Banri Tada has finally been accepted into a private law academy in Tokyo, but due to an accident, he is without all his memories. During his freshmen orientation, he meets Mitsuo Yanagisawa who is consummately stalked by a girl from his old school. Banri begins to hit it off with both of them. As they spend more time together, their fates seem intertwined, but for better or worse?
Golden Time presented a lot of the same romance show tropes, but used them in a different way. While the romance is a slow burn, by the end, you are hooked on it. If you want more anime series like Golden Time, then try these anime recommendations on for size.
For Fans of College Romance
Honey and Clover
Honey and Clover follows a group of college students who meet Hagumi, an artist with a tremendous amount of talent that transfers to their school. From there on, Honey and Clover tells stories about the joys of falling in love, the pain of letting go, and the journey to discovering who you really are.
Both shows are without a doubt two of the best romances for people that don’t want the high school setting anymore. The characters are unique and lively, ready to be loved. While Golden Time still finds a way to attract drama, Honey and Clover maintains a solid down to earth vibe in its relationships.
This is the story of two girls, both of which are named Nana. Nana Komatsu is a naive girl addicted to love who is moving to Tokyo to chase after her boyfriend going to school there. Nana Osaki is a proud punk rocker that is moving to Tokyo to become a rock star. By chance they meet on the train. By even bigger chance they end up wanting to rent the same apartment only to decide to rent it together.
Both of the shows are romance shows that rise above the high school life. They deal with younger people problems, but still problems of a non-high school age group. They also share the similarity that, while about finding love, they have a huge over the top emphasis on drama. Furthermore, the female leads invite that drama like old friends.
Ah My Goddess
Through the Goddess Help Hotline, humans can call to have their wish granted. However, Keiichi, a college student, accidentally calls and summons Belldandy, in a joke he wishes that she would stay with him forever. Now, this young man finds himself living alone with a goddess.
Ah My Goddess forces a man and women to live together for comedy, drama, and romance, but like Golden Time, you watch their relationship progress in a more mature way. Despite the supernatural themes, it does feature two adults getting to know each other without all the high school problems.
For Fans of Aggressive Females
Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle student with a passion for housework, however his thug face causes his fellow students to think him a delinquent. Taiga Aisaka is small and cute, but with an attitude as fierce as a tiger. Both of these misunderstood students have a crush two classmates, and after a series of misunderstandings of their own, they find themselves in an unlikely alliance.
Let’s get this out of the way, Golden Time and Toradora were made by the same author, so you will see certain similarities. Yet, that being said, these shows are noticeably different from each other in a lot of respects, which, good on the author, for being able to create stories like that. Anyway, what similarities truly shine between these shows is that of the female leads. They aren’t your normal sort of girls, and it makes them wonderful to watch. They do weird, but exciting things that shout their personalities to the audience.
Your Lie in April
Although once a child prodigy in the music world, pianist Kousei Arima is left in a downward spiral after his mother’s death, unable to even hear the sound of his own piano. Even after two years, Arima has all but left the music world behind, disappointing fans and rivals alike, and living in a colorless world. Then one day that that all changes when he is introduced to the beautiful violinist Kaori Miyazono who brings color into his world once more.
Banri and Arima are both boys with problems of varying degrees, and their lives are normal, if not slightly sad. However, in both shows you see a vibrant female love interest just kind of burst into their lives in the most magical way. You will also note that these girls also appear to be in love with their friends, but as you watch their own relationship develop, you see the true feelings come out.
Ten years ago, Raku Ichijou made a promise with a childhood friend. In the present day, this heir apparent to an intimidating yakuza family continues to wait for his friend’s return while trying to be as uninvolved in family matters as possible. However, when a rival gang invades his family’s turf, the family leaders decide Raku should start a romantic relationship with the other chief’s daughter, Chitoge.
Kouko and Chitoge are both special sunflowers in terms of romance heroines. They aren’t meek, they are bold, brash, and at times just kind of crazy. Yet, they have those times of weakness that make them even more endearing and adorable. What ties these two series together is how refreshing that sort of female love interest is.
For Fans of Amnesia
One Week Friends
High school student Hase Yuuki finds out the hard way how difficult romance can be after finding out Kaori, the girl he has fallen for, can only remember memories for a week at a time. Because of this, she often shies away from making friends, but can Yuuki’s sheer determination help her come out of her shell for just one week?
Golden Time takes a more traditional approach to the whole amnesia trope while One Week Friends has a neat way of utilizing it. However, be prepared that, while present, the romance in One Week Friends isn’t as satisfying, but it is a cute show about friendship and much lower on drama compared to Golden Time.
After fainting at work, a young lady awakens in the back room of the café she works at with no memory of her life or those around her. Two of her friends, whom she soon learns are named Shin and Toma, are called to help her get home safely. Once she is alone, she meets a spectral boy named Orion that only she can see and hear. He explains that she lost her memories because of his chance visit to her world, so he vows to help her remember who she is.
While Amnesia is a reverse harem and Golden Time is more of love polygons, both of these shows highlight how a simple loss of memory can open up new opportunities for romance. They also show the struggle of romance for those who have so easily forgotten them.
Five years ago, Hidaka Sana moved to Tokyo with his parents, but now he has come back to his small village. However, a lot has changed over the years in both him and his childhood friends.
While the amnesia in Golden Time is rather a legitimate case, the amnesia in Myself;Yourself is rather a desire to forget and not acknowledge things in the past for many characters. However, both shows are pretty enamored with really dramatic drama, though admittedly Golden Time pulls it off a little better.
Do you have any more anime recommendations like Golden Time? Leave them for the world to see in the comments section below.