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The 13 Best Supernatural Romance Anime  

Anna Lindwasser
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Sometimes, it's not enough for anime characters to fall in love in an everyday setting. Sometimes, you want a little more excitement than what can be found in the real world - but without sacrificing the romance. One way to get that is through supernatural romance anime, a subgenre that combines all kinds of monsters, demons, and magic with love. 

This list will give you a handful of great shows to try out if you haven't already. It includes classics like Inuyasha and Fushigi Yugi, two anime about a girl who is transported into a magical version of the past and finds true love there, as well as more modern shows like The Ancient Magus' Bride and Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai. If you love romance anime with demons, werewolves, mages, and more, you're sure to find something on this list that suits your taste.

Kamisama Kiss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 13 Best Supernatural Romance Anime
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After Nanami Momozono's father's financial decisions leave her homeless, she's at a loss for what to do. Thanks to a series of strange events, she winds up working as a deity at a shrine. Not everyone involved in the shrine is pleased with this, however. Tomoe, the familiar of the former deity, doesn't trust her as far as he can throw her. Will the two of them remain enemies, or will they come to an understanding? Or, perhaps, something more than just an understanding?

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Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 13 Best Supernatural Romance Anime
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Fruits Basket follows an upbeat and cheerful girl named Tohru Honda as she becomes embroiled in the complex and mysterious world of the Sohma family. Due to a curse that was placed on them centuries ago, members of the Sohma family transform into the animals associated with the Chinese Zodiac when they're hugged by the opposite sex. Because keeping their secret requires such extraordinary levels of isolation, the family is severely dysfunctional - something that Tohru learns as she gets to know them. Through the process of trying to help heal the family's wounds, Tohru develops romantic tension with some of the members - and she isn't the only one with a love story. 

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The Ancient Magus' Bride
The Ancient Magus' Bride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 13 Best Supernatural Romance Anime
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After finding herself completely alone in the world, Chise Hatori puts herself up for auction, hoping against hope to change her life for the better. Elias Ainsworth, a mage with a cow skull for a head, buys her with the intention of helping her utilize her incredible latent powers. While she does start learning how to control her abilities, she also comes to realize that she isn't alone - she's one of countless other magical beings - and what's more, her relationship with Elias takes a turn for the romantic.

The Ancient Magus' Bride is a beautifully told story with art that's hard to look away from, and it's well worth watching if you haven't already. 

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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 13 Best Supernatural Romance Anime
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Despite being only nineteen years old, Sophie Hatter lives the steady and predictable life of an elderly woman. When she earns the ire of a witch, she's cursed to transform into a 90-year-old version of herself. On her journey to try and restore her youth, she meets a wizard named Howl who is not only powerful but is also one of the most extra people she's ever met. As her serious demeanor clashes with his carefree one, the two become better versions of themselves and grow closer together. In a world full of magic, a seemingly ordinary young woman finds love.

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