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In a nutshell this is not a typical Romance Comedy Top 10 list. First, these 10 Romance Comedy anime were all selected and ranked by their leading ladies ability to stand on her own, grow and develop, and overall just kick ass. On top of being equal to, or stronger than the male lead, or developing significantly throughout the story to become a better person. Then the male lead was also evaluated by his level of influence as well as his personal growth and development. Lastly, humor and comedy was taken into account.
There are a few anime on this list that also fall into other genres as well, however the focus of the relationships, aka drama and romance, between the characters was carefully taken into consideration to bring our readers a Rom-Com list of the best blend of martial arts, comedy, romance, and slice of life.
10. Ookami-san To Shichinin No Nakama-tachi
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 1, 2010 - Sep 16, 2010
This anime really takes teenage life, adds some anime aspects, stirs it up with a little romance, and gives you a quite enjoyable rom-com with the main character, Ryouko (Ookami), reinventing herself after a traumatizing event. Once again, this anime touched on an a few problems with dating and insane exs, but it didn’t go very deep and kept the overall anime very light-hearted. The best part of this anime is watching the complicated and comedic interaction between Ookami and Ryoushi.
The story centers around Otogi Bank, a group that helps solve other people’s problems. Due to the dangerous nature of their work, they need one more male member and decided to take in Morino Ryoushi, who has a strong case of scopophobia (the fear of being looked at). Ryoushi manages to build up the courage to confess his love to Ookami right after he joins the group.
Ookami-san to Shinchini no Nakama-tachi OP
9. Inu X Boku Secret Service
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 13, 2012 - March 30, 2012
This is a super eccentric romance comedy targeted for guys with Ririchiyo Shirakiin as the leading lady, who's shy and timid nature is skillfully hidden behind her sharp tongue. At times, her actions are so relatable that gals can easily enjoy watching her grow and develop as she overcomes her personal issues together with Soushi, an overly kinky pretty boy, who is loyal to the point of being obsessive/stalker-ish when it comes to serving Ririchiyo.
As the story progresses Ririchiyo shows that she is capable of taking someone down on her own and that along with the playful tone and easy to watch nature of this anime landed this anime on the Top 10 list. If you are looking for a good laugh, then Inu X Boku SS is right up your alley!
Inu x Boku SS Trailer
8. Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi (Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple)
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: Oct 7, 2006 - Sep 30, 2007
For most of his life, Kenichi Shirahama was a below average high school boy and everybody’s floormate as his daily life centered on being bullied. Until he meets Miu Furinji, the granddaughter of a master martial artist who embodies the very type of person Kenichi dreamed of becoming. So, in awe of Miyu’s beauty, martial art skills, and ability to protect people, Kenichi begins rigorously training at the dojo she lives at, Ryouzanpaku, in order to able to protect Miu and become someone worthy of her love.
This anime starts of like a relationship and slowly makes the viewer fall in love with the characters for their unique attitudes, struggles, unrequited love, and epic fighting abilities. While delivering some serious moral lessons and amazing character development, the overall use of comedy keeps this anime upbeat and extremely exciting to watch. It's a must watch for martial arts and romance comedy. Plus, Miu is awesome, and there are tons of other ladies in this that also pack some killer moves, and would make great cosplays! ;D
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple Collection One Trailer
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 2, 2008 - Mar 26, 2009
Toradora is not like many other romantic series out there as the main characters, Ryuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka, are highly relatable in their own motives and actions as they team up in order to support each other’s love interest. In what starts off as dynamic delinquent duo, slowly develops into a friendship that pulls the audience into the story as other characters come into play. The supporting characters also display their moments of insecurity behind the walls they built up to function in life. It really gives of the sensation of being in high school.
The smooth animation style, relatable motives, and comedic scenarios will cause you to develop emotional interest in each character. So watching them fall in or out of love, grow, and develop is quite enjoyable and highly entertaining!
Toradora! - Official English Trailer
6. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct 1, 2012 - Dec 24, 2012
As for love stories go, this was one of the most off the wall stories that is great for laughs but also covers some issues that we typically face in life as teens. Such as dealing with peer-pressure, learning to value one’s self, and opening up to another person. Watching the characters struggle to find their place in life and deal with the added stress of balancing school mixed with the complex nature of being in love, sounds like it would be rather cruel. But don’t worry, this is a feel good story! From start to finish the lessons that each character brings to the story and teaches is why this anime had to be on here!
Shizuku Mizutani, is career focused to the point that she cuts off all emotions and feelings towards anything other than studying. Until a teacher made her take some assignments to a boy in her class who is assigned to sit next to her, Haru Yoshida, a troublesome boy who rarely comes to school. From that day on, Haru treats Shizuku as a friend and her life will never be the same.
My Little Monster - Official Trailer
5. Golden Time
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 23, 2013 - Mar 27, 2014
This anime is by the same creator of Toradora! but your experiences in life and being in relationships will greatly affect your enjoyment of this show, so that locked this one in the number 5 position. This anime does a great job covering the ups and downs of a real relationship in college, as well as young adulthood.
Banri is a freshman at a private law school in Tokyo who’s trying to start his life over. After the opening ceremony, he ended up getting completely lost, and bumped into another lost freshman, Yanagisawa Mitsuo, and they hit it off. Together they finally manage to make it to their destination just in the nick of time. When out of nowhere, Mitsu is attacked with a bouquet of roses by a beautiful woman, Kaga Kuko, Mitsuo’s childhood friend that he promised to marry, but now is desperate to get away from. However, Kōko’s grand entrance not only made a statement, but left a lasting impression on Banri.
GOLDEN TIME Promotion Video English Sub[Official]
4. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 5, 2013 – Jun 28, 2013
Let’s face it, sometimes high school is not so great and some people may certainly be or feel like outcast and have some bitter opinions about their peers, life, and romance. Even for those with so called “friends,” the relationship can be nothing more than fluff on the inside, but from the outside appears to be what dreams are made of. Thus this anime owns no apologies for showing the bitter side of rom-com. It's entertaining, funny, and bluntly realistic with some of the most accurately portrayed self-defense and self-reliance mechanisms being used by anime characters who frankly have decided to reject the system that rejected them and live by their own rules.
The story focuses on an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman and his distorted view on life.. Who gets forced into the “volunteer club” after telling his teacher "Not working." is his life’s goal. The volunteer club is headed by the schools prettiest girl, Yukinoshita Yukino, who has her own peculiar views on life.
Trying not to give too much away, this anime is well written and each other character has their own inner demons, struggles, as well as hopes and teenage hormones. So it covers many dark aspects of high school romance, but uses comedy to make it fun to watch. If you really like it, please check out the 2nd season, it won’t disappoint you!
My Teen Romantic SNAFU - Official Trailer (OP)
3. Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)
- Episodes: 38
- Aired: Oct 6, 2009 – Mar 30, 2011
Not everyone is extremely outgoing or has the greatest self-esteem, in fact, most people can be hurt by words. That’s just one of the great themes that we see play out in Kimi ni Todoke as Kuronuma Sawako, nickname “Sadako” by her classmates, who really haven’t tried to get to know her. Like any high school student, Sawako wants to fit in and get along with others like her classmate, Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular boy in her class. Shouta was able to see the beauty in her that others didn’t and the story takes off following the steps they make to become friends, and a little more than just friends.
This story is so adorable and manages to avoid many cliche plots that so many romance comedies fall into. While the leading lady Sawako is able to learn and grow from her relationship with Shouto, he in turn also becomes a better person because of her. That right there is golden for any relationship, and for an anime to teach that type of life lesson is incredible. So is had to go on my Top 10 list.
kimi ni todoke - From Me to You - Vol 3 - Official Trailer
2. Skip Beat!
- Episodes: 15
- Aired: Dec 18, 2011 –Apr 1, 2012
The story revolves around Kyouko who literally gave up her own life and dreams to support her childhood friend, Shou’s dream of becoming an idol. Despite all she did for him, Shou kicks her to the curb as he dismisses her as simply a tool he used. Kyouko didn’t take getting her heart broken lightly and vowed to get her revenge by surpassing him in the entertainment world.
Sometimes the people we love the most, hurt us the most, and not all relationship are as good as they are crack up to be. Lies are told and hearts are broken at times. Skip Beat! does an amazing job at showing how a horrible relationship and hate filled motivation can be transformed into something so much more! Leaving you stronger, better, and in this case, famous with a career in entertainment. In summary, the best revenge is success.
Also, for anyone that wants to work in the entertainment industry, this is a great anime to watch. It shows the darker and more glamorous side of the industry. And be sure to read the manga its fantastic!
Skip Beat OP
1. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Class President is a Maid!)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr 2, 2010 to Sep 24, 2010
Misaki Ayuzawa is the first female student council president at a former all boys high school that is now coed. She is highly admired by the female student body, but the male students see her as a strict disciplinary ruler, but nonetheless, they still respect her authority. But she has a secret: she works at a maid cafe in order to support her family. One day, Takumi Usui, the schools #1 bishounen and whose good looks have broken more than a few hearts, discovers her secret and makes a deal with her to keep it secret in exchange for keeping him amused.
The characters in Kaichou wa Maid-sama! break stereotypical molds and that’s what makes it so great! Misaki comes off as a very strong feminist that slightly hates men who is not only strong but highly intelligent, hard working, and above all, a good friend. She’s the type of person you would want in your click. Even though she can handle herself, the anime shows her weakness in a way that doesn’t rob her of her sense of independence, but rather shows how a power couple is created.
She reluctantly works with Usi who always keeps an eye on her so he can back up her when needed. It’s so sweet! On one hand, there’s a great connection, while on the other hand, there’s a great deal of resistance to falling in love.
That’s very realistic. Sometimes people don’t want to fall in love with someone and this anime does a good job showing a strong independent woman who didn’t want to fall in love. Watching her fight and resist Usi’s advances is what makes this anime so endearing. I highly recommend this anime, and the manga. They are one of my all time favorites for romance comedies.
Kaichou Wa Maid Sama Subbed trailer
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Rom-Coms are very difficult to rank as they can be a hit or miss depending on the relationships one has gone through in life. In all honesty, relationships should build us up, cause us to grow, and ultimately teach us lessons about life. So this Top 10 list of romantic comedies focuses on series that do just that and provide us with relatable strong female characters, as well as male characters that have many merits of their own who we can also relate to in one aspect or another.
Even though all 10 of these anime cover some deep or unusual topics, they still manage to keep us laughing, and that’s a beautiful thing.