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.
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.4,041374Is this funny and heartwarming?
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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.5,508555Is 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!2,484274Is this funny and heartwarming?
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Fruits Basket can get kind of disturbing at times, but for the most part, it sticks to romantic-comedy territory. It follows Tohru Honda, a homeless teenage orphan girl who is taken in by the Sohma family. The Sohmas harbor a bizarre secret - they're cursed to transform into the animals that represent the Chinese zodiac. Because this happens when they're hugged by members of the opposite sex, this results in some ridiculous situations that are both funny and full of romantic intrigue.2,615358Is this funny and heartwarming?