This list focuses on ratings found on MyAnimeList, an anime and manga database and community. These ratings exist on a 1/10 scale and are voted on by users. There are 1,813 anime titles listed in the “Romance” genre as of mid-May 2020.
So, what are the best romance anime listed on MyAnimeList? Find out in our list, which features 10 titles filled with love, lust, and occasional heartbreak! The order goes from lowest-rated to highest-rated of the top ten. And for even more romance, check out Screen Rant’s Naruto: Every Relationship Ranked (& How Long They Lasted).
8 Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai?: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2) – 8.42
The second season of Kaguya-sama: Love is War (2020) is a 12 episode run that continues to follow the lives of top students Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya. Both serve on the student council, Miyuki as the student council president with Kaguya as his vice-president. But while they would be the perfect couple, they have never confessed, because whoever confesses first will be the loser in their eyes!
This series has a weighted score of 8.42 (from 294,293 users) and falls under the categories Comedy, Psychological, Romance, School, and Seinen. Get ready for the ultimate battle of will they, won’t they!
Bakuman. 3rd Season – 8.62
Bakuman. 3rd Season (2012-2013) includes 25 episodes of the manga duo Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi competing against numerous rivals in the Shounen Jack manga rankings. They want to get an anime adaptation, but they have bigger problems to worry about: namely, they have to compete in the ranking against artist Eiji Niizuma, and if they don’t compare within six months, they’ll be canceled!
This third season got a weighted score of 8.62 (as determined by 137,657 users). It is included in the categories Comedy, Drama, Romance, and Shounen.
7 Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle)
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) is a Studio Ghibli film in which Sophie Hatter is cursed by the Witch of the Waste to become an old woman out of jealousy. Now, with the help of a mysterious and powerful wizard named Howl, who is responsible for the witch’s jealousy, Sophie must travel with his colorful cast of companions in his living castle!
This movie received a weighted score of 8.69 (according to 446,711 users) and is included in the categories of Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, and Romance. It has won numerous awards, including the Best Japanese Movie Overall in the Mainichi Film Awards and an Excellence Prize, Animation in the Japan Media Arts Festival, both in 2004. Then it was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 78th Academy Awards.
6 Seishun Buta Yarou wa Yumemiru Shoujo no Yume wo Minai (Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl)
Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl (2019) is a romance story where Sakuta Azusagawa holds a girl’s life in his hands and experiences plenty of conflicting emotions! He already has a girlfriend, Mai Sakurajima, but when his first crush, Shouko Makinohara, appears in a bunny costume, his life takes some unexpected turns! This is the 1 hour and 30-minute movie version.
The series has a weighted score of 8.69 (according to 79,881 users) and is included in the categories Comedy, Romance, and School. The anime is based on Hajime Kamoshida’s Seishun Buta light novels, specifically volumes six and seven.
5 Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya)
Taking place after the anime series, this 2 hour and 42-minute movie, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010), is based on the fourth light novel of the Haruhi series. On Christmas day, Kyon makes the shocking discovery that no one remembers Haruhi or the SOS Brigade, and no one remembers their supernatural adventures! Now he must search for answers–and Haruhi!
This animated movie received a weighted score of 8.69 (scored by 221,623 users) and falls under the categories Comedy, Mystery, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, and Supernatural. In 2010 it won for the Best Theatrical Film award at the Animation Kobe Awards.
4 Monogatari Series: Second Season
The second season of the Monogatari Series (2013) starts a new semester and a group of friends looking to ward off the incoming darkness. This group includes Koyomi Araragi, the genius Tsubasa Hanekawa, the vampire Shinobu Oshino, the athlete Suruga Kanbaru, the spirit Mayoi Hachikuji, Koyomi’s stalker Nadeko Sengoku, and tsundere Hitagi Senjogahara. Join their supernatural harem today!
It received a weighted score of 8.78 (as scored by 221,825 users) and is included in the categories Mystery, Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, and Vampire. The series has 26 episodes, but three of them are summary episodes.
3 Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan – Tsuioku-hen (Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal) – 8.74
Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal (1999) is a four-episode OVA before being collected into a two-hour-long movie. As part of the Rurouni Kenshin mythos, the series is a prequel story starring Hitokiri Battousai, before he became the man who would swear off killing, revealing the origins of his star-shaped scar. It also explores his relationship with Yukishiro Tomoe, which makes it fall into the Romance category.
The OVA earned a weighted score of 8.74 (as scored by 105,558 users) and falls under the categories Action, Historical, Drama, Romance, Martial Arts, Samurai, and Shounen.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) – 8.81
Another tearjerker, Your Lie in April (2014-2015) is a 22 episode series that journeys with Kousei Arima. He’s a prodigy on the piano until his mother passes and he spirals into depression. After not playing for two years, he meets violinist Kaori Miyazono, who turns his world flipped upside down!
The series has a weighted score of 8.81 (according to 634,425 users) and is in the categories Drama, Music, Romance, School, and Shounen. It won in the anime division at the 2016 Sugoi Japan® Awards.
2 Clannad: After Story – 8.98
Clannad: After Story (2008-2009), aka get ready to cry the anime, is a sequel series to the slice-of-life romance series Clannad. Running 25 episodes, it picks up when main characters Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa graduate from high school and experience the joys and heartbreaks of growing up.
The series received a weighted score of 8.98 (determined by 447,893 users) and falls under the categories of Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural, Drama, and Romance. It is based on Key’s visual novel and produced by Kyoto Animation.
1 Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name.) – 9.08
Your Name. or Kimi no Na wa. (2016) is an animated movie that won the LAFCA Animation Award in 2016 and the Best Animated Film in 2017 from the Mainichi Film Awards. Its weighted score is 9.06 (as voted on by 845,372 users) and it’s #8 on the top anime page.
The film revolves around high schoolers Mitsuha Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana, who wake up one day to find themselves in the other’s body! Mitsuha gets to live her dream of big city life in Tokyo while Taki gets to experience the quiet life in the countryside. They need to find each other and figure out this body-swapping mystery. In addition to Romance, this anime is listed as Supernatural, School, and Drama.
There are quite a few Romance Anime that have popped up over the years. Here's a look at 10 of the best according to MyAnimeList.