30 Best Action Romance Anime of All Time

30 Best Action Romance Anime of All Time (2022 Update)

The romance genre, along with its subgenres, is well-known in the West and is not one of those inherently Japanese genres (like isekai or ecchi), but Japanese works often combine it with some other genres, such as action, for example. If you like such stories, we on Fiction Horizon have decided to make a list of the 30 best action romance anime series and movies you absolutely need to see. The titles are not going to be ranked in any specific way but just listed for your pleasure.

1. Mirai Nikki

Original Run: October 10, 2011 – April 16, 2012
Number of Episodes: 26 + OVA

Yukiteru Amano is a solitary young boy who takes refuge in his imagination to escape the social void that constitutes his daily life. He considers that he can avoid any annoyance by observing the world from an external point of view, and records all the events happening around him in the form of a diary which he keeps using his mobile phone.

One day, one of the imaginary entities serving as his playmates, Deus ex Machina, god of time and space, and Mumur, Deus’ helper, offers him to participate in a game. Yukiteru realizes that the phone on which he recorded his observations begins to contain entries about the future around him. Initially, he uses this power excessively and is happy to possess it until his diary predicts his own death and a girl from his class, Yuno Gasai, who also has a diary from the future follows him; he then ignores that she wishes to save him.

2. Sword Art Online

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Original Run: July 8, 2012 – September 20, 2020
Number of Episodes: 96

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SAO officially opens on November 6, 2022, but logged in users realize it is impossible to log out. The creator of the game, Akihiko Kayaba, reveals himself to be a psychopath and informs them that he has imprisoned them: if they wish to return to being free, the last level of the game must be reached and passed (represented by the 100th floor of the flying castle of Aincrad, in which the final boss is found).

3. Angel Beats!

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Original Run: April 3, 2010 – June 26, 2010
Number of Episodes: 13

The characters are teenagers who have died – often in a tragic way – who have not had an easy life or who have not been able to achieve their dreams, their ambitions. They are all in a world that is life after death, a place where they have to try to live normally again to fulfill their dreams in order to disappear or admit that they had a good time together.

But a young girl, Yuri, wants revenge on God, for the evil he has done to them in the real world. The day Otonashi arrives in this new world, he is forced to integrate. But who is this girl with white hair? An angel, the servant of that famous God the group is looking for? Yuri, along with his whole group, will try to unravel these mysteries during the 13 episodes.

4. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Original Release: October 6, 2006 – September 28, 2008
Number of Episodes: 50

On August 10, 2010, the Holy Empire of Britain declares war on Japan, which, conquered, loses all rights and is renamed “Area 11”. Lelouch promises his friend Suzaku that he will annihilate Britannia. Seven years later, in Tokyo, the young Briton Lelouch Lamperouge sees his childhood friend Suzaku Kururugi, who has obtained British citizenship and joined the army.

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In a dramatic situation, in which the Japanese of the Shinjuku ghetto are exterminated by order of the British Prince Clovis, Lelouch, mistaken for a Japanese terrorist and about to be executed, receives a mysterious girl named C.C. the Geass the “Power of Kings”, which makes him capable of subduing the will of others, of controlling people with only eye contact. C.C. establishes a solid relationship of complicity with Lelouch, so much so that she seems to be her woman, and she, reciprocated in her feelings, she will remain by her side until the very end.

5. Guilty Crown

Original Release: October 13, 2011 – March 22, 2012
Number of Episodes: 22

The story comes to life in the Tokyo of 2039, surrounded by a weakened Japan unable to provide for itself after the tragedy that exploded on Christmas Eve 2029, remembered by all as “Lost Christmas”. In fact, ten years have passed since the whole country was thrown into total panic by a rampant and unknown viral pandemic, called Virus Apocalypse.

An international organization known as GHQ steps in and restores order in Japan, which pays the price with its independence. After taking the reins of command under martial law, the company, with its own military army, takes advantage of the situation in the most varied ways, even going so far as to execute civilians on the spot after having classified them as infected.

6. Samurai Champloo

Original Run: May 20, 2004 – March 19, 2005
Number of Episodes: 26

Fuu, a 15-year-old girl, worked in a tea house until it was destroyed after a three-way fight between Mugen the vagabond, Jin the wandering samurai, and the bodyguards of the Daikan’s son from that town.

At the end of the fight, Mugen and Jin are arrested. Fuu helps them escape in exchange for helping her find the “samurai who smells like sunflowers.” Despite agreeing to the deal, Mugen and Jin are always trying to end each other, in an almost professional rivalry. Both samurai have a blurred past.

7. InuYasha

Original Run: October 16, 2000 – September 13, 2004 / October 3, 2009 – March 29, 2010
Number of Episodes: 167 + 26

The plot featured in the InuYasha anime series is based on the adventures of a half-demon, a teenager from modern Japan, a pervy monk, a fox demon, and a demon exterminator from the Sengoku period, as they search for all the fragments of the Sacred Jewel and try to keep it away from criminals, especially Naraku.

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Throughout the series, InuYasha is constantly torn between the desire to have the Sacred Jewel and his feelings for Kagome, considering that his demonic side is what gives him the most power; however, it is revealed that his human side is the strongest, the side exploited when InuYasha finds the Tessaiga sword.

8. Durarara!!

Original Run: January 8, 2010 – March 26, 2016
Number of Episodes: 60

From the same creators of Baccano!, Durarara!! an anime set in a violent Tokyo populated by young thugs and gangsters of all kinds. The events take place in the Ikebukuro neighborhood where Ryugamine Mikado moves invited by his childhood friend Kida Masaomi who immediately warns him to keep away from some shady characters who roam the neighborhood: a violent man dressed as a bartender, an information salesman, and a mysterious gang calling themselves “Dollars”.

9. Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World

Original Release: April 4, 2016 – March 24, 2021
Number of Episodes: 50

Catapulted into a fantasy world, the young Subaru hikikomori Natsuki is attacked by a group of shady bandits. Helping him is a silver-haired half-elf named Emilia, whose goal is to become the next queen of their country, Lugunica. Discovering that her savior is on the trail of a young thief who has stolen an object from her, Subaru offers to give her a hand as a sign of gratitude by setting out to search for her as well.

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Unfortunately it is the worst that takes over the two, and so the mission ends with their death. Despite this, Subaru suddenly awakens in the same place where he was summoned at the beginning: he soon realizes that he has received the power to come back to life every time he dies, rewinding time and regaining consciousness at an unspecified moment in the past without losing the memories of previous timelines.

10. Tokyo Ghoul

Original Run: July 4, 2014 – December 25, 2018
Number of Episodes: 48 (+2 OVA episodes)

The story of Tokyo Ghoul revolves around the student Ken Kaneki, who falls in love with a young woman named Rize Kamishiro. After meeting her, she bites his shoulder in a secluded alley and reveals that she is a ghoul, which shocks Ken.

As Rizeis about to eat Ken, several large metal poles fall on her from the construction site of a building. Roze dies in the process, while Ken is rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. After recovering, he is released from the hospital. On the day of his release, he finds out that he is no longer human. He looks in the mirror and shivers run down his spine because he now has one “red eye”.

He realizes that Rize’s organs were transplanted into him in the hospital. Since he now owns Rize’s organs, he is a so-called and very rarely occurring “half-ghoul”.

11. Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon

Original Run: October 3, 2020 – March 26, 2022
Number of Episodes: 48

Some years after the events of InuYasha, Sesshōmaru’s four-year-old daughters Towa and Setsuna flee a fire in the forest where they live until the two are separated by a vortex that transports Towa into the modern age, where She is adopted by Kagome Higurashi’s family and raised by her younger brother, Sota.

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Ten years later, Towa is reunited with Setsuna, who (alongside Moroha) traveled to modern times through the power of the Tree of Ages after a battle against a yōkai. During their time apart, Setsuna became a demon slayer, and finds herself working for Kohaku, but she has no recollection of her past or her relationship to Towa.

12. The Ambition of Oda Nobuna

Original Run: July 9, 2012 – September 24, 2012
Number of Episodes: 12

Yoshiharu Sagara, a high school student passionate about video games about feudal Japan, especially Nobunaga’s Ambition games, suddenly finds himself in the Sengoku era in the midst of battle. He is saved by a man who would later become Hideyoshi Toyotomi, but at the cost of the latter’s life.

These events have completely changed the story, and Yoshiharu will try to put things back in order. However, the story takes a different course than what he learned. Nobunaga Oda is now a bright young girl, but the young one is not named Nobunaga Oda but Nobuna Oda.

13. The Familial of Zero

Original Run: July 3, 2006 – March 24, 2012
Number of Episodes: 49 (+ OVA)

In the world of Halkeginia, all nobles are born with a gift that allows them to use magic. However, the young Louise Françoise Le Blanc de la Vallière, a student at the Magic Academy of the Kingdom of Tristain, presents such disastrous results in her various attempts that her comrades doubt her powers, hence her nickname of “Louise the Zero”.

Being in her second year, she wishes to take advantage of the familiar ceremony to prove to everyone that she has powers, a ceremony which consists of the summoning of a being who will accompany her mage until the end of her days.


Original Run: October 8, 2005 – September 30, 2011
Number of Episodes: 62 (+ 1 film)

The BLOOD+ series is set over 30 years after the events of the feature film Blood: The Last Vampire – in 2005. The plot of BLOOD+ introduces lines related to modern intrigues, in which various organizations are involved, including, for example, the US Army, which wants to control vampires in order to use them for their own purposes.

Saya Otonashi lives in a city in Okinawa with her adoptive father, George Miyaguscu, and two brothers, Kai and Rik. Saya does not remember the events of her past until she began living with a new foster family a year ago. For medical reasons, she needs blood transfusions from time to time.

With the exception of these features and an unusually large appetite, Saya lives like an ordinary high school student. However, Saya’s serene life comes to an end, on the day when she comes face to face with a vampire, a monster that kills people and drinks human blood.

15. Attack on Titan

Original Run: April 7, 2013 – ongoing
Number of Episodes: 70 (+8 OVA episodes and several movies)

The plot of Attack on Titan revolves around the young Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman and his best friend Armin Arlert, who live together with the rest of humanity in cities that are protected by huge walls from the attacks of the so-called Titans, gigantic humanoid beings who devour people for no apparent reason.

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The walls that promised peace have existed for 107 years. But one day the Titans break through the outermost Wall Maria and the people are pushed back further. Eren’s mother dies and he and many other people flee behind the second wall, Wall Rose. Eren swears when his mother dies that he will wipe out the Titans.

16. The Vision of Escaflowne

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Original Run: April 2, 1996 – September 24, 1996
Number of Episodes: 26

Hitomi, a high school athletics champion, versed in the art of cartomancy, one day finds herself the victim of strange visions and loses consciousness in the middle of training. Shortly after, during another class, one of his visions materializes. A column of light forms, revealing before it a young man in armor. This is Van Fanel, heir to the Kingdom of Fanelia. Before she has time to find out more, a dragon appears in front of the incredulous eyes of Hitomi and two of her friends present, Yukari and Amano.

17. Sailor Moon

Original Run: March 7, 1992 – February 8, 1997
Number of Episodes: 200

Usagi Tsukino is a normal fourteen-year-old, little inclined to study and sports, a little careless and a crybaby. Her life changes when she one day saves a black kitten from a group of kids. That same evening, the cat introduces herself to her as she enters from her bedroom window, tells her name is Luna, and gives her a pin.

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This item gives Usagi the power to transform into Sailor Moon, the warrior of love and justice, dressed in a sailor suit and protected by the Moon. Her task, explains the cat, will be to defend the inhabitants of the Earth from the continuous attacks of the Dark Kingdom, as well as to find her companions to track down the mysterious Princess of the Moon.

18. Kämpfer

Release Date: October 2, 2009 – December 17, 2009 / April 8, 2011 – May 25, 2011
Number of Episodes: 12 / 2

The average high school student Natsuru Senō wakes up one morning to the remarkable discovery that he has turned into a girl. It seems even more absurd to him that his stuffed tiger called Harakiri Tora speaks to him and can move. So he learns that from now on he is a “Kämpfer” and that he is under a contract, which is symbolized by his blue bracelet.

Waking up the next day, he believes that what had happened last night was just a dream and meets Kaede Sakura on the way to school. While attending school, they are unexpectedly attacked by Akane Mishima, who has been transformed into a “Kämpfer,” which makes Natsuru’s bracelet glowed. Remembering Harakiri’s words that he would transform shortly after lighting up, he disappears from Kaede’s field of vision.

19. Yona of the Dawn

Original Run: October 7, 2014 – March 24, 2015
Number of Episodes: 24 + 3 OVAs

Yona, the princess of the Kôka kingdom, grew up carefree. Since childhood, she has been pampered by her father and protected by her bodyguard and childhood friend, Hak. On her sixteenth birthday, Yona is happy: her cousin and secret love, Soo-Won, comes to visit her to celebrate her birthday, and she intends to confess her feelings to him.

But nothing will go as planned. Forced to abandon her position, she will have to fight to regain the throne that is rightfully hers. As well as for its survival, because the country of Kôka is full of dangers.

20. Dance in the Vampire Bund

Original Run: January 7, 2010 – April 1, 2010
Number of Volumes: 12

The story revolves around Mina Țepeș, a princess ruling all vampires, and her “protector”, Akira. Like other vampires, Mina had been in hiding for years. Wishing to end centuries of isolation, Mina succeeds in obtaining permission to create a special district for vampires, the “Federation” (or the Bund), off the coast of Japan, by paying the national debt of the Japanese government.

Mina then reveals to the world the existence of vampires and her desire for the species to coexist. However, tensions are high between some fearful humans and some extremist vampires, which conflicts with Mina’s desire for peace with the human world.

21. Highschool DxD

Original Run: January 6, 2012 – March 21, 2012 / July 7, 2013 – September 22, 2013 / April 4, 2015 – June 20, 2015 / April 10, 2018 – July 3, 2018
Number of Episodes: 12 / 12 / 12 / 13

The high school student Issei Hyōdo has been trying to find a friend for some time, along with two other school friends. However, the three of them are more likely to attract attention because of their careless approach and tension, so that actually no girl at school wants to get involved with them.

But one day, a student seems to be particularly interested in him and he can hardly believe that she invites him to date so quickly, which he accepts without hesitation, blinded by her charm. At the end of the day, he is unexpectedly killed by the girl after she turned out to be a fallen angel.

22. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Original Run: April 4, 2015 – present
Number of Episodes: 37 (+ 3 OVA)

Commonly referred to as the “Dungeon”, the city of Orario managed by its Guild, has an enormous underground labyrinth in which regularly appears a host of monsters, ranging from goblins to dragons. The gods, having decided long ago to live among mortals, give their “Falna” (blessings) to those with the courage and qualities required to walk the Dungeon: these chosen ones then become adventurers.

By defeating monsters, they obtain crystal fragments which are used to craft magic items, among many other treasures; however, they can also be exchanged for currency. Residents of Orario can join groups called “Familia” which perform a variety of functions, ranging from exploring the Dungeon to crafting items or participating in the active life of the city as well as providing utility services. public.

23. Shinmai Maou no Testament

Original Run: October 9, 2015 – December 11, 2015
Number of Episodes: 10

Basara Tojo is a high school student studying at Hijirigasaka Academy. One day, his father Jin suddenly “marries again” and asks Basara if he wants to have sisters. Basara meets his two beautiful adoptive sisters, Mio Naruse and Maria Naruse.

After his father travels abroad, Basara quickly discovers that the two sisters are actually part of a demonic clan, and he must be with the clan of heroes. Mio, a demonic princess, tries to force a master-servant contract with Basara, but Maria turns out to be the opposite, with Basara as master.

Basara always ends up getting into weird situations, trying to protect Mio from being chased by other demons who seek their heritage passed down by former demon lord Wilbert.

24. Date A Live

Original Run: April 6, 2013 – present
Number of Episodes: 34 + 2 OVAs

It begins with a bizarre phenomenon called a “space earthquake” devastating central Eurasia, claiming at least 150 million lives. Over the next 30 years, small space earthquakes swarm the world irregularly. At present, Itsuka Shido is an ordinary high school student not good with girls. On the first day of class, a spacequake destroys the city and a girl with armor appears in front of him.

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Taken in a violent battle, our hero finds himself unconscious, when he wakes up he finds himself on a ship and learns that Kotori, his sister, is the captain. The latter tells him that the girl is one of the “spirits”, mysterious beings from another dimension who destabilize space-time when they arrive on Earth and that the only way to stop this catastrophe is for them to finally meet love.

25. Highschool of the Dead

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Original Run: July 5, 2010 – September 20, 2010
Number of Episodes: 12 + OVA

On an ordinary morning, everything happened as normally as on any other day. From the roof, Komuro Takashi, the main character, observes a strange happening at the school gates: a suspicious man is causing trouble. One of the teachers, when trying to expel him, ends up being bitten by the suspicious man and amidst the cries of despair from the other teachers he gets up, but now he is a zombie.

He then starts eating the other teachers who were with him. Seeing this, Takashi runs back inside the high school and teams up along with his friend Miyamoto Rei and her boyfriend Igou Hisashi with whom he is best friends. Now the high school is already infested with teachers and other high school zombies. The three then decide to go up to the roof, but on the way, they meet a professor who has been turned into a zombie.


Original Run: October 4, 2012 – December 20, 2012
Number of Episodes: 12

The series follows the story of Ryouta Sakamoto whose only real achievement was being Japan’s top player in a popular video game name Btoom! He soon gets drawn into a reality that looks like the game without any idea of how he got there. Players are to eliminate seven other players and redeem their green crystals in order to return home. Ryota has to team up with a fellow player, Himiko, as they try to escape and also find out the real truth behind the reality they found themselves.

27. The Devil is a Part-Timer!

Episodes: 13
Original Run: April 4, 2013 – June 27, 2013

The demon king Satan seeks to conquer the world of Ente Isla by annexing its four continents with the help of his demon lord generals Alciel, Lucifer, Malacoda, and Adramelech. Following their confrontation with the hero Emilia Justina and her companions, after they kill Malacoda and Adramelech, demon king Satan Jacob and Alciel escape from Ente Isla through a portal that leads them straight to Tokyo. However, due to the lack of magic in the modern world, Satan and Alciel take the form of what represents their human appearance.

28. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Original Run: April 1, 2007 – September 30, 2007
Number of Episodes: 27

Tengen toppa Gurren-Lagann takes place in the distant future where humanity has been forced to live underground, creating isolated underground civilizations. These cities have no contact with the surface or with other underground villages. Earthquakes are frequent and cause damage to villages. Individuals, called “excavators”, are designated to dig further underground in order to enlarge the territories.

29. Nisekoi

Original Run: January 11, 2014 – June 26, 2015
Number of Episodes: 32 + 4 OVA

Nisekoi follows the story of high school student Raku Ichijō, son of yakuza leader Shuei-Gumi, and Chitoge Kirisaki, the daughter of a rival gang boss known as Bee Hive. They unexpectedly meet when Chitoge jumps off a wall and punches Raku in the face. After she runs away, Raku realizes that he has lost his pendant given to him by his childhood sweetheart who he made a secret promise to. After discovering that Chitoge is a new transfer student in his class, he forces her to help him search for the pendant. During this search, they begin to hate each other.

30. Vampire Knight

Original Run: April 8, 2008 – December 30, 2008
Number of Episodes: 26

The oldest memory that Yûki keeps is that of a winter night, where she was attacked by a vampire… and rescued by another. Ten years later, Yūki, the adopted daughter of Cross Academy’s director, has grown up and become the academy’s guardian. She is in love with Kaname, her savior, who is the president of the Night Class (a class of young aristocratic vampires).

But also at his side, there is Zero, who fights not to become a Level E (completely dehumanized vampire), his childhood friend, whose family was decimated by a vampire. Since this tragedy, he has had a deep hatred for these mythical creatures.

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.