Top 10 Most Popular Romance Anime Series Ever

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It is a fact that romance makes every story more appreciable and watchable. If you look at any anime, even it is an action anime it will surely have its own cliché love and romance moments.

Even romance anime has different genre and there are different people who love different romance anime. Some people love true romance, some action romance or school romance and there are others who like sad romance.

So below I have brought together top ten romance anime series according to the critics and popularity scores given by the viewers. Everyone will be able to find something which will fit their taste.

Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso (Your Lie in April) – (2014-2015)

best romance anime series

IMDB: 8.6

MyAnimeList: 8.8 (score given by 6, 80,000 viewers)

Everyone love music because it releases stress and bring happiness. Music is a part of everyone’s life and it is easy for everyone to relate with it. This is why Your Lie in April is most popular romance anime ever made.

This anime is a story of a famous pianist, Kousei Arima, who part ways with his musical life after the death of his mother.

Two years later, while he was still living colorless life with his two friends, he met a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono.

Kaori changed his messy life and encouraged him to face the music again.

While the story of the anime isn’t anything new but the direction, animation and music is what makes this series pretty awesome. While, watching this series people get to know how music can affect people lives, both in positive and negative ways.

One more reason so many people love this romance anime is because of the palette of colors used in animation. The songs during the stage performances will surely touch your hearts. This is the reason this anime ranks first in the list of best romance anime series ever.

This anime is based on the manga series of the same name is a story of Kousei and his recovery in the world of music.

You can watch this anime on Crunchyroll and Gogoanime for free.


Clannad: After Story (2008-2009)

most popular romance anime series

IMDB: 8.6

MyAnimeList: 8.97 (score given by 463,016 viewers)

Who have ever thought that the sequel to an original series can be far better? Clannad: After Story is a anime series which is a sequel to the original Clannad anime series.

In the original series Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa fell in love in their school days. The sequel is a story after both of them have graduated from high school.

The story is very simple that anyone can relate to when they finish their studies. Now, they have to decide their future.

Tomoya started going for work and earn money. He discovers the strength of having a family to look up too. The couple faces new difficulties and challenges in life which increases their bonding and deepens their old relationship.

Basically the whole story is about leaning about their own purpose in this World.

I would say this is one of the best romance anime series with simple story and a strong message.

You can watch this anime for free on Crunchyroll and Funimation if they are availabl in your country.

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Fruits Basket (2019)

best romance anime

IMDB: 8.4

MyAnimeList: 8.26 (score given by 97,007 viewers)

The main character in this series is Tooru Honda, a teenage girl whose mother always tell her the story of Chinese Zodiac. Her life was going on normal when one day everything changes. A family tragedy occurs in her life due to which she was left all alone.

She is now forced to live in a tent which is her temporary home on the private property of well known Souma family.

One day when she was walking around, she entered Souma’s home and met Shigure, an older Souma cousin and Yuki, whom she knows from school. She told them that she lives nearby but later they discovered her secret when they watched her walking inside a tent.

Watching the difficulties girl is going through they offered her to live in their house. Everything is now going smoothly in her life but for not much long. She gets involved in the fight between Yuki and his hot tempered cousin, Kyou. While she was trying to stop them fighting she discovers that Souma family has their own secret which they don’t tell anyone. Whenever they are hugged by a member of another sex they get transform in the animals of Chinese Zodiac.

After learning about their secrets Tooru is more excited to live with them and this is how an unexpected journey filled with adventure and romance starts.

Well, this anime is a remake of the original Fruits Basket which was aired in 2001. According to the reviews this is far better in many aspects from the original.

Till now two seasons have been aired and are easily available on Chruchyroll and AnimeLab. If any of the above websites are not available in your country then you can watch this romance anime on Gogoanime.


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Nana (2006-2007)

must watch romance anime series

IMDB: 8.4

MyAnimeList: 8.46 (score given by 135,124 viewers)

Third on the list is this anime which is a story of two girls with the same name and opposite personality.

Nana Komatsu is a 20 year old girl who gets to trust anyone very easily. She falls in love anyone around her and becomes dependent on them. She lacks confidence in speaking and expressing her desires. One day she decides to go to Tokyo for the only reason of chasing her current boyfriend Shouji Endo.

On the other side, Nana Osaki is a proud and independent punk rock vocalist who wants to become a professional singer. She left her ongoing career with the famous band “Blast” and boards the same train on which Nana Komatsu was on.

These two girls with the same name became friends on the train and later also become the roommate in Tokyo.

So, this is a story of these two girls living their lives filled with romance, music, heartbreaks and challenges. The story also checks how strong their friendship bond is.

Watch this anime on Cruchyroll and Animelab. If these two websites are not available in your region you can watch both normal and dubbed version here.


Sakamichi No Apollon (Kids on the Slope) – (2012)

most popular romance anime series

 IMDB: 8.3

MyAnimeList: 8.38 (score given by 120,575 viewers)

Kaoru Nishimi is a classical pianist and a highly intelligent student who recently arrived in Kyushu for his first year high school. From his childhood he was constantly moving from one place to other because of his family. He was thinking that it will be a meaningless year as usual without any friend until he met Sentarou Kawabuchi.

Sentarou loves Jazz music and seeing him Kaoru started to learn about Jazz and made his first friend. Karou started playing piano in after school jazz session at the basement of fellow student Ritsuko owned record shop. He discovers immense pleasure in playing music for himself and for others.

Sakamichi No Apollonis a heart touching story of friendship, romance and music which revolves around three friends.

 If you love Jazz music you should surely watch this anime. The anime is available on Chrunchyroll and Netflix but if you don’t want to spend any money and would like it to watch it for free then click here.


Kaguya-sama Wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi No Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War)

school romance anime series

IMDB: 8.2

MyAnimeList: 8.44 (score given by 346,240 viewers)

Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are student body’s top representatives at Shuchilin Academy. Miyuki is ranked top student in the entire nation and hold the position of student council president. The vice president is Kaguya, an eldest daughter of wealthy Shinomiya family is no less than Miyuki in any field.

Both are regarded as a perfect couple in the whole school. Despite they have feeling of love for each other neither of them expresses his or her feeling to the counterpart.

They both thinks that the first one to confess losses and will be ashamed by everyone. So to keep their dignity and ego intact both of them fight to be victorious in the battlefield of love.

The anime is filled with school romance, love quarrel, intelligence and politics. Everyone who watches this anime will surely think that they have been in this situation too. This anime is highly loved by students and teenagers.

The anime is easily available on any anime streaming platform and if you don’t have much money to enjoy on subscription apps and website you can watch it for free here.


Toradora! 

best romance anime series

IMDB: 8.1

MyAnimeList: 8.30 (score given by 776,639 viewers)

Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student whose face is equally opposite to his nature. According to every student in his school he has a face just like a criminal.

On the other hand there is a doll like figure and very cute student named Tiaga Aisaka but she kept a wooden katana with her all the time so that people fear her.

One day both of them got into a quarrel by mistake and both of them discovers that they have crush on each other best friends.

Now they work as a team to help each other win hearts of their crushes.

This anime is romantic comedy and because of its huge fan base and critics it well deserves an entry in best romance anime series ever list.

You can watch this anime on AnimePlanet, Crunchyroll or any other platform. If the above website are not available in your country then you can watch this anime here for free.


Nodame Cantabile (2007)

romance anime series

IMDB: 8.1

MyAnimeList: 8.35 (score given by 102,661 viewers)

A first class musician named Shinichi Chiaki has an only dream to play amongst the best in Europe. He is a perfectionist in all the instrument he plays and his shows are loved by everyone around. The only thing that is stopping him from leaving to Europe is his fear of flying. So, he is living in Japan and practicing his music.

But everything changes in his life when he meets Megumi Noda, who calls herself as Nodame. Shinichi is very impressed with the piano playing skills of Nodame. Things get more complicated when he finds out that Nodame is his neighbor and is deeply in love with him.

Well, story of this romance anime series is very simple, i.e. Work hard and you will achieve your dreams! Yes, its seem simple but some of the best series with simple ideas create something outstanding. The same is applied to this anime series. I would say that they have told such a simple lesson in a best way ever possible. Highly recommend to watch this anime.

Nodame Cantabile is available on Chrunchyroll and AnimePlanet but for the viewers who do not have above websites running in their country can watch this romance anime here.


Bakemonogatari (2009-2010)

most popular romance anime ever

IMDb: 8.0

MyAnimeList: 8.36 (score given by 482,496 viewers)

Bakemonogatari is a Vampire mystery romance anime series and a story of a high school student Koyomi Araragi.

Araragi was once survived an vampire attack with the help of a strange man Meme Oshino. Though he did not turned into a vampire but some super abilities are left inside of him as a side effect. Now, he has superhuman healing abilities and enhanced vision.

He left everything aside and tried to live a normal student life with the help of his friends. But one day when one fellow classmate fell from the stairs, Araragi saved her and finds out that the girl is weightless than normal. He took the girl to the Mr. Oshino so that he could also save her.

So Bakemonogatari is a story of Araragi, who tried to save anyone who is suffering from supernatural illness.

If Chrunchyroll, Funimation are available in your country you can watch this anime there. For users who don’t have free access to above websites can watch this awesome anime on KissAnime.


Seishun Buta Yarou Wa Yumemiru Shoujo No Yume Wo Mirai (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai) – (2018)

best romance anime ever

IMDB: 8.0

MyAnimeList: 8.41 (score given by 359,481 veiwers)

Puberty Syndrome is a rare disease which mostly happens amongst the teenager girls. This disease is mostly thought as a myth on the internet but Sakuta Azusagawa does not think so. He believes that Puberty Syndrome is very real and happens in most of the schools.

He also gets the proof of the existence of the disease when he met the bunny girl named Mai Sakurajima. Mai was the well known senior of Sakuta, who was also famous actress in many school plays. She was missing from some time and not seen by anyone.

Sakuta met her while she was roaming in the library but no one else can see her. At first she was afraid to go and talk to her but later he realized that she was the victim of Puberty Syndrome. As he is trying to help Mai in any way possible, more victims of this rare disease come in contact with Sakuta.

Anyone can watch this romance anime series on Crunchyroll and Funimation, but for those deprived of the services of these two anime watching platform can view this anime here.

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