8 Best Historical Romance Anime

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There is no denying that historical romance anime is very unique and appealing. 

I would not even call it the best historical romance anime list if I could not include some Chinese anime here because they are currently the best option when it comes to this. I am not sure why, but they exactly know what an aching heart needs – a bishounen guy x cute girl in a historical setting.

Or is it just me who sees this and gets immediately drawn to it?

Some quick facts about the anime mentioned below

  • all of them are historical anime with sweet romance,
  • they contain likable characters and an engrossing plot,
  • half of them are donghua and half of them are traditional anime as we know it.

Either way, this list will include both – top Chinese and Japanese historical romance anime for you to binge-watch. 

8. Romeo x Juliet

Credit to Harada Hiroki
  • Genres: drama, fantasy, historical, romance
  • Episodes: 24
  • Airdate: 2007

Plot Summary:  The story is set on a giant island floating in the sky, with the capital of Neo Verona heavily divided between nobility and commoners. Juliet Capulet is the only survivor of Montague’s assault which resulted in the slaughter of her entire family and complete control of the kingdom by the Montague family.

Juliet, the true heir to the throne, fights for the commoner’s rights disguised as the infamous Red Whirlwind, mimicking a look of a boy. During one of her adventures, she meets the selfless and kind son of Montague’s family, Romeo Candorebanto Montague, and the two fall in love at first sight without knowledge of each other’s background.

Can this love survive what’s about to come next?

7. Meng Qi Shi Shen

  • Genres: romance, comedy, drama, action, martial arts, fantasy
  • Episodes: 13
  • Airdate: 2019

Plot Summary: Ye Jiayao has been dreaming of opening the best restaurant in Huai Song for quite some time – only to find herself back in time in the body of Ye Jinxuan in medieval China. What is worse – the bad luck follows and she ends up in the imperial era with zero skill in fighting.

6. Saiunkoku Monogatari

  • Genres: romance, adventure, fantasy, comedy, historical, drama
  • Episodes: 39
  • Airdate: 2006 – 2007

Plot Summary:  Despite being born to a noble family, Shuurei Kou is barely managing to get enough money to support her family due to the generally low income of her father.

One day, she gets an offer to become a concubine for a lazy emperor and teach him how to become a great ruler. Shuurei accepts immediately, thinking that her virtue will be safe because the emperor prefers only males. As Shuurei spends a lot of time in a palace, her dream to become a court official awakens again.

But how can she become one if women are not allowed to hold that position?

5. Fushigi Yuugi

By Watase Yuu
  • Genres: romance, comedy, adventure, fantasy, historical, magic, drama, shoujo
  • Episodes: 52
  • Airdate: 1995 – 1996

Plot Summary:  Miaka Yuki used to be an ordinary middle schooler until she discovered a mysterious book called The Universe of the Four Gods at the library. While she read the book she got transported into the novel’s universe in ancient China along with her friend Yui.

The two later become priestesses of different nations and hence best friends turn into foes, both trying to achieve the summon of a god that would grant them three wishes.

4. Akatsuki no Yona

Artist: 人間 – Pixiv Id 4058555
  • Genres: fantasy, action, adventure, comedy, romance, shoujo
  • Episodes: 24
  • Airdate: 2014

Plot Summary: The story revolves around princess Yona facing the harsh realities of the kingdom Kouka.

After the sudden murder of her father and the king preceded by the betrayal of her beloved cousin, she is forced to escape with her childhood friend Son Hak. The reality is rough – if Yona wants to get her kingdom back, she has to learn to fight and outsmart the forces of the new King of Kouka.

3. Sheng Shi Zhuang Niang

  • Genres: romance, historical, drama, game, shoujo
  • Episodes: 20
  • Airdate: 2018

Plot Summary: After suffering a car accident and becoming “a vegetable” in real life, the consciousness of a  beauty blogger is trapped in a VR game where she has to complete tasks related to make up.

2. Xie Wang Zhui Qi

  • Genres: romance, comedy, drama, action, martial arts, fantasy
  • Episodes: 13
  • Airdate: 2019

Plot Summary: Su Luo’s story is everything but ordinary – she gets reincarnated in the right moment into medieval China. The good old useless Su Luo of medieval China becomes a powerful fighter with amazing magic whilst the demonic king accompanies her.

1. Tong Ling Fei

  • Genres: romance, comedy, drama, action, martial arts, fantasy
  • Episodes: 13
  • Airdate: 2019

Plot Summary: Qian Yunxi, the main heroine of the story has always been considered abnormal due to her special powers.

After turning 16, she took her younger’s sister place to marry into the royal family of Ye. If the forced marriage wasn’t bad enough, rumors say that Ye Youming is a cruel and cold man. How will this turn out for Qian Yunxi?


Hi, I'm Mia, the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. An avid anime fan, gamer, and esports enthusiast dedicated to helping you find anime content exactly to your liking.

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