Romance anime doesn't have to be sappy and sentimental to be enjoyable - actually, sometimes romance is all the more poignant when it also makes you laugh. That wonderful combination of emotions can be found in comedy-romance anime.
Which are the best anime rom-coms? That depends on your personal preferences. If you're tired of every romance anime being set in high school, you should check out Wotakoi and Recovery of an MMO Junkie, two stories about adults falling in love with hilarious results. Want something that's just plain bizarre? Try Arakawa Under the Bridge, an anime that's about a strange society of misfits living under the titular bridge. Want to watch something awesomely old school? Try Ouran High School Host Club - it's hard to find a better example of funny romance anime than that.
No matter what you're looking for, there's something on this list that will grab you by the feels while making you snort with laughter.
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Misaki Ayuzawa is the student council president, and she takes her job seriously. That's because the loud and obnoxious boys at her school make life practically unbearable for the few girls, and she's dedicated to making sure that they get a fair shake at a decent education. But despite her insistence that everyone else follow the rules, Misaki is secretly breaking one of them by taking a job outside of school at a maid cafe.
When her sarcastic classmate Usui gets wind of her secret, he begins by just teasing her about it - but as the series progresses, the two start getting to know each other on a deeper level. This anime expertly combines humor with a unique relationship that progresses the way a real one might.4,602398Is this funny and heartwarming?
Kaguya-sama: Love Is WarPhoto: A-1 Pictures
As the president and vice president of their elite high school, Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are two of the most highly respected students at their school. Naturally, many of their classmates see them as a perfect couple - and so do Kaguya and Miyuki, who each harbor a massive crush on the other. Both are completely unwilling to admit to their feelings, and they spend each episode trying to get the other to confess.
Each episode involves ridiculous attempts that range from trying to outwit each other at parlor games to refusing to admit they're carrying an umbrella in the hopes that the other person will offer theirs. It's one of the funniest anime of the winter 2019 season, but it's also hard not to root for Miyuki and Kaguya to get together.2,955271Is this funny and heartwarming?
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For OtakuPhoto: A-1 Pictures
Grownup love is every bit as silly and ridiculous and love between high schoolers, and Wotakoi proves it. When Narumi Momose gets a new office job, she hopes to keep her otaku nature a secret from her coworkers. That plan flies right out the window when she finds out that she's working with Hirotaka Nifuji, her childhood friend and fellow nerd.
Nifuji knows about her interests but doesn't know that they're a secret, so he ends up exposing her to like-minded people by mistake. Narumi suddenly has friends who share her interests - and she and Nifuji begin dating. Just because half of their dates involve sitting at home playing video games doesn't mean it's not true love!1,916213Is this funny and heartwarming?
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFUPhoto: Brain's Base
Hachiman Hikigaya is a deeply pessimistic young man who firmly believes that all social relationships are doomed to failure and that the world is designed to make everyone as miserable as possible. When he writes an essay mocking the concept of friendship, his teacher assigns him to join the Volunteer Service Club, a club that forces him to actually help people - often with the social problems he so reviles. Through the club, he has to do everything from help his oblivious friend edit his terrible novel to try and stop a little girl from being bullied - and through it all, he's deepening his bonds with his fellow club mates, Yui and Yukino.
Hikigaya never actually gets into a relationship - he isn't ready for something like that. But his bonds with Yukino and Yui, as well as his obvious attraction to Totsuka, put this story firmly in the romance category. There are also plenty of moments that are devastatingly sad - like when Hikigaya's rock bottom self-esteem is revealed - but the funny moments overpower the pathos. It's one of the best anime to combine romance and comedy, and it's well worth a watch.1,643206Is this funny and heartwarming?