Romance anime offers a variety of different themes and settings that fans enjoy. One such subject is where a popular girl falls in love with the unpopular protagonist. A loner and unpopular MC grabs the attention of the popular girl.
It is a dream come true for many characters. Moreover, many fans seem to enjoy this trope as well. There are enough fans who look for this genre. Thus, this article lists ten such romance anime that showcase this trope.
1) Komi Can’t Communicate
Shoko Komi is the popular Madonna of the elite Itan Private High School. Her elegance and beauty grabs everyone’s attention around her. On the other hand, Hitohito Tadano is an exceedingly average boy. He happens to be in the same class as Komi Shoko.
Tadano sits beside Komi in class. One day, Tadano discovers that Komi has a serious communication disorder. The two converses through writing. Tadano learns that Komi’s goal is to make 100 friends. He resolves to help her reach her goal. Thus, this marks the beginning of their friendship.
Kyoko Hori is a bright and popular high school student. In contrast Izumi Miyamura is a gloomy boy. At home, Hori is a homebody who dresses down. She looks after her younger brother, Souta. However, she hides this from her friends and classmates.
One day, Souta comes home with a nosebleed. He accompanies a boy with tattoos and piercings. The boy turns out to be Miyamura. The two promise to keep this a secret from their peers. The two started to spend more time together and learn more about each other. Over time, the two grow closer than before.
3) My Dress-Up Darling
Wakana Gojo is a high school student with a secret admiration for hina dolls. He aspires to become a craftsman like his grandfather. However, after he was once made fun of due to his passion. As a result, he had closed himself off from everyone.
One day, he runs into his classmate Marin Kitagawa while sewing costumes for hina dolls. She admires Wakana’s doll and praising his work. Marin asks if Wakana could help her create cosplays. Initially hesitant, he later agrees to it. As Gojo and Kitagawa work together on cosplay outfits, they grow closer.
4) My Love Story
Takeo Goda and Makoto Sunakawa are childhood friends. Takeo is a tall and muscular high school student. However, Goda does not have much luck with women. Every girl he likes falls for his best friend, Makoto, who is charming and good-looking.
However, this all changes when he saves Rinko Yamato. He falls in love with her instantly. Unfortunately, he suspects that she might be interested in Sunakawa. But, she falls in love with Takeo. Thus, it begins a unique love story.
5) 3D Kanojo: Real Girl
High-school student Hikari Tsutsui is unpopular with classmates. This is because of his otaku behavior. One day, he gets pool cleaning duty as a punishment for coming late. He is paired with Iroha Igarashi. She is quite popular and beautiful, but a known troublemaker.
During pool cleaning Iroha asks if he would like to be in a relationship with her. Though, Hikari is hesitant initially, he later agrees. However, Iroha is moving in six months due to her father’s work. Moreover, she has to transfer to another school as a result.
6) A Town Where You Live
Haruto Kirishima lived a calm life out in the countryside. Then Yuzuki Eba appeared in his life out of nowhere. The time they spent together left him enamored with the memories of that short period before she suddenly disappeared.
Sometime later, Haruto moves to Tokyo to live with his sister. When he arrives, his neighbor Mishima Asuka, mistakes him for a burglar and attacks him. After the misunderstanding is cleared his feelings begin to waver though. Is Eba, who keeps avoiding him for seemingly no reason, the one for him or is it Asuka?
7) My Teen Romantic Comedy
Hachiman Hikigaya is a loner due to his due to his pragmatic behavior. One day, his teacher forces him to join a school club named Service Club. This club is managed by Yukino Yukinoshita. She is a popular and beautiful girl who offers help and advice to others as part of their club.
Yukino is a loner as well, albeit colder and smarter than Hikigaya. Yui Yuigahama, a cheerful and friendly girl later joined the club. It largely depicts various social situations that teens face in a high school setting and the psychology driving their interactions.
8) Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro
Naoto Hachioji is an introverted second-year student who prefers to avoid social interactions and draws manga in his spare time. However, first-year girl Hayase Nagatoro, inadvertently discovers the manga and teases him.
She starts to hang out in the art club room more often and teases Naoto. As she continues to push him to become more assertive, Naoto develops a crush on Nagatoro in return, and gradually comes out of his shell and involves himself in her life.
9) Saekano: How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend
Tomoya Aki is a high school teenager who works part-time to fund his otaku lifestyle. He encounters a beautiful girl one day during spring vacation. A month later, he finds out that the girl is his classmate, Megumi Kato.
In regard to his fateful encounter, he decides to create a visual novel computer game. He turns to school beauties Eriri Spencer Sawamura and Utaha Kasumigaoka. Tomoya then recruits Megumi to star as the “heroine” of his game, thus forming the development team “Blessing Software”.
10) The Quintessential Quintuplets
High school student Futaro Uesugi is an academically gifted student that leads a difficult life. The rich Nakano family transfers to his school. Futaro is promptly hired as a highly paid tutor. However, much to Futaro’s dismay, he discovers that his five charges are identical quintuplet sisters. Moreover, they have no interest in studying at all.
He finds different ways to teach each quinteplet. Over time, Futaro develops special relationships with each of the quintuplets. Through a flashforward, it is revealed that he eventually marries one of them. However, her true identity is yet to be revealed.