Sometimes, all you need is love. For some of us, it’s chick flicks and rom-com’s, but if you’re like me, you love a good romance anime. In these unprecedented times, the only thing I can be sure of is that a night in with a cozy blanket and a fluffy anime will have me feeling right before I know it. So stay tuned for 15 romantic anime that will make your heart skip a beat!
1. Re:ZERO: Starting life in another world
This anime took otakus by storm in 2016. The action-packed fantasy anime features just the right amount of romantic subplots to keep viewers hooked and on the edge of their seats. Thrilling and sometimes heartbreaking, Re: ZERO pulls viewers in and leaves them wanting more. The show follows Natsuki Subaru, who finds himself transported to another world where he can turn back time whenever he dies. Fans raved over the complex love triangle that held them captivated throughout the show.
Re: ZERO has a total of 25 episodes broken up over 2 seasons, along with an hour-long movie. Both seasons are available for streaming on HBO Max, Vrv.com, and Amazon video.
2. The Ancient Magus’ Bride
From 2017 to 2018, this romance anime began streaming on Crunchyroll. This heartbreaking and beautiful anime will have your heart beating out of your chest. This magical anime is set in England, though, a bit different than the England you and I know. The plot follows Chise Hitori, a lonely young woman neglected and unwanted by her family. Numbed by the pain of her dreary and unfortunate life, she sells herself into slavery, searching for a place to belong and for someone to belong to.
Unexpectedly, she is purchased by a non-human man with a skull in place of ahead. She is to be his magical apprentice… and his bride!
This romantic anime has 24 episodes available to stream on Crunchyroll, Vrv.com, and Amazon video.
3. Sailor Moon
You can’t go wrong with Sailor moon! Whether you choose the original, or Sailor Moon Crystal, you’ll be doing yourself a favor. But for the sake of the classics, I’ll be sticking with Sailor Moon in this list. This is a nostalgic and beloved anime to many, first airing in 1992. The plot follows young heroine Sabrina, who navigates life as a high school girl by day, and a crime fighter at night. With the help of her two cats, her fellow sailor scouts, and her mysterious love interest, Sabrina is challenged to save the earth and the universe. This series alone has inspired several spin-offs and movies. It is truly a romantic anime of legend.
Boasting a full 200 episodes, this anime is available to stream in full on Hulu and with Apple TV. So, get out there Sailor Scouts!
4. Blue Spring Ride
Blue Spring Ride first aired in 2014 and has been raved about ever since. This anime is a must-see for any respectable anime romance lover. Both the plot and art are beautifully done, leaving most viewers in awe. Our story follows Futuba, a schoolgirl who is determined to fit in with the other girls at school without being seen as a threat because of her pretty face. She compensates for her looks by acting like a tomboy who isn’t interested in the opinion of others. Until one day she crosses paths with her first love, Tanaka. Suddenly, life is more complicated and this journey of friendship and self-discovery has fully absorbed Futuba.
This anime is a short 12 episodes; All available to stream on Crunchyroll, Vrv.com, and Google Play.
Citrus, first aired in 2018, is a steamy forbidden love story that became very popular. Originally, the anime was based on the hit yuri manga series, so approach with caution if that isn’t your thing. The story follows Yuzuko, a high school girl whose mother has remarried. She finds herself moving in with her new step-family and attending an all-girls school where she instantly makes enemies with the student council president. Unbeknownst to her, the president is her new step-sister! Through drama, uncertainty, and heartache, their forbidden love unfolds.
Citrus has 12 episodes available to stream on Funimation and Apple TV.
6. Golden Time
Golden time aired from 2013 to 2014 and was well received by avid anime watchers. The romance shadows Banri Tada, a student recently admitted to a private law school in Tokyo. After an accident, Banri has lost all of his memories. Soon, he encounters classmate Mitsuo Yanagisawa and feels an instant connection. Feeling as though fate is pushing the two together, how will their story end?
Golden Time consists of 24 episodes available for streaming on Crunchyroll, HiDive, Rakuten Viki, and Vrv.com.
7. Kokoro Connect
Aired in 2012, this anime is another of many that follow the lives of schoolmates and friends on a journey to self-discovery. Though this one is a bit more on the comical side, it has all the feel-good fluff you need from a good romance. Kokoro Connect takes us on a journey with five friends who join together and form their own school club- The School Culture Club! On the day to day, they discuss new topics for their newspaper, well, until they started swapping bodies!
Kokoro Connect has 13 episodes available to stream on Crunchyroll, HiDive, and Apple TV.
8. Blast of Tempest
From 2012 to 2013, Blast of Tempest was a favorite of many. This captivating tale was delivered to us with stunning art and magnificent story-telling. Princess Hakaze of the Kusaribe clan was betrayed by her people, leaving her to seek help from unlikely allies in an effort to save civilization as they know it. Mahiro and Yoshino answer the princess’ call for help, on the condition she finds the person responsible for Mahiro’s sister’s death. The scales of fate hang in a delicate balance, with no clear answers on who is really saving the world.
Blast of Tempest has 24 episodes available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Vrv.com.
9. My Bride is a Mermaid
Aired in 2007 this classic is another that offers a bit of comedic relief. Michishio is a student in junior high when he visits his hometown and nearly drowns! Saved by a lovely mermaid, he finds himself wrapped up in a pretty sticky situation. His heroine’s family happens to be a part of the merfolk mafia. According to their strict code, if a mermaid is discovered by a man, either she or the man must be put to death… unless they get married?
My Bride is a Mermaid spans over 26 episodes. It is available to stream on Funimation.
10. Domestic Girlfriend
Initially aired in 2019, Domestic Girlfriend was quite popular when it first came out. Tasting his first experience of unrequited love, Natsuo attends a mixer where he meets Rui. After what he thinks is a one-night stand, he discovers his father has remarried, and his new step-sisters are Rui… and his crush unrequited love Hina! As if that isn’t bad enough, Hina is also his teacher!
Domestic Girlfriend has 12 episodes available to stream on Crunchyroll, HiDive, and Vrv.com.
11. Your lie in April
Airing from 2014 to 2015, Your lie in April was an instant hit. This heart-pulling anime deals with loss, friendship, and unrequited love. The story is presented beautifully, with stunning art to match. Kousei Arima, a gifted pianist, is left unable to play after the loss of his mother. That is until he meets Kaori Miyazono. The talented violinist awakens something in Kousei’s life, changing him forever.
Your lie in April is comprised of 22 episodes available to stream on Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Vrv.com.
12. Vampire Knight
Vampire Knight was released in 2008 and has had a cult following ever since. Its beautiful and unique art style left viewers enchanted, pulled in by the storyline, and asking for more. We follow the life of Yuki, a student at Cross academy, as she navigates life discovering her forgotten past. This romantic anime features a love triangle that will have you torn between two prospective love interests. At the end, who will win Yuki’s heart? More importantly, who is Yuki really?
Vampire Knight has 26 episodes all available to stream at Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Vrv.com.
13. Ouran High School Host Club
This classic first aired in 2006 and has stuck in our hearts ever since. We follow Haruhi as she enters a prestigious academy, determined to follow in her late mother’s footsteps and become an incredible lawyer. The only problem? Ouran High is a school for snobby, out-of-touch rich kids! Haruhi is attending the school on a scholarship, so her worst nightmare comes true when she breaks an expensive vase in the host club. Indebted to the club, she has to pay them back by pretending to be a boy and hosting the girls of the school. As Haruhi opens herself up to the members of the club, feeling begin to bloom in this reverse-harem style romance.
Ouran High School Host Club has 26 episodes available for stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Funimation.
Aired in 2019, Given is another LGBT anime that took viewers by storm. Following the blossoming romance of Ritsuka and Mafuyu, we see the pair build each other up as their feelings for one another become stronger. Ritsuka finds himself feeling alive again as Mafuyu joins his band, learning to sing and play the guitar. Their romance is heartwarming and dazzling.
Given has 11 episodes and is available to stream on Crunchyroll and Vrv.com.
15. Your name
Aired in 2016, Your Name proudly boasts a 4.5-star rating on Anime-Planet. It is different from the others on this list in that it is a movie, but it was worth the mention. We follow two strangers with a unique connection that draws them together. Mitsuha who makes a wish to leave her small town and be in the city, and Taki, who lives in the bustling city of Tokyo. What happens when they trade places in their dreams, and what is their connection?