Aaah, the endless debate, one that will never cease: Are anime better in Japanese or dubbed?
We certainly won’t be the ones to provide a definitive answer, but we can do one thing: compile a list of romance anime with the best English dubbing.
Are we adding fuel to the fire? Perhaps. But don’t mind it, grab a snack and decide which romantic anime you’d like to watch tonight.
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20. Kokoro Connect
Kokoro Connect is an underrated romance anime that weaves an entertaining story across its 13 episodes, blending romance with supernatural elements.
The series takes place at Yamahoshi Academy’s cultural club, where five members become entangled in an extraordinary phenomenon: random body-swapping among themselves.
This phenomenon leads to unexpected reactions and emotions among the characters, particularly within the complex love triangle involving Himeko, Taichi, and Iori.
In Kokoro Connect, the psychological aspect of the characters is crucial, reflecting their emotions and perplexities as they navigate this peculiar and mysterious paranormal event.
And fortunately, in this regard, the English voice actors for the main characters deliver exceptional performances and skillfully capture the conflicting emotions experienced by the five characters.
If you’re interested, here is the list of voice actors for the series.
19. Clannad Series
Clannad is undoubtedly one of the most emotionally and psychologically intense romance series, an excellent choice for those new to this genre, comprising two seasons: Clannad and Clannad: After Story.
The story revolves around Tomoya Okazaki, a rebellious loner, and Nagisa Furukawa, a kind-hearted girl who is repeating a year of school due to health issues and struggles to connect with others.
Their encounter leads to a beautiful love story, but it is not devoid of obstacles.
Clannad immerses viewers in a world of sweet romance, filled with pathos and profound emotions. Therefore, it is essential that the characters are portrayed by voice actors capable of effectively conveying these sentiments.
Fortunately, the voice actors for Nagisa and Tomoya, respectively David Matranga and Luci Christian, deliver performances that perfectly capture the emotions and personalities of their characters.
18. The Garden of Words
The Garden of Words is a medium-length romance movie released in 2013 and directed by Makoto Shinkai, the same director as Your Name.
Takao is a young student who aspires to become a shoemaker. One day, while skipping school to seek inspiration in a garden, he encounters Yukino, an older woman.
Their encounters continue, always on rainy days, and as they grow closer, they must confront the uncertainty of their future as the rainy season draws to a close.
The Garden of Words is a movie with a relaxed pace, telling a tender story in its 45-minute runtime.
It explores the complex and contrasting relationship between the two main characters, gradually revealing their backstories, leading to an explosive finale.
And in this regard Patrick Poole and Maggie Flecknoe, the voice actors for Takao and Yukino, deliver excellent performances, effectively expressing the emotions of their characters through their voices.
17. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is an excellent cohab. romance that will keep you entertained throughout its 24 episodes released in 2012.
The story revolves around Sorata Kanda, a popular student who finds himself living in the notorious Sakurasou dormitory, that houses the most mischievous students of Sumei High.
However, Sorata’s goal of escaping the dormitory changes when the new transfer student, Mashiro Shiina, arrives.
Sorata becomes determined to protect Mashiro, a beautiful and clumsy girl, from the chaotic environment of the dorm. But as he spends more time with her, he realizes that his feelings for her may go beyond mere protection.
The series thrives on the eccentric and over-the-top personalities of the characters, who form an excellent cast that adds fuel to the story.
And in this regard, the English voice actors deliver outstanding performances. Greg Ayres excels as Sorata, Caitlynn French portrays Mashiro perfectly, and the supporting cast also shines in their roles.
16. Golden Time
Golden Time is an underrated romance anime that was released in 2013, spanning 23 episodes. It skillfully combines a captivating love story with a lighthearted and enjoyable plot, featuring mature and relatable characters.
The narrative revolves around three college students: Banri Tada, Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and Koko Kaga, who find themselves entangled in a complex love triangle.
Banri, the protagonist, faces an intriguing twist as he loses his memory after a fall from a bridge before his high-school graduation.
Mitsuo is Banri’s friend, while Koko is Mitsuo’s childhood companion. Koko’s eccentric and passionate nature is memorably depicted when she enters the scene, playfully slapping Mitsuo with a bouquet of roses.
One of the strengths of Golden Time lies in its vibrant character personalities and the intricacy of their relationships, which drive the plot forward.
It becomes essential for the voice actors to effectively convey these emotions through their performances.
Fortunately, if you choose to watch the series in English, you won’t be disappointed, as remarkable voice acting by Christina Kelly as Koko, Mike Haimoto as Banri, and Adam Biggs as Mitsuo are simply perfect for their roles.
15. Yona of the Dawn
Yona of the Dawn is a 2014 anime consisting of 24 episodes that deserves more recognition, adapted from a well-regarded shojo manga.
The story revolves around Princess Yona, who is betrayed and forced to flee her kingdom. Determined to reclaim her rightful place as ruler, she embarks on a journey filled with adventure and self-discovery.
Throughout the series, you’ll witness Yona’s transformation from a pampered princess to a skilled fighter, guided by her loyal bodyguard and love interest, Hak.
This anime tells the inspiring tale of a resilient female protagonist who transforms from a vulnerable princess into a formidable leader over the course of the story.
The narrative is also enriched by romance subplots and intricate political dynamics, and the picture is complete with an excellent Eng dub that you’ll love.
And our congratulations obviously go mainly to Monica Rial, Yona’s voice actress, but also to Christopher Sabat and Micah Solusod, Son Hak and Su-Won, respectively.
Nana is an iconic anime series that aired from 2006 to 2007, consisting of 47 episodes that are a must-watch.
The series revolves around two girls who share the same name, Nana, but possess contrasting personalities.
They find themselves as roommates, with one being a rock/punk star with a tumultuous life, and the other being a timid girl trapped in a toxic relationship that is slowly destroying her.
From that point onward, their destinies become deeply intertwined.
Nana is truly a masterpiece in terms of aesthetics, featuring captivating character designs and outstanding dubbing in both English and Japanese.
Nana Komatsu is voiced by Kelly Sheridan, while Nana Osaki is voiced by Rebecca Shoichet, and both actresses deliver flawless performances that capture the essence of their respective characters.
13. His and Her Circumstances
His and Her Circumstances is an exceptional choice for anyone seeking a vintage romance anime. Released in the late 1990s, it stands as one of the predecessors of the enemies-to-lovers trope.
Yukino Miyazawa, the protagonist, is a model student who excels in all aspects of her life. She is highly popular and a talented athlete.
However, her dominance is challenged when Souichiro Arima, who possesses equal skill and ability, enrolls in their high school.
This sets off a fierce rivalry between the two characters, which gradually evolves into something more profound.
His and Her Circumstances is characterized by its fast-paced narrative and the exaggerated dynamics between the main characters, and the English dubbing succeeds in capturing these elements perfectly.
Christopher Yates as Souchiro and Veronica Taylor as Yukino won’t make you regret choosing to watch this anime dubbed and not in the original language.
12. Nodame Cantabile
Nodame Cantabile is a heartwarming romcom with psychological undertones that was released in 2007, spanning 23 episodes.
Shinichi Chiaki, a prodigious pianist who spent his childhood in Europe, is forced to return to Japan due to his parents’ divorce. Despite his desire to pursue his dream in Europe, he has a paralyzing fear of flying.
However, his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Megumi Noda, a fellow pianist with a carefree attitude.
Nodame Cantabile stands out not only for its psychological storyline but also for its blend of comedy and well-developed characters.
Doug Erholtz and Kate Higgins, the English voice actors for Shinichi and Megumi respectively, deliver exceptional performances, capturing the unique personalities of the two characters flawlessly.
11. My Love Story!!
My Love Story!!! is an award-winning romance anime that premiered in 2015 with 24 episodes and we highly recommended it to fans of heartwarming and lighthearted love stories.
The protagonist, Takeo Gouda, breaks away from the typical mold of a romantic hero with his muscular physique and unique personality.
When he comes to the rescue of Rinko Yamato, he immediately falls deeply in love and pursues her, despite facing opposition from his best friend, Makoto Sunakawa.
Throughout their journey, their love experiences both highs and lows, but their bond only grows stronger with each passing episode.
The core essence of this series lies in the contrast between the two main characters and their distinctive love story.
To effectively portray this duality, it is essential that the voices of the characters match their visual representation and deliver an impactful auditory experience.
In this regard, we are fortunate to have Andrew Love lending his powerful voice to Takeo, and Tia Ballard perfectly capturing the essence of Rinko’s delicate and gentle nature.
10. 5cm per Second
5 Centimeters Per Second is a great and underrated romance movie directed by Makoto Shinkai, and we highly recommend giving it a chance.
The movie is divided into three parallel stories, each revolving around the characters Akari and Takaki. They have been in love since childhood but are hindered by life’s circumstances, preventing them from fully realizing their love for each other.
Each story represents a distinct stage in their lives, spanning from childhood to adolescence and finally adulthood.
This movie carries the poignant message that love is transient, and missed opportunities can lead to lifelong regret.
5 Centimeters Per Second is a concise, strong, and heart-wrenching movie that will leave a lasting impact, and the English voice actors skillfully capture the essence of the story, effectively conveying its themes and emotions.
With 3 different voice actors to portray the characters in their various life stages, each actor adeptly captures the intense and varied emotions present in those moments, enhancing the overall impact of the story.
Toradora! stands as one of the most beloved romance anime of the 2000s, that we considered a must-watch for any fan of the genre who has yet to experience its charm.
The series follows Ryuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka, two high school students with contrasting personalities who join forces to assist each other with their respective love interests.
But as they spend more time together, who knows if they will develop unexpected feelings for each other.
Toradora! delivers a heartfelt and intricate love story that never falls into triteness or monotony. And one contributing factor to its success is the exceptional voice acting, both in the original Japanese and English dubs.
Erik Scott Kimerer and Cassandra Lee Morris bring their talent to the roles of Ryuji and Taiga, while Christine Marie Cabanos and Johnny Yong Bosch lend their voices to Minori and Yusaku, respectively.
All their performances are exemplary, elevating the storytelling and further immersing viewers in the engaging narrative.
8. Your Lie in April
Your Lie in April is an excellent romance anime from 2014 that skillfully combines its love story with the music genre and explores intense psychological themes across its 22 episodes.
Kousei Arima, once a prodigious pianist adored by all, finds himself unable to hear his own music and sinking into deep depression after the loss of his mother.
However, his life takes a transformative turn when he encounters Kaori Miyazono, a cheerful and vibrant blonde violinist who helps him rediscover his passion for music.
As their bond grows stronger, so does their love for each other. However, there is a secret about Kaori that Kousei is yet to discover, so expect a mind-blowing plot.
The English dub of Your Lie in April enhances this exceptional story, with captivating performances by Max Mittelman and Erica Lindbeck, who skillfully bring to life the personalities and emotions of their characters.
7. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
AnoHana is a heartfelt and emotionally rich anime that was originally released in 2011 with 11 episodes.
The story revolves around a group of childhood friends who reunite in high school to fulfill the wish of Menma, the only one who has remained unchanged over the years, still maintaining her childlike appearance.
As the group tries to unravel the mystery behind Menma’s lingering presence, they embark on an emotional journey that will likely require some tissues.
If you choose to watch AnoHana in English, you won’t be disappointed by the voice performances of the characters.
The English voice actors skillfully capture the vulnerability and intense emotions experienced by the protagonists, contributing to the emotional impact of the story.
And if you’re interested in knowing the English voice actors of the characters, on this page you can find a list of them.
6. Your Name.
Your Name. is one of the most popular and debated romance movies, garnering both adoration and criticism from fans. It was released in the summer of 2016 and directed by the renowned Makoto Shinkai.
The story revolves around Mitsuha, a high school student residing in a rural mountain town, yearning to experience life in bustling Tokyo. On the other hand, Taki is a student immersed in the fast-paced urban life of Tokyo.
One fateful day, they find themselves mysteriously swapping bodies in their dreams. But is it really just a dream?
While Your Name. certainly has its strengths and weaknesses, three aspects of the movie are undeniably flawless: its animation, captivating settings, and great English dubbing.
The voices of Michael Sinterniklaas and Stephanie Sheh, the VAs of Taki and Mitsuha respectively, flawlessly capture the essence of their characters, delivering a powerful performance that perfectly aligns with the vibes of this work.
Steins;Gate stands as one of the most exceptional Sci-Fi anime ever created, captivating viewers with its engaging story and a remarkable romance subplot.
It comes as no surprise we consider it one of the best Sci-Fi romance anime ever.
At the core of this series lies the concept of time travel, following the journey of the eccentric scientist Rintaro Okabe and his circle of friends who stumble upon the ability to send text messages into the past.
However, their experiments attract the attention of the enigmatic organization SERN, placing them in grave danger.
With a well-crafted romance between Rintaro and his love interest Kurisu Makise, Steins;Gate delves into the theme of sacrifice as Rintaro navigates the challenges of saving those he holds dear while risking his own sanity.
And the English dubbing of Steins;Gate impeccably captures the humor and intensity of this intricate plot, delivering outstanding vocal performances that mirror the complex personalities of the characters.
So our recognition goes to J. Michael Tatum, Jackie Ross, Trina Nishimura, and Tyson Rinehart for their roles as Okabe, Mayuri, Kurisu, and Hashida, respectively.
4. Maid Sama!
Maid Sama is one of the best vanilla romance anime, delivering a tender love story infused with plenty of comedy throughout its 26 episodes. It’s also a great romance anime for beginners if you are just getting into the genre.
Misaki Ayuzawa holds the distinction of being the first female student council president at her school, dedicated to safeguarding girls from the advances of boys.
However, she harbors a secret: she works part-time at a maid café.
And when Takumi Usui, a fellow student with a strong-willed demeanor, uncovers her secret, their relationship takes an unexpected turn.
Maid Sama! features a fast-paced narrative filled with comedy and absurd moments, necessitating the characters’ voices to effectively convey these emotions.
Fortunately, Monica Rial and David Matranga, along with the entire cast of supporting characters, deliver outstanding performances in the English dub, making it an excellent choice for immersing oneself in this series.
3. Kaguya-Sama: Love is War
Kaguya-Sama: Love is War is, in our opinion, one of the best romance anime released in recent years, and we highly recommend watching it if you haven’t already. It first aired in 2019 and is one of the best romance anime available on Crunchyroll.
Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are the most popular students and also the president and vice president of Shuichin Academy. Despite being in love with each other, their stubborn and proud personalities prevent them from confessing, as they see it as a sign of defeat.
‘Cause as we all know, love is war, and so begins their psychological game!
Kaguya-Sama: Love is War relies on 2 main factors: its fast-paced gags and the more complex relationships between its characters than what may initially seem apparent.
In this regard, you will not be disappointed whether you decide to watch the series in the original Japanese language or English, as it boasts excellent voice actors who bring the characters to life with their remarkable performances.
2. Fruits Basket
Fruits Basket is a beloved classic in the romance genre, with an exceptional manga that received a highly acclaimed animated remake in 2019, surpassing the 2001 version with its modern animation style and more complete story.
The story revolves around Toru Honda, a kind-hearted girl who, after the tragic loss of her parents, is forced to live with her grandfather. However, due to certain circumstances, she finds herself living alone in a tent in the woods.
It is there that she encounters Yuki Soma, who extends an invitation for her to stay at his family’s home, which harbors a peculiar secret.
Fruits Basket delves into a more intricate romance narrative than one might anticipate, skillfully blending elements of romance, comedy, psychology, and the supernatural.
And given the delicate balance of these themes, it is crucial for the vocal performances to uphold the series’ essence.
And fortunately, whether you choose to watch it in Japanese or the original English dub, you won’t be disappointed.
The stellar performances by Laura Bailey, Eric Vale, and Jerry Jewell as the three main characters are truly exceptional.
1. A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice, released in 2016 and based on the manga of the same name, is another highly acclaimed romance anime you can find on Netflix.
The story revolves around Shouya Ishida, a troubled boy, and Shouko Nishimiya, a girl who is completely deaf. During their childhood, Shouya used to bully Shouko due to her disability.
However, as they meet again later in life, Shouya deeply regrets his past actions. But as they attempt to establish a relationship, their traumatic pasts prove to be significant obstacles.
A Silent Voice presents a profound psychological narrative, complemented by exceptional English voice acting that leaves a lasting impact.
The standout performances come from the two main characters, Shouya and Shouko, portrayed by Robbie Daymond and Lexi Cowden respectively. But the supporting cast should also be acknowledged for their work too.
Special commendation goes to the portrayal of Shouko’s character, which is executed with incredible delicacy, effectively capturing the nuances of a deaf-mute individual.