Anime as a genre is often a gender-specific arena, especially for males. However, the interest for the general section is diversifying in recent times, both demographically and by genders. At the moment there’s a growing demand for more distinction in the writer’s room for inclusive stories.
With the new year here, we are already looking towards the upcoming festive feels. The world will be enjoying the day of romance & love on February 14th, 2021 and we’re here to dish out some recommendations. Meanwhile, the fact is that it’s not very easy to find a perfect couples watch.
Here’s a list of some of the best movies and shows from the romantic genre that you and your partner will definitely enjoy.
I. Your Lie in April (2014)
Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso is an animation web-series that ran between 2014-2015. However, not only is this a unique story, its USP lies in the amount of variety it provides. While it’s easy to make a cliche traditional show, this series is kept different by the makers. All emotions in the series, whether happy or sad, have been expressed really beautifully.
Characters are unique and well thought out. The show really spends time on Kousei Arima, our protagonist, but it’s likely that he might end up as your second favorite character. On the first look, the theme might seem cliche, ‘A Pianist Falls in Love with Violinist’ but it’s different on lots of levels. This anime is very different from what it seems like and if not way better.
II. Clannad (2007-08)
This beautiful series is one only with a solitary season that consists of twenty-three episodes in total. The euphoric feel to the entire show is very influential over the story. Clannad has had a weird emotional impact, one that nobody can really explain. All that we know is that it was a beautiful, exuberant, emotional experience. The whole poetic feature wasn’t simply another good anime, it was in a league of its own.
Based on the visual novel of the same name, ‘Clannad’ tells the tale of Tomoya Okazaki. He is a former basketball player who had been forced to quit and all of basketball and is going through life aimlessly.
You root for the “hero” and want him to be successful in his pursuit of happiness. Also, there’s a second season available known as, “Clannad: After Story”.
III. Nana (2006-07)
It is no exaggeration to say that “Nana“, is perhaps one the best-written anime dramas to come out in recent years. Based on Yazawa Ai’s best selling “Shojo” manga series from Japan.
The story is about two girls the same age with the same name who are both moving to Tokyo. Nana, a punk rock model trying to make her band Black Stones “Blast” famous. All that while Nana is ultimately trying to find happiness through compassion and love. It might just be the best slice of life series from the past 10-15 years. However, the Fifty Episodes might just go over one’s attention span limit.
Even though it’s supposed to be for women, it doesn’t include all cliché of most girl anime’s. It’s mostly about friendship and the hardships of knowing and finding what you want.
IV. Toradora! (2008)
Toradora! is a comedy-drama series with just a single season and twenty-five episodes. The amount of content packed into a single 25-minute episode without having to rush it is mind-boggling. A typical episode from this show has the content-saturated to the brim relative to the other anime yet flows naturally.
Toradora is an enigma to audiences who do not usually like romantic comedies or even anime in general. The story follows Ryuuji, who is a deeply caring guy. On the other hand, Taiga, who is aggressive, cocky, and also vulnerable is also put into perspective.
V. Kimi no na wa (2016)
Probably one of the all-time classics in the global animation scene for new-comers as well as veterans. Not only it is emotional and feels real, it delivers a fantastic and relevant message. For an anime, this is a wee bit longer with its Hundred and Six-minute run-time.
Popularly known as “Your Name” in the global circles, this is one movie that’s not a risk to watch or re-watch. So this Valentine’s day, take time out to sit across a screen with your partner and feel the love. Kimi No Na Wa to me is an extremely well-written and well-thought story with amazing visual storytelling. The chemistry between characters, even in animation was something else that captures you strongly.