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Top 10 Romance Animes On Netflix To Watch!

Romance is a genre that everyone enjoys and loves watching. It brings in stories that feel personal and something that we have all experienced one way or another. Animes in this particular genre take us to another realm of love and beauty. Because of which we see romance animes being one of the most popular genres amongst the masses.

Right from the school romances to Neighborhood romances to office romances, everything is covered. Many of these animes are available online on various sites for us to watch and enjoy. But, with Netflix, we won’t have to search for them long. Furthermore, there are many good romantic animes available on Netflix in series and movies for us to enjoy. Here are the top 10 must-watch romance animes on Netflix:-

1. Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle Mark in rom com anime
Howl’s Moving Castle Markl
Image: IMDb
  • Duration: 1hr 59mins
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • Genres: Romance, Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Drama
  • Aired: 20th November 2004

To date one of the best works of Ghibli productions. Indeed it can be said that this anime movie is a timeless piece of work. The story talks about a girl named Sophie, who primarily has the job of looking after her family’s hat shop. She believes that she is the most boring-looking girl and lives her daily life without doing anything exciting. One day she catches the eye of the male protagonist, Howl. He was a man with looks and charm, which garnered him, admirers. One of those admirers was a wizard, the Witch of Waste. But the witch, out of jealousy for Sophie, who had managed to capture Howl’s attention, curses her. Because of that curse spell, Sophie is turned into an older woman.

Hence begins the journey and the story where Sophie finds her way in breaking the spell with the help of Howl and his comrades.

2. From Up On Poppy Hill

From Up On Poppy Hill Shun And Umi in good romance anime movies
From Up On Poppy Hill Shun And Umi
Image: Netflix
  • Duration: 1hr 31mins
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • Genres: Romance, Drama, Family
  • Aired: 16th July 2011

‘From Up On Poppy Hill’ is a story that revolves around the lives of two school-going children plus the people around them. Even though it was released in 2011, the period in which the story revolves around is 1963. It goes on to tell us a tale of the simple lives being led by Umi, our female lead, and Shun, our male lead. Along with their daily lives, the movie beautifully captures people’s school activities and lives back then. Also, both the leads meet each other due to a poem in their school’s newspaper. The poem was written by Shun. He penned down his early morning observation of the flags raised every morning from the house on top of the hill. Also, the leads and their friends took on the charge to save their clubhouse, which is supposed to be demolished.

With this begins the journey of subtle romance and discovering the lines of romance and friendship and companionship. The beauty and simplicity of the past will work to capture everyone’s eye.

3. The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises Jiro And Naoko in best romance anime on netflix
The Wind Rises Jiro And Naoko
Image: Ghibli Wiki
  • Duration: 2hrs 6mins
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • Genres: Romance, Drama, Historical fiction, War
  • Aired: 20th July 2013

This story revolves around World War 2 and is portrayed through the eyes of a fighter plane designer. The said fighter plane designer is the male protagonist named Jiro Horikoshi. The story is about how Jiro wants to be a pilot but because of nearsightedness, achieving that dream seems impossible. Instead, he gets inspired to be a designer for fighter planes. In this journey to discover his passion, he meets his love interest, Naoko. Although, they do seem to have a not-so-favorable ending to their romance. Still, their story talks about patience, want for each other, discarding time and place.

Such romance will resonate with something within everyone. Although it might not be for everyone still this movie has a charm of its own.

4. Whisper Of The Heart

Whisper Of The Heart Shizuku And Seiji in high school romance netflix anime
Whisper Of The Heart Shizuku And Seiji
Image: IMDb
  • Duration: 1hr 51mins
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • Genres: Romance, Music, Adventure
  • Aired: 15th July 1995

The story revolves around a 14-year-old girl named Shizuku, who, like other 14-year-olds, went to high school. Furthermore, she had a liking for music and reading storybooks, which led her to spend ample time in the library where her father worked. But, one day, she noticed that all the books she picked were read by a boy named Seiji Amasawa. With this intriguing factor, she set out to look for who this boy is. But, she did not have to look far because Seiji was a boy from her school itself. Moreover, it’s the same boy who had teased her for the lyrics of a song she wrote. Hence, began the budding old-schooled romance between both of them.

With a shared love for music, books, and adventure, both of them set sail. Not only do we experience their love but also other aspects of everyone’s lives surrounding them.

5. A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice Shouko And Shoya in one of the best anime on netflix
A Silent Voice Shouko And Shoya
Image: IMDb
  • Duration: 2hrs 9mins
  • Studio: Kyoto Animation
  • Genres: Romance, Drama, Teen
  • Aired: 17th September 2016

The story explores the different stages of school life that the protagonists led. The male protagonist named Shoya Ishida was known as the infamous bully amongst the students. In addition, the female protagonist named Shoko Nishimiya is a transfer student who happens to be deaf. Their story begins back in the elementary school where Shoya had tried to bully Shoko for her deafness. Instead of people supporting Shoya, they outcasted him as the bully and started isolating him. Because of which he suffered quite a bit of trauma. Later on, while in high school, Shoya was reminded of Shoko’s treatment and wanted to apologize. He found her whereabouts and made sure to apologize for his wrongdoings which led them to become friends.

Hence, they started their story of an unusual romance with its ups and downs. Also, the need for redemption one has after their action is portrayed beautifully.

Also, check, Will There Be A Silent Voice 2?

6. A Whisker Away

A Whisker Away Miyo And Kento in good romance anime
A Whisker Away Miyo And Kento
Image: Netflix
  • Duration: 1hr 45mins
  • Studio: Studio Colorido
  • Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Slice of life
  • Aired: 18th June 2020

This story revolves around how a girl develops a crush on a boy and tries her best to gain his attention. Miyo is your typical high school girl living her life to the best of her abilities. Amidst this, she develops a liking for her classmate named Kento. Because of this, she had even professed her love for him. But, Kento always rejected Miyo’s confession no matter what the situation. Due to this situation, Miyo was quite sad, but she received a magical mask that turned her into a cat one day. This mask seemed to solve her issue with Kento because she started approaching him like a cat. Kento, oblivious to everything, starts taking care of the cat and sharing his problems with it. But as the days go by, Miyo’s desire to live as a human lessens and be a cat increases.

With this question of identity and want for love, Miyo’s life takes quite a big turn. In trying to get her answers, Miyo has to go through the troubles of both worlds and figure the best solution for her. But, in the end, love between them will blossom for sure.

7. Toradora

Toradora Ryuji And Taiga in love anime on netflix
Toradora Ryuji And Taiga
Image: IMDb
  • Episodes: 25 (Season 1)
  • Studio: J.C Staff
  • Genres: Romance, Comedy, Slice of life
  • Aired: 2nd October 2008- 26th March 2009

‘Toradora’ brings in the fun and comedic side of a romance taking place in a high school. It revolves around the lives of two teenagers, namely, Ryuji and Taiga. In reality, Ryuji is a soft-hearted and understanding boy, but his fierce eyes put everyone off from approaching. On the other hand, Taiga, who might appear to be soft, has an angry side. Because she is well known as a rabid animal amongst the other students. But surprisingly, these two do have something in common. Ryuji is in love with Taiga’s best friend, and Taiga loves Ruji’s best friend. After realizing this, they form a pact in helping each other out to achieve their love. Thus their journey towards their goal begins.

But no romance between high schoolers is average, so why should this one also be. Their journey goes through a lot more than they thought of.

8. Tonari no Kaibutsu-Kun (My Little Monster)

Tonari no Kaibutsu-Kun Shizuku And Haru in romance anime movies
Tonari no Kaibutsu-Kun Shizuku And Haru
Image: IMDb
  • Episodes: 13 (Season 1)
  • Studio: Brain’s Base
  • Genres: Romance, Comedy, Slice of life
  • Aired: 2nd October 2012- 25th December 2012

Just like how every high school has a delinquent and a goodie two shoes, this one has them too. Furthermore, true to her name, Shizuku, focuses only on her studies and what her future will be like. In addition to this, she even earned herself the nickname of “ice-queen.” The reason is, she rarely talks to anyone or does anything fun and always has a straight face. On the other hand, we have Haru, who is the famous delinquent of the school. The funny thing being both of them are seated right beside each other, which portrays the perfect juxtaposition. One day, Haru had fallen sick and missed out on school, because of which Shizuku had to go and deliver him the notes—leading to the official introduction of both of them.

After that visit, there was no looking back for them. Because Shizuku caught Haru’s attention and he was not going to give up easily on her. Thus began a sweet romance story.

9. Teasing Master Takagi-San

Teasing Master Takagi-San Takagi And Nishikata in high school romance anime
Teasing Master Takagi-San Takagi And Nishikata
Image: Netflix
  • Episodes: 24 (Season 1&2)
  • Studio: Shin-Ei Animation
  • Genres: Romance, Comedy, Slice of life
  • Aired: 8th January 2018- Present

This story brings in the sweet love between two middle school kids. The male protagonist Nishikata is often the target of our female protagonist Takagi. In most cases like this one, we always see the boy teasing a girl. However, in this series, the total opposite of that takes place. Takagi never leaves a chance to tease Nishikata with anything and everything. Also, to get back at her, Nishikata tries to pull tricks, but Takagi sees through them. Even though in rare moments Nishikata does manage to outsmart Takagi, it still does not feel like a winning moment.

With various situations, a naive and sweet friendship develops between them, which might blossom into something more later on. But, for now, such sweet young romance is what we all need.

10. Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden in romantic anime movies
Violet Evergarden
Image: Netflix
  • Episodes: 13 (Season 1)
  • Studio: Kyoto Animation
  • Genres: Romance, Drama, Fantasy
  • Aired: 11th January 2018- 5th April 2018

‘Violet Evergarden’ is a story that takes place in a fictional world of Telesis. A world where war, fighting, use of human lives for the country is pretty standard. Amidst this was born our female protagonist ‘Violet.’ She was one of the many nameless kids abandoned by their families until the army adopted them. Furthermore, her sole purpose was to serve as a tool for the military during the war. Amongst them, the only one to treat Violet as a fellow human was General Gibert. But, due to an unfortunate event, he had to lose his life in the war. With his loss, Violet lost something precious to her. Violet herself was a part of a war and woke up with injuries that were beyond physical repair. But, she did have the last precious words from Gilbert etched into her mind- ‘I Love You.’

This story follows the path of discovering oneself and self-love with the help of a person you fall in love with. It also teaches that life does not stop after their loss; you move on with their memories.

With this, we have come to the end of the list for Top 10 Romance Animes On Netflix. But these anime are not only the masterpieces being streamed on Netflix, and there are plenty more available there. In addition to romance, other genres are also present for you to enjoy! While you are at it, you can also check out Top 10 Anime Films That Are A Must Watch.

Oishi
Oishi here, is currently pursuing her master's degree in Mass Communication from Xavier's University. Since childhood she has been an avid anime watcher and equally enjoys reading mangas too. Being a part of TheDeadToons team gives her a space to ramble on about anime as well as take others along for a ride.
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