Written by: Billie Clark
It’s been a few months, and it’s time to be getting back into the swing of university life—which means that we shouldn’t be binge watching anime! However, a short 25-minute break after a couple solid hours of work is not only reasonable, it’s recommended. With Reading Week on the horizon, I think some de-stressing shoujo rom-coms might be the way to enjoy a study break.
For anyone unfamiliar with the term, shoujo is a genre of anime and manga aimed towards teen girls, although that doesn’t mean that older people, or different genders, can’t enjoy them. I have decided to focus this list on my top five romantic comedies, rather than on shoujo dramas or slice-of-life.
Here are my top five Shoujo Romantic Comedy anime recommendations!
- Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
The story of the stone-cold know-it-all and her (mis)adventures with the class delinquent! It involves making friends, challenging preconceptions, and a pet rooster. A cute and funny story, with some slightly melancholic moments, and a nice art style. There is comedy in the lines and the animation.
- Skip Beat!
When her heart is broken by her childhood friend-turned-popstar, Kyouko enters show-business in order to seek revenge! The story focuses on Kyouko’s growth as an actress, as well as the relationships she develops with her co-workers, as she struggles with her desires and her life in the entertainment industry. Filled with sass, sarcasm, and some wonderful animated gags, Skip Beat! is a lot of fun.
- Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl and Black Prince)
When she accidentally enters into a deal with a devil, Erika has no choice but to become his slave! Actually, it’s a story about the importance of true friendships and that appearances can be deceiving. The art is lovely, the gags are hilarious, and the comedy is built around misunderstandings, innuendo, and some not-so-evil masterminds.
- Fruits Basket
When her mother dies and her grandfather’s home is being renovated, Tohru finds herself living in a tent and working hard to pay for her school tuition—until a landslide leaves her discovered and taken in by the Sohma clan. The art style is nice, and the characters are adorable. The relationships between different members of the Sohma family are filled with hilarity and intrigue. Full of magic and misadventures, Fruits Basket is classic shoujo rom-com, and one that everyone should watch!
- Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)
Sawako looks like The Grudge and is too shy (and a little bit too awkward) to stop people from misunderstanding her. This is the story of her making friends, fixing misunderstandings, and falling in love. One of my absolute favourite anime, ever, Kimi ni Todoke is enchanting and beautiful, with comedy, hurt, and an incredible amount of realism.
BONUS: Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Maid-Sama!)
A must-watch! I can’t even decide where to place it on my list of favourite anime, except that it would be very near the top. The dual-life of the tough student council president is disrupted by the popular layabout—and hilarity ensues! Filled with gags, growing friendships, daring feats, and the toughest girl in school, Maid-Sama! has it all (but it especially has maids!).
Not only does this list feature an extra anime (ensuring it has twice as many titles as my Sports Anime recs), but it still doesn’t even begin to touch on all the great shoujo rom-coms out there, or even all the ones I enjoy. A few other good ones are Lovely Complex, Kamisama Kiss, Ore Monogatari! (My Love Story), Ao Haru Ride, Special A, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, and Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me). Check them out, and feel free to let me know if there are any you think I’ve missed!