With Valentine's Day just around the corner, romance anime is sure to make its way into our otaku hearts and make us go doki doki. As a fellow weeb I have had my fair share of experience watching many, many, and I mean MANY romance anime. Gotta love the sweet romance and comedy breaks that only anime can bring. Because we all know how cute it is when anime characters confess their feelings to each other and have that completely adorable red face and stuttering. Kinda hard to compare to real life romance series or movie, am I right? So, I want to share with my viewers the top 5 romance comedy animes you must watch this Valentine's Day (whether it be with your special someone or by yourself, either way you gotta watch it!).
1. Kamisama Kiss
This is one of my favorites, Kamisama Kiss is truly a sweet anime to watch. Kamisama Kiss about a young high school girl by the name of Nanami. She has the unfortunate luck of being kicked out of her apartment due to her father's gambling and lifestyle problems. During the night she is left to wonder the park alone, she encounters a man stuck on a tree because he is being pestered by a dog. She helps the man, Mikage, get rid of the dog and in return for the favor, he gives her his home. She accepts it grateful and realizes that his home is actually a shrine. At the door, she is greeted by the spirits of the house and Tomoe, the familiar of Mikage. The sweet girl soon realizes the man she saved was the Earth Deity and has bestowed his blessings on Nanami to be the new Earth Deity of the shrine. At the beginning, she refuses to accept her new role; however, she finds herself working hard to be a deity worth of the title. Slowly but surely, she also starts to fall in love with Tomoe, and he also begins to have feelings for her. However, it is a taboo for humans and spirits to be in a relationship.
Overall, the anime is romantic and has comedy breaks to entertain. It is a rather sweet anime, and will keep you wanting more with each episode you watch. The development between the two characters also makes this anime stand out, both characters begin with a mutual feeling of unfriendliness and turns into a blossoming love.
Harem animes tend to have the reputation of fan service and ecchi genre tagged to it. However, Nisekoi does not fall into either of those. Even though it is a harem anime, the storyline is a sweet romance for the ages to come and it also is very very funny. The protagonist of the story, young Raku, made a promise years ago to his childhood sweetheart that he would marry her. Together, both children made the promise to marry one another and exchanged a locket and the key to unlock the pendant, as adults they would open the secret within the locket. As a young high school boy, Raku has kept his promise and continues to wear the locket. During a fateful meeting on one school day, Raku bumps into a beautiful blonde girl that causes him to lose his locket. Soon he realizes, the young blonde beauty is his classmate and also the daughter of an American gangster leader by the name of Chitoge. To his luck, Raku's father has made arrangements with Chitoge's father to 'fake' going out to make peace between the two gangs. However, both Chitoge and Raku dislike each other and Raku already has a love interest, Kosaki. As the story progresses Kosaki and Raku obviously have a crush on each other but more and more girls from his childhood years appear with keys to his locket, along with Kosaki and Chitoge.
Nisekoi is unlike other romance harem animes because of drama of who is the girl that hold the key to Raku's locket. Also, each girl truly falls in love with Raku as the nice guy that he is, but the chain of events lead Raku to the one and only girl that is meant for him. This anime will have you rooting and picking for your favorite ship. Personally, it was tough for me to pick a specific ship because I thought each girl held her own unique charm.
2. Kiss him, not me
Kiss Him, Not Me is a reverse harem with the protagonist being a major otaku girl, Kae Serinuma. At the beginning of the series Kae is a chubby sweet, yaoi fangirl and is not noticed by the boys because of her looks. However, during an emotional turmoil from her favorite yaoi series, Kae becomes very depressed causing her to lose tremendous amount of weight. She soon finds herself transformed into a gorgeous girl and becoming the center of attention of the hottest guys in school. Soon she is the center of attention of the boys' interest but she would much rather watch the boys be in a romantic relationship among themselves and not her.
What I enjoyed about Kiss Him, Not Me is the many possible pairings in the series. I am not just talking about Kae being paired up with the different boys. Among the boys is a girl that has romantic feelings towards Kae. The series is open to yuri, yaoi, and straight ship for the viewers liking and the dynamic of the possible relationships is what makes this romance comedy stand out.
4. Lovely complex
Unlike other romance animes, lovely complex holds a unique standing on love between a tall girl and a short guy. Koizumi is the tallest girl in the class and stands out like a sore thumb; meanwhile, Ootani is the shortest guy in the class and well...enough said. The two characters have strong personalities that complement one another but it may seem so at the beginning of their romance. Since both stand out due to their height, they are known as the class clowns and soon both of them decide to help each other.
What makes this romance comedy a Valentine's Day must see? Both characters are unlike other protagonist that are 'picture perfect', a tall and a short boy falling in love makes it interesting to watch. Also, their ridiculous act makes it the worthwhile to watch as you will be laughing at loud at their daily high school lives.
5. The quintessential quintuplets
Thank goodness for 2019, because at the beginning of January 2019 the Quintessential Quintuplets began to air. This is a new anime that is considered to be a 'romantic comedy'. Though personally, I would also consider it a harem...why? Because the harem is composed of the quintuplet sisters! The entire season is not completed but it matters not, it still a really good anime choice to wait this holiday. The story follows the main male protagonist, Uesugi, the tutor and senpai of the Nakano siblings (quintuplet sisters). The Nakano family has recently moved in the area and the father is looking to hire a tutor for his daughters to tutor them. The girls are at the brink of flunking a grade and is up to Uesugi to ensure the girls pass high school. However, his tutoring experience and relationship did not start off the right foot, and the girls are actually against having him as their tutor. Dealing with different personalities and interests it is up to senpai to ensure the girls graduate or will they end up falling for him?
The anime series is still pretty fresh and there is still a lot of plot to be developed through out the season. The only clue the audience has received is at the beginning of the anime, it is safe to assume Uesugi has married one of the girls. One of the girls and himself is telling the story of how it all began. Besides that the first episodes has been about Uesugi getting the girls to work with him and getting to know them personally, and individually. However, I would recommend watching it and giving it a shot.
so here it is some of the must-see romantic comedies this valentines day! hope you give some of these a try and enjoy the show with some snacks/chocolates with your sweetheart. use coupon MOE-R7U-DU2DAH to get 5% off your j-list purchase.