Best Fantasy Romance Anime With Strong Female Lead
What makes a good romance anime stand out? Is it the plot? Is it the Romance? Is it the drama, or is it the Characters?
The answer is pretty obvious. All of these elements go hand in hand to make a romance anime stand out as an exceptional experience. But no matter how good a romance fantasy anime gets, every other romance anime seems to be following the same old routine with a solid male lead and a shy, helpless heroine.
So, if you are tired of watching the same old damsel in distress trope again and again, then you are at the right place. Here we have Top 15 Fantasy Romance Anime with a Strong Female Lead that will not only inspire you but also shake things up a bit.
So, without any further wait, let’s just get into it.
15. Ergo Proxy
The first anime we have for you guys is a dark fantasy anime set in a post-apocalyptic world. This world is fragmented by disease, toxicity, and vast barren lands where nothing grows anymore. Here, humanity survives in the closed city of Romdo assisted by humanoid automata called AutoReiv. One day, as everything seems to be going, as usual, it is revealed that the AutoReivs have started to contract a mysterious virus that grants them self-awareness.
Re’l, the granddaughter of Romdo’s ruler, is tasked with finding out the virus’s origin with her automata, Iggy. But as she starts to investigate it, she begins to discover more about Romdo’s past and the sins humanity had to commit in order to sustain it.
14. Shinsekai Yori
Set in a future, thousands of years from now, Shinsekai Yori follows the story of Saki Watanabe, who just awakened her psychic powers. Relieved to join her friends at the high school, she wonders what happened to the children who could not awaken their powers. But her worries are quickly swept away when she and her friends start to discuss mysterious rumors about a cat that takes away the children who don’t have any psychic abilities. And while they are at it, they begin to uncover the murky dark truths their society is built on.
13. Kamisama Hajimemashita
Stricken by bad luck and homelessness, Nanami is a high schooler whose father just gambled away everything and ran away to stave off the debt.
But, right then, due to some circumstances, Nanami somehow finds her way to an old abandoned temple where she gets crowned as a Mikage. The Mikage of the land is tasked with keeping peace in the Supernatural world.
Here, aided by her familiars and an annoying fox spirit, it is up to Nanami to fulfill the divine duties of a Mikage. And stave off the ancient curses that continue to plague humans and the Youma.
12. Mahoutsukai no Yome
Facing a life of hardship and exclusion, Hattori Chise wound up getting sold at an auction for 5 million pounds. Chise had nothing to live for, so she had prepared herself to be bought by anyone willing to give her a place called home.
Purchased and then freed by the renowned thorn sorcerer, Ainsworth Elias, Chise decides to live the rest of her life as his apprentice and his supposed bride.
The relationship between the two may have started uniquely, but Chise uses this opportunity to divulge into the world of magic and uncover the true reason behind her plight.
11. Spice and Wolf
Rather than being a traditional medieval anime with action and war, Spice and Wolf is a microeconomics show with a great story to go along with it.
The anime follows the deity of harvest, Holo. As she becomes the business partner of a peddler named Lawrence in exchange for taking her North back to her home in the ancient city of Yoitsu.
10. Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Perhaps the most empowering anime on this list, Revolutionary Girl Utena, tells the story of a princess who wants to become a prince.
As a child, Utena loses both of her parents. And as she is mourning their death, she is comforted by a charming Prince who calms her down. Following this encounter, Utena vows to develop her own strength and become powerful enough to stand on her own.
The anime follows a tomboy Utena, as she goes to the prestigious Academy and overcomes many problems there.
09. Kara no Kyoukai
Set in the 90s, The Garden of Sinners follows a young woman, Ryougi Shiki, who possesses the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. As she struggles to find her own identity after recovering from a two-year coma induced by a traffic accident. Shiki starts working as a Demon Hunter under a mage, Touka Aozaki, while also jumbling through her past self and her relationship with Kokutou Mikiya.
08. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
Living a quiet and comfortable life as an herbalist, Shirayuki wanted nothing but to live her life peacefully. But to her dismay, the foolish prince of her country, Raji, notices her red hair and tries to force her to become his concubine.
Not willing to give in, Shirayuki decides to run away. But as she is fleeing the country, she gets rescued by Zen, the second prince from the neighboring country of Clarines.
Determined to pay back her debt to the prince, Shirayuki becomes a court herbalist in Clarines, where she attempts to build her own career while also helping out the young prince Zen as he tries to become a prince worthy of his title.
07. Akatsuki no Yona
Another female lead with red hair, Yona, is the princess of a peaceful Kingdom Kouka. She lived her entire life in luxury until her cousin Su-won killed her father and forcefully instilled himself as the new King on the throne.
Yona escapes the coup with the help of her trusted childhood friend and bodyguard, Son Hak. But she soon discovers that her Kingdom was never the prosperous heaven she envisioned it to be.
In her travels to regain the throne, she comes face to face with corruption, famine, and poverty that runs rampant in her Kingdom.
06. Shingeki no Bahamut Virgin Soul
Despite being released as a sequel to the original Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis, Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul tells a somewhat self-contained story of Nina Drango, 10 years after the events of the first season.
Nina is a bounty hunter who is also a student of Favaro and is from the Dragon Folk tribe. She comes to the human capital to make a living and live an exciting life. But, she soon runs into the strife between the Humans, Demons, and Angels that has gripped the new world.
05. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
One of the classics from the 90s, Sailor Moon is a fan favorite that you can’t help but fall in love with.
It follows the life of an average high schooler, Usagi Tsukino, who is struggling to keep up with her studies. But one day, she comes across a mysterious cat with a crescent moon on her head. To her surprise, the cat can talk and reveals that their meeting was not an accident. Usagi has been chosen to become a Sailor Moon, a planetary warrior tasked with protecting the earth.
Now, living a double life as a student and a superhero, Usagi has to fight against the evil minions sent by Queen Beryl while also searching for other Sailor Guardians and the Silver Crystal to save the planet from total destruction.
04. Junketsu no Maria
During the Hundred Years’ War between France and England, Maria, a Young Witch, gets fed up with the death and destruction and decides to stop the conflict. But as her interference in the war grows, the heavens take notice. Archangel Michael forbids Maria from stopping the wars and decrees that Maria will lose all her powers if she loses her virginity.
Labeled as a heretic, Maria refuses to listen to Michael and increases her interference even more. But as the Church conspires to strip the young witch of her powers, Maria’s peacekeeping efforts might just come to an end.
03. Card Captor Sakura
Another Mahou Shoujo classic from the ’90s, Cardcaptor Sakura, follows a young, average girl Sakura who comes across a mysterious book. As she is curious about the weird book in her family’s basement, Sakura breaks open the seal that held the book together and releases the Clow cards sealed within.
Cerberus, the guardian of the seal, awakens and reveals that the cards pose an immense danger to humanity, and now, it is Sakura’s duty to retrieve these cards.
Granted the title of Cardcaptor, Sakura starts her long journey of capturing the Clow Cards with the help of her best friend, Tomoyo.
02. Twelve Kingdoms (Juuni Kokki)
Based on a classic light novel series that goes by the same name. Twelve Kingdom starts off beautifully with a handsome young man accosting Yoko to her high school and trying to swear allegiance to her.
But, as dreamy and full of love as this scene might seem, Yoko is quickly attacked by mysterious monsters and forced through a portal to another world. Here, Yoko finds out the truth behind the mysterious man, Keiki, and that she has been chosen to lead a Kingdom as their Queen.
Now, the Twelve Kingdoms may look like another Shoujo show with this premise, but you may be surprised to find just how deep the show goes with political, economic, social, and even Philosophical aspects of running a Kingdom.
Twelve Kingdoms may be thin on Romance, but it has one of the best character development in all of anime.
And last but not least, we have the best anime from the 2018 anime lineup.
01. Violet Evergarden
Violet Evergarden follows Violet, a child soldier, who was brought up for the sole purpose of decimating the enemy lines. Now, in the PostWar world, her services are no longer needed, and left with nothing but words from the person she held the dearest; Violet tries to find a new purpose in life.
Here, as she is recovering from her wounds, Violet starts working as a transcriber in CH Postal services. Given the title of “Auto Memory Doll,” it is now Violet’s duty to write down the feelings of her clients and provide her services to people from all walks of life.
Moved by the notion that her new job brings people together, Violet starts her new life away from the bloodshed.
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