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Romance Is In the Air! Romance Anime and Manga Staff Picks

Romance Is In the Air! Romance Anime and Manga Staff Picks

-Written by: Quinn

Cupid’s arrow has hit the Right Stuf staff and we’re all caught up in the romance. So what anime and manga titles are entrancing our love-bugs this Valentine’s Day?

James from our Warehouse picks product for your orders and his top romance pick is My Love Story. He describes it as “A love story that wasn’t meant to be.”

My Love Story Premium Edition Box Set Blu-Ray/DVD

Takeo Goda's hulking physique and affinity for sports make him popular with other guys, but girls just find him intimidating. Then Takeo rescues Rinko Yamato from a molester on the train. Unfortunately, while Rinko might see past Takeo's brutish appearance, Takeo's become so conditioned to girls preferring his best friend Suna that he assumes Rinko is the same! Being the good, genuine guy he is, he's going to do everything he can to help the two of them be happy. Will Takeo let himself believe someone likes him? Love isn't blind: it's just a little dense!

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Jenny braves the online world of Social Media and she sees a lot of lovely comments. She agrees with many fans about her favorite is The Ancient Magus Bride. She sums up her love for the show in one word calling it, “Heartwarming.”

The Ancient Magus' Bride Manga Volume 1

Her name is Chise Hatori, a penniless orphan troubled by visions. Sold as a slave to an inhuman mage, she is about to begin a strange new life, filled with magic, fairies, and other beings of a fantastical nature.

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Back in Production watching anime is just a part of the job, but that doesn’t mean you can’t love what you’ve worked on! David fell in love with A Town Where You Live and it’s one he highly recommends because, “It’s a drama with a lot of twists and turns.”

A Town Where You Live Blu-Ray

All his friends said he was just being "stupid" and "delusional," but Haruto just couldn't give up on her... Yuzuki, the girl that showed up on his doorstep one day, stole his heart the next, and then left just as abruptly as she arrived. With the faint hope of rekindling the romance they'd shared, Haruto decides to pursue her, moving away from the rural outskirts of Hiroshima to the big city of Tokyo.

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Sam takes care of our patrons in Customer Service and she says, “There’s nothing better than the classic couple.” That’s why she recommends one of anime’s staples: Sailor Moon.

Sailor Moon Set 1 Blu-Ray/DVD

Usagi Tsukino is a cheerful 14-year-old schoolgirl who often finds herself in unwanted trouble. One day, she saves a talking cat named Luna from some mean kids, and her life is changed forever. Luna gives Usagi a magic brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, defender of love and justice! Now Usagi must work with Luna to find the other Sailor Guardians and the Moon Princess, whose Legendary Silver Crystal is Earth's only hope against the dark forces of the evil Queen Beryl!

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Blake sees a lot of different titles working in Merchandising and the romance genre is his forte. He highly recommends reading the manga, Orange the Complete Collection because, “The characters are really relatable and the slight sci-fi twist to the plot adds an element of intrigue.”

Orange The Complete Collection Manga Volume 1

Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn't take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru's as well.

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Keeping up with current trends is part of Kasi’s job in Customer Service, and she really got caught up in the movie Your Name. She’s in love with this past summer’s anime movie blockbuster because, “It’s a cute movie, but not cutsey-cutsey.”

Your Name Blu-Ray/DVD

Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives until they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This occurrence happens randomly, and they must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection by leaving notes for one another until they wish to finally meet. But something stronger than distance may keep them apart.

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Kyla from Production loves more realistic romances and her recommendation is 5 Centimeters Per Second because, “It’s darker, tugs at your heartstrings, and you feel it like it’s real.”

5 Centimeters Per Second Blu-Ray

Witness the story of Takaki, a young man on a journey from Tokyo to reunite with his childhood best friend, Akari. Feel his emotions superimposed on the gorgeous, heavily researched and impressively animated backdrops of Japan as he travels by train to see her. Join Takaki on a voyage into three interconnected tales of love and lost innocence that span the minutes and months of their lives. 5 Centimeters Per Second, the speed at which cherry blossoms fall from the trees, reminiscent of the pace of life as our lives intermingle.

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You’ll find Clif filming videos for Social Media, but when he’s not working in film he’s reading manga. His favorite romance to date is Love In Hell as he says, “It proves you can find love anywhere!”

Love In Hell Manga Omnibus

Rintaro Senkawa is a regular guy in his mid-twenties who got a little drunk one night and fell to his death. But that is just the beginning of Rintaro's story, as he finds himself unexpectedly in Hell where he meets his guide, the painfully sexy devil Koyori. Can Rintaro take his situation seriously enough to repent for the sins of his former life or is he fated to be eternally tempted, teased, and tortured by scantily clad devils with iron spiked clubs?

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A lot of anime goes through our warehouse in one day, and it gives Janelle opportunities to see what’s popular. Kamisama Kiss caught her eye and she says, “It’s a sweet and funny show because of the situations the characters get themselves into!”

Kamisama Kiss Season 1 Goddess Edition Blu-Ray/DVD

Nanami was just a normal high school girl down on her luck until a stranger's lips marked her as the new Land God and turned her world upside down. Now she's figuring out the duties of a deity with the help of Tomoe, a reformed fox demon who reluctantly becomes her familiar in a contract sealed with a kiss. The new responsibilities - and boys - are a lot to handle, but as the headstrong Tomoe tries to whip her into shape, Nanami finds that love just might have cute, pointed fox ears. With romance in the air, will the human deity be able to prove herself worthy of her new title?

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Our Merchandising crew knows our catalog inside and out. Megan likes to dole out some love to more obscure romances. Her recommendation is Kitchen Princess because, “It’s short, sweet, and I love the included recipes.”

Kitchen Princess Manga Volume 1

Najika is a great cook and she likes to make meals for the people she loves, but something is missing from her life. When she was a child, she met a boy who touched her heart - and now she's determined to find him. The only clue Najika has is a silver spoon that leads her to the prestigious Seika Academy where every kid has a special talent. But two popular brothers, Sora and Daichi, who barely speak to each other, recognize Najika's cooking talent for what it is: magical. Is either boy Najika's mysterious prince?

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