For many people, anime is the most effective form of escapism. While Goku is discovering his next rainbow transformation, it’s difficult to think about your student debt. But, honestly, nothing engages you in a world like a well-written romance.
It’s time to tap into your emotional side because we’ve compiled a list of the best romance anime ever made. These shows usually depict two people falling in love; it usually begins with a crush and progresses from there.
From first kisses and schoolyard crushes to crossdressing anime about adults developing a relationship at work, good romance anime covers a wide range of topics. They also include some of the most attractive anime characters and female characters ever created. These shows, sometimes referred to as love anime, are a little slower-paced than typical shoujo anime, but that doesn’t mean they’re boring.
While most animes include some sort of romantic element, those that make it a central theme are likely to be popular till the end of time. Cuddling up to a good romance anime is almost always a good time, whether they’re chasing a classic will-they-won’t-they couple, an intriguing love triangle, or providing endless shipping fodder for their respective fandoms. In fact, rather than being solely about love, some of the best romance anime combines multiple genres.
1. Maid Sama!
It’s not easy being the first female student council president, especially when your school is transitioning from an all-boys to a co-ed high school. Ayuzawa Misaki isn’t afraid to use her mastery of Aikido techniques to judge misbehaving boys and defend the girls at Seika High School, earning her the title “Demon President” from the boys.
Even the perfect Ayuzawa has a shameful secret: she works part-time as a maid at a maid café to help support her financially strapped family. She has managed to keep her job a secret from her classmates while maintaining her flawless image as a stellar student until Usui Takumi, the most popular boy in school, walks into the maid café one day. With her secret, he could either destroy her reputation or twist the student council president around his little finger and use it as an opportunity to get closer to her.
The wonderful thing about Maid-sama! is that it stays true to its source material. It accepts its goofiness, ridiculousness, and stupidity and does not try to be anything else. And because it doesn’t take itself too seriously, this show succeeds in being a highly entertaining work of art.
Maid-sama! is also amusing. Much of this stems from gender-related jokes, such as Misaki’s takeover of the boy-dominated school, which is known for being vulgar and smelly. Maid-sama! also pays attention to the other characters to some extent. Despite the characters’ odd natures, Maid-sama! portrays them in a tender, affectionate light, resulting in some feel-good moments without downplaying how amusingly odd they are.
The way the comedy and romance were intertwined was very appropriate for the characters. Not to mention the fact that Usui and Misaki are constantly at odds, and then there’s the romantic scene, which almost always includes some comedy. It was also interesting to see how Misaki’s feelings played out and how Usui helped her out, given that she is a tsundere.
2. Snow White With the Red Hair
Shirayuki, despite her name meaning “snow white,” is a cheerful, red-haired girl who works diligently as an apothecary at her herbal shop in Tanbarun. Her life is turned upside down when she is noticed by Prince Raji, the bumbling prince of Tanbarun, who then tries to force her to become his concubine.
Shirayuki cuts her long red hair and flees into the forest, where she is rescued from Raji by the second prince of a neighboring country, Zen Wistalia, and two of his aides. Shirayuki sets her sights on becoming the court herbalist in Zen’s country, Clarines, in the hopes of one day repaying her debt to the trio.
Shirayuki’s journey to a new life at the royal palace of Clarines is depicted in Snow White With the Red Hair, as is Zen’s quest to become a prince worthy of his title. Shirayuki and Zen gradually learn to support each other as they walk their own paths, forming loyal friendships and deadly enemies in the process.
The show tells its story from a variety of perspectives. The most notable is the development of a relationship between Shirayuki and Zen. From the first time they meet, the two have charming chemistry with their moments. Zen’s fascination with Shirayuki is also interesting to observe, as he wants to learn more about her in each episode.
Their social status in the show differs greatly, but they are shown to be similar in a number of ways. Both are self-assured in their abilities, skilled in specific arts, and frequently use deductive reasoning to solve problems. They’re also both a little obstinate when it comes to achieving certain goals. The series’ relationship dynamics make it very colorful while still maintaining the strengths of a traditional shoujo.
It’s more than a nod to the classic Snow White tale. We meet a colorful cast of characters in a world where anything is possible. Throughout its seasons, the show does a great job of developing its premise and sticking to it. Character relationships are some of the show’s most notable highlights, making it deserving of praise.
The series is also a red scarlet eye candy of fantasy in terms of technical features. Snow White With the Red Hair makes you feel emotionally invested in the characters and the story, and you feel like you’re a part of something almost magical.
3. Blue Spring Ride
Yoshioka Futaba used to be a popular and attractive middle-schooler who was well-liked by the boys but shunned by the girls. Nonetheless, she was able to dismiss all of this because the only opinion that truly mattered to her was that of Tanaka Kou, a classmate with whom she once shared a rainy-day shelter, as well as a number of other priceless and memorable memories.
She even made plans to meet the quiet and innocent boy at the summer festival, but a simple misunderstanding, followed by Tanaka’s disappearance, left her alone in the halls of her school.
Futaba isn’t your typical adolescent girl now that she’s in high school. She avoids all unwanted attention in the hopes of becoming a class favorite this time, and she stands out for her tomboyish behavior and disheveled appearance, instead of acting cute and feminine.
Still, her world is turned upside down when the only boy she’s ever liked unexpectedly reappears in her life—except this time, he goes by the name Mabuchi Kou, and it’s not just his name that has changed.
One of the elements that can draw you in is the diversity of the characters. Despite the fact that almost every character has a unique personality, they all become intertwined in the story. The relationship between Kou and Futaba is perhaps the most prominent one in the show.
After all, their characters are so dissimilar that a meaningful relationship between them appears improbable. Despite their obvious mutual attraction, there is a lot of teasing and sarcasm between them. Jealousy is a simple emotion that both characters experience at different points in the show. However, their relationship will pique interest.
When their story is interrupted by misunderstandings or interruptions, it breaks your heart. Nonetheless, the show has grace and spirit, and it isn’t afraid to use moments to bring the characters closer together. Kou’s actions, on the other hand, frequently contradict what he says. In essence, he’s one of those guys who isn’t completely honest with himself and finds it difficult to connect with others. As Futaba tries to recall their times together, this stark contrast to his childhood self is an interesting insight to see.
4. Yona of the Dawn
Princess Yona leads a life of luxury and ease, completely sheltered from the problems of the presumably peaceful Kingdom of Kouka; however, the assassination of the king and the betrayal of her beloved cousin Su-won put Yona’s life in grave danger. When she is forced to flee with only her childhood friend and bodyguard, Son Hak, the naive princess quickly learns that Kouka is not the idyllic place she imagined. Poverty, strife, and corruption abound, making reclaiming the throne a dream in the kingdom’s current state.
Princess Yona embarks on a coming-of-age adventure as she confronts the harsh realities of her kingdom in Yona of the Dawn. Yona must find a way to restore Kouka to its former glory while being pursued relentlessly by the forces of the new King of Kouka, with only a mysterious legend to guide her.
This show appears to be your average run-of-the-mill shoujo reverse harem at first, but as the story progresses, it appears to be more than that; it’s a well-written story centered on vengeance and betrayal. The pacing can get a little slow at times, and it does drag on at times.
One of the plot’s strongest points is that it starts off strong – we get a background and quickly warm up to the characters before it successfully guts us with the promise our premise offered. The characters are well-written and beautifully developed; Yona, our protagonist, begins as a weak and vulnerable kitten and grows into something bigger, a brave and independent creature stalking its prey; it’s done in such a way that her development is spot on.
Yona of the Dawn is a fantastic series that gets so many things right that most don’t – and it does so with a fantastic female lead and a cast of male characters who are equally stellar to match. It proves that the shoujo/historical combination isn’t dead, that it can be successful and well-done, and that, in the end, it’s a heartfelt series that manages to combine tragedy and comedy in a fun, colorful package. There’s a lot of action, humor, and adventure, but there’s still room for romance. Everything is perfectly balanced.
5. Your Name
Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school student, fantasizes about living in the bustling city of Tokyo as a boy, a dream that contrasts sharply with her current life in the countryside. Meanwhile, Taki Tachibana, a high school student in the city, juggles his part-time job and aspirations for a career in architecture.
In a room that isn’t her own, Mitsuha wakes up in Tokyo, living her dream life, but she’s in Taki’s body! In another part of the world, Taki is living Mitsuha’s life in the humble countryside. They begin looking for one another in order to find an explanation for this strange phenomenon.
Mitsuha and Taki’s actions begin to have a dramatic impact on each other’s lives, creating a fabric of fate and circumstance that links them together in Your Name.
From heartfelt smiles to crying for the fifth time in the last 30 minutes, the film lives up to all expectations of a Makoto Shinkai production. Even though the story is generic and simple, Shinkai’s signature metaphorical use of trains, the idea of a distant and hopeless love, and beautiful scenery really pull you emotionally into it.
Your Name encapsulates the feeling of waking up from a dream that you wish had lasted longer, or of misplacing a name that is still warm on your tongue but has just passed you by.
As a whole, the film covers a lot of ground in terms of themes, but the most obvious ones are how people connect, the nature of dreams, and what makes up the nebulous concept of “identity.” Your Name’s settings have a lived-in feel to them while also being magical. Your Name is one of those animated films in which one could pick any still frame and hang it on their wall, whether it’s the train system in Tokyo, its gorgeous skyscrapers touching the sky, a never-ending horizon in Itomori, or even just a series of streets on a mountainside.
The film’s stunning visuals, on the other hand, never suffocate the story; they’re intertwined. Your name appears to be saying often: city or country, it’s a beautiful world out there, and we just need to find our place in it. Most importantly, Your Name achieves a level of balance between fantastic beauty and grounded reality that is impossible to achieve outside of animation.
6. Kamisama Kiss
Nanami Momozono, a high school student, has been dealing with a number of issues recently, starting with her absentee father’s extreme debt, which has caused them to lose everything. She meets a man who is being attacked by a dog while homeless and downtrodden. After assisting him, she explains her situation, and to her surprise, he offers her his home in gratitude.
She tries to flee when she discovers that her home is a rundown shrine, but she is apprehended by the shrine spirits and Tomoe, a fox familiar. They mistook her for Mikage, the shrine’s land god, the man Nanami rescued. Tomoe refusing to serve a human, leaves abruptly, realizing Mikage must have sent her there as a replacement god.
Rather than returning to her previous state of homelessness, Nanami devotes herself to her divine responsibilities. However, if she is to keep things running smoothly, she will require the assistance of a certain fiery fox. In her blundering search for Tomoe, she gets herself into trouble and ends up signing a contract with him.
As god and familiar, they must walk together on the path of godhood; however, there will be challenges along the way, as new threats emerge in the form of a youkai who wants to devour the girl, a snake who wants to marry her, and Nanami’s own unexpected feelings for her new familiar.
With a dash of supernatural occurrences, this is a lighthearted, sweet story. It’s the ideal combination for a fantastic romantic comedy. Overall, this is a lighthearted series. It’s more of a series where the comedy outweighs the romance, especially Nanami and Tomoe’s strange relationship. Even in scenes where the action is presented, other characters add to the comedy.
While the storyline of Kamisama Kiss appears to be generic, but it still manages to stand out. The plot does an excellent job of explaining character motivations and backstories, but the most important aspect is, of course, that it manages to keep the viewer engaged. Kamisama Kiss is a romantic comedy, but it can be quite dark at times, and it also touches on some philosophical themes. And after a while, you’ll appreciate the fact that the anime’s creator understands that watching a pure romantic comedy for two seasons is tedious and that she can also make you forget about the romance and focus solely on the anime’s characters.
7. A Silent Voice
Ishida Shouya, an elementary school student, tried everything he could to avoid boredom as a child. Shouya and his classmates bully the deaf Nishimiya Shouko for fun when she transfers into his class. However, after her mother reports it to the school, he is singled out and blamed for everything that has happened to her. Shouko leaving the school has left Shoya at the mercy of his classmates. Throughout elementary and middle school, he is heartlessly ostracised while teachers turn a blind eye.
Shouya, now in his third year of high school, is still haunted by his youthful misdeeds. In an effort to redeem himself, he sets out on a journey of redemption, hoping to meet Shouko again.
The story of A Silent Voice is about Shouya’s reunion with Shouko and his sincere attempts to redeem himself, all while being haunted by the ghosts of his past.
This film contained a plethora of realistic ideas, each of which was delicately handled and pieced together in such a way that nothing in the story felt controversial or untrue. Each character embodies or assists in the carrying of one of the themes, and the pacing, animation, and music all contribute to helping carry the characters.
The film contains comedic romantic scenes, tense and suspenseful scenes, tear-jerking scenes, and numerous scenes all rolled into one. Despite all of these moments, despite their major differences, everything fits together so perfectly. A Silent Voice captures the joys and challenges of being a teen or young person, as well as the joys and challenges of going to school with other people who are still discovering who they are and how to live in the world.
The title of the film, A Silent Voice, is very telling. It expresses not only what the world is like for deaf people, but also unspoken thoughts and feelings. Even if their disability makes them different in some ways, they have desires, preferences, and aversions.
A human bond exists between young and old, disabled or not, and the film delivers this message with excellent clarity, and it highlights the human bonds.
8. Fruits Basket
Tooru, 16, moves in with her grandfather after her mother is tragically killed, but she is unable to stay with him because his house is being renovated. Tooru hides in a tent in the woods, claiming she will find someone to stay with, but fearing her family’s wrath and not wanting to burden any of her friends.
Her tent is buried beneath a landslide one night on her way home from work. Tooru’s situation is discovered by Yuki Souma, her school’s “prince,” and his cousin Shigure Souma, a well-known author, who invites her to stay with them until her grandfather’s home renovations are finished.
Tooru discovers the Souma’s secret when she arrives at their home: whenever a Souma is hugged by someone from the opposite gender, they temporarily transform into one of the zodiac animals! This strange occurrence, however, is no laughing matter; rather, it is a terrible curse with a long history.
Is Tooru’s kindhearted and resilient nature enough to prepare her to face the challenge behind the Souma household’s doors as she continues her journey and meets more members of the zodiac family?
At first glance, Fruits Basket appears to be just another Shoujo manga with nothing unique to offer: an ordinary, beautiful, and kind girl who attracts all the attractive boys. Okay, so it is that, but the way the series develops and how you watch each character grow and interact with one another as the story progresses has a unique touch.
It’s a lovely anime with heartfelt themes, and there’s a lot to learn from it. This series has it all: bishonen, angst, drama, comedy, romance, shounen-ai hints, and a light-hearted, kind bishoujo guiding us along the way.
Fruits Basket is an incredibly touching story. There isn’t a single episode in this series that isn’t entertaining. Each one progresses and focuses on the situation of a particular character. Despite the fact that the series was abruptly cut short and many loose ends were left untied, which were eventually resolved in the 2019 remake of the anime, just watching it will satisfy you.
With its well-written and charming characters, well-composed soundtrack, intriguing storylines, and hilarious comedy that will make anyone laugh for days, it’s a smooth and comfortable ride that will make you happy, cry, and laugh.
9. Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You
Kuronuma Sawako is nicknamed “Sadako” because of her resemblance to Sadako from The Ring series. Despite having a timid and sweet nature, she is misunderstood to be frightening and malicious like her fictional counterpart. Sawako is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular boy in her class because she wants to make friends and live a normal life. Sawako has admired Kazehaya’s ability to be the center of attention since their first meeting and aspires to be like him.
She uses the courage test as an opportunity to bond with her classmates, especially Yano Ayane and Yoshida Chizuru, when Kazehaya organizes a courage test for the entire class and encourages Sawako to participate. Sawako believes that meeting Kazehaya has changed her for the better with each new encounter and emotion she has. Sawako has no idea that her presence has also changed Kazehaya.
Rarely does a series defy the expectations that its genre has set for it, and even more rarely does it stand out from the crowd. Kimi ni Todoke is a great example of this. It flips all of the traditional shoujo romance stereotypes and plot devices on their heads, leaving us with a satisfying romance.
There aren’t any tired clichés here. Sawako isn’t your typical plain and perky heroine trying to seduce a man who ignores her or treats her badly. She isn’t seeking vengeance, and she isn’t being pursued by a harem of bishounens who are fighting for her affections. The emotions and situations that are presented to us are genuine and powerful, but not overly so.
The story is straightforward, and it revels in it. There are no forced melodramatic gags, unnecessary drama to test one’s patience, or any other forced devices used by the creators to move the plot forward. This series has a clear goal in mind and sticks to it.
While Kazehaya and Sawako appear to be completely different people on the surface, they share the same perplexing emotions and fears about their feelings for each other. The two’s interaction is truly unique and beautiful. Kimi is a standout performer in terms of artistry. Its soft colors and artwork perfectly complement the story’s beauty and sweetness. It does a good job of combining comedic art with beautiful scenery to create visually appealing and smile-inducing episodes.
Hori Kyouko and Miyamura Izumi getting along would appear to be the furthest thing from most people’s minds. Hori, after all, possesses the ideal combination of beauty and intellect, whereas Miyamura appears meek and distant to his classmates. A fateful meeting between the two, however, reveals both of their hidden selves.
Hori is popular at school, but due to housework, she has little time to socialize with her peers. Miyamura, on the other hand, lives in the shadows of his peers, his body adorned with hidden tattoos and piercings that give him the appearance of a gentle delinquent.
Despite their polar opposite personalities, the two quickly become friends and spend a lot of time together at Hori’s house. As they emerge from their shells, they share a side of themselves that has been hidden from the outside world with each other.
Horimiya depicts a genuine relationship in which Miyamura’s love for Hori extends to simply who she is as a person, which is why he finds her most endearing in her everyday characteristics. Given that the entire anime is named after a portmanteau of these two characters’ names, you would expect the anime to make you feel the same love that the characters do for one another.
That is something that the anime excels at. However, as we follow their day-to-day activities and interactions, the anime’s contents shift from a romantic comedy atmosphere to a calmer, more slice-of-life feel as we follow their day-to-day activities and interactions.
The main couple, Hori and Miyamura, are without a doubt the best part of this anime. Their romance develops naturally over time, and they don’t evade their feelings to the same exasperating degree as many other romance anime characters. It’s incredibly satisfying to watch them progress from strangers to awkward friends to a secure couple over the course of the series.
The awkward love scenes, minor conflicts, and subtle humor all feel genuine, relatable, and appealing. The small details, such as watching movies together, spending time together at Hori’s house, hand-holding, becoming jealous, and furious over minor issues, are all well-executed. We don’t need to wait for the end of the series for these simple but priceless moments. Horimiya is a rare rom-com that dives right into the relationship from the start.
11. Your Lie in April
The human metronome, the prodigious pianist Arima Kousei, is accompanied by music. However, following the death of his mother, Arima Saki, Kousei falls into a deep depression, being in a state of being unable to hear his own piano.
Two years later, Kousei continues to avoid the piano, abandoning his admirers and rivals in favor of a colorless existence with his friends Sawabe Tsubaki and Watari Ryouta. Everything changes, however, when he meets Miyazono Kaori, a beautiful violinist who shakes up his world and sends him on a journey to face music once more.
Your Lie In April tells the story of Kousei’s comeback as he learns that music is more than just playing each note perfectly and that a single melody can bring April’s fresh spring air in. It is a deceitfully masterful series that appears lighthearted and colorful at first glance, with pastel colors that give the impression that it’s another romantic comedy. However, once we get past the disillusionment that its false prefaces have cast upon us, we quickly realize that we have become immersed in an unraveling tragedy.
Tragic not because of one element, but because of all of them, and yet, in spite of that, this isn’t a tragedy series. It’s a story about learning to heal, moving on, and accepting the parts of ourselves we’d rather ignore. Recognizing that sometimes we need assistance in taking the first step is a part of it. When it’s time to say goodbye, knowing how to do so is a big part of it.
What makes the plot so compelling is that it isn’t just about first love; it also delves into the realities of post-traumatic stress disorder, childhood abuse, and chronic illness. It does not portray any of these as artistic or tragically beautiful—they are horrifying, twist people, ruin the best moments, and leave a lasting impression.
No one is completely black and white; everyone has flaws that are laid bare in front of our eyes. They each have their own quirks, strengths, and struggles, and it is through these characters that the series truly takes off. It would be enough if they were multifaceted and had equal depth, but they go one step further by depicting the reality of youth.
12. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are the student body’s top representatives at the prestigious Shuchiin Academy. Miyuki, the student council president, is a top student in the country who is well-liked by both peers and mentors. The wealthy Shinomiya family’s eldest daughter, Vice President Kaguya, excels in every field imaginable alongside him. They’re the talk of the school, and everyone thinks they’re the perfect couple.
Despite the fact that both have developed feelings for the other, neither is willing to admit it. The first to admit defeat will be looked down upon and regarded as the lesser. Miyuki and Kaguya are both equally determined to emerge victorious on the battlefield of love, with their honor and pride on the line!
When reality bends to create incredible and abstract visuals, even the most mundane punchlines become incredibly intense. These scenes demonstrate how outlandish the crazed characters think their mind games are. On the other end of the spectrum, Kaguya-sama mixes slapstick comedy with all-out thriller, with static lines overlaying close-ups as a character faces the prospect of defeat; this is what makes Kaguya-sama so funny.
Kaguya and Miyuki have astronomical IQs, but they abuse their intelligence by doing the most heinous things in order to avoid having their hearts broken. It’s excruciatingly relatable. The mind games they play are entertaining, but their approach to love is so misguided that even their failures are hilarious to watch. Both of them are walking disasters.
Thankfully, the show recognizes this and uses irony and sarcastic supporting characters to mock them. It creates a dynamic comedic experience with its visual excitement, music, and wildly contrasting tones. The series heavily relies on both character interactions and a silent monologue that plays in our two main characters’ heads. The catch is that the characters’ inner selves differ from how they appear to others in real life.
It can be terrifying to confess your love to someone. Growing up is a much more difficult task. Kaguya and Miyuki are gradually but steadily navigating their tangled emotions. This show has it all: perfectly timed jokes, expert directing, and relatable characters. Whether you like anime rom coms or not, this show subverts the standard genre tropes in new and exciting ways. Kaguya-sama: Love is War is a fantastic series that anyone can thoroughly enjoy.
13. My Little Monster
Mizutani Shizuku is unconcerned about her classmates, only concerned with her grades. When she meets Yoshida Haru, a violent troublemaker who stopped attending classes during the school year due to a fight, her cold outlook on life begins to change. He is, however, not dissimilar to her in that he, too, knows little about human nature and has no friends. Shizuku is taken aback when he declares that she will be his friend and confesses his feelings for her upon meeting her.
Shizuku struggles to understand her relationship with Haru because she lacks friends and social interaction. But their friendship grows over time, and she realizes that Haru is more than just a violent man. She starts to have feelings for him, but she’s not sure what kind of feelings she’s having. Shizuku and Haru work together to discover the true nature of their relationship and emotions.
The anime’s premise immediately grabs your attention. A girl who is only concerned with her studies and a man who is a brute but a gentle misunderstood soul, because the girl is the only one who can get close to the guy and the guy annoys the hell out of the girl, their interaction is pretty entertaining to watch. The two’s relationship, on the other hand, gradually develops into something truly adorable.
My Little Monster is a fun anime that features plenty of comedy alongside themes of light romance and togetherness. It’s perfect for anyone looking for a lighthearted anime that won’t take up too much of their time.
You’ll never get bored with lovable characters and the always amusing social challenges that high school brings. The struggles that Haru and Shizuku face in trying to resolve their changing feelings provide a compelling enough arc in this short series, despite the grounded nature of slice-of-life stories.
Overall, My Little Monster is everything a light-hearted romantic comedy should be. It’s definitely a slice-of-life comfort anime, but the departure from how character personalities are typically depicted is what makes it stand out.
14. Fruits Basket (2019)
Honda Tooru has always been fascinated by the Chinese Zodiac story that her mother told her when she was a child. A sudden family tragedy alters her life, and the events that follow leave her completely alone. Tooru is forced to live in a tent, but she has no idea that her makeshift home is located on the prestigious Souma family’s private property.
She meets Shigure, an older Souma cousin, and Yuki, her school’s “prince” one day when she stumbles upon their home. Tooru explains that she lives nearby, but when the Soumas see her walking back to her tent one night, they discover her well-kept secret of being homeless.
After hearing about Tooru’s situation, they graciously offer to take her in. However, she becomes embroiled in a fight between Yuki and his irritable cousin, Kyou, not long after. While attempting to stop them, she discovers that the Souma family has their own well-kept secret: the opposite sex’s hugs transform them into the Chinese Zodiac animals.
Tooru will discover that living with the Soumas is an unexpected adventure full of laughter and romance now that she has discovered this new revelation. Watching the story of Fruits Basket 2019 unfold is akin to picking up a lighthearted fairy tale book only to discover that the fairy tale book chosen contains a lot of dark and mystery elements. In a nutshell, that’s the plot of Fruits Basket 2019. It’s a dark and engrossing story disguised as a fluffy and lighthearted tale.
One of the first things you notice while watching the first couple of episodes is how straight to the point it was. The series does not waste any time in introducing the viewer to its characters, themes, and mystery elements. The show’s performance is incredible, and it feels like a proper introduction.
Naturally, this is an anime remake, and the point of an anime remake is to not only correct flaws in the original adaptation for that particular series but also to tell the classic story to newer anime fans. The plot moves at a steady and smooth pace, never boring the audience. The slow pace also allows the characters, as well as the mystery and plot elements, to shine.
Sure, the original series has a nostalgic appeal, but nostalgia is only as good as its overall quality, and Fruits Basket 2001, sadly, falls short in this regard. Fruits Basket 2019 isn’t just good; it’s great in the sense that it makes you laugh, smile, cry, and be happy.
15. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Puberty Syndrome is thought to be a myth due to its rarity and inexplicability. It’s a rare disease that only affects teenagers, and the symptoms are so bizarre that few people recognize it as a real thing. Azusagawa Sakuta, a high school student, knows from personal experience that it is very real and that it is quite common in his school.
Sakurajima Mai is a third-year high school student who rose to fame as a child actress in her youth but recently ended her promising career for reasons that remain unknown to the public. She is well-known throughout the school for her unapproachability, but no one dares to interact with her—until Sakuta spots her wandering the library in a bunny girl costume.
Despite her appearance, no one seems to notice her, and when he confronts her, he realizes she is a victim of Puberty Syndrome. Sakuta’s actions bring him into contact with more girls infected with the elusive disease as he tries to help Mai through her predicament.
We have good chemistry between the characters and a fun plot. The story is intriguing and mysterious; it may be a little perplexing for some, but it has a tinge to it that enhances the characters’ interactions and holds the audience’s attention with good pacing. The author of this anime took great care to create a world in which the school is at its center, and events have an impact on the characters and their interactions with the outside world.
When you’re watching an episode, you’re so engrossed in the story that time seems to fly by. The episodes seem to fly by, and you barely notice when they’re about to end until you’re greeted by the incredible ending song.
Each arc contains a story about a different character and a different issue. However, there are several recurring themes, the most prominent of which is the amount of social psychology used.
There are important interactions that are necessary for the plot and character development. The fact that Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is a show about characters’ dilemmas rather than a black-and-white conclusion is one of the things that makes it interesting.
This anime is a fantastic piece of work. While it did have a couple of minor flaws along the way, the character’s themes, dialogue, and visuals make up for those flaws. It is a good slice-of-life romance anime that deals with supernatural elements in a grounded way.
16. Ouran High School Host Club
Fujioka Haruhi is a bright scholarship candidate with no rank or title, making her a rare species at Ouran Academy, an elite school for students of high aristocratic descent. Haruhi unexpectedly stumbles upon the Host Club when she opens the door to Music Room #3 looking for a quiet place to study.
The club, which is led by the princely Suou Tamaki and includes the “Shadow King” Ootori Kyouya, the mischievous Hitachiin twins Kaoru and Hikaru, the childlike Haninozuka Mitsukuni, also known as “Honey,” and his strong protector “Mori” Morinozuka Takashi, is where handsome boys with too much free time entertain the academy’s girls.
Haruhi breaks a vase worth eight million yen in a desperate attempt to get away from the hosts and is forced to become the eccentric group’s general errand boy to repay her enormous debt.
She is quickly promoted to full-time male host due to her convincingly masculine appearance, natural genial disposition toward girls, and fascinating commoner status. Haruhi is soon swept up in a glitzy whirlwind of elaborate cosplays, sumptuous food, and thrilling shenanigans that only the opulent Host Club can pull off.
This show mocks anime stereotypes, wealthy people, moe-obsessed fangirls, high school angst, gender differences, and just about every other nerdy and teen-centric topic imaginable before settling down for a good old game of hit the funny French person. The fourth wall is rarely standing throughout the show.
This show will occasionally try to tug at your heartstrings, and it almost always succeeds. At times, it’s a little corny, but for the most part, it’s incredibly heartwarming, thanks to the cast’s likability. Everyone who watches this show develops a favorite host, but there isn’t a single member of the cast who isn’t entertaining or who outstays their welcome.
Overall, Ouran is a charming self-parody that has as much heart as glitz, glam, and girly guys. It’s funny regardless of your gender and ranges from smart to stupid at the same time. Ouran High School Host Club is simply a good time. It has enough wackiness to make you laugh out loud, but also enough character development to keep you moving along with a fairly random plot.
Takasu Ryuuji is a sweet high school student who enjoys doing housework, but his intimidating appearance makes him seem like a delinquent. As for Aisaka Taiga, she is a small, doll-like student who is anything but cute and fragile. Taiga, who wields a wooden katana and has a fiery personality, is known as the “Palmtop Tiger” at school.
A humiliating blunder brings the two students together one day. Ryuuji learns that Taiga has a sweet side: she has a crush on Kitamura Yuusaku, the popular vice president who also happens to be his best friend. But things get even crazier when Ryuuji admits to having a crush on Taiga’s best friend, Kushieda Minori!
Toradora! is a rom-com that follows this odd couple as they embark on a quest to help each other with their crushes, resulting in an unlikely alliance.
Because they all show their weak sides and moments of insecurity behind the personality exterior, the characters are all unique, likable, and relatable. It’s entertaining to watch the characters’ chemistry. The plot avoids cliches and is unusually unpredictable for a love story. Every character had a reason for doing what they did and acting the way they do.
This series’ greatest asset is its cast of characters. Each character has a distinct personality that is both realistic and believable. No one can be considered a “super” character who is too good or cool for school. There isn’t any “that annoying” character who is snobbish or arrogant, which can be a problem with tsundere characters.
It is because each character has a flaw or a moment of insecurity, which makes them more relatable. Additionally, it allows for a variety of comedic and emotional scenes. The best part, however, is the chemistry and interactions between all of the characters, as well as how each of them changes as their relationship progresses.
Toradora has constant, dazzling energy that radiates from it at all times on screen. Even during the more tear-jerking scenes, that energy never fades. Toradora is the epitome of what a light-hearted romantic comedy should be. Despite its exaggerated circumstances, it has an original storyline and a cast that isn’t just cliches.
Higurashi Kagome, a fifteen-year-old girl, has her normal life turned upside down after she is dragged down a cursed well on the grounds of her family’s Shinto shrine by a demon. Instead of reaching the bottom of the well, Kagome travels 500 years back in time to Japan’s violent Sengoku period, where the demon’s true target, a wish-granting jewel known as the Shikon Jewel, is reborn inside of her.
After a battle with a resurrected demon shatters the sacred jewel, Kagome enlists the help of Inuyasha, a young hybrid dog-demon/human, to collect the shards and keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
Kagome and Inuyasha are joined on their quest by the fox-demon Shippo, intelligent monk Miroku, and lethal demon slayer Sango. Their differences must be set aside in order to locate the power-granting shards scattered throughout feudal Japan, as well as deal with the threats that arise.
Much of the plot moves in a methodical manner, weaving its way through various situations in order to deepen our understanding of Inuyasha, Kagome, and their companions. Moreover, despite the show’s enormous length, plot twists are plenty, keeping the story fresh and engaging long after we’ve figured out what’s going to happen.
There aren’t many animes that include both heartbreaking emotional scenes and adrenaline-pumping, action-packed battle sequences, this is one of those few that do. Inuyasha has held up well over time, and the legacy is still going strong. It will continue to be a favorite anime for many around the world due to its incredible soundtrack, visuals, plot, and detailed character development.
The great character drama and development that occurs between the characters is what makes the anime so popular. Inuyasha is a mix of romance and fantasy that can make you feel all kinds of emotions.
The story of Inuyasha is fantastic. It incorporates a variety of genres, resulting in a fantastic story that anyone can enjoy and admire. The story is fantastic in and of itself, and each character has their own distinct personality. Each one makes you fall in love with them. Kagome and Inuyasha, in particular.
Every episode is fantastic, and you’re completely immersed in the story. There are so many things rolled into one package. The plot incorporates traditional Japanese folklore and religion, which blends well with the fantasy elements. InuYasha, as a whole, has a lot to offer fans of the fantasy genre.
19. Special A
Hanazono Hikari has always been able to perform feats that ordinary people are incapable of. She used to believe that no one could ever beat her—until she met Takishima Kei. Hikari challenged him to a match, believing she would win. But things didn’t go as planned, and she lost not once, but three times in a row. She has vowed to outperform Kei in everything since then, from academics to athletics.
Hikari enrolls at the same school as Kei-Hakusenkan, a prestigious private school for the wealthy in order to achieve her goal. They are the top two students in school and are part of a class known as Special A, which includes seven of the academy’s best students.
Hikari treats Kei as a competitor, completely oblivious to the fact that he has feelings for her. The members of Special A work together to deal with competition, friendship, and a little love. The characters are well-developed, with the other members of the SA occasionally receiving their own spotlight. While the main focus is on Kei and Hikari, there are a few other pairings that appear and are developed in future episodes.
The show revolves around character development. Everyone has a distinct and individual personality. The use of idiosyncrasies for comic effect is very effective. Special A is a fun, lighthearted, and enjoyable romantic comedy.
The story is unique in its own right, despite the fact that it moves slowly and focuses almost entirely on Kei’s growing love for Hikari and Hikari’s intense desire to defeat Kei. Except for parts where Hikari loses to Kei in whatever task they do, the story isn’t always predictable.
Overall, the series is a lot of fun to watch and includes all of the necessary and popular elements for this genre. The anime’s plot isn’t the typical, generic shoujo you’re used to seeing. It’s all about Hikari’s sincere desire to defeat Kei, her self-proclaimed childhood rival whom she has never defeated. Of course, it still has a shoujo feel to it. Kei’s feelings for Hikari are painfully obvious throughout the series, but Hikari is too dense to notice.
The character concepts and relationships between the characters, whether main or supporting, are what make this anime so appealing.
20. Say “I Love You”
Since her so-called friends wrongfully blamed her for the death of a class pet in elementary school, Tachibana Mei has lived with the sad truth that friends will only let you down. She has avoided people since then in order to avoid being hurt again. Mei’s life, however, begins to change dramatically when she meets popular student Kurosawa Yamato due to a misunderstanding in high school.
Yamato is intrigued by her and insists on becoming her friend, despite the fact that Mei is adamantly opposed to him. Yamato kisses Mei to save her from a stalker’s unwanted attention during a dangerous situation, and Mei develops feelings for him.
They begin dating soon after she discovers that their feelings are mutual, and she gains not only a boyfriend but also friends. However, Mei finds it difficult to adjust to this new way of life, especially when it comes to expressing her true feelings for Yamato.
Mei and Yamato gradually grow closer through misunderstandings of their new relationship, each other, and the attentions of other girls, and learn the true meaning of those three little words: “I love you.”
The anime doesn’t really add anything to the table. You’ve got your awkward girl, a hot guy who appears to be interested in her, and some competition for his affections. The formula is pretty standard. This anime, however, succeeds admirably and what it stand out is how perfectly it captures how it feels to experience love for the first time. No matter how many times you’ve been in love, there’s something in Mei and Yamato’s relationship that may make you cry.
Say “I Love You” is a gem that sparkles and shines, and it’s one of those rare classic shoujos that appeals to drama fans. Because of the way it is presented, the series is quite interesting to look into. For fans of the shoujo genre, the series is a must-watch.
You feel refreshed when watching it, especially with the lighthearted backgrounds that are presented. It’s like a journey all over again for those who enjoy school drama involving typical high school life.
Their budding romance is also grounded in reality. It’s fun to watch them grow and learn from each other, and all you want to do is root for their happiness while you’re watching. You are left with warm, fuzzy feelings days after watching the show.
21. Howl’s Moving Castle
It was a jumbled structure, a cacophony of hissing steam, creaking joints, and smoke billowing from it. This castle is home to the powerful wizard Howl, who is infamous in Sophie Hatter’s small town for both his magical prowess and for being a womanizer. Sophie, the plain daughter of a hatmaker, has low expectations for her future and is content to work long hours at the shop.
Sophie’s ordinary life is turned upside down when she becomes entangled in a perplexing situation and the mysterious wizard appears to save her. Unfortunately, this brief encounter prompts the vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste to cast a curse on the maiden, turning her into an old woman, in a jealous rage fueled by a past feud with Howl.
Sophie must accompany Howl and a slew of eccentric companions—ranging from a powerful fire demon to a hopping scarecrow—in his living castle on a perilous adventure as their kingdom is torn apart by a raging war.
It’s difficult to call Howl original when it not only draws heavily from established conventions and tropes from high fantasy and nostalgic works, but it’s also the anime adaptation of the British novel of the same name, but it still manages to be surprisingly unique. Other than “It’s Miyazaki,” there isn’t much else to say.
The scenery is breathtaking, as it always is for Miyazaki’s works, and is just as much a part of the actual storytelling as the narrative. Everything about the animation is stunning. Miyazaki treats the screen like a canvas, painting breathtaking landscapes with amusing characters and bizarre images. From Howl to Sophie to the scrappy little Calcipher to the mean-spirited but later gentle witch who cursed Sophie, the characters are both lovable and complex.
Miyazaki’s films necessitate a deliberate investment of attention; you must immerse yourself in them, and you will soon find yourself floating, buoyed up by his gentleness, visual exuberance, and unshowy intelligence and emotional literacy. It’s a charming film for people of all ages. Once again, Miyazaki reminds us that Love is the ultimate force of change, and no other animated film has ever been able to capture its essence as accurately and vividly as Howl’s Moving Castle.
Kaizaki Arata, 27, is dismissed as a hopeless loser by those around him, and after quitting his first job, he bounces around from job to job. Arata’s mundane existence is turned upside down when he meets Yoake Ryou, a member of the ReLife Research Institute, who offers Arata the chance to change his life for the better by taking a mysterious pill. Arata accepts it without hesitation and wakes up the next day to discover that his appearance has reverted to that of a 17-year-old.
Arata soon discovers that he is the subject of a one-year experiment and must attend high school as a transfer student. Arata initially believes that it will be easy due to his superior life experience but finds out the hard way on his first day: he flunks all of his tests, is completely out of shape, and is unable to keep up with the new school policies that have cropped up in the last ten years.
Ryou has also been assigned to keep an eye on him, which annoys Arata to no end. ReLIFE follows Arata as he tries to adjust to his new hectic lifestyle and avoid making the same mistakes he’s made in the past, all while learning more about his classmates.
The plot is typical of high school, but this anime is unique in that it has multiple plots that keep the viewer guessing what will happen next. The characters are incredibly endearing and memorable.
Your heart is tugged on and makes you fall even more in love with them. In this one, even the tsundere character is likable. There is conflict around every corner, but you recognize the source of the problem and want to know how it will be resolved. The majority of conflicts, such as those in this story, are not depicted as frequently in other anime.
It takes something special to create a story with universally adored characters. ReLIFE places its characters in the spotlight, confident that their dialogue and unique personality traits will captivate us.
Giving a once in a lifetime event, a second chance really jumped the story, making you feel emotions for all of the characters and wanting them to have a happy ending. Overall, the story moves along nicely and at a good pace, making it a great choice for those looking for a relaxing series.
23. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
Hikigaya Hachiman is a narcissistic and semi-nihilistic high school student with apathetic tendencies. He is convinced that happy youth is a farce and that anyone who claims otherwise is only lying to themselves.
Himan is forced into joining the Volunteer Service Club by his teacher as a punishment for writing a mocking essay about modern social relationships. The Volunteer Service Club aims to lend a helping hand to any student seeking assistance in achieving their goals.
With the beautiful ice queen Yukinoshita Yukino as the only other club member, Hachiman finds himself on the front lines of other people’s problems—a place he never imagined he’d be. Can Hachiman use his rotten views of society to his advantage or will it hinder him as he and Yukino use their wits to solve many students’ problems?
The anime’s comedic aspect heavily emphasizes the use of sarcasm. The romance in this series is presented in a unique way; it’s more of a slice-of-life pacing that depicts our three main characters’ daily lives in and around school and other locations. There’s also a visual sense of how lonely people act throughout the series.
Hachiman’s interactions appear to be forced by himself because, more often than not, he refuses to participate unless he is asked. Even so, he reluctantly accepts the offer. It’s not always easy to connect with him, but his personality is often refreshing, realistic, and aligned with the way he is portrayed correctly.
He’s not your typical harem protagonist who can’t decide what’s right and what’s wrong. Hachiman, on the other hand, is an opinionated young man with his own worldview. Those viewpoints are expressed in the words of his dialogues, which contribute to his character’s wit and personality.
The show’s greatest accomplishment is probably just being so enjoyable to watch. Overall, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is a fun show to watch. It’s as if you’re taking a deep breath and reminiscing about your youth and school days.
It can also be related to many of us who have gone through high school and those formative years of our lives. Whether you were the popular kid, the loner, or somewhere in between, there’s always something you can learn about school from this series.
24. Plastic Memories
Mizugaki Tsukasa, an eighteen-year-old who failed his college entrance exams, manages to land a job at the Sion Artificial Intelligence Corporation after pulling some strings. SAI Corp is the company behind “Giftias,” highly advanced androids that are nearly indistinguishable from normal humans.
Giftias live for about 81,920 hours, or about nine years and four months, compared to humans. Tsukasa’s station, Terminal Service One, is in charge of collecting Giftias that have reached the end of their useful life before they lose their memories and become hostile.
Tsukasa is paired with Isla, a beautiful Giftia, soon after joining Terminal Service One. Despite her petite stature and calm demeanor, she is a Terminal Service veteran and the best in Giftia retrievals. Tsukasa, on the other hand, has a limited amount of time to come to terms with his feelings for Isla before her time runs out. Nothing lasts forever, no matter how much someone desires it.
Plastic Memories is a unique anime that is not based on any source material. This has an advantage in that it prepares the audience for the unexpected. Plastic Memories, in essence, has a little bit of everything, with the exception of giant robot wars or an android rebellion.
Each episode adds a little bit more to what came before it. Every episode shows how our characters grow and change. The relationship between Tsukasa and Isla, in particular, is a key component that appears to propel the story forward. While Tsukasa and Isla are the show’s main characters, there are a number of other characters who play important roles.
Plastic Memories, in retrospect, has a delicate feeling to it. It is a human story about a biological android named Isla and how she adapted and learned from humans. It has the ability to make you feel truly moved by its storytelling at times.
It’s a fun show to watch, and it knows how to do everything it wants. Overall, it’s an excellent anime. The story is well-written and well-focused, with the goal of demonstrating that having little time to create good memories is preferable to having none at all.
It depicts the ups and downs of a relationship and delves into some very personal issues. Plastic Memories makes use of comedy to depict the ups and downs of life in the anime universe. This show combines cutting-edge science fiction with a healthy dose of slice-of-life.
25. Chivalry of a Failed Knight
On this planet, very few people have the ability to manipulate their souls to create powerful weapons. These people are known as “Blazers,” and they study and train to become Mage-Knights at the prestigious Hagun Academy; among the students is so-called failure Kurogane Ikki, the only F-rated Blazer.
When the academy’s worst student sees Stella Vermillion, an A-ranked Blazer who also happens to be a princess, naked, she challenges him to a duel with dire consequences—the loser becomes the winner’s slave. Stella can’t possibly lose, right?
Chivalry of a Failed Knight follows Ikki as he tries to prove his strength to a world that believes he is the weakest, all while making new friends, learning new skills, and gaining experience.
The progression of the main characters’ relationship is enjoyable to watch and adds to the enjoyment of this anime. Although the anime does not place a strong emphasis on romance, it is present, noticeable, and enjoyable to watch. The characters are likable, not particularly unique, but still entertaining to watch, and the antagonists are more interesting than in Your Typical Light Novel Adaptation.
There are battles, which are extremely well-done; they aren’t short, but they don’t feel excessively long. The battles are detailed and the animation is smooth. They’re very exciting and entertaining to watch. Not only are the fight scenes extremely well-executed. This show has really nice art, there are a lot of details, there are rarely noticeable deformations in the background, the animation is always smooth, and the authors occasionally used different animation styles – which worked out really well.
The fact that this anime appears to be at odds with its own clichéd nature makes it an intriguing beast. The show has an odd brand of self-awareness in that it doesn’t necessarily mock or parody such tropes, but instead takes them seriously and plays them to the best of its abilities. The majority of the time, you can see this in the way the characters are presented and treated.
The anime Chivalry of a Failed Knight is well-made. Even if it appears generic at times, there are elements that make it feel more unique and fresh. You will enjoy this anime if you expect good action, smooth and detailed animation, a bit of romance, and some high-quality fanservice, and don’t mind a small amount of well-handled generic tropes.
26. DARLING in the FRANXX
There is a threat of extinction for humanity from a giant beast known as a Klaxosaurus in the distant future, forcing the survivors to seek refuge in massive fortress cities known as Plantations. The only weapons known to be effective against the Klaxosaurs are giant mechas known as FranXX, which are piloted by boy-girl pairs.
These children, bred solely for the purpose of piloting these machines, are unaware of anything outside their own species and are in the process of defending their species from outside intrusions. Hiro, an aspiring FranXX pilot, failed an aptitude test and has lost motivation and self-confidence.
Hiro retreats to a forest lake after skipping his class’ graduation ceremony and meets a mysterious girl with two horns on her head. She introduces herself as Zero Two, a codename that is linked to a notorious FranXX pilot known as the “Partner Killer.” A sudden attack by a Klaxosaur rocks the Plantation before Hiro can digest the encounter.
Zero Two engages the creature in a skirmish with her FranXX, but it is heavily damaged and crashes near Hiro. When Zero Two discovers her partner is dead, she invites Hiro to join her in piloting the mecha, and the two easily defeat the Klaxosaur in the ensuing battle. Hiro has been given a second chance at redemption with a new partner by his side, but at what cost?
On the surface, the story’s overall premise appears to be one that emphasizes the destructive war being waged between the remnants of humanity and the hostile alien species known as the klax, but this is far from the case.
Rather, it can be said to be half-true, as the true premise of the series is what can be described as a coming-of-age story for a group of teenagers as they form bonds with one another through a hostile environment where they learn not only about each other’s strengths, but also about their weaknesses, and how to support them when needed as they enter a hostile world.
Darling in the Franxx is a series whose main strengths are its original premise, story, characters, battle scenes and animation, mecha designs, voice acting, and take on a variety of new and existing themes.
27. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
The energetic Momose Narumi is running late for her first day of work at a new office after sleeping through all four of her alarms. As she sprints to catch her train, she vows to herself that none of her coworkers will learn of her dark secret: she is an otaku and a fujoshi.
Her plan, however, goes awry when she runs into Nifuji Hirotaka, an old middle school friend. He blows her cover when he casually asks if she will be attending the upcoming Summer Comiket, despite her best efforts to keep her secret by inviting him out for drinks after work. Fortunately for her, the only witnesses are otaku as well: Koyanagi Hanako and Kabakura Tarou.
Later that evening, the two go out for drinks to catch up after all of their years apart. Hirotaka suggests that Narumi date a fellow otaku, specifically himself after she recalls how her previous boyfriend broke up with her because he refused to date a fujoshi.
He promises to always be there for her, to support her, and to assist her in Monster Hunter’s rare drop farming. Narumi is blown away by the proposal and agrees right away. As a result, the two otakus begin dating, and their endearingly awkward romance begins.
Love is hard for otaku is a simple, funny, and cute series with a few references that depict the struggles and benefits of otaku relationships, whether they are just friendly or something more.
The anime is centered around two love stories. We get glimpses into the daily lives of two ‘otaku’ couples at work, how they get through their days, how they support each other, and, most importantly, how they love each other. It has a light-hearted comedy to balance things out, and it fits in well with the setting.
When it comes to the romance and slice of life genres, Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku is a breath of fresh air. This is a very family-friendly anime. It lacks the forced drama, the pointless love triangle, the frustrating misunderstandings that could have been avoided with a little communication, and the teen angst. It’s a pure romantic comedy that will lift your spirits and make you feel better after a bad day. It’s a major victory for the romance genre.
28. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Yadomi Jinta is a peaceful recluse who spends his days at home playing video games instead of going to school. His childhood friend, “Menma” Honma Meiko, appears one hot summer day and begs him to grant a forgotten wish. He ignores her, which irritates her, but he doesn’t seem to mind. After all, Menma died a long time ago.
Jinta initially believes he is hallucinating due to the summer heat, but later becomes convinced that what he sees is the ghost of Menma. After Menma’s untimely death, Jinta and his group of childhood friends grew apart, but they are brought back together as they try to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. Will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma but also themselves, move on after reliving their pain and guilt?
On the surface, AnoHana appears to be a fairly straightforward story about teenagers learning to cope with past trauma and maturing as a result, and for the most part, this is a fair assessment. The plot is well-crafted, with a measured, almost methodical approach to events reflected in the narrative’s often placid tone.
The way flashbacks are used to punctuate specific occurrences or emotions while also adding historical context to Jinta, Menma, and the rest of the “Super Peace Busters” is one of the most surprising aspects of the anime. These memories serve as a nice counterpoint to the current state of the characters’ relationships, highlighting how much has changed for each of them in the last ten years.
This contrast is reflected in the visuals, and while almost all of the Super Peace Busters have a distinct appearance, it’s the subtle contextual setting that makes the difference much more pronounced. People often romanticize personal history and memories, especially if they have experienced trauma, and AnoHana plays on this by sharpening the focus and darkening the tones in the present day, which contrasts with the soft-focus flashbacks that are often filled with “light.”
AnoHana is a surprisingly simple, and slightly sentimental, look at children’s and adolescents’ coping mechanisms when dealing with past trauma. AnoHana is an excellent example of how good a truly unique anime can be.
29. Clannad: After Story
Clannad: After Story picks up after Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa graduate from high school in this sequel to the critically acclaimed slice-of-life series Clannad. They go through the emotional ups and downs of growing up together.
Tomoya discovers the value of a strong work ethic and the strength of Nagisa’s support when he is unable to decide on a path for his future. They push forward to confront their personal problems, deepen their old relationships, and form new bonds thanks to the couple’s dedication and unity of purpose.
In the Illusionary World, time passes as well. The Illusionary Girl and the Garbage Doll are confronted with a difficult situation that reveals the World’s true purpose as the plains become colder with the approach of winter.
Clannad: After Story is a powerful drama that emphasizes the value of family and the challenges of adulthood.
Clannad: After Story is a sequel to the story that began in Clannad. Although it is not required, prior knowledge of the first season is recommended for getting the most out of After Story. Clannad: After Story’s characters are the source of the show’s power. While the first season focused on a large number of main characters and their stories, After Story focuses on Tomoya’s life and only briefly on the lives of those around him. Clannad: After Story is unlike any other anime in terms of storytelling.
While the majority of the other aspects of Clannad: After Story are very similar to those of the first season, character development improves in After Story. Without a doubt, the characters are the most compelling aspect of After Story. Each one is as likable as they are human, and their ease of attachment is one of the main reasons for the anime’s emotional impact. When the characters are in pain, we feel for them as if they are one of our friends, and when they are happy, we rejoice with them.
Every character proved to be relatable, adding to the show’s personal level. Even the more comical secondary characters had emotional moments, giving them real depth and providing the audience with a fairly accurate understanding of human nature. It has the ability to appeal to your most human aspects; the fact that you could see it happening to you is what makes this anime so emotionally powerful.
30. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!
Everyone has gone through a period in their lives when they believed they were special, distinct from the masses of ordinary people. They may even believe they are capable of wielding mystical powers or have descended from a fantasy realm. This “disease” is known as “chunibyo,” and it is frequently the source of some of a person’s most embarrassing moments.
The scars that his chunibyo has left behind are still fresh for Togashi Yuuta. He looks back on his middle school years as the “Dark Flame Master” with extreme embarrassment, to the point where he decides to attend a high school far away where no one will recognize him. He longs to put his dark past behind him and live a normal high school life.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t yet managed to escape his past: enter Takanashi Rikka, Yuuta’s new classmate and self-proclaimed “Wicked Eye vessel.” Yuuta’s dream of an ordinary, chunibyo-free life quickly crumbles as this eccentric young girl enters his life. The delusions of the past are far from a thing of the past in this hilarious and heartwarming story about a boy who just wants to forget about his embarrassing memories.
What we have here is a typical story told in a wonderfully unique way, blending the comedic and dramatic into a nostalgic exploration of adolescence topped with their own unique charm. It’s an emotional roller coaster, but you’ll feel like it avoids melodrama by contrasting drama with comedic moments.
The comedy and events that surround the main characters are the focus of the series. They go through high school as normal teenagers, despite the fact that the majority of them are anything but. Even though some of these characters are exaggerated, they feel very real.
Overall, it strikes a good balance. Combining comedy and drama—blending reality and fantasy—creates a touching story about growing up and the ambivalence about leaving our younger selves behind. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! is, in the end, a very entertaining series to watch.
It’s not your typical harem with a pathetic protagonist who can’t decide what he wants. Rather, it’s about a kid who tried to run away from his past but now finds himself living it with his new high school friends.
Okazaki Tomoya is a delinquent who believes he will never amount to anything in life. He skips school and intends to waste his high school years with his friend Sunohara Youhei.
One day, Tomoya passes a young girl who is muttering quietly to herself one day on her way to school. She exclaims “Anpan!” without warning, which catches Tomoya’s attention. He soon learns the girl’s name is Furukawa Nagisa and that she motivates herself by exclaiming things she enjoys. Nagisa claims they’ve become friends, but Tomoya walks away, dismissing the encounter.
Tomoya, however, notices Nagisa more and more around the school. He eventually gives in and befriends her. Due to a serious illness, Nagisa is a year behind, and her dream is to resurrect the school’s drama club, Tomoya learns. As he claims he has nothing better to do, he decides to help her with the help of four other girls to achieve this goal.
Tomoya learns more about the girls and their problems as he spends more time with them. As he helps each girl overcome her personal challenge, he begins to realize that life isn’t as dull as he once thought.
Clannad does an incredible job with the characters after they’ve been introduced. Not only are their struggles depicted in an excellent and gripping manner, but they also grow into strong individuals who are there for their friends and who are able to face the world and its challenges with greater openness.
Clannad teaches us that a family can be found almost anywhere, not just at home. As they work with the drama club, the show’s main characters may just form their own little family. Each girl in Clannad, both main and supporting cast, has a distinct personality quirk, at least one of which is sure to pique the interest of a fan. This type of variety attracts a large number of viewers.
Clannad’s animation is one of the factors that contribute to its lifelike quality. The eye is pleased by gentle contrasts and lifelike static and non-static objects on-screen, whether they are walls, characters, cityscapes, or other such things, thanks to lucid, vivid, and soft colors. The level of detail is exceptionally high, which adds to the sense that the series is alive.
Overall, Clannad is a pleasant surprise, with intriguing themes, a fresh plot, and intriguing, complex characters.
32. Tonikawa: Over the Moon for You
Yuzaki Nasa is hell-bent on etching his name into the pages of history. He is confident that he has his entire life planned out, having placed first in the national mock exam and aiming for a prestigious high school. Fate, on the other hand, is a fickle mistress. Nasa sees a peerless beauty across the street on his way home one snowy evening. Nasa, bewitched, tries to approach her but is blindsided by an approaching truck.
Thankfully, because of the girl’s quick action, his life is spared. Under the moonlight, he watches the girl walk away while bleeding by the side of an ambulance, evoking Princess Kaguya’s departure for the moon. He drags his crippled body after her and asks her out, refusing to let this chance encounter pass him by. Surprised by his audacity and determination, the girl agrees to his confession on one condition: he must marry her first!
We see this anime quickly break the barrier of a typical rom-com and its usual tropes and head over to getting married, with a humorous and lovable approach. With some comedy and minimal drama, the anime focuses on the development of our two main characters’ relationship. We’re mostly looking forward to seeing more cute moments between them, as well as how they gradually but surely get to know one another.
Tonikawa’s beauty lies in its simplicity. It’s not just another fluffy, wholesome rom-com; it’s so much more. Its pure innocence and wholesomeness will make you fall in love. This couple will, without a doubt, keep you smiling throughout each episode. Our two happily married couples shine through all of the muddy and generic rom-com tropes with heartfelt and stupidly funny moments.
Being able to find such a perfect girl as Tsukasa is almost like a fantasy for Nasa. For these two characters, fate tied the knots together, and they have a devoted relationship. Every day is a new challenge for this married couple, and each episode follows their progress.
Tonikawa is definitely for you if you’re a romance fan and/or looking for some wholesome rom-com. This anime is a must-see for anyone interested in a fresh take on the genre and a fresh perspective on romance.
33. Inu X Boku Secret Service
Shirakiin Ririchiyo is the well-protected daughter of a prestigious family. Ririchiyo has spent her entire life as a protected and dependent girl due to her petite build and wealthy status, but she has now decided to change that. However, there is one problem: the young girl has an uncontrollable sharp tongue and poor communication skills.
Ririchiyo moves into Maison de Ayakashi with the help of a childhood friend, a secluded high-security apartment complex that houses a variety of strange people, as the unsociable 15-year-old soon discovers. Furthermore, their eccentric personalities are not the strangest aspect of their personalities: every resident of the Maison de Ayakashi, including Ririchiyo, is half-human, half-youkai.
Ririchiyo’s problems, on the other hand, have only just begun. She must be accompanied by a Secret Service agent in order to stay in her new home. Miketsukami Soushi, Ririchiyo’s new partner, is handsome, quiet, but ridiculously clingy and creepily submissive. Ririchiyo appears to have a difficult path ahead of her with Soushi, her new supernatural neighbors, and the start of high school.
While there is no overarching plotline or depth to the story, it is very enjoyable. This series is more of a rom-com than anything else, but it does have a lot of drama, and the supernatural element actually adds to the overall story. To make the funny moments even funnier, the animation style switches between normal and chibi.
Each of the characters is memorable, and you can recall their personalities; they are all amusing and intriguing. Many scenes in the anime look back in time to see what shaped the characters into the people they are today. The meat of the story is Inu x Boku Secret Service’s love story, but there are many memorable characters along the way.
This anime does have a typical romance plot, but it does so in an unusual way that is both interesting and refreshing. The characters are likable and will grow on you, even if your initial impressions aren’t great. It’s an anime that will stay in your mind for days after you’ve finished watching it. Inu x Boku Secret Service is a charming anime with loads of comedy, memorable characters, and, yes, an endearing love story.
34. Hotarubi no Mori e
Takegawa Hotaru, a six-year-old who is fascinated by the legend of a mountain god, wanders lost in an ancient forest on a visit to her uncle. Hotaru is overjoyed to discover a masked forest spirit named Gin, who is in desperate need of assistance. She discovers the hard way that she must not touch the boy or he will vanish. Regardless, Gin leads Hotaru out of the forest and warns her not to return, despite her promise to return with a gift.
Ignoring Gin’s warnings, Hotaru visits him every summer, and Hotaru and Gin become close friends, despite the fact that they are separated by both distance and planes of existence. When romantic feelings clash with the one and only rule, their relationship and resolve are put to the test.
Hotarubi no Mori e is a story about friendship and compromise between two people who should have never met and whose lives become hopelessly entwined.
Their time together is brief but meaningful, and it ends on a bittersweet note. Hotarubi no Mori e is a lovely film that reimagines the concept of forbidden love, a topic that has been overdone and worn out by bad soap opera dramas, in an elegant and refreshing way.
Stunning character and background designs, coupled with the honesty of the writing, are responsible for much of the anime’s brilliance. The anime draws us in with dramatic music and writing while remaining light-hearted and realistic.
The anime focuses on the more important aspects of love that we may have overlooked. Like the joy, you feel when you’re near them, the first time you saw them laugh, and when being around them feels suffocating because you don’t know what to say or do. Hotarubi no mori e masterfully weaves these elements into a heartbreaking first love story.
Despite having a supernatural theme of spirits, what makes this anime so special, what makes it stand out from all the others that claim to teach you the true meaning of love, is that it’s believable and honest.
Despite their best efforts, the two are shackled by circumstances beyond their control. Against all odds, they try their hardest to keep the bond they’ve built over the years, a bond stronger than any physical love could ever provide.
35. Golden Time
Tada Banri suffers from amnesia as a result of a tragic accident, erasing his memories of his hometown and past. Then he leaves behind his old life and starts a new life at law school in Tokyo after befriending Yanagisawa Mitsuo.
But, just as he’s settling into college life, Banri’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of the lovely Kaga Kouko, and their chance meeting marks the start of an unforgettable year.
Banri discovers that he is in a new place and a new world after getting a glimpse of college life—a place where he can be reborn, make new friends, fall in love, make mistakes, and grow. And as he begins to understand who he was, the path he has chosen leads him to a life so bright that he will never forget it.
The story’s overall setup is unremarkable, but the show’s storytelling is where Golden Time shines. The dialogue and situations that the main characters face in each episode are what distinguish this show. This show’s main characters have a great deal of chemistry with one another. This is primarily due to the show’s realistic nature.
The story spent a lot of time developing characters and making them interesting so that we could learn more about them. Comedy moments are used throughout the story to make us laugh and feel better.
The story tackles not only comedic moments but also psychological trauma in the context of relationships and betrayals. The story teaches us that love isn’t easy; it requires dedication and complete certainty. The plot is mysterious, which you wouldn’t expect from an anime like this. In addition, the drama is mature and subtle.
The entire cast and characters are so realistic and full of “normal” people that we would encounter in real life. All of the characters are attempting to live their lives to the fullest. This anime also teaches us that “Love Hurts,” which means that relationships can sometimes end in disaster and that maintaining relationships takes a lot of courage and effort.
Life isn’t always rosy, just like in real life. Life is not always easy; we will occasionally experience pain and suffering in our relationships. However, suffering and pain help us to better understand and appreciate life. You’ll laugh, cry, and empathize with the characters in this anime.
36. Violet Evergarden
The Great War came to an end after four long years of conflict; the continent of Telesis was split in half and slowly began to flourish once more. Violet Evergarden, a young girl raised solely for the purpose of decimating enemy lines, was caught up in the carnage.
She was hospitalized and maimed in a bloody skirmish during the War’s final leg, and all she had were words from the person she loved most, but she had no idea what they meant.
Violet takes a job at CH Postal Services after a falling out with her new intended guardian family while she is recovering. Her observations include the work of an “Auto Memory Doll” there, amanuenses who transcribe people’s thoughts and feelings onto paper. Moved by the idea, Violet decides to work as an Auto Memory Doll, a job which takes her on an incredible journey, one that will change her clients’ lives, while also allowing her to discover herself.
Because life isn’t meant to be rushed, each happy moment must be savored and each hardship must be overcome, life is a battlefield where each of us has our own fight, and it’s all part of being alive, the pace is slow, which is appropriate for our characters and Violet’s development. The emotional atmosphere, combined with the subtle visuals and gorgeous ost created around the character’s stories, elicits viewers’ raw emotions.
Violet Evergarden is a love letter to life, a lesson about life’s hardships and joys, a lesson about getting up and moving on despite the obstacles that await you, and it improves with each episode, much like the taste of wine improves with age.
Violet is almost entirely the focus of the show, with those who appear from episode to episode receiving additional characterization. This show shines thanks to its minimal characters and well-written stories, which provide something that many animes take several episodes to build up to. It’s a bold attempt to give viewers a sense of fulfillment. Each episode introduces new and returning characters, allowing for new storytelling and emotional development.
This show is highly recommended for anyone looking to become emotionally invested in a complex storyline with stunning visuals and amazing character development.
Takamiya Naho’s sophomore year of high school has started off on an uneasy note. She finds a strange letter addressed to her after waking up late. The letter, on the other hand, is from herself, ten years in the future! Naho is skeptical at first, but after witnessing several of the events described in the letter, she realizes it is from her 26-year-old self.
Naho’s future life is filled with regrets, according to the note, and she hopes that her younger self can correct the mistakes she made in the past. The letter also warns her to keep an eye on Naruse Kakeru, a new transfer student. Because Kakeru will not be around in the future, Naho must be extra cautious when making decisions involving him. Naho is now able to protect Kakeru with the letter as her guide, before she regrets it once again.
Orange is more concerned with regret, drama, and youth than with the “power to change the future” that comes with the time travel element. Orange is a simple, slow-moving high school drama that, unlike many others of its kind, manages to stay grounded.
Of course, because these are teenagers, the viewer is likely to be frustrated by a few actions resulting from misunderstandings and teenage insecurity, but the drama makes good use of these moments for character development and other such things. The plot is straightforward, and the characters are well-developed. Each episode centers on Naho’s attempts to erase or avoid regrets, which makes for compelling viewing.
Death is a major theme in this story, which seems strange for a shoujo, romance, and feel-good anime. There will be feel-good moments as well as heartbreaking moments on the roller coaster of emotions. The characters are endearing and admirable, and the plot is compelling.
Orange is an anime that elicits a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative, while also successfully completing its story. Despite a few bumps, Orange is an emotional rollercoaster ride that will make you laugh, cry, and connect emotionally and personally with the series. Orange is a good choice for you if you’re looking for an anime that makes you think and feel.
38. Skip Beat!
Mogami Kyouko, 16, is bright, diligent, and naive, and she works hard to support her childhood friend, crush, and rising pop icon, Fuwa Shoutarou’s career, and dreams. Working endlessly at burger joints and tea ceremonies, the innocent Kyouko is blissfully unaware that her tireless efforts are being overlooked day after day, until one day she discovers that her beloved Shou regards her as nothing more than a free servant.
She vows to exact revenge on the rookie star by entering the ruthless world of entertainment herself, shocked, heartbroken, and enraged. Kyouko will face new challenges as she settles into her new life, as well as people who will push her beyond her comfort zone.
Skip Beat follows the development of a young woman who gradually unlearns how to work herself to death for the satisfaction of others and instead takes control of her own destiny.
Character development is a big part of the story in this anime. It’s also well-rounded, with plenty of good comedic moments. Unlike other female leads who may cry over multiple tubs of ice cream while re-watching their favorite soap operas, Kyouko transforms her pain and suffering into something beautiful.
She uses her newfound hatred for Shou as a never-ending source of fuel for her journey into the mysterious and occasionally terrifying world of show business. Every character in this anime, including Kyouko, has a reason for doing what they’re doing. They all have a common goal in mind, whether it’s acting, singing, or making their big-screen debut.
The cast of wacky, memorable characters who give a sense of purpose and bursts of life to what could have been a stereotypical, bland, and fabricated hollywood-glamorized portrayal of the world of show business was the sole reason why this anime was so enjoyable.
While remaining professional, non-cliched, and upbeat, this anime reveals all of the ugliness that lies beneath the makeup and perfectly lit photographs. There’s no needless drama, no stupid tabloid-instigated scandals, and no phony love affairs. Because we can relate to these characters and their struggles and victories, we can empathize with them. The anime is able to give us viewers a realistic and down-to-earth look into their world.
39. Lovely Complex
For Koizumi Risa and Ootani Atsushi, who are both looking for their ideal partner in high school, love is unusual. At 172 cm tall, Koizumi is significantly taller than the average girl, and at 152 cm, Ootani is significantly shorter than the average guy.
To make matters worse, their crushes start dating, leaving Koizumi and Ootani comically flustered and heartbroken. To add to it, their homeroom teacher refers to them as a comedy duo because of their personalities and the disparity in their heights, and their classmates refer to their arguments as sketches.
Lovely Complex follows Koizumi and Ootani as they support one another in their search for love and grow closer as friends. Aside from their ridiculous antics, they quickly discover a surprising similarity in their musical and fashion tastes. Maybe they have undiscovered chemistry, but could love blossom between the mismatched couple?
The romance develops gradually, and by the end, you’re completely smitten with them because the creators did such an excellent job of laying the groundwork and actually showing you how their feelings evolve over time.
The show isn’t like most other shows where love magically appears out of nowhere in a haze of fuzzy lighting and rose petals. Instead, you see a friendship blossom, a moment happen, interest bloom, and awareness growing
The characters in this anime are the foundation of the story. It’s very effective to have a mix of strange and fairly normal teenagers. Each character bounces off the others as they assist one another in their development.
Of course, Lovely Complex is about love and complexes, so each character has their own set of problems, which are what propel the anime forward and which we grow to love.
It’s difficult not to laugh at the characters because they’re so out of control. They exaggerate, make absurd faces, and react excessively to everything. The female protagonist of this story does not follow a stereotype, which is nice to see. Her strengths and weaknesses make her a realistic person.
She isn’t afraid to be unattractive and flawed at times. Characters are developed in a way that they don’t delve too deeply into their pasts, but rather explain what kind of person they are.
Ichijou Raku, a freshman at Bonyari High School, is the sole heir to a powerful yakuza family. Raku made a promise to a childhood friend ten years ago. All he has now is a pendant with a lock that can only be unlocked with the key that the girl took when they parted ways.
Years later, Raku has matured into a typical adolescent who only wants to stay as far away from his yakuza past as possible while spending his school days with his middle school crush Onodera Kosaki. When the American Bee Hive Gang invades his family’s territory, however, Raku’s idyllic romantic dreams are dashed as he is dragged into a vexing conflict: Raku is to pretend to be in a romantic relationship with Kirisaki Chitoge, the beautiful daughter of the Bee Hive’s chief, in order to reduce friction between the two groups.
Unfortunately, the reality is far from this blatant lie: Raku and Chitoge hate each other at first sight, as the girl believes he is a pathetic pushover, and Chitoge is about as attractive to Raku as a savage gorilla.
Nisekoi chronicles the daily antics of this mismatched couple who have been forced to coexist in order to keep the peace in the city. With a slew of new girls entering his life, all of whom are somehow connected to Raku’s past, his search for the girl who holds his heart and his promise takes him in unexpected directions.
The story isn’t particularly unique, but it’s also not a cliched concept. It does its job admirably, despite its lack of originality. Nisekoi’s plot is very important to the series, and it is featured prominently in each episode. Nisekoi’s strength may not be in its storyline or plot complexity, but rather, its characters.
Nisekoi has a knack for making even the most unlikable characters likable. The anime’s most enjoyable aspect is its cast of characters. There is such a wonderful mix of personalities among them. The characters, for the most part, fit stereotypes that aren’t particularly original. They do, however, fit those stereotypes perfectly and bring out the best in the roles.
Overall, Nisekoi is a lot of fun, and the characters will make you fall in love with them. Nisekoi gives the harem genre a unique flavor, and it’s surprisingly good.
41. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Yamada Ryuu wanted to start a new chapter in his life when he started high school. He wanted to be a productive student. That’s why he chose Suzaku High, where no one would be aware of his violent criminal past. However, much to Ryuu’s displeasure, he quickly becomes bored; now in his second year, he has turned back into a slacker with bad grades and a propensity to pick fights.
Ryuu meets Shiraishi Urara, a lovely honors student, on his way back from yet another office visit. A misstep sends them both tumbling down the stairwell, resulting in an unintentional kiss! The couple discovers they can switch bodies with a kiss, which proves to be both useful and problematic.
Miyamura Toranosuke, a student council officer and the only member of the Supernatural Studies Club, recruits them for the club after learning of their new power. The group is soon joined by Itou Miyabi, an eccentric who is fascinated by all things supernatural, and they unearth the legend of the Seven Witches of Suzaku High, a group of seven female students who have acquired various powers as a result of a kiss. The Supernatural Studies Club sets out on its first mission: to figure out who all the witches are.
The anime’s greatest strength may be found in the theme it addresses the significance of relationships. Whether it’s with friends, family, or anyone in between, people are always looking to connect with others. Since the witch powers revolve around this concept, this is the show’s main point.
The girls have these abilities, as depicted in the anime, and they use them on their classmates not just because they can, but because they want to have long-lasting relationships that they couldn’t have otherwise.
Aside from the intriguing premise, the story is well-written. Each of them appears to be fully formed individuals, the type you’d see walking down the street. They don’t appear to be caricatures of specific archetypes, and they appear to have their own story to tell. Each of the characters, especially the witches, is well-developed.
It’s an enjoyable anime with comedy and a tinge of seriousness in various parts. The show is a lot of fun. Character development is well-thought-out in relation to the plot, and the character dynamic is often comedic while remaining realistic. The show isn’t completely ridiculous at any point.
42. Itazura na Kiss
The clumsy, low-achieving, and troublesome third-year high school student, Aihara Kotoko is forced to share a roof with the school’s—and possibly Japan’s—smartest student, Irie Naoki, after her newly-built home is razed to the ground by an earthquake. Despite being familiar with Kotoko, Irie-kun has already sealed her fate in his eyes thanks to a single love letter she tried to give him in the past.
Kotoko may not have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the older Irie boy’s heart with the addition of some eccentric friends and a meddling mother. Kotoko, on the other hand, is optimistic that now that she lives in his house, her unattainable crush on the genius from high school has never been closer.
Despite the fact that the premise isn’t particularly original, the story is quite amusing. Despite Naoki being cold, uninterested, and mean to Kotoko, she tries desperately to communicate her feelings. But it is the romance’s eventual payoff that truly distinguishes Itazura’s story.
Kotoko is a delightfully satisfying shoujo heroine. She possesses all of the characteristics that one would expect. She’s cute but not particularly attractive, clumsy and ditzy, and not particularly bright. Despite her lack of intelligence, she makes up for it with determination, hard work, and a singular focus on getting her man.
Itazura na Kiss allows you to feel and think as the other character does. You don’t see a character go from being nefarious to being perfect all of a sudden. Throughout the anime, Kotoko and Irei remain true to themselves, and this is what makes it so enjoyable. In general, the characters go through a lot of growth, and there are a lot of interesting supporting characters.
The characters all have a lot of depth, and most of them, even the supporting ones, get some screen time, so the main characters don’t get all of the attention. This helps to create a more interactive environment for the main characters.
Overall, Itazura na Kiss isn’t the best shoujo romance, but it’s still a fun series to watch with a satisfying conclusion. The series is filled with drama, but it never forgets that it is a rom-com at its core.
43. Spice and Wolf
In Pasloe, Holo is worshipped as a powerful wolf deity who blesses the annual harvest. However, as the villagers become more self-sufficient over time, Holo, who calls herself the “Wise Wolf of Yoitsu,” has been reduced to a folk tale. When a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence stops in Pasloe, Holo offers to become his business partner in exchange for him taking her to Yoitsu, her northern home. Holo’s unusual ability to assess a person’s character is recognized by the astute trader, who accepts her offer.
Lawrence is getting closer to his goal of opening his own shop now that he has sharp business skills and a charismatic negotiator. Lawrence begins to realize that his aspirations are slowly morphing into something unexpected as he travels the countryside with Holo in search of economic opportunities.
Spice and Wolf combine the two polar genres of economics and romance to create an engrossing story full of intricate schemes, sharp humor, and witty dialogue. It becomes more than just a story about bartering; it becomes a quest for a lost identity in an ever-changing world.
The central characters are fantastic. They’re entertaining, intelligent, and never make compromises in order to advance the plot. Given the characters’ motivations and flaws, almost everything that happens makes sense.
Character flaws are well-written, allowing the characters to be defined as much by their flaws as by their strengths. It’s fascinating to watch them go through emotions like joy, fear, exhilaration, jealousy, and rage in complex, unique, and believable ways.
Because Lawrence and Horo are the only main characters in the show, having good chemistry between them is crucial, and due to the nature of the story, the main characters do not live in the same place for very long, so there are no recurring characters in the series. With their thought-provoking and witty comments, the Kraft and Holo duo helps make up for the lack of characters.
Overall, this show jams so much information and dialogue into the viewers’ faces that it’s easy to see why it’s not for everyone. However, this is a show that is both intelligent and beautiful, as well as intriguing. It’s a show that you’ll either get or not get. Spice and Wolf is a delight to sit down by after a long day and simply enjoy. It is charming, calm, and beautiful in its many details.
44. Wolf Girl and Black Prince
To gain the respect of her new friends, Shinohara Erika has started lying about her romantic exploits. So when her friends ask for a picture of her “boyfriend,” she snaps a photo of a handsome stranger her friends recognize as Sata Kyouya, a popular and kindhearted boy.
Erika, caught in her own web of lies and desperate to avoid humiliation, tells Kyouya about her predicament in the hopes that he will pretend to be her boyfriend. Kyouya, however, is not the angel he appears to be: he is a cruel sadist who forces Erika to be his “dog” in exchange for keeping her secret.
Erika reluctantly accepts his deal, but she soon sees glimpses of the real Kyouya beneath the layers of his outer persona. As she falls for him, she wonders if he will feel the same way. Will Kyouya be able to turn Erika into an honest woman, or is she doomed to remain a “wolf girl” forever?
The traditional storyline of the RomCom genre is shredded in this show. This story is so unique and unpredictable that you can’t help but enjoy it. There aren’t many cliches in it, and even fewer plot holes. Your entire time watching the show will be filled with laughter. The characters of the main couple are spot on.
We have Kyouya, the black prince. He is charming and kind to everyone. But he can be a jerk at times. He is prone to jealousy and genuinely cares about Erika. Erika is one of the show’s most amusing characters. She made every effort to make the best of her circumstances. The show’s other characters aren’t given much depth.
The plot moves at a breakneck pace, which is a good thing in this anime. The plot moves along nicely, and because it is fast-paced, you get a lot more out of this anime than you might expect. It’s fascinating to see how the anime depicts the characters in the show, not just their good side, but also their bad side, the side you don’t always show, the side you really want to use but can’t, and you can see all of this by watching how the characters act.
Overall, the anime has endearing protagonists and their interactions are entertaining; it’s light-hearted, a little funny, and easy to watch.
45. Vampire Knight
Cross Yuuki and Kiryuu Zero are members of Cross Academy’s disciplinary committee, which oversees two very different classes: the Day Class and the Night Class. When the classes switch out, their job entails maintaining order between them. Although this may not seem like a difficult task, the Day Class is unaware of the Night Class’s true nature—their stunning students are vampires.
Kuran Kaname, a Pureblood vampire, saved Yuuki ten years ago from a vampire attack. Now that Kaname is the Night Class’s leader, Yuuki’s position on the disciplinary committee allows her to see him again, complicating her feelings for him. Meanwhile, Zero despises all vampires and believes that they will never be able to live in peace with humans. However, a secret from Zero’s past threatens the academy’s fragile peace, and things may never be the same again.
The characters face one event after another throughout the story, which allows for emotional struggles, a lot of character development, and, of course, some romance. The anime has a mysterious quality to it, as if you sense something is going on but aren’t sure what it is. You’ll also notice that the story becomes “darker” with each passing episode and that the characters evolve. It takes some time to fully comprehend everything.
The plot of this series is fairly predictable, but there are simply too many things going on between Zero, Yuuki, and Kaname to focus on the plot. There are a few surprises, but none of them come out of nowhere; we’re always given hints, to the point where it’s obvious. What’s fascinating about this is how it shifts between characters.
That is, the effect of all those events on the characters’ relationships is more interesting in this series than the plot. Yes, there are a lot of funny bits in Vampire Knight, despite the fact that it is a rather serious story, but the best part is that they never seem out of place.
Vampire Knight is a fantastic anime for fans of vampire stories with a romantic element. When you get to know the characters, you’ll fall in love with them! What’s nice about this is that you get to know not only Yuki, Zero, and Kaname, but also the other Night-Class members and other random characters.
46. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
When second-year Kanda Sorata is forced to move into Suimei High School’s infamous Sakura Hall due to abandoned kittens and his good conscience, the satellite dorm and its eccentric, misfit residents turn his life upside down. Jin, a playwright playboy; Misaki, an energetic animator; Ryuunosuke, a reclusive programmer; and Chihiro, the dorm manager, art teacher, and party girl, find it difficult to fit in with the strange collection of dorm residents.
Sorata’s friend Nanami, a second-year student and aspiring voice actress, encourages him to find new homes for the cats so he can return to the regular dorms as soon as possible. When Shiina Mashiro, a world-class artistic savant looking to become a mangaka, transfers in during the spring trimester and quickly latches onto him, his desire to escape Sakura Hall wanes.
Through their quirks, Sorata and Mashiro break out of their shells and cause a change in the lives of those around them. With its ensemble cast, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou explores the fine threads that connect talent, hard work, romance, and friendship.
Sakurasou has an exceptional story, which is probably the most important aspect of an anime. While the romance isn’t particularly strong, it doesn’t detract significantly from the plot. Sakurasou’s characters add a lot of depth to the story. All five main characters are surprisingly complex for a rom-com.
During their time at Sakurasou, the misfits have many small adventures and antics, as well as many trials to overcome. Friendships form and grow over time, bonds become stronger, fights, love, and tears all play a part in the lives of Sakurasou’s six friends. We learn about all of their backgrounds throughout the story.
What makes them so remarkable is that, despite their vastly different upbringings, the Sakurasou residents are all accepting of one another. They never have any animosity or resentment toward one another, and they are all true friends. It’s their chemistry that makes them so fascinating to watch.
Sakurasou provided a lot of laughs as well as some good drama. While watching the series, you will never be bored. Sakurasou’s greatest achievement, however, is that it meets and then exceeds the standard expectations of a romantic comedy slice-of-life anime; it is truly a fantastic production.
47. The Ancient Magus’ Bride
A tall masked gentleman paid five million pounds for Hatori Chise, a 15-year-old Japanese girl, who was sold at an auction. Young and abandoned, she was ridiculed by her peers for her odd behavior, so she was willing to sell herself to anyone for the chance to have a place to call home. She hears whispers from robed men on her path, complaining and gossiping about the buyer who got his hands on a “Sleigh Beggy.” She is in chains and on her way to an unknown fate.
The mysterious man ignores the murmurs and leads the girl to a study, where he reveals himself to be Elias Ainsworth, a magus. After a brief confrontation and some teleportation magic, the two open their eyes to Elias’ picturesque cottage in rural England. Chise’s story as the supposed bride of the ancient magus and apprentice begins with her arrival when she is greeted by fairies and surrounded by strange and wonderful beings.
Magus’ Bride is a work of art. This show’s world is full of mystery and goes into great detail more than once or twice; every detail matters in this show. The Ancient Magus’ Bride has a plot that is both simple and complex at the same time. Because we are learning alongside the main character, Chise, the story does not reveal itself right away. Certain details are revealed at a later date, so it’s crucial to be patient with this series and pay close attention to it.
The main characters are distinct and perfectly complement one another. Neither is perfect, and neither is certain of the other, but they complement each other. The supporting cast is always present; they all have a purpose and frequently demonstrate it. Even characters who only appear in one or two episodes become memorable.
Even though this show appears to be serious at times, it also has moments of light comedy, so it isn’t just a dark story. When things start to pick up, you’ll get a sense of how the author wants you to feel.
You will learn a lot about the characters and what it means for someone like Chise to start a new life while watching this anime. While avoiding the pitfalls of going overboard, the world setting stayed true to its premise.
48. Devils’ Line
Vampires are a part of society’s underbelly that walks among us. Although they do not require blood to survive, they can become uncontrollable monsters when their bloodlust is heightened by extreme emotions. After a tense confrontation with Anzai Yuuk—a human and vampire hybrid—Taira Tsukasa, a 22-year-old university student, uncovers the truth about vampires when a longtime friend reveals that he is one.
When Tsukasa’s friend is arrested, she is drawn to Anzai, who reluctantly reciprocates her feelings. However, Anzai is struggling to contain the part of him that wants to devour Tsukasa, and this unconventional romance may be too difficult to maintain.
Let’s get started on the plot, vampires. It appears to be a fairly basic topic, and one could even argue that it has been done to death. This is where the show succeeds. Vampires and devils were creatures that made you cry as a child; they were scary, frightening, horrifying, and even spine-chilling. The show depicts the dark world in which the story unfolds really well; devils are threatening creatures which is something the characters are constantly reminded of.
This anime is all about vampires, and it’s a fascinating story about devils and humans attempting to coexist. There are elements of Tokyo Ghoul, but there is a clear distinction between devils and ghouls. Overall, it’s difficult to get past the fact that these devils are vampires trying not to be vampires by drinking blood.
The references in the show are what really set it apart. People who pay attention are rewarded in a show that focuses on references. They get to see the show in its most authentic form. People who watch it half-heartedly, on the other hand, miss out on half of the experience.
The plot is intriguing, and the tone is definitely more mature. Although typical anime logic is occasionally used to fill in plot holes, the characters are likable and the villains are fairly disliked. You will feel the protagonist’s vulnerability and the basic human need for comfort, which makes him very interesting to watch as he battles with his more feral powerful side and the repulsion he felt for himself.
The characters are believable and compelling. The main cast has a unique dynamic that complements the dark setting.
49. Kiss Him, Not Me!
Serinuma Kae is a dedicated otaku and a kind second-year high school student. But there’s a little-known fact about her: she’s obsessed with BL, or Boy’s Love. Serinuma can’t help but fantasize about her male classmates falling in love with one another, and she loves picturing them together. Serinuma, on the other hand, is well-known for being noticeably overweight.
Serinuma witnesses the death of her most beloved character while watching her favorite show one day. She can’t even muster the energy to eat her meals, let alone go to school because she’s so depressed. She makes a full recovery after a week. But there’s something odd about her now—during the time she refused to leave her room, she lost a lot of weight and has transformed into a stunning beauty!
She is now the center of attention of four boys she has always known at her school, catching the attention of everyone who sees her. Serinuma would much rather they spend time falling in love with one another than spending time with her. What will Serinuma do about the four boys who are after her BL-obsessed self?
Kae is a character that any otaku girl can relate to, whether or not they are a fujoshi like her; this, combined with the humorous moments involving her, makes her an engaging protagonist. Each of the boys in her reverse harem has his own quirks, and each of them gets their turn in the spotlight.
What makes this anime so pleasant is how respectful all of the male characters are of the female character’s feelings, decisions, and consent. She is always given the option of choosing who she likes, and the boys always agree to respect her choice. Apart from their good looks, the four boys in the series have four distinct personalities that shine brightly throughout the series.
Kiss Him, Not Me is a fun anime to watch. It’s fascinating to hear a girl’s perspective on shipping, and it’s fun to watch Serinuma’s reactions to boys’ love and how much of an otaku she is. If you’re tired of the same old reverse harem anime and want to see one with a fujoshi protagonist, this is the one to watch.
50. Yuri!!! on Ice
Katsuki Yuuri, once Japan’s most promising figure skater, returns to his family home to consider his options for the future, still reeling from his crushing defeat at the Grand Prix Finale. Yuuri’s window for success in skating is rapidly closing at the age of 23, and his love of pork cutlets and tendency to gaining weight aren’t helping matters.
Yuuri, however, finds himself in the spotlight after a video of him performing a routine previously performed by Victor Nikiforov, a five-time world champion, goes viral. In fact, Victor shows up at Yuuri’s house unexpectedly and offers to be his mentor. Yuuri eagerly accepts, being one of his biggest fans, kicking off his quest to return to the international stage. But the competition is fierce, as Russia’s rising star, Yuri Plisetsky, is hell-bent on defeating Yuuri and reclaiming Victor’s tutelage.
The show has a competitive sports atmosphere, but the audience will notice the character relationships every now and then. It’s very human and, at times, fierce. The two main characters, Yuri and Victor, are the center of attention. Yuri on Ice has a plot that is both fresh and unique for a sports series. It’s clear right away what sets it apart from other sports anime.
Yuri on Ice’s characters may appear to be stereotypical at first, but as the story progresses, you learn more about their personalities and motivations, and they truly surprise you. Our main cast is endearing, but the supporting cast receives far more development than you might expect.
Every character in Yuri on Ice is treated with respect and love as if they all deserve equal screen time. Because this is an anime about the international figure skating scene, we meet a variety of characters from various countries. Thankfully, none of them fall prey to stereotypes based on nationality, and they’re all lovable with their own quirks and personalities.
Yuri on Ice has a unique new narrative and organic, character-driven conflict that pushes the boundaries of the genre of sports anime. With careful maneuvering of scenes and plot points, it balances out comedy and serious moments and includes a gay romance that doesn’t overshadow but rather becomes a part of the main story. The series’ themes are upbeat, meaningful, and intricately woven into the plot.
51. Kokoro Connect
When five Yamaboshi Academy students discover that there are no clubs where they can fit in, they form the Student Cultural Society or “StuCS” for short. Yaegashi Taichi, a die-hard wrestling fan; Nagase Iori, an indecisive optimist; Inaba Himeko, a calm computer genius; Kiriyama Yui, a petite karate practitioner; and Aoki Yoshifumi, the class clown, are all members of the club.
Aoki and Yui have a strange incident one day when they switch bodies for a short period of time without warning. As this supernatural occurrence occurs at random among the five friends, they begin to realize that it isn’t all in their heads. Now that they’re forced to become closer than they’ve ever been, they soon learn about each other’s hidden secrets and emotional scars, which threatens to tear the StuCS and their friendship apart.
Here’s a show that takes a supernatural plot, adds some well-written high-school romance and plenty of gripping drama, and wraps it all up in one fantastic package. Despite the fact that some of the ideas have been done before, Kokoro Connect manages to keep it fresh and funny while also portraying the effects of each phenomenon in a surprisingly realistic manner.
Every arc introduces new and interesting aspects of the story, as well as allowing for the exploration of many different aspects of the characters. Finally, Kokoro Connect succeeds in blending comedic school life shenanigans with more serious emotional moments, a testament to the excellent writing and direction. Kokoro Connect is a one-of-a-kind show. It does not follow the plot of traditional romance anime, but instead adds its own splash of color to something that could be considered “trite and overused.”
Kokoro Connect is truly defined by its characters. Unlike some other school-based romantic comedies, this anime features fully fleshed-out, three-dimensional characters, each with very real backstories and flaws, which will make you care about them as their story unfolds. It’s fascinating to watch the characters grow and develop. Their pasts are revealed throughout the series, as well as their own flaws and how they overcome them. The character drama is the show’s highlight.
In addition to having fantastic characters, Kokoro Connect depicts how a person would react in situations similar to those depicted in the anime. It takes a light-hearted concept and turns it into something more serious.
52. My Love Story!!
Gouda Takeo is not your typical high school freshman, with his muscular build and tall stature. But, beneath his intimidating exterior, he has a golden heart, and the boys regard him as a hero for his bravery and chivalry. Unfortunately, these characteristics do not bode well for his love life. Takeo’s cool and handsome best friend and constant companion Sunakawa Makoto easily steals the hearts of the female students—including every girl Takeo has ever liked—as if his looks weren’t enough to scare the opposite sex away.
Takeo falls in love with Yamato Rinko almost immediately after saving her from being molested, but he suspects she is more interested in Sunakawa. Even as he yearns for his own love story, Takeo unselfishly decides to act as Yamato’s cupid, despite his own blossoming love for her.
My Love Story is precisely what it sounds like. It’s a story about two main characters, Takeo and Yamato, who fall in love. And they appear to be a mismatch at first glance. It doesn’t take a genius to notice that the two don’t resemble each other.
Yamato has the appearance of a frail schoolgirl, while Takeo has the appearance of a professional sumo wrestler standing nearly 7 feet tall. The story, however, is about more than just appearances because destiny connects them in ways that give the word “love” its true meaning in this love story.
One of most intriguing aspects of this series is how unique each character is. They aren’t your run-of-the-mill characters who exist solely to advance the plot. They’re there to help the story along by using their individual characteristics to make the relationship seem as natural as possible.
There are no tragic moments in the show that make the audience want to cry. Instead, we get a traditional shoujo rom-com with heartfelt character interactions. Even the love triangles that appear on occasion in the show don’t go in a distracting direction.
In some ways, it’s a lovely love story. They created an inspiring love that bloomed within people’s hearts, rather than just sharing sweet and sad moments together. They don’t try to make the show melodramatic; instead, they let us explore all of the characters until we all fall in love with them. In some ways, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
53. Junjo Romantica
Takahashi Misaki is a typical high school student studying for his university entrance exams. In order to reduce the stress of studying, or so he hopes, he accepts the help of his older brother’s best friend, and famous author Usami Akihiko. Misaki, however, is about to discover that Usami’s books are of a very naughty nature and that something naughty may be awakening within Misaki as well.
In addition to Misaki and Usami’s “Romantica,” Junjou Romantica follows the stories of two other couples.
Egoist depicts the passionate, but often complicated, the relationship between university professor Kamijou Hiroki, whose life has hit rock bottom, and pediatrician Kusama Nowaki, who is head over heels in love with Hiroki and devoted to keeping him happy.
When rich eighteen-year-old Takatsuki Shinobu finally discovers something he can’t have easily—literature professor Miyagi You—the third story, “Terrorist,” shows just how obsessive love can become.
As these three couples attempt to achieve their life goals while also succumbing to temptation and anguish with their partners, there is plenty of passion to go around. All of the stories contribute to the overall cohesiveness of the anime. This anime depicts how pure love can be, as well as how unexpected it can be.
This anime’s character development is extremely fast-paced. The story does not have a moment when you don’t know how a character is feeling, but it does leave room for unexpected twists and turns. Because it’s a character-driven romance, it can get a little tense at times.
The characters are all well-developed and entertaining to watch. It doesn’t just focus on the characters’ sexual relationships; it also gives us a beautiful glimpse into how love works in a gay relationship, the insecurities, the worries, and the fact that they’re not all that different from heterosexual relationships.
It shows us day to day, giving us a brief but powerful glimpse into what it means to love, not just because of our gender or age, but because we are ultimately drawn to that person and can’t help ourselves. It’s uplifting and thrilling, like a breath of fresh air.
The stories are heartfelt and demonstrate how love can manifest itself in the most unexpected and diverse ways. It also has comedic moments that will make you laugh out loud.
54. The Garden of Words
Akizuki Takao, an aspiring shoemaker, decides to skip class on a rainy morning in Tokyo to sketch designs in a beautiful garden. This is where he meets Yukino Yukari for the first time, a beautiful yet mysterious woman.
Takao continues to meet with Yukari throughout the rainy season, offering to make her new shoes, and the two are able to alleviate the worries hidden in their hearts simply by being together. Their personal problems haven’t gone away entirely, and as the rainy season draws to a close, their relationship will be challenged.
The Garden of Words has a level of nuanced complexity that is hidden from the uninitiated because it requires you to think about and pay attention to its use of visuals as well as dialogue to realize it. The plot revolves around the interactions of our two main characters, a young student and a mysterious adult woman.
Whatever the case may be, the dialogue is sparse but effective, as the vast majority of the development and insights we gain into our protagonists are based on brief and restrained conversations. Often, it is the absence of dialogue that conveys human emotions more eloquently and passionately than when spoken, and visuals play a huge role in enhancing this. Given the film’s brevity, every element must contribute to the plot, and no element – be it simple movements, scenery, music,, or dialogue – exists without a reason.
Rain is a crucial element that represents the initial condition that our protagonists must overcome. The older and seemingly sophisticated woman beautifully embodies Takao’s burning desire to transcend into adulthood and realize his dreams, but even during the film’s brief journey, Takao’s preconceptions are deconstructed, and despite their differences, they discover their similarities through their painfully human interactions under the rain.
The Garden of Words is a wonderful film that takes a more nuanced and genuine approach to human relationships. This is more than a bittersweet romance; it’s a subtle journey into the solitude and desires that humans have, set in a prominent and current social context. All of this is presented to viewers in an anime film that makes full use of the medium.
55. Love Stage!!
Anyone would expect Sena Izumi to follow in the footsteps of his actress mother, producer father, and rockstar brother. Meanwhile, Izumi has never been in the spotlight, aside from an ad for a wedding magazine when he was a child; instead, he aspires to be a manga artist.
However, ten years after the shoot, the magazine requests the original child actors for a 10th-anniversary ad. This brings Izumi back into contact with Ichijou Ryouma, a well-known actor who, much to Izumi’s surprise, has been in love with him since their first meeting!
The boy, on the other hand, was misconstrued as a girl by Ryouma due to his female appearance and unisex name, and continues to be misconstrued as a girl to this day. Izumi’s problems are only beginning, because Ryouma can’t seem to get over his feelings, even after learning the truth.
It’s easy to see where a romantic comedy like this is going with this setup, but that doesn’t make it any less hilarious. What begins as a misunderstanding of gender leads to Ryoma questioning his heterosexuality and later attempting to pursue a relationship with Izumi regardless.
Of course, much of the comedy stems from the fact that, aside from the gender and sexuality issues, the two are extremely dissimilar individuals. While the anime frequently focuses on the situation’s comedy, it also does an excellent job of depicting how the two characters’ love develops.
Love Stage was one of the most well-received Boys Love anime in recent years. It weaves together a tangle of issues with anime tropes to create a semi-serious look at gayness, the entertainment industry, and otaku culture. This anime’s greatest strength is that it avoids the typical yaoi and BL character designs, instead presenting us with a vibrant and expressive anime. What makes the story so endearing is that neither of them has ever been in a serious relationship before, so they have no idea what they’re doing.
Love Stage follows the lives of a family of entertainers, so it’s only natural that it’ll be colorful and full of expressive characters. This anime manages to say a lot of interesting things about the nature of love and talent within its Boys Love romance. Love Stage!! has likable characters, is hilarious, and does a fantastic job of convincingly developing their romantic relationship.
56. Tsuki ga Kirei
A new school year brings a new set of classmates, and aspiring writer Azumi Kotarou and track team member Mizuno Akane find themselves in the same class for their final year of junior high. Despite the fact that they were initially strangers, a few chance encounters sparked an innocent desire in their hearts. As fate makes their paths cross, the hallmarks of young love—a yearning gaze, a fluttering heart—infiltrate their lives.
Despite the fact that love is patient and kind, Kotarou and Akane discover that it is not always easy. Heartache and anxiety go hand in hand with pursuing the feelings in their hearts, despite the comfort they find in each other’s company.
The road ahead is hazy, with the uncertainty of how the other truly feels and the competing affections of those around them. Despite this, Kotarou summons the courage to ask Akane a single question under the bright light of a full moon, a question that will forever alter their quiet relationship.
Akane and Kotaru are typical teenagers, and their relationship stems from immaturity, shyness, fear, and anxiety that can be found in the real world on a daily basis. We can see how the casual insecurity, distance, and everyday life issues appear as the relationship progresses, and how they try to overcome them. One of the reasons to watch this anime is that we will relate to that type of relationship in some way.
The anime has a fantastic storyline, beautiful visuals, and perfect sound timing, resulting in a masterpiece that you will enjoy. The characters are well-developed, and they communicate their feelings and emotions to the audience. Not only the main characters, but the supporting characters also add to the story’s atmosphere.
Because of the setting and age of the characters, Tsuki ga Kirei is prone to pandering, but it rises above most romance anime by taking its subject matter seriously and not making a joke of it. This show is refreshing and enjoyable to watch because it contains romance, Middle School themed characters, and those awkward moments are something we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives.
Over time, the story progresses well. It’s not overly rushed, with a large number of scenes and action sequences completed in one sitting. There is a reasonable pace to the plot.
57. Cardcaptor Sakura
Kinomoto Sakura is a typical ten-year-old fourth-grader until she comes across a mysterious book containing a deck of cards one day. In the end, she doesn’t have a lot of time to understand what the cards mean because she unintentionally summons a magical gust of wind, scattering the cards all over the world.
The Beast of the Seal, Keroberos, also known as Kero-chan, awakens from his book and informs Sakura that she has released Clow Reed, the sorcerer’s mystical cards. The Cards aren’t your typical toy.
Each of them possesses incredible abilities, and because they prefer to act on their own, Clow encased all of the Cards in a book. Now that the Cards have been set free, they pose a serious threat to the world, and it is up to Sakura to stop them from wreaking havoc!
Sakura is given the title of “Cardcaptor” and the Sealed Key by Keroberos, who assigns her the task of finding and recapturing all of the Cards. As Sakura the Cardcaptor, Sakura must balance her new secret duty with the everyday responsibilities of being a young girl, including love, family, and school, all while embarking on magical adventures with the guidance of Kero-chan, and her best friend Daidouji Tomoyo.
Sakura and her interactions with the characters, particularly her guardian Keroberos and her closest friend Tomoyo, who frequently accompanies her to the scene of each card to record footage on her camcorder, provide the majority of the entertainment.
In a genre where conventions and inspiration are at the heart of most stories, Cardcaptor Sakura awakens new life within that genre and anime in general. While not perfect, this is a timeless classic that has established itself as one of the most influential and high-quality anime shows in recent memory.
It’s a consistently high-quality, entertaining, and occasionally thought-provoking anime that’s well-deserving of its acclaim and influence. This is a title that demonstrates that there is a link between creativity and quality in storytelling.
58. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
Sakura Chiyo is a happy high school student who is head over heels in love with the oblivious Nozaki Umetaroui. When Chiyo confesses to her beloved Nozaki, he hands her an unfamiliar autograph, much to her surprise. As it turns out, the stoic adolescent is a well-known shoujo mangaka who goes by the pen name Yumeno Sakiko! Chiyo becomes one of Nozaki’s manga assistants as a result of a series of misunderstandings.
In the hilarious events that follow, she befriends a number of her oddball classmates, including Mikoshiba Mikoto, her seemingly shameless fellow assistant, and Kashima Yuu, the “Prince of the School.” The anime follows Chiyo as she tries to assist Nozaki with his manga and hopes that he will eventually notice her feelings.
The show’s strongest feature is its cast of characters, each of whom is truly unique in their own way. With all of the different characters, you get hilarious situations that really set the show apart from the rest on the air and take comedy to a whole new level with their personalities.
Relationships and interactions between the characters are the highlights of this anime. The characters play off each other so well thanks to the author’s creativity that you can throw any two or more of them into a typical high school situation, add some shoujo manga related topics, think from their perspectives, let them converse for a while, and get a few laughs out of it.
It’s a fantastic show that knows how to play its cards when it comes to romantic comedy. They know their limits because they don’t do a complete 180 and become serious. It’s a fantastic show because it never blurs the line between comedy and romance, so there’s no need to get your hopes up.
You just keep enjoying the cute moments between the characters without thinking about it. It’s a masterful comedy that knows when to slow things down and how to make the most of a diverse cast for the most gloriously hilarious moments.
Overall, this anime is well worth your time. It shows the comedy in the simplest of things, thanks to its wonderful characters and hilarious situations they find themselves in. Overall, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is entertaining, refreshing, and simple to follow.
59. Weathering with You
Tokyo is currently experiencing rain showers that appear to be disrupting everyone’s normal routine to no end. Morishima Hodaka, a runaway high school student, arrives in the midst of this seemingly endless downpour, struggling to make ends meet and eventually landing a job at a small-time publisher. Simultaneously, the orphaned Amano Hina looks for work to support herself and her younger brother.
When Hodaka attempts to save Hina from shady men, the two’s fates become intertwined and they decide to flee together. Following that, Hodaka discovers that Hina possesses a strange but incredible ability: the ability to summon the sun whenever she prays for it. Hodaka sees the potential of this ability in light of Tokyo’s unusual weather. He advises Hina to become a “sunshine girl,” someone who will clear the sky for others when they are in need.
At first, they seem to be doing well. However, it is well known that power always comes at a high cost.
It takes the simple concept of a girl who can make the rain disappear by praying and uses it to her advantage, with a well-paced and natural progression as well as realistic yet interesting issues that arise as a result of having this power. The characters are incredibly refreshing, and they aren’t stupid or over-the-top in any way. There are no annoying anime tropes, thankfully.
Two teenagers, each with their own problems: one tries to fit in in a strange new environment, while the other tries to support herself and her brother. The interactions between the two main characters are also refreshing and realistic, with small details making all the difference and propelling the plot forward.
The characters all have distinct personalities and each feels as if they played a specific role in the film. Hodaka and Hina, the main protagonists, both have specific goals and desires that they want to achieve, and while Hodoka has a very “young and naive” outlook, it does help to freshen up the film.
Weathering With You has a straightforward plot that anyone can understand and enjoy. After all, this is a Shinkai film, so simple does not imply simplistic or shallow. He explores a theme and conveys a message in each of his works.
Weathering With You is a stunning film with stunning animation, a heartbreaking story and soundtrack, and a cast of wonderful and endearing characters.
60. Hiiro no Kakera: The Tamayori Princess Saga
Isn’t it true that gods and ghosts only exist in fairy tales? Kasuga Tamaki, a high school student, has this impression before going to live with her grandmother in the remote village of Kifumura.
After being attacked by strange creatures when she first arrives, she discovers that female members of the family are bloodlines of the Tamayori Princess, who is in charge of keeping gods and ghosts sealed away so they don’t harm the general public. Tamaki has a hard time believing it at first, but having five beautiful young men following her around as her guardians goes a long way toward persuading her.
However, there’s more to this job than Tamaki realizes at first, and the road ahead of her is treacherous and dangerous. Will she be able to handle the enormous responsibility that has been placed upon her shoulders?
Tamayori Princess is set in modern Japan and contains many references to Japanese mythology. The historical context is fascinating because it depicts the monsters that the original Tamayori Princess used to imprison using ancient Japanese art.
Many of the characters, especially the guardians, go through a lot of growth. They begin with distinct characteristics that are individually appealing, but they also have some negative ideas and feelings.
We watch them all shift from feeling one way to another. The characters will immediately capture your heart; their appearance is stunning, they have wonderful personalities, and the way their past is revealed is incredible. Each character has a unique story, which is presented in varying ways throughout the series.
This show’s romance is quite serious, which is somewhat surprising for an action/magic-based show. One of the reasons it’s so enjoyable is probably because of this. The Guardians have a wide range of personalities, which makes it interesting to get to know them as the show progresses.
Hiiro no Kakera is a lot of fun; if you’re looking for a fantasy show with a lot of magic, action, and romance, Hiiro no Kakera is the show for you.