Top 20 Best Ecchi Romance Anime of All Time

With nose bleeds and moments that make us say “aw” here is our list of the best ecchi romance anime shows that show that romance comes in all shapes and sizes.

Ecchi romance anime gives us a bit of comedy, pervy innuendo, and old-fashioned romance with enough love and tenderness to warm our hearts.

Ecchi anime has enjoyed such a rapid rise in popularity because of sub-genres like ecchi romance anime with its counterbalance of romance and comedy, creating a deeper and more emotional experience that makes the characters more relatable.

Here are the Top 15 Best Ecchi Romance Anime of All Time in no particular order!

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Editor’s Note (Last Updated on 8.10.2023): We’ve given this article a saucy update to keep you in the loop with the freshest additions in the world of ecchi.

Let’s get started:


20. Rosario + Vampire

Episodes 26 | Aired Winter 2005 | Produced by Gonzo

Rosario + Vampire is a delightful mix of supernatural, comedy, and harem elements. While it might not be the deepest anime out there, it’s still a blast to watch.

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The story follows Tsukune Aono, an ordinary high school student who, by a twist of fate, ends up enrolling in a school for monsters called Youkai Academy. To keep his true identity as a human a secret, he wears a rosary that transforms into a vampire’s true form when removed. As he navigates this new world of supernatural creatures, he befriends various monster girls, including the alluring vampire Moka Akashiya.

The characters are charming, and there’s a certain level of zaniness that keeps things interesting. Plus, who can resist the classic trope of a human guy surrounded by beautiful monster girls?

19. Haganai: I don’t have many friends

Episodes 24 + OVA | Aired Spring 2011 | Produced by AIC Build

Haganai is like a love letter to anyone who’s ever felt a bit socially awkward or struggled to fit in. It’s a comedy that pokes fun at the challenges of making friends, and it does so with a good dose of self-awareness.

Kodaka Hasegawa is a high school student who has trouble making friends due to his blond hair and delinquent-like appearance. One day, he crosses paths with Yozora Mikazuki, a loner herself, and together they form the Neighbor’s Club. The club’s goal? To make friends and learn social skills. As they gather more eccentric members, the group embarks on hilarious and often absurd adventures.

The interactions between the characters are a hoot, and you can’t help but root for them in their quest to build connections. So, if you’re in the mood for a school comedy that’s anything but ordinary and you want to join a club where everyone’s a bit odd, Haganai is worth checking out.

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18. Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory

Episodes 10 | Aired Summer 2021 | Produced by asread.

Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory is a mix of comedy, harem, and slice-of-life, with a hint of ecchi. It’s a bit risqué at times, but it’s also surprisingly heartwarming. While the setup might sound familiar, the interactions and relationships that develop are what make it unique.

Koushi Nagumo is a teenage boy who finds himself homeless after his apartment burns down. In a stroke of luck, he’s taken in by the Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory, a boarding house filled with beautiful and eccentric young women. Koushi becomes the dormitory’s housemother, tasked with taking care of the residents, who all have their unique charms and quirks.

If you’re into slice-of-life anime with a twist of comedy and a dash of romance, this one might be your cup of tea. It’s a light-hearted series that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

17. Monster Girl Doctor

Episodes 12 | Aired Summer 2020 | Produced by Arvo Animation

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Monster Girl Doctor offers a fresh take on the medical genre by infusing it with fantasy and a touch of ecchi. The medical cases are often imaginative, and the interactions between Dr. Glenn and his patients add a layer of charm to the show.

Set in a world where humans and various monster races coexist, this anime follows Dr. Glenn Litbeit, a talented physician who specializes in treating monster girls. He’s accompanied by his lamia assistant, Saphentite “Sapphee” Neikes, as they deal with the challenges of diagnosing and healing the many peculiar ailments that monster girls can suffer from.

I loved this anime’s world-building and character design. The variety of monster girls and their conditions make each episode feel like a mini-adventure, and the way the show explores their backgrounds and struggles is genuinely interesting.

16. Love Flops

Episodes 12 | Aired Fall 2022 | Produced by Passione

Love Flops adds a futuristic twist to the classic harem rom-com formula. It’s a fresh story that combines comedy, romance, and a touch of mystery into one entertaining package.

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In a technologically advanced future, high school student Asahi Kashiwagi encounters five strangers who confess their love to him, all as predicted by an AI fortune teller. Surprisingly, these individuals are candidates to become his bride, brought to his home by his father.

If you’re a fan of harem anime with a comedic edge and a dash of sci-fi intrigue, Love Flops could be a captivating watch. It’s perfect for those who appreciate unexpected love triangles (or in this case, love pentagons) and the chaos they bring.

15. Love Hina

Episodes 24 + OVA | Aired Spring 2000 | Produced by Xebec

Love Hina-Naru-Narusegawa-Keitarou-Urashima-Motoko Aoyama-Shinobu Maehara-Kaolla Su-Mitsune Konno-Haruka Urashima-looking suprised at something

Love Hina is one of the series that popularized the harem and tsundere genre. With lots of humour and romance, this series is a definite must-see.

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Keitaro has had great difficulty getting into the university of his choice and no luck in meeting women. In a desperate effort to go into seclusion and study for his entrance exams, he volunteers to take over running his grandmother’s hotel. His plans are ruined when he discovers that the “hotel“ is actually an all-girls dormitory… and some serious distractions ensue.

Love Hina is funny and always keeps me entertained. It has a charm and humor that is hard to find in any anime these days.

14. Nazo no Kanojo X (Mysterious Girlfriend X)

Episodes 13 + OVA | Aired Spring 2012 | Produced by Hoods Entertainment

Nazo no Kanojo X Mysterious Girlfriend X Tsubaki Urabe Mikoto resting on his arm

Not often will you find an anime that revolves around drool, which is rather bizarre but the series is really good. If anything I think the weirdness added to the originality of Mysterious Girlfriend X.

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One day, a strange transfer student appears before Tsubaki. Urabe Mikoto is an antisocial girl, whose hobby is just sleeping during class-breaks. One day, Tsubaki goes to wake her up and accidentally tastes her drool… And gets hooked on that! After that, he starts going out with her and gets to know her better. Her second hobby, as it turns out, is carrying around scissors in her panties and cutting paper into flowers…

Mysterious Girlfriend X is an unorthodox anime but it’s a series that is realistic in its approach to love and relationships. Teaching you about love and what real love can be like.

13. Prison School

Episodes 12 + OVA | Aired Summer 2015 | Produced by J.C.Staff

Prison School Kiyoshi Fujino Hana Midorikawa together

Prison School manages to tell an interesting story with hilarious comedy and incredibly lewd ecchi scenes, but still be suspenseful and more than just another ecchi series.

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Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls’ boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo…once upon a time. But with the new school year comes a revision to school policy: Boys are to be admitted into the student body for the first time ever. But on his first day at Hachimitsu, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers that he’s one of only five boys enrolled at the school. Their numbers overwhelmed by the thousand girls in the student body is it heaven or hell that awaits these five (un)fortunate?! 

The series is an anime with a very unusual combination of genres and styles, and an even rarer case of one which actually does it successfully. Watching Prison School was definitely never a dull moment with a lot of genuinely hilarious scenes and touching moments.

12. Highschool of the Dead

Episodes 12 + OVA | Aired Summer 2010 | Produced by Madhouse

High School of the Dead is an anime that is much more than just an ecchi romance anime and was very enjoyable overall, with thought-provoking episodes.

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A mysterious illness is spreading rapidly through the halls of Fujimi High School. In a matter of hours, the campus is transformed from a place of learning into a hive of nightmares, as the infected students collapse and are reborn as flesh-hungry zombies! Only a handful of students escape the initial outbreak — among them Takashi Komuro and his childhood friend, Rei. He manages to protect Rei from the initial onslaught, but how long can Takashi and the other students hope to survive when the whole school – maybe the whole town — is out for their blood?!

Even if you are not into ecchi, there is enough action, comedy, suspense, and some interesting characters to make it enjoyable in that aspect alone.

11. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)

Episodes 12 | Aired Fall 2015 | Produced by Silver Link., Nexus

Chivalry of a Failed Knight might seem generic at first glance but is an incredible series with a simple straightforward plot and amazing action sequences that make it a gem.

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In a time and place where one’s soul can be morphed into a weapon, there are modern-day magicians called Mage-Knights. Although Kurogane Ikki is a student at an institution that trains Mage-Knights, he has no particular talent in magic and is labeled the “Failure Knight” or “Worst One.” Getting way less than average marks in the scorings, he was forced to repeat a year. But with the arrival of a new head of the institution, a new rule was created: knights whose abilities are compatible, as decided by the board, must share rooms and attend practice and training together throughout their school years to bring up their abilities to the max. It is a rule to implement the absolute verdict of ability.

Ikki’s roommate, Stella Vermillion, turns out to be a princess of another foreign country. Stella is a Rank A knight: the type of genius in magic who only appears once a decade. When Ikki walked in on her while she was changing her clothes, it caused a huge misunderstanding (since neither yet knew of the new rule) which eventually ended up in a duel between the two of them. The punishment (or as some might see it, the prize) of the losing side is Eternal Submission to the winning side.

Forced to live the same room and practice magic together throughout all their school years, how will Stella and Ikki’s relationship evolve?

I would recommend this anime to anyone who likes battle tourney tropes, romance, and ecchi. It definitely has a little bit for everyone to love and enjoy.

10. High School DxD

Episodes 49 + OVA | Aired Winter 2012 | Produced by TNK (latest season produced by Passione)

High School DxD Rias Gremory Issei Hyoudou blushing

High School DxD at first glance doesn’t stand out much but it’s more than just another harem or fanservice anime, it has emotion, drama, and an interesting plot.

Hyoudou Issei is an ordinary yet lecherous highschool student who is killed by his girlfriend, Amano Yuuma, during their first date. Yuma is revealed to be a fallen angel named Reinare who was sent on a mission to eliminate divine weapons. Issei is later reincarnated as a devil by his senpai Rias Gremory; who in return will serve under Rias in fighting against the fallen angels.Then Soon he was turned out to be user of the one of the 13 longinus possessor of a red dragon emperor residing in him as Boosted Gear

High School DxD has amazing art, and plenty of character development, and makes me reminiscent of my awkward high school days.

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9. B-gata H-kei (Yamada’s First Time: B-gata H-kei)

Episodes 12 | Aired Spring 2010 | Produced by Hal Film Maker, TYO Animations

Yamada’s First Time B-gata H-kei Yamada Takashi Kosuda resting on his shoulder

Yamada’s First Time: B-gata H-kei is not purely fanservice, there is actually a very funny story, with moments that make you laugh. It has the right balance of comedy and seriousness.

It’s about a high school girl, who is always having pervert fancies her dream was to have casual sex with 100 men. One day, she sets her eyes on a plain-looking boy to begin her dreams. 

There’s only one small problem, the boy doesn’t know anything about sex or the ancient art of seduction, meaning her quest to conquer him will be a difficult one.

Yamada’s First Time: B-gata H-kei is amazing to watch and has a bit for everyone even if you are not an ecchi fan, you will still enjoy yourself. It’s an anime that deals with silly insecurities that we have or had that we can relate to on some level.


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8. Trinity Seven

Episodes 12 + OVA | Aired Fall 2014 | Produced by Seven Arcs Pictures

Trinity Seven is an ecchi romance anime with a likeable lead and charming female characters. It’s one of the anime which I have really enjoyed.

Everyday is a normal day in the small town where Kasuga Arata lives. However, everything changed on the day of the Black Sun, and following it, a magician appears before him. The Black Sun caused the Breakdown Phenomenon which destroyed the town where he lives. Because of this, his normal life was artificially reconstructed by a Grimoire that his childhood friend had left. Just what is the purpose of the magician coming to the town? What will he do with the Grimoire’s keepsake?

The show is well written and the interactions of the characters with each other and their relationships were done well. It has fan service, good character design, and plenty of laughs. Definitely give it a try.

7. To LOVE-Ru

Episodes 64 + OVA | Aired Spring 2008 | Produced by Xebec

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To LOVE-Ru Lala Satalin Deviluke Rito Yuuki Zastin Mikan Yuuki eating hotpot together

To LOVE-Ru is just mindless comedic fun entertainment. The plot is pretty stupid but makes up for it by being funny and entertaining.

Rito is a high-school boy who just can’t confess to the girl of his dreams, Haruna-chan. One day when coming home and sulking in the bath-tub, a mysterious and barely clothed girl appears out of nowhere. Her name is Lala and she comes from another planet…

For someone who just wants to watch something with a change of pace or an anime that doesn’t take itself too seriously, this series won’t disappoint. With likeable characters, nice music, and good voice acting, it will be more than enough to satisfy most ecchi fans.

6. Shuffle!

Episodes 36 | Aired Summer 2005 | Produced by Asread

shuffle-anime-manga Kareha Kaede Fuyou Lisianthus Eustoma Rin Tsuchimi Nerine Asa Shigure looking at something suprised disappointed

Shuffle! is a blend of supernatural, harem, ecchi, romance, comedy, and drama. It feels fairly average to begin with but definitely has some surprises for you.

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The world as we know it was suddenly altered forever when the door for the dimension of the gods and the door of the dimension of the demons suddenly opened up. Ten years later, a boy named Tsuchimi Rin was entrusted with two princesses from those dimensions. Will he be able to keep his sanity while living with his childhood friend Kaede, trying to live a normal school life, and also being a neighbour to both of princesses and their fathers, the mighty dimension Lords? The hearts of those girls are at stake and only Rin has the key to unlock them.

A cast of beautiful girls and one guy is definitely what most harem fans will appreciate. The plot was done in a way that with each episode we got to understand and relate with our characters more. Shuffle! is definitely a classic series that ecchi anime and most romance anime fans will enjoy.

5. Sora no Otoshimono: Forte (Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte)

Episodes 25 + OVA | Aired Fall 2009 | Produced by AIC A.S.T.A.

Sora no Otoshimono Forte Heaven's Lost Property Forte Ikaros Nymph Tomoki Sakurai Sohara Mitsuki on their lap with wine

Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte is the second season of the series of Heaven’s Lost Property and is actually 12 episodes but the first season is 25. And was just as good as the first season. The show is an ecchi comedy at heart, with amazing characters, epic music, and a rich plot. 

Sakurai Tomoki is a normal student whose motto is “normal is the best“. If there is one thing abnormal, it is that he often dreams of a girl whose face he cannot even remember, and when he wakes up from that dream, he would always be crying. He tried leaving it as just a dream… but one day, from the sky, an angel descended.

Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte is a legitimately fun ecchi romance comedy that I definitely recommend anyone who likes this genre to give a try if you haven’t seen it already.

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4. Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)

Episodes 49 + OVA | Aired Summer 2006 | Produced by J.C.Staff

Zero no Tsukaima The Familiar of Zero Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière Saito Hiraga Malicorne de Grandple at party shy

The Familiar of Zero is more than just a simple and fun ecchi romance anime. It has depth with its character development, intrigue, and romance.

In a world where sorcery reigns supreme, bumbling witch-in-training Louise Francoise le Blanc de La Valliere is known by her classmates at the Tristain Academy of Magic as “Louise the Zero.” During an important coming-of-age ritual, when each student must summon a lifelong familiar, Louise proves herself klutz when she mistakenly conjures a teenage boy from Earth. Now, whether they like it or not, Louise and her unwilling servant, Saitou, are bound to each other by the laws of magic for all eternity!

The Familiar of Zero kept me watching as the credits rolled. It was one of those series I wanted more of, as I watched the last episode and really got attached to the characters.

3. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)

Episodes 25 | Aired Winter 2015 | Produced by A-1 Pictures

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Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Saekano How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Megumi Katou Utaha Kasumigaoka Eriri Spencer Sawamura Tomoya Aki Michiru Hyoudou working on a project

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend is an ecchi romance anime with a simple and interesting plot. That was funny and felt like a fresh take on a rarely used plot.

A high school otaku named Aki Tomoya runs into his dream girl one day… Now with his otaku passions, Tomoya wants to turn the girl into a heroine in the only realm he is familiar with: 2D dating simulation game. To accomplish this objective, he scouts Eriri Spencer Sawamura, his half-foreigner childhood friend equipped with artistic talent, as the illustrator, Kasumigaoka Utaha, a famous prodigy writer, as the script writer and cousin Michiru Hyoudou to compose music. The tale of a small not quite doujin circle, but not quite indie studio’s journey through the tough territory of comiket and beyond.

About an otaku with a dream to create a new game that’s better than anything out there, with a group of talented friends, I think it’s something we can all relate to at some level. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend was funny and definitely a breath of fresh air. And definitely for moe, ecchi, comedy, and visual novel fans.

2. Hajimete no Gal (My First Girlfriend is a Gal)

Episodes 10 + OVA | Aired Summer 2017 | Produced by NAZ

Hajimete no Gal My First Girlfriend is a Gal Ranko Honjou Yukana Yame Junichi Hashiba eating talking surprised

My First Girlfriend is a Gal is an ecchi romance anime that to enjoy, one must understand that it is not meant to be taken seriously. I would recommend it to new fans of the genre but maybe not to many veteran fans who have watched a lot of this genre.

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Spring the “season of love” has arrived and it seems that finding himself a girlfriend was harder than Junichi Hashiba believed. To break the status quo, Junichi’s friends have forced him into confessing to the gyaru, Yame Yukana. However, things do not go quite as he expected. A series of firsts begins!

Characters of this anime felt and interacted in a way that felt true to their character. This series is a fantastic show if you love comedy, slightly perverted jokes, ecchi, romance, or a slice-of-life series that isn’t super innocent.

1. Bakemonogatari

Episodes 15 | Aired Summer 2009 | Produced by Shaft

Bakemonogatari is different from other ecchi romance anime in that even if you took out the ecchi and romance elements it would still be entertaining. 

Bakemonogatari centres on Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who is almost human again after briefly becoming a vampire. One day, a classmate named Hitagi Senjougahara, who infamously never talks to anyone, falls down the stairs into Koyomi’s arms. He discovers that Hitagi weighs next to nothing, in defiance of physics. After being threatened by her, Koyomi offers his help, and introduces her to Meme Oshino, a strange middle-aged man living in an abandoned building, who cured him of being a vampire…

Bakemonogatari follows Araragi as he attempts to help those who suffer from supernatural maladies.

There is a lot to love for everyone in Bakemonogatari from the in-depth character conversations, fourth-wall-breaking, sleek art, the supernatural, romance, and last but not least let’s not forget the ecchi. Bakemonogatari is brilliant.

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So that’s all thank you for delving into the deep end of harem and ecchi romance anime with me. These anime have sweet moments perfectly tied in with some innuendo humour to spice things up.

Did you like my recommendations or do you think there is an anime missing from my list? Leave a comment would like to hear your thoughts.

Till next time…

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Blogger / Jujutsu Sorcerer / Unpredictable knuckle head Ninja that spends his free time writing, reading, watching and playing all things Anime, Manga and Gaming.

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