Anime is home to a lot of great romances! While we love watching characters navigate the world of love and filling us with warm feelings, there is one setting that some fans complain about: high school.
It’s true, a lot of anime is set in high school, which can be a turn off to some fans. Not wanting to deprive the world of anime romance, here are some love stories that do not take place in high school nor do they involve high schoolers!
Golden Time follows Banri Tada, a young man who suffers from amnesia due to an accident. After befriending Mitsuo Yanagisawa, Banri decides to start a new life while attending law school at Tokyo. Just when he was getting used to the college workload, he meets a beautiful and intimidating woman named Kouko Kaga. Golden time is one of the best romance anime not set in high school.
2. Emma – A Victorian Romance
Social classes are sharply drawn in 19th-century London, England. Social standing determines one’s place in the world. Emma is a hardworking maid, but she feels she is a burden. However, her view changes after meeting William, the eldest son of a wealthy family. William’s kindness captures Emma’s heart, but could they truly fall in love despite social tradition?
3. Romeo x Juliet
On the floating island of Neo Verona, the Montague family leads a deadly coup against the Capulet family. 14 years later, Juliet is the sole surviving member of the Capulet family, and fights against the Montague as a masked vigilante named “Red Whirlwind.�? Her life changes after meeting Romeo, a kind prince of the Montague family. However, seeds of retribution and violence are in motion.
4. The Tatami Galaxy
The Tatami Galaxy is a quirky and artistic series that centers around Watashi, a third-year university student who is thinking about on his first two years at university. When entering school, he had dreams of finding true love and having a social life. However, his experiences have left him bitter and the only joy he gets is by ruining other peoples’ relationships.
After meeting a god matrimony, Watashi attempts to ask a girl named Akashi out on a date. Having failed that, Watashi believes his university years were a waste…until he is hurtled through time and is given a chance to redo his university years.
5. Plastic Memories
18-year-old Tsukasa Mizugaki has failed his college entrance exams, but due to his father’s influence, lands a job at SAI Corp. This corporation is responsible for creating Giftias, which are near-human androids but have a lifespan of 81,920 hours.
Tsukasa is assigned to Terminal Service One, a station who is responsible for collecting expiring Giftias before they become hostile. On his first day, Tsukasa is partnered up with a Giftia named Isla, who is considered the best at Giftia retrieval.
6.Spice and Wolf
Holo is a powerful wolf deity who is worshiped in the small town of Pasloe for blessing their annual harvest. But, as the town moves away from agriculture and worships Holo less, she decides to travel to the town of Yoitsu with a merchant named Kraft Lawrence.
7. Servant x Service
Lucy Yamagami lands a job at Welfare Administration Section in the city of Mitsuba for one goal: to seek revenge on the civil servant who approved her long name at birth, which is Lucy Kimiko Akie Airi Shiori Rinne Yoshiho Chihoko Ayano Fumika Chitose Sanae Mikiko Ichika Yukino Reina Eri…
Her co-workers include Yutaka Hasabe, who is a flirtatious man who loves to slack off, and Saya Miyoshi, a girl who just wants to survive. Can the administration survive with these three eccentric personalities?
8. Nodame Cantabile
Chiaki is a master pianist and violinist, and he wants nothing more than being able to pursue his musical career in Europe like his mentor had. There’s just one problem: he’s deathly afraid of flying. When Noda Megumi, another pianist with magical fingers, walks into the picture, that which follows is a warm tale of two people striving to make each other happy.
9. Honey and Clover
Yuuta, Takumi, and Shinobu are bachelors who share an apartment with no bath. However, the low rent is perfect as they try to eek out lives as art students. Their lives start to get a little more interesting when two girls move-in: Hagumi and her guardian Shuuji. Life of a young college student may seem fun, but it’s filled with pitfalls that are difficult to navigate.
10.Arakawa Under the Bridge
Kou Ichinomiya is an arrogant business man with one life goal: never be indebted to another person. After a run-in with some kids, Kou accidently falls into the Arakawa River and nearly drowns, but is saved by a homeless girl named Nino. Unable to accept the fact he owes Nino his life, he demands to know how to repay her. Nino’s request is simple: be her boyfriend and live with her under the Arakawa Bridge. Arakawa under the bridge is a romance anime not set in high school.
Nana Komatsu is a hopeless romantic who clings to those around her. Though Komatsu has ambitious dreams, she boards a train to Tokyo so she can be close to her boyfriend.
Nana Osaki is enigmatic punk rock singer with dreams of becoming a star. Osaki puts her past behind her and boards a train to Tokyo with the goal of debuting with her band Black Stones.
Both Nana’s lives are about to become intertwined.
12. Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Ryousuke Hazuki is in love with a flower shop owner named Rokka Shimao. Wanting to get close to her, he decides to get a part-time job at a shop. But there is one problem: Atsushi Shimao, the ghost of Rokka’s husband, will do anything to prevent Ryousuke from getting any closer to Rokka.
Now, the three are faced with a complicated situation between a woman who can’t let go of the past, a ghost who fears being forgotten, and a man who can’t profess his love.
13. Snow White with the Red Hair
Shirayuki is a cheerful girl working as an apothecary at a local herbal shop. After being threatened to join Prince Raji’s harem as a concubine, Shirayuki flees town only to be rescued by Prince Zen Wistalia. Hoping to repay her debt to Zen, Shirayuki trains to become a court herbalist in Zen’s home country. While they slowly develop romantic feelings, the country’s social expectations forbid Zen from pursuing a relationship with anyone of lesser social status. If you are looking for a romance anime not set in highschool, then you should definitely watch Snow White with the red hair.
Kurumi is left heart broken when her boyfriend Hal dies in a plane accident. Refusing to leave her home, Kurumi’s grandfather requests that an that an android that looks like Hal is constructed to help Kurumi break free of her depression.
15. Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
The events take place during The One Year War. Zeon and the Earth Federation are engaged in guerrilla warfare in Southeast Asia. The series focuses on two star-crossed lovers fighting on opposite sides of the war: Zeon pilot Aina Sahalin and Earth Federation pilot Shiro Amada.
What are your favorite romances that skip the high school setting?