Anime Underground 15 Anime Without Romance For When You're Sick Of Love  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the best anime that tells a great story without romance.

Sometimes it can feel like anime - and pop culture in general - focuses way too hard on romance. Though some of the best anime ever made focus partially or completely on matters of the heart, and there's nothing inherently wrong with these themes, they just aren't what everyone wants to see all the time. Whether you feel like the excessive focus on romance takes away from the plot elements that do interest you, can't get into the canon pairings that dominate your favorite shows, or just straight up don't want to see this kind of content, sometimes you want to watch anime with no romance. 

It's nearly impossible to find anime with no romance whatsoever since it pops up in everything from kids' shows to horror. Still, there are plenty of shows that make minimal or no use of romantic tropes. What are some of the best anime without romance? That depends on your personal taste. If you like slice of life, you might want to try Barakamon, an anime about a young man trying to fix his troubled personality. If you're more of an action fan, maybe take on One Piece - it's one of the only shonen giants with no canon pairings to get in the way of the action. No matter what your tastes are, there's something not-so-lovey-dovey out there for you to enjoy. 

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Barakamon

Barakamon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Anime Without Romance For When You're Sick Of Love
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When stressed out calligrapher Seishuu Handa punches an appraiser in the face, his father sends him to the remote Gotou Islands to try and calm down. There, he spends his days learning to live a slow-paced country life with neighbors who show him how to stop dwelling on things he can't control and live in the moment. Though in his early 20's, Handa isn't emotionally mature enough for a romantic subplot - before anything like that can possibly happen, he has to get a grip on his emotions. Instead, most of his time is spent with children, the elderly, his coworkers, and his parents. 

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One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Anime Without Romance For When You're Sick Of Love
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One Punch Man is a parody shonen about a superhero named Saitama who can defeat any enemy with a single punch. Besides using his incredible powers to protect the city, Saitama mostly just wants to watch TV and clip coupons - he doesn't seem to have any real inclination toward romance. Though this doesn't apply to everyone in the series, no one is shown actually being in a relationship or attempting to pursue one.

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Hunter X Hunter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Anime Without Romance For When You're Sick Of Love
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Hunter X Hunter follows twelve-year-old Gon Freecss on his journey to become a hunter, a title that will allow him great power and freedom, and may even help him find his long-lost father Ging. Alongside him are many people seeking to advance their own hunter careers for a variety of reasons. Each story is more complicated and bizarre than the last, but none of them really focus on romance. Though the show does deal with adult themes, the protagonist is quite young, which may explain this.

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Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Anime Without Romance For When You're Sick Of Love
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Ginko is a mushi-shi - a person whose job it is to solve problems caused by mushi, mysterious lifeforms that can do anything from creating traveling swamps to imbuing people with psychic powers. In each episode, he encounters new mushi afflicting new groups of people. Though some of the people he helps are part of a couple, there is rarely any focus on romance, and Ginko himself rarely considers such things. 

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