The 13 Best Anime Like Toradora!
Love is complicated. If there's one anime that represents this motto best, it's Toradora! The anime romance about a pint-sized firecracker named Taiga Aisaka and the intimidating Ryuji Takasu truly showed that love comes in all shapes and sizes. It captured all the awkwardness and fear of high school love, along with all the moments that make it worthwhile.
If you just finished watching Toradora!, then you might be wondering what anime series to watch next? The number of anime romances out there may seem never-ending, but below are 13 of the best anime like Toradora! Give these great lovey-dovey anime series a try, and vote for the ones that appeal to you the most.
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou continues that trend of lovers looking out for each other from Toradora!, with its love story between Sorata Kanda and Mashiro Shiina. The two come together after Sorata is kicked out of his college dorm for housing a stray cat and must live in Mashiro's.
He later cares for Mashiro in the same loving way he looks after his pets.
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My Little Monster can be seen as a reversal of gender from the romantic dynamic of Toradora! Where Taiga's short-temperdness made love between her and Ryuji difficult at first, the monstrous attitude of Haru Yoshida makes his relationship with fellow high school student Shizuku Mizutani an initial headache.
However, Shizuku realizes that Haru is actually a kind-hearted soul, despite his trouble-making persona.
The complexities of life and love from Toradora! are all here in Golden Time. Golden Time follows the college life of Tada Banri, a student who recently recovered from a severe case of amnesia. Tada must balance the relationships he lost in the past with the ones in the present, including a blooming romance between him and a young woman named Kōko Kaga.
Maid Sama! shares the same forced-to-be-together setup as Toradora!, along with the outcome of love between the two characters. In Maid Sama!, the boy-hating student president of Seika High School, Misaki Ayuzawa, is blackmailed by the rowdy male student, Usui Takumi, when he discovers she works in a maid cafe.
He keeps her dirty secret all to himself and even visits her at work, but the two later fall in love with one another.
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Kimi ni Todoke is another love story that challenges public perception, in the same way Toradora! did. Similar to how Ryuji was perceived as a delinquent, due to his piercing eyes, Kuronuma Sawako struggles to make friends at school, because she looks like the ghost girl from The Ring.
However, things begin to change once the most popular boy in school, Kazehaya Shouta, starts hanging out with her.
Despite the magical premise, Zero no Tsukaima is surprisingly similar to Toradora! Both shows have a love-hate relationship between the main characters, which eventually blooms into a caring romance. In Zero no Tsukaima, the loser magician, Louise, is forced to work together with a high school boy named Saito Hiraga, after accidentally summoning him as her eternal partner.