Best Romance Anime On Hulu

Headshot image of Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane from Kaguya-sama with Shirayuki and Zen from Snow White with the Red Hair in the background

With just about every streaming service adding anime to their catalogs, there are more ways than ever for fans to watch their favorite series. Though anime-centric sites like Crunchyroll or Funimation are often the go-to for most, Hulu has also become a great place for fans to watch anime of all kinds.

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Hulu has just about every genre imaginable, from action to comedy to drama. Among the many anime titles on Hulu, there’s a surprisingly large list of romance anime, covering everything from shojo and slice-of-life to more action-based series. From beloved classics to new favorites, Hulu has many different titles for fans to swoon over.

Updated on January 20th, 2023 by Chelsea Steele: Now that every streaming service has added anime to their libraries, it’s easier than ever for anime fans to find their favorite titles. Among the many platforms providing anime, Hulu has become one of the best places to find series from a wide range of genres, including romance. This list has already covered some of the great love stories available on Hulu, but it’s been updated with even more titles for fans to enjoy.

15 Say I Love You Is A Classic Shojo Romance

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Say I Love You is a favorite among shojo fans and is considered a must-watch series for anyone who loves a good romance. This classic love story follows Mei Tachibana, a distant and reserved young girl who goes out of her way to avoid her classmates, for fear of being hurt by those she cares for.

However, a chance encounter with Yamato Kurosawa forces Mei to come out of her shell in ways she never has before. As she slowly opens up, Mei’s feelings for Yamato grow and the two set off on a whirlwind romance neither could have ever predicted.

14 Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Is Adorably Hilarious

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There are plenty of rom-com series available on Hulu, but few are as adorable as Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. This popular series features the adventures of Chiyo Sakura and her big-time crush, Umetarou Nozaki. When Chiyo finally finds the courage to tell him how she feels, Nozaki completely misunderstands the situation and takes her on as an assistant instead.

Now, Chiyo is determined to work hard in her new position, in hopes that Nozaki will finally notice her and realize her feelings. However, it won’t be easy, as the stoic mangaka seems to be surprisingly dense when it comes to romance.

13 Clannad Features One Of Anime’s Saddest Romances

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To this day, fans agree that Clannad is one of the saddest anime series of all time. The story follows protagonist Tomoya Okazaki, a young delinquent with no aspirations who believes he’ll never amount to anything.

However, that all changes one fateful day after Tomoya meets Nagisa Furukawa, a timid and soft-spoken girl who catches Tomoya’s eye. As he gets closer to her, Tomoya slowly begins to find purpose in his life and changes himself for the better. Together, Nagisa and Tomoya both grow as individuals and learn some of life’s toughest lessons.

12 NANA Follows The Romantic Struggles Of Two Very Different Girls

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NANA is a beloved shojo classic featuring the lives of two girls, Nana Osaki and Nana Komatsu. Though they share the same name, they couldn’t be any more different from each other. Nevertheless, these heroines form a strong friendship, bonding over their struggles with life, love, and heartbreak.

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Unlike most romance anime out there, NANA portrays a more realistic version of love and romance. It shows the ugly side of romance, reminding viewers that love isn’t always filled with sunshine and rainbows. Though this kind of romance story may not be for everyone, it’s a very refreshing take on a genre that gets pretty repetitive with its tropes.

11 Inuyasha’s Love Story Isn’t The Main Focus, But It’s Still Impactful

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Inuyasha is a 2000s classic centering around Kagome Higurashi’s journey through feudal Japan, where she meets a crass young half-demon named Inuyasha. Together, they join forces to collect the shards of a mysterious object known as the Shikon Jewel, an artifact with frightful power that must be kept out of the wrong hands at all costs.

Though romance isn’t the focus of this story, it plays a big role, especially as Kagome and Inuyasha grow closer. Their ever-changing relationship is a pivotal part of the series and impacts their mission, as well as those around them.

10 My Love Story!! Is A Wholesome Series Featuring An Unlikely Couple

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Of the many romance series available on Hulu, My Love Story!! is undoubtedly one of the sweetest. The series stars Takeo Gouda, a burly first-year high school student who’s nothing but a hopeless romantic. He’s certain he’ll never find a girl, thanks to his large and rather intimidating appearance.

However, Takeo’s luck changes after a fateful encounter with the petite and beautiful Rinko Yamato. Just like that, it’s love at first sight for them both. From there, My Love Story!! centers around the two as they slowly develop their relationship and get to know each other. Takeo and Rinko are one of anime’s most adorable couples, and their love story is nothing short of wholesome.

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Shojo has many incredible and beloved titles, but few are as popular as Maid Sama!. This iconic classic is a staple of the genre and a must-watch for any and all fans of romance. The story follows Misaki Ayuzawa, the strong and independent student council president with a reputation for being strict, to the point where she’s been dubbed the “Demon President” by the boys in her class.

However, this demon president finds her life turned upside down when Takumi Usui, the most popular boy in school, discovers her after-school gig at a maid café. Now to keep her secret safe, she’s at Usui’s mercy, leading to all sorts of hilarious situations as the two are forced together by fate.

8 Kamisama Kiss Features An Otherworldly Romance Between A Human & A Spirit

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Kamisama Kiss is yet another iconic romance series found on Hulu. It features Nanami Momozono, a young high school student who becomes the new land god of a mysterious shrine. Here Nanami meets a host of otherworldly spirits, including the beautiful and mysterious Tomoe.

However, Nanami and Tomoe don’t exactly get along at first, with the fox spirit refusing to accept her as the new land god. But as they work together and form a spiritual bond, they slowly start to see each other in a new light, and love blossoms between them.

7 Snow White With The Red Hair Is A Story Of Freedom, New Beginnings, & Love

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Snow White with the Red Hair is the story of Shirayuki, a beautiful and cheerful young girl with bright red hair who works as an apothecary in the country of Tanbarun. But after the prince of the land determines to make her his concubine, Shirayuki flees to start a new life, free from his grasp.

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It’s here that Shirayuki meets Zen, the prince of Clarines, and becomes a herbalist in his country. Together, the two form a strong bond and work to help each other achieve their goals, slowly falling in love along the way. The series is both a love story and a tale of freedom as Shirayuki works for a better life.

6 Kimi Ni Todoke Depicts A Wholesome High School Romance

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Kimi ni Todoke is one of the most beloved anime romances, all thanks to the sweet and wholesome relationship between protagonist Sawako Kuronuma and Shouta Kazehaya. The story begins with shy and quiet Sawako, all alone at school as usual. No one dares to befriend her, finding her creepy and unapproachable, especially due to her resemblance to a well-known horror character.

However, everything changes for Sawako after she meets Shouta, a lively and popular boy in her class. After the two form a friendship, Sawako finds the courage to open up to others and become more outgoing. Soon enough, their friendship starts to become something more, marking the start of one of anime’s cutest romances of all time.

5 Your Lie In April Is Beautifully Heartbreaking

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Your Lie in April is the story of Kousei Arima, a child prodigy pianist who loses his will to continue his music after the death of his mother. However, after a fateful meeting with Kaori Miyazono, a young girl who has secretly always admired him and his playing, Kousei’s world is filled with music again.

Though Your Lie In April starts out like any typical anime love story, viewers soon come to find there’s much more to it than meets the eye. Depicting one of the saddest romances in anime history, Your Lie in April is one of the most heartbreaking romance titles on Hulu.

4 Both Fruits Basket Series Are Available On Hulu

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Fruits Basket is a beloved anime classic following the story of Tohru Honda, whose life changes forever after she is invited to live with the mysterious Sohma family. Here she meets a colorful cast of characters, including Yuki and Kyo Sohma, who quickly grow very close to her.

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Fruits Basket has always been iconic for its romance, especially the famous love triangle between Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo. However, it wasn’t until the 2019 reboot series that the romance really took center stage, featuring many couples that never made it into the original anime. Luckily, no matter which version of the story fans prefer, both the 2001 and 2019 series are available on Hulu.

3 Sailor Moon Crystal Is A Re-Telling Of One Of Anime’s Most Iconic Romances

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Hulu is one of the few streaming services where fans have access to both anime adaptations of Sailor Moon. While the original ’90s classic is a fan favorite, many fans have come to love what Sailor Moon Crystal brings to the franchise.

Sailor Moon has always been an iconic love story, but the reboot series puts a greater emphasis on the love between Usagi and Mamoru. It delves deep into their past lives as Serenity and Endymion and has a much more romantic tone compared to the more action-focused ’90s adaptation.

2 Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War Is The Latest Romance Craze

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Since its initial release in 2019, Kaguya-sama: Love is War has been one of the most popular new romance anime to come out in some time. With three seasons currently available and the fourth on its way, it seems this beloved modern classic will be around for a good while longer.

The story centers around Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, two top members of their school’s student council who are clearly head-over-heels for each other. However, both are far too proud to confess to the other. Instead, they’ve engaged in a battle of wits, attempting to coax each other into admitting their feelings. For those interested in starting this unique romance series, season one is available on Hulu.

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There have been many rom-com series over the years, but few have ever reached the popularity of the iconic shojo series Ouran High School Host Club. To this day, it remains one of the most beloved romance anime of all time. The series follows the misadventures of Haruhi Fujioka and the eccentric boys of the Ouran Academy host club.

After Haruhi becomes indebted to the club, she finds herself joining as the newest host, posing as a boy and charming the girls of their school. However, it’s the boys themselves who are charmed the most by Haruhi, especially the club’s leader, Tamaki Suoh. Though Ouran High School Host Club ended before it could really dive into the romance, it remains a favorite within the genre.

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