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.
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.
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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.
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.
Lovely Complex shares the strongest resemblance to Toradora! Both anime are about polar opposites - in appearance and personality - who eventually fall in love with each other. In Lovely Complex, it's a taller-than-average girl named Risa Koizumi who falls in love with a shorter-than-average boy named Ōtani Atsushi.