If you’re worn down by grim realities, then we have a list of the top 15 Best Romance Fantasy Anime series that will sweep you away to far-off worlds full of magic, romance, and wonder.
Real-life can be truly tiring at times. It can be so busy, stressful, overloaded, and overwhelming that we seek to get our mind off all the complications and just relax. For this, we often seek escapism into the wondrous realm of Anime, where there is much to keep us entertained.
What’s even better than fantasy anime? Fantasy romance anime! When accompanied with some comedy as well, everything is set for perfect entertainment and ultimate stress relief.
What is Romance Anime Fantasy?
The fantasy genre includes speculative fiction involving various magical elements, set in a supernatural universe, and is sometimes inspired by different mythology and folklore. Meanwhile, the Romance genre places its primary focus on the endearing relationship and romantic love between two characters, and they usually have an emotionally satisfying and happy ending.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the best romance fantasy anime out there, whether it leans more towards the supernatural or comedic side.
Below are our top 15 picks, in descending order! Remember, not all the greatest romances aren’t included here; 15 is such a small number, after all.
15 / 15. Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii (The World Is Still Beautiful)
The World is Still Beautiful is set in the Sun Kingdom, where sunshine is the norm and rain is unheard of. The opposite is true for the Rain Dukedom, where people have the ability to create rain via voices.
Livius Ifrikia was crowned King in the Sun Kingdom and decided to marry Nike Remercier, princesses of the Rain Dukedom.
She prepares herself for the worst due to strange rumors, but when she finally meets her fiancé, she is astounded by how different he actually is.
The series showcases how the couple’s relationship progresses through all the obstacles. The strong connection between them becomes apparent under various circumstances and how they respond to it creates a dynamic atmosphere.
The development of this romantic fantasy anime is clever, honest, and charming with constant bickering. The humor is displayed with tricky bits of execution through the main duo’s substantial and contrasting outlooks. They have much to learn, yet their energy is appealing and emotional.
14 / 15. Princess Tutu
The clumsy, sweet, and gentle Ahiru is the unlikely protagonist of a classic fairy tale. She is as magical as the other inhabitants of her town, and is an actual duck!
The mysterious Drosselmeyer transforms her into a human and she soon learns the reason for her existence. Using her magical egg-shaped pendant, she transforms into Princess Tutu, a graceful, beautiful, and talented ballet dancer who can relieve people of their inner turmoil.
Going even further, she takes on the challenge of collecting the lost shards of her prince’s heart, which he had shattered to seal an evil raven away for eternity.
Princess Tutu is a tale of heroes, their beliefs, their feelings, their actions, and their struggles against fate. Only they can grasp the “happily ever after” for this romance fantasy anime.
13 / 15. Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)
Kamisama Hajimemashita revolves around High schooler Nanami Momozono, who is dealing with a few problems in life. As fate would have it, the suddenly homeless Nanami rescues a man being harassed by a dog, who offers her his home in gratitude.
This home is a rundown shrine, inhabited by two shrine spirits and a fox familiar named Tomoe. Nanami was now the replacement god of Mikage, the land god. However, Tomoe refuses to serve a human.
Nanami wouldn’t back down so easily though, so she seeks out the aid of the hot-headed fox that had left. The two end up sealing a contract in the middle of all the mayhem and now there is no shortage of new problems, the most prominent being her own unexpected feelings for Tomoe.
The romance between the main duo is strange, amusing, dynamic, and interesting. A human and a familiar’s relationship has disaster written all over, especially considering the massive gap between them.
Nanami is a normal human girl with seemingly zero special capabilities and Tomoe is a supernatural being with special abilities. Their constant bickering and chemistry make this romance all the more lovable, with Tomoe being a male tsundere!
12 / 15. Beastars
An uneasy tension between carnivores and herbivores exists in a civilized society of anthropomorphic animals. Set at the Cherryton Academy, this issue reaches new heights after predation causes the death of an alpaca named, Tem.
Tem’s friend, a gray wolf named Legoshi, had been an object of fear and suspicion for years and in the aftermath of the tragedy, he continued to lay low and hide his carnivorous traits.
These two and a red deer named Louis were all part of the drama club. One fateful day, Louis sneaks into the auditorium in order to train Tem’s replacement for an upcoming play and he makes Legoshi the lookout.
Here, Legoshi has a pivotal encounter with a white dwarf rabbit named Haru, who is also scorned by her peers. Now burdened by his growing feelings for Haru, made more complicated via his predatory instincts, he is forced to confront his true nature, the truth behind the Tem’s death, and the undercurrent of violence surrounding him.
Louis is the only animal that respected Haru and took her seriously, despite her promiscuous behavior. While their relationship is rocky, the two are certainly in love. The duo is outcasted and he became attached to her due to his firm belief in protecting herbivores and his apparent fetish towards herbivores.
Beastars is one of the best romance fantasy anime, one-of-a-kind series.
11 / 15. Romeo x Juliet
The floating continent of Neo Verona is where the Montague family slaughters the Capulet family and takes over the kingdom.
The heir to the throne, Juliet Fiammata Asto Capulet escapes the onslaught and lives hidden for 14 years, to one day overthrow the Montagues.
Juliet has long forgotten her family’s murder but now protects the oppressed citizens of Neo Verona as the Red Whirlwind vigilante.
During one fateful escapade, she meets the kind and selfless Romeo Candorebanto Montague, son of the tyrannical Prince Laertes Montague. The two fall in love at first sight without any idea of their backgrounds.
Their romance is cursed; as both families wish to obliterate each other and an ancient secret beneath Neo Verona also threatens their undying love. If their love is to ever be, they must truly defy the stars and more.
This fantasy expertly adapts the classic tale of “star-crossed lovers” and makes for a refreshing and enjoyable deviation from Shakespear’s play.
10 / 15. Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf)
Holo is a deity known as the “Wise Wolf of Yoitsu” who had been reduced to a folk tale in the village Pasole. The traveling merchant Kraft Lawrence meets her here and the two become business partners, where he promises to return her home to Yoitsu.
Together, they have sharp business skills and a charismatic negotiator, bringing Kraft closer to his dream. While traveling in search of economic opportunities, he soon realizes that his aspirations are morphing into something else.
A dynamic fusion of economics and romance, this enthralling ramble is brimming with elaborate schemes, sharp humor, and witty dialogue.
This is the unlikely duo’s story of finding lost identities and romance in a dynamic world, filled with romance fantasy aspects, adventure, and bartering.
9 / 15. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White With the Red Hair)
Shirayuki is a red-haired, smart, cheerful, and determined girl living in Tanbarun, working as an apothecary at her herbal shop.
Soon, Tanbarun’s Prince Raji attempts to force her to become his concubine, turning her life upside down. Treasuring her freedom, she cuts her long red hair and escapes into the forest, where she has a fateful encounter with the second prince of a neighboring country, Zen Wistalia, and his aides.
Determined to repay them for rescuing her, she starts pursuing a career as the court herbalist in their country, Clarines.
This is the tale of Shirayuki’s journey towards a new life at the royal palace, alongside Zen’s endeavor to become a worthy prince.
While both loyal friendships and deadly enemies form, the duo slowly learn to support each other as they tread their own paths.
Over time, the two fall in love with each other despite all the obstacles and eventually start a romantic relationship, in spite of their difference in status.
8 / 15. Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Firefly Lights)
At number six of the best romance fantasy anime is Into The Forest of Firefly Lights.
The six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa gets lost in an ancient forest while visiting her uncle. Helpless, exhausted, and desperate, she calls for help and is found by a masked forest spirit named Gin.
She is told that she must not touch him, no matter what, as it would cause him to disappear forever. Gin then leads her out of the forest and warns her to never return.
Throwing caution to the wind, she returns and the two become close friends who meet every summer. Despite being separated by distance and planes of existence, romantic feelings begin to bloom between them.
Even while their feelings conflicted with the one rule they upheld, Hotarubi no Mori e a tale of friendship, romance, and compromise between two beings who should have never met, leaving their lives cruelly intertwined.
7 / 15. Sword Art Online
In 2022, the progression of virtual reality allowed the release of the massive online role-playing game Sword Art Online (SAO).
NerveGear technology allowed players to control their avatars within the game via their thoughts alone. Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya is one of the lucky few who received the first shipment of the game.
He and ten-thousand others are placed in the elaborate world of Aincrad, full of medieval weapons and monsters. In a cruel twist of fate, the players find that they are unable to log out, unable to return back to reality until they beat all one hundred levels.
Originally being a lone wolf, Kirito must now interact, coordinate and cooperate with other players to escape. The most important person he meets is the swordswoman Asuna Yuuki, who starts off as a rival and evolves into a love interest.
The stakes are high though because if any player dies in-game, they die in real life.
Kirito and Asuna’s romance has stood the test of time, being a highly beloved anime couple. Their battles to adapt, survive and break through all obstacles for the sake of each other, their friends and family alike, make their romance all the more dynamic and beautiful.
6 / 15. Darling in the FranXX
In an apocalyptic future, humanity is nearing extinction due to giant beasts called Klaxosaurs. Survivors have retreated inside massive fortress cities called Plantations, where children are trained to pilot giant mechas termed “FranXX”, the only effective weapons against Klaxosaurs.
Working in boy-girl pairs, these children have no other purpose, know nothing of the outside world, and exist to defend humanity.
Hiro is an aspiring FranXX pilot, who fails an aptitude test. He retreats to a forest lake, where he has a fateful encounter with a mysterious girl with two horns on her head.
This infamous yet powerful pink hair FranXX pilot called the “Partner Killer”, goes by the name Zero Two. Their meeting is interrupted by a Klaxosaur attack, which she engages in her FranXX, but it is heavily damaged and crashes near Hiro. Zero Two invites Hiro to replace the dead male pilot and manage to defeat the Klaxosaur together.
The abrupt partnership formed in the heat of deadly battle allows Hiro a chance at redemption for his past failures and allows Zero Two to close in on her own goals. Before long, sparks of romance appear, turning all their lives upside down and turning the world on its heels.
5 / 15. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
The rare disease which only affects teenagers along with supernatural symptoms, Puberty Syndrome, is considered a myth.
From personal experience, Sakuta Azusagawa knows it is very much real and soon finds that it is quite prevalent in his school.
Mai Sakurajima is a famed child actress, who goes to the same school. She had recently halted her promising career for unknown reasons and has an air of unapproachability, despite her popularity.
Nobody interacts with her until one fateful day when Sakuta sees her wandering the library in a bunny girl costume. Realizing that nobody else noticed this hot anime girl, he confronts her and finds that she is a victim of Puberty Syndrome.
Determined to help her out of her predicament, Sakuta and Mai grow ever closer and start to fall in love. He soon meets more girls afflicted with the syndrome and attempts to save them all.
This is the story of a very normal guy doing his level best to selflessly save everyone, while inching towards a very unique romance fantasy anime with the cool and aloof Mai, in a very comedic way.
4 / 15. Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)
Princess Yona lived a sheltered life in naivety, luxury, and ease in the seemingly peaceful Kingdom of Kouka. But the sudden murder of the king and her beloved cousin Su-won’s betrayal puts her in mortal peril.
She manages to survive with the aid of Son Hak, her childhood friend, and bodyguard, but soon finds that Kouka isn’t the paradise she thought it was.
Poverty, strife, and corruption are abundant and there is little to no hope for reclaiming the throne. This is Yona’s coming-of-age story, where she must make new allies and face grim realities.
With a mysterious legend guiding her, she is determined to restore her home to its former glory while avoiding the pursuits of the new king.
Hak and Yona have many obstacles ahead of them, all in the form of an action-packed adventure. Their romance is slow but steady, evolving right alongside the immense character development. Yona of the Dawn is a romance fantasy anime not to be missed!
3 / 15. Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
The 15-year-old Japanese girl Chise Hatori, is sold at an auction to a tall masked gentleman. Abandoned and ridiculed for her unconventional behavior, she was ready to go with any buyer in order to have a home.
On the way to her new abode, she overhears robed men talking about the buyer getting himself a rare “Sleigh Beggy”. The mysterious buyer soon leads her to a study, where he introduces himself as a Magus named Elias Ainsworth.
Following a brief confrontation and teleportation magic, the two arrive at Elias’ picturesque cottage in rural England. Here she is greeted by numerous orthodox but wonderful beings and thus was the beginning of Chise’s story as the apprentice and supposed bride of the ancient Magus.
This fantasy romance is dark and touches on sensitive themes, but the love between Chise and Elias is legendary. It starts out small but progressively gets more noticeable throughout the series.
2 / 15. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War)
The renowned Shuchiin Academy is where Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are the student body’s top representatives.
The seemingly perfect Miyuki is ranked the top student of the nation and is respected by peers and mentors alike, serving as the student council president.
The vice president Kaguya is the eldest daughter of the wealthy Shinomiya family, who excels in every field imaginable.
The duo is regarded as the perfect couple, the very envy of the entire student body. Regardless of the fact that they both have feelings for each other, neither of them is willing to admit them.
Whoever confesses first loses, will be looked down upon and will be considered the lesser, so with their honor and pride at stake, both of them are equally determined to emerge victorious on the raging battlefield of love!
Kaguya-sama: Love is War is one of a kind and not to be missed. Their budding romance is dynamic, high-stakes, competitive, unique and a total thrill to watch unfold.
1 / 15. Fruits Basket
Tooru Honda had always loved the story of the Chinese Zodiac, relayed to her by her beloved late mother. Following sudden tragedies, she finds herself all alone and unknowingly living in a tent on the private property of the esteemed Souma family.
Here she meets Shigure, an older Souma cousin, and Yuki, the perfect “prince” of her school. The Soumas soon discover her predicament and offer to take her in.
Not long after, she finds herself caught in the middle of a fight between Yuki and his hot-tempered cousin, Kyou. In an attempt to stop them, she accidentally learns the Souma family’s well-kept secret: whenever select members are hugged by someone of the opposite gender, they transform into their respective animal of the Chinese Zodiac.
Before long, Tooru finds that life with the Soumas is full of unexpected adventure, laughs, revelations, troubles, secrets, complications, and romance.
Fruits Basket is the ideal Shoujo series built around the love of every kind, a true masterpiece that deserves the very top spot on this list. This is a must-watch for fans of fantasy, romance, comedy, supernatural, and Slice-of-Life.
Thus concludes our top fifteen picks for the best Fantasy Anime out there that come with a touch of Romance, Comedy, and the Supernatural.
As mentioned earlier, all the best romance fantasy anime titles out there cannot be compiled into a list on this scale, so we apologize if your favorites didn’t make the list.
All these highly acclaimed works are well worth your time if you’re willing to give them a shot, so hesitate no more. Thanks for reading, we hope you walked away with some solid recommendations to suit your preferences!