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My Love Story Anime & Other Cute Romances!

By Anne Poesnecker
April 21, 2023
A boy and a girl reaching out to each other across the clouds; this is a more intense story than the "My Love Story" Anime.

There is nothing better than immersing yourself in the world of a romance anime, especially when it comes to high school love stories. Experiencing the ups and downs of teenage life as young love blooms and blossoms can leave people with warm and fuzzy feelings. Let’s look at some of the most binge-worthy (and heartwarming) love story anime together! 

My Love Story Anime (俺 物 語) 

My Love Story (Ore Monogatari in Japanese) epitomizes everything we love about high school anime love stories. A romantic comedy with a dramatic flair, My Love Story offers a unique twist on the traditional romance anime formula and characters. 

A screen shot from the "My Love Story" anime. From left to right, there is a tall, brown haired boy, a shorter, brown haired girl, and a large, rough looking boy with full lips.
“My Love Story,” tells the story of how opposites attract. Image via Anime Planet.

The story follows Takeo Gouda, a high school student with a kind heart. But his massive build tends to scare off potential love interests. However, when he saves a sweet girl named Rinko from a pervert on the train, he falls head over heels in love.

We won’t spoil the rest- but what follows is a heartwarming and hilarious will-they-won’t-they that will have you on the edge of your seat while you’re rooting for everyone involved.

A strong-faced boy and a shorter woman share a kiss in a wistful scene in the "My Love Story" anime.
Though this is primarily a comedy anime, it also has some romance! Image via Anime Evo

Unlike many romance anime, where frustrating misunderstandings drive the plot, My Love Story is refreshing in its straightforwardness. Pure, sweet, and heartwarming, this high school romance anime will leave you with a smile!

Toradora! (とらドラ!)

We can’t talk about high school love story anime without mentioning Toradora! is a classic romance anime following the lives of two high school students, Ryuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka. Ryuji is a kind-hearted and gentle student, while Taiga is known for her short temper and rugged exterior.

The cast of Toradora standing outside their school surrounded by cherry blossoms.
Toradora started out as a light novel series! Image via Wallpaper Access

Despite their differences, the two forms an unlikely friendship and agree to help each other win over their crushes. As the two young teens spend more time together, they fall in love. But instead of falling for their crushes- they fall in love with each other! 

An animated short redhead girl in a red school uniform, glates as a dark-haired boy in a middle school uniform.
Toradora is full of twists and turns! Image via Real Women of Gaming

Toradora! is more than just a cute high school love story. This anime tackles severe themes of love, friendship, and personal growth. Moreover, they do this in a relatable and heartwarming way that’s sometimes hard to find in the genre! Ryuji and Taiga, paths of self-growth and love, will stick with you long after the show. If this wasn’t on your list before, it better be now! 

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Kimi ni Todoke (君に届け) 

Kimi ni Todoke is a must-add to your watch list if you’ve been looking for the sweetest romantic-comedy anime. The story revolves around Sawako Kuronuma, a shy and kind-hearted girl who struggles to make friends.

The cast of "Kimi ni Todoke" standing near a bunch of flowers.
“Kimi ni Todoke” means “From Me to You” in English. Image via Avvesione Files

Her struggle comes from her spooky resemblance to the ghost girl Sadako from The Ring. After years of scaring off potential friends, Sawako became shy, isolated, and awkward around new people. 

But- when she finally speaks with her famous and outgoing classmate Shōta Kazehaya, her whole life gets turned on its head! Shōta becomes determined to help Sawako find herself, make new friends, and to break out of her comfortable self-isolation.

Throughout the anime, the two young students navigate the ups and downs of high school life. This includes dealing with misunderstandings, jealousy, and feelings for each other.

A black-haired girl from "Kimi ni Todoke" staring in surprise. There are trees behind her. She is in a show similar to "My Love Story" anime.
Image via The Cinemaholic

This touching high school love story emphasizes character growth following the budding romance between Sawako and Shöta. It also follows Sawako’s journey to self-love and acceptance! Enthralling storylines paired with beautifully vibrant animation make Kimi ni Todoke an absolute must-watch for any romance fan!

Blue Spring Ride (アオハライド)

Based on the popular manga by Io Sakisaka, Blue Spring Ride (Ao Haru Ride) tells the story of high school student Futaba Yoshioka. Outcast by her female classmates due to her popularity with boys, Futaba begins to reinvent herself. She decides it’s better to change her personality to fit in than to be rejected for her true self. 

The two main characters of "Blue Spring Ride" looking from behind a bush.
The main theme of “Blue Spring Ride” is self-acceptance. Image via IMDb.

That is until she runs into former middle school crush Kou Mabuchi- who is not the same person she remembers. He’s changed his name to Kou Tanaka and has become much more distant and tired than he used to be. As the two reconnect, they realize that they have changed in the years since they last saw each other, and not for the better. 

Every time they attempt to move forward, their pasts and true personalities get in the way. It’s only with the help of each other and their friends that they can navigate the ups and downs of high school life. They try to figure out their feelings for each other on the way!

A boy and a girl walking around near a store. This is a screenshot from "Blue Spring Ride".
“Blue Spring Ride” was a manga, light novel, and anime! Image via IMDb

Blue Spring Ride stands out from other high school love story anime with its honest portrayal of the challenges of young adulthood. It captures the joy and excitement of falling in love for the first time and the heartache and confusion that often come with it!

Which love story anime is your favorite?

In conclusion, high school love story anime offers a heartwarming escape into the world of innocent love and relatable experiences that we can all relate to. My Love Story Anime, Toradora!, Kimi ni Todoke, and Blue Spring Ride are all must-watch anime love stories that explore the complexities of young love and personal growth in relatable and endearing ways!

A boy and a girl holding hands in a sunset.
Which romance anime would you like to watch? Image via Shutterstock

Whether it’s the refreshing straightforwardness of My Love Story Anime or the relatable character growth in Kimi ni Todoke, each anime shows us the importance of self-discovery, personal growth, and the complexities of young love. These anime genuinely have something for everyone! 

Have you ever seen these anime shows before? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Anne Poesnecker

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Saksskkakakakakkskskskakkakura says
May 08, 2023, 9:02 PM

Kimi ni todoke and Toradora! Are my faves!

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onigiri-san says
May 11, 2023, 5:57 AM

Yup! Those are my faves too! I LOVE LOVE LOVE KIMI NI TODOKE!!!!

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Thalia Harris says
May 18, 2023, 6:12 PM

Glad to hear it!

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