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Anime with ACTUAL romantic development and closure!

TEMPORARILY UNMAINTAINED. If you like romance in anime (like myself) then this list is for you. I've been so frustrated looking for anime where there is romantic development (but none of that implied BS) that I decided to make this list for people who are in a similar situation as me. I have watched all of these anime and have confirmed myself that they actually have romantic development and closure (not necessarily always a happy ending, but no cliffhangers or things like that). Not all the anime listed here has romance as their main genre, but I assure you there is romance. There are some anime I'm conflicted about putting here, but those are either my favorites or I think any romance lover would like, but I've tried my best to label those. I'm not going to write something about every anime on this list (especially the movies). This list contains some light SPOILERS that shouldn't affect your viewing experience at all, so I wouldn't worry, but I'm not going to take any chances. Consider this a spoiler warning. Ranked according to my own tastes, your taste may vary. Note: I'm not a native English speaker, so there might be some grammatical and spelling errors. I'll keep this list updated as I watch more anime. If you found this list helpful, then please recommend me a romance anime/manga that doesn't have too much drama.
1 Bakemonogatari


Monogatari series is the best series ever...

Romance isn't the main focus of the Monogatari series but it's there. This one happens to have some serious romance also it's the starting point of Monogatari series. They start going out early in bakemonogatari and continues their relationship all the way. I've watched the entire series twice and enjoyed it a lot. Senjogahara Hitagi is the best girl.

If you want the ultimate closure then you'd have to watch the entire series all the way to Zokuowarimonogatari. You wouldn't regret it.

Best review (Gozza)

2 A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice

This is a masterpiece but I was debating whether to put this in this list or not because the romance didn't go anywhere but the female lead says I love you to the MC but he misinterpretes it with the moon because suki and tsuki sounds similar but even without the romance this is a must watch. My favorite anime movie of all time. A great tale of redemption and forgiveness.

Best review (Gozza)

3 Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Okay... Hear me out first. I know the romance is barely there but it's technically there and it's conclusive. That's enough of an excuse for me to add this masterpiece to this list. Seriously watch this anime. It's a classic for a reason.

4 your name.

your name.

Another masterpiece.

Best review (Gozza)

5 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

You shouldn't watch this for the romance. Romance is barely there but it's there and ends very nicely. You should watch this anime for the main story. One of the best shounen anime i've ever watched. Don't skip anything in the last episode.

6 Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

One of the best romance I've ever seen. You might even get into the series after watching this. Both this and the series are highly recommended if you like historical anime with romance on the side. I advise you to watch the series first (you only need to watch the first 62 episodes. the rest doesn't matter).

7 From Up on Poppy Hill

From Up on Poppy Hill

My second favorite ghibli movie. Right after princess mononoke. This anime gotta be the most underrated of ghibli anime.



Reason given below.

9 ReLIFE: Kanketsu-hen

ReLIFE: Kanketsu-hen

I loved this anime. Main focus is about individual character development but romance is a big part of it. Watch the Kanketsu-hen OVAs for a complete and satisfying ending. Dont skip anything in the last episode.

10 Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart


11 Hori-san to Miyamura-kun

Hori-san to Miyamura-kun

Reason given below.

12 Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (2018)

Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (2018)

Precursor to Horimiya.

13 Horimiya


Wholesome romance anime. The only downside is they added too many side characters with little to no developement and as a result the show felt like it was wasting time on characters that doesn't hold any significance.

14 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

This one is just too funny. I can't put it in words. Can't wait for the second season.

Edit: spoilers ahead just finished the second season it was as good as the first season if not better but no romantic development. Season 3 should have a confession according to the manga. I'm still keeping this here because it's such a good show. Just don't expect any romantic closure.

15 The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words

They weren't meant to be kinda anime.

16 Maid-sama!


This is one of the very first anime I've watched and it's still one of my favorite. The romance builds up over time and the ending was great. If you want an even better ending then read the manga.

17 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

Season 1. Reason given below.

18 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!

Season 2. Reason given below.

19 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax

Really liked it. S1 was good but S2 was better than S1 and S3 was great. The charaters were great except a few. The romance really kicks in near the end but it was conclusive. 

20 Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle


21 After the Rain

After the Rain

This is another anime that I was debating whether to put it in this list or not. It's romance and the character development is amazing but not in a romantic way. It's 'they are never supposed to be together' kinda anime. I really loved it you may not. Age gap done right.

22 Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e

This one is sad and very good at the same time.

23 Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

I wasn't expecting quality romance when I started watching this show but I couldn't be more wrong. The story is about the past of a ghost (very cute ghost girl) with amnesia. The romance was top notch. Easily one of my favorites. Do not skip anything in the last episode.

24 WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?

WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?

Really good anime. Romance was conclusive but queue something funny after you finish this. Sad anime.

25 Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Romance isn't the main focus but it kinda is. The series is devided into arcs. Every arc is about a different girl, experiencing their own inner struggles. Lead male Sakuta who just feels he needs to be there for every single girl going through their Puberty Syndrome. The first arc of the show starts off with Mai, the girl that walks through a library in a playboy bunny outfit (that's where the clickbait-y name comes from). She is the heroine. The romance is of good quality and happens fairly quickly. Sakuta stays with the same girl. 

26 5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second

Melancholy would be the right word.

27 Tsuredure Children

Tsuredure Children

A collection of various love stories. I really enjoyed it. Lighthearted and cute.

28 Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199

If you're into space operas you're gonna love this. I would've liked this anime even without the romance but the romance was pretty well done.

29 Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Don't expect the romance to go anywhere which is the running joke of the anime. I know it defeats the purpose of this list but it's good and got plenty of funny moments.

30 The Garden of Sinners Movie 1: Thanatos. (Overlooking View)

The Garden of Sinners Movie 1: Thanatos. (Overlooking View)

Romance isn't the main focus. It's a compicated but oddly entertaining series. Watch it for the awesome soundtrack and fight sequences. The romance was conclusive in my opinion. They even have a baby. 

31 Katanagatari


Romance isn't the main focus but it's there and conclusive. This is a very dialogue heavy anime. Each episode is 50 minutes long. You probably aren't going to like this if you don't like word heavy anime. Don't get me wrong the fight scenes were great but it was the dialogue that made this anime good. If possible watch the last 2 episodes in one go.

32 Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday


33 Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

A bit rushed but good watch. Could've been so much better if it was 24 episodes. But the romance is done well and it's funny too.

34 TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You

TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You

Well... They are literally married.

35 Tsukigakirei


This one might seem a bit bland and slow to some but it's a really good anime with good character development. It's one of those rare shows that focuses on romantic development and all the problems that comes with it. Watch the ending song of the last episode. It provides a complete and happy ending to it.

36 Twin Star Exorcists

Twin Star Exorcists

This is a great shounen action anime with very good romance. At first Benio and Rokuro doesn't get along well but their feelings gradually change and both fall in love with each other... You get the idea. The ending was good too.

37 Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

It's a romance anime for a more 'mature audience' they say. Romance may seem like the main focus but I'd say it's more like a slice of life comedy. It was kinda slow but still a good watch with charachters developing over time. It was funny at times too.

38 I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas


39 Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Again conflicted about putting this here. It's not a romance show and the MCs doesn't even confess to each other but the romance is so obviouly there. Give it a watch. You might like it. Ignore this anime if you want confirmed romance it's heavily implied that they're gonna end up together but nothing is confirmed. I'm putting it here because I really enjoyed the show.

40 Kimi ni Todoke - From Me To You

Kimi ni Todoke - From Me To You

Season 1. Reason given below.

41 Kimi ni Todoke - From Me To You Season 2

Kimi ni Todoke - From Me To You Season 2

Shoujo-est shoujo to ever shoujo

Classic popular guy falls for unpopular girl shoujo anime. In this case the girl resembles a ghost but really cute at the same time? so nobody goes near her. You get the idea... It also has a good ending. But I think It could've been done in 24 or maybe 12 episodes instead of 36 (2 seasons combined).

42 Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

It's complicated. If you like semi-noir style anime with lots of gun fights then you're gonna love it. Romance was definitely there and it was conclusive in my opinion.

43 Say "I love you."

Say "I love you."

Another classic popular guy falls for shy cute girl shojo anime. In this case the girl is kinda antisocial. I watched it a long time ago so I forgot a lot of the details. But it has a conlusive ending.

44 Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

Season 1. Reason given below.

45 Spice and Wolf II

Spice and Wolf II

A bit slow and long but Holo is so cute. In the end of second season Lawrence confesses his love for Holo but Holo being her usual self can't say she loves him too but she so obviously does.

46 Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish


47 Kamisama Kiss: Kako-hen

Kamisama Kiss: Kako-hen

It's a romcom with slight reverse harem elements. You gotta watch the first 2 seasons before watching this. This is basically the ending arc.

48 Engaged to the Unidentified

Engaged to the Unidentified

Lighthearted, cute and fun with a tiny bit of supernatural thrown in.

49 Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Chivalry of a Failed Knight

This might look like a generic ecchi harem show but don't be fooled. Romance between the two MCs starts very early (4th episode) and their relationship becomes serious a few episodes later. Too bad theres no second season but the ending was good so it's okay I guess.

50 Weathering With You

Weathering With You

Not the best of Shinkai. Felt like a discount version of Kimi No Na Wa to me. Still good though. Especially the visuals.


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Annie25 Jan 27, 2024

Why is "my happy marriage" so low on the list?😭😰

TakeoNEWGATE Sep 26, 2020

 can you let me know the watch order for bakemonogatari I've only seen the one on your list and am interested in watching more but I'm confused on the watch order

Anzion Jul 20, 2020

Nice list, I found a couple of shows here I want to watch so thank you!

I recommend adding/watching Bloom Into You

A1234664 Jun 27, 2020

Nice list, forgot to say :)))))))))))))))))

A1234664 Jun 27, 2020

I've made a list here, and i'll be sure to watch some animes that you recommend.