Are you tired of watching stereotypical romance anime focusing on teenagers and high-paced relationship bonds? Looking for mature romance anime to observe the difficulties of realistic and dramatic adulthood relationships! Thankfully you have landed on the exact solution to your query.
Even though teenage life is optimal for a wholesome romance anime, some fans want more grown-up stories which they can personally relate with. Luckily there are multiple romance anime featuring realistic settings and complex relationships, below mentioned are some best of them.
10: My Senpai is annoying
Futaba Igarashi finds it irritating that her senior colleague Harumi is not treating her as an equal. At first, she thinks Harumi of as a person who never ran out of annoying jokes. But soon daily interactions and after-work parties made her think, that Harumi is a kind and reliable person. Despite encountering amusing incidents, she began to realize, her admiration and respect towards Harumi could be more than this.
My Senpai is Annoying is maybe a lightweight rom-com anime, but portrays a set of complex romantic anime characters.
IMDb rating: 7.4/10
9: Scum’s Wish
Scum’s Wish is psychological romance anime featuring characters’ bizarre feelings towards their unrequited loves. Hanabi and Mugi are two high schoolers who start dating each other as substitutes for their true lovers. For everyone, they’re like an ideal couple but actually using each other to bear the pain of their true lovers.
They both possess feelings for their teachers but struggle to admit that they can’t date them. Scum’s Wish delivers wholesome and devilish personas of people in a psychological way. Character developments that are opposite to audience assumptions and a positive but neutral ending made Scum’s Wish one of the best mature romance anime to watch. Scum’s wish is one rare ecchi romance anime which includes psychological genre.
IMDb rating: 6.8/10
8: The Great Passage
“The Great Passage” is an anime centering an unsociable and nervous man Mitsuya, who has been recruited to create a medium-sized Japanese dictionary. As he became more comfortable with his job and professional life, he began to develop feelings for Kaguya. Who is the granddaughter of his landlady and oversees the project of A Great Passage Dictionary where Mitsuya works.
It’s nice to see characters prioring their professional lives over romance while struggling in their adulthood in a mature romance anime.
IMDb rating: 7.4/10
7: Love is Hard for Otaku
The 26 years old flat-chested woman Narumi has started a new office job while hoping to hide her Otaku nature from everyone. Her hope to keep his otaku nature under wraps goes down after interacting with his childhood friend Hirotaka, who works in her new office but also possesses the same Otaku nature. As both colleagues share the same interests, it’s inevitable for them to not fell in love.
As the story has been settled in a workplace, it’s more suited for a mature audience who thinks they should leave their past otaku memories behind.
IMDb rating: 7.5/10
6: The Golden Time
Golden Time is anime featuring a 19-years old boy Banri Tada suffering from retrograde amnesia. The story focuses on how he must deal with his past and present relationships at Law College in Tokyo.
If you’re an admirer of college romance but tired of high paced forceful relationships, this mature romance anime will help you feel refreshed with its complex drama and romanic plot.
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
5: Josee, Tiger and Fish
Tsuneo Suzukawa is a hardworking boy who works at many part-time jobs in desire to save money to study marine biology abroad. However, one fateful night, when heading home, he saves the girl Josee by stopping her out-of-control wheelchair. At her grandmother’s behest, he agrees to accept the job of Josee’s caretaker.
Josee’s desire to see the world forces Tsuneo to change of heart. Now they both embark on a journey of romance, self-discovery and world exploration.
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
4: Maison Ikkoku
If you want to dive into a classic anime portraying a mature romance anime plot, Maison Ikkoku is the best for you. Yuusaku Godai is 19 years old living in a house called Maison Ikkoku while doing preparations for college entrance exams. He was about to leave the house because his fellows constantly partying. But has a change of heart after the interaction with the house’s new manager.
The new manager Kyoko Otonashi seems to have feelings for him but still struggling to forget the memories of her previous husband. Now Godai and other residents of Maison Ikkoku can help her to move forward by making a new relationship.
Despite having 90’s animations, Maison Ikkoku is still the best mature romance anime to watch regarding the diversified plot.
IMDb rating: 8.2/10
3: Honey And Clover
“Honey and Clover” is focused on an art group of friends, who are trying to find the motives for the rest of life. Which includes entangled romantic feelings, unrequited love for others, the drama of love triangles, and many more. The presented characters in this anime are pretty mature to make decisions and yet their struggle with lives shows the realistic theme of this romantic anime.
IMDb rating: 7.8/10
2: Nodame Contabile
Looking for a slow-paced romantic tale with realistic character development? Nodame Cantabile can be the best option for you.
It’s a romantic tale of Megumi Noda a 20-years old pianist and 21-year-old aspiring conductor Shinichi Chiaki. Who possess polar opposite personalities and yet daily workplace interactions slowly and steadily made them fall in love.
IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Two 20-years old girls named Nana set on a journey to find something more meaningful in love than what they’ve grown up with. Their reason on step into the real outside world is to find career satisfaction, emotional fulfillment, and of course soul mates.
Even though Nama anime possesses strong romantic elements but focusing plot is how two women are struggling to find their desired places in this world.
IMDb rating: 8.5/10
Having romantic touches along such a realistic plot makes Nana the best mature romance anime for grownups who are also struggling to find their places in this real world.