13 Best Romance Anime on Netflix, Ranked

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Netflix has been an amazing source of entertainment whether you’re looking for a horror movie or other genres of anime series. Romance, in general, is a popular genre that is highly viewed by many younger and older audiences alike.

That said, there are all types of anime available to watch on Netflix, but if you’re looking for romantic ones and good ones upon that, you’re in the right place. Without wasting any more of your time, here are the best romance anime on Netflix you can watch right now.

13. My Little Monster

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My Little Monster is your typical romance anime where a boy falls for a girl due to sharing similar personalities, but what makes it so appealing is the romantic aspect in the midst of such a simplistic premise. Needless to say, you also have several other things, like comedy and a silly high school atmosphere, to ease the tension.

This anime tells the story of an impassive girl named Shizuku, who only cares about her grades and has very little knowledge about human relationships. However, when she meets Haru, who stopped coming to school for being too violent on the first day, each of their lives takes a dramatic turn, where they discover about love and friendship.

12. Love, Chuunibyo, & Other Delusions

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Growing as a person takes patience and sometimes a bit of luck, but in this anime, that doesn’t seem to be the case for Yuuta Togashi. All he wanted to do was to escape from his past life, where the stage of chuunibyou (that makes you feel special from the crowds) had left many embarrassing memories.

However, even after joining a high school far away from his middle school, he couldn’t escape from his past due to a girl named Rikka Takanashi, who declared herself as Wicked Eye and deluded in her own fantasy.

All said and done, the anime is a heartwarming journey for us, with an equivalent amount of laughter and romance. If you’re looking for an excellent high school romance anime on Netflix, you may want to consider watching this one.

11. Ride Your Wave

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Regardless of how many heart-wrenching anime we have in the industry, there is always room for more, and Ride Your Wave is arguably one of the best of the bunch. It is all about finding oneself when they are lost in life, and it does an incredible job of conveying the message.

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The story revolves around a surf-loving college student named Hinako who moves to a small seaside town. During a fire incident in her apartment, she meets Minato, a handsome firefighter, but a tragedy separates them both. However, Hinako, who loved him dearly, begins to lose her way in life, but somehow Minato, who appears on watery surfaces every now and then, keeps her smiling.

10. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

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While we can’t promise you that Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun will offer you a pleasant romance story consistently, it does surround every scene with hilarity that runs off around the relationship. It is a story about Chiyo Sakura, a cheerful high school girl who confesses her feelings to a stoic boy named Nozaki, who also happens to be a shoujo mangaka.

However, he misinterprets her feelings, leading to a series of incidents where she becomes his assistant. Will he ever be able to grasp the true intention of Chiyo? The story is mainly set in a high school, so you also have some hilarious side characters who make the anime all the more noteworthy.

9. Clannad

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Clannad is undoubtedly one of the most cherished romance anime series of all time, and there’s a good reason for that. It is heartbreaking, compelling, and, more than anything, it leaves an everlasting impression on you.

You’ll witness the story of Tomoya, a delinquent who believes life is nothing but a series of tedious years, and Nagisa, an adorable girl with a severe illness who wants to revive the school’s drama club. What follows after their encounter with each other is a path down to self-realization and a beautiful romance story. If you’re planning on watching this romance anime, make sure to have a box of tissues by your side.

8. Toradora!

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Toradora! is the best example of cliched romance anime, but once you start watching it, it feels right, despite everything you may feel off with it. For one thing, it has exceptionally likable characters, but the anime also shines in other aspects, making the journey absolutely worthwhile.

The story follows two characters: Takasu, a kind-natured high school student who is often labeled as a delinquent due to his intimidating face, and a small doll-like student, Taiga Aisaka, despite her adorable outlier, a fierce girl who often uses punches rather than words.

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When these both unite owing to their crushes on each other’s best friends, things turn in an unlikely direction, leading to an amusing tale of comedy and romance.

7. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

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Kaichou wa Maid-sama! is far from the typical romance stories we see in the anime industry, and that’s precisely why fans love it. It has a unique tease element that makes the interactions between the two main characters electrifying, and if you love these kinds of stories, look no further because this could become your new favorite high school romance anime.

The story takes place in a high school where Misaki Ayuzawa becomes the first female student council president and works diligently to improve females’ lives. However, she secretly works as a maid at a cafe, and when the school’s most popular boy, Takumi Usui, finds out, what will Misaki do to stop him from destroying her reputation?

6. Kamisama Kiss

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Kamisama Kiss is a delightful romance anime with plenty of light-hearted moments and classic shoujo themes. While its comedy outshines the romance aspect in certain situations, the chemistry between the two main characters is one of the best we’ve seen in the anime medium.

The story follows a high school girl named Nanami who is homeless due to her absent father, but she runs into an encounter of saving a man named Mikagi and ends up living at a shrine. However, through a series of misunderstandings and unexpected circumstances, she seals a contract with Tomoe, a fox familiar, and together, they must traverse the path of godhood, all while falling in love with each other.

5. Ouran High School Host Club

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Ouran High School Host Club is the prime example of how a series driven by the characters should be made, and it demonstrates this fact time and again. It’s a fun old-time anime that provides laughs in every episode while clinging to the decent story it weaves from the beginning. Unless you’re very nit-picky when it comes to romance anime, you will enjoy it.

When Haruhi Fujioka enrolls in Ouran Academy, she stumbles across a host club where attractive boys across the school entertain girls. However, when she unintentionally breaks a vase from the club, she is offered to join the club since she is often mistaken for a boy by her peers, and seeing as that she can’t repay the vase with money, she decides to go with it. What follows after is Haruhi struggling to keep her cool with the ever-extravagant personalities of the fellow club members.

4. Your Lie in April

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Most people tend to skip this anime due to the fact it mainly concentrates on music, but that’s the best part of it. You will find it as a typical average anime in the initial few episodes, but if you give it a second chance, it’s quite hard to see life with the same perspective anymore. Your Lie in April makes you feel many emotions, and dissatisfaction is not of them.

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Arima Kousei, a child prodigy in the world of music, has stopped playing piano ever since his mother passed away. Every time he tried going back at it, the trauma was too much for him to bear, but then a girl named Kaori Miyazono, who plays violin, came into his life, putting him back on the path of music once again.

3. Fruits Basket

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Never in our lives have we ever thought that a reboot could be so much better than the original, but Fruits Basket, which was released in 2019, pulled it off. At first sight, it is simply another shoujo story with a light-hearted take that mainly focuses on the character’s flaws, making us connect better with the characters. However, as you progress into the story, you realize it is much more than that, and it absolutely delivers on its promises.

The story revolves around Tooru Honda, who is fascinated by Chinese zodiac mythology, and after her mother passes away, she becomes homeless and lives in a tent, which happens to reside on the private property of their classmates, Yuki and Kyou. One situation leads to another, and she begins living with them but soon discovers they carry a secret she must not divulge to the outside world.

2. Kaguya-sama: Love is War

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When you bring up the name of a rom-com in the anime community, it’s quite normal to hear many recommendations based around Kaguya-sama: Love is War because it earns its reputation through its success. In a nutshell, it is a romance comedy that sets a golden standard for many other stories which have yet to reach.

Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are the two pillars of Shuchiin Academy as student council president and vice president. While everyone considers them the perfect couple, and both clearly carry feelings for one another, they don’t confess, no matter what. The reason is the one who confesses first will be looked down upon, so each tries to win this battle of love using any means.

1. Howl’s Moving Castle

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This fantasy romance anime is adored by millions around the world despite not being the best Studio Ghibli film. However, in the genre of romance anime that is available on Netflix, this is as close as you can get if you’re trying to find the best one.

The story follows Sophie, who lives a comfortable life as the daughter of a hat shop owner, but unfortunately, a mystical encounter with an evil witch turns her into an old woman. After learning about the famed wizard, Howl, she begins her journey to the Howl’s castle to get her life back, all while indulging in countless adventures with several companions.

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