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Top 10 Ecchi Romance Anime

While there are plenty of ecchi and romance series about, shows often have some difficulty straddling the two genres, with the more ecchi series not being taken seriously, and the more romantic series lacking in ecchi. Hopefully, our previous Top 10 Ecchi Romance Anime list remedied this problem a bit by providing you with some shows that do manage to hit both birds with one stone for the ultimate ecchi romance combo.

With new shows being released, though, and some great older shows still in need of a shout out, we’re back to give you an updated list of the very best ecchi romance anime about. We hope you enjoy.

10. Mayo Chiki!

  • Episodes: 13
  • Air Date: July 2011 – September 2011

Gynophobia, fear of women, is not a hugely common problem to have, but given how his home life revolves around getting beaten up by his wrestler mum and sister, it’s no surprise that Kinjirou Sakamachi has developed such a fear. But everyone has their own problems, and he’s about to find out one of Subaru Konoe’s. Walking in on Subaru in the school bathrooms, Kinjirou discovers that the school’s famed butler is, in fact, a girl! After some understandable complications regarding the bathroom peeping, Subaru’s master Kanade Suzutsuki makes Kinjirou sign a contract, agreeing that he won’t disclose the crossdresser’s secret, as long as they help him get over his gynophobia.

Although a pretty run of the mill harem series at first glance, Mayo Chiki stands above many of its peers and is one harem show worth recommending for both it’s ecchi and romance aspects. Additionally, if you happen to enjoy watching the main character getting constantly beat on then that’s a plus. While there are of course numerous girls hanging around, the relationship between Subaru and Kinjirou is especially cute, partly due to their unusual predicament and partly because Subaru is adorable. While there is no second season, Mayo Chiki is a series that’ll have you hunting down the novel to find out what happens next.

9. Yosuga no Sora: In Solitude, Where We Are Least Alone.

  • Episodes: 12
  • Air Date: October 2010 – December 2010

After the death of their parents, Sora and Haruka Kasugano are returning to their old home, where they grew up as children, to make a fresh start in a familiar place. With old friends to catch up with and plenty of new friends to make, things seem to be looking up for the pair, at least on the surface. You see the bond between the two of them is much more complicated than that of regular siblings, and it’s a bond that a third person could quite easily get in the way of. Prepare for plenty of hardships and drama, as the twins try to figure out what, and who, they really want.

If you’ve heard of Yosuga no Sora it’s probably for one of two reasons: either the borderline hentai levels of ecchi or the incest. Frankly, though, if you can get over the incest part, then the ecchi is great, and the character interactions and story are pretty interesting to watch. As it’s a visual novel adaptation, Yosuga no Sora is done in an omnibus format with each girl’s route getting a few episodes before the timeline resets. Despite the resets, Sora and Haruka’s relationship is built up very well throughout the series, leading to a very climactic final arc. Far too hot for TV and demonstrating some questionable moral content, Yosuga no Sora might not be for everyone, but it’s probably the ecchiest romance anime you’ll ever come across.

8. Nazo no Kanojo X (Mysterious Girlfriend X)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Air Date: April 2012 – July 2012

Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe are an interesting couple, as while he might seem pretty ordinary, she is very much the opposite. Sleeping in class, being generally anti-social, and carrying around a pair of scissors that she wields with a surprising degree of skill, Urabe’s nature is quite a mysterious one. But how the two got together is the weirdest part: Akira tasted Urabe’s drool while she was sleeping! After that, the two entered a bizarre, drool-fueled relationship that, although unusual, seems to be going fairly well.

One of the stranger romances we’ve come across, Nazo no Kanojo X’s focus around drool is a fairly specific fetish, but none the less a pretty interesting story element to play around with. One of the nice things about the series is how Urabe and Akira are such a solid couple throughout when compared to a majority of other ecchi romance series, which tend to be harems. Besides the romance and ecchi of the series, another point worth making is the interesting choice of art style, which although obviously modeling itself on the manga, is also a nice throwback an older aesthetic that we don’t tend to see anymore. A unique series to say the least, if you’re not put off by the drool then Nazo no Kanojo X is a very interesting, if unusual, watch.

7. Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? (And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online?)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Air Date: April 2016 – June 2016

Hideki “Rusian” Nishimura doesn’t trust girls in online games. Not anymore. Not after the girl he liked crushed him by rejecting his marriage proposal and telling him she was an older dude. So who can blame him really, it’s a sorry situation to end up in. Fast forward some years and Rusian has been proposed to by a cute fellow guild member named Ako, which he, with some degree of reluctance, accepts. But things start to get real when the guild decides to have an offline meeting, and he discovers that all his guildmates who he thought were male, are actually real girls at his school, including his in-game wife Ako.

Oh, my, it’s just so adorable. NetoYome is perhaps the cutest show on this list, with Ako being just the sweetest girl in the world, if a tad clingy at times. She’s also the one who’s driving the romance forward like a charging bull, with apparently no one, least of all Rusian himself, being able to separate her from her “husband”. While the Ako + Rusian pairing is quickly established, that doesn’t stop the ecchi reaching the other girls, so look forward to half clothed cuties, inappropriate battle gear, and some sexy swimsuits.

6. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Air Date: July 2008 – September 2008

Very much a failed knight, despite getting into Hagun Academy, one of Japan’s seven Mage Knight schools, Ikki Kurogane is an F-ranked student, the very worst. Despite this, he’s still working to become a Mage-Knight: the dream of many Blazers, people who can control magical powers. In a turn of events not particularly helpful to his cause, at the start of his school term, Ikki accidentally peeps on Stella Vermillion, a first year A rank student, who challenges him to a duel so that she can destroy him and make him her slave. Only Ikki is not the lowly F-rank student that he would have us believe.

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry kind of tricks you into thinking it’s going to be a harem, when actually the pairing is quite quickly decided, with Stella and Ikki becoming a couple only a few episodes in. It’s actually quite nice that the decision gets made because it means we can take the show’s romance, as well as the series as a whole, a bit more seriously. Don’t worry, though, there’s still plenty of fan service too, as well as a dash of ecchi to top it off. With a big focus of the series being the fight scenes, if you’re also a big fan of action anime then we’d definitely recommend Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry.

5. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Air Date: January 2015 – March 2015

Tomoya Aki has decided it is time for him to make his mark and give something back to the otaku community he has long been a part of. A high-level otaku himself, Tomoya might be a fan of cute girls and dating sims, but that doesn’t mean he has the skill to make a galge of his own. Fortunately, he happens to know a couple of very talented people who he can rope into his newly forming doujin circle, including a writer and an artist. He’s still lacking one thing, though: inspiration. Enter Megumi Katou, normal high school girl who does the very opposite of stand out. But how can such a bland girl possibly help the three create a doujin game?

While not an overwhelmingly ecchi series, Saekano is known for its excellent fan service, often in the form of leggings, skirts, and short shorts. Basically, if you like legs, watch it. Anyway, although Saekano is essentially a harem, the dialogue and relationships between each girl and Tomoya are actually quite interesting, more specifically his development with Megumi, who is basically tagged as the main girl from the beginning. There’s a quality that oozes from Saekano as if the series is flat out planned and written better than your standard ecchi romance series, which would likely explain its popularity along with the sequel airing next season. So be sure to catch up on Saekano before the April release of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭!

4. High School DxD

  • Episodes: 12
  • Air Date: January 2012 – March 2012

High school student and pervert Issei Hyoudou has just had all his stars align and got himself a date with a kind and pretty girl. Only she’s not a kind, pretty girl. She’s a terrifying fallen angel that kills people for fun. Not what one usually looks for in a partner. As he lays dying, Issei is found by Rias Gremory, one of his school’s most beautiful seniors, who offers him a chance to live on as a devil. Now Ria’s servant and part of the Gremory peerage, Issei must adapt to his new life as a devil along with all the challenges and hardships that come with it. And boy is there gonna be a lot of challenges.

High School DxD is one of the cornerstones of the current ecchi romance genre, a series which other new series are compared against. It ticks all the boxes really: Constant ecchi and fanservice? Check. Progressing romance between the main protagonist and heroine? Check. Actual plot with interesting battles sprinkled with comedy? Check. It’s not perfect, but it’s as solid as a Nokia 3310. One really nice thing about High School DxD is that it just keeps going, with no apparent signs of stopping, and we all know how rare it can be to get so much as a second season out of a series. So if you want a show that gives you the whole package and with plenty of content, High School DxD might be the one for you.

3. Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Air Date: July 2006 – September 2006

Ripped from his normal life in our world to a land of magic and fantasy, Saito Hiraga has just been summoned as a familiar to a very cute, very flat mage. His new magic wielding master Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière, along with having an unreasonably long name, is also a very unique mage in her academy. You see, she didn’t earn the nickname “Louise the Zero” for nothing, actually thinking about it, she did. Louise has zero magical ability, leading to the question, how did she manage to summon a human as a familiar? There’s not much time for those concerns, though, as with the nearby kingdom of Albion under attack, and an ever growing unrest spreading throughout the continent, there are much bigger things for the mismatched pair to worry about.

Fantastically fun, Zero no Tsukaima is an “I’ll just watch one more episode” kind of series that you will have no difficulty marathoning. It does a good job of balancing a magical world filled with comedy moments and fan service, with more serious story sections that are accompanied by some great character development and an ongoing sense of urgency. The romance between Saito and Louise is always at the forefront of the series, with their relationship playing a key role throughout the story as well as being super cute if a little violent. The fan service is in plentiful supply as well, with busty elves and maids about. A great series all around, we can’t recommend Zero no Tsukaima enough.

2. Motto To LOVE-Ru

  • Episodes: 12
  • Air Date: October 2010 – December 2010

Rito Yuuki, the astoundingly normal high school boy, has a crush on his classmate Haruna Sairenji, the brilliantly plain high school girl. As one would expect in this situation, he is making a grand total of zero progress towards confessing to his dream girl, apparently satisfied with watching her from afar. It’s at this point that the story gets shaken up a little, when cute alien girl Lala shows up in Rito’s bathroom, naked, and on the run. After saving said run-away from her “pursuers”, she decides to stick around her hero for a while: in his house, and in his class! And she’s not the only space girl that’s decided to drop by…

Alright so I have a disgusting bias towards the To LOVE-Ru series but you gotta trust me on this. To LOVE-Ru not only has some of the most well thought out ecchi content around, but has also managed to keep the romance between Rito, Lala, and Haruna reasonably relevant despite the enormous harem of girls in the series. Although it’s the second season, Motto To LOVE-Ru is probably the best at balancing the ecchi and romance, as the first season veers off in a weird anime original way, and To LOVE-Ru Darkness (the third and fourth seasons) draws focus away from the main pairings towards other characters. Though with that said, all four series are well worth watching on their own merits. So if you really, really like fan service, with a dash of romance to keep things interesting, we highly recommend Motto To LOVE-Ru.

  • Air Date: July 2009 – June 2010

It’s been a long time since Koyomi Araragi was last normal. Part vampire, with some friends in supernatural places, his high school life is very much the short respite he gets in between absurdities. So it’s only half a surprise when he sees a girl falling, or rather floating down the stairwell at his school. Catching her, he realises that she is virtually weightless, which is quite obviously not normal for a high school girl. Being unable to leave a damsel in distress, Araragi decides to help the girl, Hitagi Senjougahara, with solving her oddity related problems.

It feels a little odd calling Bakemonogatari an ecchi romance because it feels like there’s so much more to it than that, but at its core, both of these genres are a key part of the series. Come for the fanservice, stay for the plot, Bakemonogatari is a fascinating collection of stories with a unique visual style and where the concept of a chronological order has been casually thrown out of the window. With regards to the romance, Senjougahara and Araragi’s relationship is one of the most confusing, dysfunctional, and yet perfect relationships you will find in an anime series and a joy to watch develop. We think the Monogatari series is something that has to be watched regardless of your interests in fan service or romance, which are if anything the icing on this supernatural cake.

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