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Top 10 Best Romance Anime

This are my personal top 10 best romance anime This list is just for fun and is by no means an absolute top 10. If I have left out your favorite series, please feel free to let me know using the comment box below. :D

There is also a new update version for 2015 which you can check it out here.

1. Kaichou wa Maid-sama

This anime really tops the list, in my opinion. The story begins at an all-boys school that has recently begun to accept girls. Of course, with such a drastic change comes tremendous shock. It is terrifying for girls just to be in this school, let alone try to study there. Along comes Misaki Ayuzawa, who becomes the first female student council president and leads the girl charge to make the school safe for girls. She might be tough and even look like a "boy hater" but the twist is that she works as a maid outside of school. Soon enough, a guy named Takumi starts paying attention to her after discovering her "secret" and the two realize they are in love.

2. Clannad/Clannad After Story

Clannad is set in a private high school. Tomoya Okazaki is a student who doesn't take his studies seriously. His father is an alcoholic and a gambler. Tomoya hates his life: he hates school, his daily routine, and his father. He is late for school every day. Just when he thinks that his life is always going to be horrible, he meets a strange girl and things start to get interesting.

Clannad After Story is set a few years after Clannad ends. In this story, Tomoya and the strange girl (Nagisa) are together but life is difficult. One tragedy after another take place . . . in one universe. Meanwhile in a mysterious "Illusionary World" Tomoya and Nagisa are happy and everything is going well.

Tomoya Okazaki is a high school delinquent being raised by an alcoholic gambler father. He hates his dad with a passiohen Tomoya thinks his life couldn't get any worse, he meets Nagisa Furukawa and life starts to get better. Note: There is a game based on the Clannad series.


Toradora is funny as well as romantic. The protagonist is Ryūji Takasu, a gentle guy with eyes that make him look mean and tough. They say looks can be deceiving, and Takasu is a perfect example of this. Raised by a single mother, Takasu is gentle and independent. At school he is in the same class as his secret crush and another girl, Taiga, who is super tough. Together, Ryüki and Taiga help each other win their love interests' attention.

Itazura na Kiss

Girls love this anime caters because the guy is a hottie. Personally, I like the romance and highly recommend Itazura na Kiss for the story alone. The female protagonist Kotoko is a senior in high school. She musters all her courage and confesses her love Naoki, the most handsome boy in the school. He rejects her right away. But after an earthquake destroys Kotoko's family home, her father seeks help from a childhood friend and Kotoko's family moves in with the friend and his family. Surprise! Her father's friend is Naoki's father so Kotoko gets the pain (and pleasure) of living with the crush who spurned her . . . at first.

5. Karin (Chibi Vampire)

Vampires like to suck human blood, but a vampire named Karin likes to give blood to her victims. Karin is the middle child in a family of vampires, but she is different from her siblings. She doesn't suck blood, she makes it. When she bites people, she gives her victims blood. If she doesn't bite anyone she experiences crazy nose bleeds.

Karin's life at school is normal from the outside and she develops a crush on a new transfer student, Kenta Usui. Whenever Karin is near him, she makes even more blood than usual. Eventually Kenta begins to suspect that something strange is going on and he discovers her secret . . .

6. Lovely Complex

Known as Love*Com, this series follows Risa, who is unusually tall for a girl, and Atsushi, who is unusually short for a boy. They are friends that always bicker and quarrel. During summer school they each meet someone they like and decide to help each other win their crushes. When their crushes end up dating each other, Risa realizes that she has feelings for Atsushi . . .

7. School Rumble

Another great anime set in a high school, School Rumble focuses on two main protagonists: Kenji and Tenma. Kenji is a tough boy with a secret crush on Tenma, while Tenma has a crush on the quiet and mysterious Oji. Each character in this love triangle struggles to confess their feelings and do lots of quirky things to distract themselves, like stuff themselves with curry.

8. Zero No Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)

A noble girl named Louise is absolutely inept at using magic. She is teased by her peers and called "Louise the Zero" for her total inability to use any of the four elements. During their second year in school, the characters have to summon a familiar to serve as a companion. Familiars are usually magical creatures, but Louise summons Saito, an ordinary teenage boy from Japan. She is totally humiliated by her mistake and treats Saito like a slave, until the two of them become friends and help each other.

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9. Special A

Special A, or S.A., is about a very competitive girl named Hikari who is defeated in a wrestling match by a boy named Kei. From that moment on, Hikari is determined to beat Kei at everything: sports and academics. With all of this competition going on, Hikari does not realize Kei is actually in love with her.

10. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a companion series to Full Metal Panic! I included it in this list because I love mecha anime with action and romance mixed together. This story follows Sagara Sousuke, a member of a secret anti-terrorist organization, who is ordered to protect a girl named Kaname Chidori. At first, Sousuke doesn't understand what is so special about her, but he soon realizes that she can activate a powerful military device. Meanwhile, Chidori is developing a crush on Sousuke.

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is funnier and more romantic than the original FMP. If you like more serious stories, watch Full Metal Panic! and FMP: The Second Raid.

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Spud on September 10, 2015:


Asuna Yuuki on August 22, 2015:

My Top 5 Best Romance Anime!

1. Fushigi yuugi

2.Sword Art Online

3.Special A

4.Kaichou Wa Maid Sama


Hehehehehehe!! ^~^

Yuiffy on August 17, 2015:

i love SAO!

the best! Amazing story.

Eternal Snow...i love it too.:-)

ff on June 27, 2015:

1.Kaichou wa maid-sama because the flow and the way it was created is can watch it many times and you won't get tired of it....if i was to rate it , it'll probably be 10

2.3.Brothers conflict co'z the men there are just so hot




3.etc thats probably my ideas..

Bananarama on June 15, 2015:

Haha, just currently going through your list and watching each anime. Clannad though! The feels!! :') Toradora is especially cute!

Alyssah on May 27, 2015:

Vampire Knight.


Vampire Knight.

Fujisaki on April 30, 2015:

May I add Shigatsu ha kimi no uso? Its centered in music, monochrome life of the protagonist who fell in love to a girl that likes his bestfriend. Even though the ending is like that, its still lovely.

Random otaku on April 24, 2015:


cazza on April 24, 2015:

Everyone commenting on this list and hasn't added Clanned doesn't know what their talking about.

anonymous on April 15, 2015:

Yeah! Special A & Itazura na kiss are my fav! Nodame cantabile is great although the major of the story is about music, but i think its a MUST SEE list :)

btg on April 11, 2015:

why is kamisama hajimemashita not no 1? I have watched all of these and personally, kamisama is the best. I hate kaichou wa maid sama because its tottaly stupid. And has anyone seen tomoe in it? He is absolutely awesome

HOLO on April 04, 2015:

Spice & wolf FTW

clara on March 31, 2015:

You left the most cool anime : ouran highschool host club

Chris on March 25, 2015:

How about Kamisama Hajimemashita?

boris on March 23, 2015:

I liked itazura na kiss a lot

I trust that I'm in love with love that there is in it

BrandonJoslin on March 18, 2015:

1. High school DxD

2. Guilty Crown

3. Cat Planet Cuties

4. Rosario Vampire

5. Legend of the Legendary Heroes

6.Fairy tale

These are what u need ur vewers to watch it is one friend to another that I day this ur posts will skyrocket and also High school DxD season 3 English dubbed will come out April 3

Des on March 17, 2015:

Has anyone watched Golden Time . I love that anime ......

Sonya on March 02, 2015:

I agree, SAO should deff b top 3, if not number 1...but what about Eureka 7?

PaRjD on February 28, 2015:


shiku on February 26, 2015:


best one!

Me And Anime on February 17, 2015:

Omg you totally forgot the black prince and the wolf girl and uta no prince-sama

FnaTix_NooB on February 14, 2015:

The author or Zero no Tsukaima died... If he would still be fine we could watch Season 5 or Mord or it...

tohei on February 09, 2015:

Golden Time

shelby on February 05, 2015:

I think toradora should rank second

Chicken on January 20, 2015:

Glad SOMEONE mentioned Eureka 7 in the comments. I agreed to his surprise of its absence. Though apearently I need to take a look at Sword Art Online!

wolf on January 12, 2015:

sao is the best by far! best anime ever!!!!

NoName on January 09, 2015:

Ao Haru Ride too. Did you watch it already? :)

BlueHood on January 01, 2015:

How dare you not put clannad on 1'st ;P

Ayane on December 13, 2014:

Great List, it has some of my favs ^-^. It would be really hard for me to make ANY top list. Here's som more to add/check out if you have time!!


Mayo Chiki

Rosario + Vampire


Sukitte Iinayo-Say I Love You

The World God Only Knows

Kimi ni todoke

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun



Sword Art Online... [though.. I still feel like it actually would be in more my Action Drama list instead... but that's my opinion]

Mina on December 05, 2014:

I don't know if this counts as a romance because of all the action and shit but I loved loved loved Mirai Nikki....depressing ending though.

Yolo on December 03, 2014:

Nisekoi should be included too!

rom-pompom on December 01, 2014:

You should add Inu x Boku SS and Honey x Honey Drops too! Kamisama Kiss is great too

Chris on November 29, 2014:

Golden Time FTW

fuwafuwa on November 28, 2014:

i'll be gald if GLODEN TIME added in your list :D

Giazhia on October 04, 2014:

You forgot Hanasakeru Seishounen! Best anime romance drama everrrrrr!

AnimeFreak on September 29, 2014:

When you watch Clannad get a box of tissues, A beautifull Anime that takes you on a feel rollercoaster

Pearl on September 27, 2014:

Fruit Basket is a good anime to watch

Bob on September 24, 2014:

Rumbling hearts.

Bob on September 23, 2014:

You forgot the most awesome anime ever! Sword Art Online

dark dragon on September 19, 2014:

I would say SAO is the most perfect anime I've ever watched. And I'm still watching it(season 2). AND HOW COME SAO IS NOT ON THIS LIST?!!!!. Ohhh and try watching GLASSIP

AllyssaTheStrange on August 29, 2014:

I agree with you completely. Have watched almost all of this. :) thanks for this though.

Jessa on August 27, 2014:

yeah !!!!

i really like KAICHOU MAID SAMA ....

for me, the 1st rank is still "kaichou maid sama" and the second for me is "sword art online".... that is just only my opinion...

white dragon on August 15, 2014:


y u no put SAO? I think school days should be here,

Abbey on August 04, 2014:

My favorite anime of all time is Karin, so I got super excited when I saw it here.

Pham Quang Duy on August 02, 2014:

You forgot Marmalade Boy, Fushigi yuugi, Say I love you, Peach girl, Ginban Kaleidoscope, Inuyasha, and Sailor Moon :(

MrDickButt on July 28, 2014:

the best anime series i know is Sword Art Online

Mia on July 26, 2014:

the ultimate rom/com anime would be sekaiichi hatsukoi it is the most funny amazing romance anime and is one of my favorite anime out there, the only this is that it's a shounen-ai, but still it's amazing

stavion on July 26, 2014:

surprised no one has mentioned eureka 7, guilty crown. sao was amazing, karin was just cuuute. chobits was not bad either. its difficult because each anime.. even in the same genre has a completely unique flavour... like my bride is a mermaid.... seriouslynot a very serious anime..

Eve on July 26, 2014:

Kaichou wa maid-sama is my all time favourite but I think High School Host Club and Vampire Knight should be included as well!

D4518 on July 25, 2014:

Thanks for getting me into Zero no Tsukaima! watched it over a couple of days and it's one of my favourite animes of all time now, i can't find anything similar to it though with a fantasy setting, romance, comedy and the fact that it is all lighthearted. I liked the fact that they both confessed feelings for each other early on and didn't have to wait till the last episode.

teenytayy on July 15, 2014:

why is clannad not number one?? it is seriously the best happy/sad romance anime of all time... while i did enjoy maid-sama clannad should have been number one

Dd on July 13, 2014:

Lobster 2

Spice and Wolf anybody

Agree completely saw this after I posted my last comment spice and wolf is amazing

If you love spice and wolf watch the anime MoonPhase it's a funny romance anime about vampires

....just.... Ignore the intro to the show its weird very japenese and has nothing to do with the show

Well that's my recommendation maybe you'll like it maybe you'll hate it but can't blame a guy for trying

Dd on July 13, 2014:

Why the hell would you not include spice and wolf

MeulinLejion on June 25, 2014:

"Say I love you" is another super cute one, top 3 worthy. You should all watch it.

Lobster on June 23, 2014:

Spice and Wolf anybody

CHEDDAR on June 11, 2014:

Golden Time is pretty awesome, i hope this page would be updated

Sophie from Quebec on June 08, 2014:

a lot of my fav are here. Tho i liked Sword art online, Sawako, tsubasa chronicle, chobits, zero no tsukaima.

animebabe on May 27, 2014:

check out SAO everyone! amazing love story plus good plot!

AnimePrincess on May 26, 2014:

On my own opinion Special A must be the no. 1 then followed by Maid Sama then Lovely Complex... My top three best anime romance.

Chev on May 22, 2014:

WTF??! Kaichou wa Maid-sama as number 1? That Anime is SOOOOOOOOOOOO OVERRATED!!

annie on May 22, 2014:

kaichowa maidsama is my favorite

Pinkiwie on May 11, 2014:

My favorite one is undoubtedly Sword Art Online ^^

ilikecats on May 08, 2014:

i just finished watching ouran highschool host club and i think it should be at least top 3. it might even surpass kaichou wa miad-sama, which i LOVE. but ouran HSHC might be even better. YOU FORGOT OURAN HSHC!!!!!!!!!!!!

banri on May 05, 2014:

Why only one person mention about golden time? Have you all watch golden time? Now golden time is the best romance...! Watch it if you don't believe me...!

Muebles de jardin from madrid on May 03, 2014:


Ghost on April 30, 2014:

"I am going to introduce my personal opinion on the top 10 best romance anime FROM A GUY'S POINT OF VIEW."


You're kidding right?

As a guy I would never pick kaichou wa maid-sama as number 1. I understand that a lot of people love it especially girls but for me i just don't like those dudes that are just soooo perfect or like acting cool or being like a prince charming. But don't get me wrong i like the the story but there's a lot more deserving IMO. From a REAL guys point of view.

And sorry for my grammar English is not my native language.

deadxunicorn on April 30, 2014:

bokura ga ita is a good one too c:

Rhea on April 29, 2014:

Kimi Ni Todoke !

ilikecats on April 24, 2014:

kaichou wa maid-sama is the first on this list!!!


I love special a too, but my all-time favorite is kaichou wa maid-sama

white sparkey on April 22, 2014:

yes I think I like maid sama best too its soooo Kawaiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!

AWASAE on April 20, 2014:


DAREKA on April 15, 2014:

i believe that you should check out NISEKOI.

DChance on April 13, 2014:

I have only read Kaichou wa Maid-sama in the manga. I did love it, though.

Person on April 10, 2014:

What about Kimi ni Todoke? It's such a sweet anime!

Passerby on March 30, 2014:

Now that 'Golden Time' has been finished recently, I'd say it is the best! :-)

And my Ranking for top 3 would be..

(Pure Romance)

1.Golden Time


3.Kaichou wa Maid-sama


1.Golden Time

2.Kaichou was Maid-sama


(I want to put School Rumble as top 1. But I don't see a solid part of Romance there since comedies are giving way too much.)



2.Golden Time

3.Onegai Teacher


Yoshida on March 24, 2014:

come on, are you forgot tonari no kaibutus-kun?

bob on March 23, 2014:

u forgot say i love you

Adia Rafio on March 17, 2014:

omg you forgot kimi ni todoke and hana yori dango

G. on March 15, 2014:

Peach girl is also super nice ^^

RyosukeakaL on March 12, 2014:

im surprised Ouran high isn't on here

lala on March 02, 2014:

Three words: Video girl Ai

Himli on February 26, 2014:

Well I think this is a good top 10 romance anime but like others said it, for me Sword Art Online is minimum in the top 3 romance or even anime list. There is a great development, the couple of Asuna and Kirito is sooo cute and funny and the fact that it just doesn't stop in the virtual life - that you don't know if there will be a future for them in real life - makes it more interesting than other couples. But if Black Bird (if you don't know it and you like little dark romance/funny/beautiful manga you definitely should try it) had an anime, I would say Kyô and Misao is the number 1 couple !

kotobukijake on February 23, 2014:

Clannad/ After Story and ToraDora! are UNQUESTIONABLY awesome picks for a list such as this. I really want to see S.A. and Maid-Sama, and have them waiting to be watched in my collection--one day... I consider School Rumble a stretch for this list, but it was an incredibly fun show that did have some great romance; Karin was an equally surprising, albeit an easier show to make a case for here. However... WITHOUT EXCEPTION, Maison Ikkoku is the greatest romance story of them all. This list is not complete without it.

Animelover on February 17, 2014:

I might start watching romantic anime with these commentsthey seem funnu

kanade on February 16, 2014:

Clannad is best romance anime I ever seen . Angel beats and stein;gate is good though ,even it not have tag romance in genre

sorry for my bad english

LofZOdyssey on February 01, 2014:

To be fair it has been a long time since I have seen Full Metal Panic Fumoffu and I do remember there being romance in it, but I don't know if I would call it a romance though.

I need to definitely need to check out Zero No Tsukaima, as well as re-watch Toradora.

One I would suggest is Inu x Boku Secret Service.

Hello World! on January 28, 2014:

Have you seen Sword Art Online? I you haven't seen it yet, you wont't regret it. Every episode holds great quality and meaning. Great graphics and music, but that's not the point. The memories from the great storyline and lifeblood of the characters stole my heart.

Awesome Death Note Guys :) on January 24, 2014:

I has only watched/read 2 of those :( any good anime related to S.A or school rumble? You should watch strawberry panic kinda weird but I never finished watching it cuz of my dumb phone :( plz watch strawberry panic and let me know what ya think

catherine on January 21, 2014:

clanned was very sad i liked it arigato

genieter on January 19, 2014:

i really love toradora and clanned so i am glad you both have them in the top 3

Ben Taylor from Sedro-Woolley, Washington on January 18, 2014:

There are a few I would add but a fun list to read.

bbbleh on January 13, 2014:

what about sakurasou? or mayo chiki? those 2 are my fav cx

bbbleh on January 13, 2014:

what about sakurasou? or mayo chiki? those 2 are my fav cx

arika on December 25, 2013:

marmalade boy!

shanasakai on December 21, 2013:

why isn't shakugan no shana there

sora priness chan on December 21, 2013:

lol u have to what peach girl its so what the word

sora priness chan on December 21, 2013:

clunned was the most sads thing

Kiki on December 21, 2013:

Itazura na kiss is fantastic! I watched it over in one day, I just didn't like the last episode though.

Kirito-kun on December 20, 2013:

Sword Art Online, watch it you won't regret :')

anda on December 19, 2013:

i agree. Vampire Knight was awesome. my fav anime. a little strange their love story but awesome

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