If you are single like me or have to spend your Valentine’s Day away from your partner due to circumstances, I got you covered. Thanks to people on social media, I remembered we were already in February and we had such a special day awaiting us in 2 weeks. Although, me forgetting all about it is due to losing all my senses of time and place, rather than not having a partner. I’m clearly still processing last March. Anyways, I rolled up my sleeves, unscheduled the post that was due today, and compiled you a list that I think you might be interested in! Disclaimer: I am 100% unironic about the list.

Let’s roll!

Gintama’s Valentine’s Day Episode

Gintama needs no introduction, and is the embodiment of the phrase “We have an episode for that”. You could say “Aaaah, today is toilet paper appreciation day in my country, what should I do to celebrate~~” and Gintama would have your back. Not just the Valentine’s Day episode which is #204, but there are a lot of supposed-to-be-romantic story arcs there with Otae -Kondou, Hijikata – Gintoki, or Sarutobi (Sa-chan) – Gintoki, depending on your definition of romanticism. Gintama sure has variety for all ages and tastes! I can also recommend episode 239 for Gintoki’s drunken shenanigans.

Arakawa Under the Bridge

If there’s something we learn about romance from Arakawa Under the Bridge, it’s that first impression is important. Ichinomiya is saved by a young woman named Nino and there hasn’t been an instant where he didn’t repay a favor in his life. And he wants to keep his record clean, so he asks Nino for a way to return the kindness. Nino’s answer? She just wants to be loved! Arakawa Under the Bridge is rather old and well-known so I doubt it needs introduction either, but with its wacky characters, interesting story, and beyond funny approach to what it means to be a community, I’m sure giving it another go will give you the dose of laughter you need.

Oji-san to Marshmellow

You say, even though you don’t have a partner you still have plans, so there’s no time to binge-watch a whole season? This one might be for you after all. Oji-san to Marshmellow is a short anime series that add up to 40 minutes and tells the story of Hige, a middle-aged man who harbors an undying love for marshmallows, and his coworker Wakabayashi, who loves him. Wakabayashi knows about Hige’s marshmallow obsession and does her utmost to tease Hige with her stoic face. She’s quite forward, so her teasing usually leads to funny situations that are laced with sexual innuendos. Might provide a nice change of pace ~

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Finally, a show that actually has ‘romance’ as a tag. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is the classic overachiever and emotionally unresponsive girl vs. not too bright in the head but too bright with the smile of a boy with a big dash of mischief kind of dynamic. And it works. Of course, there are the usual trials and miscommunications before the main couple ends up together. However, what sets Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun aside from the rest is that first, the comedy is gold. And second, I think the characterization is handled quite well. This might bring Toradora to mind at first, but the female protagonist Mizutani is not a tsundere, but a kuudere. A veeery nice change, considering my feelings towards tsundere characters.

If you were to ask me my OTP, here they are.

B Gata H Kei

B Gata H Kei is an adaptation of a 4-koma manga with the same name and tells the story of Yamada, who just entered high school. Even though she wants to get her sex game on and sleep with at least 100 men, she’s very self-conscious about her vagina, and it’s holding her back. However, she’s a determined young woman, so she sets her sight on the most average guy in the school, Kosuke, to be her stepping stone before she is to bag more experienced partners. I have to say, this show suffers a little from being repetitive after 6th episode or so. However, what struck me is that it’s very sex-positive, and rather than sexualizing the characters themselves, we see them exploring their own sexuality. It was quite refreshing, and very funny too!

Obligatory binge: Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

It wouldn’t be a weeb’s Valentine’s Day without the holy grail of otaku romance! It’s important to pay respects on special holidays, you know?

Bonus Recommendations

Seitokai Yakuindomo – for the ones who apprecıate a dırty joke
Cherry Magic : thirty years of virginity can make you a wizard – for the fujoshi/fudanshi
Asagao to Kase-san – for the himejoshi/himedanshi

In the end, it seems like I only recommended comedy series. True that, but I personally feel like a good laugh is an easy but definite way to lift anyone’s mood! Can’t deny the fact that I’m a sucker for the romance genre, but it’s always the series with good comedy are the ones that stick with me the most. Please accept this humble nipple beam coming your way, and don’t forget that I’m always up for the last-minute fake dating to annoy that ex of yours. Mwah!

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