To all shoujo anime fans out there, I’ve got such a treat for you this Valentines’ weekend. Again, I have collated my top 5 favorite romantic comedy anime that I’m sure you’ll get hooked on.
To check out my previous list, click HERE.
Most of these are available both in manga and tv series, but I strongly suggest you read the manga first. Anime producers have that habit of cutting the story short to 12 episodes. I just realized this when I read Ao Haru Ride. The anime felt super open ended in the series but oh my god (like ultra-fucking holy unicorn shit) it’s so much better in the manga. I cried like a crazed SOB towards the ending.
So this time, I’ll be including the links on where you can watch and read these romatic anime.
♥ Enjoy! And fall in love all over again. ♥
Ao Haru Ride
Written and illustrated by Io Sakisaka, Ao Haru Ride is a romantic comedy anime that involves young love separated by circumstances. Futaba Yoshioka hated guys during middle school but all that changed when she met Tanaka Kou, a gentle non-rowdy bishounen. She develops feelings for him after a (damn) cops and robbers game, and taking shelter together under the shrine. All these eventually changed when Kou suddenly ditched her during the festival and transferred to another school over the summer break.
Ao Haru Ride is a 49-Chapter-long love and hate relationship between Futaba and Kou. Following the general high school theme of confusion and pride, these two took painfully forever to finally get real. What I love about this anime is its (annoying) relatability (although I especially love how Sakisaka drew Kou and Tanaka-sensei ♥).
Falling in love at a young age, and then going to the trouble of actually getting in touch with how you feel versus what that person feels, and then meeting halfway is so nostalgic. The plotline also involves friendship and fitting in, which has been really dear to my heart.
Nisekoi is a fun romcom anime that features two high school students who were arranged to be a couple. Raku Ichijou and Chitoge Kirisaki are both heirs of two rival mafia lords. In order to maintain the peace within the city, they had to pretend to be a couple. Amidst the chaos, Ichijou still searches for that girl who gave him a locket and promised to marry him. He meets a couple of girls along the way (they all fall in love with him, no shit) and it gets more confusing.
I really enjoy watching Nisekoi, and I am yet to finish reading the manga. It just becomes a little annoying that the original plot suddenly turns into a harem. It’s fun to watch really, if you don’t mind the unnecessary interruptions (new characters who start falling for him not knowing he’s already arranged to marry someone) and the painful delays (they both like each other but they’re both too stubborn to admit it…yada yada).
I do love (and bow down to) Chitoge’s mom, Madam Flower. haha! She’s such a strong ambitious woman who built a huge empire for herself. She’s such a surge of inspiration I never expected to have found in a romcom series.
Ore Monogatari is the story of Gouda Takeo, a tall and athletic high school student worshipped by his martial arts club members, and often mistaken for a gorilla. He is best friends with Sunakawa, a soft-spoken handsome student who unfortunately attracts the girls he liked. Takeo developed this assumption that every girl he’ll like will fall for Suna, and that he’ll be okay with it. All this changed when he saved Yamato from being molested by a train pervert. Yamato ended up falling for him and their story begins there.
This romcom anime has such a heartwarming plot that I ended up falling in love with Takeo as well. For a physically strong person, he had this gentleness in him that manifests well each time he makes an effort for Yamato, and every other person in general. He struggles with inferiority complex despite his strong stature, which makes him a gentle giant. Its theme included baking, too! Yamato loves baking and kept making goodies that Takeo almost always gobbles up in one sitting. I feel bad for Suna though. He’s such a flat character, I wish he had more story over just being the friend of Takeo.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is a story about four incredibly handsome but broke guys who had to rent their auntie’s mansion. In order to stay there for free, their auntie made a truce with them. They had to transform her niece into the perfect lady. Being the ladies men that they were, they thought this was just an easy task so they give in. Unfortunately for them, their aunt’s niece turns out to be a complete weirdo. After being turned down for being ugly, Sunako Nakahara has somehow succumbed to the dark, resembling the loathsome Sadako. Looks like the four guys have their hands full.
The Wallflower is a hilarious romcom. I strongly prefer the anime series compared to the manga because the jokes were just so on point. The Goth Loli sisters and Sunako’s friends (anatomy figures) are my absolute favorite. Her weirdness is just kawaii, especially each time she transforms into a plushie or when she regards Kyohei as a creature of the light haha! Over the budding romance between Sunako and Kyohei, I love that the theme of this manga is about self-love. Like, embrace your friggin’ weirdness, and go out into the light.
Kiss Him, Not Me
Watashi ga Motete Dousunda is a fairly new anime that revolves around a hardcore fujoshi (fan of boy x boy romance). Kae Serinuma used to be a fat animaniac who lost weight as she mourned the death of her favorite anime character, Shion-sama. Her weight loss suddenly transformed her into such an attractive girl. Soon enough, she finds four boys and a girl swooning over her. Being courted by handsome guys as opposed to being her hardcore fujoshi self suddenly becomes a dilemma.
This is such a cute anime with an exciting new plotline (at least to me). But that’s exactly what got me hooked in the first place. I’m a self-confessed animaniac myself. During high school, my primary basis for falling for a guy was if he looked like a bishounen. And I’d give him a codename like Kougaiji-sama or Soujiro-kun (there’s a bunch).
It’s really intriguing though, (even in real life) how boys easily flock over a skinny girl and disregard the chubby one. Ugh. Double standards. But I did love how Igarashi-kun developed feelings for Kae despite her weight (hahaha OMG spoiler alert! Woops, too late.) Sadly, the anime ended after 12 friggin episodes but the manga is still in progress so I’d still be keeping watch. You should too.