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Makes The Heart Go Pitter Patter

Nov 12 2022, 11:34 PM | Updated Apr 6, 2023 5:39 PM
This is a tentative list of anime with romance or romantic subtext that made my cold black heart palpitate.

I have included only the first seasons of shows and stand-alone movies.

It goes without saying that each of these anime is meant to be entertaining. Not all love interests are kind to the protagonists, so do not base your real-life relationship choices on the ones shown here.
3D Kanojo: Real Girl
TV, 2018, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
A male otaku who prefers 2D girls over real ones finds himself in his first relationship with a 3D girl who challenges his views.
Yeon-ae Haru Jeon Zero
ONA, 2018, 19 eps Me:- Author:8
Korean animation (Hanguk Aeni)

Female protagonist goes to live with a family friend temporarily while attending the same high school as their son.

The story follows the budding friendship between the two and the development of unrequited romantic feelings.

Ao Haru Ride

Blue Spring Ride

Ao Haru Ride
TV, 2014, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
Reconciliation between first loves after years apart.

Each is no longer who they were in the past
Fruits Basket 1st Season
TV, 2019, 25 eps Me:- Author:9
Second anime remake; the first was released in 2001 and had only one season

Female protagonist goes to live with family of strangers who, when not in human form, are zodiac animals

Fushigi Yuugi

Mysterious Play

Fushigi Yuugi
TV, 1995, 52 eps Me:- Author:8
Classic isekai romance anime

Female protagonist is transported into a mysterious book where she is identified as the prophesied priestess of suzaku.

Throughout the show, she journeys to find all the guardians required to perform a summoning of the god suzaku to grant her 3 wishes.

Fuufu Ijou, Koibito Miman.

More than a Married Couple, but Not Lovers.

Fuufu Ijou, Koibito Miman.
TV, 2022, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
Ecchi romance anime

High school students take compulsory class where they are randomly assigned a spouse and are forced to live together
Hana yori Dango
TV, 1996, 51 eps Me:- Author:9
Classic reverse-harem romance anime

Follows the life and romance of female protagonist from a working class family and a group of male acquaintances from wealthy families
Hatsukoi Limited.
TV, 2009, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
Ecchi romance anime

Follows the romantic lives of a group of middle school friends and their siblings
High Score Girl
TV, 2018, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
Romance but make it nostalgic

Arcades, game consoles, gaming tournaments, and romance abound
TV, 2000, 167 eps Me:- Author:8
Classic anime

Female protagonist gets thrown into another time period where she is recognized as the reincarnation of a priestess.

One main driver in the anime is the complicated love triangle that ensues between the anime's titular character, the late priestess, and the protagonist.
Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
TV, 2010, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
Double life romance

Student council president by day. Maid cafe waitress by night
Kamisama Hajimemashita
TV, 2012, 13 eps Me:- Author:9
The duties and romance between human turned god and her familiar

Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou

His and Her Circumstances

Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou
TV, 1998, 26 eps Me:- Author:9
Classic romance anime

High achieving high school student rivals turn romantic couple
TV, 2006, 13 eps Me:- Author:8
Human-monster romance
Kimi no Na wa.
Movie, 2016, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
Body-swapping romance

Koi to Uso

Love and Lies

Koi to Uso
TV, 2017, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
Destined romantic partner romance

Scientifically backed government assignment or chosen for self
TV, 2007, 24 eps Me:- Author:9
Progressive romance anime with focus on height differences
Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Motokano datta
TV, 2022, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
Bibliophile former flames find themselves in an awkward predicament when their parents wed and they are forced to live together
Meng Qi Shi Shen
ONA, 2018, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
Chinese animation (Donghua)

When you mix cooking chinese cuisines with romance and action in ancient china
Nijiiro Days
TV, 2016, 24 eps Me:- Author:8
Follows male protagonist's romance and those of his male friends

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji

Wolf Girl & Black Prince

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
TV, 2014, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
Keeping up a farce just to save face romance

Special A

Special A (S.A)

Special A
TV, 2008, 24 eps Me:- Author:9
Chronicles the romance of the top 7 ranked students at an elite academy

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
Movie, 2006, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
Time traveling and its consequences, with a side of romance
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
TV, 2012, 13 eps Me:- Author:9
Highly logical female protagonist experiences and navigates new found romantic feelings for the very first time
Tsuki ga Kirei
TV, 2017, 12 eps Me:- Author:10
Middle school romance done right
Wo Shi Jiang Xiaobai
ONA, 2017, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
Chinese animation (Donghua)

Amnesiac male protagonist is assigned editor to a novelist who happens to be someone from his past.

As they work together, his lost memories begin to resurface.

This is a story about loss and love in its many forms

Xie Wang Zhui Qi

The Demonic King Who Chases His Wife

Xie Wang Zhui Qi
ONA, 2019, 13 eps Me:- Author:8
Chinese animation (Donghua)

Assassinated by her partner, female protagonist awakens in a foreign realm with a new identity and powers beyond her comprehension.

Meanwhile, a prince renowned for his powers notices a disruption in the realm - caused by the female protagonist - and seeks out the source to protect it.

Zero no Tsukaima

The Familiar of Zero

Zero no Tsukaima
TV, 2006, 13 eps Me:- Author:8
Ecchi isekai romance anime

Romance between mage and her summoned human familiar from Tokyo, Japan.

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