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Top 15 Best Josei Romance Anime To Watch On Crunchyroll 2023

Last updated on May 5th, 2023 at 12:55 pm

Josei is a broad genre anyone can enjoy and appreciate, even though it primarily targets mature female audiences. That’s why we are here with our list of top 20 best Josei romance anime to watch on Crunchyroll 2023

This list consists of great shows that are available to watch on Crunchyroll. The anime portrays romantic love in a more sophisticated and refined manner that will definitely make your heart skip a beat. Hence, check out our list of the top 20 best Josei Romance anime to watch on Crunchyroll 2023.

Top 20 Best Josei Romance Anime to Watch on Crunchyroll

20) Jingai-san no Yome

Jingai-san no Yome

Anime NameJingai-san no Yome
MAL Rating5.78
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Jingai-san no Yome is a weird but heartwarming Josei romance anime about the married life of a boy and a mysterious creature. Everything changes for Tomori when his principal asks him to get married. 

His marriage partner, however, is not a human but a big and fluffy being. Kanenogi, the creature, apparently chose him to be his wife. With no scope to refuse, now Tomori needs to spend a marital life with this otherworldly creature. 

19) Amnesia


Anime NameAmnesia
MAL Rating5.99
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
StudioBrain’s Base

Based on a visual novel, Amnesia is about a young woman who suddenly loses all her memories after fainting at work. When she wakes up, she meets a spectral boy Orion who reveals that her amnesia is due to him visiting her world.

Soon the young woman finds herself entangled with five men, all of whom are slowly becoming closer to her. As she navigates her feelings, her memories return by fragments.

18) Norn9


Anime NameNorn9: Norn+Nonet
MAL Rating6.55
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
StudioKinema Citrus, Orange

The World, an unknown entity always looks after earth. On the other hand, Norn is a spaceship with the task to collect and transfer nine humans with supernatural powers to The World for unknown reasons. 

There are three women and eight men on the ship, which is more than the number of people supposed to be there. Now everyone needs to find the intruders and at the same time fight with enemies trying to sabotage their mission. 

17) A Destructive God Sits Next to Me

A Destructive God Sits Next to Me

Anime NameBoku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu.
MAL Rating6.65
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Comedy, Slice of Life
StudioEMT Squared

Seri Koyuki’s ordinary life is shattered the moment he becomes classmates with the eyepatch-wearing Kabuto Hanadori. Kabuto believes himself to be the reincarnation of Miguel, the God of Destruction and Seri the knight inside whom Miguel was sealed, Sturmhurt.

Just trying to live his life away from these grand delusions, Seri must find a way to keep Kabuto away. But it’s not so easy when Kabuto is certain of the strong bond of their past lives.

16) Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~

Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~

Anime NameCode:Realize – Sousei no Himegimi
MAL Rating6.66
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Fantasy, Romance

Horologium can produce an immense amount of power. This power is embedded in the chest of Cardia. When she was young, the townsfolk hated and feared her along with her father. 

But as the power is immensely valuable, many wish to take it for themselves, especially the group Twilight. The British military takes her away as a prisoner for being a possible threat, but a mysterious thief saves her.  

She goes on a quest to unravel the secrets behind her powers, this organization, and her father’s connection to them.

15) My Sweet Tyrant

My Sweet Tyrant

Anime NameAkkun to Kanojo
MAL Rating6.83
Number of Episodes25
Genre(s)Comedy, Romance
StudioYumeta Company

Akkun obsessively and madly loves his girlfriend to the point of worshipping her. But as a tsundere, he can’t help but be mean to her in front of her. Thankfully his girlfriend knows about his actual self and enjoys his weird behavior towards her. 

An unfortunate audience to this odd couple’s silliness is their friend Masago. He is an otaku and shares a close yet hateful relationship with Akkun’s sister. She just wants to see him die as she can’t stand his presence for no apparent reason. Other couples in this anime too, have their own antics. And we witness hilarious interactions of very weird yet endearing pairs.

14) Love of Kill

Love of Kill

Anime NameKoroshi Ai
MAL Rating6.90
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Action, Romance
StudioPlatinum Vision

Chateau Dankworth is an amateur but capable assassin. One day she meets a man who’s able to beat her in combat and finds the man helping her on her missions. Angered by this, she makes her thoughts about it clear to him.

But when she gets the new mission to assassinate Song Ryang-ha, an infamous assassin, she finds that Song Ryang-ha is the same man helping her. Unable to kill him, Chateau makes a deal to go out with him in exchange for intel.

13) Natsuyuki Rendezvous

Natsuyuki Rendezvous

Anime NameNatsuyuki Rendezvous
MAL Rating7.27
Number of Episodes11
Genre(s)Drama, Romance, Supernatural
StudioDoga Kobo

Hazuki falls desperately in love with Rokka Shimao, the beautiful owner of a flower shop. He even starts working for her in order to become closer to her.  But there is one problem, the spirit of her dead husband is haunting her. And Hazuki is the only person who can see or speak to him. 

The husband’s ghost does not want to leave his wife, and the young man is adamant about winning Rokka’s heart. Natsuyuki Rendezvous is a beautiful yet not-so-traditional Josei romance anime.

12) Ristorante Paradiso

Ristorante Paradiso

Anime NameRistorante Paradiso
MAL Rating7.32
Number of Episodes11
Genre(s)Drama, Gourmet, Romance
StudioDavid Production

This josei romance anime is available on Crunchyroll for fans to enjoy. Ristorante Paradiso is about Nicoletta, whose mother left her at a young age and goes to Rome to remarry.

Now that she is old enough, Nicoletta wants nothing but to ruin her mother’s life. When she goes to Rome, she finds her mother running a restaurant with her new husband Lorenzo called Casetta dell’Orso. But her life changes for the better when she starts interacting with the staff of the restaurant.

11) Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~

Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~

Anime NameHakuouki
MAL Rating7.37
Number of Episodes22 (2 seasons)
Genre(s)Action, Drama, Supernatural
StudioStudio Deen

Chizuru has been desperately searching for her father for a very long time but to no avail. It was then that she decided to go to Kyoto disguised as a man to find him there.  

There she witnessed an incident that she should not have and was captured by the Shinsengumi. Miraculously they do not defeat her when they hear the name of her father. She thus gets entangled in a web of lies and political tension, all the while looking for her missing father.

10) Utakoi


Anime NameChouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi.
MAL Rating7.45
Number of Episodes13
Genre(s)Comedy, Romance
StudioTYO Animations

This is another good romance josei anime that is based on Uta-garuta, a variation of the card game Karuta. Uta-garuta comes from Hyakuninisshu, which is an anthology of love poems by various poets. 

These love poems were collected and compiled by Fujiwara no Teika, an aristocrat. With this anime, we explore the lives of these poets of the Heian period and understand the history behind their creations. 

9) Raven of the Inner Palace

Raven of the Inner Palace

Anime NameKoukyuu no Karasu
MAL Rating7.51
Number of Episodes13
Genre(s)Fantasy, Mystery
StudioBandai Namco Pictures

Ryuu Jusetsu is the Raven Consort of the emperor, who stays isolated in her black Raven Palace and doesn’t perform any wifely duties. Her life of isolation comes to an end when the emperor, Ka Koushun, comes to ask her for help on a mysterious case.

Though Jusetsu has been warned of a lonely life and prepared for it, she finds herself making her first bonds in life, first with her attendant Jiujiu and then with the emperor himself. With the arts taught to her, she sets out to solve the mysterious case.

8) Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits

Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits

Anime NameKakuriyo no Yadomeshi
MAL Rating7.53
Number of Episodes26
Genre(s)Drama, Fantasy, Gourmet, Romance

Aoi Tsubaki has always been able to see the spirits from the Hidden Realm: the ayakashi, and has been taught by her grandfather to live peacefully alongside them. After her grandfather’s death, she plans to feed the ayakashi with her cooking to keep them sated.

When Aoi is suddenly transported to the Hidden Realm after offering an ayakashi food, she learns from the ogre god Oodanna that she must marry him to pay off her grandfather’s debt. Aoi, however, plans to open her own food stall in the ayakashi inn to pay off her grandfather’s debt.

7) Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Anime NameHachimitsu to Clover
MAL Rating8.00
Number of Episodes36 (2 seasons)
Genre(s)Comedy, Drama, Romance
Aired2005 – 2006

Honey and Clover is one of the best Josei romance anime that one can enjoy on Crunchyroll. The anime centers around a group of friends who go through a series of events that not only help them mature psychologically but also emotionally. 

Yuuta is an art student who moves in with his two seniors in an apartment. He lives his life in a mysterious yet laid-back way.

When he meets Hagu, an enthusiastic art student, he immediately falls in love with her. Both of them, together with their friends, thus embark on a journey of self-discovery and love.

6) Princess Jellyfish

Princess Jellyfish

Anime NameKuragehime
MAL Rating8.11
Number of Episodes11
StudioBrain’s Base

Princess Jellyfish is another really good Josei anime to watch on Crunchyroll. It centers around Tsukimi, an otaku who is obsessed with jellyfishes. 

She wants to become an illustrator and lives with five other women who are also unemployed, just like her. Her life completely changes after her fateful encounter with Kurako, an absolutely gorgeous and fashionable woman. 

But things become awkward between them when Tsukimi discovers a big secret about her new friend. Kurako happens to be a boy who loves to crossdress.

5) Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss

Anime NameParadise Kiss
MAL Rating8.11
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Drama, Romance

Yukari’s life changes when some strangely dressed but extremely beautiful people approach her on her way home. She becomes not only suspicious by their attire but also by the way they were looking at her. 

Later she finds out that they want her to be the model for their upcoming fashion show in college. She immediately declines, but the head designer George Koizumi will stop at nothing to make her his model. This is a fun Josei romance anime that is available on Crunchyroll.

4) Chihayafuru


Anime NameChihayafuru
MAL Rating8.19
Number of Episodes74 (3 seasons)
Genre(s)Drama, Sports
Aired2011 – 2020

Chihayafuru is one of the most famous Josei romance anime that talks about a girl obsessed with Karuta. Chihaya started to play Karuta when Arata, a new transfer student to her elementary school, introduced it to her.

As she was never really good at anything, Arata’s love for Karuta inspired her to start playing as well. Another boy called Taichi joined them as well, and they spent their time playing many games together. 

Now in high school, with Arata transferred and Taichi detached from Karuta, Chihaya wishes to form a Karuta club. Her first goal is to create a team of enthusiastic players who enjoy Karuta as much as she does. And, later bag the Queen’s title in the competitive Karuta Championship.

3) Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile

Anime NameNodame Cantabile
MAL Rating8.27
Number of Episodes34 (2 seasons) + 1 special
Genre(s)Comedy, Romance
Aired2007 – 2010

Nodame Cantabile is one of the best and most endearing Josei romance anime that fans should definitely check out on Crunchyroll. We see two musicians who are so different from one other but end up falling for each other.   

Chiaki is a perfectionist, handsome and rich musician who dreams of becoming a conductor. He wanted to study abroad, but due to his fear of flights, he had to stay in Japan. It was in his university that he came across Nodame, an unkempt and odd girl. Later he becomes shocked at how good she is at playing piano. 

Furthermore, Nodame hopelessly falls in love with Chiaki, much to his chagrin. We witness their musical journey and quest for self-discovery throughout the anime.

2) Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope

Anime NameSakamichi no Apollon
MAL Rating8.31
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Drama, Romance
StudioTezuka Productions, MAPPA

Kids on the Slope is a great coming of age, musical josei romance anime that even non-josei fans will enjoy. Kaoru, a classical pianist who got transferred to a new place. And, due to his introverted nature, he could not make any friends.

But his life changes when he meets Sentarou and Ritsuko. Their love for jazz music inspires him to know more about jazz. He quickly becomes friends with them, and we see them mature together after going through some life-changing events in the future.

1) Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Anime NameShowa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
MAL Rating8.57
Number of Episodes25 (2 seasons)
StudioStudio Deen
Aired2016 – 2017

The anime starts with Yotarou, a convict, getting released from jail. Now he wants nothing but to live a respectable life by becoming a Rakugo performer. 

When he was in jail, he became a fan of a renowned Rakugo master called Yakumo Yuurakutei. Hence he desperately requests Yakumo to take him as his disciple, and that is how his journey of learning the art of Rakugo starts.  

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is definitely one of the josei anime out there with a more realistic and mature approach to romance.

Here we conclude our list of the top 20 best Josei romance anime to watch on Crunchyroll 2023. We really hope our readers liked our picks. Please enjoy these shows on Crunchyroll, and stay tuned to read more articles on anime/manga/manhwa.

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