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The 21 Best High School Romance Anime

High school is well-known for being the most common setting for anime romance - to the point where older fans lament the lack of romance in any other context. It's popular for a reason - high school is the time when many people have their first experience with romance. In high school romance anime, emotions are heightened and stakes are high, which is great from a storytelling perspective. 

But just because something is super popular doesn't mean that every example of the genre is good. Even if you love high school romance, you still might not like everything the genre has to offer. This list describes some of the best romance anime about high school life.

Which one will appeal to you depends on your personal preferences. If you like a little humor with your romance, Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun is a great choice. Prefer something super dramatic where everyone is miserable all the time? Try Scum's Wish. Want an LGBTQ+ romance? Watch Bloom Into You. Each of these shows has its own take on youth and love, so try out whichever one interests you.

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    2,362 VOTES
    Horimiya
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    Kyouko Hori and Izumi Miyamura don't seem to have anything in common. Hori is a popular girl with a strong personality, while Miyamura sort of fades into the background. But both of them are hiding something about themselves. Because her mom works full time and her dad works overseas, Hori has to spend most of her free time caring for her younger brother and herself. Meanwhile, Miya is hiding a more badass side - he has tattoos and piercings that he never shows anyone. 

    The two might not have much in common, but they do have camoflage. That's enough to spark a beautiful relationship. 

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    The couple at the center of A Silent Voice may not attend the same high school, but they're both experiencing their first love during adolescence, so it counts. In elementary school, Shouya Ishida used to bully his deaf classmate, Shoko Nishimiya. Though he wasn't the only one responsible for doing so, he ends up taking the blame for the whole debacle and being ostracized himself. Once in high school, Shouya feels tremendously guilty about what he did and wants to make it up to Shouko. He gets the chance when he comes across her randomly, and the two begin building a positive and loving relationship - but not one without obstacles. Whether it's Shouko's protective younger sibling, Shouya's guilt and Shouko's trauma, or acquaintances with their own grudges, something is always getting in the way.

    A Silent Voice is a beautiful movie that will definitely make you cry - but in a good way.

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    2,989 VOTES

    In middle school, Futaba Yoshioka and Kou Tanaka are the best of friends, and both are harboring a mutual crush. When they start high school, they're completely estranged from each other. Both of them have changed dramatically - Futaba has altered her personality to be more popular with her female classmates, and Kou has changed his last name and is a lot angrier than Futaba remembers. The story revolves around their struggle to reclaim their old relationship - or build a new one that serves them better. 

    One thing that makes Blue Spring Ride particularly noteworthy as a high school romance is how much high school politics play a role. Kou changed because of personal trauma, but Futaba changed intentionally so that she would be able to fit in and have a social life. This dramatically impacts her budding relationship - something that might not happen in another setting. 

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    Maid Sama!
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    Misaki Ayuzawa's high school is dominated by loud, unruly boys who are constantly harrassing the girls. Hoping to make the school into a safe place for girls to learn, Misaki resorts to some extreme tactics.

    While she's dealing with that, she also has to work - after her father left her family, there's not a lot of money to go around. This is stressful enough, but the only job she can find is an embarrassing one at a maid cafe. Worse, her school doesn't allow students to work. When her popular classmate Takumi Usui discovers her secret, it seems like he's just going to use it to humiliate her - but could he have a less nefarious purpose? Perhaps even a romantic one?