Whether you’re single, taken, or somewhere in between (oof), there’s no denying that Valentine’s season brings with it a whole bag of sappy feelings. And while love is in the air, there’s also something else still in the air (it rhymes with “Melona Cyrus”) that ought to make you reconsider acting on those sappy feelings and spending Valentine’s Day outside. Regardless of your civil status, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Happy Hearts Day without leaving the comfort of your own home, and that includes binge-watching some romance anime.
There’s plenty of great romance anime out there, like the classic Honey & Clover or the currently airing Horimiya, but for the sake of wider accessibility, we’ll be taking a look at the options available on the streaming platform everyone knows best: Netflix. For your viewing convenience, here are some great romance anime picks currently available on the streaming platform.
Arguably the best rom-com anime to come out in recent years, Kaguya-Sama: Love is War is an anime so nice, we’re recommending it twice. You’ve heard of people beating around the bush when it comes to confessing their feelings, but Kaguya-Sama takes this all-too-common occurrence and stretches it out into a full-fledged comedy anime.
The story centers on its two protagonists, Student Council President Miyuki Shirogane and Vice President Kaguya Shinomiya as they participate in a battle of wits to get the other to confess their love first. Believing that whoever confesses first is the loser, neither of them can back down, and it’s their increasingly complicated schemes that make up the show’s funny moments.
With two seasons available on Netflix and a third one planned for production, Kaguya-Sama is a worthy candidate for a binge-watch that’ll leave you laughing and feeling all sappy as Miyuki and Kaguya get closer and closer to finally being honest with themselves.
All the OG weebs out there ought to know this one. Toradora! is a classic rom-com anime that originally aired from 2008 to 2009, and it was even aired in the Philippines in May 2009 on TV5, one of the first channels to officially air the show outside of Japan. Despite its age, Toradora! remains a well-loved romance anime because of its timeless plot: a group of friends develop an overlapping pentagram of feelings for each other, resulting in plenty of humorous, heartwarming, and heartbreaking scenes.
The story centers on Ryuji and Taiga, total opposites who eventually become allies as they try to set up the other in a romantic relationship with their best friends, Yusaku and Minori. Frequently going out together to plan out their schemes, Ryuji and Taiga inevitably develop feelings for one another, but it doesn’t stop there. Just as the two come to terms with their newfound emotions, a transfer student named Ami comes along to take Ryuji’s attention away from Taiga. Toradora! is a rollercoaster of emotions that’ll make for perfect Valentine’s season viewing.
Let’s face it: romance anime is often predictable, and a good ending is almost always guaranteed, but that’s why we watch them. We want a little humor, some conflict, and a heartwarming moment at the end, making up a feel-good experience in a 12 to 25-episode package. Scum’s Wish is an anime that subverts those expectations and shows the darker side of messy relationships and unrequited feelings.
The story revolves around Mugi and Hanabi, two people who are brought together not by their mutual feelings of love, but of loneliness. They acknowledge each other as being “victims” of unrequited love, and so they pair up as a sort of pity party just to avoid feeling lonely. Their only rules are to keep each other company and to break up if they ever find their feelings reciprocated by the people they truly like.
Be warned that Scum’s Wish contains themes and contents way outside what we’re used to with romance anime, and it can be a depressing watch at times. Beyond its sad premise, however, is a more grounded take on the romance genre, showing the messier, lonelier, and sadder parts that we don’t really see in most romance anime.
If you’re old enough to have watched Boys Be on TV back when it aired in the 2000s, Tsuredure Children will have a familiar structure. Newer romance anime series tend to follow a storyline with two or more characters at the forefront, but there was a time when the omnibus format dominated the romance genre in both manga and anime.
Tsuredure Children carries on the omnibus romance anime tradition by having an ensemble cast of characters each with their own pairings and story arcs. Just like Boys Be, Tsuredure Children focuses on a different set of characters every episode, though they’re all connected through varying degrees of friendship.
If you don’t have the time to binge through an entire series, Tsuredure Children is a perfect watch because of its self-contained episodes, allowing you to watch a few episodes at a time without having to follow an overarching plot. It’s the rom-com anime experience served in pocket-sized, 20-minute portions.
Finally, it’s not a list of romance anime recommendations without a bit of BL. You can deny it all you want, but there’s a little fujoshi or fudanshi in all of us, and Kiss Him, Not Me is a hilarious depiction of what it’s like to be a BL fan. The anime tells the story of Kae Serinuma, a BL-loving fujoshi who becomes everyone’s campus crush overnight. When her male schoolmates begin asking her out, she finds herself in the middle of a harem, with only one problem: she doesn’t want these boys to like her, she wants them to like each other.
As Kae and her harem start to become good friends with each other, the boys come to accept Kae’s fujoshi nature and eventually understand the joys of BL themselves. They still end up fighting over who gets to date Kae, but it’s fun to see them all become good friends in the process.
If you’re looking for something more lighthearted that doesn’t necessarily end with the main girl ending up with the main guy, Kiss Him, Not Me is a great watch that also serves as an alternative to the usual romance anime.
Are there any other good romance anime picks on Netflix that we missed? Let us know in the comments! And for more anime news and recommendations, be sure to stay tuned to our website and Facebook page.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Our Privacy Commitment
TV5 Network Inc. values and respects your privacy. We are committed to safeguarding your personal data in compliance with Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
Why do we collect your personal information (as applicable)?
We may collect and maintain basic information about you as site user of TV5 sites for the following purposes:
Where do we get your personal information?
There are several ways we collect your personal information.
Information that you personally provided.
Most of the personal information we have are those that you have provided us when you:
Information we collect during your engagement with us
We also collect information as you use our products and services, like:
Information we collect from other sources
Other means of collection of information may be through:
When do we disclose personal information?
There may be instances when we are required to share the information you provided us. In such cases, we ensure that your personal information will be disclosed on a confidential manner, through secure channels and in compliance with the Data Privacy Act and other privacy laws.
In some instances, we may be required to disclose your personal information to our agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, business partners and other third-party agencies and service providers as part of our regular business operations and for the provision of our programs and services. This means we might share your information with our service providers, contractors, and professional advisers who help us provide our services.
How we protect your personal information
The integrity, confidentiality, and security of your information is important to us. We have implemented technical, organizational, and physical security measures that are designed to protect your information from unauthorized or fraudulent access, alteration, disclosure, misuse, and other unlawful activities.
We also put in effect the following safeguards:
TV5 will not collect, use, or disclose your personal information for any purpose other than those identified in this Commitment, your Service Agreement or our Terms of Service, and any other purpose that you may have given your consent for.
What are your choices?
We make sure that we have your consent to continue to collect, use, and disclose your personal information for the purposes that we have identified. We want you to know that you may object or withdraw your consent and/or edit your consent preferences at any time.
If you wish to have access to the personal information in our custody or if you think that the personal information you provided is incomplete, or otherwise inaccurate, you may get in touch with our Data Protection Officer through the contact details provided below. In some instances, we may request for supporting documents or proof before we effect requested changes.
Data Protection Officer
TV5 Network Inc.
Reliance corner Sheridan Streets
What happens when there are changes in our Policy?
You will be provided notices if the changes are significant and, if we are required by law, we will obtain your updated consent.