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What Are the Best High School Romance Anime Series?
There are so many anime series based in high school! It's a period full of romance. For some people, it may be where they form lasting relationships. So here's my list of the 10 best high school romance anime! The trailers included here will help you to choose your next favorite anime! Be sure to vote in the poll for your favorite high school romance anime series!
- Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)
- Doukyuusei (Classmates)
- My Love Story
- Your Lie in April
- Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
- Nisekoi (Nisekoi: False Love)
- Lovely Complex
- School Rumble
10. School Rumble
Episodes: 52 (total)
If you get bored of watching long anime series with boring storylines, you should try School Rumble. Each episode of this anime is totally random, even though it tries to keep following the main storyline. You will enjoy it if you like comedy. Every time you feel the story is about to become serious, it takes a fast comedic turn. However, there's something that you should keep in mind before you dive into it, especially if you are new to anime. There are many characters and a lot of names, so it takes some effort to remember everyone. The characters' voices may seem funny to you as they are exaggerated (it makes the characters look very dumb most of the time) and there are occasional half-naked scenes.
School Rumble basically follows the story of a love triangle. Tenma Tsukamoto (the female protagonist) struggles to confess her feelings to her strange and dull classmate Karasume Oji, while Kenji Harima (the male protagonist) loves Tenma. Kenji only attends school because of his feelings to her. The characters learn that high school romance is no joke, especially when different misunderstandings complicate things even more.
9. Lovely Complex
The characters of Lovely Complex are very relatable! You will get the feeling that you are one of the characters while watching this romantic comedy series. They are not extraordinary as there´s nothing special about them. You will feel sorry for the characters whose dreams scatter and happy for those whose dreams come true. The story itself isn´t full of unexpected turns and twists. It does not offer anything we haven't seen before, but it is told in such a way that you fall in love with it.
This anime follows the story of a mismatched pair in high school; a girl who is much taller than any girl in her class, and a guy who is much shorter than the average boy. To make things even more complicated, their crushes fall head over heels for each other, leaving both of them heartbroken.
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Best Romance Comedy Anime
The romance and comedy genres of anime often go together in many shows. The two genres go well together in many other mediums, such as film. If you are specifically looking for some romantic anime that can make you laugh, here are some suggestions.
- Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
- My Little Monster
- Kiss Him, Not Me
- Ouran High School Host Club
- Hatsukoi Limited
8. Nisekoi (Nisekoi: False Love)
Episodes: 32 (total)
With a very common storyline, Nisekoi is not really unique. It's some kind of Romeo and Juliet-type story with some plot twists and turns. Its adorable characters are what makes this romantic anime so enjoyable. Give this series a shot whenever boredom crosses your mind and you won't regret it! You can also check out some anime that is very similar to this one.
Many years ago, Raku Ichijo promised his childhood love to keep a pendant while his sweetheart kept the key. He dreams of meeting his love again one day as he wants to reunite with her. But years pass, and reality smashes his hopes when he is dragged into family affairs. He is forced to marry the daughter of a rival gang's leader in order to reduce the tension between the two groups. Moreover, Raku and Chitoge start hating each other after their first meeting! Raku still doesn't want to give up on his promise to find his love. His search leads him in very unexpected directions.
7. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
Episodes: 25 (total)
You will find yourself laughing, cringing, and tearing up many times while watching Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. This anime series is a nice balance of drama and romantic comedy. The melodrama is contrasted with gags as reality blends with fantasy. If you are looking for an emotional rollercoaster that can also offer some laughs, look no further!
The romantic comedy centers on Yuuta Togashi, a boy who suffered from "chuunibyou" disease. He believed he possessed mystical powers that differed him from other "ordinary humans". He recalls those days with embarrassment and it bothers him so much that he decides to change schools. With the hope that nobody will recognize him in this new school, he attempts to start a new chapter in his life. However, it doesn't work since his new classmate, a young girl, crashes into his life. She learns about his past and becomes interested in him.
Best Slice of Life Anime
As all of these series take place in a high school setting, many of them feature traits of the slice of life genre. This genre focuses on the more mundane aspects of student life. Episodes will typically examine a typical day in the life of a character. Here are some more mellow romance anime that are in the slice of life genre.
- Baby Steps
- To Heart
- Boys Be...
- Marginal Prince
6. Your Lie in April
Your Lie in April will take you on an unforgettable trip to the world of music. Music connects people as it can affect them in many ways. You will easily relate to the relationship the main characters share. But don´t think this story is a tragedy. On the contrary, it´s about passion, inspiration, moving forward, friendship and family.
The story follows Kousei Arima, a pianist who falls into a deep depression after his mother's death. He has refused to even hear the sound of his piano after his tragic loss. Some time has passed but nothing has changed. The once prodigious pianist lives a colorless life. However, Kousei is extremely lucky to meet a beautiful girl, a violinist, who encourages him to face music again.
5. My Love Story
Takeo Gouda is not your typical high school student. He is so muscular, tall and courageous that he is respected among the boys. Unfortunately for him, his appearance scares most of the girls. As if that wasn't enough for poor Takeo, his best friend steals the hearts of all the girls he likes. One day, Takeo saves the life of the pretty Rinko Yamato and falls head over heels in love with her. He thinks the girl loves his attractive friend and unselfishly decides to become their cupid instead of confessing his feelings.
My Love Story is a slow and well-paced rom-com anime that resolves conflicts in realistic ways. It's rare to see such a grounded and realistic anime these days. All the relationships are accurately portrayed and all the conflicts are realistic! If you are a fan of slow and realistic romantic stories, give this show a try!
Best Fantasy Romance Anime
All of the entries on this list are pretty grounded. However, some high school romance anime out there have more fantasy elements present. Here are some recommendations if you are looking for something more out of the ordinary.
- Angel Beats!
- Witch Craft Works
- Red Data Girl
4. Doukyuusei (Classmates)
Duration: 1 hour
This is technically a film, but I feel it is worth adding here. Based on the manga of the same name, Doukyuusei (Classmates) is a simple romantic story made in a simple animation style. The story itself isn't something special and super emotional. So if you are looking for a hardcore movie that is a rollercoaster of emotions, you might want to skip this one. However, if you're very romantic and real anime is what you need, give this one a shot! There are no dramatic twists, rivals or love triangles. This anime doesn't need all of that. The story basically just covers the characters falling in love and enjoying each other. The interactions between them are the cutest thing in this anime! You can easily feel the characters and their love for each other.
This romantic high school anime follows Hikaru Kusakabe and Rihito Sajou. Rihito is one of the best students who always gets perfect marks, while Hikaru is a guitarist in a popular band and is popular among girls. These different individuals meet one day after school. As time passes, they realize their feelings for each other grow. They realize that it is love that makes their hearts beat together.
3. Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)
Episodes: 38 (total)
Kimi ni Todoke tells the story of two classmates, a boy and a girl who secretly love each other and just hope that their feelings will reach the other. Kuronuma Sawako seems strange and creepy to her classmates. The girl longs to make new friends and live a normal life, but she doesn't understand how one can be as friendly and liked by everyone as Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular boy in class. He is the only one who smiles at her and treats her with kindness.
This high school anime is truly a coming-of-age story. It focuses on the emotions and feelings of each character, which allows us to see who they really are. If you are looking for a romance anime just to see the couple get together and fall in love, you might want to look somewhere else. In Kimi ni Todoke, it takes a long time for the characters to express their feelings. However, if you are a true romantic, this anime has a good chance of becoming one of your all-time favorites.
Clannad is one of those anime series that everyone will enjoy, regardless of how many series they have seen before. Even if you have never watched any kind of anime, you will appreciate this series. There's no violence, it's just a classical anime with lovely romance and a touch of humor. If you are depressed and your life seems colorless to you, give this anime a try!
Tomoya Okazaki, the protagonist of the story, doesn't see the beauty of life. He finds life dull and plans to waste his high school days away. One day he meets Nagisa, a girl who has a strange habit to exclaim things she likes just to motivate herself. Tomoya refuses to talk to her in their first meeting and he walks away. However, he eventually befriends Nagisa and decides to help her reach her dreams along with the help of four other girls. Now Tomoya tries to help as many people as he can and realizes that life isn't as colorless and dull as he thought.
If you enjoy this series, here are some more recommendations that might suit your taste.
All the characters here are relatable because we can see all their weak sides in moments of insecurity. They all have their own reasons and motives for what they do and how they do it; they are not just being stubborn or dumb. Toradora starts off with a comedic scenario, but it gets gradually more serious and emotional as we dive deeper into the story and get to know the characters more. This romance anime will give you that good feeling of your heartstrings tingling. So, if you are looking for a romance series with a story that stays away from cliches, is relatively unpredictable and gives you that warm feeling, check this one out! You can also check out some shows that are similar to it.
The story follows two totally different high school students who suddenly cross paths. They soon discover that they both have a crush on each other's best friends! They form a funny alliance and try to help each other with their respective crushes.
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chetan on August 09, 2020:
i guess u should add "3D kanojo real girl" in the list too . if u want to know why watch that anime and story . I felt its a good anime but dont know why they have given a less score for that . But overall i think that they have focused on imp. points and parts in each seen of anime . and overall its a sessional love , romances ,high school life and , slice of life part is also there . after its on u how u take this 1st u might get boor and think that what kind of characters they are but when u get to know they backend story of characters ...... I will leave rest on u guys
Anthony on July 15, 2020:
Isn't Your Lie in April about Middle School?
Rami on June 28, 2020:
The fact that tsuki ga kirei isnt here is mind blowing
Marco on May 07, 2020:
I know bunny girl senpai genre is not romance but the love story on that anime is the best for me
Guardiando Jhon Mark on April 09, 2020:
Does Toradora have season 2??
Carter on April 07, 2020:
Maid Sama rules
Misaligned x Usui on March 31, 2020:
The best high school Romance anime is Maid Sama! Wow, i? YOU forgot?!?!
Another one is We Were There!!! BUT MAID SAMA IS AMAZING PUT IT ON LIST RN
Quintopia on March 17, 2020:
I find it extremely suspicious that watchmojo.com's YouTube video for the top 10 high school romance anime gives exactly these picks in exactly this order. I think they plagiarized you!
cassanova on January 16, 2020:
Dlove Dev Bipu on December 21, 2019:
I read it that story so it's good story !
New Otaku ZA on August 24, 2019:
So let me start off by saying that I only started watching anime 4 months ago. And I'm totally hooked. Your Lie in April had me bawling my eyes out the last three episodes.... some say it's not a tragedy, to me it was. The most mesmerising, beautifully made tragedy ever.
Nidekoi was so much fun, I had to quickly figure out how to read manga, and then I finished the whole manga in 3 days. PLEASE let there be more seasons of Nisekoi!
I love the high school harem anime, the bit of ecchi here and there, it's all good and highly enjoyable. Finished High School DXD in about 2 weeks flat.The Testament of Sister New Devil, Trinity Seven, Damachi, To LOVE-Ru, love all of these to bits. Who needs a netflix sub when we have ANIME for LIFE???
Am currently reading the manga of A Town Where You Live, also absolutely beautiful....
Paige on April 15, 2019:
you know what i like these i think i'm gonna try and wach them , do you know any of them on WCO wach cartoons online?
-a human named Paige
Diana (author) from Kyiv on March 21, 2019:
Magsi Rover, thanks for your feedback!❤️️
Animefreek3327 on February 19, 2019:
Kaichou Wa Maid Sama is hand down, the best high school romance anime that ever existed.
Soraya Tufte on February 02, 2019:
Love all these lists. For the ones I have seen before gives me joy because duh, memories. And for the other ones I would love to watch.
ANIME_FREAK( the opposite of amnesia) on January 06, 2019:
You should include some like ouran high school host club but muy dude, keep it going!!!
Magsi Rover from Manila, Philippines on August 18, 2018:
Hi! I'm new to hub pages and I love this article. Awesome picks but, I gotta say. I'm digging you've got "Your lie in april" on the list. keep up the awesome work!
Liz Westwood from UK on August 17, 2018:
These are all new to me in this well-collated hub.