10 Anime like Toradora
Toradora! is an extremely popular anime that has captured the hearts of many viewers. It features the perfect balance of romance and comedy and follows the unlikely pair of Ryuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka.
The story begins with the troubles of Ryuji, a high school student who is known as a delinquent despite his gentle personality. He has a crush on one of his classmates, Minori. One day, Ryuji bumps into Taiga, a friend of Minori who has a reputation for a fearsome attitude, which has earned her the nickname Palmtop Tiger. They soon find out that their apartments are next to each other, and a peculiar but romantic relationship begins to unfold.
Ryuji learns out about Taiga's affection towards Yusaku, and Taiga realizes that Ryuji has a crush on her friend, Minori. As they try to help each other out to win the object of their affection, they find themselves developing feelings for one another.
Here are 10 more anime like this one!
1. Lovely Complex
Similar to the unlikely pair of Toradora!'s Ryuji and Taiga is the duo of Risa and Atsushi. Risa is taller-than-average girl, while Atsushi is a smaller-than-average boy. They are always teasing each other and arguing, but the people around them find them cute and funny.
They eventually become best friends after helping each other try to win their respective love interests. However, Risa soon finds that she has fallen for Atsushi, marking the beginning of a complex, but lovely relationship.
2. True Tears
Shinichiro, a high school student, is in a situation that other boys his age could only dream of: A well-liked girl in school named Hiromi lives with his family after Hiromi's father died a year ago. Despite living in the same house, Shinichiro finds it hard to talk to Hiromi and she actually acts quite strangely. At school, she smiles a lot and is known for being very talented. But in their home, Hiromi seems to distance herself from everyone.
Shinichiro then meets Noe Isurugi, an odd girl at school. Noe Isurugi reveals to Shinichiro that she is unable to cry anymore because she gave away her tears. Eventually, she develops feelings for Shinichiro, only to find out about his affection for Hiromi.
Clannad is a popular anime with the reputation of moving its viewers to tears. It follows the story of Tomoya Okazaki, a school delinquent. He meets Nagisa Furukawa, a soft-spoken girl who is repeating her senior year because she was sick the previous year. When he meets her, a budding romance begins.
Tomoya meets several other girls in his school, and each one of them develops a unique relationship with him. Soon, however, he realizes that he cares for only one.
You can also watch as the characters grow and Clannad takes you to each of their stories in its sequel, Clannad: After Story.
4. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
Misaki Ayuzawa seeks to reform Seika High School, a once all-boys school which has recently become a co-ed school. With the female population still largely trailing the number of males, the female students are in dire need of someone who can speak up for them. Misaki takes initiative and wins the student council's top position.
The wild boys of Seika High School are no match to her tough-as-nails personality but one boy, Usui Takumi, eventually tames her. Takumi, a popular and attractive student, finds out that the president secretly works in a maid cafe to support her family. To keep from anyone finding out, Misaki agrees to spend time with Usui.
5. Ef: A Tale of Memories
On Christmas Eve, Hiro Hirono's bike is stolen by a girl who is pursuing a thief who stole her purse. He follows the girl and soon finds her on the ground, unconscious. The girl, Miyako Miyamura, eventually wakes up and Hiro makes sure that she is okay. They end up spending Christmas Eve together, and find out that they attend the same school.
Miyako and Hiro begin to spend more time together. Kei Shindou, Hiro's childhood friend who has always had feelings for him, begins to become jealous of Miyako and enters the picture.
6. Shakugan no Shana
Shakugan no Shana is an anime like Toradora! which may very well remind you of Taiga after seeing Shana, a girl with red hair and eyes.
Shana, also known as the the Flame Haze girl, informs Yuji Sakai, the male protagonist, that he actually died some time ago. She further explains that Yuji is a Torch, a human with greatly diminished Power of Existence, which will slowly run out over time.
Despite the bad news, Yuji befriends Shana and embarks on an eternal struggle alongside her.
7. Kimi ni Todoke
Kuronuma Sawako struggles to make friends and is dubbed "Sadako" at school due to her similarities with the famous character from the film, The Ring. Some even spread rumors that she can see ghosts and curse people, but the truth is that she is just a sweet and timid girl.
Her desire to make friends finally becomes a reality after Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, starts talking to her. With the help of Kazehaya, Sawako finds herself talking with lots of different people and building new friendships. A romantic relationship slowly blossoms and they stick to each other as they go through different challenges in their lives.
8. Cross Game
Kou Kitamura is the son of the owner of Kitamura Sports. The Tsukishima family also runs a batting center in the same neighborhood. The nature of their businesses brings the two families close to each other, and their children have been friends for many years.
Because they are the same age, Kou spends a lot of time with Wakaba, daughter of Tsukishima. This makes Aoba, Wakaba's younger sister, jealous. Aoba is very passionate about baseball. After seeing Aoba's perfect pitching form, Kou decides to secretly train to become as good as her.
9. Zero no Tsukaima
Louise is a magician at the Tristein Academy. She is often called Zero Louise because she is terrible at using magic. A test at her academy requires that she summon a familiar—a servant and partner—to support her as a magician. She lives up to her moniker as she fails once again and summons Hiraga Saito, an average Japanese boy.
Louise and Saito are unwilling to accept each other, but neither of them has a choice. Lousie treats Saito harshly, making him wash her clothes, forcing him to sleep on a bed of hay, and hitting him for no apparent reason. However, they develop a relationship that will eventually lead them to learn the truth about Louise's inability to use magic.
10. Itazura na Kiss
Kotoko Aihara has always had a crush on Naoki Irie, a popular student at school. Kotoko wants to be in the same class as Naoki, but he is among the smartest students in school while Kotoko sits on the other side of the spectrum. Kotoko admits her feelings towards Naoki and he rejects her. However, fate seems to have its own way of bringing them close to each other.
A mild earthquake destroys Kotoko's family house, and they and they end up staying at the house of the dad's childhood friend, whose son is Naoki. Due to the close proximity, Naoki finds himself falling for Kotoko and developing romantic feelings for her.
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