19+ BEST Anime Where The Childhood Friend Wins (MUST WATCH!)

It is popularly said that the childhood friend never wins, while that may be true in a lot of anime, there are also a lot of amazing exceptions to that rule. In this list, we will be looking at the best anime where the childhood friend finally clinches victory after much trials and tribulations.

Please understand that this list is completely subjective, and this is just my version of the best anime where the Childhood Friend Wins. Now, let’s jump right into it!

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20 – LOVE, ELECTION, AND CHOCOLATE

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
6/10
5/10
6/10
17/30

Also known as Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate, it features a food research club that houses slackers in school. When the election season begins, the popular Satsuki Shinonome decides to disband the useless club in her campaign manifesto. This 12 episode school romance ensures that the childhood friend wins even against better characters.

19 – TRUE TEARS

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
5/10
6/10
6/10
17/30

Another school romance, true tears shows a childhood friend winning against all odds, even against the deceit of her mother. True tears infuse a bit of supernatural into its romance as Noe Isurugi is well known for cursing her classmates. Her curse against Shinichirou Nakagami boomerangs to her, leading to a spectacular unconventional romance that this anime is now known for.

18 – CANVAS 2: NIJI – IRO NO SKETCH

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
6/10
5/10
6/10
17/30

An amazing story about two people who were fated to be, after being employed as the new PE teacher, Kikyo Kiri meets Hiroki again. Hiroki was her first love and the boy she told her feelings to – On Hiroki’s part, he only fully went into art because Kikyo praised his paintings and now their lives are intertwined once more. 

In between the romantic tension and drama, this anime is hilarious in a slice-of-life kind of way, and when Kikyo finally decides to brave up and confess her feelings again to her childhood friend then all sparks are off at Nadesico Academy.

17 – A TOWN WHERE YOU LIVE

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
6/10
6/10
6/10
18/30

In Japanese, Kimi no Iru Machi – follows the story of Haruto Kirishima living his childhood in the quiet countryside. Yuzuki visits her family in the countryside and that short period was so memorable for Haruto that he wished to live in Tokyo and be with her. 

After some years, he begins to pursue a career as a chef and moves to Tokyo, however, a lot of questions need to be answered. Does he still have feelings for his childhood friend? Or has he developed feelings for Asuka who attacked him on his arrival to Tokyo?

16 – KIMIKISS PURE ROUGE

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
6/10
6/10
6/10
18/30

Everyone has friends that left town, and some do come back. In Kimikiss pure rouge, Mao Mizusawa leaves town with her parents to live in France and after some years she is back in town, with her parents still overseas. 

Her childhood friends, Koichi Sanada and Kazuki Aihara are surprised at her return, however, Kouichi’s mom allows Mao to live with them … a perfect setting to watch this budding romance develop. The build-up in this show might be slow, nevertheless, the romance between childhood friends is well worth the wait.

15 – KAMISAMA KAZOKU

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
7/10
5/10
6/10
18/30

A 2006 fantasy romance by Toei Animation, Kamisama Kazoku tells a splendid story of gods, angels, and humans. The story follows high school student Samatarou who is the son of a god and will also grow up to become a god. 

His guardian angel – Tenko is his childhood friend who was born the same day and in the same year as him. The angel has a crush on the god, but things are not always as they seem as Samatarou begins to develop feelings for the new student Kumiko. There is a lot of comedy and drama to keep you entertained in this fantasy romance.

14 – LAMUNE

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
6/10
5/10
7/10
18/30

since they were kids. Kenji and Nanami’s relationship grows stronger by the day and people even refer to them as a couple but none of them makes a move to take things further. 

Summer is the time when all good things happen and summer will change their lives forever. Lamune is a 12 episode anime Tv series that is based on an adult visual novel.

13 – A LULL IN THE SEA

a Lull in the sea
Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
6/10
7/10
6/10
19/30

A lull in the sea can boast of a unique plot set in a world where some humans live beneath the sea while others live on the surface, and as expected. Both sides do not like each other. The anime explores the life of Hikari and his friends, Manaka, Chisaki, Kaname and Tsumuga. 

The romance in this show is quite twisted as the group of friends is exposed to the brewing hatred and discrimination between both human communities. With an impending doom coming in the form of a tempest, the love triangle this show offers is heart-breaking as feelings are left unreciprocated.

12 – CROSS GAME

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
7/10
6/10
6/10
19/30

This is an anime where the childhood friend must win, there is no other way around it. Kou Kitamura is the son of a sports store owner while Aoba Tsukishima is the daughter of a batting center owner. 

Their families are close friends so these kids literally grow and live together. Kou and Aoba are totally different, sharing little to no similarity except their love for Wakaba who is Aoba’s elder sister. With Wakaba thrown into the romance plot, no matter who Kou chooses, there is no wrong answer, a childhood friend must win.

11 – TAMAKO LOVE STORY

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
7/10
6/10
7/10
20/30

Tamako love story is an anime movie that was inspired by the anime Tv series named Tamako Market, both of them are animated by the brilliant Kyoto Animation. This series perfectly blends comedy, romance, and slice of life in this dramatic tale that pits a childhood friend against a prince of a distant kingdom. 

Mochizou is in love with Tamako and while he cannot bring himself to tell her, there is another obstacle on their way as their parents are notorious rivals.

10 – ROBOTICS;NOTES

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
6/10
7/10
7/10
20/30

If you love mecha anime then this is the anime for you, and Akiho is the girl for you. She is the president of the robotics club and it has always been her goal to build the Gunbuild-1 giant robot. She has been a long-time friend of Kaito Yashio and an incident occurred that changed their lives forever. The romance in this Sci-fi drama is limited but it does serve its purpose.

9 – AI YORI AOSHI

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
7/10
7/10
7/10
21/30

This is an intense romantic story that transcends time and distance. A story of two kids fated to be together, as kids, their marriage was arranged by their parents, Aoi being Kaoru’s betrothed bride. Something happens and the arranged marriage is called off as Kaoru leaves the Hanabishi family. 

Now they meet again under weird circumstances as Kaoru saves a beautiful girl who turns out to be his childhood sweetheart. There is a bit of harem in this show and that should count for something as harem rarely goes wrong.

8 – BLUE SPRING RIDE

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
7/10
7/10
7/10
21/30

This anime gives credence to the saying ‘change is the only constant’. It is rare in anime to see a character’s personality change totally but in Ao Haru Ride, the two main characters undergo significant changes that are highly impactful to the series. 

After some years, Futaba becomes a tomboy to gain the attention of Kou, her lost friend returns to the school a totally different boy. Will love prevail? Will they accept the new person they have become?

7 – KANON

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
7/10
7/10
8/10
22/30

A lot of anime do like the amnesia plot, and Kanon utilizes it well. This slice of life blends excellently with the supernatural genre, Aizawa Yuuichi has been away for seven years and he finally returns but something is wrong – his memories are gone. 

He begins to make new friends, mainly girls who turn out to be his childhood friends and in this show, no matter who Aizawa picks as his love interest, a childhood friend will win.

6 – LOVE HINA

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
8/10
7/10
7/10
22/30

How far will you go to fulfill a promise you made to the girl who you have loved since you were a kid? That’s literally the whole story of Love Hina. This anime can be anything you want it to be as Love Hina features comedy, ecchi, harem, romance, and slice of life. 

The story follows Keitaro and the promise he made to Naru, declaring that their paths will cross again at Tokyo University in the future. Keitaro doesn’t do well in the exams and so his promise becomes hard to fulfill but we see him going against all odds to bring his promise to pass.

5 – AMAGAMI SS

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
7/10
8/10
7/10
22/30

Amagami SS follows the omnibus format where all girls get their own stories so each character has their own romance arc. Junichi Tachibana doesn’t recover from being stood up on a date, and his fear of rejection makes him hide his feelings. His fortune changes when he begins to meet several girls, some of them being his childhood friends and others are new friends. 

With each character getting a romance arc, this might not be seen as a total victory for the childhood friend, but a win is a win, and they all count. Amagami SS is a brilliant anime that is heavy on romance and if you are a fan of the omnibus format then I would recommend this for you.

4 – SPECIAL A

Special A
Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
8/10
8/10
8/10
24/30

Special students competing in a special class known as Special A in a special school – that’s the story of this anime. Hikari is a genius, she always felt she was the best till she met Kei Takishima who she could never defeat. 

Hikari and Kei begin to go to a special school where they can compete fiercely at everything and with other special students. Hikari sees Kei as her rival but the young boy has feelings for her and tries to get her attention.

3 – YOUR LIE IN APRIL

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
9/10
8/10
8/10
25/30

Your lie in April is a popular anime, it is well known for the exceptional music and splendid romance, and the heartbreak it brings. Saki is a prodigy, a world-class pianist; however, after the death of his mother he gets depressed, losing interest in life and also in music. 

After some years, fate smiles at him again as he meets Kaori Miyazono, an awesome violinist, the music resurrects in him and a journey of romance begins. This 2014 anime by A-1 pictures is an absolute masterpiece.

2 – MYSELF; YOURSELF

Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
9/10
8/10
8/10
25/30

Another tale where the protagonist has to leave his small town for the big city but in this case, Sana Hidaka returns to his town a few years after. There is a lot of drama and suspense in this show as he begins to find out that a lot has changed and his friends are no longer as they used to be. 

Myself; Yourself presents female characters that are all childhood friends of the protagonist so there is no loss either way.

1 – FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST

Fullmetal Alchemist
Plot Uniqueness Excitement Total
9/10
8/10
9/10
26/30

Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the best anime ever made and it does prove that childhood friends can also win in action series not only the romance genre. The series focuses on the epic battles that the young alchemist Edward and his brother Alphonse must go through to obtain the philosopher’s stone and break the fundamental laws governing alchemy. 

No matter how long it took, no matter how many near-death experiences they had, in the end, Winry finally won Edward’s heart and that’s what we are here for.

Conclusion

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These are my top 20 anime where the childhood friend wins the love race and if you are interested in such a storyline then you should see these titles. If you have seen any of these, let us know your thoughts in the comment sections.

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