20 Romance Anime Recommendations for the Hopeless Romantic

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Everyone needs a little love in their life, but even if you do have someone that warms your heart, romance anime can keep those good feelings of love flowing. 

You see, love is addicting and some people just can’t stop themselves from falling in love over and over again. That is exactly what romance anime does, it lets you experience the characters falling in love over and over again with each new series.

If you’re a hopeless romantic or just a love junkie, try getting swept away with these romance anime recommendations. They will make your heart soar without all the worry of STDs from your string of one night falling in love stands.

1. Nana

What could possibly top Kimi ni Todoke as number one on this list? Nana. This may seem like a strange choice, but if you give Nana a chance, it can blow you away. 

One of the major reasons this takes the cake is because one of the Nana’s is as addicted to falling in love as you are. However, the loves of both Nana’s play out in such a magnificent and mature way that it draws you in and doesn’t let go. 

It is a story as much about loving your friends as it is romantic love. Sometimes you can’t fight your feelings, and sometimes you don’t end up with the person you think you love.


2. Kimi ni Todoke

Simple, sweet, and refreshing – Kimi ni Todoke has become the standard for romance anime. 

It is a classic story between a shy girl that is misunderstood by her class and the popular boy that is strangely drawn to her. Everything about it is light-hearted and while the romance progresses slowly, it makes those rare tender moments between the couple even more rewarding.

3. Toradora

Like Lovely Complex, Toradora is about two misunderstood people that each have a crush on someone else. Taiga is short and looks sweet, but has a fierce attitude. Ryuuji looks like a delinquent, but is as gentle as they come. 

It is these misconceptions that others have of them that bind them together as they each help each other go after their crushes, only to realize that their friendship has blossomed into love.

4. Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex is an anime about how love happens in the most unexpected ways. Risa is way too tall for a girl and Atsushi is way too short for a boy. They fall in love with height-appropriate matches, but their crushes end up loving each other. 

However, because they are so similar in their attitudes and hobbies, the girl soon realizes that she loves the boy. 

Unfortunately, Atsushi is self-conscious about their height differences. This is a story about learning how love can help them overcome their physical differences.

5. Say “I Love You”

It is a tale as old as time, the shy girl falls for the cute popular boy, but not without hating him and kicking him in the face first. It may be an over told tale, but it is done with such style and sweetness that it makes the story feel new again. 

Over time, you watch them become more similar to each other after understanding the experiences that made them kindred spirits in the first place.

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