10 Best Romance Anime Movies From Old To New

We all know that people don’t usually watch romantic anime just for wholesome romance anime stories, do they? I don’t think so. It is music, action, fictional romantic anime characters, and a diverse plot along with proper animation that makes people fall in love with romance anime movies. That’s why I have ensured to consider all these factors while including these movies in this list.

While talking about the best romance anime movies, below mentioned world-class movies explore diverse topics from love, heartbreaks, respect, and conflicts to vengeance and drama. So If you want diversified and close-to-perfection romantic anime movies to grind your experience, stick to the end.

This list will make sure to give all the necessary information about the following romantic anime movies, so you can choose the worth of your while.

10: Voice of a Distant Star

  • IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
  • Release Date: Feb 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Studio: CoMix Wave Inc.

The Japanese science fiction movie follows the lives of two close childhood friends. But in 2046, mysterious alien forces invasion cause the separation of both lovers when the girl Miako joins the space war as an interstellar pilot.

This sadistic, action, and romantic movie was created in 2004, Even though the animations are not very detailed and more like a 2d animation which fits perfectly with the plot.

Best Quote: ”We are far, far, very, very far apart. But it might be that thoughts can overcome time and distance”.

9: The Garden of Words:

  • IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
  • Release Date: May 31, 2013
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Studio: CoMix Wave Films

A love story of a teenager who decides to bunk his morning lessons just to sit in a lovely garden to kill time. Where he meets a mysterious older woman doing the same. After some interactions, they both started to share their deepest feelings during the rainy days.

If you’re a nature lover and want to hear the beautiful sound effects of greenery and rain along with complex s, this movie is the master class in the list of top 10 best romance anime movies.

Loneliness, heartbreak, and a complex storyline alongside nature is the key selling point of this romantic anime movie.

Best Quote: “Even when no thunder sounds and no rain falls, if you u ask me then I will stay beside you”.

8: Weathering With You

  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
  • Release Date: July 19, 2019
  • Run Time: 1: 54 minutes
  • Studio: CoMix Wave Films

The “Weathering with You” plot is set in rainy weather. A high school runaway named Hodaka has left for Tokyo to avoid his troubled rural home and be friends with an orphan girl. A girl who is kind lonesome, caring, and holds the ability to manipulate the weather.

This romance anime movie has very pretty detailed crisp graphics.

So far with all my experience in anime, I do know one thing that rain and weather play an important part in most romance anime movies.

Best Quote: “The human mind works in mysterious ways like you just need to see the sun shining in the morning to feel energized”.

7: 5 Centimeters Per Second

  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
  • Release Date: March 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 1: 3 minutes
  • Studio: CoMix Wave Inc.

Takaki and Akari are friends from elementary school and over time their bond becomes denser. But their feelings and friendship are both put to the test when Akari has to move to another far city from Tokyo.  

The movie is more like sheer longing for love, loyalty, and confession with some decent animation. And the movie’s plot is divided into multiple phases of both character’s lives which makes the movie a little complex for beginners.

Best Quote: “Through the act of living itself, sadness piles up here and there”.

6: The Wind Rises

  • IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
  • Release Date: July 20, 2013
  • Run Time: 2: 06 minutes
  • Studio: Ghibli

The movie is inspired by the real-life event of warplane designer Jiro Horikoski written by Tatsuo Hori. Tbh the movie is more like a legend and inspiration but also has been praised warmly for its romantic part that’s people also called it “A story of love and war in Japan”. For reference, The Wind Rises is also nominated for the Oscars.

Apart from amazing genuine inspiration and life teaching plot, this movie offers a healthy runtime of Jiro’s romantic life.

Although this romantic anime movie is full of motivational and love quotes, I have picked which inspired me the most.

Best Quote: “Airplanes are beautiful dreams, and engineers turn dreams into reality”.

5: Into The Forest of Fireflies Light

  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
  • Release Date: Sep 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Studio: Brain’s Base

This movie has the simplest plot among all romantic anime movies. The movie is about a sweet little tale of a spirit and a young girl who crossed paths in the forest of fireflies and become friends. Over the course, their friendship bond becomes closer and eternal where they both have to keep their promises.

This simplistic romantic tale has the potential to explore more about love far more than some complex modern anime storylines.

Best Quote: “Time might separate us someday. But … even still, until then, let’s stay together”.

4: I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

  • IMDb Rating: 8/10
  • Release Date: Sep 1, 2018
  • Run Time: 1: 48 minutes
  • Studio: Studio VOLN

The class’s number 1 boring person who always felt lowly came to know the very secret of the most popular person in the school. The boring aloof boy comes to know that her popular classmate is suffering from a fatal pancreatic illness, however, the little secret helps polar opposite personalities to come along.

The story comes with a moralistic plot but a harsh ending. However, the movie is full of sadistic and lonesome quotes but I have chosen this one.

Best Quote: “Never expect. Never assume. Never ask. Never demand. Just let it be. If it’s meant to be, It will happen”.

3: A Silent Voice

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  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
  • Release Date: Sep 17, 2016
  • Run Time: 2: 9 minutes
  • Studio: Kyoto Animation

A Silent Voice represents a deaf girl who was bullied mercilessly in grade school. Years later she finds her former tormentors and sets out to make amends for their merciless acts. The head of tormentors finds himself a miserable person who is trying to redeem himself but eventually falls in love with the deaf girl.

So far in the list of top 10 best romance anime movies A silent voice has the deepest and darkest representation of Karma.

Best Quote: “I just realized that your sins always come back to bite you”.

2: Howl’s Moving Castle

  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10
  • Release Date: Nov 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 1: 59 minutes
  • Studio: Walt Disney Production

A mysterious curse transforms a young woman named Sophie into an old hage in jealousy of her closeness with the magician Howl. Now Sophie must find a way to break the ugly spell to continue her romantic full of the adventurous journey with her love Howl.

Why a 2004 movie should rank in 2nd position in the list of top 10 best romance anime movies? The answer is, The Howl’s moving castle is the production of the director of Spirited Away, an academy award winner, and it’s the production by Walt Disney studios which has offered some efficient animations even in 2004.

Best Quote: “Interesting things did seem to happen but always to somebody else”.

1: Your Name

  • IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
  • Release Date: Aug 26, 2016
  • Run Time: 1: 52 minutes
  • Studio: CoMix Wave Films

“Your Name” is a romance anime movie where two teenagers from entirely different places eventually started to switch their bodies. After many experiences, they manage to build connections for their actual meet-up, but due to a meteor crash, the girl’s presence becomes a mystery for her partner.

The movie tells about desperation to be reunited, fantasy, sort of time travel, supernatural stuff, and cultural traditions. Of all the romantic anime movies on this list I would recommend watching “Your Name” at first.

Best Quote: “I wanted to tell you that, wherever you may end up in this world, I will be searching for you”.

Maybe some of these romantic anime movies are way too older, but if you’re free and looking for some worthy content of your while. You’ll realize each romance anime movie has the potential to beat modern animated movies.

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