It’s been a while since I posted, so here’s a simple list of the best romance anime to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
This is a list of the top romance anime that anyone could hope to see. I know I’ve left a few out, but that’s just so you have a reason to comment and not because I’m lazy. I have included no hentai or harem shows; I just don’t think they fit the bill. I also lack yuri and yaoi….If you know a great one post it in the comments. They are in no particular order.
Paradise kiss. Standout for it’s ultra sharp art designs and fashion. It even has Franz Ferdinand as an ending song. For it’s high production values and style alone it’s worth checking out.
Nana. This one is a bit longer but it’s so popular for a reason. It’s more reccomened for females, but it’s a solid show all around.
Maison Ikkoku. This is Rumiko Takahashi’s most down to earth and most romantic show. It’s the longest on this list at 96 episodes, but it’s a classic just as all of takahashi’s works are (except Inu-Yasha).
Video Girl Ai, a show that has also aged very well. I think it’s notable for it’s rapid characterization of it’s leads. As soon as the first episode you can really feel the characters, especially Ai. It’s only 6 episodes so you have no excuse if you have not seen it.
Futari Ecchi. This anime and manga are intended to present the realistic relationship of two Japanese newlyweds. It is interesting for the scenarios it presents along the way, but the production values are mediocre and the anime cuts short. You may do better to just pick up the manga.
Kemonozume. I can’t sing this show’s praises enough! It is certainly one of my all time favorite anime and it blends romance, action, comedy and drama wonderfully. It is truly a must see show. The love portrayed here is the most nuanced and real I have seen in an anime. It’s realistic and out of this world at the same time.
Now, to move into a few movies…
Macross Plus. This film is as much about a twisted love triangle as it is about transforming mecha battles-maybe even more so. The original Macross has even more love to go around, but you’d have to strap yourself for an epic space story as well if you want to fully enjoy it.
The girl who leapt through time. It’s a coming of age story with excellent production values. But I’m sure you’ve already seen it so I don’t have to explain this one.
Millennium Actress. The story of chasing love across time and space. Satoshi Kon’s greatest drama and one of the greatest anime films ever.
There you have it folks! Now you have no excuse to ever watch shit like Skip Beat…not that you would, but if you have any friends or loved ones that are at risk-save them. Save them before it’s too late.
Post any titles you think I missed or other related comments. I hope you find your hearts desire sooner or later.
A few bonus videos that go with the holiday: