Thursday, February 14, 2019

Favorite Romance Anime (That I've seen so far)

There are plenty of anime to watch if you want to feel all lovey-dovey.

Today is Valentine's Day, so since everyone is in a more romantic mood, I figured, why not write about some of my favorite romance anime? I wouldn't say that I'm a huge fan of romance or shoujo anime, and I'm sure that I still haven't watched some of the more popular love stories in anime, but there are still some series that really left an impact on me.

My Love Story!!

"Sweet" is used to describe a lot of love stories, but I think My Love Story!! is truly a sweet romance. The two characters, Takeo Gouda and Rinko Yamato, couldn't look more different. Takeo is a giant who comes across as scary or intense, and Rinko is diminutive and gentle, but at heart the two are innocent and have a pure love for each other and those around them. Drama and misunderstandings that would strain the relationships of other anime couples barely even phase these two.

Bloom into You

Romance in anime can often be very dramatic and over the top. Misunderstandings and scheming rivals show up in almost every episode. But the romance in Bloom into You feels genuine and is still just as heartfelt as other series. Yuu Koito does not understand romance but her relationship with Touko Nanami opens up feelings that are new and exciting. While the anime series doesn't have an ending at this moment, I am planning to read the manga because I need more of this story.


Before Bloom into You was my favorite romance anime, I thought that there was no better love story than Toradora! and I still have a fondness for the series. Ryuuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka have a crush on the others respective friend, and they decide to work together to make their dreams a reality. Though as they grow closer and get involved with each others lives, a romance sparks. Toradora! also has a good Christmas story arc that makes it good to watch later in the year if you can't check it out for Valentine's Day. 

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

As soon as Chiyo Sakura is able to muster up the courage and confess to her crush, Umetarou Nozaki, nothing goes as expected. Instead of the two becoming a couple, Nozaki thinks that Sakura found out that he's a shoujo manga artist and that she's a fan. Sakura ends up being a kind of assistant and learns about the strange people that inspire Nozaki's characters. Throughout this series, moments that should be romantic end up comedic and no one really ends up in a serious relationship.

Tsuredure Children

If you don't have the time to watch a bunch of romance anime, Tsuredure Children is short with a bunch of different couples in different stages in their relationships. Some of them have just confesses to each other, others have known each other for years and just started going out, other literally just met, and some are just starting to hold hands. Tsuredure Children is cute and funny without taking up too much time since each episode is around ten minutes.

Mysterious Girlfriend X

Every couple has something that they can bond over. Some have similar career paths, other enjoy watching anime together. For Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe, drool is their bond. Yeah...the two characters enter a relationship and share drool in order to convey their true feelings about each other. It's kinda (or really) gross, but I think it's...I guess...sweet. I doubt this series is for everyone but I liked it.

Those are some of my favorite anime in the genre of romance and love. I probably forgot a couple and there are some that I am currently watching, but feel free to recommend me some of your favorite anime romances. I could always use another anime that makes me clutch my chest and say, "Dang...they're so good together!"

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