Romance comedy anime (or rom com because that is way too long to pronounce) is a genre of anime that has always been waiting for anime fans. Every season, some of the good rom com anime receive a warm welcome because no matter how generic and cliche the story is, it always has something new to offer to the fans.
Best Rom Com Anime You Need to Watch
And that is why I make this 25 best rom com anime you need to watch. Since there are so many rom com anime right now, newer fans may find it difficult to pick the right one to watch. So, new anime fans, this list is specifically for you.
In the past I also have made this kind of list telling which anime in a certain genre are worth watching. And in that list, I might put my opinion too much so some of you cannot comprehend whether or not this anime is good or not.
So, today I would like to try something new. Instead of having my personal opinion about the anime, I would simply pick the most popular rom com anime from Myanimelist for this list. However, I would also want to prove that a more popular one does not mean better. So I will also add the rating for all of these anime. I did the math to count some of the anime that have more than one season (you are very welcome).
What you can expect from this list is a comprehensive synopsis and it is all yours to decide if it will be a good anime to watch or nah. No personal opinion, no snarky, sarcastic, or sassy comments (this is a personal challenge of mine lol. Let us see if I made it). It is all to provide a good reading for those who are serious about this kind of topic.
So, let us not waste anymore time and start with number 25:
25. Masamune-kun no Revenge
In Masamune-kun no Revenge, Masamune Makabe is a fat boy who has a close relationship with Aki Adagaki, a beautiful rich girl, until one day he cruelly rejects her and gives her the nickname “Piggy”. To take revenge, Masamune starts dieting and exercising every day to become a fit and handsome high school student, though ultimately to no avail. When he meets Aki once again, she does not recognize him and Masamune commits to seducing her to fall in love with him before turning her down for revenge.
24. Rent a Girlfriend
In Rent a Girlfriend, Kinoshita Kazuya is a college student who just got dumped by her boyfriend for another man. Not wanting to drown in grief, Kazuya decides to use an app called Diamond to hire Mizuhara Chizuru, a rented girlfriend, to make himself feel better. From their first meeting, Chizuru seemed to be the perfect girl for him. Kazuya somehow fell in love with her, and thus the long windy relationship story between these 2 college students has started.
23. High School DxD
Kuoh Academy is an ordinary-looking school, but there is a secret inside. Apart from normal humans, there are Angels, Fallen Angels, and Devils who blend into one with the population of students in the school. Issei Hyoudou is a 2nd year high school student who somehow got killed by his girlfriend, Yuma Amano, who turns out to be a Fallen Angel. With the summoning card, Issei summoned Rias Gremory, a Devil to save him by reincarnating him into a Devil.
22. Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro
Naoto Hachioji is an introverted second year student at Kazehaya High School who prefers to avoid social interactions and often draws manga in the Art Club in his spare time. One day in the school library a first year girl, Hayase Nagatoro, accidentally finds her manga and calls her “Senpai”, then teases him to the point of making him cry. Since then, Nagatoro often visits Naoto in the Art Club, to tease him because she likes to see his Senpai's reaction.
The story starts when a girl bumps into Ichijou Raku, injuring his nose and dropping his lost pendant in the grass. An annoyed Raku told his two friends about the collision, Maiko Shuu and Onodera Kosaki. Who would have thought that this girl, Kirisaki Chitoge, became a transfer girl to his school. Even more surprising, Raku got involved in matchmaking with Chitoge. This was created by his father and Chitoge's father who are the leaders of a gangster group.
20. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
It is all about the relationship between Shizuku Mizutani, who has absolutely no interest except in her studies and her plans for the future, and a boy named Haru Yoshida, who sits next to Shizuku in class but rarely attends school. After Shizuku is assigned to deliver class printouts to Haru's house, she meets Haru, who immediately greets her as a friend, starting their new relationship. Together, as two previously unsocial beings, they help each other learn how to care for one another.
19. Tsurezure Children
Tsurezure Children tells the story about a different kind of love saga between high schoolers in a certain school. It shows us the variety of relationships back in high school. It is shown how they handle their problems whether big or small, how they show their affection towards each other, and how they cope with disappointing things in a relationship. (This is not a snarky comment. I just want to tell you that this is all the synopsis we got).
18. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
During the class division exam in the notorious Fumizuki Academy, a smart student named Himeji Mizuki has a fever and can't finish his exam, so she gets zero. Akihisa Yoshii, an idiotic Class F student cannot accept that Himeji was placed in class F just because he was sick during the exam. With the permission of class president Yuuji Sakamoto, class F declares ‘war' to a higher rank class in order to exchange facilities and proves that exam scores are not everything.
17. Ao Haru Ride
Futaba Yoshioka is a 16 years old high school student who tries to fit in with his female friends by acting “unfeminine”, due to his history of female classmates ostracizing him out of jealousy. As a result, she finds her life is pretty boring. One day, she is reunited with Kou Tanaka, her first love who previously transferred to Nagasaki in high school, who suddenly becomes a different kind of man from the one she knew.
16. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai
Togashi Yuuta is a boy who had a delusional “disease” in middle school, called “Chuunibyou”. He believes that he has supernatural powers and calls himself the “Dark Flame Master”. Embarrassed by his past, Yuuta tries to enter a different high school than his middle school friends and tries to forget his middle school past. However, when his high school years begin, Takanashi Rikka, a girl who has high levels of delusions finds out about his past and becomes attached to him.
15. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
Keima Katsuragi, a second year high school student, is a young man who is addicted to playing dating simulators. At the start of the series, Keima receives an email offering him a contract to “conquer” girls and thinking it is an invitation to a game. He then accepts it. In response, a demon from Hell named Elsie appears: a Spirit Hunter. She asked for Keima's cooperation to help him catch the evil spirits that had fled to the Human World.
14. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Chiyo Sakura, a high school student, falls in love with her high school classmate, Umetarō Nozaki. However, when Sakura confesses her love for Nozaki, Nozaki misunderstood and thought Sakura was a fan so he gave her an autograph. When Sakura said she wanted to always be by Nozaki's side, Nozaki invited Sakura to visit her apartment, then asked her to help draw the manga beta. Sakura then became Nozaki's assistant so that she could get closer to her crush.
13. The Quintessential Quintuplets
Uesugi Fuutarou is an intelligent boy who has a difficult life. His mother had died and he had no friends. On top of that, his father was heavily in debt. One day, when the daughters of the wealthy Nakano family transfer to his school, Fuutarou is quickly hired as their tutor. However, what disappointed Fuutarou was that he realized that he had to teach the quintuplets with different personalities, who were not interested in studying and often got poor grades.
12. Tonikaku Kawaii
On the day of the high school entrance exam, a young man named Yuzaki Nasa meets the beautiful girl he first sees. For Nasa, it felt like fate had called her to get a girlfriend. Sadly he got into an accident that caused him to be seriously injured. When Nasa woke up, he eventually confessed his feelings to that girl. And just like that, they got married and started their life together as a couple.
11. My Love Story!!
The story follows Gouda Takeo, a tall and muscular student who does not have much luck dealing with women, as every girl he likes ends up falling for his best friend, the attractive and handsome Makoto Sunakawa. This all changes when he saves Rinko Yamato, a petite shy girl, who is a little different from the others. She begins to fall in love with Takeo. Thus started their unique love journey that was full of twists.
10. Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku
The main characters are Momose Narumi, an office worker who hides his fujoshi lifestyle, and Nifuji Hirotaka, a handsome and capable company employee who is an otaku. They are befriended by their co-workers, Koyanagi Hanako, another fujoshi anime lover, and Kabakura Tarou, who loves playing games and watching anime. The story revolves around these characters as an Otaku. (Again, not your usual cheeky comment. I just want to inform you that this is all you got from the synopsis).
9. Kimi ni Todoke
Sawako Kuronuma is always avoided by her classmates because her name resembles “Sadako”, the main character in the 1998 horror film Ring. They believe that when someone stares into Sawako's eyes for more than three seconds, bad luck will befall that person. On the first day of high school, Sawako helps Shota Kazehaya, the most famous boy in her junior high school, who is lost to find his way to school. Since that day, Kazehaya treats Sawako well, respects Sawako and admires her.
8. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
Misaki Ayuzawa works hard to make Seika High School, which used to be a boy high school, a better place for girls. She slowly gains the trust of the teachers, and eventually becomes the first female student council president. Misaki has earned a reputation among the male student body as a demonic dictator who hates boys. Behind that demeanor, she actually works as a maid cafe to support her family. But one day, a popular boy named Takumi Usui found her secret.
7. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
Sakura Dormitory is the dormitory of a high school affiliated with Suimei High School which is inhabited by strange students as well as troublemakers. After being kicked out of a regular dorm for keeping a stray cat, Sorata Kanda moves to Sakura Dormitory. When he got used to life in the dormitory, Mashiro Shiina, a famous artist who was unable to take care of his daily needs, moved into this hostel. Sorata is forced to become Mashiro's caretaker and babysit her.
Ryuji Takasu is feeling frustrated because his scary eyes make him completely hopeless about his chances of getting a girlfriend in the near future. Ryuji goes to school and is happy to learn that he was placed in the same class as his best friend Yusaku Kitamura, as well as the girl he likes, Minori Kushieda. However, he suddenly meets the most dangerous woman in school, Taiga Aisaka-who also happens to be in his class and is Minori's best friend.
5. Ouran Koukou Host Club
This anime tells of a girl from an ordinary family named Fujioka Haruhi. Due to entering the wrong room, Haruhi meets 6 handsome boys who work as hosts at Ouran High School. Because of Haruhi's humble appearance, she was mistaken for a man by the club members. Accidentally, he broke an urn worth 8,000,000 yen, so Haruhi had to become a member of the club to pay off her debt by bringing in a lot of guests.
Hori Kyoko is a bright and popular high school student. When at home, Hori is a homebody who looks simple and takes care of the housework and his younger brother, Souta, not telling anyone about this. One day, Souta is helped by a man who has several piercings and tattoos and is punk in style when he comes home with a nosebleed. The stranger recognized Hori and introduced himself as Miyamura Izumi, her classmate who is more known as a bookworm and a loner.
3. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
The story is about two loners, Hachiman Hikigaya and Yukino Yukinoshita who, despite having different personalities and principles, provide help and advice to others as part of the Volunteer Service Club at their school with the help of Yui Yuigahama, a cheerful and friendly girl. This story mostly describes the various social situations faced by adolescents in the school environment and psychological problems in their interactions. (I still keep my promise, right? I think I would make it).
2. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai
Azusagawa Sakuta's life takes an unexpected turn after he meets a teenage actress named Sakurajima Mai who dresses up as a bunny girl and wanders around the library without anyone there noticing. Mai was surprised that Sakuta was the only one who could see her, while no one else could, even when she was dressed normally or trying to stay away from celebrity life. Sakuta calls this phenomenon “Adolescence Syndrome” and decides to solve this mystery, besides trying to get close to Mai.
1. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Miyuki Shirogane the student council president and Kaguya Shinomiya the student council vice president seemed like the perfect couple. Kaguya is the daughter of a rich conglomerate family, and Miyuki is a top student at school and her name is famous throughout the prefecture. Even though they like each other, their self-esteem is too high to admit their love feelings because both believe that whoever does it first, will be considered as the loser of this “war”.
(Writer's note: Yup I made it. I almost failed at a certain point but I made it. It is fun though. I might try it again in the future).