Happy Valentines Day, everyone! Whether you're taken, single, or it's complicated, you know what you should do tonight? That's right-- you should curl up with all that discounted chocolate and watch some awesome anime with some adorable love stories. From the thriller genre to a straight up shonen-ai, here are some perfect titles to watch on this day full of love.
1. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun
"High school student Chiyo Sakura has a crush on schoolmate Umetaro Nozaki, but when she confesses her love to him, he mistakes her for a fan and gives her an autograph. When she says that she always wants to be with him, he invites her to his house and has her help on some drawings. Chiyo discovers that Nozaki is actually a renowned manga artist named Sakiko Yumeno. She then agrees to be his assistant in order to get closer to him. As they work on his manga Let's Fall in Love."
If you're looking for a classic "boy meets girl meet-cute", this anime is perfect for you. Only 12 episodes, the story is just enough a slow burn to keep you interested, but gets to the cutsie lovey dovey moments soon enough to not leave you hanging. Not to mention, the hight difference between Chiyo and Umetaro is adorable.
2. Yuri On Ice
"Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and other competition losses, Yuri Katsuki develops mixed feelings about ice skating and puts his career on hold; he attends college in Detroit before returning to his hometown of Hasetsu in Kyushu. Yuri visits his childhood friend, Yuko, at an ice rink (Ice Castle Hasetsu) and perfectly mimics an advanced skating routine performed by his idol: Russian figure skater Victor Nikiforov. When secretly-recorded footage of Yuri's performance is uploaded to the Internet, it catches Victor's attention; he travels to Kyushu with an offers to coach Yuri and revive his figure-skating career. With Victor, Yuri aims to win the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series against his rival: Yuri Plisetsky, a rising 15-year-old skater from Russia."
Are you really surprised this is on the list? This show has one of the most pure, beautiful, and healthy relationships portrayed in anime in a very long time. Yuri Katsuki and Victor Nikiforov start off as just coach and student-- idol and admirer, but blossoms into so much more throughout the 12 episode arc. In this universe where bigotry and hate do not exist, Victor and Yuri are free to show how much they truly love each other on and off the ice.
"Mikado Ryūgamine, a young boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city, moves to Ikebukuro to attend Raira Academy with his childhood friend Masaomi Kida, whom he has not seen since he was young. After the two meet at the train station, they set out to explore the streets of Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns Mikado about people he doesn't want to cross in the city, such as the violent and superhumanly strong man Shizuo Heiwajima; the information broker Izaya Orihara; and the mysterious gang known as "The Dollars." After running into some of the side characters, Mikado sees a local legend called the "Black Rider" who rides around Ikebukuro on a black bike that occasionally neighs like a horse and who is rumored to have no head under her helmet. The "Black Rider's" real name is Celty Sturluson; she is an Irish dullahan who is in Ikebukuro looking for her stolen head. The narrative follows all of the characters equally, showing how their lives intersect and create a greater plot line from each character's knowledge about a common incident."
Now, this is a less traditional love story, seeing as Durarara is an action thriller revolving around violence and Japanese gangs. However, the romance between dullahan Celty and the doctor Shinra is pretty adorable. Season one of Durarara is only 25 episodes and is absolutely dramatic and action packed-- enjoy!
4. Ouran High School Host Club
Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at the prestigious Ouran Academy, a fictitious high school for rich kids located in Bunkyo, Tokyo. Looking for a quiet place to study, Haruhi stumbles upon the abandoned Third Music Room, a place where the Ouran Academy Host Club, a group of six male students, gathers to entertain female "clients." During their initial encounter, Haruhi accidentally knocks over and breaks an antique vase valued at ¥8,000,000 (US $80,000) and is told to repay the cost in service to the club as an errand boy. Haruhi's short hair, slouching attire and gender-ambiguous face cause her to be mistaken by the hosts for a male student. After a brief run as such, the Hosts soon realize that she's a "natural" in entertaining girls and promote her to full-Host status. She agrees since Hosting will help her pay off her debt more quickly. The members of the club discover her true gender one by one, but they keep this fact a secret.
OHSC is an absolute classic in terms of anime. It is hard to find a die hard otaku who hasn't seen this gem of a show. If you want hilarious romance around every corner sprinkled with some genuine heartfelt and possibly tear jerking moments, oh boy will you love Ouran High School Host Club. There are plenty of couples for you to cheer for and multiple love stories to get invested in throughout the 26 episode series, so strap in for a wild ride.
5. Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi
"Ritsu Onodera, a literary editor, resigns from his father's publishing company, due to his coworkers' jealousy toward his success, claiming that he is simply riding his father's coattails. He applies for a position at Marukawa Publishing in order to move away from his father's shadow, but instead of his preferred department of literature, he is placed in the infamous shojo manga department, Emerald. He initially considers resigning, especially because he finds his new boss, Masamune Takano, intolerable and unnerving from the very beginning; however, Takano inadvertently convinces Onodera to stick with the job by calling him "useless," his pride forcing him to stay in order to prove his worth. Later, Onodera learns that Takano's old family name was Saga, and that he was an older schoolmate from high school that Onodera fell in love with and confessed to. It turns out Takano still has feelings for Onodera, and he tells him he will make him fall in love with him again. The series shows how Takano slowly achieves this goal, and the obstacles the two face."
Remember when I said we'd get into some straight up shonen-ai? Yep, here we are. This is an incredibly sweet "slice of life" love story revolving around two men in the manga publishing world. The anime has two seasons-- 24 episodes in total-- and illustrates the realities and hardships of falling in love in a relatable and emotional way. The series also focuses on two other couples in the show, giving it a more well rounded and realistic plot.