It's always a good time to watch some romance anime shows, particularly those set in high school. It reminds us of how pure and innocent young love is and of the soothing and heart-tugging experience it provided us back then. This article covers the 10 best high school romance anime you should watch to remember the thrilling excitement of being in love at such a young age.
I didn't say you were too old to watch these shows, alright!
Say I Love You
Say I Love You tells the story of two people who are polar opposites. Yamato Kurosawa, the most popular boy in school, is always surrounded by his friends and girlfriends, whereas Mei Tachibana is an aloof and emphatic girl who has had no boyfriend since birth.
Mei injures Yamato's hand by accident one fateful day. Yamato, despite her awkwardness, takes a special interest in Mei. Yamato initially wanted to be Mei's friend, but he changed his mind after kissing her inside a convenience store to protect her from an obsessed stalker.
Unlike other high school romance anime, Say I Love You is a serious romance with a dash of comic relief every now and then. It has a lot of drama in it, so don't expect a lot of romcom scenes like in other anime shows.
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Special A is a school romance anime about the blossoming and developing love story between the number one student, Kei Takishima, and the always number two student, Hikari Hanazono.
Both of them are members of a special class that is chosen based on intelligence and is ranked from 1 to 7. While the other members of the Special A class are aware that Kei has feelings for Hikari, the latter is oblivious and only sees Kei as her greatest rival.
Since the anime has been out for a while, viewers will be greeted with character designs and animation reminiscent of Ouran High School Host Club.
Kaichou-wa Maid Sama
Kaichou-wa Maid Sama is one of the most recognizable school romance animes, ushering in a new era with its bishounen protagonist, Usui Takumi. If you compare the fanbases of Usui and Levi, you might be surprised at how many people will rally behind the all-powerful Usui Takumi.
Kaichou-wa Maid Sama follows the love story of Misaka Ayuzawa, the student council president, and Usui Takumi, a laid-back student. Misaki vows to change the public's perception of the former all-boys high school she attends throughout her high school career.
Everything is going as planned until Usui Takumi discovers her hidden part-time job. As a result, Usui develops feelings for Misaki, much to her embarrassment and dismay. While Misaki is a strong and independent young lady, Usui is always by her side, saving her from danger.
In contrast to Say I Love You's heavy and serious romance drama, Kaichou-wa Maid Sama is a lighthearted anime with lots of humor delivered by its charming characters.
Blue Spring Ride
Blue Spring Ride, also known as Ao Haru Ride, is about Futaba Yoshioka and Kou Tanaka's relationship struggles. In a nutshell, Blue Spring Ride is a story about the right love at the wrong time. What began as a young and innocent love turns out to be a complicated and sad one, leaving a void in Futaba and Kou's relationship.
While Futaba Yoshioka has a crush on Kou Tanaka in middle school, Kou, unfortunately, transfers out of school due to family troubles. They cross paths again in high school. They both, however, change, especially Kou. With some drama thrown in here and there, as well as competing love interests from other characters, Kou and Futaba's love story becomes increasingly complicated.Advertisement
Toradora is a well-known high school romance anime that gives its viewers a good time. Tora Dora excels in the genre with an intriguing concept, relatable characters, and a well-written plot narrative. Despite the fact that it has been out for quite some time, the show is worth revisiting every now and then.
The anime follows the strange love story of tsundere Aisaka Taiga and her so-called servant, the intimidating yet delicate Takasu Ryuuji. While they both have different love interests at the start of the series, they quickly develop feelings for each other, which complicates matters. What began as a mix-up of love letters turned out to be an amazing love story between two unusual people.
From Me to You
From Me to You, also known as Kimi ni Todoke, is a wholesome school romance anime that soothes its viewers with its heartwarming take on the genre. Despite its slow pacing, Kimi ni Todoke is a must-see for its beautifully animated scenes and pleasant palette. Despite its pacing, the anime's ending is so satisfying that watching every episode of the series is very well worth it.
From Me to You follows the love story of the introverted Sawako Kuronuma, nicknamed Sadako due to her stature, and the optimistic and extrovert Kazehaya Shouta.
What began as a simple classmate relationship turns out to be a one-sided love for Kazehaya, given that Sawako is unaware of his developing feelings. Sawako and Kazehaya try to reach out to each other, along with their other friends, to understand both of their feelings.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Kaguya-sama: Love is War, one of the most critically acclaimed school romance anime, has everything that every school romance anime fan is looking for. The anime is a must-see for all fans of the genre, with just the right amount of romance, drama, comedy, and excitement.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War depicts the love-hate relationship between the student council president, Miyuki Shirogane, and the vice-president, Kaguya Shinomiya, at the school. While they are both aware of their feelings for each other, they compete to see who will confess first. It's a battle of pride and love as Kaguya and Shirogane try various strategies to make the other give in.Advertisement
Fruits Basket, one of the most iconic anime of all time with an intriguing and unique concept, never gets old among its cult following. Fruits Basket, from the original anime to the reboot, consistently delivers in terms of plot narrative, relatable and likeable characters, and intriguing revelations.
Fruits Basket tells the story of Tooru Honda, an orphaned high school student who becomes entangled in the Souma Family's secret. Tooru accidentally discovers the Souma family's secret, in which everyone transforms into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac when hugged by the opposite gender.
The rest, as they say, is history, as Tooru must find her place in the household and play a key role in breaking the Souma family curse.
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Vampire Knight could be your next high school romance anime if you're looking for something different. With a high school setting, the anime delves into the world of vampires and vampire hunters.
Vampire Knight is an iconic anime with a catchy anime opening and ending song that centers on the strange love triangle relationship between classmates and childhood friends, Yuuki Cross and Kiryuu Zero, and the Pureblood Vampire, Kaname Kuran.
While Yuuki is aware that Kaname is not like her upbringing, she develops feelings for him after he saves her from the clutches of a heinous vampire. On the other hand, after being adopted by the Cross Academy's headmaster, Zero became Yuuki's childhood friend. Their relationship with each other becomes even more complicated as the story progresses and they all discover the truth about their identities.
My Little Monster
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, or My Little Monster, tells the story of another polar opposite couple. This time, the premise is quite intriguing, as the two protagonists embark on a journey towards self-realization while dealing with relatable personal issues, social anxiety, and social pressure.
Shizuku Mizutani, a timid and grade-conscious student, and her loud, bold, and childlike classmate, Haru Yoshida, are the protagonists of this school romance anime. As time passes, they become entangled in a series of love-hate relationships, allowing them to discover their true feelings.
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