Top 10 Romance Anime Movies To Watch In 2023

Last Updated on February 27, 2023

Top 10 Romance Anime Movies

In the world of anime, romance as a genre enjoys unprecedented supremacy. Along with many great love anime series, there are a few movies that have shown all the shades of love in the best possible light. These romance anime movies will surely change your perception of love for the better. You will begin to see the world in rainbow colors, as it should be. This list is dominated by films by Makoto Shinkai and Hayao Miyazaki, but that’s no surprise. Prepare to be enveloped in the beauty and majesty of romance anime movies as you browse some of the biggest and best romance anime movies of all time!

So, ready to fall in love?

1. Your Name

Japanese name- Kimi no Na Wa

A story about love had never been so heart-wrenchingly good. Get ready to enter into a world quite different from the one we see, but which has emotions quite similar to the ones we feel. Right from the beginning of this Makoto Shinkai wonder, you’ll be hooked, not just by the picturesque animation but also by the brilliant plot. This is not the kind of movie that you can fit into just one genre. It is a well-balanced mixture of all that is good and true. The oh-so-good music by Radwimps will just leave you speechless and mesmerized. It is, without a doubt, the best romantic anime movie ever made.

2. I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

Japanese name- Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai

Tearjerker alert! The name sure sounds a little creepy. But do not judge this movie by its name. The name is derived from an ancient Japanese belief that you’ll know when you watch the movie. No spoilers here, don’t worry. A boy finds the secret diary of one of his classmates in the hospital waiting room and learns that she is suffering from a fatal pancreatic illness. He helps Sakura experience all that she has on her bucket list before she dies. In turn, he learns the importance of friendship and starts opening up to the world. An endearing love story indeed.

3. The Garden of Words

Japanese name- Kotonoha no Niwa

Unlike its name, the movie says a lot with minimal use of words. It lets the magnificently beautiful animation of Shinkai do most of the talking. A 27-year-old teacher and a 15-year-old student escape from the web of everyday life and meet each other in a garden. The two end up filling the voids in each other’s lives in the most poetic way possible. You can feel the love mixed with petrichor through the screen and that’s the only thing that is surreal about this highly realistic movie!

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4. Howl’s Moving Castle

Japanese name- Howl no Ugoku Shiro

Hayao Miyazaki is a big name in the anime world. His works under the banner of the prestigious Studio Ghibli have always been examples of perfection and brilliance. Howl’s Moving Castle is an unusual love story between a wizard named Howl and a young woman named Sophia. Sophia ages prematurely under the curse of an evil witch and the Howl goes above and beyond in order to break the curse. This fantasy film is considered one of the most romantic anime movies of all time.

5. The Night is Short, Walk on Girl

Japanese name- Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome

In what seems like a story by James Joyce, a young girl spends an insanely long night in the city of Kyoto, partying all along and meeting different people. Her senpai, who is madly in love her with follows her around trying to draw her attention in a way that it would seem like a coincidence. This unusual romantic comedy anime is exactly what you need to see if you are looking for something fresh. Even the animation is quite different from what we are used to, which makes the experience full of wonder.

6. 5 Centimeters per Second

Japanese name- Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru

Do you know how my friend got me interested in watching this hour-long movie? He just told me the fact that 5 cm/s is the speed at which cherry blossoms fall from the tree to the ground. That’s what this movie gives you, facts. It hits you reality after making you wear the safety gear of hope. If love is like spring, isn’t there a winter that awaits it? Makoto Shinkai never disappoints.

7. Doukyusei

Japanese name- Doukyuusei

Doukyuusei’s literal translation is classmates. This movie is considered Shoko Nakamura’s masterpiece because of the simplicity with which it presents human emotions. Hikaru Kusakabe, a member of a rock band, decides to help his classmate Rihito Sajou, a straight-A student, with his singing for the upcoming chorus festival. The two boys start developing feelings for each other. What follows is a heartwarming love story that will surely pull every string of your heart.

8. Whisper of The Heart

Japanese name- Mimi wo Sumaseba

If a love story starts from a library, mark my words, it is going to be epic. Shizuku Tsukishima finds out that all her favourite books have been checked out by a certain boy (Seiji) from the library. When they finally meet, it’s only natural that they fall in love. Seiji, with his determination and ambition, inspires Shizuku to have a dream of her own. And yes, this movie has the Japanese version of the song ‘Country Road‘ in it.

9. The Wind Rises

Japanese name- Kaze Tachinu

This fictional biography on the life of Jiro Horikoshi is perhaps one of the most beautiful anime romantic movies ever made by Studio Ghibli. Although, the main theme is not of romance but of Jiro chasing his dream of creating the infamous Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter aircraft and the toll that it takes on him. The movie has anti-war overtones. Interestingly the thing that stands out in this movie is the wonderful relationship between Jiro and his wife Naoko Satomi. This is one film that you wouldn’t regret watching.

10. Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light

Japanese name- Hotarubi no Mori e

In this supernatural romantic movie, a girl named Hotaru falls in love with Gin, a masked forest spirit. But the catch is that Gin would vanish as soon as he is touched by a human. Ah, love, the things you make people do. Talk about long-distance relationships! This seems worse. This heartbreaking yet beautiful movie will surely bring tears to your eyes.

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