Ok let’s be real whether it’s real life or anime, not all romantic feelings can be reciprocated. Sometimes no matter how much you love a person, those feelings just don’t reach the other person.
Anime characters whose love went unrequited can appear in any genre. Though common in the romance and slice of life genre, they also appear in more action-oriented series. In some cases, these hopeless lovebirds never get over their feelings and never find anyone who does return their feelings – but in other cases, they do move on to better things, be that an actual relationship or personal growth outside the arena of romance.
While one-sided love can add tension to a story line or deepen a character, it can still be pretty sad. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the anime who just couldn’t get the other person to love them in the same way.
Top 12 anime with Unrequited love
So Let’s down to Top 12 anime with Unrequited love
I love you is a word which changes everything, that’s the nature of the bittersweet trials of high school romance. This anime is about Tenma Tsukamoto, a second year, is on a quest to confess her feelings to the boy she likes. Kenji Harima, but between school, friends, rivalries, and hobbies will find that high school romance is no walk in the park, as that wasn’t enough there’re misunderstandings further complicate their goal.
School Rumble rom-com with 2 seasons, 24 episodes each.
10Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge
Takano Kyohei, Oda Takenaga, Toyama Yukinojo, and Morii Ranmaru are going to rent a house to go to school for free on the condition that they make the girl of the house a “lady.” However, Nakahara Sunako, the girl living there, is gloomy, weird, and horror movie maniac. She has a trauma of when she was told she was ugly by the boy whom she loved when she was in junior high school. She doesn’t like beautiful things and gets a nosebleed when she looks at something beautiful.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge is a rom-com with 1 seasons – 24 episodes.
Hakusenkan Academy is the best school in the prefecture. The classes are separated into A–F based on grades. The A class is only open for the top students in each grade. The top seven within the A class, from first year to third year, are known as the Special A or SA class. The members of SA are highly respected and are often seen being elaborately greeted by other students with the exception of few that dislike the SA.
Hikari Hanazono has always been second to Kei Takishima. When they were six years old, their pro-wrestling loving fathers introduced them to each other. Assuming that she was the best in wrestling, young Hikari challenged Kei to a wrestling match only to be thoroughly defeated by him. Ever since that fateful incident, Hikari swore to beat Kei in school grades, sporting events or any competition. To do this, she has enrolled in the same school as Kei since elementary. Now she attends Hakusenkan, an ultra elite school for the wealthy, that costs her carpenter father a lot of money. Hikari and Kei are the top two students in the school, with Kei holding firmly to that number one position. While Hikari considers Kei to be a rival and important friend, she is completely unaware that Kei has strong feelings for her.
However Special A also follows the stories of the other five members of the S.A class – Akira Toudou, Tadashi Karino, Megumi and Jun Yamamoto, and Ryuu Tsuji – and their relationships. Yahiro Saiga and Sakura Ushikubo, two students from the rival academy Kokusen, also become recurring characters in the series
Special A is a Rom-Com anime which only have 24 episodes – 1 season.
8Itazura na kiss
Clumsy,plain and stubborn and very naive is all of the traits a high school heart stroke of class F, Kotoko. After her failed attempt of giving her love interest a letter of confession of her feelings.Class A Top student Irie kun rudely declines her in front of the school. Kototo then takes Irie kun for a ride with her determination and stubbornness never giving up her feelings.
With luck in her favour she ends up living with him bringing her closer to the once sweet and princely guy to the now sadistic and egoist Irie kun. Yet the wild love never ends.
Itazura na kiss is a Rom-Com anime with only 1 season – 24 episodes
Nanami Momozono dreams of living an average school life just like any other high school girl does. Instead, she must cope up with the fact that her father, who is a constant gambler, has accumulated a bunch of gambling debts on her. As she can’t afford to pay the rent, she gets kicked out of her apartment by the debt collectors and is now homeless. Despite this unfortunate turn of events, she still maintains a kind heart.
While sitting on a park bench collecting her thoughts, Nanami meets a strange man hanging from a tree because he is being chased by a dog. After saving him from the dog, she learns that the man’s name is Mikage. Upon learning about Nanami’s current situation, in a perfect example of how good deeds are rewarded, he gives her his home as a token of his gratitude. She accepts the offer because she is homeless. When Nanami arrives at Mikage’s home, she is shocked to see that it is not a normal home but a shrine for worship. she meets Tomoe, Mikage’s familiar, and she learns that Mikage used to be the Earth Deity of the shrine and has bestowed upon her his mark on her forehead so that she may be the new deity. At first, Nanami is reluctant, but as she lives with Tomoe, Onikiri, and Kotetsu she begins to understand and works hard in her new position as the Earth Deity.
kamisama Hajimemashite is a Rom-Com mixed with Demons, Supernatural & Fantasy. It have 2 seasons with 13 episodes each + 1 OVA.
6Kimi ni todoke
The story takes place in Hokkaido. 15 year old high school freshman Sawako Kuronuma—dubbed Sadako by her classmates for her resemblance to the character from The Ring—has always been feared and misunderstood because of her appearance; rumors around school report that she can see ghosts and curse people. However, despite her ominous appearance, she is actually a sweet and unassuming girl who only longs to be helpful; she has been shunned for so long that the idea of making friends has become foreign to her. When a boy, the popular boy Kazehaya, begins talking with her, everything changes. She finds herself in a new world, making new friends and talking to different people, and she can’t thank Kazehaya enough for giving her these opportunities. Slowly, but surely, a sweet love blossoms between the two as they overcome circumstances and obstacles that stand in their way.
Kimi ni todoke is a Slice of Life anime mixed with drama & romance. The first season have 24 episodes and second season have 13 episodes
5Gekkan shōjo Nozaki-kun
The story follows class 2-B student Umetarou Nozaki the subject to class 2-A’s Chiyo Sakura’s affection. Sakura braves up and confesses her feelings to Nozaki only to be mistaken for a fan. He invites him back to his place where she comes to discover that Nozaki is the man behind the manga ‘Let’s fall in love’ featured in the magazine ‘Monthly girl’s romance’ under the pen name of Sakiko Yumeno. Nozaki despite making a romance manga lacks experience in the subject and seems to be unromantic. Sakura ends up becoming Nozaki’s inker assistant as she is a talented artists, part of the school’s art club. Will her feelings be able to reach him?
Gekkan shōjo Nozaki-kun is a Rom-Com anime with only 1 season – 12 episodes
4Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Mizutani Shizuku is the type of person who only cares for her own grades. But when she accidentally delivers lesson notes to Yoshida Haru, he becomes convinced they are friends. Haru turns out to have a very innocent personality, but who would’ve thought that Haru would actually confess to Shizuku? A cold-hearted girl and super-troublemaker romance with a fresh new perspective
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is a Rom-Com anime with only 1 season – 13 episodes
The only way to escape is to ‘clear’ the game. Death in game means actual ‘death’ —-
The ten thousand who have logged onto the as of yet mysterious game ‘Sword Art Online’ using their Nerve Gear have been forced into this perilous death game and are trapped inside. Protagonist Kirito, one of the many gamers, has greeted this ‘truth’. He plays as a solo player in the giant castle that is the stage for this game —- ‘Aincrad’. To meet the conditions of clearing the game and leaving this twisted virtual world, he must get through all 100 floors. Will Kirito have what it takes to clear the game, or will he die trying?
This romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman with a distorted view on life and no friends or girlfriend. When he sees his classmates talking excitedly about living their adolescent lives, he mutters: “They’re a bunch of liars.” When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds, “Not working.” A teacher gets Hachiman to join the “Volunteer Service” club, which happens to have the school’s prettiest girl, Yukinoshita Yukino.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru is a Rom-Com with bit of drama. It have 2 seasons with 13 episodes each + 1 OVA & upcoming season.
1Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
Red like an apple bright and unusual.
“Snow white” Shirayuki is a cheerful girl with a heart of pure and kindness. Her interest in wild to the herbs she was so knowledgeable of.She was the inn maid giving medicine to the people. But after the prince of her country heard tales of her red hair he vowed to have her as his bride. She fled cutting tides with her people and cutting her magnificent hair. There she met the prince of Clarines who took her in after dealing with her kingdom’s prince.
She lived her life there in the kingdom castle as she falls deeply for the prince who had eyes for her as well. But neither spoke as they though it would cause damage to something they never want broken.
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime is mixed with drama-fantasy with 2 seasons, 12 episodes each.
So that’s it for Top 12 anime with Unrequited love. If you think i missed some anime or have any suggestions feel free to comment & we’ll add them in our next post. Thanks for reading.