Updated on February 8, 7:06 p.m. (GMT+8): Improved relevancy.

Going on an anime binge with your girlfriend can be tricky.

Want to pick something that both of you can enjoy? We’ve got your back with a list of the five best anime to watch with your girlfriend. These shows aren’t just for diehard anime fans — they’re great for newcomers, too.

A mix of romance, comedy, and sports anime has been handpicked to keep things interesting. Whether it’s the sweet high school vibes of Horimiya, the funny triangles in Toradora!, the backstage drama in Oshi no Ko, the competitive sports excitement of Blue Lock, or the hilarious mind games of Kaguya-Sama: Love is War, there’s something for everyone.

These shows are sure to make your anime nights memorable and fun for both you and your girlfriend.

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The best anime to watch with your girlfriend

  • Horimiya
  • Toradora!
  • Oshi no Ko
  • Blue Lock
  • Kaguya-Sama: Love is War

Horimiya

Anime protagonists Hori and Miyamura in HoriMiya.
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On the surface, Horimiya seems like your typical high school romance, but it’s anything but. Kyouko Hori, popular and beautiful, crosses paths with Izumi Miyamura, a seemingly meek classmate with hidden tattoos and piercings. As they become friends, the show unravels their contrasting lives and personalities.

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Horimiya is a fantastic pick for a cozy anime night with your girlfriend because it beautifully combines romance with relatable characters and a touch of humor. The quirky supporting cast adds an extra layer of enjoyment, making it a perfect show to watch together. Its heartwarming moments and charming animation make it an excellent gateway anime that can easily turn your girlfriend into an anime enthusiast.

Toradora!

Ryuji and Taiga from Toradora!
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Ryuuji Takasu, with an intimidating face but gentle nature, and Taiga Aisaka, a small, feisty student known as the “Palmtop Tiger,” find their lives intertwined due to an embarrassing mistake. Toradora! follows their journey as they help each other navigate their crushes on each other’s best friends, forming an unlikely alliance.

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Toradora! is more than just a romantic comedy; it’s a rollercoaster of emotions and unexpected alliances. Your girlfriend will love the heartwarming exploration of friendship and personal growth, while the dynamic characters and plot twists will keep both of you eagerly anticipating each episode. It’s a perfect blend of romance and coming-of-age elements that will resonate with couples seeking a deeper connection through anime.

Oshi no Ko

Oshi no Ko's main cast — Hoshino Ai, Hoshino Aqua, Hoshino Ruby, Kurokawa Akane and Mem-cho
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Oshi no Ko takes you behind the scenes of the entertainment world, focusing on Ai Hoshino, a pop idol on hiatus due to health concerns, who surprises a fan by showing up pregnant with twins at his medical practice.

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Oshi no Ko’s exploration of the challenges faced by idols offers a unique perspective on the entertainment industry. Watching it with your girlfriend provides an opportunity for both of you to delve into the darker side of fame while appreciating the show’s eventual focus on Japanese showbiz. The initial dark tone may require a fair warning, but the series offers thought-provoking discussions on the sacrifices made in the pursuit of stardom.

Blue Lock

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Yoichi Isagi, on the verge of securing victory for his high school soccer team, faces a critical decision that alters his fate. This decision led him to the Japan Football Union’s contentious project, Blue Lock, where 300 U-18 strikers compete to become the star striker for the Japanese national team.

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Blue Lock secures its place as an ideal anime to share with your girlfriend because of its thrilling blend of competitive sportsmanship and unique Battle Royale dynamics. Beyond the adrenaline-pumping action, the show offers a compelling narrative about individual growth and the harsh realities of intense competition. While you enjoy a fun and competitive sports anime, your partner will surely get attached to the different characters and their unique quirks, personalities, and the many different “fan service” moments.

Kaguya-Sama: Love is War

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Miyuki Shirogane, the top student council president, and Kaguya Shinomiya, the wealthy vice president, harbor feelings for each other but refuse to confess. Kaguya-Sama: Love is War humorously explores their attempts to make the other confess, turning their romantic tension into a battlefield.

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Kaguya-Sama: Love is War is comedic gold, and your girlfriend will enjoy the hilarious mind games played by the characters as they navigate their feelings. The clever strategies, funny antics, and lovable supporting characters, especially the clueless Chika, make it a show that both of you can binge-watch together. It’s a perfect mix of humor and heart that captures the absurdity of love in a way that resonates with couples.

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