I’ve read so many posts about other bloggers’ favorite animes so I guess it’s time for me to write about my own favorites. But I’ll limit this to romance genre for now, especially those that I’ve watched 2 or more times.
Here they are:
a) Chivalry of a Failed Knight –watched 4x
This has all the elements that I like in an anime. The combat scenes are seriously awesome, and the main protagonist is not overpowered. He is, in fact, the weakest at his school, ( a top academy for magic wielders called Blazers )with an F-Ranking, and gets by only thru sheer determination and will power, and loads of practice. This is also not a harem , and definitely there’s no fanservice despite the yuuge boobs galore. The MC is in a relationship with a girl who has an A- ranking. There are no girls trying to get in his pants, ( although there is an attempt at incest due to his younger sister’s brother complex ) and everyone has integrity ( except the obvious villains who are, ironically, the MC’s own family. ). At the end of the first season, he wins The Seven Star Sword Festival , is given the honor to represent his school at the most prestigious magic tournament in Japan ( second season ) and he proposes to his girlfriend in public. I rate this 10/10
b) Engaged to the Unidentified –watched this 4 x
This is about a HS girl ( Konebi ) who gets told she is engaged , on her 16th birthday. Not only is she engaged, her new fiancé, Hakuya, and his 10 year old sister, Mashiro , will live with her and her family and go to her school. Hakuya is the cliché childhood friend, but Konebi has forgotten him due to an accident when she was young.
What makes this anime stand out is that almost everyone is nice and funny….. Mashiro , the little sister, and Benio, Konebi’s older sister are specially hilarious. I rate this 10/10.
c) Hiiro no Kakera— watched 3x
The story is supernatural ( I’ve already written about it, check it out here), and romance is slow but sure. I rated this 10/10.
d) Full Metal Panic — watched it 2x
Above photo is my box set copy ( with 8 dvds, a complete collection ) of Full Metal Panic.
Synopsis from Wiki:
The story is about Sousuke Sagara, who is a member of a covert private anti-terrorist organization called Mithril, and who has been tasked to protect Kanome Chidori , a feisty high school girl whom the organization know as one of the Whispered ( whatever that is ), a power that is also much sought – after by people with nefarious motives.
FMP is also of Mecha and Comedy genre, but is basically Romance , and in fact, the series’ theme, according to the author , is Fighting Boy Meets Girl. However, there’s a love triangle that goes on here , an element in a story that annoys me to no end. The other girl, another Whispered, and a colleague /senior of Sagara in the organization, is very open with her affection for Sagara, and tries hard for him to like her back. There’s a point in the series where I thought Sagara ‘s feelings for Chidori waver. But I don’t think so. Sagara has zero experience in romance department, and doesn’t quite know how to react to confessions and other girls’ obvious come-ons. . At the end of the story, he’s all about Chidori….. the hardened , battle -tested, brave Sagara that, for the first time, when he believes he is about to die, cries that he doesn’t want to die because he wants to be with Chidori. So, okay, I was suppose it give it a rank of 7/10, but changed my mind and gave it a 9/10. Sagara is kind-hearted and pure , despite being a girl – magnet.
e) Kotoura-san—watched this 3x.
Haruka Kotoura is a high school girl who has the ability to read minds. As a youngster, her tendency to blurt out what’s on someone’s mind has caused her parents to divorce ( she tells her Dad in her Mom’s presence that he’s going to meet his secretary at a hotel ) , and her friends to dislike and resent her . Because of this, she decides to never associate with others because it gets her into trouble. Her mother also abandons her and it’s her ultra – rich grandfather who takes care of her. In High school, she meets a classmate Yoshihisa Manabe who later falls for her. He is a kind – hearted, dimwitted boy who is a bit of a pervert, and who teases Haruka by letting her read his perverted thoughts. This is a funny, charming, and refreshing anime and I so love Haruka I’m giving it a 9/10.
Honorable Mention goes to Kamisama Hajimemashita ( Kamisama Kiss ), Noragami, Norn9, Yakumo, the Psychic Detective, Rin-ne, Snow White with the Red Hair, S. A., Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet.
I know there are classic romance animes, such as Clannad, Your Lie in April, Angel Beats, Say I Love You, Ao Haru Ride, Itazura na Kiss, Kaichou wa Maid-sama. Golden Time, Toradora, Nisekoi, The World is Still beautiful, Orange, Inuyasha, Honey and Clover, Inu xBoku, Nozaki-kun, Kimi ni Todoke, My Love Story, One Week Friends, Ouran High School Host Club, Wolf Girl and Black Prince……. but I have not included these animes because, issues. I will write about these soon. I have in fact already written about some of my issues here. Check out my posts on Say I Love You, Ouran High School Host Club, Inuyasha, Sword Art Online and Golden Time. Click on RenxKyoko’s Space at the top.
This is all for now. Thank you for reading.