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06-20-12, 3:42 AM

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Firstly i apologise if this thread has been done to death, but i did search the forums and couldnt find a thread similar/identical to this. Ok so post your favourite Romance anime. I never used to be a fan of any film, series or anime that was romance based. But my opinion has changed recently.

For me the best ones so far have been

Toradora
True Tears
Planetes
b gata h kei
5 Centimeters per Second
Bakemonogatari
Spice and Wolf


In order of favourite at the top. They can be any form of romance anime, be it ecchi, comedy, fantasy, serious etc.

Also any points / opinions/ things you like/ dont like about the genre as a whole

For me i would say

likes=

-when you find a good romance anime it leaves you feeling things that you usually don't experience when watching other genres. I would say that they have an emotional impact that is hard to find in other anime series that don't have a romance theme running through them.

Dislikes =

- Loli and incest themes. It seems that romance has a lot of them ( well it is to be expected) I think that these can somewhat be put aside based on the quality of the anime but at the same time, it is a genre which has made my stomach churn more than any other.

- It is VERY hard to find a good romance anime. Espeically with all the ecchi bollocks mixed in. You get the rare ecchi romance like B gata h kei which breaks the mould and is actually good, but they are so few and far between its a bit disheartening sometimes.


Remember these are personal opinions on what i like / dislike and of course i dont expect everyone to agree with me/ i dont expect to agree with everyone who posts. Try and keep it as pleasant as possible, debate is encouraged, but no flaming. ( my thread my rules :p)

One last thing try to keep your list between 5-10 long!

Happy posting everyone!
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06-20-12, 3:54 AM

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In order:
1) Kare Kano
2) The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
3) Kaichou wa Maid-sama
4) Romeo x Juliet
5) Kimi ni Todoke (1st season only)

Likes

- Depending on the characters or how well the romance aspect plays out, low-rated romances can often be enjoyable. For example: sola, Candy Boy, Ginban Kaleidoscope, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, and plenty of others.

- The chemistry and friendship between characters usually found in romances.

Dislikes

- The silly comedy that is usually associated with romances, i.e. "rom-com". I'm more of a fan of serious and pure romance titles, like my top five above.

- In harems, the guy tends to be either dull, retarded, or perverted.
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06-20-12, 4:13 AM

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FauxAzn said:
1) Kare Kano
2) The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
3) Kaichou wa Maid-sama
4) Romeo x Juliet
5) Kimi ni Todoke (1st season only)


1, 3 and 5 are all on my list to watch! I have to admit the girl who lept through time is a great one too. I should actually add it to my list!

ive come to find the rom com aspect mildly enjoyable and on very rare ocassions actually finding it very funny. But i do get where you are coming from! Also +1 for the harem thing, *cough" Zero no Tsukaima" cough*
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06-20-12, 4:17 AM

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triggy89 said:
FauxAzn said:
1) Kare Kano
2) The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
3) Kaichou wa Maid-sama
4) Romeo x Juliet
5) Kimi ni Todoke (1st season only)


1, 3 and 5 are all on my list to watch! I have to admit the girl who lept through time is a great one too. I should actually add it to my list!

Awesome. Highly recommend Kaichou (despite the iffy-sounding title) and at least the first half of Kare Kano (despite the iffy rating here). Also, I didn't RTFP before, but I just added a few "likes and dislikes" you requested.
 
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06-20-12, 4:21 AM

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Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and School Days
 
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06-20-12, 4:30 AM

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Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and School Days


Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is on my plan to watch! School days i almost finished but actually couldnt in the end, Makoto needs to be shot!
 
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06-20-12, 4:31 AM

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triggy89 said:
Makoto needs to be shot!

Oh, the retard befalls a fitting end. Better than being shot. I honestly couldn't stand the anime enough to even go past halfway, but read about the ending elsewhere.
 
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06-20-12, 4:31 AM

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you should finish it

the ending is awesome
 
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06-20-12, 4:35 AM

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Da Capo will always be my favorite romance anime and has a very special place in my heart.
 
06-20-12, 4:39 AM

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Zero no Tsukaima s1, 2 and 3. Not pure romance, but action also. Love the series.
 
06-20-12, 4:41 AM

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My favorite romance Anime is Clannad... Yep.
 
06-20-12, 4:42 AM

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Well i haven't watched that many but, Kimi ga nozomu eien and clannad.
They're both amazing
 
06-20-12, 4:44 AM

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FauxAzn said:
triggy89 said:
Makoto needs to be shot!

Oh, the retard befalls a fitting end. Better than being shot. I honestly couldn't stand the anime enough to even go past halfway, but read about the ending elsewhere.


i did read about it, just couldnt bare to watch it. I think it was good in its own way. I dont think any anime has managed to make me dislike a character that intensely.

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didn't one end up killing him and lopping off his head then the other kill her then open up her stomach to see if she was preggers? man it wasn't what i was expecting when i started the anime, cetainly breaks the standard mould.
 
06-20-12, 4:49 AM

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i tried watching clannad, but i got a little bored, *shields head from incoming bottles" I got about 15 episodes in i think and dropped it. I'm sure i will pick it up again soon!
 
06-20-12, 4:54 AM

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triggy89 said:
i tried watching clannad, but i got a little bored, *shields head from incoming bottles" I got about 15 episodes in i think and dropped it. I'm sure i will pick it up again soon!

Clannad is more about the second half of season 2, in my opinion. Regardless, I found the rest of it enjoyable enough.
 
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FauxAzn said:
triggy89 said:
i tried watching clannad, but i got a little bored, *shields head from incoming bottles" I got about 15 episodes in i think and dropped it. I'm sure i will pick it up again soon!

Clannad is more about the second half of season 2, in my opinion. Regardless, I found the rest of it enjoyable enough.


I might give it another go then, will just be a bit more patient this time
 
06-20-12, 4:59 AM

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1. Steins;Gate - I consider it my most favorite romance
2. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
3. Itazura na Kiss
4. Shakugan no Shana (all seasons)
5. Kanon (2006)
6. Zero no Tsukaima
7. Eureka Seven
8. Suzuka
 
06-20-12, 5:32 AM

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toradora!
actually had good resolution unlike a lot of other anime
 
06-20-12, 6:12 AM

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FauxAzn said:
triggy89 said:
i tried watching clannad, but i got a little bored, *shields head from incoming bottles" I got about 15 episodes in i think and dropped it. I'm sure i will pick it up again soon!

Clannad is more about the second half of season 2, in my opinion. Regardless, I found the rest of it enjoyable enough.

To be fair, Clannad is more of a drama than it is a romance. But yeah, give it another go.

And I'll say True Tears. I liked the ending.

*runs away from irate shippers.*
 
06-20-12, 6:23 AM

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Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
Gosick
Itazura na Kiss
toradora
spice and wolf
Shakugan no Shana
Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

the list goes on.
 
06-20-12, 6:24 AM

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Z-flame said:
1. Steins;Gate - I consider it my most favorite romance
2. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
3.
4. Shakugan no Shana (all seasons)
5. Kanon (2006)
6. Zero no Tsukaima
7. Eureka Seven
8. Suzuka


Again steins gate is another good one, although for me it didnt feel as if it fell under "romance". I felt that it did have romance in it but wasnt specially a romance anime. ( personal opinion though) But i freeking loved it as a series. One of my favorites. Watched Suzuka recently and i have to say i really liked it! The only thing i didnt like was how BAD the animation was! I mean to the point of nearly dropping the show about 4 times cos i couldn't stand how badly draw it was. It took away from what was actually a very good series.

also g-rabe agreed. Although the plot was terribly predictable it is still one of my favourites. I thought the character development was brilliant, the relationships were believable, and also it had a loli looking main charcter that didnt make me want to throw her off a bridge or vomit in my mouth. Although Taiga was a crazy bitch she was just the right amount of crazy.
 
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Akito_Kinomoto said:
FauxAzn said:
triggy89 said:
i tried watching clannad, but i got a little bored, *shields head from incoming bottles" I got about 15 episodes in i think and dropped it. I'm sure i will pick it up again soon!

Clannad is more about the second half of season 2, in my opinion. Regardless, I found the rest of it enjoyable enough.

To be fair, Clannad is more of a drama than it is a romance. But yeah, give it another go.

And I'll say True Tears. I liked the ending.

*runs away from irate shippers.*


hahahaha yer i quite enjoyed it also! really heart wrenching but it deff struck a chord. I felt so bad for Noe though :*(
 
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Bakemonogatari which happens to be one of my general favs too.
 
06-20-12, 7:17 AM

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Clannad
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Toradora
 
06-20-12, 8:15 AM

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That would be Toradora and Mashiro Iro Symphony, while second one would be higher as romance. And that's because I also like Toradora for humor and Taiga-chan. :*
 
06-20-12, 8:17 AM

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Clannad
ef - a tale of melodies/memories
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
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06-20-12, 9:07 AM

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nice replies guys! more opinions on the genre though. Would love to hear peoples reasons for liking/ disliking romance anime as a genre
 
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triggy89 said:
nice replies guys! more opinions on the genre though. Would love to hear peoples reasons for liking/ disliking romance anime as a genre


Oh wait. I forgot include my pros/cons of the genre.

So what's I like about that genre is moving story and interesting character development. Romance genre also mix well with many other genres, I may love it even if it's just small part of whole.
I also like motives which rarely happens in "normal" movies or in real life, for example incest (YnS :*).
Now what I don't like. That will be: cliche story, or using ecchi as plot device. I hate forced ecchi. Other things I don't like are personal relations which are sometimes just "retarded". Or harems.
 
06-20-12, 9:58 AM

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Szakal said:
triggy89 said:
nice replies guys! more opinions on the genre though. Would love to hear peoples reasons for liking/ disliking romance anime as a genre


Oh wait. I forgot include my pros/cons of the genre.

So what's I like about that genre is moving story and interesting character development. Romance genre also mix well with many other genres, I may love it even if it's just small part of whole.
I also like motives which rarely happens in "normal" movies or in real life, for example incest (YnS :*).
Now what I don't like. That will be: cliche story, or using ecchi as plot device. I hate forced ecchi. Other things I don't like are personal relations which are sometimes just "retarded". Or harems.


ah total opposite of me, the whole incest theme is something i will never agree with. Just makes my skin scrawl. How anyone could be attracted to a sibling/cousin is beyond me. *cringe* Agreed on the other points though
 
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triggy89 said:

ah total opposite of me, the whole incest theme is something i will never agree with. Just makes my skin scrawl. How anyone could be attracted to a sibling/cousin is beyond me. *cringe* Agreed on the other points though


What can I say :)
Before I started watching anime I didn't liked incest too. Probably loved it after watching kiss x sis.
Maybe that's because I don't have any sibling. And yes, I only like and enjoy incest motive when it happens between sisters/brothers or cousins. I hate Incest while mother x son are included.
 
06-20-12, 10:26 AM

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Needs moar Nodame Cantabile.
 
06-20-12, 10:34 AM

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Clannad (2nd anime watched)
Toradora (1st anime watched)
Ef - A Tale of Memories/Melodies
True Tears
Gosick
Acchi Kocchi

You can imagine why I started loving anime.
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06-20-12, 10:49 AM

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Arisuchan said:
Needs moar Nodame Cantabile.


This.

My list.

Nodame Cantabile
Kanon
Angel Beats(inb4 people laugh at this)
Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen(this, many many times)
Steins;Gate
Fate/Stay night(inb4 more laughing)
Seikai no Senki II(All of it)
Myself ; Yourself
Kimi ni Todoke
H2O: Footprints in the Sand
Yoake Mae yori Ruriiro na

Loved all of those. There are many more, but those will do.

I pretty much agree with what the OP said about likes/dislikes, except I do not really find it hard to find decent romance anime. Then again, I have a lot of free time to do the finding, so..

Other than those things, I generally like romance for a lot of reasons. Largely because I find it leads to the most emotional scenes.
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1. NANA. No exceptions. I died when I watched this... and in a good way.

2. Nodame Cantabile, how can you not love this?

3. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, although I hated the Cal parts.

4. Honey and Clover (1st season only because I hated the end pairings with every fibre of my being)

5. Itazura na Kiss, it was great how it showed their lives beyond that "first kiss."

6. Gosick, loved the setting and mystery but the romance did need some work.

7. Kimi ni Todoke (1st season only, and that's pretty self-explanatory. When 2nd season came along it was like they had absolutely no progress)

And yeah, Josei > Shoujo romances imo. I'd watch anything Josei.

Pros: I think having a mature relationship is a big deal. Like, going farther than the cliche chaste kiss at the end. That's why I like Josei better. Even in Nodame Cantabile,

Cons: protagonists like Ayuzawa Misaki. Ugh.
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06-20-12, 10:52 AM

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Nana by far

Other good ones are Clannad, Air, Kanon and Angel beats(this one isn't really a romance anime though)

Rumbling hearts also deserves a mention.
 
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Nana was probably one of the more complete and 'realistic' romance anime I've had the pleasure of watching. Clannad was also decent, even though the second season isn't as much romance as the first. Eureka Seven is probably my favorite romance story of all, though.
 
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Nana and Honey and Clover are probably the two to stand out the most to me in this respective genre, along with the classic Maison Ikkoku.
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06-20-12, 12:53 PM

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I'd say that Sakamichi no Apollon and Karin are my favorites so far.
 
06-20-12, 1:21 PM

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I don't watch anime mainly for its romance so my top 5 is...

1. Rurouni Kenshin
2. Ayashi no Ceres
3. Peach Girl
4. D.N.Angel
5. Romeo X Juliet
 
06-20-12, 1:32 PM

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In no particular order,

Gosick
Cardcaptor Sakura
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi
Rurouni Kenshin
Fruits Basket
Romeo x Juliet
Clannad


 
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itsvero said:
1. NANA. No exceptions. I died when I watched this... and in a good way.

2. Nodame Cantabile, how can you not love this?

3. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, although I hated the Cal parts.

4. Honey and Clover (1st season only because I hated the end pairings with every fibre of my being)

5. Itazura na Kiss, it was great how it showed their lives beyond that "first kiss."

6. Gosick, loved the setting and mystery but the romance did need some work.

7. Kimi ni Todoke (1st season only, and that's pretty self-explanatory. When 2nd season came along it was like they had absolutely no progress)

And yeah, Josei > Shoujo romances imo. I'd watch anything Josei.

Pros: I think having a mature relationship is a big deal. Like, going farther than the cliche chaste kiss at the end. That's why I like Josei better. Even in Nodame Cantabile,

Cons: protagonists like Ayuzawa Misaki. Ugh.
ok will leave the incest arguement alone/ wont get too into it. * restrains fingers *

but yer i dont mind a bit of Josei. Can be rather refreshing. Chihayafuru i suppose is down that vein. And although its brilliantly animated and the characters are quite interesting it got horribly repetitive as it just ends up being 15mins of karuta playing per episode over and over and over again. Zzzzz dropped it after a while. I might have a look into Nana and Nodame Cantabile.

There are a lot of decent romance animes out there i aint denying that. But there is also a vast sea of s*** you have to sift through. Its very hit and miss as i find its pretty dependant on the person/ preference to what kind of romance they like. I've seen reviews that have slated some really goos romance animes, but then some which has highly rated ones that a pile of turd. Thats what i mean by hard. Also i find that romance animes take longer to build than any other genre. IN terms of the relationships and character development i would say its quite slow as a genre. As a result the first 5-10 episodes of a romance anime can sometimes be painfully slow and boring. ( thats which i liked about B gata, it got to the point right away, but then again left enough to develop in the course of the series so that you did feel like all the good stuff had come right at the beginning.)
 
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Clannad (all)
Toradora!
Zero no Tsukaima (all)
Itazura na Kiss
Kimi ni Todoke (all)
Kimikiss Pure Rouge

are my all time favorites.
 
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Itazura na Kiss, Kimi ni Todoke, Lovely Complex, Toradora, Paradise Kiss, Gokinjo Monogatari, Planetes, Toshokan Sensou, Hiyokoi...and lots more, these are just the ones I cam think of right now.
 
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Nana, Honey and Clover, Koi Kaze, Aoi Hana,
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1.bakemonogatari
2.toradora
3.spice and wolf
4.steins;gate (yup, the romance part was so strong i gotta include this one)
5.kara no kyoukai 7
and no, definitely not true tears. i thought it was poorly done and the ending was annoying (couldn't they just show them being lovey-dovey? everyone knew who was gonna be paired with who, right? just show the freakin' outcome!)

and for anyone who thought the romance part between cal and reiji in phantom : requiem for the phantom was bad, it was not even meant to be one to begin with. the relationship between the two clearly was a nod by the creator to the the relationship between leon and mathilda in leon: the professional...
 
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1. Maison Ikkoku
2. Orange Road
3. Nana
4. Touch
5. Itazura na Kiss
6. Rahxephon (such a great romance, it overshadowed the mecha)
7. clannad
8. Hana yori dango
9. kare kano (i wish they would finish this right)
10. SDF Macross: do you remember love
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Haven't seen that many, so...

1. Steins;Gate (even if the romance wasn't the main theme, it was done very well)
2. Toradora!
3. Spice and Wolf
4. Kaichou wa Maid-sama
5. Nodame Cantabile

Like; I love when the relationship actually develops. Or at least when it's clarified with, for example, a kiss scene. It feels so rewarding, after sitting through all the build-up (which can often be quite slow).

Dislike: Well, obviously the opposite - when the relationship doesn't get a good conclusion, or takes way too long to develop.
I avoid ecchi/harem, as I want to be able to focus on one relationship without distractions. That's why I also dislike love-triangles.
 
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i would have to go with my number one favorite romance anime as Lovely Complex
god i love that show i could not stop watching

as for my 2nd and 3rd place choices i would have to go Kaichou wa maid sama for second place and parts of skip beat for my third place
 
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triggy89 said:
The only thing i didnt like was how BAD the animation was! I mean to the point of nearly dropping the show about 4 times cos i couldn't stand how badly draw it was. It took away from what was actually a very good series.


The manga doesn't have this problem and takes the story to whole new heights. I highly recommend that you read it if you liked the anime.

My favorites would be:
Toradora!
Cardcaptor Sakura
Kanon (2006)
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Suzuka
Tsubasa Chronicle (maybe not typically consider a "romance" anime but even as a secondary element it is fantastic in this series)

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I love when the relationship actually develops. Or at least when it's clarified with, for example, a kiss scene. It feels so rewarding, after sitting through all the build-up (which can often be quite slow).
Quite agree. And the usually pure and deep connection that gets developed between the characters over time. Plus it just makes me feel good inside.

Dislike
Not many serious series seem to be out there in the genre. There are typically more series out there with comedic or ecchi elements. Also typically I feel that manga has a much wider selection of good romance series that are given a good amount of time to develop at their own speed (Ex.- Fruits Basket and Tsubasa Chronicle had a lot more time to progress the romance in the manga versions).
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nice answers guys. I just finished watching Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai and all it gave me was a big sigh and a "meh" nothing ended up materialising, It was BAD and there were some bits that made me crack up. BUt just really standard...

I think I'm going to try Kaichou wa Maid-sama!next in keeping with my light hearted romance feel. My gf being in a different city has made me want happy endings recently. XD

Slightly off topic, is anyone watching sankrea at the moment? Im confused as wot whats happening, last week they released an OVA, but there was no hint that episode 10 was the last in the series? WHATS GOING ON?! lol i think that this is the first anime ive watched week by week. Its rubbish waiting :(
 
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