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The 15 Best Action Romance Anime You Need To Watch  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the anime that most expertly combines romance and action.

Maybe you're an action buff who appreciates a good love story. On the flip side, maybe you're a hopeless romantic who gets bored with mundane, slice-of-life settings. If either of these descriptions fits, you need to be watching action romance anime, a genre that will make your heart pound in more ways than one. 

The best action romance anime combine everything that's great about both genres while nixing the annoying stuff. They place equal value on the fight scenes that make action anime so exciting and the emotionally compelling love stories that exist at the heart of romance. The most infamous example is InuYasha - a story about a teenage girl searching for magical items with the help of a half-demon who she's falling in love with - but there are plenty of other great action romance anime that fit the bill.

If this genre sounds like it's up your alley, then you might soon find a new favorite show.

Yona of the Dawn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 15 Best Action Romance Anime You Need To Watch
Photo:  Studio Pierrot

In Yona of the Dawn, Princess Yona lives a life of luxury until her father is assassinated, and she suddenly has to reckon with the realities of the world outside the palace. She discovers that the world is actually full of corruption and inequality, and decides that as a princess, it's her duty to restore peace and safety to the people of the Kingdom of Kouka.

As she struggles to restore justice, she gathers comrades to help her out. One of them is Son Hak, a powerful soldier who leads the Wind Tribe. Their developing relationship runs parallel to the political intrigue and battle sequences that carry the show.

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InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 15 Best Action Romance Anime You Need To Watch
Photo:  Sunrise

InuYasha follows, Kagome Higurashi, a seemingly ordinary high school girl whose life changes forever when a demon drags her down a well and she winds up in Sengoku era Japan. There, a wish granting jewel manifests inside of her, but it breaks during a battle with a demon. With help from a half-human, half-demon hybrid named Inuyasha and several other allies, she sets off to find the shattered remnants of the jewel to make sure that they aren't used for evil.

Over the course of their journey, Kagome and Inuyasha grow closer and eventually fall in love.

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The Ancient Magus' Bride
The Ancient Magus' Bride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 15 Best Action Romance Anime You Need To Watch
Photo:  Wit Studio

The Ancient Magus' Bride combines a lush fantasy world with hair-raising fights, as well as the romance that slowly blooms between the two protagonists. Many of the conflicts arise when various spirits and demons take interest in controlling Chise Hatori's incredible powers, and these typically require intense magical battles.

Between battles, Chise forges a powerful bond with her otherworldly housemate, Elias - eventually wanting to be his bride, as the title suggests. 

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The World Is Still Beautiful
The World Is Still Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 15 Best Action Romance Anime You Need To Watch
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The World Is Still Beautiful blends comedy, romance, and action to create a satisfying viewing experience. Livius Ifrikia is the powerful ruler of the Sun Kingdom, a place where sunshine is constant and rain does not exist. He learns about the Rain Dukedom, and marries Nike Remercier, the princess of this land, in the hopes of bringing a more balanced weather system to his kingdom.

Nike has heard some pretty nasty rumors about Livius, so she's less than thrilled at the prospect - but when they actually meet, she finds something quite contrary to what she expected. 

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