The trope of the bully who bullies and teases his/her victim, but is actually in love with him/her, is popular and super good, with many different narrative possibilities.
Between the girl or boy teasing his victim in a playful way as in Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro, or actual repentant bullies as in Masamune-kun’s Revenge, there is a choice for everyone.
So let’s go through our personal list of the best romance anime where the bully loses and ends up falling in love with their victim, to help you decide what to watch tonight.
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10. Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is a harem romance with supernatural elements released in 2015 in 12 episodes.
The main characters are Yamada Ryu and Urara Shiraishi, two high school students with opposite personalities, who one day following mysterious causes will find their bodies switched.
What is the cause, and what consequences will it have? As the plot continues, a harem will be created, including Rin Sasaki, the bully of the story.
If you are in the mood for a different-than-usual harem romance, give it a chance.
We can’t promise you the best romance you will see in your life, but definitely something enjoyable, light, and with lots of comedy.
9. Familiar of Zero
Familiar of Zero is a pretty good anime in the isekai and romance genre.
Saito is an ordinary Japanese boy who one day is unexpectedly summoned to a fantasy world unknown to him, keeping all his memories and modern knowledge.
He soon discovers that he was summoned by mistake by Louise, a sorceress with poor magical abilities, who wanted to summon her familiar.
Saito would like to return home, but the contracts of that world do not allow him to do so.
That’s how begins the adventure of the two protagonists, who initially will not get along at all, hating and bullying each other.
Want a fantasy twist in the romance anime you’re looking for? Then we probably have no better recommendations in this list.
Familiar of Zero is entertaining, funny, and with action and romance scenes that will convince you.
8. Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro
Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro is one of the most popular romance anime in recent years, released from 2021 onward in 2 seasons so far.
Nagatoro is a first-year high school student who enjoys bullying her newly met senpai, Naoto, who puts up with her because he is secretly in love with her.
How will their relationship evolve, and how long will it take them to realize that they are in love with each other?
If you are looking for a light and fun romance anime with no particular plot to follow, we highly recommend it.
It’s one of the major exponents of the girl who bullies the boy but is actually in love with him trope, which has been depopulating lately with anime like this one, Teasing Master Takagi-san, and others.
7. Kiss Him, Not Me
Kiss Him, Not Me is one of the best reverse harem anime, with elements of comedy, school setting, and even boys’ love.
Kae Serinuma is a chubby girl attending her first year of high school, where the boys pick on her in her class for her looks.
But one day, while watching anime, she is shocked by the death of her favorite character, and she suddenly loses a lot of weight, becoming thin and beautiful.
From this moment on, the boys in her class who used to bully her will notice her. But she will decide to get revenge, making them fall in love with each other, under the motto Kiss Him, Not Me!
Kiss Him, Not Me is a fun romance anime with a different plot than usual, that manages to entertain while not being a masterpiece at all.
6. My Little Monster
My Little Monster is an underrated romance anime released in 2012 with only 13 episodes.
Mizutani Shizuku is a cold girl, who only cares about his scholastic achievements.
One day she realizes that Yoshida, a classmate of hers, no longer came to school after he got into a fight on the first day of the new school year.
Shizuku will then decides to take his homework and notes to his house, but that is how she will discover that Yoshida is a cranky boy who will enjoy teasing her, who is hiding a secret.
My Little Monster is a romance anime with a love story that manages to entertain its viewer from beginning to end, with well-written characters, funny moments, and even a few plot twists.
5. GTO – Great Teacher Onizuka
GTO is an icon of the 1990s and early 2000s, with a legendary shonen manga later adapted into an excellent animated version, released in 43 episodes.
Onizuka is a 22-year-old boy in a desperate search for work, which seems to yield poor results, probably because of his thuggish appearance.
After countless attempts, he manages to get a job at a private school, as a teacher in a class from which all the teachers run away.
One of the main problems in this new job will be Anko Uehara, a student who will give Onizuka a hard time. But who knows if as time goes on, as he gets to know our protagonist better, she may change her mind?
GTO is a legendary series, a must if you are a fan of vintage comedies, with a great school setting and a character design that has made history.
4. Wolf Girl and Black Prince
Wolf Girl and Black Prince is a famous shojo manga, adapted into anime in 2014 in 12 episodes.
Erika lied to her two best friends, claiming she had a boyfriend. When the two ask her for a confirmation photo, Erika makes the mistake of taking a picture of the first boy who passes her on the street.
That boy will turn out to be Sata Kyouka, an attractive as well as bad-tempered boy from her school, who will enjoy bullying Erika in exchange for the pretense of being her boyfriend.
Wolf Girl and Black Prince is a good romance if you are looking for something fun, with good animation and light.
The romance between the two main characters is good, with Sata slowly changing his opinion of Erika from bullying her to being increasingly sweet.
3. Masamune-Kun’s Revenge
Masamune-Kun’s Revenge is a 2017 romance anime released in 12 episodes adapted from the shonen manga of the same name.
Masamune in middle school was a severely overweight boy, which is why he was often bullied, even by Aki, the girl he was in love with.
Determined to take his revenge, Masamune decided to put himself through training and lose weight, managing to present himself in high school as an athletic and attractive boy. Moreover, he decides to enroll in the same high school as Aki to get revenge on her.
Will he succeed in his intent?
Masamune-Kun’s Revenge is a good romance anime if you are looking for an excellent love story where two enemies end up falling in love.
Its plot is entertaining thanks to its frequent plot twists, as the relationship between Masamune and Aki develops slowly.
2. Teasing Master Takagi-san
Teasing Master Takagi-san is one of the best vanilla romance anime in recent years, released from 2018 onward in multiple seasons.
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 an excellent romance if you are looking for a tender and innocent love story that evolves slowly but beautifully.
You will look forward to the two gettings closer and closer, rooting for their love from beginning to end.
1. A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice is unabashedly one of the best romance movies of recent years, which we recommend that you catch up on if you haven’t watched it yet.
The plot revolves around Shouya Ishida 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 make it challenging.
A Silent Voice is an excellent choice, both for its good animation and for its plot, which is simple but full of deep psychological focus.
Not to mention the romance between the two main characters: It’s slow and painful, but one that will make you breathe a huge sigh of relief in its resolution.