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The 16 Best Supernatural Romance Anime

Updated February 19, 2021 33.5k votes 6.4k voters 159.3k views16 items

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.

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  • Photo: Kamisama Kiss / TMS Entertainment

    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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  • Photo: Fruits Basket / TMS Entertainment

    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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  • Photo: Yona of the Dawn / Studio Pierrot

    In the kingdom of Kouka, Princess Yona lives a life of blissful ignorance and luxury within the castle's walls. But when her cousin Su-won murders the king in order to overtake the throne, she is forced to leave her life of royalty behind. The only person who escapes with her is her childhood best friend and bodyguard, Son Hak. Together, they venture on a journey to find the legendary Four Dragon Warriors who will help them reclaim the kingdom. If you're a fan of adventure and fantasy romances, you'll definitely find Yona of the Dawn to be a fun ride. While the story is about a young woman expanding her world views and maturing into an independent, kick-butt queen, it also follows the budding romance between Yona and Son Hak. Their relationship developing from childhood friends to love interests makes for a heart-racing journey. 

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  • Photo: Hotarubi no Mori e / Brain's Base

    Hotarubi no Mori e features one of the most touching and tragic romances in anime history - and what makes it so sad are the supernatural elements. While lost in the forest near her uncle's house, six-year-old Hotaru happens across Gin, a spirit who seems human, but who always wears a peculiar mask. Over the years, Hotaru revisits her strange forest friend - and as she gets older, the two of them begin to fall in love. The problem is that Gin can't actually touch a human being, or he'll disappear, rendering it nearly impossible for them to truly express their feelings. 

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