Love is not constrained to any particular time period. While it's fun to read contemporary romance, sometimes it's even better to see couples falling in love in the past. Historical romance anime is a mini-genre that's worth exploring whether you're a history buff, a romance fan, or both.
Some of the best historical romance takes place in Japan's past, whether that means the Taisho period like Taisho Otome Fairy Tale or the late 1960s like Shinichiro Watanabe's Kids on the Slope. But period romance anime isn't confined to Japan - Arte takes place in 16th-century Florence. Some, such as The Wind Rises, are grounded in real history. Others are a little more fantastical - My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! is set in a history-based otome game. No matter what the setting is, these anime often have well-written, interesting female leads, and male heroes that are worth falling in love with.
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