12 Ecchi Romance Anime That’ll Make Your Heart Beat

You like ecchi. You also like romance. Why not combine those interests and watch some ecchi romance?

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Unlike the pure ecchi or the harem genres, the ecchi romances include romantic progress and a main couple paired with sexy fanservice. So, let’s travel the steamy road. Make sure to bring extra tissues.

 

Chivalry of a Failed Knight goes down the list of clichés, and on paper, looks like the most generic anime of the past 5 years. However, the series is better than the sum of its parts, giving something that ecchi and romance fans can both enjoy.

Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Studio: Silver Link / Nexus

Episodes: 12

Quick Pitch: Ikki Kurogane dreams of being a Mage-Knight, but he is the worst student at Hagun Academy according to their ranking system. Stella Vermillion is an A-rank student, and begrudgingly becomes Ikki’s roommate and helps him pursue his dreams.

 

2The Familiar of Zero

The Familiar of Zero came out during a time when magical school based anime was considered new and exciting. It still holds up today, with Louise and Saito’s romance arc is well regarded for the genre.

The Familiar of Zero

Studio: J.C. Staff

Episodes: 49 + 1 OVA

Quick Pitch: Louise is an arrogant girl due to her noble upbringing. Despite her confidence, Louise is the worst student at Tristain Academy. During a ritual, accidentally summons a familiar named Saito. Louise treats Saito as a sub-human at first, but their relationship grows as they learn why Louise is so terrible at magic.

 

3Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends

Haganai looks like a typical harem – it follows an antisocial guy who magically attracts beautiful girls. Despite the setup, Haganai takes a deeper look at social expectations, the folly of nihilism, and the importance of social interaction.

Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends

Studio: AIC Build

Episodes: 24 + 2 OVAs

Quick Pitch: Kodaka Hasegawa transfers to a new school with the goal of making a good first impression. Due to his blonde hair and cold face, Kodaka is labeled a delinquent by his classmates. Things start to change after he meets a girl named Yozora Mikazuki and her imaginary friend.

 

Chobits may become a topical series as the world seems dead set on creating virtual sex experiences and androids. This series has for years delighted fans by mixing tech and moe with fantastical elements delivered by the legendary CLAMP team.

Chobits

Studio: Madhouse

Episodes: 26

Quick Pitch: Persocoms are the latest fad in computers, which are androids that look like humans. Hideki Motosuwa finds a persocom named Chii, but he believes she is a defect. Since Chii can’t download information, Hideki must teach her about the world.

 

You wouldn’t expect body acceptance and confidence to be the core themes of an ecchi romance, but B Gata H Kei does have them underneath the lewd jokes.

B Gata H Kei

Studio: Hal Film Maker

Episodes: 12

Quick Pitch: Yamada is a high school girl with the goal of having casual sex with 100 guys. However, Yamada’s is self-conscious about her body and of being a virgin. To get over her fears, Yamada focuses on seducing Takashi, who is also a virgin.

 

6Sankarea: Undying Love

Themes of depression, suicide, and social isolation may turn people off who are just looking for a sexy romp. However, fans who like macabre with their fanservice will find a story in this show that is worthwhile.

Sankarea: Undying Love

Studio: Studio Deen

Episodes: 12 + 3 OVAs

Quick Pitch: Chihiro has a zombie fetish. There is something about a stumbling, blood thirsty corpse that turns him on. Rea is the daughter a school director, and wants to escape her horrible life. The two meet in an abandoned building, and quickly Chihiro’s wildest dreams come true in possibly the worst way.

 

7Mayo Chiki!

Mayo Chiki! includes a harem setup that includes a reverse trap, a fujoshi, a wrestler, and a ghost medium. However, there is a main couple by the end of the story that will take you on an emotional bonding ride. Bonus points for the humor.

Mayo Chiki!

Studio: Feel

Episodes: 13

Quick Pitch: Kinjirō has an extreme fear of women thanks to all the women in his family being wrestlers. He can withstand wrestling moves, but Kinjirō can’t get over his fear of the opposite sex. While using the restroom, he discovers that one guy is actually a girl. In exchange for keeping her secret, she promises to help Kinjirō get over his fear of women.

 

The series breaks the twincest taboo and can get to near hentai levels of ecchi. Throw away all semblance of shame and enjoy the ride.

Yosuga no Sora

Studio: Feel

Episodes: 12

Quick Pitch: The Kasugano twins are orphaned due to a tragic car accident. They move to the countryside to live with their grandparents in an attempt to rebuild their lives. However, promises both old and new begin to unshackle a dark secret between the twins.

 

Would you like some social awkwardness and MMO memes with your ecchi?

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online?

Studio: Project No. 9

Episodes: 12

Quick Pitch: Hideki finally found the courage to propose an in-game marriage to a girl in an MMO…and is traumatized to learn that the player is actually a boy. Hideki vows to never trust another female avatar again, but he is starting to catch feelings from a player called Ako. To his surprise, he learns that Ako is really a girl. The problem is that she has zero social skills, despite wanting to be in a relationship with Hideki.

 

10Mysterious Girlfriend X

If you can look past the drool thing (or maybe it’s your fetish? I won’t judge), you’ll find that Mysterious Girlfriend X has some of the most authentic, tender romance about first love.

Mysterious Girlfriend X

Studio: Hoods Entertainment

Episodes: 13 + 1 OVA

What’s it about: Mikoto is a transfer student, and for some bizarre reasons, decides to taste the drool of a girl in his class. This event leads to Urabe to become Mikoto’s “mysterious girlfriend” to save him from drool withdrawals as they both learn how to communicate in a romantic relationship.

 

11Oh! My Goddess (TV)

A classic of the ecchi romance genre, there are actually two Oh! My Goddess adaptations. A 5 episode OVA series from 1993 and a TV series (which is the entry on this list). Either way, the animation, and humor hold up well for today’s audiences.

Oh! My Goddess

Studio: AIC

Episodes: 50 + 5 OVAs (unrelated to the 1993 series)

What’s it about: Humans can have a wish granted by a goddess by calling the Goddess Help Hotline. Keiichi accidentally calls the hotline and believes that it is a prank, so he jokingly wishes for the goddess Belldandy to live with him. The wish is granted and their awkward relationship begins.

 

This type of high-class art is why we watch anime.

Kiss x Sis

Studio: Feel

Episodes: 12

What’s it about: Keito has two beautiful step-sisters after his father remarries. The two girls lust for Keito and tempt his purity. Will the step-siblings cross the line?

 

What are your favorite ecchi romance anime?

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