If you starting watching anime to learn about the intricacies of romance, you might think new relationships are reserved for teenagers. In reality, adults' romantic lives can be every bit as dramatic and interesting. While relationships between teenagers can make wonderful stories, sometimes viewers want something a little different – especially adult anime fans who want to watch something they can personally relate to.
Luckily, there are a handful of great anime romances that focus primarily on adults. Yuri!!! On ICE tells the story of two professional ice skaters in their twenties who fall in love, while Love Is Hard For An Otaku focuses on two nerdy office workers developing a relationship. While many of these shows feature realistic settings, some, like Spice and Wolf, feature the relationship between a 25-year-old trader and an ancient harvest wolf goddess. So there's certainly something out there for everyone.
Recovery Of An MMO Junkie
Recovery Of An MMO Junkie will probably resonate with adults who love video games. It tells the story of Moriko Morioka, a 30-year-old woman who quits her corporate job to play online games full time. She's particularly fond of a game called Fruits de Mer, in which she creates a male avatar named Hayashi. Through the game, she meets who she thinks is a young lady named Lily, but who turns out to be a man named Yuuta Sakurai. As Yuuta and Moriko's in-game and offline lives begin to intersect, the two develop a relationship. It's a cute anime that about how even people with complicated lives can still find love.
Love Is Hard For An Otaku
Twenty-six-year-old office worker Narumi Momose just started a new office job where she's hoping to keep her otaku nature under wraps. But when she realizes she's working with her childhood friend Hirotaka Nifuji, a fellow otaku who knows her secret, she realizes she won't be able to hide it from everyone. She doesn't think she wants to date a guy with her interests, but Hirotaka might actually be the perfect man for her.
The exact same premise could easily play out in a high school, but the office setting makes the story unique, and more relatable for adult viewers who would rather leave their teenage memories firmly in the past.
Spice and Wolf tells the story of Kraft Lawrence and Holo the harvest wolf as they travel from town to town, making trades and business deals. While the story is as much about economics as it is about romance, the relationship between the 25-year-old man and the ancient deity does carry a large portion of the show. Most anime about a godlike or magical woman involve a teenage boy as her love interest, so the change is refreshing.
I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying
Hajime Tsunashi is an introverted anime nerd, while his wife Kaoru is a "typical" Japanese office lady. Despite their differences, which they openly acknowledge and lightly tease each other about, the Tsunashis clearly love and respect each other. This anime is about two people with different personalities and priorities building a life together, something that would be difficult to depict realistically with younger characters.