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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at IUP chapter.

As the title of this article suggests, I’d like to quickly recommend some romance anime for you to watch. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or you need a dose of seratonin, these shows are perfect to watch when you’re in the mood for some cavity-inducing cuteness or tear-jerking tragedy. And no, there is no in between.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

At Shuchiin Academy, the student council president, Miyuki Shirogane, and the vice president, Kaguya Shinomiya, are in love. But the two prideful students refuse to admit their feelings to each other! Thus, they are now at war. A war that’s full of various shenanigans and schemes set up to force the other to confess first.


This is a simple love story. Kyoko Hori is a smart and popular high school student, and Izumi Miyamura is a withdrawn introvert. These are both facades that they put on at school to hide their true personalities. But when the two of them end up interacting outside of school and discover their real identities, they form a beautiful friendship, eventually becoming a couple. (I don’t consider this a spoiler. The title of the show is literally a ship name, combining their last names. I think we all know how this will go.)

My Happy Marriage (Netflix)

In this Cinderella-reminiscent tale, some people have supernatural abilities. Miyo Saimori, a woman born with no abilities, is consequently abused by her family and forced to act as their servant. At the show’s start, she is betrothed to Kyoko Kudo, a military commander who has a reputation of being apathetic and heartless. As these two get to know each other, it becomes apparent that society might have mislabeled them both.

Honorable Mentions

charlie and nick\'s hands touching in heartstopper season 2

Some more anime that I highly recommend for no other reason than, “It’s good, it’s cute, go watch it.”

  • Fruits Basket
  • Snow White with the Red Hair
  • Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
  • Kamisama Kiss
  • Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
  • From Me to You
  • My Love Story With Yamada-kun at Lv. 999
  • Orange
  • Given
  • Blue Spring Ride
Portia Coulter is a writer at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's HER Campus chapter. She covers topics in the entertainment industry, ranging from video games to animation. Portia is also an editor for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s New Growth Art Review, having joined earlier this year. Some of her work has previously been published in the 2023 edition of the New Growth Art Review; they were also submitted to that year’s horror competition: a short story that won 2nd place and an art piece that won 3rd. Currently an English Literature/Culture major with a minor in Communications Media, Portia plans to graduate in May 2024 and pursue her dream of writing an original graphic novel series. In her free time, Portia likes to play video games (she has a crippling Genshin Impact addiction), watch cartoons, sing and dance, and is currently learning how to knit and crochet. She likes to create a plethora of different fan works for her favorite series, from art to short fiction. It also serves as a good way to hone her craft as an artist. An introvert at heart, Portia likes to hide in her room, curled up under a mountain of blankets, and watch the newest romance anime while she attempts to knit a scarf.