Now that so many Funimation shows have settled in their new home on Crunchyroll, you might be in the mood to watch a specific genre in the expanded catalog. If that genre involves butterflies in your stomach, turning red in the face from embarrassment, and cringing over cheesy pickup lines, you’ve found your way into romance anime. Whether you’re already a lover of this sweet genre or it’s your first time watching, you’re in for a romantic ride with the shows below, available dubbed and subbed!
KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR
You know the saying “two can play at that game?” KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR takes the phrase to a whole new level by pitting the two main leads, Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, both top students at Shuchiin Academy, against each other in a game of “whoever confesses first loses.” Both come up with elaborate schemes to get the other person to admit their feelings, and in the process, they find new reasons to fall in love even harder. If you’re interested in a show that takes an extremely entertaining approach to the high school rom-com, KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR is a must-watch.
For a more mellow slice-of-life high school rom-com, Horimiya leans into the “boy meets girl” narrative but doesn’t stick to the tropes associated with it. The characters have high EQs and know how to communicate with each other rather than let misunderstandings fester and tear down their relationships. Izumi Miyamura was a nobody, invisible to everyone at school until he meets Kyouko Hori, who’s the opposite of him: popular, beautiful, and smart. The show is quick to address that there’s more to people than appearances. Horimiya looks at high school romance through a mature lens, peeling away the layers of every character, each navigating through their feelings and adolescence in their own way. If you’ve been a follower of the manga, you might be pleasantly surprised by the anime adaptation.
Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club is a high school rom-com classic, hard to miss when it’s been on multiple streaming platforms. Haruhi Fujioka, biologically born female but prefers a male appearance, attends Ouran Academy, a place of rich heirs and heiresses, and comes across the Host Club. After accidentally breaking an expensive vase, Haruhi is forced to repay the debt by joining the club as a Host and entertaining female students. In a series of misunderstandings, antics, and comedic skits, Ouran High School Host Club makes an effort to bridge the gap between rich and poor, ordinary and unique, and faking it and being true to yourself. It’s a show that’s worth watching repeatedly, with some of its jokes and themes still holding up to this day.
The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent
Breaking the chain of high school rom-coms is The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent, a fantasy that follows the flow of slice-of-life anime and centers on a 20-something-year-old female protagonist. An office worker in her previous life, Sei learns to harness her newfound magic powers in the Kingdom of Salutania’s royal palace where she was summoned. Sei saves Albert Hawke — the Commander of the Third Order of the Knights, who was on the brink of death — and the two develop a slow burn relationship. Brimming with wholesome and sweet interactions, The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent is the type of show you can relax with and escape to, just like how Sei escaped the unhealthy lifestyle of an overworked office lady.
Adachi and Shimamura
Last on the list is Adachi and Shimamura, a slice-of-life romance between two high school girls, Sakura Adachi and Hougetsu Shimamura, who have opposite personalities. They meet at the school gym and play a game of ping-pong, setting off their friendship. As the girls spend more time together, Adachi realizes she harbors romantic feelings for Shimamura, who only sees her as a friend. The question of “what’s more important: friendship or feelings?” controls the show’s narrative. If you’re a sucker for happy endings, the show makes you cheer for the leads throughout their journey. Love isn’t always simple or easy, and Adachi and Shimamura is a great reflection of this.
That wraps up the list of romance anime that were once Funimation-exclusive now available on Crunchyroll! Whether you watch one or all of the shows mentioned, you might find yourself yearning for more romance.