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The 15 Most Underrated Romance Anime You Should Check Out

Updated February 22, 2019 6.4k votes 2.0k voters 49.6k views15 items

If you're a romance anime fan, there are some shows that you've definitely seen - or at least had recommended to you more times than you can count. There's only so many times that a person can watch My Love Story! or Yuri on Ice before they need something a little bit different. 

For those who are getting suggestions for romance anime you've already seen or know you're not interested in, you need some underrated romance anime recommendations. One great option is Natsuyuki Rendesvouz, an anime about a man vying with a ghost for the affections of his widow. Another is The Great Passage, which combines romance with an unusual subject - dictionary making.

Underwatched romance anime appears in all genres and ranges from lighthearted romcoms to deep explorations of the human psyche. Whatever you're looking for, if you're a romance fan then there's something on this list for you. Vote up the shows you know you like, or plan to watch next.

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  •  Snow White with the Red Hair is one of the most popular anime on this list, but it still doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves and is virtually unknown to many anime fans. It follows a young woman who works at an apothecary who must escape the prince of her nation, who wants to force her to serve as his concubine. She's rescued by Zen Wistalia, the prince of a nearby nation, and finds a new life as an herbalist in his country - as well as a new chance at true love. 

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    Scum's Wish

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    When Scum's Wish came out in 2017,  it generated a lot of discussion - but since then it's mostly faded into the background. That's too bad because it's actually a really cool show. Mugi and Hanabi are two teenagers who are in love with their teachers. Because they know that it's unlikely that their feelings will be reciprocated, they decide to take solace in each other. There are plenty of complications, however - ranging from both Mugi and Hanabi having friends who are in love with them, to Mugi's crush not being the sweet and gentle person she seems to be. This anime depicts love as one of the most painful, complicated, messy things in the world, so if you're feeling bitter about the concept of romance, this is a great next watch.

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    Bokura ga Ita

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    Nanami Takahashi and Motoharu Yano start out their relationship cautiously but quickly end up deeply entangled with one another's lives. Unfortunately, their relationship is complicated by Yano's past, which involves a girlfriend who passed away in an accident, as well as a tryst with his former girlfriend's younger sister. If you love anime that digs deep into relationship drama to the point of resembling a soap opera, Bokura ga Ita is the show for you. 

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    Romance can blossom in any environment, including a post-apocalyptic one. Shion and Nezumi come from vastly different worlds. Shion lives a privileged life in a protected enclave where he has no idea about the horrible things that people outside of his environment go through - meanwhile, Nezumi is a fugitive from the outside world. When Shion takes in Nezumi for the night, he and his mother are stripped of their "elite" status and forced to reckon with the same environment Nezumi fled. The two meet again - and as they deal with complex political issues, they start to fall in love with each other. 

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