It’s more than a little evident that anime tend to be based in high school. It’s a period in someone’s life that’s full of possibilities, including romance, and for a lot of people, it’s where they form lasting relationships in Japan. As such, of course we’ll see some meaningful high school romances in anime! Some high school romances last a lifetime, so today, we’re going to take a look at some that really spoke to us. This is a remake of our original high school romance anime list, so if you want to see the older recommendations, skip all the way down below!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2016 - September 2016
Takamiya Naho’s first day of her sophomore year has started off strangely when she receives a letter from her future self with details about events that will happen that day. Future Naho talks about all of her regrets, and wants so much for her past self to not let certain things happen. Future Naho entrusts the present day Naho to make better decisions so that she will not live with the regrets that she will have in the future, and almost everything revolves around the new student, Naruse Kakeru.
Orange is a story about love and regrets. Future Naho has a lot of them, but it’s her love for Kakeru and her regrets about the past that really drive her to send letters to the past. However, there will be many obstacles that involve fear and insecurities, but it’ll take Naho’s love for someone other than her sense of self in order to proceed; however, it’ll also take the loves of all of her friends and then some to do the right thing and fix the past that Future Naho is so ashamed of.
9. Kimi no Na Wa. (Your Name.)
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: August 2016
Miyamizu Mitsuha dreams of living in the city while Tachibana Taki lives in Tokyo trying to juggle the responsibilities of a student and a part time job to fund his dreams of becoing an architect. These two teens live such contrasting lives, but one day, they wake up in each other’s bodies. From that point on, they continue to switch bodies on and off, but this phenomenon may affect more than just a few days of their high school lives.
Kimi no Na Wa. is an anime where newfound love really triggers two teens to do outrageous things for each other. As you discover the circumstances between Mitsuha and Taki’s lives, it becomes more complicated, but they find that their romance drives them to do strange things. Their situation ties their fates together, but is it really just a coincidence? We don’t want to spoil the story, but you just have to see how their romance saves the other from their mundane lives. It’s a touching story that really spoke to many people. If you like stories of fate and love, this is the one for you.
8. Nijiiro Days (Rainbow Days)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: January 2016 - June 2016
Hashiba Natsuki is just a young boy who was dumped on Christmas Eve. However, he has not given up on love as he meets Kobayakawa Anna who sparks his feelings once more. Along the way, Natsuki’s three guy friends will also find love at high school that they weren’t quite looking for.
Nijiiro Days is a cute but quirky anime all about four high school relationships and how they develop. Of course, the main story revolves around Natsuki and Anna, but their friends are also involved! If you want a cute yet comedic high school romance anime, Nijiiro Days is the one for you, but don’t look down on them. There’s going to be a little drama along with everyone’s silliness, but thats what makes it such a fun yet casual watch.
7. Just Because!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2017 - December 2017
The 3rd year of high school is the final challenge before students move forward to college in Japan. One day, a new student transfers in towards the end of the year, which is highly unusual, but for Izumi Eita, it’s just how his life has been. Luckily, this time, he ends up at his hometown where many past relationships were left behind.
Just Because! is an anime that really starts off as your stereotypical romance. Many people expected it to feel like Tsuki ga Kirei set in a high school, but in fact, it went beyond that to really explore high school romances and the impact they can have in someone’s lives. Yes, it may have felt rather generic at its start, but it’s later on in the season that really grips at your romantic heart! This is a high school romance that is definitely worth noting in the recent years.
6. Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2014 - September 2014
Yoshioka Futaba is well liked by the boys and disliked by the girls in her class, but she manages to muscle through it because she only cares about Tanaka Kou’s opinion. However, they had a misunderstanding at the summer festival leaving Yoshioka alone for good. In high school, Futaba wants to change everything by becoming friends with all of the girls and not standing out by dressing like a boy. However, things start to change when Kou comes back into her life.
Ao Haru Ride really plays with the idea of childhood romances. Futaba and Kou were each other’s first loves, but what happens when they hurt each other and fate brings them back together again as teens? Your teenage years are not easy, but it makes it difficult when what you were seeking may not be what you really want, especially in Futaba’s situation. We know you love childhood romances and the sweet stories they can tell, but you may be in for a little more than that in Ao Haru Ride.
5. Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice)
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: September 2016
Ishida Shouya is ostracized from his class thanks to his being the scapegoat for everyone’s bullying of a deaf student back in elementary school. While Shouya did participate in the bullying, he wasn’t the only perpetrator. However, when the bullied student, Nishimiya Shouko, transfers out after the constant bullying, it all lands on Shouya’s shoulders. Shouya has a lot of regrets about his past and is fearful of people now, but just maybe, he’d be willing to find Shouko again and right his wrongs.
Really, Koe no Katachi is a redemption anime that happens to develop into love. Shouya’s feelings are complicated over the course of many years thanks to his immaturity and then, isolation, which really affects his course of action throughout the anime. However, Shouko has a kind and loving nature despite the vulnerability that her handicap gives her. Along the way, there are also other complicated emotions involved in the other parties that really develop into a rather difficult love web involving romantic, friend, and familial love.
- Episodes: 23
- Aired: October 2007 - March 2008
Okazaki Tomoya spends his time with his friend Sunohara Youhei skipping class and wasting his high school years believing that their lives will never amount to anything. Tomoya’s life changes upon meeting Furukawa Nagisa, a girl who randomly shouts “Anpan!” in order to motivate herself. Somehow, they become friends and Tomoya learns that Nagisa had to repeat a year in high school because she was ill previously, but she doesn’t let that get her down as she makes it her goal to bring back the drama club. Tomoya helps Nagisa, but it turns out that he meets multiple girls who have a significant impact on his life.
Clannad has to be one of the most beautiful high school romances as we watch Tomoya really discover himself and a reason for living through his high school romance. It literally changes his life around from being a delinquent to a possible functioning member of society. Then it’s in Clannad: After Story that we get to see how his high school romance turns out and man, there is so much to the sequel than meets the eye. All you have to do is watch to find out what we mean.
3. Tamako Love Story
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: April 2014
Kitashirakawa Tamako has been living life without aspirations, but now, she’s going to have to figure out her future as her third year of high school is coming to an end. While she worries about this, Tamako must also take part in a baton performance. Meanwhile, Tamako’s childhood friend, Ooji Mochizou, is making plans on moving to Tokyo, ultimately leaving behind everyone behind, including Tamako, who also happens to be the only girl he has ever loved. Mochizou is leaving soon, but will he ever fulfill his dream of confessing to Tamako before he goes?
Tamako Love Story is really just the finding of oneself, much like Clannad, in that Tamako is forced to grow up and think about her future. She has no aspirations or goals in life, nor has she thought about anything outside of her high school experiences. At the same time, Tamako must also come to the realization of her own feelings for Mochizou as he is about to leave. Likewise, Mochizou has to finally overcome his own embarrassment over his crush and confessing, but watching these two come to terms with their feelings in the face of the future is just so cute; it really blows the entire series out of the water.
2.Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai (Tada-kun Never Falls in Love)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2018 - June 2018
Mitsuyoshi Tada is a rather mild-mannered boy who enjoys taking pictures. One day, he accidentally snaps a photo of a foreigner from Luxembourg, Teresa, who ends up transferring to his school for a short time. Their friendship starts over a cup of coffee at Tada’s grandfather’s shop.
Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai is a newer anime having just ended this last anime season, but it’s a sweet, rather mild, story about Tada. You can tell right from the start that it’ll be a romance, but you get to see this group of students and their crushes, especially the class representative’s. However, it’s Tada’s that really matters as he naturally grows reliant on Teresa and how that changes him compared to the events from his past. Seeing how this high school love makes an impact on his life is a rather enjoyable watch so we highly recommend catching it!
1. Amagami SS
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: June 2010 - December 2010
Tachibana Junichi was left all alone on Christmas Eve two years ago leaving him vulnerable and scared to find love again. However, this year, Junichi may have a chance with a new relationship. There are several girls in his life that may attain the title of girlfriend, but only if they can melt his heart once more this Christmas Eve.
Amagami SS may seem like a harem, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. Unlike other harems, Amagami SS was one of the first anime to show different anime stories involving different girls. This way, you get to see the different romances and how they unravel around Junichi’s life. Hang tight as you see how each girl wins over Junichi’s heart and just how Junichi will find love again in this sweet yet mature high school romance anime that really beats out so many others.
Romance anime are a dime a dozen, but how many are truly worth noting? Well, we hope we were able to name a few that were on your mind in our article today! What do you think of our list? Are there any you would name? Share all of your thoughts in the comments below!
High school is the place where we usually meet our first love or crush. It is the period when students are driven by hormones and become more attracted to the opposite or same sex. High school romance is a popular theme in anime which often draws sweet or nostalgic feelings. For all you romantics, you may not want to miss out these top 10 high school romance anime presented below
10. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (I Don’t Have Many Friends)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2011 – Dec. 2011
Kodaka Hasegawa has trouble making friends in school due to how he looks. He has blonde hair and a delinquent-like appearance which scare off his classmates. One day, he encounters Yozora Mikazuki who is in the same boat with him. She not only has bad temper, but she also has an imaginary friend. The 2 outcasts realize that they have to do something about their situations and thus, form a group known as the Neighbor’s Club for people who do not have many friends.
Some of us go through that awkward phase in high school where we feel like we are out of place and do not make many friends. This anime series portrays that well with its main characters. There is a tad element of romance which is in the form of a harem. Basically, Kodaka is not as bad as he thinks and that there are girls who have crushes on him, only that he is clueless about it.
9. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct. 2012 – Dec. 2012
Shizuku Mizutani, is called “Dry Ice” by her peers, due to her cold and emotionless demeanor. She is hardly interested in anything aside from her studies and plans for future. Shizuku is tasked with delivering class printouts to Haru who rarely attends school, and thus a friendship between them is started. Even though Haru is known as an aggressive and irrepressible monster, he actually has a kind and gentle side. Haru confesses his love towards Shizuku but it takes her much longer to accept her feelings for him.
My Little Monster is about the romance between two unsocial beings who help each other to learn to be more sociable and caring towards others. This is a romantic comedy series which features unique and distinctive high school characters.
8. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan. 2010 – Apr. 2010
The “baka”, or the idiot in this story, is the protagonist Akihisa Yoshii. The students in his school, Fumuzuki Academy are divided into classes based on their academic results. Class A is filled with prodigies who also get to enjoy the high class amenities such as fancy seats and air-conditioners. On the other end of the scale is Class F where Akihisa belongs to, which is furnished with worn-out tatami mats and low tables. Mizuki Himeji, whom Akihisa fancies, is a bright student who is unfortunately placed in Class F due to her falling sick on the day of the exam.
If you are one who loves cute, funny, yet idiotic form of high school romance, then this anime series fits the bill. Akihisa being a loserish idiot, does not exempt him from being loved by girls! Besides that, the series also features battles among students through the use of summoned beings, which makes it all the more appealing to fans of magical creatures and RPG games!
7. Nisekoi (Nisekoi: False Love)
- Episodes: 20
- Aired: Jan. 2014- May 2014
Raku Ichijou is the heir of a yakuza clan. When he was a kid, he promised his childhood friend that they will get married when they grow up. The girl gave him a locket while she keeps the key. Now that Raku is a teenager, all that he wants to do is live a normal student life and avoid the life of yakuza. He also has a crush on Kosaki Onodera who is his schoolmate. Due to a conflict with the Bee Hive Gang, Raku has to pretend to be in a relationship with Chitoge Kirisaki, the daughter of the Bee Hive Chief.
Nisekoi is a romance series of the harem genre which involves a mismatched teenage couple and the search of a childhood crush. It seems like a redundant premise, but Nisekoi is still very enjoyable and does not feature any unlikable main casts. Raku and Chitoge are always at odds with each other, but somehow they look compatible despite their frequent arguments. However, Raku is in love with Kosaki, but he is also motivated to find his childhood love. It is common to develop crushes on more than one person especially during your teenage years, and Nisekoi is an anime that shows that!
6. Chuunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai! (Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions!)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2012 – Dec. 2012
Yuuta Togashi used to suffer from chuunibyo during junior high school. Chuunibyo is when a person is deluded into thinking that he or she has special powers. As for Yuuta’s case, he used to believe that he was the Dark Flame Master. Embarrassed by his delusional past, he goes to a new school where he does not know anyone. At the school, he meets Rikka Takanashi, who is delusional and becomes interested in Yuuta.
The story deals with borderline mental disorder in a lighthearted way. Teenagers are prone to stress and depression and some of us deal with them through escapism, which can be in the form of make-believe. The reason behind Rikka’s delusion is because of a sad past, and Yuuta wants to help her with that even though he initially doesn’t want to deal with chuunibyou anymore. A boy who used to suffer from delusions coupled with a girl who is suffering from delusions herself, make an odd teenage couple, which is why they seem perfect for each other.
5. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Maid-sama!)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2010 – Sep. 2010
Seika High used to be an all-boys school but it recently transitions into a co-ed school. However, the number of female students is still lacking in the school. Determined to reform the school, Misaki Ayuzawa becomes the first female student council president. Her rigid disciplinary style earns her the nickname of Demon President by the boys in school. She, however, has an embarrassing secret as she works as a part-time maid at a maid café as her family struggles to pay the bills. Her secret is discovered by Takami Usui, the most popular boy school, and he can use it to destroy her reputation or have her wrapped around his little finger.
The interaction between a man-hating girl and a cold-hearted ladies man is bound to produce many humorous moments. Obviously, the seemingly clashing personalities will result in many conflicts but it is a theme which is guaranteed to succeed and is loved by many high school romance anime fans. There may be some of you in school who feel like you don’t need a partner and can be totally independent as portrayed by the main characters, but self-reliant people may eventually find their significant other which changes their mind about relationship!
4. Kimi ni Todoke (Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You: Reaching You)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct. 2009 – Mar. 2010
Kuronuma Sawako is a very shy girl, so shy that she has been misunderstood as being malicious. She is compared to the ghost from The Ring and is called Sadako by her classmates. Rumors abound that she can see spirits and curse people. She idolizes the most popular guy in class, Kazehaya Shouta, due to his refreshing personality. When he starts talking to her, it seems like everything starts to change. Slowly, romance develops between the two.
One should not judge how good an anime series is based on its summary. Kimi ni Todoke may seem to have a common and simple plot, but it is a high school romance series that is a breath of fresh air to watch. Sawako is like many teenage girls who goes through periods of low self-esteem, but she is lucky to be with the most popular guy in school! This is a classic Cinderella-esque plot which many teenage girls’ dream of.
3. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct. 2012 – Mar. 2013
Sorata Kanda is kicked out from his dorm for keeping a stray cat. He has to move into Sakura Dorm instead which is infamous for hosting misfit students. He finds it hard to get along with the life in the new dorm due to its bizarre residents. Later on, an artistic genius named Mashiro Shiina moves into the dorm whom Sorata thinks he should protect as she is essentially incapable of taking care of herself.
The main characters in the story have greater character development compared to the typical romantic comedy series. Each character of the main cast has a story behind them and is in no way one-dimensional. The story also focuses on the friendship between the students in the dorm. The romance is mainly between Kanda, who seems like a regular person with Shiina, who is a clumsy and odd girl. Sometimes, opposites attract as some are not necessarily attracted to a person with the same wavelength.
2. Ouran Koukou Host Club (Ouran High School Host Club)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2006 – Sep. 2006
Haruhi Fujioka is not a rich student unlike the others at the prestigious Ouran Academy. While looking for a quiet place to study, she opens the door of Music Room #3, only to be greeted by a group of boys who form the Host Club. Haruhi carelessly breaks an expensive vase so she has no choice but to work for the Host Club in order to pay her debts. Due to her androgynous appearance and friendly disposition, being a male host proves to be not a very challenging task for her.
As the only girl surrounded by a group of boys, it is pretty easy to guess that it would turn out to be a reverse harem series wherein the girl will be liked by many boys. Each boy in the Host Club has his own distinct personality which can be reminiscent of the people you know in school. The rapport among the main casts is a major attraction of the show, besides the humor and cute romance portrayed in the series.
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct. 2008 – Mar. 2009
Ryuuji Takasu is misunderstood as a delinquent due his intimidating looks, when in actuality he is really just a nice guy. On the other hand, Taiga Aisaka, whose nickname is Palmtop Tiger, is a cute but bad-tempered girl with a bad reputation. When the two meets, they do not get along well at first, but later on, they decide to work together in order to get close to their respective crushes.
Toradora! is about a pair of couple who do not like each other at first, but ends up falling for each other. It is a slice of life anime in a high school setting and the moments in the anime may remind you of the awkward or cute things that had happened in your school life! The characters bond with each other through friendship before love develops. Therefore, it gives you hope that the friendzone is not a permanent zone, as it can progress to a lovers zone!
Do you love our suggestions on the top 10 high school romance anime? We hope it helps you get to know exciting anime series which you have not watched before! The list features highly raved anime series, and if you have any stupendous suggestions, do write them down in the comment section!