Hello Everyone, Hope you are staying safe during this pandemic we’re facing. Watching anime can be a great way to pass time whether alone or with someone else… especially in these predicaments.
Today, We will be sharing with you a list of heartwarming Romance Anime-Movies that you can give a shot. Some of these movies will have you in tears where some might leave you with feelings of happiness, sadness – all jumbled up together. This list is in no particular order.
THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME
It’s a Japanese-animated sci-fi romance movie produced by Madhouse, directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera. This movie shares the experiences and feelings of a high school girl whose newfound abilities allow her to leap through time. At first Makoto uses her abilities for solving trivial problems like getting out of awkward situations or not being late for school.
Later on, Makoto notices a numbered tattoo on her shoulder and comes to the conclusion that it signifies how many times she can leap.
However, She keeps using her skill recklessly until she is down to her last leap which she uses to stop a call from her friend asking if she was leaping, inadvertently leading to two of her friends death after borrowing her faulty bike.
However, Makoto wasn’t the only time leaper as it is revealed that Chiaki is from the future. This anime movie conveys a message to the watchers that ” They should appreciate every single day and every single moment they have to its fullest ” It’s a fun anime to watch and enjoy with everyone in this pandemic which takes us to our next anime on the list.
5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND
5 Centimeters Per Second is a romantic-drama film by Makoto Shinkai. The movie itself consists of 3 segments “Cherry Blossom”, ” Cosmonaut “ and the movie namesake “ 5 Centimeters Per Second “. Each following a period in Takaki Tono’s life and his relationships with the girls around him.
This anime talks about the struggles and difficulties in long distance relationships and how much of a commitment it can carry with it and how much tedious and tiresome it can get as Takaki and his love Akari Shinohara grow up throughout the movie discovering together their emotions and love to each other just to be separated due to their parent’s job’s nature.
The 2 characters are likeable and watching them face daily difficulties makes them all the more relatable to the viewers. The movie is spread on a span of 13 years. As they grow older Akari is soon to be wed and Takaki broke up with his girlfriend, As they make there way to the train station where they shared there first kiss 13 years ago, They see and recognize each other.
However trains obstruct their view and once the trains pass Akari is gone and Takaki is left with a bitter sweet smile looking into the horizon. This anime is definitely a tear jerker about the story of a love that was never meant to be.
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
Howl’s Moving Castle is an animated fantasy movie produced by Toshio Suzuki and animated by the well-known Studio Ghibli.
The movie takes place in an age where magic as well as 20th century technology are prevalent. Sophie the daughter of a simple hatter is cursed by a witch into becoming an old woman, To break her curse she needs to find howl a wizard with great magical prowess that is capable of breaking the curse on Sophie all whilst howl in his moving castle is facing and trying to stop an incoming war with a neighboring kingdom.
As expected from Ghibli Studios the animation is phenomenal and the feelings conveyed by the movie as howl and Sophie are trying their best to end the war as well as break her curse and them growing fonder of each other makes it a once in a lifetime movie that needs to be watched and enjoyed.
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL
This Japanese animated drama is directed by Goro Miyazaki and animated yet again by studio Ghibli. Set in 1963 Yokohama, Japan, The movie tells the story of Umi Matsuzaki, A high school girl living in a boarding house, “ Coquelicot Manor “ trying to deal with the death of her father in the Korean war. When Umi meets Shun Kazama, A member of the school’s newspaper club, They decide to clean up the School’s Clubhouse, Quartier Latin.
However, Tokumaru, The chairman of the local high school and a businessman, intends to demolish the building for redevelopment and Umi and Shun must find a way to persuade him not to. Umi shows shun a picture of her deceased father only for shun to reveal that they share the same father, Which in turn tears them apart from each other and causes Umi to hide her true feelings from Shun.
However, In later events it is revealed that they are not siblings or related at all. From up on Poppy Hill is one of Studio Ghibli’s sweeter efforts-and if it doesn’t push the boundaries of the genre, It remains as engagingly lovely as Ghibli fans have come to expect.
The story is written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, and produced by CoMix Wave Films. Your Name was critically acclaimed for its animation, complex narrative, musical score.
As of 2021 Your Name is the third highest-grossing anime film and Japanese film world wide of all time. This anime features the bond of Mitsuha and Taki through time and space.
One day Taki wakes up in the body of Mitsuha and vice versa the two carry on their day thinking it’s a dream and nothing more than that. However later it is revealed that they really are swapping bodies and begin to find ways to communicate with each other through notes, phone messages, and even writing on each other’s bodies. Taki checks his phone to find a message left by Mitsuha about the comet Tiamat, Expected to pass earth on the day of the autumn festival.
However, Disaster followed the comet as it fragmented and hit Mitsuha’s Village. Taki discovers that they aren’t only body swapping but also time travelling as Taki body is 3 years ahead in time than Mitsuha. From here it becomes Taki and Mitsuha mission to save the people from the meteor impact before it’s too late and change the future where they all are dead. Fast forward years into the future Mitsuha now lives in Tokyo and she and Taki live with the lingering feeling that something or someone is missing from their lives.
They frantically leave the train station and start looking everywhere until they meet at the shrine stairs and finally exchange their names in person. This movie is one of its kind as it focuses on a love that not only transcends time and space but also focuses on what really matters the feelings of yearning and longing for someone rather than having sexual attraction to a person Mitsuha and Taki fell in love with each other even though they never met in person until 13 years in the future.
HOTARUBI NO MORI E
This movie was originally a one shot Shojo Manga written by Yuki Midorikawa. It tells the story of a young girl named Hotaru and her friendship with Gin, A strange young man wearing a mask, who she meets at the age of six in the mountain forest near her grandfather’s country home.
Hotaru later learns the rules to being friends with Gin as he is a supernatural being and if any human comes in contact with him, He will disappears forever.
After Hotaru was saved by Gin she makes the promise of meeting him every summer break and spending time with him. As time progress Hotaru reaches adolescence at the close of Gin who seems not to age at all. The young lovers begin to struggle with their budding love due to the limitations and rules they have to follow.
When Hotaru reaches high school, Gin takes her on a date into the spirit festival which sadly ends in disaster. Though the climax of the movie might seem rushed and sudden but the beautiful thing about this movie is its simplicity and how it encounters the feelings of both Gin and Hotaru in a simple yet compelling and heartwarming way.
Hello World is a 2019 Japanese animated sci-fi, romantic, drama movie directed by Tomohiko Itō and produced by Graphinica. The year is 2027, and the city of Kyoto has undergone tremendous technological advancement. Within the city lives Naomi Katagaki, a socially awkward and introverted boy with a love for books, and Ruri Ichigyou, a girl with a cold personality who is often blunt with people, but shares his love for reading. Despite having similar interests, Naomi is afraid to approach Ruri due to her unfriendly nature.
One day, As Naomi goes out for a walk, A crimson aurora pierces through the sky for a brief moment before vanishing. Shortly after, He sees a three-legged crow and a mysterious hooded man who reveals himself to be Naomi from 10 years in the future, Explaining that he has come to change an imminent tragic event that happens to Ruri shortly after they start dating. With all the information from his sensei Naomi begins the preparations to save Ruri from her untimely demise. However, The real motives of his sensei are still unknown, and Naomi has to do all that in his power to save Ruri.
THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS
The Place Promised In Our Early Days is a 2004 Japanese anime film written, directed, produced, cinematographed, edited, and storyboarded by Makoto Shinkai in his feature film debut.
Set over several years in an alternate history where the Soviet Union occupies half of Japan, The film follows two childhood friends who grow apart after one of their friends disappears, As international tension rises and a mysterious tower built by the Union starts replacing matter around it with matter from other universes, They cross paths once again and realize their missing friend might be the key to save the world.
CASTLE IN THE SKY
Castle in the Sky is a 1986 Japanese animated fantasy-adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. This film is set in a Victorian era that might have been, Influenced by the visions of writers such as Jules Verne. As Pazu, The apprentice of the engineer who maintains a mine’s elevator machinery, Carries his boss’s dinner back to the mine, An unconscious pigtailed girl floats down from the sky into his arms.
This girl, Sheeta, and her magical levitation-stone pendant hold the key to a mysterious, mythical Sky-Castle known as Laputa. Sheeta and Pazu must flee from both air-pirates, who seek the sky kingdom for its legendary treasure, and the army, led by a government agent with his own mysterious agenda for Laputa.
Castle in the Sky is filled with enough action, enough characters, and enough character development to fill two or three standard Disney animated films. Countering the long running time (for an animated film) are characters so likable that you never get bored, You always want to see what adventure is next for them right up to the end.
A SILENT VOICE
A Silent Voice is a 2016 Japanese animated teen-drama film produced by Kyoto Animation. Japanese high school student Shoya Ishida intends to kill himself. Changing his mind at the last minute, He recalls his days in elementary school and the events that have led him here.
A new student named Shoko Nishimiya informs the class that she is deaf. She tries to integrate with the class but ends up annoying Shoya and his friends, So they begin to bully her. When word of the bullying reaches the principal, Shoya is singled out as the culprit by his teacher. Soon, The class’s bullying is directed towards him.
Shoya blames Shoko, and the two get into a physical altercation, She is subsequently transferred to another school. Shoya having become an outcast in middle school because of his bullying past blocks out the faces of everyone around him and isolates himself.
Then he learns sign language where he coincidentally meets Shoko Nishimiya after all those years. He then puts himself on a road to redemption from all the horrible things he did to Nishimiya, Only for them both to have their fates intertwined in a story of love, hate, sadness, and reconciliation.
This animated movie tackles some of the most important issues teens face in the modern society and how it can affect their psyche and mental health as well. It’s definitely a tear jerker with many underlying messages about how important it is to be good and kind to people because you might never know one act of kindness truly can save a life.
But before we go we have to list some of the romantic movies that couldn’t quite make it into this list but deserve to be checked nonetheless.
- Weathering With You: Is the latest blockbuster anime romance from Makoto Shinkai, The director behind 2016’s Your Name.
- Whisper Of The Heart: Is a 1995 Japanese animated coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by Yoshifumi Kondō and written by Hayao Miyazaki and yet another production of the animating giants Ghibli studios.
- I Want To Eat Your Pancreas: Is a novel by the Japanese writer Yoru Sumino.
And by that we have completed our list, Let us know in the comments section how many movies you have already watched from the list and which one is your most favorite movie. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for daily updates.