Monthly Archives: July 2016
Ah the rom-com, a much dreaded genre by some people (mostly manly boyfriends). Known for being extremely formulaic, the romantic comedy usually centers around star-crossed lovers who start off hating each other. Everyone knows, however, that by the end of the movie and some funny twist of fate, they will have realized they loved each other all along. It’s been done to death on the big screen, usually to the same tune.
However, with anime (as usual), the formula is often rewritten to spectacular results. Throw in a robot or a supernatural twist, or simply rely on time and multiple episodes to make the romantic turn more believable. Either way, anime has produced some pretty touching, authentically funny romantic comedies. These are the top 12.
“Special A” is, in a word, special. Slightly underrated, this anime focuses on Hikari Hanazono and Kei Takashima, two characters who have known each other since childhood. Ever since their first meeting, they have been locked in an intense competition with one another over everything. They both grow up to be members of the “Special A” class at their high school, made up of the most elite students. All the while, Kei is secretly harboring romantic feelings for Hikari, and every time he thinks she might have found him out, it turns out that she has totally misunderstood. Although it may sound like it follows the exact same formula as any other rom com, the addition of the other members of the Special A class add a refreshing buffer to the drama. In addition, the episode-by-episode misunderstandings never grow stale. Rather, they add to the comedy and enhance the anticipation for the final episode.
“Chobits” may seem a bit old in comparison to some of the other anime on this list, but it deserves a place in any “all time” rom com list. Hailing from a manga created by well-known, all-female writing group Clamp, “Chobits” features on an oft-asked question in the romance world. Can human-like robots ever develop human emotions? In this anime world, persocoms are the new fad – personal computers which take the shape and appearance of humans. Hideki Motosuwa has never had a persocom, until he finds one on the street one day. She can only speak the word “Chii,” and eventually adopts it as a name. Hideki begins to wonder if Chii might be a Chobit, a rumored type of persocom which can develop human emotions. If she is, where can this lead? Will Chii and Hideki ever be able to be together?