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Best Fantasy Romance Anime

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Highlights

  • Fantasy anime offers spellbinding love stories with human-supernatural relationships and political marriages.
  • Some series focus on character development and romantic relationships, rather than just fantasy elements.
  • Stories like
    Maoyu
    and
    The Ancient Magus’ Bride
    combine magic, adventure, and romance seamlessly.

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Some people take the ‘magical’ feeling of falling in love a bit too literally. While plenty of fantasy anime have romantic subplots, some series make the romance front and center, whether they’re set on Earth or in a fantasy realm the protagonist gets “isekai’d” to. Fantasy works provide fans with a world where anything is possible, so its settings are ripe for some truly spellbinding love stories.

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As expected, a lot of these stories focus on the growing relationships between humans and supernatural or fantastical non-humans. Others barely acknowledge the ‘fantasy’ part, focusing more on character development and the characters’ romantic relationship(s).

15 Maoyu

MyAnimeList Score: 7.23

main characters

Maoyu

Release Date
January 5, 2013

Studio
Arms

Japanese Title
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Number of Episodes
12

Sharing the scriptwriter and director for Spice and Wolf, Maoyu similarly follows the developing relationship between the two leads in a fantasy realm. However, unlike Holo and Lawrence, the romance between the Hero and the Demon Queen is more of a slow burn. The story is about a hero (who is never named) who sets out to defeat the ruler of the Demon World and bring peace to the world, which has been divided into two warring factions, the Human World and the Demon World.

To his surprise, the Demon Queen (who is also never named) is actually a kind and caring ruler, who lends assistance to the Hero to end the war between humans and demons. And thus begins the unlikely alliance between the Hero and the Demon Queen, working to come up with a plan that’ll benefit both realms.

14 The Saint’s Magic Power Is Omnipotent

MyAnimeList Score: 7.30

Sei and Albert The Saint's Magic Power Is Omnipotent

  • Release Date
    : April 6, 2021
  • Studio
    : Diomedéa
  • Creator
    : Yuka Tachibana
  • No. of Episodes
    : 24

These days, most fantasy anime tend to be isekai stories, and The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent is no exception. Office lady Sei, after a long day at work, gets summoned to a fantasy world as a ‘Saint’ – someone who will restore peace to the kingdom. Unfortunately for her, she’s not the ‘true’ Saint. That title was bestowed upon Aira, a 16-year-old girl who was summoned alongside Sei.

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With no way to go back home, Sei decides to make the most of her situation, studying herbs and potions and discovering her exceptional magical talents in the process, even saving a commander named Albert Hawke with a healing potion she made. Slowly but surely, they develop feelings for each other.

13 My Happy Marriage

MyAnimeList Score: 7.78

My Happy Marriage

My Happy Marriage

Release Date
July 5, 2023

Studio
Kinema Citrus

Japanese Title
Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon

Creator
Akumi Agitogi

Number of Episodes
12

My Happy Marriage is a heartwarming josei romance set in a fantastical version of the Taisho era. It follows Miyo Saimori, a woman seemingly destined to live a tragic life. Born with no magical talents, her stepmother and stepsister brutally mistreat her, and her hopes to finally escape are shattered when she discovers she is to marry an allegedly cold and cruel commander named Kiyoka Kudou.

Her hope comes back, however, when she discovers that Kiyoka is nothing like his reputation would suggest. After finally finding the kindness she has been craving all her life, Miyo slowly starts to build a new life with her husband-to-be.

12 The World Is Still Beautiful

MyAnimeList Score: 7.60

Nike and Livius

The World is Still Beautiful

Release Date
April 6, 2014

Studio
Pierrot

Japanese Title
Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

Creator
Dai Shiina

Number of Episodes
12

The World is Still Beautiful tells the story of two lands: the Sun Kingdom and the Rain Dukedom. Nike Lemercier, the fourth princess of the Rain Dukedom, has the power to control the rain, and that makes her the top choice for a political marriage with the Sun Kingdom’s ruler.

The Sun King, Livius Ifrikia, is rumored to be a ruthless leader, making Nike apprehensive about the marriage. Much like Kiyoka from My Happy Marriage, however, Livius is not the tyrant he is rumored to be, and actually cares deeply for his people. While the two initially get married for political reasons, they soon start to form an emotional bond with each other.

11 Shakugan no Shana

MyAnimeList Score: 7.45

Yuji & Shana kiss in Shakugan no Shana

Shakugan no Shana

Release Date
October 6, 2005

Studio
J.C.Staff

Creator
Yashichiro Takahashi

Number of Episodes
76

Shakugan no Shana has had a huge influence on fantasy romance light novels, specifically with its take on the ‘tsundere’ archetype. High school student Yuji Sakai gets caught in the middle of a conflict between powerful beings known as Flame Hazes and Crimson Denizens, leading him to encounter a Flame Haze named Shana.

Crimson Denizens feed on the essence of living beings, and Flame Hazes like Shana are tasked with eradicating them. Discovering that Yuji has the power to restore the essence consumed by the Denizens, Shana vows to protect him and, together, they embark on a journey to restore balance to the Crimson Realm.

10 The Vision Of Escaflowne

MyAnimeList Score: 7.66

An image of Van and Hitomi about to get a kiss while on a spaceship

The Vision of Escaflowne

Release Date
April 2, 1996

Studio
Sunrise

Japanese Title
Tenkuu no Escaflowne

Creator
Shōji Kawamori

Number of Episodes
26

Streaming Service(s)
Funimation

The Vision of Escaflowne has ignited many debates about what demographic it’s aimed at, since it features bishonen characters and a romance plot typical of most shojo series, along with the action and adventure elements common in shonen. It follows an ordinary 15-year-old girl named Hitomi Kanzaki, who gets transported into an alternate dimension named Gaea.

Discovering a talent for fortune-telling, she soon becomes embroiled in a war and a love triangle between a young prince named Van Fanel and a knight named Allen Schezar. The anime has been praised for its genre-blending, production, and dramatic music.

9 Snow White With The Red Hair

MyAnimeList Score: 7.76

Anime Like The Apothecary Diaries- Snow White With the Red Hair

  • Release Date
    : July 6, 2015
  • Studio
    : Bones
  • Creator
    : Sorata Akizuki
  • No. of Episodes
    : 24

A modern classic in shojo anime, Snow White with the Red Hair tells the story of a herbalist named Shirayuki. Despite her name meaning ‘Snow White,’ she stands out in her kingdom because of her bright red hair, which has attracted some unwanted attention from the prince of a neighboring kingdom, who tries to force her to become his concubine.

Refusing to be treated as a possession, she cuts off her ponytail and flees her kingdom. During her escape, she meets Zen Wistalia, the prince of Clarines, who offers her sanctuary in his kingdom. Shirayuki, grateful for his help, decides to pursue her dream of becoming a court herbalist of Clarines while growing closer to Zen and his friends.

8 The Story Of Saiunkoku

MyAnimeList Score: 7.89

Anime Like The Apothecary Diaries- The Story of Saiunkoku

The Story of Saiunkoku

Release Date
April 8, 2006

Studio
Madhouse

Japanese Title
Saiunkoku Monogatari

Creator
Sai Yukino

Number of Episodes
78

Streaming Service(s)
Tubi

The Story of Saiunkonku is a bright, feel-good reverse harem series set in Saiunkoku, a fictional country inspired by ancient China. Shurei Hong, a descendant of a noble family in Saiunkoku, is an ambitious woman who dreams of becoming a government official, even though women are actively discouraged from seeking positions of power in this setting.

She gets appointed as a consort for the young Emperor, Shi Ryuki, who sees potential in her. Shurei then begins her new life as the king’s consort, uncovering the palace’s secrets and forming new alliances.

7 Inuyasha

MyAnimeList Score: 7.86

An image of Inuyasha and accomplice from Dog Demon

Inuyasha

Release Date
October 16, 2000

Studio
Sunrise

Creator
Rumiko Takahashi

Number of Episodes
193

Like The Vision of Escaflowne, Inuyasha has managed to attract a large fanbase of all genders because it combines romance, fantasy, and action. Fifteen-year-old Kagome Higurashi, after being transported into the Sengoku era, finds out she carries the powerful, wish-granting Shikon jewel.

She encounters a half-demon named Inuyasha pinned to a tree, and after trying to free him, accidentally shatters the Shikon jewel. Kagome and Inuyasha team up to track down its shards, finding themselves constantly bickering, but falling for each other nonetheless.

6 The Ancient Magus’ Bride

MyAnimeList Score: 8.06

Chise and Elias in The Ancient Magus' Bride

  • Release Date
    : October 7, 2017
  • Studio
    : Wit Studio, Studio Kafka (S2)
  • Creator
    : Kore Yamazaki
  • No. of Episodes
    : 48

Set in a fantastical version of England, The Ancient Magus’ Bride follows a fifteen-year-old orphan girl named Chise Hatori, who decides to sell herself at an auction just to find a home. She gets bought by an enigmatic mage named Elias Ainsworth, a centuries-old, seven-foot-tall humanoid with a deer skull for a head.

The magus, impressed with Chise’s innate magical abilities, makes her his apprentice and future bride. They form a complex and multifaceted relationship, with Chise learning to hone her magical abilities and Elias learning about human emotions and behavior. With gorgeous artwork and animation, the series is a must-watch for fans of classic fantasy stories.

5 Kamisama Kiss

MyAnimeList Score: 8.10

Kamisama Kiss_Nanami and Tomoe_Kiss

Kamisama Kiss

Release Date
October 1, 2012

Studio
TMS Entertainment

Japanese Title
Kami-sama Hajimemashita

Creator
Julietta Suzuki

Number of Episodes
25

Described as a mix between Fruits Basket and Inuyasha, Kamisama Kiss tells the story of a high school student named Nanami Momozono, who gets kicked out of her apartment due to her father’s gambling debts. After rescuing a man from a dog, she gets offered a place to stay.

Except that the place is actually a shrine, and the man is a former Land God. He passes the role onto Nanami, leaving her to take care of all the responsibilities of the shrine, as well as a familiar, a youkai named Tomoe. Despite their rocky start, Nanami and Tomoe develop feelings for each other amid Nanami’s new duties as the Land God.

4 Yona Of The Dawn

MyAnimeList Score: 8.03

Yona and Hak

Yona of the Dawn

Release Date
October 7, 2014

Studio
Pierrot

Japanese Title
Akatsuki no Yona

Creator
Mizuho Kusanagi

Number of Episodes
24

Set in a fantasy world inspired by Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cultures, Yona of the Dawn follows Princess Yona of the Kouka kingdom, who, after witnessing her cousin murder her father, escapes the palace with her childhood friend and bodyguard Son Hak.

To reclaim their kingdom, Hak and Yona embark on a journey to recruit the four Dragon Warriors. Throughout her journey, Yona sheds her sheltered upbringing, learning to wield a bow, becoming a capable, responsible leader, and developing a romance with Hak.

3 Spice And Wolf

MyAnimeList Score: 8.22

Kraft Lawrence And Holo (Spice And Wolf)

  • Release Date
    : January 9, 2008
  • Studio
    : Imagin, Brain’s Base (S2)
  • Creator
    : Isuna Hasekura
  • No. of Episodes
    : 24

Spice and Wolf is a series fans probably won’t be watching because of economics. The central plot revolves around a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence and a wolf deity named Holo, who’s taken the form of a young woman. Holo agrees to become Lawrence’s business partner and traveling companion in a town reminiscent of Medieval Europe.

The two navigate the intricacies of economics and medieval commerce, all while building some captivating chemistry. Holo’s wisdom is balanced out with Lawrence’s resourcefulness, and they develop a profound trust and respect for each other.

2 Howl’s Moving Castle

MyAnimeList Score: 8.66

Howl's Moving Castle Image

  • Release Date
    : September 5, 2004
  • Studio
    : Studio Ghibli
  • Creator
    : Dianna Wynne Jones (novel), Hayao Miyazaki (director)
  • Runtime
    : 119 minuntes

What would a fantasy anime list be without at least one Ghibli film? Howl’s Moving Castle follows Sophie Hatter, who works in her family’s hat shop, and lives a mundane life until she is rescued by a mysterious wizard named Howl. She gets transformed into an elderly woman by an evil witch, and now Sophie must find a way to break the curse.

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She seeks refuge in Howl’s castle, a peculiar building with legs and, seemingly, a mind of its own. Along with Howl, a fire demon named Calcifer, and Howl’s young apprentice Markl, Sophie discovers a new type of freedom that comes with old age, all while their kingdom is close to being ravaged by war.

1 Your Name

MyAnimeList Score: 8.39

Taki and Mitsuha in Your Name

Your Name

Release Date
August 26, 2016

Director
Makoto Shinkai

Runtime
107 Minutes

Studio
CoMix Wave Films

Where to watch
Crunchyroll

Makoto Shinkai’s magnum opus, and considered one of the best anime films of all time, Your Name revolves around a body-swapping incident between two teenagers who have never met. Taki Tachibana, who lives in Tokyo, and Mitsuha, who lives in the countryside, mysteriously find themselves in each other’s bodies, and revert whenever they go to sleep.

The two learn to communicate with each other by writing messages on their phones, paper, and even their own bodies. Despite the many awkward moments ensuing from Mitsuha and Taki learning to act like each other, the two come to empathize with each other’s struggles in their attempts to uncover the mystery behind their body-switching.

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