The Top 10 Time Travel Romance Anime

We all love a good, well-written love story, right? But why not add some spice to it?

Why watch romantic anime and anime with the time travel component separately when you can have both?

So, here are the best time travel romance anime that you need to add to your watchlist if you’re looking for something fresh and new.

10. The Ambition of Oda Nobuna

The Ambition of Oda Nobuna

The Ambition of Oda Nobuna is an intriguing isekai anime with a historical backdrop, blending action, comedy, and romance. It was released in 2012 and consists of 12 episodes.

The story revolves around Yoshiharu Sagara, a modern-day boy who finds himself transported in the past to an alternate version of Japan’s Sengoku era, where renowned warriors of that time are depicted as beautiful girls.

In this new world, Yoshiharu becomes entangled in the lives and battles of female versions of legendary warriors such as Oda Nobunaga, Masamune Date, and many others.

The Ambition of Oda Nobuna serves almost as a parody take on traditional historical anime, infusing a lighthearted and comedic atmosphere along with harem romance elements.

So if you’re seeking an entertaining and unpretentious series, it could be a suitable choice for you.

9. Remake Our Life!

Remake Our Life

Released in 2021 in 12 episodes, Remake Our Life! is a slice-of-life anime with comic, romance, and supernatural elements.

Kyouya Hashiba is a 28-year-old developer who, as a result of the bankruptcy of the development house he works for, finds himself stranded.

But all changes when he finds himself 10 years in the past, with an opportunity to set things right.

Here he will meet a talented team of girls, with whom he will begin the project of creating some anime, while some romantic entanglements will soon surface.

Remake Our Life! is a good anime, with some psychological themes related to second chances in life combined with interesting comic scenes performed by a good cast.

Highly recommended if you are looking for a combination of these genres.

8. Nobunaga Concerto

Nobunaga Concerto

Nobunaga Concerto is a 10-episode anime from 2014 that revolves around Saburou, a high school student who finds himself thrown back in time to the Sengoku Era.

Here, he will encounter none other than the legendary Oda Nobunaga, but the unexpected occurs: the famed general who unified Japan requests Saburo to take his place, expressing his weariness with his responsibilities.

What unfolds next? Saburo certainly cannot afford to alter the course of history, which includes Nobunaga’s love life!

Nobunaga Concerto is an interesting and underrated anime that deserves discovery.

It features an original and fresh storyline with really well-executed animations, and despite the love subplot not being central to the story, it works well and perfectly complements the narrative.

7. Iroduku: The World in Colors

Iroduku: The World in Colors

Iroduku: The World in Colors is a brief 13-episode anime that premiered in the fall of 2018.

The story unfolds in a future where magic has become commonplace. The protagonist, Hitomi, is a descendant of wizards and witches, but she loses her ability to perceive colors at a young age, leaving her emotionally detached.

In response to this, her grandmother Kohaku, a powerful witch, sends Hitomi back in time to an era where she can finally experience the colors she has always longed for.

This journey awakens beautiful emotions in Hitomi, transforming her life and even making her rediscover an emotion that she had forgotten for a long time: love.

Iroduku: The World in Colors is a captivating and quite underrated anime that seamlessly blends a narrative filled with magic and fantasy with a profoundly touching psychological story.

The animations are also simply stunning, employing vibrant colors and playing with the theme of color, which is central to the storyline.

6. Re:Zero

Re Zero

Re:Zero is undoubtedly one of the best isekai anime released in recent years, starting in 2016 and spanning multiple seasons.

The protagonist, Subaru, finds himself transported to the mysterious and magical world of Lugunica after an accident, encountering various creatures such as demons and spirits.

Here, he meets Emilia, a half-elf with whom he falls in love from the very beginning.

But after a tragic incident where they both lose their lives, Subaru discovers that he has the ability to respawn and return back in time, similar to respawning in videogames.

What secrets lie behind this peculiar phenomenon?

Re:Zero may appear to be a typical isekai anime at first glance, but trust us when we say that it is a unique and emotionally charged story and one of the best meeting points of isekai and romance.

The romance subplot plays a significant role in the overall plot, evolving in various intriguing ways, and it even features one of the most acclaimed love triangles in recent memory, involving Subaru, Emilia, and Rem.

5. Kamisama Kiss: Kako-hen

Kamisama Kiss: Kako-hen is a 2015 OAV series that directly connects to the original series.

For fans of the first animated series, we highly recommend it to delve into new adventures with the characters. On the other hand, we don’t recommend it as a starting point if you’re new to the work.

But if you haven’t watched it yet and enjoy romantic anime with fantasy elements, it’s worth catching up on, as this series is perfect for your tastes.

This OAV is set after the conclusion of the original story in the animated series. The first episode narrates volume 15 of the manga, while the remaining 5 episodes are original stories, including some cool time travel intrigues.

Prepare yourself to embark on new adventures in the company of Nanami and Tomoe!

4. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl who leapt through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time stands as one of Mamoru Hosoda’s greatest works, alongside other masterpieces like Mirai.

The story follows Makoto Konno, a high school student who gains the ability to leap through time following a strange accident in the science lab.

Initially using her newfound power for small and self-centered reasons, Makoto soon realizes that her actions have far-reaching consequences, leading her to confront the weight of her decisions.

The movie strikingly balances elements of comedy, romance, and lighthearted moments with profound psychological themes, resulting in a great and thought-provoking experience.

And with the addition of supernatural and Sci-Fi elements, the plot becomes incredibly engaging and entertaining, making it a perfect pick for this list.

3. InuYasha


Inuyasha is an iconic anime based on the manga by the legendary Rumiko Takahashi, the legendary Queen of Manga, adapted in 167 episodes by Sunrise.

The story follows Kagome, an ordinary eighth-grade student who unexpectedly falls down a well in her home’s garden and is transported 500 years into the past, to the Sengoku era.

In this era, Kagome discovers that she is the reincarnation of Kikyo, a powerful priestess who had the responsibility of protecting the Shikon Jewel, a dangerous object coveted by villains.

Teaming up with Inuyasha, a half-demon with canine-like traits, Kagome embarks on a journey to safeguard the sacred jewel from falling into the wrong hands.

Inuyasha is one of the best examples, if not the best, of how to masterfully combine a fantastic action, a fantasy storyline and a stunning feudal Japan setting with a remarkably well-crafted romance.

This series is a modern classic that is steadily gaining recognition as a cult favorite, much like many of Rumiko Takahashi’s other works.

If you’re reading this list and haven’t watched it yet be sure to add it to your watchlist as soon as possible.

2. The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy is a unique anime consisting of 11 episodes based on a novel written by Tomihiko Morimi and adapted in 2010 by Yuasa.

The beauty of The Tatami Galaxy is that it is seemingly simple in its unfolding but manages to enrapture because of its surreality and especially because of the stream of consciousness.

Yes, you read that right, the whole work gravitates around the streams of consciousness of the protagonist, so an incessant flow of words and tangled thoughts, a little like the hard life we live every day.

Tatami Galaxy is an anime in which you can see and mirror yourself, especially if you are a college student or have ever thought about different choices in your life.

In a society constantly in motion, where fashions shift as swiftly as the seasons, we often find ourselves discontent with what we have, always yearning for more. But yet, what we already possess holds significant value.

This is the message that Morimi and Yuuasa aim to communicate to us, amidst a backdrop of visionary, psychedelic scenes, a solid romance subplot and a time travel premise that is perfect for this anime.

1. Orange


Orange is an excellent anime that combines drama, science fiction elements, a compelling plot filled with twists and turns, and a believable love story that perfectly integrates into the narrative.

The story follows Naho Takamiya, a girl who receives a letter from her future self.

Initially skeptical, Naho becomes convinced of its authenticity when events predicted in the letter start to come true, including the arrival of a new student named Kakeru Naruse.

The letter urges Naho to treat Kakeru with love and care, as he will tragically lose his life in the future. As the story unfolds, both Kakeru and Naho develop feelings for each other, while Naho remains unaware of her best friend Hiroto’s secret love for her.

As you can tell from the plot, this anime is filled with unexpected twists, intense moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and heartwarming romantic scenes.

It’s a rollercoaster of emotions that you won’t want to miss, so add it to your list ASAP.

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Passionate about Japanese culture for years, serial devourer of manga, anime, and videogames that have now become part of my routine. My favorite series? Goodnight Punpun and One Piece.

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