Valentines Day is the day of love, celebrated by many countries around the world, and what better a time to watch something romantic than on this holiday. This may be weird to say as a guy, but romance is my favorite genre of anything, and as such I have seen a good number of romance anime. Whether you have someone special to watch with, or are spending another year single like me, it’s important to know that you are loved whether you know it or not. So cuddle up with that girl or guy or bowl of popcorn, and enjoy this day of love with some of these wonderfully romantic shows!
Snow White with the Red Hair
One of my favorite shows from 2015 that is in its second season right now in 2016, Snow White with the Red Hair is, in my opinion, the best pure romance anime in recent history. The characters are unique and strong, breaking free from a lot of the tropes that plague the genre. Shirayuki is not a helpless girl in need of her prince to save the day, but a strong, smart, and capable young women. Zen is a passionate and compassionate young prince who is smart enough and strong enough to recognize that Shirayuki is capable of making decisions for herself. Sure, there are moments where Zen will step in and save Shirayuki, but he doesn’t view her as someone who incapable of holding her own. The relationship between the two is the bread and butter of this show. It’s pure and adorable and actually has progression. If that alone isn’t enough to convince you to watch then the art is beautiful and vibrant, the music is whimsical and fun, and both the sub and the dub are fantastic. Now go watch it now, and you can thank me later!
Toradora is a wonderful story of two people who seek the others help to help them get with each others best friend. Still following? Ok! What Toradora accomplishes is 24 episodes of real emotion and relationship building, working up to a conclusion that is equal parts bitter and sweet. What makes this show so great is that the romance of this show is the result of natural progression of a relationship. Things are not lovey-dovey from the start, but the payoff that we get from the development over the course of the show is so very satisfying. Normally with this kind of show, there is an easy and obvious romantic interest for the main character to choose, but I found all of the girls in this show to be worthy of being the one. A little bit of a spoiler since it almost never happens in anime, but Toradora has one of the most romantic and intimate kissing scenes in all of the anime that I have watched, which immediately makes Toradora a winner in my book. If you haven’t seen it yet, absolutely check it out!
Love Chunibyo and Other Delusions
If your looking for something a little different, then this is the show for you. Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions (Chuni for short) is the story about a boy who left his 8th grade syndrome behind only to have a girl who exhibits that very same behavior, latch on to him. The relationship between the two is cute, while maintaining a dynamic between them that is complex but fun to watch. Chuni is emotional and touching as it deals with heavy themes of escapism and reality, but maintains its fun nature with cute comedy and all around adorable characters. There’s a reason that this show is in my top 3 all time favorite anime, and you need to go watch and find out why!
Kimi ni Todoke
There is not a more touching and equally frustrating anime out there than Kimi ni Todoke. Never have I wanted to yell at my monitor, “JUST SAY IT” more than when watching this show, but I can’t help but love everthing about it. Maybe I identify with Sawako a little bit, or maybe they just do a good job of playing off of the insecurities that many had when in high school, but to see her growth throughout the duration of this show, both relationaly and as a person, is so rewarding and touching and relatable. You can’t help but root for her and when things go right, you smile a big smile and feel the happiness wash over you. There are plenty of emotional ups and downs on this roller coaster of an anime, but when all is said and done, it is one of the more solid romances out there.
Say I Love You
On the grittier and more realistic side of romance, Say I Love You tells the story of Sae and her path through the joys and trials of romance. A more realistic set of character designs, coupled with a muted color pallet, really make this different from a lot of the other romance anime out there. Say I Love You isn’t afraid to talk about difficult subjects like sex and physical intimacy in relationships and the pressures of needing to be what the world considers beautiful. The characters are fantastic and despite the heavier themes and tone of the story, there are no shortage of cute moments that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
Far different from any of the other romances on this list, Amagami SS, and its sequel Amagami SS+, takes a visual novel and adapts it in a way that I love. Instead of having one girl be the main love interest over the course of the 25 episodes, each girl gets 4 episodes of their own story. Think of it like this: The main protagonist stands on a road that branches into 6 different roads, each signifying one potential love interest; It’s all separate timelines, so Mr. MC isn’t hoping from one girl to the next. My favorite girls are Tsukasa, Morishima, and Kaoru in that order, but all of the girls are great in there own way, and each story is cute. It’s a different take on romance, and a good one in my opinion!
Amagami SS can be viewed here: Hulu
So you’re a fan of romance, but have grown a little tired of the same high school love stories? Well then Golden Time is for you! Taking place in college, we get to see the path to romance that amnesiac Tada Banri takes as he makes friends both new and old and finds love. Kaga Koko is one of the best female characters out there, combining the right amount of crazy with the perfect amount of passion. You can’t help but root for her! Golden Time does contain a love triangle, a trope that is over-used and annoying, but does it in a way that is both impressive and believable. Being based during the college years, some more adult themes are discussed and I love the fact that it doesn’t shy away from them. I can only hope that I can meet someone as romantic and wonderful as Koko!
These are but a few of the many awesome romance anime out there! What ones did we miss that you think others should check out? Let us know below and spread the love! Happy Valentines Day everyone!
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