For those of us who like watching a more mature take on the romance genre, this is the list for you! This list is based on my own personal experience with the anime, along with the rating on myanimelist. They are all very close to my heart and I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I did. Here are the 5 Best Seinen Romance Anime.
1. Prison School
Prison School will undoubtedly surprise you. It certainly surprised me at how masterfully it disguises itself as a simple borderline hentai anime. This is the definition of a hentai anime your watch for plot. The themes this anime manages to explore in such a masterful way is something that is heavily under appreciated. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will genuinely make you sit on the edge of your seats impatient for what’s to come. At certain points in time, I found myself at complete disbelief about how the author managed to get me seriously invested at scenes that were so utterly ridiculous. The ecchi scenes are only icing on the cake with some of the sexiest girls, my personal favourite being the underground student council president, Mari Kurihara. Just look at her, so utterly beautiful.
2. NHK ni Youkoso!
Although this isn’t listed on myanimelist.com as a seinen anime, for me it qualifies due to all the dark themes the anime manages to convey such as suicide and depression. The anime is about Satou, a 22 year old shut in with severe social anxiety. A girl, Misaki comes as a saint-like figure to cure his anxiety by running her own series of experiments. After watching the anime, I heavily urge you to read the manga as while both are quite good, one has a darker tone than the other. I remember watching this anime quite vividly when I was around 14-15 years old. Currently, I am the same age as Satou but with a completely different outlook on life which really hits home on a re-watch. However, whenever I’m feeling down, I try to remember the message this anime conveyed, that we are all strugglers attempting to survive in this vast and open world.
3. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
What an original take on a genre that has already been done a thousand times over. Believe me when I say this anime deserves to get all the praise it gets and should get. Just one, ONE episode was all it took for this anime to hook me in and make me invested in the characters. I don’t remember another romance anime to make me do this in quite a while and which makes it just that much more special. I have also been enchanted by the artstyle present in this anime, and by that I mean the cuteness factor. Kaguya Shinomiya is ferocious and also unbelievably cute. The way this anime manages to juggle the two aspects of her character is also why I love this anime.
4. Kenpuu Denki Berserk (1997)
Berserk is loosely a romance anime, but there is romance so it qualifies nonetheless. I’ll admit, I’ve only read the manga and if the anime is anywhere close to the original, it already qualifies itself as an anime worthy to be on this list. I have seen clips of the older series and the newer 2016 animated series and from what I have seen, the 1997 series best resembles the dark tone of the manga.
5. Aa! Megami-sama!
After getting rejected by a girl for being too short, Keiichi Morisato receives a call and when he answers it, a goddess appears in his room. Apparently he can wish for anything he wants and it will come true. Being heartbroken and without thinking much of it, he wishes for a goddess to be by her side forever. This starts off a very odd adventure between the two as they go about their lives and face daily struggles. I love this anime because it’s such a heart-warming and feel-good series. It makes me want to better myself as a human-being and makes me realise that just as there is pure evil, there can also be pure good in the world. Belldandy is genuine and sees Morisato for who he is and judges him by his character over his physical appearance, making her one of the best waifus around. This series also has one of my favourite opening and ending songs of all time.