Viva Valentines!

As we all know, February is the month of chocolates and flowers, of tandem bicycles and dining by candlelight. Whether you're in the throes of love or forever alone (nah), we're sure you'll enjoy these ten hit romance series that remind us just what makes the world go round.

Howl's Moving Castle

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Can anyone get enough of Miyazaki's classics? As an emotional journey, Howl's Moving Castle doesn't disappoint. Sophie, a young worker in a hat shop, meets a dashing wizard named Howl, who takes a liking to her. Jealous and spiteful, the Witch of the Waste curses Sophie with the body of a ninety-year-old, and forbids her to speak of the curse. Searching for a way to break the spell, Sophie begins an adventure aboard Howl's magnificent flying castle.

Cardcaptor Sakura

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Fourth grader Kinomoto Sakura stumbles upon the mysterious book of Clow. When she opens it and reads out the name of The Windy, she accidentally releases the magical Clow cards. The guardian Beast of the Seal, Keroberos, emerges and guides Sakura in retrieving the missing cards. She finds support in her friend Tomoyo, and meets rival Li Syaoran, beginning an emotional and enchanting adventure that changes her life.

Nodame Cantabile

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At a top music academy, first class musician Shinichi Chiaki meets eccentric piano student Noda Megumi, also known as Nodame, who proclaims herself Chiaki's girlfriend and moves into the apartment next to his. As time passes, Chiaki and Nodame learn to deal with each other, and eventually strive together for the top of the musical world.

One word: music. This is the additional dimension that was impossible in manga form, bringing to life a contagious passion for classical masterpieces, while staying true to the rich characterisation of the story. If you're not already a music lover, prepare to be converted.

Kimi ni Todoke

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Kuronuma "Sadako" Sawako is a timid, misunderstood girl who is feared by her schoolmates due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from "The Ring". Her life begins to change after she befriends the most popular guy in class, Kazehaya Shouta, who is easygoing and nice to everyone. A heartwarming story of compassion and hope blossoms as Kazehaya helps Sawako gradually break out of her shell, make changes and move forward.

Honey and Clover

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Where is your life heading? This anime offers a peek into the lives of three students in art college who meet a young, talented girl named Hanamoto Hagumi. Together, they journey down a road of hopes and fears, dreams and romance, in search of direction and fulfilment. Happiness is in the little things in life, and many of these you'll find in Honey and Clover.

Hatsukoi Limited

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You know the saying: there's a first time for everything. Hatsukoi Limited follows the first loves of several schoolgirls, whose stories begin separately but slowly intertwine. Over time, complex and unexpected webs of love emerge, and we watch as the characters grow and mature in their various situations. There's also plenty of comedy, completing the ideal school romance series. Watch it here at!


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Okazaki Tomoya is an aimless delinquent who wastes away his school days with his friend Sunohara. His monotonous days change when he hears a girl muttering to herself and begins to notice her around school. They slowly build a friendship as he helps her revive the school's drama club along with four other girls. The story takes a hopeful turn as Tomoya finds meaning in helping each girl overcome life's challenges.


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On his fourteenth birthday, average teenager Niwa Daisuke declares his love for the girl of his dreams, Harada Risa, but is rejected. Heartbroken, he suddenly discovers that a genetic mutation turns him into another person when he thinks of his crush. This other identity is the legendary phantom thief, Dark Mousy, who steals valuable artwork and by chance, becomes Risa's crush. He meets a classmate with a similar uncanny ability and learns that his love must be requited for him to return to normal.

Skip Beat!

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Forget glitz and glamour - the showbiz industry is more competitive and gruelling than luxurious. Mogami Kyouko accompanies her childhood friend and romantic interest, Fuwa Shou to Tokyo, supporting him as he chases his dreams of becoming an idol. However, Shou soon betrays Kyouko and reveals his indifference towards her. Angered, she vows to take revenge through beating him at his own game in the entertainment world.


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At the limit of inspiration, anything can start a series, and it doesn't get wackier than the drink cans of Akikan!. Daichi Kakeru, a student of Kyuugetsu Academy, collects rare juice cans, and one day he buys a melon soda that turns into… a girl? And she's just the first of many to come, who are part of a research experiment to determine if steel or aluminium cans are better. Cue the fan service and crazy comedy!

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