I’ve been bingewatching romantic comedy anime for the past months and it has come to a point that I can no longer find any other series at par with these ones I’m about to recommend. I’m a recovering anime addict and I’m a little obsessed with how anime brings out that nostalgic high school feel of falling in love for the first time. The confusion. The intimidation. The feels. I know Naruto and Attack on Titan are taking forever to come up with new episodes.
In the meantime, why don’t we indulge in a kilig sesh with these RomCom anime series over the weekend?
Nana is a story about two girls with the same name, both bound for Tokyo, but with different personalities and goals in life. One dreams of being a rock star and the other dreams of finding love. Nana is a tale of love despite betrayals, friendship despite differences and hope despite difficulty.
It’s the kind of anime that doesn’t have to try so much to catch attention with plot twists and stuff. Its relatability is what sets it apart from other romance anime. The trouble of finding love: falling for someone you can never have, getting cheated on and being sexually taken advantage of, all seem like the ton of shit younger vulnerable women go through.
Leaving the province to look for a better opportunity in a city is a real situation a lot of people have been in. A lot of artists have made it big through this risky leap of faith of taking their passions to a larger audience in a city. It’s the so-called American Dream that pushes everyone to keep going. All these goals and dreams coupled with reality and a dose of serendipity all make for an intense bingewatching action. The emotions in every story, predictable as some may seem, still haunts me to this day. I still cry to A Little Pain by Trapnest.
Kimi ni Todoke
Kimi ni Todoke revolves around a girl named Sawako who, all her life has subjected herself to be that anonymous person in class that everyone is scared to be around with. Her extremely awkward personality has garnered her a reputation that of Sadako, that long black haired poltergeist from the popular horror film, The Ring. All it took was for Kazehaya to see her kind and gentle nature, beyond that ridiculously creepy behavior.
This is a really cute high school romance story that can drag on for so long. It’s the spring of young love that’s smothered in awkwardness and incapability to openly express one’s feelings toward the other person that it took two seasons before they finally admit each others’ feelings to each other.
Yes, the romance part was that painfully long. And Sawako’s naivete annoyed me at times. Despite that I still love this anime series simply because it reminded me so much of the social issues I’ve been in back in high school. Yes there were girls obsessed with popularity and boys who delighted in others’ social mishaps, and also there’s the whole class that delights over someone sharing his/her assignments to everyone. Some were bullied for being different, and some were victims of rumors. But through all that, there’s always the good part where you find your real friends, and if you’re lucky, that guy you like. And that’s the best thing about high school.
Wolf Girl and Black Prince
Wolf Girl and Black Prince is such a quirky romcom story about a girl who was that desperate to show off to her friends. One day all her friends were talking about their boyfriends so she decides to lie about having a boyfriend as well. She gets further within her lies when she unknowingly took a photo of a guy she randomly saw. Unfortunately, he was also studying in the same school as her. She had no choice but to further cover her lies by entering a contract with Sata. Little did she know that Sata has this evil side to him that no one else in the school has any idea about. A pathetic lier and an evil opportunist. Makes for a real troublesome romantic story that’s entirely fun, at least for us viewers.
This series has no dull moments. Kyoya is a real hottie and I guess Erika was meant to create the lies she spread about her and Sata. Although it was totally annoying to be in her situation, eventually she ends up discovering another side to Kyoya, and truly falls for him. Sorry for the spoiler. Bottomline: If you think you’ll find the love of your life with lies, go for it. The odds are limitless.
Lovely Complex is a romantic comedy series that seeks to kill the notion that boys should be taller than girls in order for a relationship to not look ridiculous. This truly was a huge dilemma during high school. Risa Koizumi is 14cm taller than Otani Atsushi. They’re known to be the notorious Hanshin Kyojin of the class, taking after a popular comedy duo of the height differences as them. They’re also the best of friends despite relentlessly teasing each other. I guess it’s inevitable for this kind of friendship to develop into romance.
Confessing to your best buddy’s a real nerve racking feat. This is considering that for most part of your friendship, you haven’t really seen each other as anything like a romantic partner. Add the height difference to that demise.
Lovely Complex is a ridiculously funny series that will tug into your heart strings, especially if you’ve ever had a friend you almost fell for (not that I’m implying anything personal). So many things that play on this type of situation. That kind where you have to choose between saving your friendship and taking a leap of faith and not knowing whether he will reciprocate or not. And don’t get me started with the awkwardness of it all.
Kaichou wa Maid-sama
Most anime plots are all about an insignificant girl falling for a popular guy. Kaichou wa maid sama is not that type. You’ll be so delighted to watch a non-stereotype kind of romance for a change. Misaki, an uptight president of a former all boys school ends up falling for Usui Takumi, your average high school Mr. Perfect. Misaki is a dreamer and a hard worker. Usui is laidback and, well for the lack of a better word, perfect. This is why he doesn’t try so hard at anything, and why he annoys Misaki.
Not every kid is fortunate enough to have education. Some had to work their asses off both in their academics and their part time jobs after school. Misaki is one of those students. She balances her time being the president of her school and being a kawaii maid server at a Maid Cafe. Aside from that, she also works hard at keeping this job from her subordinates because it would totally ruin her reputation at school. This is my favorite out of all romcom animes so far. Not entirely because of Usui’s incredibly hot and all around perfection (although it was the one thing that got me into watching this), but because despite their clash of personalities, Usui’s damn persuasive. This totally gives off the kind of poetic justice powerful women are clamoring for. Not all men fear powerful women. And not all powerful women prefer being single.
I think I’ve watched more than 15 romance series already LOL These 5 I think are the best so far. What’s your favorite romantic anime? Let me know because I’m running out of series to binge watch during my free time. 🙂