Best 10 Romance TV Anime Of 2011 Everyone Should Watch at Least Once

They’re the best Anime that 2011 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Hourou Musuko, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, and more!

10: Hourou Musuko

English: Wandering Son
Japanese: 放浪息子
MAL Score: 7.72
Type: TV
Episodes: 11

Synopsis

Effeminate fifth grader Shuuichi Nitori is considered by most to be one of the prettiest girls in school, but much to her dismay, she is actually biologically male. Fortunately, Shuuichi has a childhood friend who has similar feelings of discomfort related to gender identity: the lanky tomboy Yoshino Takatsuki, who, though biologically female, does not identify as a girl. These two friends share a similar secret and find solace in one another; however, their lives become even more complicated when they must tread the unfamiliar waters of a new school, attempt to make new friends, and struggle to maintain old ones. Faced with nearly insurmountable odds, they must learn to deal with the harsh realities of growing up, transexuality, relationships, and acceptance.

Lauded as a decidedly serious take on gender identity and LGBT struggles, Takako Shimura’s Hourou Musuko is about Shuuichi and Yoshino’s attempts to discover their true selves as they enter puberty, make friends, fall in love, and face some very real and difficult choices.

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9: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!

English: Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts 2
Japanese: バカとテストと召喚獣 にっ!
MAL Score: 7.72
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

The blockheads of Class F return with more misadventures! Rather than desperately competing against the elite students in Class A for better facilities, they have other problems at hand. While the girls are constantly vying for the boys’ attention, Akihisa Yoshii and Yuuji Sakamoto are being blackmailed by a stalker who threatens to reveal their most embarrassing secrets to the whole school. Moreover, everyone’s avatar starts to behave strangely.

Filled with more nosebleeds and eye-pokes, the boys of Class F must work together to discover the stalker’s identity and deal with the misfortunes that come with love among fools.

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8: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi

English: Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi – World’s Greatest First Love
Japanese: 世界一初恋 TV
MAL Score: 7.72
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

After having to deal with jealousy from his co-workers for working under his father’s name, prideful literary editor Ritsu Onodera is determined to establish himself in the industry. To accomplish this, he quits his job at his father’s publishing company and transfers to Marukawa Publishing. But instead of being placed in their literary division, Ritsu finds himself working as the rookie manga editor for the Emerald editing department, a team that operates under extremely tight schedules in order to meet deadlines. There, Ritsu is introduced to the infamous editor-in-chief Masamune Takano, a persistent man who strives for results.

As it turns out, Takano is actually Ritsu’s high school love, and it is the aftermath of that heartbreak has caused Ritsu’s reluctance to fall in love again. Now with the two reunited after several years of separation, the reestablishment of their relationship is marked by Takano’s vow to make Ritsu say that he loves him again.

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi follows three couples that are interconnected within the manga industry, with each being subject to the budding of first love.

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7: Working’!!

English: Wagnaria!!2
Japanese: ワーキング’!!
MAL Score: 7.85
Type: TV
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

The exciting antics of Wagnaria return as more ridiculous incidents occur, friendships are deepened, and new feelings are discovered. In addition to Souta Takanashi and his wacky co-workers, more eccentric personalities join the family restaurant: Haruna, Hyougo Otoo’s missing wife, who has a habit of getting hopelessly lost through the sewer system; Kirio Yamada, Aoi’s older brother, who is able to withstand Mahiru Inami’s deadly punches; and twins Youhei and Mitsuki Mashiba, Kyouko Shirafuji’s juniors who do not get along.

Absurdity, romance, and hilarity are all on the menu for the Wagnaria family restaurant!

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6: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai II

English: The World God Only Knows II
Japanese: 神のみぞ知るセカイ II
MAL Score: 7.91
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Keima Katsuragi, the “God of Conquest,” returns to his quest of expelling runaway spirits that have possessed the hearts of women. Still stuck in his contract with the demon Elsie, he must continue to utilize the knowledge he has gained from mastering multitudes of dating simulators and chase out the phantoms that reside within by capturing the hearts of that which he hates most: three-dimensional girls.

However, the God of Conquest has his work cut out for him. From exorcising karate practitioners and student teachers to the arrival of Elsie’s best friend from Hell, he is up against a wide array of girls that will test his wit and may even take him by surprise. Though he would much rather stick to the world of 2D, he is trapped in lousy reality, and so Keima must trudge forward in his conquest of love.

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5: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi 2

English: Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi – World’s Greatest First Love 2
Japanese: 世界一初恋 2
MAL Score: 7.91
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

First loves are messy. While settling in as a shoujo manga editor at the famous Marukawa Publishing House, Ritsu Onodera is quite troubled. Working under the stern and superb Masamune Takano is hard enough as it is. However, Masamune is not only Ritsu’s first love from middle school but he also suddenly declares that he will make Ritsu fall for him again.

Unknown to them, another editor in the department, Yoshiyuki Katori, is in a relationship with the popular manga artist Chiaki Yoshino. The carefree Chiaki fails to notice, however, that his high school friend—Yuu Yanase—thinks of him as more than a friend. The stoic but caring Hatori will not surrender his love so easily.

Falling in love for the first time when you are 30 is certainly troublesome. Shouta Kisa, yet another editor, is going out with 21-year-old Kou Yukina, an art student. Despite Yukina’s assurances, Kisa cannot help but doubt whether someone like himself is truly worthy of his younger, “sparkling” boyfriend.

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4: Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season

English: Kimi ni Todoke: From Me To You 2
Japanese: 君に届け 2ND SEASON
MAL Score: 8.00
Type: TV
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

After a momentous New Year’s vacation and with Valentine’s Day approaching, Sawako Kuronuma is beginning to get along with her classmates. However, now that Sawako has realized her romantic feelings for the popular Shouta Kazehaya, she grows hesitant toward giving him obligatory chocolates and decides to not give him any. In turn, Kazehaya, who likes Sawako, feels a distance between them.

As February ends and April arrives, the second year of high school begins for Sawako. Luckily, she ends up in the same class as her friends Ayane Yano and Chizuru Yoshida, along with Kazehaya and his friend Ryuu Sanada, in addition to the newcomer named Kento Miura. When Kento develops an interest in Sawako, Sawako and Kazehaya’s feelings for each other are put to the test.

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3: Gosick

Japanese: GOSICK -ゴシック-
MAL Score: 8.08
Type: TV
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

Kazuya Kujou is a foreign student at Saint Marguerite Academy, a luxurious boarding school in the Southern European country of Sauville. Originally from Japan, his jet-black hair and dark brown eyes cause his peers to shun him and give him the nickname “Black Reaper,” based on a popular urban legend about the traveler who brings death in the spring.

On a day like any other, Kujou visits the school’s extravagant library in search of ghost stories. However, his focus soon changes as he becomes curious about a golden strand of hair on the stairs. The steps lead him to a large garden and a beautiful doll-like girl known as Victorique de Blois, whose complex and imaginative foresight allows her to predict their futures, now intertwined.

With more mysteries quickly developing—including the appearance of a ghost ship and an alchemist with the power of transmutation—Victorique and Kujou, bound by fate and their unique skills, have no choice but to rely on each other.

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2: Bakuman.

English: Bakuman.
Japanese: バクマン。
MAL Score: 8.21
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

As a child, Moritaka Mashiro dreamt of becoming a mangaka, just like his childhood hero and uncle, Tarou Kawaguchi, creator of a popular gag manga. But when tragedy strikes, he gives up on his dream and spends his middle school days studying, aiming to become a salaryman instead.

One day, his classmate Akito Takagi, the school’s top student and aspiring writer, notices the detailed drawings in Moritaka’s notebook. Seeing the vast potential of his artistic talent, Akito approaches Moritaka, proposing that they become mangaka together. After much convincing, Moritaka realizes that if he is able to create a popular manga series, he may be able to get the girl he has a crush on, Miho Azuki, to take part in the anime adaptation as a voice actor. Thus the pair begins creating manga under the pen name Muto Ashirogi, hoping to become the greatest mangaka in Japan, the likes of which no one has ever seen.

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1: Bakuman. 2nd Season

English: Bakuman.
Japanese: バクマン。2ndシーズン
MAL Score: 8.37
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

With the serialization of their new manga, “Detective Trap,” the writer-artist team, Akito Takagi and Moritaka Mashiro, better known by their pseudonym Muto Ashirogi, are one step closer to becoming world-renowned mangaka. For Mashiro, however, serialization is just the first step. Having promised to marry his childhood sweetheart and aspiring voice actress, Azuki Miho, once his manga gets an anime adaptation, Mashiro must continue his to popularize Ashirogi’s work. A tremendously competitive cast of ambitious mangaka—including the wild genius, Eiji Niizuma; the elegant student, Yuriko Aoki, and her older admirer and partner, Takurou Nakai; the lazy prodigy, Kazuya Hiramaru; and the abrasive artist, Shinta Fukuda—both support and compete against Muto Ashirogi in creating the next big hit.

As they adjust to their young and seemingly untested new editor, the dynamic duo struggle to maintain their current serialization, secure the top stop in Shounen Jack, and ultimately, achieve an anime adaptation of their manga. With new rivals and friends, Bakuman. 2nd Season continues Takagi and Mashiro’s inspiring story of hard work and young love.

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Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Bakuman. 2nd Season
2. Bakuman.
3. Gosick
4. Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season
5. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai II
6. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi 2
7. Working’!!
8. Hourou Musuko
9. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!
10. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi

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