life. However, that changes once Shinichi hears her play the piano beautifully, then knowing she is his neighbor. Their friendship evolves into something far greater, including and merging the both of them together.

5. Nana

Episodes: 47  | Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Mar 28, 2007  | Duration:  24 min. per ep.

Rate: 8.5/10

NanaIt often causes a facepalm when you hear another romance cliché being unleashed. Nana harbors plenty of emotions in a mature way inside, leaving you wanting more as you get through each episode. It lays its cards out for heartbreak, love, and lust.

Nana Komatsu is a typical helpless twenty-year-old girl who is way too clingy and dependent on her partner for her own good and obsessed with the idea of love. Even though she’s quite a dreamer, Nana, believing it’s her true calling, she steps into a train to Tokyo in pursuit of her current boyfriend Shoujo Endo. With the same first name, Nana Osaki, a punk rock musician, with a wide difference between her and Nana Komatsu’s personality, travels as well to Tokyo in the same train. Both of them, holding the same first name, end up in an apartment together after a series of events. They form a remarkable bond together, and with each other, they experience what life throws at them.

4. Hotarubi no Morie

Episodes: 1  | Aired: Sep 17, 2011  | Duration:  45 min. per ep.

Rate: 8.6/10

Hotarubi no Mori eCan someone form a relationship, whatever kind, just by words alone, no touching or human contact whatsoever?  It may be hard to bear, but if a person disappears just by a touch, that can be troublesome and nerve wracking.

Hotaru Takegawa while visiting her uncle, she got lost in the ancient forest. Scared, exhausted and desperate, Hotaru begins her quest to find a masked forest spirit Gin. The hard way, she learns that she should never touch the boy or else consequences will hit her hard and he’d disappear, losing her only way home. Though, Gin helps her out the forest with a warning that she’d never come back again, yet she promises to come back again with a gift. Being the stubborn girl she is, she keeps coming back, forming a friendship with him even though the distances between them is earth and sun, then it hits her that she has other feelings for him, romantic ones.

3. Anohana

Episodes: 11  | Aired: Apr 15, 2011 to Jun 24, 2011  | Duration:  22 min. per ep.

Rate: 8.6/10

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.At times, you cannot move on unless you’ve hit the reset button for everything, and at times, the ghosts of your previous, used up life come haunting you in your house. That’s the case with Jinta Yadomi, who happens to be living his life peacefully, playing video games in the boiling heat of the summer when his childhood friend Meiko Honma comes crashing his party.

Menma, Jinta’s childhood deceased friend, steps in the picture frame so suddenly in that heated day of summer that he thinks he’s hallucinating. However, Menma keeps pestering him all day long until he’s convinced that she is truly the ghost of the girl he once knew. Jinta and his group of friends who scrambled apart after Menma’s death make another full circle again to help their friend Menma rest in peace, and hopefully themselves as well.

2. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Episodes: 22  | Aired: Oct 10, 2014 to Mar 20, 2015 | Duration:  22 min. per ep.

Rate: 8.9/10

Shigatsu wa Kimi no UsoWhen you’re suddenly met with a loss of an important person to you, everything you liked, loved becomes debris of fallen dreams in the past, often stays in the past. That is the case of Kousei Arima, the prodigious pianist. Music accompanies him in sweet harmonies, however, when he is stricken down to the ground by the death of his mother, everything seems bitter and unworthy to him.

Two years later, he is still broken by the sudden death and he gave up on his dreams, rivals and admirers. He left it all behind him in a big cloud of black only until he met a young beautiful violinist Kaori Miyazono that he changes his mind. She sets him right into his journey towards finding music in him again.

1. Clannad: After Story

Episodes: 24  | Aired: Oct 3, 2008 to Mar 27, 2009  | Duration:  24 min. per ep.

Rate: 9/10

Clannad: After StoryTime passes quickly and it sure sharpens one’s self throughout the chapters of their books. Clanned: After Story is the sequel of Clanned. The beginning of this continued story starts with Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukaw after they graduate from high school together.

The couple is met with the hardships of life thrown at them from every direction and they experience a rollercoaster of emotions while they grow up and a bunch of bumps in the road to make them appreciate each other more. Tomoya, with confusion lacing his mind and decisions in what’s to come after, he discovers that Nagisa helps him tremendously with her constant supports, and he learns the value of work and its responsibilities. Among other things, they begin to deepen the bond they once created, face and erase their problems all together and move to another stage in their profound relationship.

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