23+ BEST Drama Anime (Recommendations)

best drama anime

Are you fed up watching old action-filled anime where you know the op character wins the fight? Yeah, I know they get repetitive. If you are looking for genres besides action, it is highly recommended to try the drama anime.

Drama anime have a slice of real life in them, making them more realistic to watch and adding a layer of mystery. So, without further ado, here’s our top 25 drama anime list.

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25. Honey and Clover

Drama Plot Impact Total
11/20
10/20
6/10
26/50

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

The first on our list is “Honor and Clover.” The series revolves around the lives and interactions of art students who share an apartment complex. Each person goes through stressful problems, which don’t appear to be resolved comprehensively enough.

The most notable studies of life, relationships, and personal concerns are seen through the eyes of these multifaceted individuals.

Yes, the anime covers almost every corner of life and tells us how to solve problems.

The series does a fantastic job of balancing humor and drama. On the surface, this series is amusing, with several unforgettable sequences, the most of which result from Morita’s efforts as our main character. You don’t have to watch the more intense moments to appreciate the show.

Even if you don’t enjoy the drama, the humor is enough of a point in watching it.

 

24. Durarara!!

Drama Plot Impact Total
14/20
6/20
6/10
26/50

Genre: Action, Mystery

Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

Durarara!! It is the story of a Dullahan who works as an underground courier in Ikebukuro, an internet-based anonymous gang known as the Dollars, and the turmoil surrounding the most severe criminals in Ikebukuro.

The anime is relatively constant in providing new material and concepts, and it readily maintains your interest. It has a very realistic sort of humor too, to make sure to spread giggles.

This anime also allows you to witness things through the eyes of people other than the protagonist.

This is a fantastic approach for allowing the viewers to get to know a character since you see precisely how they think rather than simply the main character’s impression of that individual. Every character in the anime has a vital role to perform.

 

23. Kids on the Slope

Kids on the slope
Drama Plot Impact Total
10/20
12/20
5/10
27/50

Genre: Drama, Romance
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

Kids on the Slope explores friendship, which is one of the essential aspects of the anime and should be viewed as a feature of the anime and in reality. Kaoru, Sentaro, and Ritsuko (our main characters) form a relationship based on a shared passion: their enjoyment of music.

Yes, the taste of music plays a vital role in connecting people.

kids on the slope

There is a common motif at the start. The pleasant girl likes Kaoru, the graceful girl likes Sentaro, and the childhood bad boy already likes Ritsuko. Then there are extra characters, which complicates the already tricky geometric love form even further.

It’s incredible to watch kids like Kaoru and Sentaro learn and grow together and engage themselves in the realm of jazz and music. Their relationship is the most fantastic aspect of the anime, and the music is an excellent addition.

 If you’re searching for a friendly, pleasant, and not overly long coming-of-age story, then this anime is for you.

 

22. Orange

Orange
Drama Plot Impact Total
14/20
11/20
4/10
29/50

Genre: Sci-fi, Drama
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

Naho Takamiya, sixteen, gets the message from herself written years in the future, instructing her to keep a close eye out for a new transfer student called Kakeru Naruse, who will become one of her pals.

It takes audacity to employ Time aspects while maintaining science fiction to a minimum and focusing only on lighter storytelling, and oh boy, does it hit the mark.

 The plot is straightforward, with excellent character growth. Each episode focuses on Naho attempting to remove or prevent regrets, which is a fascinating watch.

The anime does an excellent job of depicting the emotions involved with being sad and suicidal and the remorse, sorrow, and despair left behind in those close to the individual who committed suicide.

 

21. Barakamon

barakamon
Drama Plot Impact Total
12/20
12/20
6/10
30/50

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

Handa Seishuu, a youthful and eager calligrapher with passion and ability, is the protagonist of the story. Despite this, after getting his work criticized against him, he strikes an old man and is therefore exiled to a remote country island to reflect.

These moments are well-timed and purposefully kept uncommon for them to be meaningful. 

Barakamon can also be commended for its courage to present a tale with characters of various ages.

The children, a few adolescents from the nearby high school, the grownup protagonist and his city acquaintances, and the middle-aged and old locals. It does not cater primarily to 15-year-olds, which makes Barakamon all the more unique.

 

20. Welcome to NHK

Welcome To NHK
Drama Plot Impact Total
14/20
12/20
7/10
33/50

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Episodes: 24

Anime Storyline:

How much easier would it be if we had someone to blame for our shortcomings? All of the blame, all of that inner guilt would vanish.

Although it is a bad thing to do, it’s exciting and relieving. Our next anime follows the same plot, although it has some other emotional content to it as well.

Tatsuhiro Sato is our college dropout, an extreme introvert, and has recurrent social anxiety. It is called Hikikomori in Japanese culture, and he lives in an isolated world, his apartment, his belongings, and just him.

welcome to nhk

The anime explores some deep stuff regarding depression, suicide and also portrays how actual dark life is.

To cope with his failures, he uses conspiracy theories that NHK is an evil organization whose prime target is him; they are doing their best to isolate him from the world so that they can devour him.

Yeah, I know it’s self-centered, and well, he is on some big Shane Dawson smoke. He’s like the anime version of Shane Dawson.

 

19. Kokoro Connect

Kokoro Connect
Drama Plot Impact Total
14/20
14/20
7/10
35/50

Genre: Slice of Life, Drama
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

Next on our list is Kokoro Connects, a fabulous blend of emotions, particularly how betrayal feels like.

The story is centered around five high school classmates who are confronted with a slew of strange circumstances that drive them to divulge truths that will put their friendship to the test. Will the friendship manage to last, or will it end? Watch the anime to find out.

If you like mystery or just strange anime that are well-designed, then Kokoro Connect is a must-see. It’s one-of-a-kind; it tells a narrative that no other anime has told before, and it’s fantastic.

kokoro connect

This anime didn’t forget about any of its characters and gave them the time they needed to mature and flourish. A good pace directed anime with great main characters.

From their minor flaws to their greatest fear, everything is shown so that viewers can genuinely empathize with them; even if you have never experienced it before, you can readily connect to how they respond. Perhaps you’ll find answers to your life through the anime, so why not try it out?

 

18. The World Only God Knows

The World God Only Knows
Drama Plot Impact Total
16/20
10/20
9/10
35/50

Genre: Comedy, Harem
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

Alright, I agree we all have a crush on anime girls and waifu. But have you seen a guy who is a literal god when it comes to seducing girls? I ain’t talking about real-life ladies but girls in dating sims.

Our Next anime has that main character, Keima Katsuragi, famous as “God of Conquest,” and the only conquest he can pull off is making dating girls fall totally in love with him. I am telling you, this guy right here knows every trick to lay them off.

the world only god knows

However, now anime with him just dating girls online would well come across as dull, so what happens is he mistakenly accepts an offer from a Demon named “Elsie.” Which later on in the series disguises herself as her little sister.

Now, Keima has to help her out because that offer he accepted put his life on the line, and well, you can call it luck that his task is to seduce girls and make his way to their hearts, but he has to do it in real life.

So, watch our boy shift gears from an online to a real life dating God.

 

17. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

anohana
Drama Plot Impact Total
16/20
12/20
9/10
37/50

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Episodes: 11

Anime Storyline:

Losing a loved one is very traumatizing and one of the hardest things to deal with, especially for children. This anime also follows a story of a group of six children, in which one of them, Meena, loses her life.

Then during one night, the leader of the group, Jinta Yadomi, saw her ghost.

Anohana is an anime that wonderfully exhibits the notion that the relative distance to perfection is inversely related to the clarity of massive, apparent faults. The narrative is well-paced and delivered gently, with flashbacks and happy recollections.

Anohana merits recognition for its depiction of the various ways sorrow appears in the cast and its boldness in admitting that even the best of people may be ripped apart by sentiments too terrible to accept.

I bet this anime will leave you crying. Oh, you are a strong boy? Why not try a not cry challenge with this anime, huh?

 

16. March Comes in Like a Lion

March comes in like a lion
Drama Plot Impact Total
16/20
14/20
8/10
38/50

Genre: Drama, Game
Episodes: Season 1: 22, Season 2: 22

Anime Storyline:

March comes in like a lion is written in the style of a poetic journey. It follows the life of Rei Kiriyama, an introverted professional shogi player who progressively improves both his game and his relationships with others, especially with his adopted sisters. 

This series has many unforgettable moments, but one of the most impactful is how Rei forms relationships with the individuals he encounters. He’s not an extroverted guy, and he appears to stay to himself almost all of the time. 

The series smartly performs a fantastic narrative job as we get flashes of his history in multi-chapter arcs. Rei’s personality is heavily impacted by his record, which continues to influence him in the present. 

 

15. Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent
Drama Plot Impact Total
17/20
17/20
5/10
39/50

Genre: Mystery, Dementia
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

Paranoia Agent is about a societal phenomenon in Musashino, Tokyo, sparked by a young serial attacker known as Lil’ Slugger.

The storyline revolves around a vast cast of characters who the phenomena have impacted in some manner, typically Lil’ Slugger’s victims or the police sent to catch him.

It’s a tense drama that rewards viewers who are clever enough to comprehend its complexity and mature enough not to expect a lot of action.

 

14. Serial Experiment Lain

Drama Plot Impact Total
18/20
18/20
4/10
40/50

Genre: Mystery, Drama
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

The story revolves around Lain Iwakura, a teenage girl from suburban Japan, and her relationship with Wired, a worldwide communication system akin to the internet.

It focuses solely on singularity, pushing its topics to new heights and making the most of its narrative platform. It has some of the most violent and endlessly deep topic explorations ever seen in any medium.

Its tale is complicated, engaging, and somewhat realistic, with hundreds of plot twists, a distinctive storytelling style, and a unique and profound thematic aspect.

So, if you are in the mood to try something different and spicy, go for it!

 

13. Angel Beats

Angel beats
Drama Plot Impact Total
16/20
16/20
8/10
40/50

Genre: Action, Drama
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

Imagine waking up from a long night’s sleep to find out that you are dead and are in the afterlife. But instead of some hell or heaven, you are in somewhat of a high school with a bunch of cute girls around, fascinating right?

Our next anime is based on Otonashi, our main character, who wakes up in the afterlife, but to his surprise, he is in a weird high school where all the other cute girls are armed with guns. Wait, what? Yes, you heard it right. The high school is full of girls using modern gadgets, and it seems like some mouse and cat chase is happening,

As the show progresses, awful truths and plot twists occur, which turns the all-bright melody into a dark, twisted one.

 

12. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
Drama Plot Impact Total
15/20
7/20
8/10
40/50

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Episodes: Season 1: 13, Season 2: 13, Season 3: 12

Anime Storyline:

The plot now revolves around Hikigaya Hachiman. A high schooler who is ostracized by almost the entire school. This is fortunate for him because he wants to be a loner and does not want to form friendships.

His “happy” existence is quickly shattered when his instructor compels him to join a group that is intended to aid individuals with their issues. Moreover, the club also boasts the astute and lovely Yukino Yukinoshita.

The anime is a fantastic slice-of-life story. It wonderfully depicts how a solitary individual feels and behaves in a school setting, and it’s funny to see the protagonist try to fit in with the group he’s trapped in.

The anime’s comic component is mostly based on the usage of sarcasm. Therefore, if you enjoy sarcastic comedy, this is the anime for you.

 

11. Violet Evergarden

Drama Plot Impact Total
20/20
11/20
10/10
41/50

Genre: Slice of Life, Drama
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

Violet Evergarden is a story about love and loss and about how to live with the loss of that human being’s life filled yours. Violet Evergarden, a former soldier, survives a great war and becomes an auto memory doll, but she still misses the one who gave her the meaning of life. 

 

Violet rises in size as the story progresses. Some other characters might use more growth, but given that the show is episodic and must spend some time getting you to care about each episode for a new tale, it’s fair that our central characters don’t have much time individually, but they all possess the excellent capability.

So, if you are in for something mature and full of emotions, this is the best pick for you.

 

10. Beck

Beck
Drama Plot Impact Total
18/20
18/20
5/10
41/50

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

It follows the tale of many Japanese adolescents who create a rock band and their rise to stardom. Concentrating on a boy named Yukio Tanaka, an average kid with a dull existence until he met the guitar genius, Ryusuke Minami.

The plot is also extremely well developed, addressing various subjects, like bullying and compassion, although music is the major focus here.

 If you enjoy anime as well as music, you will enjoy Beck. Although being a couple of years old, it still feels as new as a flower, and you’ll fly through its 26 short episodes in no time.

The wonderful thing about this anime is that it has all the characters who might easily become ‘saints,’ all getting along unbelievably well, never breaking out, and so on, making it considerably simpler to get into the storyline.

 

9. A Lull In The Sea

a Lull in the sea
Drama Plot Impact Total
11/20
10/20
6/10
26/50

Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

A Lull in the Sea is a lovely story about the connection between people beneath the sea and those on the top. On the surface, the anime focuses on a group of childhood friends who were compelled to attend a school. As their environment began to change, they encountered several problems.

This anime is for those who are looking for feelings and lovely sceneries. It makes use of environments that are rarely seen in anime, and it does an amazing job. It again demonstrates how a seemingly clichéd subject can be highly effective when one or two simple tweaks are added to it and there are very excellent production standards.

This series also has a strong enough plot with a very human factor, which contributes to the realistic drama and emotional moments, making it suitable for a wide range of Anime viewers.

 

8. Your Lie in April

Drama Plot Impact Total
20/20
14/20
8/10
42/50

Genre: Music, Drama
Episodes: 22

Anime Storyline:

The world is a little better to live in if you are exceedingly good at a thing. Our next anime on the list has a child prodigy as its main character, “Kousei Arima.”

However, when things don’t go our way, we all have our downfalls. After a traumatic experience as a result of his mother’s death, his life is torn apart and he can longer listen to music while playing the piano.

It’s like a chain on his ankle, a chain that constantly brings him back to the world of horrors, a world where his mother is no longer alive. He then decides to quit playing the piano, as nobody wants their sleep paralysis demons to haunt them.

Your Lie in April lovey dovey moment

Because the memories the piano brings back are similar to the feeling one gets facing a sleep paralysis demon.

After approximately two years, he comes across a girl named Kaori Miyazono, who, well, you can say, brings colors to his life and helps him see the bright side of the world.

It is a narrative about music, how it allows people to connect, and how it influences them. It has an impact on people both positively and negatively. The anime manages to highlight what real misery and sadness are, so make sure to grab some tissues if you are going to watch this show.

 

7. Yuri on Ice

Yuri on Ice
Drama Plot Impact Total
20/20
17/20
6/10
43/50

Genre: Sports, Drama
Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

Your Dream Doesn’t have an expiry date, so when destiny Knocks you down, get back up and work even harder.” Now we all have heard motivational speeches like this but haven’t come across anyone who does it, right? 

Hold up, that’s all about to change, with the next anime on the list, “Yuri on Ice“. A breathtaking dive into the world of sports with its realistic display of emotions.

The story starts with our main character losing at the very final round of an ice-skating competition, immediately followed by a sudden wave of depression and existential crisis.

Now it’s not  something from a Shounen anime where the MC gets even motivated by his loss, that doesn’t happen in real life. Similarly, YOI, after his defeat, lets go of his dream and views his other option to survive. Now we all don’t want to die young and from starvation ah unless you are Dazai from Bungo Stray Dogs.

Yuri on Ice

The story takes a twist when Yuri, out of nowhere, achieves popularity due to his leaked practice routine in ice skating, which all-time Russian Greatest Victor Nikiforov initially performed. When the prodigy and GOAT Victor Nikiforov comes across the video, he immediately heads over to Yuri’s place and offers to train him.

 Yuri, along with Victor, prepare as hard as possible, but it’s a mighty talented world out there. Will Yuri be able to make it to the top spot? We’ll leave that to you, so head over to your anime watching site and watch it ASAP.

 

6. Charlotte

Drama Plot Impact Total
15/20
20/20
9/10
44/50

Genre: School, Drama
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

The narrative is set in an alternate universe where a small fraction of youngsters get extraordinary skills when they reach adolescence. Yuu Otosaka, a high school teenager who discovers the power to control people briefly, caught the eye of Nao Tomori, the student council chairman of a school established to provide a haven for youngsters with such talents.

Charlotte is one of the more unique shows. The show starts as a bright, happy supernatural anime but slowly turns into a sad, dark, tragic one, one of the best transitions you’ll ever see in the anime.

 

5. Terror in Resonance

Terror in Resonance
Drama Plot Impact Total
18/20
20/20
10/10
48/50

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Episodes: 11

Anime Storyline:

This show is about young terrorists who fit in at a high school throughout the day and surreptitiously stage terror attacks against the terrible government, although their school life is hardly discussed.

There have been numerous stories about anti-heroes and terrorists, but none have come near to the maturity seen in it. This program excelled in areas where other series, such as Death Note, failed.

 This anime, like other thrillers, is only for the most discriminating minds. There are many psychological puzzles in this anime, and if you love figuring them out and playing along, you will appreciate it. This one is great for people who enjoy anime with a more profound message.

 

4. Erased

Erased
Drama Plot Impact Total
20/20
20/20
10/10
50/50

Genre: Mystery, Supernatural

Episodes: 12

Anime Storyline:

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could go back in time? Our next anime on the list is about time travel. Still, the main difference is that going back is accompanied by continual suffering and pain instead of just fixing your mistakes or pretending to be a child prodigy.

The story keeps you on your toes as the protagonist, Satoru, strives to undo past and present tragedies, tragedies that involve being blamed for killing his mother. He has to undo all of it. That’s the purpose of his life.

The character development is fantastic, and you get progressively attached to the characters as the anime progresses through more brutal and horrific events. Some of them would even make you puke.

 

3. Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories
Drama Plot Impact Total
20/20
20/20
10/10
50/50

Genre: Sci-fi, Drama
Episodes: 13

Anime Storyline:

“If memories can be canned, will they have an expiry date? If yes, I hope that they last forever”—one of the most famous quotes from Chungking Express.

If you are into AI-related anime, the possible future of humanity is displayed with some spice coating of emotions. Plastic Memories is your best bet.

Tsukasa Mizugaki, our main character, manages to get a job at one of the best elite AI-related firms “Sion Artificial Intelligence Corporation”.

SIA is renowned for its large-scale production of Giftia’s (Artificial intelligent robots that look like humans). However, they only have a life of 9 years. Our MC falls in love with a Giftia, and well, she is near her death. Will he be able to muster up his courage? Watch the anime to find out. 

Plastic memories will rip your heart inside out. You would begin to question your very purpose in life, you won’t even notice the tears running down your cheeks after such a traumatic story unfolds before your eyes and make all of your happy hormones disappear in front of you.

So, if you are in the mood to feel sad, this anime is your pick. What is love, and what is life? It does a great job transferring those feelings in your body.

 

2. Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket
Drama Plot Impact Total
20/20
20/20
10/10
50/50

Genre: Slice of Life, Drama
Episodes: 26

Anime Storyline:

Tohru Honda, the orphan protagonist of Fruits Basket, begins the narrative by living in a tent in the woods.

A series of events forces her to stay at the home of her attractive classmate, Yuki Sohma and his relative, Shigure. 

She accidentally discovers Sohma’s secret – that thirteen of them will transform into the creatures of the Chinese Zodiac.  

fruits basket season 3

Normally, anybody who discovers this truth has their memories deleted; however, Tohru is an exception, and the tale revolves mostly upon her interactions with the Sohma’s.

There were so many personalities that you couldn’t help but wonder who is who. You follow Tohru as she discovers them and you’ll love uncovering each new mystery and tale alongside her.

The series is amusing and adorable and you’ll find yourself laughing and smiling throughout each episode. If you’re sick, have a cold, or angry, watching this anime will make you feel warm, comfortable, and joyful.

 

1. Monster

Monster
Drama Plot Impact Total
20/20
20/20
10/10
50/50

Genre: Mystery, Drama
Episodes: 74

Anime Storyline:

The plot focuses around Kenzo Tenma, a Japanese physician residing in Germany, whose life is turned upside down as he becomes acquainted with one of his former patients, Johan Liebert, who is discovered to be a violent serial murderer.

A profound, passionate, and entertaining animation that confronts people who believe anime is only for children.

Monster’s plot was without a doubt the best element, gloomy, but not without some lively scenes.

The pacing is a slow progression that cleverly captures the spectator with moments of surprise, amazement, and depravity that are expertly blended with well-executed moments of suspense and a fitting conclusion.

Monster’s artwork is heavily influenced by cinema noir. Darker colors and tones give the anime a dismal and gloomy atmosphere, even during the first few episodes.

 

Which One Will You Watch Next?

kaori

A life without drama is not life at all. Dramatic circumstances bring so many colors to life. If you are looking to watch some real-life dramatic anime, make sure you watch every anime mentioned above.

 

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