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It’s everyone’s favorite day of the year… Valentine’s Day! And to celebrate, the YumeState staff would like to present our favorite anime romances and/or favorite character pairings. Perhaps a tough choice, especially for all the shoujo fans out there–but maybe some of our picks can give you an idea for your own favorites!

Trainer of Legend:

Rumbling Hearts

Even though I’m a big fan of harem anime, I have to admit I haven’t watched many good romances (I prefer reading them in manga over watching them). However, Rumbling Hearts definitely surprised me. The show narrates the trials of a love triangle between three ex-high school friends and does so fabulously. While I may have my complaints about the show, the execution is superb as a romance unfolds (and ends) in 14 episodes. If you ever feel like watching something a little different, then I recommend watching Rumbling Hearts.

Leap250:

Ef: A Tale of Memories

Beneath all of the doki-doki’s and kyaa~’s, there remains one romance anime in my books that really stands out for me. The show that managed to push and pull and play with my emotions, and was one of the first romances that I ever gave a chance to watch – the well-crafted “ef – a tale of memories”. I say well-crafted, not only because it displayed the SHAFT quirkiness that I’ve come to appreciate, but because of how epic the key scenes were (to those who are familiar, one of those scenes I’m talking about would be the “phone call” scene). I love the chemistry between Hiro and Miyako, as well as the fairy-tale story of Renji and Chihiro. Together, the two stories were gripping, exciting and very unique, in my opinion, and still leaves a sort-of lasting impression on me up ’till now (Miya-Miya!). So with that, spread the love – Happy Valentines ^^
Fanaddict22:

Toradora

Why, oh why?:
I don’t really watch romances that much (it’s my sister and my mother who loves ’em) but from the few shows I’ve seen, this one stood out as being absolutely brilliant, in my opinion. I would’ve chosen Clannad but I thought it focused more on family in general than romance — although Tomoya and Nagisa are just hands-down epic.
Anyways, Toradora is one of those shows that I can watch over and over again. First, it has a set of characters that have their own unique personalities which makes for an interesting watch since we see how they react to a situation in their own respective ways. Plus, seiyuu-wise, hands-down. *bow, bow* Second, the plot execution. Although the plot is undeniably simple — it is, after all, your usual high school romantic escapade — it was brought out in such a way that each episode is just fantastic, especially in the latter parts. The profusion of emotions in an episode is just…yeah. Lastly, the balance of everything. The show has comedy and all that stuff but it doesn’t overwhelm. The show offers everything up to a level where it can invoke the desired response from its audience — well, at least it did for me. XD Plus, awesome background music. Every time I hear Lost My Pieces, I feel like crying.
That’s it. Peace out. ^^7

Nishimura:

Favorite Romance Anime – Ano Natsu de Matteru

As a self proclaimed romantic, I’ve watched my fair share of romance and as a result I’m finding it a bit difficult to pick a favorite off the top of my hat. As a result, since I can’t seem to think of my favorite romance series, I’ll simply talk about the show I’m currently watching that has me firmly tied around its little finger. That show is Ano Natsu de Matteru. There’s just something about it that has me so completely enthralled. It’s like the perfect blend of Toradora!, AnoHana, and Birdy the Mighty. The characters are a blast and the series is filled with some seriously funny humor that has actually made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. However, what keeps me coming back is the potential romance that is sprinkled so sweetly over this captivating and enjoyable experience. Whose love will be reciprocated and whose love will be torn asunder? Well, I guess I’ll just have to wait and find out, but I’ll enjoy the heartbreak and heart pounding conquest for love along the way.

Favorite Couple – Holo and Lawrence from “Spice and Wolf”

This is pretty much a no brainer for me. There is no other couple in anime history that has me so completely enthralled (well, there’s Yachiyo and Sato from Working!! but that’s an entirely different bag of apples). They could be talking about economics for all I care and I’d still have some silly grin plastered to my face. They work so well together that it makes watching them – or reading about their travels in the novels – so much fun. Simply put, they just have that chemistry. My one hope is that the show will continue on some day, but until then I’ll continue to enjoy reading all about their escapades in the light novel series.

Cholisose:

Favorite Romance Anime – 5 Centimeters Per Second

I’ve mentioned this anime at least once or twice here at YumeState, and suffice to say–this film moved me… at 5 centimeters per second… at least! =P

It’s one of the most heartfelt stories I’ve ever experienced, and this is largely due to just how real the main three characters feel. I felt I related to each of them–their struggles through childhood, the pain of separation, and the aching loss that slowly builds with the gradual passage of time. It’s beautiful, touching, bittersweet, and definitely worth watching…

But maybe not on Valentine’s Day. You’ll probably want something funner… such as the anime I speak of next!

Favorite Couple – Allison and Wil from “Allison and Lillia”

When I thought about putting together this post, I thought it’d be easy for me to pick a favorite couple–but as it turned out, all the ones I thought of first were from manga. Hana and Vivi (Hana to Akmua), Hanayu and Hayato (Mixed Vegetables), Rahzel and Alzeid (Dazzle), and Hikage and Hinata (I am Here) all came to mind, for starters. (I need to watch more romance anime!)

But in the end, I went with the lead couple from the somewhat obscure anime Allison and Lillia. This is a pretty unique series, and though it has a number of problems in terms of plot, it was still a lot of fun to watch. And this was mainly due to the chemistry between the spontaneous Allison and the level-headed Wil. They’re rather different from each other when it comes to personality, but they’re best friends who always do what’s right, and are always there for each other. And they’re hilarious. XD And adding another layer of fun to the series is the second half, following a timeskip… I won’t give anything away here, but suffice to say it’s something you don’t see in anime very often–or stories in general! And that it’s refreshing to see a romance keep going well after the point that most stories stop at.

Now, we’d all like to hear what some of your favorite romance anime are. Are any of the choices we made some of your faves?