Maybe they invoke a weird nostalgia in all of us or maybe they give us something we long for, something we may never have. No matter which one it is, it is clear to see why we find romance anime appealing. With the rise of Netflix, fulfilling our lovey-dovey hunger has never been easier.
Even with the existence of anime-specific streaming services, Netflix has had the most impact on how people watch anime. I often find myself watching something I never would have watched on Netflix just because of mere convenience.
With anime becoming more mainstream than ever, Netflix’s rise in Sphere of anime has been very apparent, especially when it offers dubs of many of our favorite series.
Given all that, here are the best romance anime on Netflix that you can watch dubbed.
10High Score Girl
High Score GirlAir Date: July 14, 2018 Status: Airing Studio: J.C.Staff No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 21
Although High Score Girl does not offer anything extraordinary story-wise, the setting is what makes it truly engaging. This series is a love letter to the 90s video game culture, with many obscure and obvious references to many retro video games. If you are familiar with that culture, this series is surely going to give you a heavy dose of nostalgia.
Set in the 1990s, Haruo Yaguchi is a sixth-grader who dreams of becoming a pro gamer. He is not very smart or athletic but rules the local arcade scene with sheer domination.
One day he encounters Ono Akira, a fellow classmate who is able to defeat him 7 times in a row until Haruo resorts to dirty tactics to gain victory. This marks the beginning of a strange relationship between two rival gamers.
9Monthly Girls’ Nozaki Kun
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kunAir Date: July 7, 2014 Status: Finished Studio: Doga Kobo No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 12
Romance takes a backseat in this anime in order to bring you absolute comedic gold. This series is hilarious throughout its run, bringing you the most epic series of misunderstandings you will ever see.
Chiyo Sakura is a high school girl who is left confused after her crush hands her an autograph after she confesses her love for him.
Turns out Umetarou Nozaki is a famous shoujo mangaka who mistook her for a fan.
A series of misunderstandings lead to Chiyo becoming Umetarou’s assistant, giving her hope of becoming close to him.
8Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!Air Date: October 4, 2012 Status: Finished Studio: Kyoto Animation No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 25
At first, this anime appears to be a light-hearted comedy but that is not the case. The slow discovery of Rikka’s condition makes for excellent drama and some raw emotion that you would not expect to feel when beginning to watch the show.
Yuuta Togashi is a former “Chunibyo”, who hopes to leave his past behind as he enters high school. This proves to be very difficult as Rikka Takanashi, his new classmate is the vessel of “Wicked eye” and a hardcore “Chunibyo” herself.
As Rikka gets involved with Yuuta’s life, his hopes of leaving his embarrassing grand delusions behind slowly fade away.
ClannadAir Date: October 5, 2007 Status: Finished Studio: Kyoto Animation No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 47
Clannad is a story about the search for meaning in one’s life and how true meaning can only be in others. This anime hides some truly meaningful concepts behind its rom-com facade.
Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who plans to skip his high school away along with his friend Youhei Sunohara.
While going to school, he interacts with Nagisa Furukawa, a girl who talks to herself constantly. He ends up befriending Nagisa and begins helping her achieve his goal of reviving the school’s drama club along with four other girls.
Tomoya begins to find meaning in his life while helping Nagisa and the other girls overcome their problems.
BEASTARSAir Date: October 10, 2019 Status: Upcoming Season 3 Studio: Orange No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 24
The series discovers the dynamics between herbivores and carnivores in an anthropomorphic animal world. I personally enjoy the portrayal of Legoshi’s internal conflict while discovering his feelings for Haru. Also, this is probably the only anime where the use of CG is actually good.
The story takes place in a world of anthropomorphic animals, where Legoshi, a grey wolf is a student at the Cherryton Academy high school. He is a part of the drama club, where an alpaca is murdered which causes cold conflict between herbivore and carnivore students.
One day, Legoshi meets Haru, a small rabbit who is in love with Louis, a red deer who is the front runner for the title of “Beastar”. This encounter leads him to develop complex feelings towards Haru in a world where there potential relationship is forbidden.
InuyashaAir Date: October 16, 2000 Status: Upcoming Season 3 Studio: Sunrise No. of Seasons: 3 No. of Episodes: 193
This is a true early 2000s classic with an exceptionally good dub. Inuyasha is an anime that can be considered truly Japanese and is probably responsible for getting many people interested in Japanese culture including me.
Kagome Higurashi is a fifteen-year-old girl who is transported to 500 years in the past by a demon. The demon seeks the Shikon Jewel, a wish-granting jewel that is reborn inside of Kagome.
After the sacred jewel is shattered to pieces, Kagome joins forces with Inuyasha, a dog-human-demon hybrid, Shippo, a fox demon, Miroku, a monk, and Sango, a demon slayer in order to prevent the jewel from falling into wrong hands.
4Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That DayAir Date: April 15, 2011 Status: Finished Studio: A-1 Pictures No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 11
This series is surely going to make you cry. Anohana is an emotionally powerful story centered around a cast of strong characters with slow development. It’s the kind of story where you feel all the emotions of the characters, in sadness and in triumph.
Jinta Yadomi is a recluse who spends his time away from school playing video games at home. One day he sees his childhood friend Meiko Honma who died six years ago.
He is convinced that he has seen his ghost and is expected to fulfill his final wish. But he does not remember the wish.
To lay his friend to rest, he gathers his old group of friends believing they are the key to solve the problem. All the friends join the group reluctantly until they finally decide to shoulder the blame for Honma’s death. Long hidden feelings are rekindled as they relive their path of fear and guilt.
Toradora!Air Date: October 2, 2008 Status: Finished Studio: J.C.Staff No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 24
This is one of the few series where the slow build-up to the main romance is actually worth it. Although Ryuji and Taiga interact throughout the series, they do not discover the true nature of their relationship until the very end of the show. I find this especially refreshing as the discovery is especially rewarding, given the buildup throughout the run of the show.
Ryuji Takasu is a second-year high school student with an intimidating face, leading to people mistaking him as a delinquent despite his gentle nature. He is best friends with Yusaku Kitamura and Minori Kushieda, the girl he has a crush on.
One day he meets Taiga Aisaka, a girl with cute looks and a feisty personality. She reveals she has a crush on his best friend Yusaku while she is best friends with his crush Minori.
They end up making an arrangement to set each other up with their crushes, unable to realize what their alliance is actually leading to.
Maid-Sama!Air Date: April 2, 2010 Status: Finished Studio: J.C.Staff No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 26
Maid Sama! Is probably the best rom-com anime. The series offers an excellent dynamic between its main characters along with some sweet wholesome moments. It’s hilarious overall and despite being full of cliches, I consider this a masterpiece.
Misaki Ayuzawa is the student council president of recently turned coed Seika Highschool. She is known as the Demon President across the school because of her hostility towards male students.
But she has a secret. She works at a Maid cafe in order to support her family, contrary to her behavior at school.
Usui Takumi, the most popular guy at school, ends up discovering her secret and threatens to expose her if she doesn’t follow his orders. He ends up becoming a regular at the cafe to become closer to Misaki.
1Your Lie in April
Your Lie in AprilAir Date: October 10, 2014 Status: Finished Studio: A-1 Pictures No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 22
This is a heart-touching story involving an ending you do not wish for. This series is full of impressive musical performances, which are enhanced by the circumstances. Kosei’s development is easily one of the best, with Kaori acting as a catalyst.
Kosei Arima is a former childhood music prodigy who stopped playing the piano due to burnout and his mother’s death.
Kosei ends up meeting Kaori Miyazono, a free-spirited violinist who is everything musically that Kosei is not.
He ends up rediscovering his love for music with the help of Kaori while she hides a secret.