Anime Challenge Day 15: What is your favorite romance anime?

If you know anything about me, you know how much I love a good romance anime. My husband and I have gone on crazy romance anime “hunts” before where we watch the first episode of several anime series, and whatever we like we end up watching together. During one of these hunts we stumbled across Say I Love You.

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Say I Love You has its own Saturday Suggestion post that you can see here.

Mei Tachibana is a plain, socially awkward schoolgirl whose idea of friendship was changed forever after being bullied by her so-called friends. To save herself the pain and heartache from this ever happening again, Mei vows to never make friends again. That is until Yamato Kurosawa—one of the most popular boys in high school. Now Mei can’t help but question her choices.

Yamato makes the effort time and time again to be her friend, even freely giving her his number. As their relationship slowly develops, and is marked with an unexpected kiss, Mei is finding it very hard to express her true feelings towards Yamato. Sukitte Ii na yo. follows their developing relationship, as well as their frequent disagreements, to portray how difficult it can really be to say “I love you.”

While there’s plenty of “better” romance anime series out there, I really connected with the two main characters. They feel real. Falling in love has never been more accurately portrayed in such a beautiful way. Alec and I could easily remember back to when we felt and did those same things too.

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Say I Love You tugged at our heartstrings while simultaneously frustrating us. It can be transparent and easy to guess. It has a simple plot and quite a stereotypical cast of characters. This anime still stands apart thought with wonderfully done art, light music, and the right amount of romance. If you’re looking for a sweet, classic school love and (a little) tearful romance, “Say I Love You” could easily become your favorite romance anime.

Want to see more of the 30 Day Anime Challenge? Want to try the challenge yourself? Read this post here!

What is your favorite romance anime? Tell me in the comments!

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