Cuffed or not, there is certainly a sure fire way to take advantage of the holiday: by watching romantic anime all day long!
So grab your favorite package of ramen and a box of chocolates (lucky you to have so much affordable variety!), and get ta streamin’!
I don’t know about you, but I tend to follow the Valentine’s Day theme whether I’m single or not. Why not make the day into a reminder to take care of yourself?
And sometimes self-care includes quenching my thirst for romance through anime, usually.
I did some research–both for you and for me–and made a list of romance Crunchyroll anime for you to chose from for Valentine’s Day!
Each anime will be rated on the site 4 or higher, and I’ll also include the summary and what others have said about the anime (including if it’s a tear-jerker or if the ending completely ruined the anime as a whole).
Are you excited for this? I know I am. I’ll be referring to this list quite a bit myself. Well, let’s begin!
5 Centimeters per Second
4.8 out of 5 stars
Crunchyroll Summary: Beginning with the lyrical image of cherry blossoms falling at five centimeters a second, Makoto Shinkai paints a breathtaking vivid tableau of young love, desire, loss, and hope. Told in three heartbreaking chapters, we follow the young dreamer Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, silence, and, finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to crush the delicate petals of true love.
What viewers had to say: The main takeaway I got from the reviews was that the storyline was as beautiful as the animation. But be warned! This is also apparently a tear-jerker! Saw lots of comments about crying and heart-breaking.
A Lull in the Sea (Nagi-Asu: Nagi no Asukara)
4.7 out of 5 stars
Crunchyroll Summary: Long ago, humans lived in the sea. However, some humans defied the Sea God and moved to the land, creating the division that now exists between Shioshishio, the Sea Village, and Oshiooshi, the village of the land. Now, four middle school students from the Sea Village, Manaka Mukaido, Hikari Sakishima, Chisaki Hiradaira, and Kaname Isaki must attend Mihama Middle School on the land. While getting used to their new lives, these four and their new friend from the land, Tsumugu Kihara, learn how true bonds of love and friendship can overcome any separation.
What viewers had to say: Lots of talk about how stunning the animation is, as well as there being plenty o’ love! Heartwarming and a great story.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Crunchyroll Summary: During the spring of her second year of high school, Naho receives a letter. Its sender is herself from ten years in the future. Naho thinks it’s a prank at first, but when the things written in the letter start to come true one by one, she realizes that the letter is telling her events that will happen in her future. It tells her that she’ll fall in love with Kakeru, a new student who transfers to her school, and that he’ll die in the winter of his 17th year. After learning the regrets and wishes of the 26-year-old Naho following Kakeru’s death, what can the 16-year-old Naho do differently?
What viewers had to say: Emoooootiiiiiionaaaaal is the biggest takeaway I get from the reviews! One reviewer said it was a realistic take on depression and suicidal ideation, so beware of that if it’s triggering for you. People do like that it’s taken seriously in this anime, and just enjoyed the anime overall.
MY love STORY!!
4.9 out of 5 stars
Crunchyroll Summary: Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They always go for his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn! Takeo can hardly believe it when he crosses paths with Yamato again, and he finds himself falling in love with her… But with handsome Sunakawa around, does Takeo even stand a chance?
What viewers had to say: Essentially, many viewers state how different this shoujo anime is due to the main character not being “conventionally handsome.” And because of that, this anime doesn’t go in the typical direction you’d expect from romance and/or shoujo anime. It’s a great watch for everyone; the main character (Takeo) is someone all the viewers fall in love with. Overall, this anime is a charmingly different love story.
A Sister’s All You Need.
4.3 out of 5 stars
Crunchyroll Summary: Every day is full of fun. But something is missing. “My life would be amazing if only I had a little sister. Why don’t I have a little sister…?” These are the musings of little sister-lover and novelist Itsuki Hashima, who only writes works featuring little sisters. Around him gather a number of unique people: genius author/pervert Nayuta, female college student Miyako, illustrator Puriketsu, and the brutish tax accountant Ashley. Each of them hold their own worries, but live their peaceful daily lives while writing novels, playing video games, drinking alcohol, and filing their tax returns.
What viewers had to say: Despite being some cringy, pervy moments (especially during the opening), many people are glad they got through it and continued watching! I saw plenty of reviews wanting a second season. It essentially is humorous, has some drama… It follows the story of 4 people and seems like a look into others’ lives, which is always calming.
My Little Monster
4.5 out of 5 stars
Crunchyroll Summary: Impassive girl meets trouble maker in a brand new love story! After Mizutani Shizuku, a girl whose sole interest is studying, is asked to deliver some handouts to Yoshida Haru, a boy who hasn’t come to school after spilling blood on the first day, she finds herself the target of his affection. This is a story about a boy and a girl who struggle with love and friendship. Opening yourself up to other people forces you to be honest with yourself.
What viewers had to say: My Little Monster is a personal favorite of mine; an easy watch that’s lighthearted and sweet! Other viewers say similar things, stating that it’s a cute anime and a compelling watch. Many wish there was a season two, and say it was an enjoyable watch!
4.6 out of 5 stars
Crunchyroll Summary: Banri Tada is a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo. However, due to an accident, he lost all of his memories. During his freshman orientation, he encounters another freshman from the same school, Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and they hit it off at once. Without any memory of each other, their lives become more and more intertwined as if set by the hands of fate. But what is their fate, and will it lead to happiness or another memory to forget…
What viewers had to say: Many reviewers exclaim that this is not a cliche, melodramatic, just-your-usual-slice-of-life-anime. Instead, it plays you like a fiddle with excellent character development and a surprisingly good plot!
4.7 out of 5 stars
Crunchyroll Summary: Her father passed away very early and her mother lives and works in a crowded Chinese restaurant. Kitajima Maya, a 13-year old girl, has to carry the burden of making ends meet. However….
What viewers had to say: It’s been mentioned not to pass up on this anime just because of Crunchyroll’s terrible summary. If you’re looking for realistic drama in an anime, you’ve found it! There’s a lot of people who enjoy it, clearly. 🙂
4.8 out of 5 stars
Crunchyroll Summary: Chihaya Ayase has spent most of her life supporting her sister’s model career. When she meets a boy named Arata Wataya, he thinks Chihaya has potential to become a great karuta player. As Chihaya dreams of becoming Japan’s best karuta player, she is soon separated from her karuta playing friends. Now in high school, Chihaya still plays karuta in the hope that she will one day meet her friends again.
What viewers had to say: The initial thought behind a lot of viewers were that there was no way they’d enjoy an anime about a girl and her card game, but most were pleasantly surprised! Plenty of praises for the artwork and kudos to the creators for creating an anime that has great characters, beautiful artwork, excellent writing, and a storyline that unfolds juuuust right.
Blue Spring Ride
4.7 out of 5 stars
Crunchyroll Summary: At the end of her first year of high school, the main heroine, Futaba suddenly has a chance encounter with her first love, Tanaka Kou. Three years ago, he transferred schools before she was able to say how she felt about him. After meeting each other again, Futaba realizes that he has gone through many changes. He acts more cool and even had his last name changed to Mabuchi. Gradually the two rekindle their love while piecing together what had happened in the time that they were apart.
What viewers had to say: “If you liked Say I Love You, then you’ll enjoy this anime!” is something I continued to see in the reviews for this anime. This one will give you the warm and fuzzies, and has great pacing and adorableness all throughout!
4.6 out of 5 stars
Crunchyroll Summary: “I love you, Ryuji!” Boy meets girl, along with love and war! Now begins the story of Rose and Ryuji!
What viewers had to say: “Too short!” is the biggest complaint here. The other complaints were that there were elements that felt rushed, and sometimes predictable. But, it is a fun watch and some even say they thoroughly enjoyed everything from the artwork, to the cute storyline. Seems like this anime could be a good “quick watch” for anyone needing less of an investment, but not necessarily a time-waster.
So, which of these anime are you going to start watching on Valentine’s Day? If none of these piqued your interest, there are tons more on Crunchyroll (romance, and any other genre you can think of)! Go ahead and browse your heart out!
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