When it comes to romance, the easiest explanation for it is the concept of love. Many different anime have demonstrated love, in a variety of different forms. As most anime take the “normal” route, depicting the protagonist falling in love with another character, there are however, other niches such as harems and reverse harems. This year in anime brought us a bunch of them, whether they be deep, dramatic, straightforward, explosive, funny to watch or even nasty, romance connects us and is a common thing most human beings would enjoy and love. With that being said:
Deirii Raifu’s Pick:
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou – ‘Darling’
“It’s a bit noisy and difficult at times, but everyday is a lot of fun. That’s everyday life with monster girls, I guess”
When it came down to romance this year, MonMusu excelled dramatically over the competition. Unlike other harems, the girls in this one have taken the form of “monsters” or human like monster species. It offered a lot of premise and variety differing than the most. The romance is pure at times and it isn’t, when it comes to the love the girls give to their ‘darling’, it was straightforward and fun to watch. ‘Darling’ also made a good protagonist with his ability to accept and understand the girls feelings, though remaining indecisive of who to marry (it’s a tough question).
2) Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
Special Mentions: Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, Tsukimonogatari, Grisaia no Rakuen, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku, Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou – ‘A brave new world’
Now onto pure romance. Now usually dominated by Drama based romance shows, this category has seen the likes of Hal and Kimi ni Todoke in years before. However, this year, a harem show finally reigns. MonMusu does romance the best this year, mainly due to the fact that the romance was so straight forward. This combined with a more relaxed plot allowed for easy watching, which I found to be a great bonus when compared to heavy romance provided in the years before.
2) Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst
3) Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
Special Mentions: Nisekoi:, Grisaia no Rakuen