English dubs don’t get much love. But for all the English dubs we do have, let’s thank companies like Funimation for that. Because out of the 5000-6000 romance/comedy shows, a good portion have English dubs
So if it’s romantic comedy that you want, I’ve personally watched all 12 of the shows I’m recommending in this post.
And I don’t regret watching ANY of them…
At least 50% of them will kill you of laughter. Assuming you watch it all the way through since some rom com start off slower than others.
12 Rom Com Anime With English Dubs:
1. Masamune Kun No Revenge
Masamune wants revenge for being rejected when he was an overweight child. This motivation by itself is the reason he’s so fit, healthy and physically attractive.
He put in the work, so it’s all deserved. How he goes about getting his revenge though, and what happens in between is hilarious for so many reasons.
One of my favorite things that you’ll love about this rom com is the inner dialogue. From a comedic perspective, it’s some of the best I’ve had the pleasure of laughing at.
2. Full Metal Panic Fumoffu
I wouldn’t recommend watching this without seeing Full Metal Panic season 1 and season 2… Because Fumoffu is a spin-off series that has nothing to do with it’s military/action packed Mecha predecessors.
But if you can’t help yourself, just know this: Full Metal Panic Fumoffu has some of the most well-executed comedy, ever. And it’s even tastier if you’ve watched the original seasons of FMP.
I never knew it could be so funny.
Like Masamune Kun No Revenge, Gamers was released back in 2017. And for me, it’s a “stand out” rom com series.
After all it focuses on gaming culture, gaming references, mixed with plain ridiculous comedy and over the top romantic misunderstandings.
That’s what separates Gamers from other rom com series. It’s theme is different, and if you can appreciate it, you won’t regret watching it for a second.
4. Maid Sama
Maid Sama is a classic rom com series most fans know of, made by J.C Staff in 2010.
The story starts off “serious” focusing on Misaki Ayuzawa, a student council president by day and a maid by night in a maid café.
Her dad abandoned the family, and ran away with tons of debt to his name.
Now she’s forced (or motivated) to pay it off by working simultaneously while being in school.
This story is necessary because what follows will make more sense as you start to get into Maid Sama.
It has some of the best main characters for a rom com series, with a nice blend of comedy and intense moments.
5. Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends
In case you can’t tell, this is a harem. Not just a rom com series in general. If that doesn’t bother you, then you’ll warm to Haganai easily.
It’s about making friends at its core, and how the main characters deal with loneliness. Not to mention bullying (which will piss you off). And no character is the same.
They’re either weird, laid back, aggravating, sweet or interesting as far as personalities go.
6. Monthly Girls Nozaki Kun
You could finish this anime in 4 hours if you wanted to, as it’s short (like Gamers).
It’s a silly rom com about Nozaki Kun, a Manga artist, and Chiyo Sakura, a gentle girl who’s romantically interested in Nozaki. But he’s obviously too dense and absent-minded to see it.
From where I sit I’d say the comedy is fresh, and I’ve had some fun moments watching this that I won’t forget.
7. My Bride Is A Mermaid
A helpless teenager falls into the ocean, and almost drowns because he’s unable to swim. His own cocky attitude put him in this predicament.
Cliché 1st episodes aside, once you get past this, the comedy seen in My Bride Is A Mermaid is outrageously good (and skilfully inappropriate).
It’s my #1 recommendation for anyone looking for sweet, relatable and funny as fu** rom com’s to get into.
Also made by J.C Staff, Toradora takes rom com shows to a new level of emotion. In fact I almost quit Toradora up until episode 6-7. Only to discover what a masterpiece of a series Toradora is.
It’ll make you hate certain characters, and love them later after getting to know them better. And the physical fights that come later into the series will shock you.
An anime that can make you feel all kinds of emotions is always worth recommending for rom com fans.
Clannad is split into two different series. The 1st season is a pure rom com. Jokes, humour, silly episodes, silly characters… All of that is there. With some occasional moments where things get deep.
Season 2 on the other hand is less comedy and more romance.
This is where Clannad shines it’s brightest, and punches you in the gut the hardest… Because what happens is one of the saddest, most depressing things a romance anime has ever offered.
That’s what makes Clannad special.
10. Love Chuunibyou & Other Delusions
Chuunibyou is the kind of anime I’ve ditched half way, and then thought: “maybe I’m being too harsh, I’ll give it another go”.
The reason is: Chuunibyou is weird, and will make you cringe at the ridiculousness of its whole comedy routine.
But it does get better. And if you start to love it, you’ll end up treating Chuunibyou as one of the best rom com’s you’ve ever seen.
It’s in a league of its own, with few real anime shows you can compare to it 100%.
11. Nodame Cantabile
Nodame Cantabile is a special case. It takes music, adds slice of life to the mix, blends it with comedy, throws in some romance, and manages to stir it into a masterpiece.
All the main and support characters are musicians with their own unique skills. Each with their own goals to take their talents to a professional level.
Unlike 99% of rom coms, Nodame Cantabile is also Seinen. So the age of each character is between 19-30+. Making it refreshing, especially for its animation and art style.
12. School Rumble
Remember the anime I mentioned earlier, Gamers? The best way to describe School Rumble is by saying: it’s like Gamers without the “gaming” elements.
The only major exception is School Rumble has more characters, and it’s 2 seasons long!
One thing I appreciate about School Rumble is the focus on Harima, a main character who’s a Manga artist. And of course Tenma, who makes the anime so funny in the first place.
- Kokoro Connect.
What English dubbed rom com have you been watching lately?