As seen by the popularity of romance anime on Netflix, the leading streaming service, we are all suckers for a good love story. With so many options on Netflix, I decided to see which anime love stories were the greatest.
You can expect everything from awkward high school crushes, first kisses, growing love that will melt your heart, and sad romance that will shatter your heart on my list of lovely and romantic anime recommendations. Whether it’s a romantic drama, comedy, slice-of-life, or fantasy, the universal and powerful emotion of love is present in each and every one of them.
There are plenty of great Netflix anime romances to choose from if you’re trying to rediscover your romantic side. I’ve included links to Netflix and MyAnimeList ratings, story descriptions, mini-reviews, and more to help you narrow down your options. You’re welcome, too.
Best Romance Anime on Netflix
1. Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa)
What’s going on? Teenage Mitsuha wants to move to a large city, but Taki stays in Tokyo for high school. A comet passes over Japan one night, and the two bodies mysteriously swap. For as long as the teens’ difficult lives are being rearranged, they begin to form a friendship.
What’s wonderful about it: Ancient Japanese poetry inspired this highly praised anime film’s body-swap plot. In addition to the initial humor of misunderstanding, this lovely and heartwarming anime romance features aspects of time travel. RADWIMPS music and imaginative images help bring Japanese culture into the modern world.
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2. Your Lie in April (Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso)
In this story, a young piano prodigy named Kosei Arima has a mental collapse as a result of witnessing a terrible event. When he meets Kaori, an outgoing and bold violinist, his life and music career takes a dramatic turn for the better. She’s able to get by him, but she’s hiding something.
You may watch the 22-episode Netflix romantic anime packed with humor, but be prepared to shed a few tears. It is a romantic and musical story with endearing characters, bright animation, a classical piano accompaniment, poetic analogies, and cherry blossoms everywhere that will keep you glued to the finish.
A high school kid afflicted with threatening looks even though he’s friendly and caring is the subject of this story, which is called “Ryuji.” When he and Taiga, a small but fiery girl, discover they’re both interested in the friends of each other, they reluctantly agree to aid each other. An unexpected bond is formed between the two of them.
Toradora25-episode !’s emotional, friendship, and relationship rollercoaster is nearly unparalleled. This is a Netflix rom-com anime binge that never runs out of feels because of the will-they-or-won’t-they element, dynamic characters, wild antics, a lighthearted mood, and a splash of drama.
4. A Silent Voice( Koe No Katachi)
What’s going on? Mischievous sixth-grader Shouya and his classmates harassed the new student, a hearing-impaired pupil, to the point that she had to leave the school. Shouya suffers from feelings of shame, loneliness, and depression as a result of being ridiculed for going too far. Shouko finds him years later, and he’s desperate to atone for his heinous crimes.
A Silent Voice is good because it deals with the complicated issues of bullying and demonstrates how it may have devastating consequences for both the victim and the offender. You won’t want to miss the heartwarming tale of love, friendship, and redemption that this coming-of-age anime film manages to tell despite its ominous subject matter.
A Silent Voice (koe no Katachi) physically pained me to watch throughout the entire movie…. But I only blame myself for reading the manga first. I don’t wanna be a manga elitist but MAANN, read the manga for this!
— Daidus (@Daidus_OTL) January 5, 2018
After his mother’s death and his father’s absence, Tomoya, a high-school student, has become unsure of who he is and what he wants in life. He has dropped out of the basketball team and is now only going to school for the sake of going. After meeting Nagisa and grudgingly agreeing to assist her to relaunch the school’s theatre club, his world is about to alter in a positive way.”
When you watch the two seasons of this love slice of life anime, you’ll be sucked in and tug at your heartstrings. Considering that Clannad is essentially a character-driven anime, the show’s greatest asset is its cast, and the show’s on-the-nose wit, moe factor, emotional highs, and beautiful animation only serve to enhance this.
6. Maid-Sama! (Kaichou Wa Maid-sama!)
Misaki is the first female student council president at an all-boys school, a position she’s held since she was a freshman. Her male counterparts see her as a man-hating dictator notwithstanding the affection she enjoys among the female faculty and students from underrepresented minority groups. Her reputation will be at risk if Usui discovers that Misaki works at a Maid Cafe in order to help her family pay the bills, the school’s alpha male.
To me, the best part of this anime is the chemistry between its two characters, as well as the humor between them. Maid-Sama! is a romantic comedy with touching overtones that’s also full of laughs. You’ll want to watch it again and again because it’s shoujo anime beauty at its finest.
7. Love is War for Kaguya-Sama
What’s going on? One has Kaguya’s money and Shirogane’s drive to succeed in spite of his upbringing. One more thing the rivals have in common is that they’re madly in love with each other. Instead of just revealing their sentiments, they each try to outdo one other in order to be the first to do so.
Two obstinate geniuses face their greatest challenge in this hilarious Netflix anime rom-com: preserving their honor in the face of death on the battlefield. When you’re done laughing at the show’s mind tricks, dialogue fights, and awkward situations, you’ll be captivated by its heartwarming tale of love and adolescent growth.
Kaguya and Ishigami ✨
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8. With You in the Weather (Tenki No Ko)
Hodaka ran away from home and ended himself in Tokyo, where he got trapped in the downpour. Hina, an orphan with a unique gift of praying to change the weather, becomes a friend of his. Even though Hina’s powers have a high price and potentially dangerous consequences, they work together to bring some sunshine to Tokyo.
A fascinating tale of star-crossed lovers with a mystical edge steeped in Shinto tradition is what makes this novel so enjoyable to read. When it comes to the graphics, this tragic anime film on Netflix definitely brings Tokyo to life. Climate change is also addressed in Weathering With You, a story about adolescence and the importance of family.
9. Ouran High School Host Club (Ouran Koukou Host Club)
What’s going on? Ouran Academy scholarship student Haruhi stumbled onto a gang of gorgeous lads, The Host Club, who mistook her for a boy due to her appearance. They invited her to join them. To make good on an eight-million-yen loan, Haruhi accidentally smashes an antique vase.
Romance, caustic humor, a laid-back attitude, and dynamic characters that frequently breach the fourth wall make this shoujo anime a winner. 26 episodes of Host Club antics, funny and poignant moments, and life lessons make this one of the best romantic comedies ever made in anime.
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10. Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl No Ugoku Shiro)
What’s the plot? The Witch of the Waste transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. She sets out in search of a wizard named Howl, in the hopes that he can assist her in breaking the spell. Howl’s moving castle housekeeper, Sophie falls in love with the famed wizard as his own evil curse is revealed.
Hayao Miyazaki is responsible for bringing this animated fairy tale to life. The film’s fanciful characters and awe-inspiring visuals enhance its themes of love, family, and sacrifice, all of which are central to the story. The famous anime story of Howl’s Moving Castle is a must-read for fans of the genre.
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11. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun)
What’s going on? A befuddled Nozaki delivers an autograph to high schooler Chiyo after she professes her feelings for him. She is in fact a well-known manga artist who goes by the pseudonym ‘Ani’. Chiyo ends up working for Nozaki as a manga assistant in order to be closer to him.
This is a light and breezy show that thrives on the relationship between the main pair. Especially if you’re a shoujo fan who can appreciate witty barbs at the genre’s ludicrous cliches (never in a nasty spirit), you’ll laugh till you weep throughout the show’s 12 episodes.