Top 10 Love Stories in Anime [Japan Poll]

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What You Need to Know:

  • What's anime without a good love story? Romantic relationships are such a popular theme in anime that we recently made our own recommendations list! Make sure to check it out and compare it with Japanese fans' thoughts.
  • So, which anime love stories melted otaku hearts across Japan? To find out, Charapedia held an online poll from May 12 to 18, with most of the respondents being under 30 years old.
  • But do you agree with their selections? And how does this ranking measure up against ours? No time to waste, let's check out the results!

Top 10 - Top 6


10. Nagi no Asukara / 210 votes

9. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! / 212 votes

8. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime / 214 votes

7. Hachimitsu to Clover / 241 votes

6. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. / 249 votes


Top 5 - Top 1


5. Ore Monogatari!!

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279 votes

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: April 2015 - September 2015

Synopsis

With his muscular build and tall stature, Takeo Gouda is not exactly your average high school freshman. However, behind his intimidating appearance hides a heart of gold, and he is considered a hero by the boys for his courage and chivalry. Unfortunately, these traits do not help much with his love life. As if his looks are not enough to scare the opposite sex away, Takeo's cool and handsome best friend and constant companion Makoto Sunakawa easily steals the hearts of the female students—including every girl Takeo has ever liked.

When Takeo gallantly saves cute and angelic Rinko Yamato from being molested, he falls in love with her instantly, but suspects that she might be interested in Sunakawa. With his own love for Yamato continuing to bloom, Takeo unselfishly decides to act as her cupid, even as he yearns for his own love story.

(Source: MAL Rewrite)

4. Sword Art Online

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324 votes

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: July 2012 to December 2012

Synopsis

In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of "NerveGear" technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.

Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed "Kirito," is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game's creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.

In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.

(Source: MAL Rewrite)

3. Clannad

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329 votes

  • Episodes: 23
  • Aired: October 2007 to March 2008

Synopsis

Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who finds life dull and believes he'll never amount to anything. Along with his friend Sunohara, he skips school and plans to waste his high school days away.

One day while walking to school, Tomoya passes a young girl muttering quietly to herself. Without warning she exclaims "Anpan!" (a popular Japanese food) which catches Tomoya's attention. He soon discovers the girl's name is Nagisa Furukawa and that she exclaims things she likes in order to motivate herself. Nagisa claims they are now friends, but Tomoya walks away passing the encounter off as nothing.

However, Tomoya finds he is noticing Nagisa more and more around school. Eventually he concedes and befriends her. Tomoya learns Nagisa has been held back a year due to a severe illness and that her dream is to revive the school's drama club. Claiming he has nothing better to do, he decides to help her achieve this goal along with the help of four other girls.

As Tomoya spends more time with the girls, he learns more about them and their problems. As he attempts to help each girl overcome her respective obstacle, he begins to realize life isn't as dull as he once thought.

(Source: MAL Rewrite)

2. Toradora!

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402 votes

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: October 2008 to March 2009

Synopsis

Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student with a love for housework; but in contrast to his kind nature, he has an intimidating face that often gets him labeled as a delinquent. On the other hand is Taiga Aisaka, a small, doll-like student, who is anything but a cute and fragile girl. Equipped with a wooden katana and feisty personality, Taiga is known throughout the school as the "Palmtop Tiger."

One day, an embarrassing mistake causes the two students to cross paths. Ryuuji discovers that Taiga actually has a sweet side: she has a crush on the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who happens to be his best friend. But things only get crazier when Ryuuji reveals that he has a crush on Minori Kushieda—Taiga's best friend!

Toradora! is a romantic comedy that follows this odd duo as they embark on a quest to help each other with their respective crushes, forming an unlikely alliance in the process.

(Source: MAL Rewrite)

1. Kimi ni Todoke

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594 votes

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: October 2009 to March 2010

Synopsis

Kuronuma Sawako is completely misunderstood by her classmates. Her timid and sweet demeanor is often mistaken for malicious behavior. This is due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from "The Ring," which has led her peers to give her the nickname Sadako. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, she is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, whose "100% refreshing" personality earns him great admiration from Sawako. So when Kazehaya starts talking to her, maybe there is hope for the friendships Sawako has always longed for. Maybe... there is even a little hope for some romance in her future.

(Source: MAL Rewrite)

Source: Charapedia


ore-monogatari-wallpaper1-560x315 Top 10 Love Stories in Anime [Japan Poll]
This is quite different from our list, huh? Kimi ni Todoke won by a landslide, too!
ore-monogatari-wallpaper1-560x315 Top 10 Love Stories in Anime [Japan Poll]
I'm not surprised, Sawako and Kazehaya's relationship is soooo cute! I'm surprised SAO beat Monogatari though?