Netflix nowadays is the most popular and widely used streaming platform.
And fortunately for us, it includes a lot of anime to watch conveniently and 100% legally.
So are you also subscribed to Netflix and in the mood to be moved by a great romance anime?
If the answer is yes, you just have to keep reading this list of the best romance anime you can find on Netflix, written according to our personal opinion and experience.
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20. No Doubt in Us
No Doubt in Us is a Chinese-produced anime from a web manhua in 2021, with 24 episodes released.
The story is set in ancient China and stars the Emperor and his beloved queen.
The two, however, following a coup d’état, will find themselves fleeing to the shores of a beautiful lotus pond, and falling in, they will eventually swap their bodies.
No Doubt in Us is an interesting anime, with distinctive animation and a fascinating setting steeped in tradition.
If you want to change the formula and watch something different than the usual romance anime with a school setting, give it a chance.
19. Lost Song
Lost Song is a little-known anime released in 2018 in 12 episodes, which hides an interesting and different story.
Rin is a lively girl who spends her quiet days in her village, while Finis is a singer who lives her days sad and lonely.
However, the two share a special power: healing wounds and controlling water and wind with the power of their singing.
The two will find themselves sharing a difficult journey, where they will have to save the kingdom with their voices.
Lost Song isn’t a romance anime in the strict sense of the word. In fact, you will not see a couple in love or love entanglements.
However, it can be considered a romance because of its message: that of bringing peace, sharing, and love through music and the singing of the two protagonists.
18. Vampire in the Garden
Vampire in the Garden is a Netflix original production, released in 2022 with only 5 episodes.
Years earlier, humanity lost the war with vampires, forcing the few survivors to take refuge in a powerful city protected by a wall of light.
Inside the wall, we have Momo, a young girl who dreams of peaceful coexistence with the vampires. While outside we have Fine, the vampire queen who fell in love in the past with a human and decided to let go of her hatred and war against humans.
Both seen as traitors to their kind, the two will meet, and decide to form a solid relationship in search of Eden, a realm of peace where they can realize their dreams.
As was true for Lost Song, this anime is not a romance in the true sense of the word. Except for some references and backstories in fact you will not find love stories.
But its themes of love are rather reflected in a story of sharing and mutual respect that goes beyond racial prejudices.
17. A Whisker Away
A Whisker Away is a recently released romance movie, only in 2020 with supernatural and fantasy among its genres.
Sasaki Miyo is a middle school sophomore with a gigantic crush on Kento, a classmate of hers who, however, seems not to reciprocate the feeling.
But Miyo has a special mask, which allows her to transform into a cat when worn, and this feline form allows her to get close to Kento and study his habits and preferences.
But are we sure this is a right and non-risky choice?
A Whisker Away is a good romance movie, with excellent animation and a different story than usual, perfect if you are looking for something different. Give it a chance.
16. High Score Girl
High Score Girl is a quite underrated romance anime marked by a delightful lo-fi and vintage atmosphere, despite being released in 2018 in 25 episodes.
The anime is set in 1991 and follows the story of Haruo Yaguchi, a senior in elementary school who is good at videogames.
One day at the arcade, he meets Akira Oono, a quiet classmate with an aloof attitude, and loses to her resoundingly playing Street Fighter 2.
Despite the 30 consecutive losses, Haruo continues to play against Akira every day after school, as a tender bond develops between the two.
High Score Girl is a light and entertaining anime with a simple story and tender characters. But the highlight that makes it unique is the focus on video games and nerdy themes, which we are sure you will love.
15. Teasing Master Takagi-San
Teasing Master Takagi-san is a tender 2018 romance anime based on the girl teasing boy trope that has been quite popular lately.
Nishikata is a middle school student who is constantly teased by his beautiful deskmate Takagi. The boy decides to retaliate in any way he can, trying to shame and make Takagi blush in every way possible.
Will he succeed? And how long will it be before they realize they have feelings?
Teasing Master Takagi-san is a light romance anime that through its two young protagonists manages to perfectly capture an innocent and pure love.
In fact, that’s why we introduced it to our list of the best vanilla romance anime.
14. Komi Can’t Communicate
Komi Can’t Communicate is one of the most popular and best school romance anime in recent years, released in one season in 2021 in 24 episodes.
Komi is a beautiful girl, and everyone is in love with her, but because of her aloof attitude, she seems unapproachable.
But Tadano knows the truth: Komi doesn’t know how to relate to others, which is why he will ask for her help. Her objective? Find at least 100 friends.
Komi Can’t Communicate is a light and enjoyable romance anime with many comic scenes interspersed with tender romantic moments.
If you are looking for something quiet and watchable without having to follow complex plots, we highly recommend it.
13. Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club was released in 2006 in 26 episodes, and it is your choice if you are looking for a good reverse harem.
Haruhi Fujioka is a girl who after much effort has managed to enroll in Ouran Academy, one of the most prestigious academies in Japan.
After finishing classes, to find a quiet place where she can study, Haruhi enters a seemingly empty room, only to stumble upon the headquarters of the renowned Host Club.
Haruhi however surprise drops a valuable vase, and to repay the debt she is forced to start working as an employee at the host club by disguising herself as a boy.
This is a textbook reverse harem, with the boys trying to win Haruhi over in any way they can in a good school setting and with a lot of comical moments.
If you are a fan of the genre and well-written female protagonists, we recommend it big time.
12. Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea
Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea is an underrated fantasy romance anime released in 2013 in 26 episodes with a unique and captivating setting.
The story takes place in a world where humanity has also inhabited the underwater world for survival.
The main characters are four 14-year-old boys from the submarine village of Shioshishio, who attend Mihama Middle School on the surface after their underwater school closes due to the declining population of the seas.
And as they navigate this new world, they also learn about customs and manners, while they discover love in the process.
The highlight of this anime is definitely the beautiful setting, but the cast of characters and their relationship is also no less.
Their interactions, including their love entanglements, are realistic, and all of them will have a noticeable development throughout the story.
11. Romantic Killer
Romantic Killer is a light-hearted romance anime that does not take itself seriously, released in 2022 in 12 episodes.
Anzu seems to have the life we all dream of: she is popular in school, and back home she relaxes by playing video games while petting her cat.
So what happens when a strange magical creature that looks like a potato in a witch’s hat transports her to an alternate world where she finds herself surrounded by beautiful boys?
Romantic Killer is a simple and entertaining romcom, suitable if you are looking for something light and without any particular plot.
The characters also are fun and drawn with good character design, accompanied by good animations and a lot of nerd references.
Toradora! is a now iconic romance anime released in 2008 in 25 episodes.
The story follows Ryuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka, two high school students with opposite personalities who team up to help each other with their respective crushes.
But as they spend more time together, who knows if they will develop unexpected feelings for each other.
Toradora! is definitely one of the most iconic romances of the 2000s. Its success is due to its simple but effective plot, full of love plots and twists and turns.
Watch it if you haven’t already, you won’t regret it.
9. Your Name.
Your Name. is one of the most popular romance movies in recent years, created and directed by the now super-popular Makoto Shinkai.
Mitsuha is a high school student living in a rural town in the mountains who dreams of living in Tokyo. Taki, on the contrary, is a student who lives in the hustle of Tokyo.
One day, they both dream of being in each other’s bodies. But is it really just a dream?
Your Name. whether you like it or not there is no denying that it is one of the most popular romance productions in recent years. Everyone has watched it nowadays, or almost everyone.
So if you fall among the few people who have not yet watched it and you are a Netflix subscriber, perhaps now is the right time to do so.
Beastars is an anime based on a popular shonen manga by Paru Itagaki in 2 seasons so far. The anime is well done, but we personally recommend reading the manga, which is made with unique and distinctive designs.
The story is set in an alternate world populated by anthropomorphic animals, where carnivores and herbivores live in close contact but with strict rules.
The main character is Legoshi, a huge wolf whose appearance instills fear but is incredibly gentle. But when one day like the others at the school he attends a student will be eaten, things begin to shift.
Beastars is a unique and interesting anime that excels in its innovative world-building. Its world seems on the surface to be perfect and regulated, but it hides many secrets and mysteries that you will discover by watching it.
And of course, there will also be an important romance subplot revolving around the main character Legoshi, which is excellently written.
7. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal is the reboot of the iconic 1990s series, released between 2014 and 2016 in 26 episodes.
And unlike the first series, Crystal adapts the original manga 100% faithfully, without the addition of fillers or original stories.
Usagi Tsukino is an ordinary eighth-grade student who encounters a talking cat named Luna during her daily routine.
To her surprise, Luna reveals that Usagi is a Sailor warrior, who must team up with other allies like her to protect the earth from the imminent arrival of evil.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal is an excellent choice if you haven’t yet had the chance to enjoy this legendary work.
Its animations are modern, and the story is faithfully told without fillers, but at the expense of the vintage, lo-fi vibes that make the 1990s version iconic. Both versions then have their merits and demerits, so it’s up to you whether to look at one, the other, or even both.
6. Violet Evergarden
Violet Evergarden is an animation gem released in 2018 in 13 episodes that you absolutely must watch if you haven’t already.
The story takes place in Telesis, which has been plagued by years of continuous conflict. And finally, after years, it seems that peace has been achieved.
The protagonist, Violet, was born and raised in the midst of this conflict, working as a soldier. However, with the war now over, she finds herself without a sense of purpose.
Fortunately, Violet is adopted by the Evergarden family and hired as a postmistress.
And it’s during her time here that she becomes fascinated by the Auto Memories Dolls, who are responsible for writing letters for those who are unable to read or write.
Violet Evergarden is a small masterpiece, with some of the best animation in recent years. Its story is complete and beautiful, and it tells of a journey of self-discovery and of one’s emotions, including love. Don’t miss it.
Inuyasha is an iconic anime adapted into 167 episodes from the iconic manga by Rumiko Takahashi, the queen of manga.
Kagome, an ordinary eighth-grade student, falls down a well in her home’s garden and suddenly finds herself transported 500 years into the past, to the Sengoku era.
There, she discovers that she’s the reincarnation of Kikyo, a powerful priestess who was responsible for protecting the four-spirit orb, a dangerous object that villains are eager to obtain.
Together with Inuyasha, a canine-like half-demon, Kagome embarks on a journey to protect the sacred relic from the hands of the villains.
Inuyasha is one of the best demonstrations of how to perfectly combine action, adventure, and fighting with the romance genre.
It is packed with action and twists and turns, but the romance between Kagome and Inuyasha still manages to take center stage when necessary, in one of the best romantic subplots ever created.
4. Your Lie in April
Your Lie in April is one of the most popular romances of the 2010s, released in 22 episodes released between 2014 and 2015.
Kousei Arima was once a prodigious pianist who was revered by all, until the death of his mother, which left him unable to hear his own music and feeling deeply depressed.
However, his life changes when he meets Kaori Miyazono, a cheerful and vivacious blond violinist who helps him rediscover his passion for music.
As they grow closer, their love for each other blossoms, but there’s something about Kawori that Kousei doesn’t know yet, and will soon make things complicated.
Your Lie in April is known and appreciated for being one of the saddest romance anime ever made.
Its story is a rollercoaster of emotions, leading you to laugh in its comic scenes and cry in its sad and emotional moments.
3. A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice is, like Your Name. one of the best romance anime movies of recent years.
It was released in 2016 based on the manga of the same name, which we recommend you read after watching the movie for a more in-depth viewpoint.
The plot revolves around Shouya Ishida, a troubled boy, and Shouko Nishimiya, a completely deaf girl.
Shouya used to bully Shouko as a child because of her disability. However, as he grows up and unexpectedly meets her again, he becomes deeply regretful of his past behavior.
The two of them try to establish a relationship, but their traumatic pasts will make it challenging.
A Silent Voice is a complex story, full of psychological focus and insights that will stick with you.
It’s full of twists and turns, well-written characters, and good animation, voice acting and soundtrack. Definitely watch it if you haven’t already.
2. From me to You
From Me to You is another incredibly underrated romance released between 2009 and 2010 in 25 episodes.
Sawako is a high school student who is bullied by her classmates for her resemblance to Sadako, the protagonist of the horror film Ring.
But despite her perceived intimidating appearance, Sawako is a sweet and shy girl, and that’s why she catches the attention of Shota, the most popular boy in school.
From Me to You is an excellent, tender, and complete love story.
It’s an excellent trauma-solving love story, and seeing Sawako and Shota slowly get closer will make your heart melt and cheer for them.
1. Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai
Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai is in our opinion one of the best school romance anime released in recent years in general, that everyone should watch.
Sakuta Azusagawa is a high schooler with a dark past who keeps to himself and tries to avoid socializing as much as possible.
But one day, he meets a senpai dressed as a bunny in the library, and no one seems to notice her but him.
These strange circumstances set the stage for one of the best couples ever made in the medium.
This romance anime is comprehensive and nothing short of excellent. Its characters are well-written and varied, and its story is beautifully crafted and characterized by supernatural themes inserted well.
All with perfect romantic moments between Sakuta and Mai that will remain in your heart.