What is the first thing that pops up in your mind when you hear the word “Romance”? Is it holding hands while enjoying a view of the sunset and spending quality time? No, for most of us, the word “Romance” takes us straight to physical intimacy.
But do you know there are very few people who describe “Romance” as a feeling where they can stare into each other’s eye for eternity and still don’t get tired of it?
At the end of the day, Romance can change your life either in a good or a bad way. But the one thing that will stay with you forever is the experience which will be valuable to you for the rest of your life.
So, without further ado, let’s begin with the list of top 20 romance anime on Crunchyroll.
20Blue Spring Ride
Blue Spring Ride tests Futuba’s love for the Kou, who has drastically changed through time.
Blue Spring RideAir Date: July 8, 2014 Status: Finished Studio: Production I.G No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 12
Despite being shunned by the girls, Futaba Yoshioka was a popular middle-schooler for being attractive.
Soon after a sudden encounter with her classmate, Kou Tanaka, under a shed on a rainy day, bloomed some unknown but warm feelings.
But after an unfortunate misunderstanding in the summer festival followed by Kou’s disappearance made her alone all again.
After passing those lonely days, she has now turned into a tomboy in high school. But not for long, as she comes across Kou once again in high school.
Unfortunately, he is now known as Kou Mabuchi, and besides his name, many things have changed drastically.
Golden Time is a lesson to make you appreciate your life as it is.
Golden TimeAir Date: October 4, 2013 Status: Finished Studio: J.C.Staff No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 24
After getting hit by a truck, Banri Tada is struck with amnesia because of which he has no memory of the past.
But after befriending Mitsuo Yanagisawa, Banri decides to move on and begin a new life.
Soon after entering college life, he barges into Kouko Kaga. After witnessing her, he wants to fall in love, make mistakes, and grow from them once again.
Kokoro Connect is a warning for those who suppress their feelings unendingly.
Kokoro ConnectAir Date: July 8, 2012 Status: Finished Studio: Silver Link. No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 13
The story revolves around five students of Yamaboshi Academy who, after not being able to join any clubs, band together to form their own club named StuCS .i.e. Student Cultural Society.
But soon, they experience a strange incident where they randomly switch their bodies without any warnings for a short period of time.
As the supernatural phenomenon continues to occur, they come across each other’s secrets, causing rifts between their friendship.
Orange is a tale of regrets, one shouldn’t live with.
OrangeAir Date: July 4, 2016 Status: Finished Studio: Telecom Animation Film No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 13
On a late morning, Naho Takamiya receives a letter from her 26-year-old self, which she didn’t believe at first.
But after reading the letter, she finds out that the letter is really from her future self as it depicted every event of that day precisely.
Her future self warns her to be careful while making decisions involving Kakeru Naruse, whom she regrets not having around in the future.
16Honey and Clover
Honey and Clover portray the complications in love and friendship through beautiful and loving characters.
Honey and CloverAir Date: April 15, 2005 Status: Finished Studio: J.C.Staff No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 36
Yuki Takemoto shares an affordable six-tatami apartment with his two seniors Shinobu and Takumi.
Shinobu is unable to graduate because of his absence from classes, while Takumi is a caring senior who always looks out for Yuki.
Not giving any thoughts to his future, his encounter with Hagumi Hanamoto makes him fall in love at first sight.
Hagumi is an extremely talented student who soon befriends Ayumi Yamada, a popular pottery student. Unlike Hagumi, Ayumi knows Yuki and his seniors, and she harbors special feelings for one of them.
Lovely Complex beautifully elaborates on the common complexities in teen relationships through a fun and quirky story.
Lovely ComplexAir Date: April 7, 2007 Status: Finished Studio: Toei Animation No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 24
Risa Koizumi wants her love life to be a beautiful romantic story instead of being 172 cms tall, higher than an average Japanese girl, and sometimes higher than some guys.
But her love life was going smoothly with Ryouji Suzuki, a tall boy until he fell for another girl. Soon after coming across Atsushi Ootani, she realized that both of their crushes fell in love with each other.
Recovering from that incident, both Atsushi and Risa became close to each other. But the fact of Atsushi being only 156 cm tall is a complex that Risa has to overcome to hold on to the precious feeling.
14Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is an exhilarating roller-coaster ride of emotions.
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kunAir Date: July 7, 2014 Status: Finished Studio: Doga Kobo No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 12
Chiyo Sakura is a high school girl who has fallen for Umetarou Nozaki, an aspiring mangaka. After her confession, she gets a signed autograph from Nozaki, who mistakes her as a fan.
Later Sakura comes to recognize that Nozaki is a respected shoujo mangaka pen named Sakiko Yumeno, which led her to be one of Nozaki’s assistants.
Soon her life changed as she encountered each of Nozaki’s friends who helped Nozaki out for his manga. Chiyo sticks with Nozaki with hopes of getting her feelings acknowledged by him.
13A Lull in the Sea
A Lull in the Sea displays the power of love against hatred through an endearing story.
A Lull in the SeaAir Date: October 3, 2013 Status: Finished Studio: P.A. Works No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 26
Humans used to live beneath the sea, but when some decided to leave the sea to live on the surface, they lost their ability known as “Ena” to breathe underwater.
While the hatred between the inhabitants has never gone away, the contact between them is still there.
In recent times, Hikari Sakishima, Manaka Mukaido, and their childhood friend Chisaki and Kaname are going to leave the underwater world to join a high school on the surface.
Though they were faced with obvious hatred from the inhabitants on the surface, they also got to know Tsumugu Kihara, who loves the sea being a fisherman.
Soon they were hit by different storms in their personal lives while facing new challenges on the surface.
When life gives you a chance, grab it, ReLIFE tries to remind us that through a beautifully written story.
ReLIFEAir Date: July 2, 2016 Status: Finished Studio: TMS Entertainment No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 13
Arata Kaizaki is a 27-year-old who left his first company within the initial days and has been struggling to get a permanent job.
Soon the encounter with Ryou Yoake changes his life as Ryou promises him to improve his lifestyle if he takes part in an experiment by taking a pill.
Agreeing instantly, he is surprised to see himself in the body of his 17-year-old self the next morning.
Soon starting his new life as a high school student, he finds himself struggling with academics and making friends.
11My Love Story
My Love Story is the sweetest dessert you have long waited for.
My Love StoryAir Date: April 9, 2015 Status: Finished Studio: Madhouse No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 24
Takeo Gouda, after saving Rinko Yamato from a groper in a train, falls instantly in love with her.
But assuming that she might also have an interest in his best friend Sunakawa, he tries to be the middleman while his love for her continues to bloom.
10My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
My Teen Romantic SNAFU deals with a loner’s animosity toward society.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFUAir Date: April 5, 2013 Status: Finished Studio: Brain’s Base, feel. No. of Seasons: 3 No. of Episodes: 38
Hachiman Hikigaya is an apathetic high school student who has narcissistic and semi-nihilistic tendencies. He believes joyful youth is nothing but a farce.
For writing an essay that mocks modern social relationships, he was punished by his teacher for joining the social service club, where he met a beautiful queen with ice-cold eyes, Yukino Yukonoshita.
Soon he notices that he is solving many students’ problems with his perspective on modern society. The adventure begins as he tries to figure himself out through the club activities.
9Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You is a sweet and innocent love story with a beautiful garden for the characters to bloom in.
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to YouAir Date: October 7, 2009 Status: Finished Studio: Production I.G No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 37
Kuronuma Sawako’s sweet demeanor was always mistaken for malicious behavior, which made her a loner among the class.
But soon after receiving thanks from Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in the class, her feelings started to bloom towards him.
Tsukigakirei is a quiet and sweet love story that depicts feeling through the gazes.
TsukigakireiAir Date: April 7, 2017 Status: Finished Studio: feel. No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 12
With a new school year Kotarou Azumi, an aspiring writer and Akane Mizuno, a track team member end up in the same class. Soon their fate begins to intertwine, and they come close to each other.
But soon, a question from Kotarou changes their quiet relationship forever.
7Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Kaguya-sama is the modern-day love story that represents adolescence with perfection.
Kaguya-sama: Love is WarAir Date: January 12, 2019 Status: Upcoming Season 3 Studio: A-1 Pictures No. of Seasons: 3 No. of Episodes: 24
Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, both representing the student council, are the perfect couple in the eyes of the academy students.
Though Miyuki and Kaguya have feelings for each other, they don’t want to confess as to not lose in the love-war.
6Kids on the Slope
Kids on the Slope is an exhilarating music adventure of three friends pursuing their love for jazz.
Kids on the SlopeAir Date: April 13, 2012 Status: Finished Studio: Tezuka Productions, MAPPA No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 12
Kaoru Nishimi is a top student and a classical pianist, but having to move constantly from place to place left him all alone.
But after arriving in Kuzu High, he meets Sentarou Kawabuchi, a notorious delinquent and a lover of jazz music, leading to instant friendship.
Karou begins to play the piano in the basement of fellow student Ritsuko Mukae’s family-owned record shop.
The three of them united by their passion for music sets out on a journey of their own.
5Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai deals with the struggles in the age of puberty through true-to-life Romance.
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl SenpaiAir Date: October 4, 2018 Status: Upcoming Season 2 Studio: CloverWorks No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 13
Puberty Syndrome is known for affecting those in adolescence. Though it is not acknowledged by people that much, Sakuta Azusagawa knows how severe Puberty Syndrome can be from personal experiences.
Mai Sakurajima is such a victim of Puberty Syndrome, with whom everyone hesitates to communicate and is invisible to the public.
But soon Sakuta comes across Mai, trying to help her out of that disease he is followed by several interactions with other girls suffering from Puberty Syndrome.
4The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou depicts hardships in everyday life with an enticing story.
The Pet Girl of SakurasouAir Date: October 9, 2012 Status: Finished Studio: J.C.Staff No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 24
Out of his good conscience to save abandoned kittens, Sorata Kanda, a second-year high school student, moves into the infamous dorm called Sakura Hall, where he finds himself to be a great misfit.
Hearing the situation, Sorata’s friend Nanami asks him to find new owners for the kittens so that he can move out of the dorm.
However, after meeting Mashiro Shiina, an aspiring mangaka, his desire to move out wavers away as she quickly latches onto him, and soon they trigger a change in others around them.
Toradora is a very sweet and sour rom-com you shouldn’t miss on.
Toradora!Air Date: October 2, 2008 Status: Finished Studio: J.C.Staff No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 24
Ryuuji Takasu, a humble high school boy who is often misunderstood as a delinquent for his face, comes across Taiga Aisaka, a small doll-like student who is known as Palmtop tiger for her feisty personality, following an embarrassing incident.
Both of them have a crush on the other’s best friend, and to set things in motion, they form an unlikely alliance.
2Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Anohana symbolizes the flower that never withers away.
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
Jinta Yadomi is being bothered by Meiko “Menma” Honma, whom he thinks is nothing more than a hallucination due to a hot summer day as Menma died years ago. But soon, he realizes that Menma is a ghost who has come to fulfill his wish.
The story revolves around six friends who got separated after Menma’s untimely death and are again drawn together to lay Menma’s spirit to rest.
1Your Lie in April
Your Lie in April teaches the significance of one’s life through heart-warming music.
Your Lie in AprilAir Date: October 10, 2014 Status: Finished Studio: A-1 Pictures No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 22
The prodigious pianist Kousei Arima has lost his adoration for music after his mother passed away.
But soon, his fate intertwines with Kaori Miyazono, a violinist who helps him to retrieve from the monochrome world through the music he wanted to part ways with.
Some other stories that show us their unique perspective on Romance are:
Plastic Memories; Say “I Love You”; Sing “Yesterday” For Me; My Little Monster; Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart.
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