If romance anime usually involves two people going through a lot of hardships in the name of love, try to imagine what happens when a romance anime involves vampires, their abilities, and immortality. If humans experience numerous heartbreaks throughout their lives, vampires have it worse, what with the fact that they have to face eternity.
A vampire romance show can be very captivating, thanks to the vampire nature making them very mean at times, very lonely some other times, and very passionate, too. We tried to find ten very good vampire romance shows, featuring romantic relationships involving human beings and vampires. Stick with us until the end, but if you need even more, scroll down to read our original article!
10. Diabolik Lovers
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: September 2013 – December 2013
Shuu, Reiji, Ayato, Kanato, Laito and Subaito are the six Sakamaki brothers, from a family of vampires. They live together in a secluded mansion, and one day a girl enters the picture. It's Yui Komori, who suddenly becomes their new “sacrificial bride”. After her initial confusion as to why her father would send Yui in a family of vampires, step by step each of the Sakamaki brothers claims Yui as his own. What will her fate be, in the end?
As a reverse-harem, Diabolik Lovers features six handsome vampires courting a human girl. Like every reverse-harem show, it is sprinkled with the subtle intentions of the six vampire brothers who would like to have Yui all for themselves. So, while she offers her blood to each of the six hotties, and the viewers drool over them, will she choose one of them, eventually? You must take a look with your own eyes to know the answer!
9. Dance with Devils
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2015 – December 2015
Ritsuka Tachibana has always been a diligent student, so she is shocked when she is summoned by the student council. Their members begin depicting Ritsuka as a troublemaker, and interrogate her. Ritsuka is acute, though, so she realizes that there's something more they wish to achieve. Soon after, Ritsuka's life is turned upside down, as she finds herself dealing with vampires and devils, who are looking for the “Grimoire”, an item that can rule the world...
Dance with Devils is yet another reverse-harem where our protagonist gets courted by four handsome guys. Not only Ritsuka has to deal with vampires, but with devils, angels and other otherworldly creatures, as well. Although here, the romance doesn't directly involve a vampire and a human being, there are still vampires trying to hinder a romance. Pick Dance with Devils if you want a show where vampires are like a very good side dish!
8. Jitsu wa Watashi wa (Actually, I am...)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
Asahi Kuromine is your typical high school boy with a great virtue: he is unable to lie. Well, this may be a virtue on one side, but it can turn into a double-edged sword on the other. In fact, Kuromine happens to discover something very shocking about the girl he has a crush on: Youko Shiragami is actually a vampire. Totally unable to hide secrets, or tell lies, will Kuromine manage to keep his crush's secret safe?
Jitsu wa Watashi wa is a wonderful shounen anime, featuring a relationship between a human boy and a vampire who has to keep her secret safe. In Jitsu wa Watashi wa, it is very interesting to see how the relationship between Kuromine and Shiragami becomes a pivotal focus in the plot, even though the entire show keeps a lighthearted atmosphere until the end. Pick this up is you want a vampire romance full of comedy!
- Episodes: 1 OVA
- Aired: March 2013
Vassalord revolves around Johnny Rayflo, who is a rich vampire, with only perverted thoughts into his mind. Charles J. Chrishund, even known as “Cherry”, is his vassal, and a vampire working for the Vatican. Charles is not your typical vampire, though, as he refuses to drink human blood. That's why Johnny is kindhearted enough to give his own blood to his dear “Cherry”. These two men will fight the crime, while their personalities will keep clashing until the end!
We cherish our fujoshis/fudanshis out there, so we decided to put even a shounen-ai type of vampire romance. Vassalord revolves around two vampires whose characters are on the polar opposites; yet opposites attract, and that's why these two hotties will give our fujoshis/fudanshis mild boy-on-boy actions, and a lot of gags, too! Give it a try, even if you are not a fan of the genre... it won't fail you!
6. Trinity Blood
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2005 – October 2005
Trinity Blood is set in a distant future, where the Vatican is the only defense against vampires. Abel Nightroad is a priest and one of the warriors working for the Vatican. He is also a vampire drinking blood from vampires. During one of his journeys, Abel has a fated meeting with Esther Blanchett. She is a nun willing to join Abel and aiming to train at the Vatican. But the order of Rozenkruez, led by Cain – Abel's twin – is willing to cause a war between the Vatican and the Empire. Abel and the AX will have to stop them!
Trinity Blood is a shoujo romance involving vampires, in which each character harbors feelings toward someone, one-sidedly. Ion has a crush on Esther, who has a crush on Abel, who is also liked by Caterina Sforza, and so on. Step by step, though, the relationships of each character evolve and gradually change, becoming something deeper, or turning to a nice friendship. Give Trinity Blood a chance, if you like mysteries and intrigues!
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: November 2005 – May 2006
If usually we are used to bloodthirsty vampires who seek human beings to feed on their blood, and take their lives, meet Karin, a little vampire with a twist. In contrast to what vampires should be, Karin is cute, sweet, and she has a huge problem: once a month she experiences an intense nose-bleeding. That's why, instead of stealing blood, she gives it to human beings: a non-conventional little vampire who helps her “victims”. But Karin is also very clumsy, so her actions end up making a mess every single time...
Karin is a shounen anime with a non-conventional protagonist like Karin, who breaks all the clichés about vampires. Kenta is her counterpart: he is a transfer student, her workmate and the only one knowing about Karin being a vampire. That's why one thing leads to the other, and a deeper feeling begins developing between the two. So, if you wish to watch an out of the ordinary vampire romance, full of funny gags, choose Karin!
4. Vampire Knight
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2008 – July 2008
The elite boarding school called Cross Academy is divided in two isolated classes: the Day Class, and the Night Class. Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu attend classes and are the prefects with the duty to keep order among the students while these two classes rotate. Not only that, they also have to keep the secret about the Night Class students, as they are actually vampires. With Yuuki harboring feelings toward Kaname Kuran, a vampire of the Night Class, and Zero's hatred toward vampires making things complicated, how things will develop in the end?
Vampire Knight is a shoujo anime with vampires and romance. Our heroine has a crush on Kaname Kuran, who keeps her hopes up, but then refuses her because of his own reasons. On the other side, then, there's Zero who hates vampires, and is in love with Yuuki. As the story progresses, the love triangle developing among these three characters will become very interesting, and captivating. This is a rare gem in the vampire romance anime, make sure to give it a shot!
3. Hakuouki (Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2010 – June 2010
It's 1860, and Chizuru Yukimura's father – a doctor – leaves her daughter and heads to Kyoto, promising to keep in touch with Chizuru via letters. One day, the letters stop coming, and out of worry Chizuru disguises herself as a man, and decided to head to Kyoto, as well. The moment she steps in Kyoto, though, she is attacked by a seemingly inhuman man, and right after, she is rescued by a member of the Shinsengumi. The man then takes Chizuru to the Shinsengumi's base, to decide with the others whether or not to kill her.
Hakuouki is a reverse harem show adapted from an otome game. As a reverse harem, you can imagine how each member of the Shinsengumi grows very fond of Chizuru. Chizuru, though, only has eyes for Hijikata and he reciprocates her feelings. Even not explicitly, the Shinsengumi members can turn to something similar to vampires – they can become Rasetsu – using their life force. So, take part of the history of Japan represented by the Shinsengumi, turn them into vampires in a romance show, and there you have one of the most popular shows of this genre!
2. Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2015 – June 2015
With a mysterious virus killing people above the age of 13, humanity gets subjugated by the vampires. In exchange for blood, they swore to protect human beings. Yuu and Mika, kids raised in an orphanage, plan to escape from the vampire’s grasp together with their siblings from the same orphanage. Because of some circumstances, things go wrong, and Yuu is the only one who manages to escape, leaving his “family” behind. With Mika and the other kids dying, Yuu has only one goal in his life: to get revenge against the vampires!
Owari no Seraph is a popular shounen anime, where vampires are the main antagonists of a little group of human beings trying to oppose them. Even though it's not manifestly romantic, nor full of love troubles, there are a lot of “ships” that this show gave the multishippers around the world; namely the fujoshis/fudanshis. In fact, Mika and Yuu's relationship is more than bromance but less than romance. Shinoa has a crush on Yuu, exactly like Mitsuba – and that's why they argue a lot. All in all, we thought about our multishippers, too, and that's why we think Owari no Seraph more than deserved our second position!
- Episodes: 15
- Aired: July 2009 – June 2010
Let's end this ranking with this wonderful masterpiece! Koyomi Araragi survived to a vampire attack, but even though he was saved from becoming a vampire, and turned back to being human, he suffers numerous side effects. Despite it, he tries to keep living his life like a normal high school student. At least, until one day his classmate – Hitagi Senjougahara – falls down the stairs and into Koyomi's hands, and he realizes she is almost weightless... that's how Koyomi's life begin to change.
Bakemonogatari is an amazing vampire romance show, the most fitting to be our number one position among these ten. It begins with a vampire attack turning a boy into half a vampire, and then, while the boy tries to ignore the side effects and live a normal life, he meets a weightless girl with a sharp tongue. Koyomi offers Hitagi a helping hand, and the two of them begin to get to know each other. As the story progresses, Hitagi develops deeper feelings toward Koyomi... and they’re reciprocated. Give Bakemonogatari a try, because aside from the romance, and the vampires, it's a show full of intriguing mysteries, and action. Definitely a must-see.
And so, our ranking comes to an end! We hope you enjoyed reading about ten amazing shows involving vampires and their love troubles. We tried to suit everyone's tastes by putting in this chart every genre, from comedy to drama, just to make sure each of you will find this article useful somehow. Now it's up to you: let us know what you think, and what other anime you would have put in this ranking! See you next time!
Vampire anime are usually well received because of their take on supernatural abilities, immortality, and unique romances. Regular people have enough trouble maintaining love, so you can imagine that immortal beings suffer more heartbreak and tragedy than any normal person could ever feel. But, they can also experience more passionate love and different types of emotions than humanly possible.
For those reasons, finding a good romantic, vampire series can be enjoyable but hard to do. The following is a list of anime that showcases unique relationships involving vampires and humans that we think you’ll enjoy.
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Nov 2005 – May 2006
Karin is a very unusual girl. She is a young vampire. But, she is also unusual by vampire standards because she has a rare condition. Vampires usually suck the blood out of their victims. But, Karin’s body produces an excessive amount of blood. It’s more than her body can handle. So, once a month she has to give out her blood to others. She has had this condition her whole life and has learned to live with it relatively well. That is until Kenta joins her class.
The relationship between these two is odd at first. Kenta’s unusually depressed mood causes Karin’s body to overproduce blood. She can’t deal with this comfortably, so she takes it upon herself to cheer him up and become his friend. He becomes the only person who knows Karin’s secret and true nature. Because of this a bond forms between them and romantic feelings start to develop.
9. Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 2004 – Mar 2005
Hazuki is vampire girl and Kouhei is a young man who works as a photographer. He specializes in photographing the paranormal. Hazuki is currently sealed up in a castle, in Germany, due to a special object. She notices Kouhei’s fascination with the supernatural and she tries to bite him and turn him into her slave so that she can escape. Unfortunately, due to Kouhei’s mysterious background, this didn’t work out quite as planned. But, Kouhei still agrees to help her escape her confinements. Once they leave together their adventurous story begins.
Due to Kouhei being oblivious to paranormal spirits and his innate protection against vampires, Hazuki is drawn to him. Also, she can’t control him (like she can other people she’s bitten) so they share a heated relationship in that regard. Their time spent together in Kouhei’s home in Japan nurtures a bond between the two. Together they fend off attempts from Hazuki’s father to retrieve her and return her to her imprisonment in the castle. They grow closer as a result and develop a mature romantic relationship.
8. Dance in the Vampire Bund
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 2010 – Apr 2010
There is a “special district” off the coast of Japan that has been made into a haven for vampires. The ruler of all vampires, Mina Tepes, is planning to make an announcement to the world about the existence of her kind. However, this goes against over a millennia of vampire politics and culture. Many of them do not want this to happen. Besides rival factions there are terrorists and other organizations that do not want this announcement made. The person most responsible for protecting her is Akira Kuburagi. Her well-being is vital if they are going to make this transition into a new world where vampires and humans live together.
Akira met Mina at a very early age and since that time has made a promise to always protect her. Coincidentally, it was later revealed to him that he would be appointed as her bodyguard. His protection goes beyond his job, he deeply cares for her as a person.
Luckily, he was born from a clan of werewolves. So, he has great regenerative capabilities. He needs them since he is always putting himself in harm’s way for her. Especially since her often sides with the vampires and is shunned by humans because of this.
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2008 – Dec 2008
The story starts in 12th century Japan. We are introduced to a legendary swordsman named Kurou Minamoto. He is on the run from assassins. They were sent by his brother who had recently become the ruler of Heike. While on the run, Kurou meets a beautiful woman named Kuromitsu. The two quickly fall in love. But, like most “love at first sight” stories, there is a huge problem. Kuromitsu is actually an immortal vampire.
Their love story crosses centuries and betrayal. After their initial time together, Kurou’s transformation into an immortal being is interrupted and he wakes up hundreds of years in the future. He then is forced to fight the Red Army, who have oppressed the citizens of Japan. All the while he is searching for answers as to Kuromitsu’s whereabouts. Though his true love left him for dead, he hasn’t given up on their relationship. He continues to fight to reunite with her.
6. Rosario + Vampire
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan 2008 – Mar 2008
Tsukune Aono was miraculously accepted by the Yokai Private Academy. Unfortunately for him, this is an institute attended exclusively by monsters. While he contemplates running away from this obvious mistake in acceptance, he happens to meet Moka. She is one of the most popular girls at school and one of the most beautiful as well. With her in attendance, he feels that maybe life at Yokai Private Academy may not be so bad. However, he doesn’t know that Moka has a secret contained in the rosary she always wears around her neck. A rosary that he is somehow connected to.
She is the first person Tsukune meets at Yokai Private Academy. Even though she receives a lot of attention from male students she only gives Tsukune the time of day. She appreciates being able to have a friend who is a normal human. They quickly fall for one another. They grow even closer once they realize Tsukune is the only one capable of removing Moka’s rosary and unleashing her true form. Later on, he creates friendships with other girls at the school. They all become interested in him romantically, but he gracefully declines their offers while he remains in love with only Moka.
5. Fortune Arterial
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2010 – Dec 2010
Fortune Arterial’s main character is Kouhei Hasekura. He has just transferred to a prestigious Western-style six year academy. He’s optimistic about this change in schools and location (the school being located offshore from mainland Japan). However, immediately things become troubling when he notices that one of the other students in his grade is a vampire.
This vampire’s name is Erika Sendo and she is the student council vice-president. At first, their interactions are awkward because she always backs away and becomes uncomfortable in his presence. But, this is simply because she is attracted to him and especially the scent of his blood. Though she always fights her urges to sink her teeth into his neck, it takes all of her willpower to do so. On one particular night, Kouhei agrees to let her bite him because she looked to be physically suffering from her inner turmoil.
It’s at this point that she starts allows herself to feel comfortable around him and she falls in love. This was a big moment for Kouhei as well. He had stopped allowing himself to grow close to others because he was always moving and transferring to other schools. But, at that particular moment he let down his walls and accepted Erika into his heart as well.
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: Oct 2005 – Sep 2006
Saya Otonashi is a member of her school’s track and field club. She has a pretty normal life, except for one thing… she has no memories of her life beyond this past year. Suddenly, she finds herself having to fight monsters known as Chiropterans. It appears that she is the only one capable of defeating these abominations. Things finally start to make sense once it’s revealed that she is in fact the Chiropteran Queen!
Haji is one of Saya’s oldest friends. He first met her when he was twelve years old. At first they had an antagonistic relationship because Haji had been purchased by Amshel, taken from his family, and forced to live with Saya. But, the two of them grew closer over the years and Haji grew up into a man (Saya doesn’t age).
After a dangerous incident, Saya turns Haji into her only chevalier, meaning he imbibed her blood and developed abilities. He has shown an enormous amount of loyalty and patience. This was demonstrated when Saya had lost her memories and Haji was able to make her fall in love with him again as she slowly regained them.
3. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: August 2000
This OVA follows a half-human, half-vampire hybrid known as D. He is on a mission to find Charlotte Elbourne who was abducted by an extremely powerful vampire named Meier Link. She is the daughter of an affluent family and her father has put out a handsome bounty for her return. The Marcus brothers (or Marcus Clan) are vampire hunters who have accepted the same bounty. D has to outsmart the Marcus brothers, defeat Meier, and return Charlotte back to her family in one piece.
Charlotte and Meier share a love that is forbidden by society. Eventually, the two run away from Charlotte’s family so that they can be together. She proves to be extremely loyal to Meier, even offering to die rather than be separated from her lover. Meier in return continually fights his bloodlust urges to bite her. His admiration and compassion for her always overcomes his thoughts of biting her. They face many challenges along the way, but they always do whatever it takes to return to one another.
2. Trinity Blood
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr 2005 – Oct 2005
In the distant future, the Vatican is the only line of defense against vampires. One of their most revered warriors is a priest who is also a crusnik, or a vampire who drinks the blood of other vampires. This man’s name is Abel Nightroad. While traveling, he meets Esther Blanchett, a nun who decides to join Abel on his voyage and aims to train at the Vatican. Soon after, they make contact with the Rosenkruez Orden and Abel’s twin brother, Cain. Their objective is to cause a war between the Vatican and the Empire. It’s up to Cain and “AX” (a special operations group) to prevent them from inciting a massive war.
Various characters harbor romantic unrequited romantic feelings. First, there is Ion who has feelings for Esther. Fans commonly “ship” these two together in fanfiction. Second, Esther has an awkward crush on Abel early on. But, it seems to fade away as the story progresses and turns into appreciation and friendship. Third, Caterina Sforza, the founder of AX, possesses one-sided feelings for Abel. She shows jealousy towards his relationship with Esther.
Next, there is Noelle Bor who confesses her love to Abel. Which he accepts but gracefully declines. The last one I’ll mention is Abel’s undying love for his deceased lover, Lilith Sahl. After her death, he mourned the loss for over nine hundred years. He still thinks about her to the point of not being able to develop romantic feelings for anybody else.
1. Vampire Knight
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 2008 – July 2008
Cross Academy is a very unique school that caters to a special type of student body. The regular students are kept separate from the elites. There is the Day Class (regular) and the Night Class (elite). These elite students are actually vampires. So, the regular humans have to be kept separate to maintain order and a certain amount of safety.
One of the students who helps keep order during the transition of classes is Yuuki Cross. As her name states, she is related to the Cross Academy’s chairman. She is adamant about completing her responsibilities in an efficient manner. But, she also enjoys her position because it allows her to interact with her crush, Kaname Kuran.
Yuuki and Kaname’s first interaction happened ten years prior to the events of this series. At that time Kaname saved Yuuki from an attack made by another vampire. Since that time, Kaname has always been kind and caring towards. She doesn’t understand his feelings for her, because he is such a well-respected pureblood vampire. He even shows jealousy towards her relationship with fellow school guardian Zero Kiryu. So, even though Kaname and Yuuki harbor feelings for one another, they are not equal because she feels inferior to him. It’s not until the climax of the Rido Kuran Arc that revelations are made and they see each other for who they really are.
Jitsu wa Watashi wa
There’s our list for the top 10 Vampire Romance Anime. Of course, the common thread between all these shows is vampires. But, it’s interesting to see all the different ways authors have come up with for showing love between vampires and humans. It’s a shame that a lot of these shows didn’t continue their run because their manga versions go more in-depth into these complicated relationships. I hope these selections sparked your interest in vampire romance anime. Let us know what you think about these in the comments!