Top 10 Romance and Comedy Anime and Manga

The Top Ten
1 Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

I love this manga so much that it hurts. The fact that he always teases her in such a cute way is charming. They also have the rich kid and the maid setting at a school, which I adore. I wish I had their romance and could be as strong-willed as she is. This was literally the first manga I read, and it set my expectations really high. It got me into more manga, and now I'm hooked. I could reread this a thousand times and not get bored with it. The part that I hate the most is the fact that I can't live the life she is living. Most guys aren't like this, so it's really depressing.

2 Toradora!

One of the best romance animes. You feel so happy when they finally kiss, and it feels so satisfying. It is also nice to see how they are after they get together. There is so much more emotion, empathy, and caring for each other, and awareness. So, there isn't all this wasted emotion because they notice, which is typical in other anime. This makes the emotions add up even more.

Coming from someone who doesn't even like anime or romances very much, this had me hooked. I found myself wondering why the heck I was still watching it, but it just kept me going! Definitely recommend it.

3 Ouran High School Host Club Debuting in 2006, this anime series is adapted from a manga by Bisco Hatori. Set in an elite academy, it focuses on a scholarship student who is mistaken for a boy and joins a host club to repay a debt. The series is well-known for its romantic comedy elements and gender-bending characters.

This manga/anime is, without a doubt, the cutest thing I've ever seen. It has a variety of different characters with their different personalities that most don't have, and I've only watched the anime, but from what I've seen, I think that it's pretty amazing in its humor and most of all character development.

To be honest, I didn't get why people loved this anime so much until recently. The anime itself does not have a lot of romance with Tamaki (the main guy), however, after reading some of the manga, I've come to enjoy all of the funny times and romantic scenes a lot more! I am just taken with this manga.

4 Gakuen Alice

This manga has stayed with me from the first time I read it. It is centred more around friendship than romance, but is coupled together with comedy and makes you laugh with every joke and pun.

The character development and art development are absolutely astonishing. It amazes me every time I come back to read it. A lot goes on in this book, and it keeps you wondering and hoping throughout the manga.

It's a long journey (about 170-180 chapters), but it is worth it just to see the characters develop and fall in love. But be advised and warned that it might give you butterflies and chest pain from all the adorableness and the plot twists. It's a 9 out of 10 for me.

5 Fruits Basket After the accident in which she lost her mother, 16-year-old Tooru moves in with her grandfather, but due to his home being renovated, is unable to continue living with him. Claiming she will find someone to stay with but also fearing the criticism of her family and not wanting to burden any of her... read more

Fruits Basket is an AMAZING anime and manga. I personally recommend the manga because of the better pictures/drawings, and the manga, unlike the anime, has an ending and more romance in it as well. Anyway, this anime/manga is different from others for its magic appearance, or you could say for its different curse and how it's solved. Well, I very much recommend this manga or anime (mostly the manga, at least the end. If you read the end, you'll know why I say this).

I cried, but it was so very detailed and nicely made you can't stop. They made a decent backstory to build up emotion. This also made me laugh and say aww millions of times! It was about a girl who lives in a tent (I know, right? A tent?!). Anyway, she runs into a house on the way and ends up living with 3 guys: Kyo, Yuki, are the two main guys (there's a third one, but I forgot his name though). Who will she fall in love with, though, is the real question, and what secret did they hide?

6 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance"... read more

This anime is definitely worth watching! "Sword Art Online" has some very intense fight scenes, some of which feature Kirito as Asuna's knight in shining armor. Honestly, the romance between Asuna and Kirito is timeless! When you watch it, you'll understand. (Also, it does help that Asuna is not weak and happens to be one of the most impressive anime characters.)

The story itself follows Kazuto Kirigaya, who plays a virtual reality game known as "Sword Art Online" with the username Kirito. However, everything goes wrong when all of its players are suddenly trapped inside the game itself. The only way to escape is by defeating all 100 bosses and winning the game. For a pro gamer like Kirito, this should have been easy. However, the only hitch is that if you die in the game, you will also be killed in the real world.

7 Skip Beat!

This manga is so beautifully amazing! Just the art is enough. The main guy character, Ren, is so hot! Nakamura Yoshiki, the author, is so good at making hot guys that girls drool over them. Also, the anime is as good as the manga but was not continued until season 2... yet. I didn't like the live-action drama because they didn't do justice to the characters and also the main story of Skip Beat.

Funny, cute, and generally awesome. Somewhat twisted in its plot… a girl follows her crush to Tokyo and later finds out he only used her as a maid while he worked to become the most popular singer in Japan. Driven by revenge, she decides to reach the top of the showbiz industry! Please note I haven't seen the anime - just read the manga.

8 Kodocha

Though this manga/anime sounds childish, its plot is actually very deep and can sometimes be very heartbreaking. It makes you cry your heart out one second and laugh the next!

At first, when I first watched it, I was like, Why the heck am I watching this? Then I got further in, and I was like, Oh my gosh, I love this. It is definitely something worth watching.

It is just cute to imagine that elementary school kids have a love story as complicated as this. But that is what makes this manga super cute and worth reading.

9 Case Closed Also known as "Detective Conan," this anime series first aired in Japan in 1996 and is based on a manga by Gosho Aoyama. It revolves around a teenage detective who is transformed into a child while investigating a mysterious organization. The series has a large number of episodes and is popular for... read more

Even though it's still going strong with 1021 chapters and it seems repetitive with a case every chapter, that's the whole point! I love the romance between Shinichi and Ran, as well as Hattori and Kazuha! Gosho Aoyama does an amazing job coming up with the little tricks for the murders and he deserves the title of Japan's Sherlock Holmes.

Best detective manga ever. Anyone who is a big fan of crime like I am, join the club and enjoy so many fun scenes.

Love it, so cool! Very little romance but funny and sweet (though a little sad too).

10 Shugo Chara! Shugo Chara! is a Japanese manga and anime series created by Peach-Pit. The story centers around Amu Hinamori, a student who discovers three magical eggs that hatch into guardian characters. These characters help her transform and realize her true potential. The series combines elements of magical girl... read more

It has a great storyline, cute characters, and the art is really good.

I love Shugo Chara so much. I prefer the manga because the anime was so long and drawn out. Also, Amuto forever!

Amazing! I loved Ikuto x Amu! Boo Tadase. I loved the art. The characters were very cute, and I like the ending! Yoru noo T-T!

The Contenders
11 Ao Haru Ride Ao Haru Ride is the anime adaptation of the manga series written and illustrated by Io Sakisaka, which was serialized in the shoujo magazine Bessatsu Margaret between 2011 and 2015. It has sold over 5.84 million copies, and released in Germany, France, Italy, Taiwan and Poland. It was adapted into a... read more

This is my all-time favourite anime and manga. It just has it all: the cute childhood memories, the strong character development, the romance that melts your heart and the pain that breaks it, not to forget the fact that it's a great laugh in every episode. Ao Haru Ride, both anime and manga, is great for its plot, art, and characters.

Ao Haru Ride is a story about a boy and a girl who loved each other back in middle school without knowing what they felt for each other. Except, when they meet again in high school, both of them have changed so much and slowly fall in love with each other all over again, while facing the struggles of everyday high schoolers and more. I recommend it to everyone.

12 Nisekoi Debuting in 2014, this anime series is based on a manga by Naoshi Komi. The plot centers around two high school students who pretend to be in a romantic relationship to maintain peace between their feuding families. Noted for its romantic comedy elements, the show enjoys a large fan base.

Both are tsundere types, which makes it fun and enjoyable. That means they're sweeter.

The boy is a bit dense, while the girl is quite rowdy. This type of couple is what I'm looking for. But I really wish they could update faster so I can read and watch this anime until the end. By the way, it's about false love. They pretend to be lovers but actually hate each other's guts. Well, their feelings will change over time. That is true love, a developed kind of love. It's much better than a crush because, from time to time, day by day, they never know that they are falling in love.

13 Clannad Clannad is the anime adaptation of the visual novel developed by KEY for Windows PCs in 2004, which was later ported to PlayStation consoles and the Xbox 360. The game was the best-selling PC game in 2004 and charted in national top 50 rankings several more times afterwards. Clannad has been adapted... read more

This is a really sweet story but ends too soon for my liking.

They made a sequel called 'Clannad: The After Story'. Watch it! Oh my God, it made me cry! It's them all grown up, so more mature.

This anime had romance, humor, and touching scenes all mixed into one. Plus, the art is cute!

Clannad is good. Clannad After Story is the real deal.

14 Zero no Tsukaima

I like it so much. The anime has 4 seasons, and I really like it.

I like the romance and a lot of humor. I love it.

The best romance anime so far that's not sad.

For sad romance anime, I prefer Clannad, Charlotte, and Plastic Memories.

15 Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu

"THE BEST" manga EVER!
This is the only manga I've read with the BEST ending. I swear! My heart was contented to its fullest level.
You can't stop reading until you finish it. Every chapter is uniquely written by the one and only KANAN MINAMI. Thank you so much. At last, my dream ending towards manga has been fulfilled.
The OVA brought me here, by the way, haha.
I do hope they make an anime series out of this amazing masterpiece.
Most recommended, aside from AO HARU RIDE. Sayonara!

It's such an awesome story. It truly has something that makes it a beautiful love story of two contrasting characters. It is the best manga I have ever read and it has to be the best!

16 Golden Time

A well-paced and beautifully crafted story filled with the vibes of college life, fun, friendship, some inevitable life lessons, and a serious battle against a mental disorder. To be honest, the romantic moments were pure gems (sometimes a bit cheesy though). The ending felt a bit rushed but satisfied me a lot. The best thing about this anime is that all the main characters are worth caring for and they win hearts.

On the surface, it seems like a cheesy romance anime, but later into the series, it really becomes about serious love and maturing as a person. A wonderful story with wild, but deep characters!

17 Inuyasha InuYasha is a manga franchise created by Rumiko Takahashi. It was adapted into two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The first was broadcast for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV in Japan from October 16, 2000 until September 13, 2004. The second series, called Inuyasha: The Final Act, began airing... read more

Yeah, I like Inuyasha too because this is the anime that felt so different from other anime. I agree that Inuyasha should be in the top 10. This is my favorite, especially from the love triangle about Kikyo, Inuyasha, and Kagome. About love that no matter what happens, Kagome and Inuyasha love each other, even though the feudal era is the barrier to their love. I LOVE IT. It really makes me IN LOVE.

This anime is the best romantic anime/manga that I currently love. It's one of the first that I saw when I was young. The plot is amazing, and you won't ever get bored. Though I myself prefer the anime, the manga-ka wasn't so bad. But you should give it a try. Maybe you'll enjoy the manga-ka too!

18 Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

The manga is awesome! I love the characters (hot!) and the idea/plot. I love the first episode so much! Kiss scene! The anime is just as good but the part that it's cut short... T-T Super cute and super awesome. This anime/manga should be first, it's just amazing. I recommend it to your "before I die" list.

I super-duper like this couple. They are very straightforward with each other's feelings, which I find really romantic and unique in the world of anime/manga. And their sweet moments, oh my! I almost hurt my throat trying not to scream loud. But it really affects me. Episode 1 is the most memorable part for me.

19 Recovery of an MMO Junkie
20 Bloom Into You
21 Black Bird

I also posted in Gakuen Alice, but this comes second after Gakuen Alice. I do love the romance between Kyo and Misao. It is an overwhelming passion that readers can relate to, without the whole demon thing.

For me, this is the best manga that I have read so far. I'm deeply fascinated with the personality of Kyo. He loves Misao so much to the point that he waited 10 years, became a head, lost his family, and almost died just to have Misao. His first and last tears are because of Misao. For him, he is nothing without Misao. Kyo is the dream boy of every hopeless romantic girl like me. He is my first love in anime. Next is Usui. How I wish I had my own Kyo.

22 Lovely★Complex

I love Lovely Complex. It was such a great manga and anime. I liked that the main characters were different from many shoujo leads where the guy is cold/princely and the girl is just a cardboard cutout of sweet and naive. The mains in this anime are imperfect and kind of goofy, but they have intense emotions too and goals. I can feel myself in the characters because they aren't two-dimensional.

The plot does have stereotypical fallbacks that every shoujo story does, like rivals, festivals, falling down and hurting yourself, etc. But all in all, it is enjoyable, and I don't always mind stereotyping if it's done right or if something different is added. It's just a great anime/manga that you can laugh and sometimes cry at. It definitely has rewatch value for me and leaves you with a good feeling.

23 Special A Special A is a Japanese manga and anime series created by Maki Minami. The series focuses on the lives of students in the elite "Special A" class at a private high school. Themes of rivalry, friendship, and romance are central to the story. Special A has been noted for its romantic elements and has... read more

Special A was such a great anime. There was humor present in every episode, as well as cute romance between characters who tried to express their feelings to each other. It's similar to Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama only because the characters' personalities/goals might be similar. The basic plot and storyline of the stories are different. They're both really great anime.

This anime should definitely be second! The entire season is amazing (almost as good as Kaichou wa Maid Sama), but the ending is even better! The last two episodes are better than Kaichou wa Maid Sama, but that could be because Kaichou wa Maid Sama was planning on a second season...

24 Romeo x Juliet Romeo × Juliet is an anime TV series, loosely based on William Shakespeare's classical play, Romeo and Juliet, along with numerous references and characters from other Shakespearean plays.

I started this manga and really hoped it wouldn't take a traditional twist, but it did, and I was crying.

25 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (OreGairu)

This is my favorite romantic anime. It definitely deserves to be far higher than this position. It is magnificently underrated at a level which is even considered underrated. This anime spells the facts clean and tells us the truth. It's hard and dark. My favorite part of the anime is the protagonist. He's a realist and highly intelligent. I can't wait for Season 3.

You absolutely fall in love with every one of the main characters. Its hilarious and unique storyline takes you for a ride. Look forward to the next season coming April 2015!

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