Anime is an art form that, of course, includes romance. Of the vast array of titles available, today we wanted to talk about some shows that have a centralized theme that involves a type of relationship we do not get to see every day. Without further delay, here are our picks for anime that include some nontraditional romance preferences!
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Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!)
Kae Serinuma is a total Boys Love (BL) otaku. When her favorite character dies, she goes total recluse and does not leave her room for a long time. So long, in fact, that she loses all of her baby fat and goes from a chubby otaku to a total babe! When Kae returns to school and finds herself being asked out by four guys at once, she says yes to all and goes on one date! Determined to keep up her hot-girl ruse, Kae downplays her otaku, but fails. The guys all accept her, and then she opens up. Get ready to laugh!
Though her extreme change makes her more noticed and sought after, that’s not at all what this main character wants. She self-identifies as someone who wants to watch, not participate! This fujoshi (BL fangirl) does not want a relationship of her own because she is attracted to watching romance play out between guys! The introduction to this show does a good job showing if she were Cinderella, she would sidestep that prince and pair him with another hot guy. For the laughter-filled adventures of this reverse harem, check out Kiss Him, Not Me!
Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta... (My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!)
In total video game isekai fashion, Katarina Claes is reincarnated into a game she played in her former life. She hits her head as a child, and she remembers her previous life, the game she is in, and her character’s path in the game. Unfortunately for Katarina, she recalls that her character dies! Highly motivated by not wanting to die, Katarina takes a long hard look at what she can do not to participate in the events that make her character into someone who would want to be killed.
What happens next is a delightful twist on the isekai and harem genres. Instead of making all the enemies present when her teenage-self enters the school where the game takes place, she entirely changes her destiny. Not only does everyone like Katarina and her extra nice/does-not-want-to-die self, but each character develops a crush on her! Katarina finds herself the center of a pansexual harem, where she is crushed on by guys and girls alike! And Katarina? She’s just trying not to die. Wish her luck!
High School DxD
We promise we’re serious here. High School DxD is the story of Issei. In episode one, he both dies and is brought back to life. Upon his reanimation, he is, uhh… intimately introduced to Rias Gremory, who brought him back to life with the abilities she possesses as a high ranking devil. Issei now owes his life to Rias, but luckily for him, she’s benevolent. When asked what he wants, Issei indicates that he wants to be the center of his own harem, and gosh darn it if that isn’t what happens next.
Though High School DxD is a steamy ecchi comedy, where it falls concerning the romantic preferences in this show is worth talking about. The other people who are part of Rias’ House are mostly women, and they all eventually fall for Issei! Many anime get a harem, but High School DxD breaks away because everyone is openly okay with the situation! Though Rias wants to be first and foremost, she doesn’t mind the advances of anyone else (usually). When you get past the humor and boobs, this show displays polyamory that works for the folks involved! But for the record, we recommend the full ecchi/comedy experience.
We hope to have brought some ideas of anime today that show romantic preferences in ways we don’t get to see all the time. Which show are you watching next? Are you planning on the fujoshi-voyeur-hopeful featured in Kiss Him, Not Me? Will it be the “person-not-the-parts” pansexuality shown in My Next Life as a Villainess? Or are you considering the polyamorous multi-partner relationship in High School DxD? We hope you found something to add to your watchlist today. Let us know in the comments!