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.
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?Does this sound interesting?
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.Does this sound interesting?
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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.Does this sound interesting?
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Your Name is one of the most famous anime movies in recent history, so if you're a supernatural romance fan who has somehow missed it, you should definitely add it to your to-watch list. The movie follows Taki and Mitsuha, two teenagers who find themselves swapping bodies despite having never met before. As they live each other's lives, they get to know each other and start communicating through messages that they leave for one another. Just as they're starting to truly care for each other, Taki realizes that the two of them aren't in the same timeline - and that in his timeline, Mitsuha's entire town was wiped out by a meteor. To save her, he'll have to transcend time and space - but how?Does this sound interesting?