17+ BEST Korean romance anime (Aeni)

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Romance is a huge genre in anime, Korean anime or Aeni are no exception. These romantic tales told in animated forms portray the beauty of love and tug at the heartstrings of viewers with a series of heartbreaks. Korean Animation does not disappoint.

Over the years, Japanese anime have given us a lot of genius romantic shows and in this article, we will bring to the spotlight, their Korean counterparts. These Korean romance anime are as dreamy, cute, and highly emotional as any other production, and with the quality of webtoons and manhwa being animated, you must not miss these 18 Korean Anime with amazing love stories… off we go!

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18. My Ghost Girlfriend

my ghost girlfriend
Romance Plot Animation Total
10/20
5/10
5/10
20/40

Episodes: 36

Aeni Storyline:

This Korean anime film aired in 2015 and it features supernatural elements such as ghosts. The anime film is directed by Yong Seok Jeon.  It follows the story of Jung Hoo and the virgin ghost known as Ji Sun. The anime film is an intense romance with a lot of suspense.

Jung Hoo returns to college after completing his military duties. In school, he joins Mysteria, a club dedicated to paranormal research activities. The beautiful Eun Ji is also a member of the club and while Jung Hoo likes her, he doesn’t have the courage to confront his college crush.

Luckily for him, he gets in contact with a ghost one day and they strike a deal. Jung Hoo will help the ghost pass her scare test to ensure she gets reborn, in turn, she will help him get the girl of his dreams… This anime takes another turn when complications arise and they discover their feelings for each other.

 

17. There she is

There she is
Romance Plot Animation Total
11/20
5/10
5/10
21/40

Episodes: 5

Aeni Storyline:

“There She Is” is a 5 episode comedy romance anime produced by Sambakza that aired from 2003 to 2008. It is an anthropomorphic series featuring animal characters and it is sure to have you laughing seriously after every dialogue.

If you love Beastars then do check out this amazing Korean anime, it tells an adorable love story between a female rabbit and a male cat – we already knew love transcends races but who would have thought it transcended species too?

In this story of how love conquers all, Doki and Nabi become social outcasts in a world that doesn’t accept love between other species. They stick to their awkward but cute romance and try to weather the storm brewing in front of them.

 

16. Love comes spring

Love comes spring
Romance Plot Animation Total
12/20
5/10
5/10
22/40

Episodes: 1

Aeni Storyline:

Love Comes Spring is a short 3-minute Korean anime featuring romance and slice of life. With spring comes love, and love has come for our main characters in this anime that feels more like an advertisement than a proper anime.

You’ve got to get past the drinks advertisement and get immersed in this show. The story is brilliant and highly emotional, intense, filled with suspense, and it will give you a lot of scenes that will bring joy to your heart – spring has come.

 

15. A day before us

a day before us
Romance Plot Animation Total
12/20
5/10
6/10
23/40

Episodes: 10

Aeni Storyline:

High school romance has never been more exciting than this. Studio Lico went off with the animation and the result is an overwhelming beauty. This features a unique love story between four characters named Yeo Reum, Ha Eun, Kim Wook, and Yeon Woo.

The franchise began with a 10 episode anime that aired from 2017 to 2018, the second season aired in 2018 with 15 episodes, then a prequel titled ‘A Day Before Us (zero)’ aired from 2018 to 2019 with 19 episodes. A 1 episode special titled ‘A Day BeFore Us: Merry Christmas’ also aired in 2018. This is one of Korea’s foremost romantic anime franchises

 

14. joahae noreul (I like you)

I like you
Romance Plot Animation Total
12/20
6/10
6/10
24/40

Episodes: 1

Aeni Storyline:

A ridiculous tale of a boy missing all the hints from a girl who loves him. The girl goes to extreme lengths, even flying a plane-shaped with love for him, but our dense main character can’t see it… I guess some people are just blind and don’t deserve good things.

Female characters having the lead and taking action in romance anime is certainly not the norm, and that’s one of the reasons why I love this unique short anime. Actions speak louder than words, but in this case, she should have just spoken out earlier.

 

13. PUCCA

Pucca
Romance Plot Animation Total
13/20
6/10
6/10
25/40

Episodes: 2 Seasons, 13 Episodes

Aeni Storyline:

Unique art style, great storytelling – Pucca is an amazing anime. The anime revolves around the daughter of a Chinese restaurant owner who is obsessed with noodles and in some way, she is even more obsessed about the ninja called Garu.

A tale of noodles and swordsmanship will leave you laughing your head off and while the ninja tries to fend off the young girl’s advances, she is quite relentless and the continuous attempts from her makes for a real comic experience. It aired for over 5 years with over 40 episodes.

 

12. Mianhada saranghada (I'm sorry i love you)

I'm sorry i love you
Romance Plot Animation Total
13/20
6/10
6/10
25/40

Episodes: 1 (Movie)

Aeni Storyline:

A 2008 Korean romantic drama anime film, it is an animated version of the popular show ‘I’m sorry, I love you’. It tells a tragic romantic tale featuring interesting characters like Eun Chae and Mu Hyeok. It added new scenes to the original drama in a bid to conclude the tragic story.

It is animated by ‘Studio meditation with a pencil’ while the script was supervised by Lee Kyung Hee who wrote the original show.

 

11. Super Secret

Super secret
Romance Plot Animation Total
13/20
6/10
6/10
25/40

Episodes: 22

Aeni Storyline:

A romantic comedy between two childhood friends who are neighbors. The 22 episode anime was released in 2020. It features a non-human protagonist and there is a fantasy and supernatural side to the story with the inclusion of werewolves.

The girl is quite dense, the kind of person referred to as an airhead in most anime, while the young boy is overly protective. When she starts living with the boy and his family, more and more drama ensues, providing opportunities for her to discover the supernatural secrets held by his family.

 

10. Kongjwi & Patwji

Kongjwi & Patjwi
Romance Plot Animation Total
14/20
6/10
7/10
27/40

Episodes: 1 (Movie)

Aeni Storyline:

This is the oldest anime on the list, a true gem, and a classic of the Korean fantasy and romance genres. It is an anime film that premiered in 1978, following the life of Kongjui and the excessive abuse she suffers from her stepmother and stepsister named Patchui.

One thing to take away from this anime film is that love will always prevail. Kongjui’s life takes a turn for the worst when her father marries a new wife, she now has a stepmother and a stepsister who gang up against her. There are plans for Kongjui to get married to a respectable man but her stepmother tries to cancel the wedding, planning the affair for her own daughter watch this and find out how love prevails.

 

9. That Summer

that summer
Romance Plot Animation Total
14/20
6/10
7/10
27/40

Aeni Storyline:

This anime is both a Japanese and Korean production and it features a bit of girl love. If you’ve been looking for another GL anime, then you most definitely should give this a try. It premiered this year and is set in a small Korean town.

The cute love story of Suyi and Yi Gyeong. Will their love blossom? Will they still be together after graduation? Will they be able to move to Seoul together? These and many more questions plague this Girl Love romance.

 

8. Break ups

Breakups
Romance Plot Animation Total
14/20
6/10
7/10
27/40

Aeni Storyline:

Some romances are just too toxic but too beautiful to let go, this is the story of the young couple in this Sci-fi, slice of life anime that features the trope we love so much – time travel!

The couple always has one fight or the other, leading to a melancholic, on-and-off relationship. This will all change soon as they travel to the past after getting in contact with a time-travel machine. What will they find in their past and will it be able to save their relationship?

 

7. Bollogi Iyagi

Bollogi Iyagi
Romance Plot Animation Total
14/20
7/10
7/10
28/40

Aeni Storyline:

An Avant-Garde anime, directed by Jinman Kim. Korea struck gold with this one. It is a motion anime using noodles and it tells the story of a convex boy born on a concave planet. His only dream is to get to the convex planet and when he finally gets there, he finds love. A love not approved by the society.

 

6. Winter Sonata

winter sonata
Romance Plot Animation Total
14/20
7/10
7/10
28/40

Aeni Storyline:

Studio Comet, KeyEast, and Realthing came together to give us this 25 episode masterpiece based on the Korean drama of the same name. Our main characters are childhood friends who get involved in this hot steamy romance.

Winter Sonata premiered in 2009 and it also released a 1 episode TV special that same year. There are a lot of obstacles to this romance and a lot of tragedy that they have to endure, however, will they be able to remain strong?

 

5. What is not romance?

What is not romance
Romance Plot Animation Total
15/20
7/10
8/10
30/40

Aeni Storyline:

This is more of a drama than a romance anime but then again, what is not romance? The Korean anime film is produced by the ‘Korean academy of film arts’ and it aired in 2009. It tells a family-friendly story of the not-so-good-looking Hwang Soon Bok and his wife, the beautiful Koh Young Sook.

It is a family of six as they have three daughters and a son, and the contrasting looks of their parents are inherited randomly by the kids. It is the parent’s anniversary and both of them give their romantic or not so romantic version of how they met.

 

4. For the sake of sita

for the sake of sita
Romance Plot Animation Total
15/20
7/10
8/10
30/40

Aeni Storyline:

This is a very deep series, a fantasy romance anime involving the gods and a vessel of a goddess. The anime is based on the webtoon of the same title and the webtoon is an absolute masterpiece that you must read.

Sangmin Han will go to any length, even sacrificing what is most dear to him to avert the fate that threatens the life of his love, Sita, as she turns out to be a vessel of a goddess. Sita dies a year after she gets married to Sangmin and he goes on a quest, beseeching the gods to return his one true love… but at what price? What price is too much to pay for the one you love?

 

3. Love is sunny today

Love is sunny today
Romance Plot Animation Total
15/20
7/10
8/10
30/40

Aeni Storyline:

Love is sunny today is also known as Sarangeun Oneuldo Malgeum. It is a very short Slice of life and romance anime that aired in 2016. It is produced by the producers of ‘Love comes spring’ – and yes! It also feels like an advertisement.

The romance is as dreamy as ever and the animation is aesthetically pleasing. The sound is amazing, it is highly interesting and very entertaining, you should watch this anime.

 

2. The Shower

The shower
Romance Plot Animation Total
18/20
8/10
9/10
35/40

Aeni Storyline:

A romantic drama Korean anime film set in the countryside. It is animated by Studio Meditation with a pencil’ and was released in 2017. It was directed by Jae Hoon Ahn and it starred big names such as Kang Min No and Eun Soo Shin.

The stones in the brook are about to inspire a love story, not just any love story, but a beautiful romance between a lively little girl and a shy little boy who cannot make his intentions known.

 

1. Life is cool

life is cool
Romance Plot Animation Total
20/20
10/10
10/10
40/40

Aeni Storyline:

A romantic drama Korean anime film set in the countryside. It is animated by Studio Meditation with a pencil’ and was released in 2017. It was directed by Jae Hoon Ahn and it starred big names such as Kang Min No and Eun Soo Shin.

The stones in the brook are about to inspire a love story, not just any love story, but a beautiful romance between a lively little girl and a shy little boy who cannot make his intentions known.

 

Conclusion

This brings us to the conclusion of this crazy list. These protagonists have broken the norm of the main character that we usually want and have still made the story interesting.

They are one of the main reasons why people love these anime and continue to re-watch them even though they have finished a long time ago.

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