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Nafi 2013-01-03 22:21

Romance anime with a secret?
 
When I say secret, it can be either two things:

- Cheating (something to do with the relationship that will/is formed)
- A dark secret of the past or current secret.

I can't explain well, but one example would be D.N. Angel (didn't finish it yet, so please don't spoil). There is a secret about him being Dark. I prefer it to be a bit more serious though.

Or it can be about something the guy/girl did which is kept a secret from each other. I prefer it to have drama, a decent amount so it can be considered a drama at least. And if possible, can the romance have good development? I some reason enjoy manga where the development before the relationship is improved and even after the relationship it keeps on improving (and have dramatic tension/comedy). Hetakoi and Suzuka would be a good example.

I don't mind if it's an anime or manga, any is good. I just like anime with 20+ episodes and resolved (no more later seasons needed or being produced/shown) or a manga with 20+ chapters.

Konakaga 2013-01-03 22:43

Katanagatari (it's 12 episodes, but they're double length, so more like 24) and is a huge example of the secret thing.

Mawaru Penguindrum, though the romance isn't quite apparent til bit into the series, and isn't heavily focused on it, but I think it should fit.

Bakemonogatari, although the reveal of (some*) the secrets between characters is part of causes the bond to form between the characters, so I am not sure it counts entirely, and the 1st & 2nd seasons resolve things on a romance front, there are still other issues that new parts of the series deal with, so I am not certain on it.

barcode120x 2013-01-04 00:13

Do I dare mention School Days? :heh:

erneiz_hyde 2013-01-04 02:14

The anime adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. The secret goes on for quite a while.

And might as well mention Gankutsuoh (the anime adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo) along with that.

Saikano, but quickly revealed and builds up centered around that reveal.

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien/Rumbling Hearts.

Bokura ga Ita, might as well mention along Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou, especially the manga, regarding the male protag's past.

Ai Yori Aoshi. The secret isn't between the main couple, but between them and the rest of the world.

Obelisk ze Tormentor 2013-01-04 03:30

Romance and secret? Check out the classic Kare Kano (both anime & manga). The anime has 26 episodes and the manga has 21 volumes. The story is longer in the manga where you can see the characters grow even more.

Arya 2013-01-04 05:18

mmm, I'd say True Tears could fit the bill, somehow. It's a romance/drama, but it's only 13 episodes long.
Probably even H2O: Footprints in the Sand has a secret sort of (if I remember well). Again it is a romance/drama, but it's only 12 episodes long. In this case the story has some fairytale undertones in it.

bhl88 2013-01-04 05:27

Nogizawa Haruka no Himitsu?

Okarin 2013-01-04 06:24

You might want to try Sola. I watched it 5 years ago so the finer details escape me but it satisfies most of your requirements. There's certainly drama and secret pasts involved, and it's only 13 episodes long so give it a go if you have time.

White Manju Bun 2013-01-05 10:54

This is gonna sound odd but try the Ghost Hunt manga. Main girl has a crush on her boss but its not that simple. There is an anime but I say manga since you said you want resolved, when the anime aired the last 2 manga vols weren't out yet. It's not drama kinda comedy/horror but try it if you get some time.

jedinat 2013-01-05 13:33

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Originally Posted by White Manju Bun (Post 4500933)
This is gonna sound odd but try the Ghost Hunt manga. Main girl has a crush on her boss but its not that simple. There is an anime but I say manga since you said you want resolved, when the anime aired the last 2 manga vols weren't out yet. It's not drama kinda comedy/horror but try it if you get some time.

I've wanted to read the manga, but I find the art to be hideous... and I'm really not too picky.

Nafi 2013-01-05 14:03

Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I have heard of some of the anime/manga listed, but I have a few questions. I have watched some of the anime listed also (especially Romeo x Juliet).

For Mawaru Penguindrum, can you give me a comparison of another anime on how the romance is? And also for Ghost Hunt (still shocked about the suggestion), how is the romance developed? And is it brought back from time to time? Any comparison of another anime with the same type of romance (amount)?

For Sola, I will read the manga since it is longer.
Nogizawa Haruka no Himitsu I heard of before but never looked into it. By the anime cover I have seen, it looks like a children's romance anime. Does it develop into a serious anime? Not serious to a point where that's all, but does it fit for people who dislike the type of romance in DN Angel? (I don't hate it, I loved the story but wanted the characters to be a bit older).

Kanatagatari I seen on forums before but never looked into it since it was 13 episodes. I just realized that it was 50 minutes (as you pointed out), so I will give it a go. Is there any action? I enjoy when there is action involved (especially since it's fantasy also).

For Kare Kano, I watched around 6 episodes and became bored since each episode seemed to have a simple "dating" theme with them trying to understand each other.

Obelisk ze Tormentor 2013-01-05 14:14

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Originally Posted by Nafi (Post 4501088)
For Kare Kano, I watched around 6 episodes and became bored since each episode seemed to have a simple "dating" theme with them trying to understand each other.

I'd say give another 6-7 episodes a try, then decide whether to drop it or not. ;)

Oh, and for Katanagatari: Yes, it has action. A little bit "artsy" but it still good IMO.

White Manju Bun 2013-01-05 14:55

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Originally Posted by Nafi (Post 4501088)
And also for Ghost Hunt (still shocked about the suggestion), how is the romance developed? And is it brought back from time to time? Any comparison of another anime with the same type of romance (amount)?


Oh boy. Ummmmm man Im trying to figure how to explain it without giving much away. The easiest comparison I can give to any other romance anime is one-sided. Mai (the girl) crushing on her boss who has no interest. Again romance isnt the focus of the anime. But since you asked for romance with a secret, this fits. Let's just say who Mai falls for isnt who she think he is.

@jedinat: Ive heard critics of the manga art before, it's not for everyone. It does "soften" as the series progresses. If you look at the art from vol 1-3 to 7-9, art is definitely different. Inada-sensei's design changed for whatever reason. Story is good enough to look past the art imho but I know what you mean, Ive not read certain manga cuz I dont like the art. :)

Konakaga 2013-01-05 15:11

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Originally Posted by Nafi (Post 4501088)
For Mawaru Penguindrum, can you give me a comparison of another anime on how the romance is? And is it brought back from time to time? Any comparison of another anime with the same type of romance (amount)?

The romance really starts to develop midway in the series and is vital to the story, but it's had to explain really.

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Originally Posted by Nafi (Post 4501088)
Kanatagatari I seen on forums before but never looked into it since it was 13 episodes. I just realized that it was 50 minutes (as you pointed out), so I will give it a go. Is there any action? I enjoy when there is action involved (especially since it's fantasy also).

Yes Katanagatari has some action.

Also I forgot before, but Accel World definitely fits, as Kuroyukihime has quite a few secrets, and it also has lots of action.

Nafi 2013-01-06 12:07

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Originally Posted by Obelisk ze Tormentor (Post 4501099)
I'd say give another 6-7 episodes a try, then decide whether to drop it or not. ;)

Oh, and for Katanagatari: Yes, it has action. A little bit "artsy" but it still good IMO.

I'll give it a shot again, but not any time soon. I'm hoping it isn't an anime that is straightforward (like the first few episodes).

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Originally Posted by White Manju Bun (Post 4501123)
Oh boy. Ummmmm man Im trying to figure how to explain it without giving much away. The easiest comparison I can give to any other romance anime is one-sided. Mai (the girl) crushing on her boss who has no interest. Again romance isnt the focus of the anime. But since you asked for romance with a secret, this fits. Let's just say who Mai falls for isnt who she think he is.

I think I prefer if the romance mattered. If it didn't, I wouldn't really enjoy the romance aspect of it.

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Originally Posted by Konakaga (Post 4501131)
The romance really starts to develop midway in the series and is vital to the story, but it's had to explain really.



Yes Katanagatari has some action.

Also I forgot before, but Accel World definitely fits, as Kuroyukihime has quite a few secrets, and it also has lots of action.

Does the romance act like a motivation in the series? Like is it brought up from time to time (every other episode at least).

And I watched Accel World, somewhat disliked the fact that the guy was fat, otherwise the plot was fine. A new season will probably come out for it.

Konakaga 2013-01-06 16:04

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Originally Posted by Nafi (Post 4502150)
Does the romance act like a motivation in the series? Like is it brought up from time to time (every other episode at least).

In beginning it isn't the motivation, but by the end, yes it is in large the motivation of some of the characters.

Nafi 2013-01-06 21:29

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Originally Posted by Konakaga (Post 4502366)
In beginning it isn't the motivation, but by the end, yes it is in large the motivation of some of the characters.

Then I'll try it out soon. Just have to complete my current anime so I can start new ones.

Seiryuu 2013-01-09 06:52

Since it's not mentioned here so far, I'll throw in Bitter Virgin as a manga about a romance with a secret, only in this case the guy's secret is that he KNOWS the girl's secret, a secret she doesn't want anyone to know about. It gets rather serious at times, and deals a lot with the guy's trying to protect her and keep her secret without letting her know that he already knows.

As for DNAngel, if you mean the manga I'm not sure it ever ended? I know it went on hiatus for a time, but I don't know if it ever finished.

Other romances with secrets include:
Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne - the boy the mahou shoujo falls for is secretly the man who's always fighting her, and he originally appeared and tried to seduce her in order to stop her
R-15 - Far from serious, but the hero's main love interest is the only one who doesn't know he's a famous "porn novel" author

SuzushinaYuriko 2013-01-09 16:36

You might enjoy Mirai Nikki. There is romance, but it's not exactly normal because the series is about people trying to kill each other. :heh:


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