grown-up romance, ghosts, love triangle involving a ghost, bittersweet comedy. [WARNING: serious dubcon]
琴浦さん / Kotoura-san
high school romance, screwball comedy with serious angst, doesn’t require too much thought. [WARNINGS: dubcon themes (mild), abusive parents]
涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 / The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi
high school fantasy, dry comedy, technically a romance, nonlinear narrative, career-launching role, probably a cultural icon by now, hope you read subtitles fast. [WARNING: thwarted dubcon]
おとめ妖怪ざくろ / otome youkai zakuro
gods and spirits and fantasy, historical inaccuracies, sweet het romance, boys in uniform, girls with fluffy ears. [WARNING: abusive relationships (between villains)]
坂道のアポロン / Kids on the Slope
no magic except the magic of ~music~, nonstandard dialects, holy shit the music though, everyone is hot. [WARNINGS: racism, abusive parents, brief attempted noncon]
メガネブ！ / MEGANEBU!
the best show ever so it’s going to be on every reclist i make so just deal with it.
魔法少女まどかマギカ / Puella Magi Madoka Magica
fantastic visuals, magical girls deconstructed, no romance, keep your brain turned on, nonlinear narrative. [WARNING: violence, major character death]
あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。 / anohana / The Flower We Saw That Day
high school romance, ghosts, grief and the people who handle it poorly, nonlinear narrative, i cried more than usual. [WARNING: emotionally abusive parents]
翠星のガルガンティア / Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
sci-fi, mecha, child soldiers, disabled character, not explicitly a romance, for people who love Ender’s Game but refuse to give its author any more money. [WARNING: war violence]
ミラクル☆トライン～大江戸線へようこそ～ / Miracle☆Train ~Welcome to the Oedo Line~
fantasy, absurd premise, hot guys, terrible animation, all-star voice cast, hope you read subtitles fast, made me cry way more than i expected.
変態王子と笑わない猫 / henneko / The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat
high school romance, subtle fantasy, lots of cutesy-pervy humor, overly possessive big sister, suddenly grows a plot at the end. [WARNINGS: misogynist language, heavily implied incestuous feelings]
天元突破グレンラガン / Gurren Lagann
mecha, more mecha, bigger mecha, mecha piloting mecha, sci-fi (light on the sci), the usual pervy humor, shh just watch. [WARNINGS: nudity, major character death, occasional jokes based on cishet dudes’ queerphobic reactions to canon queer character]
デゥラララ！！ / durarara!! / DRRR!!
urban fantasy, not a model romance, not a model anything, all of these people are horrible do not follow their example, nonlinear narrative, shh just watch, hope you can read really fast. [WARNINGS: pretty much all of them]
やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 / My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected. (oregairu / My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
high school rom-com meta, dude makes sexist jokes and ladies punish him, hope you like tropes, also hope you can read fast, at least one person on this show is canonically queer but the sky’s the limit. [WARNINGS: misogynist language, brief fantasy sequences deliberately misgendering a kid who can be very easily read as trans]