As we head towards the Spring 2022 anime season, it’s interesting to note that there will be a lot of romantic comedies (romcom) starting in April. While the season will also see the return of The Rising of the Shield Hero with its 2nd season and Kingdom with season 4, it’s clear that it will be dominated by the romcoms. Here’s the shows you won’t want to miss as a fan of the genre, along with a few that aren’t exactly romcoms but might still hit the right buttons.
Top RomCom Anime Coming in Spring 2022
- Kaguya-sama: Love is War: Ultra Romantic (Season 3)
- Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It. r=1-sinθ (Season 2)
- Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie
- A Couple of Cuckoos
- Love After World Domination
- Komi Can’t Communicate Season 2
- More anime for romcom fans
Kaguya and Miyuki continue their love war this spring in the 3rd season of one of the most popular romcom anime Kaguya-sama: Love is War, and it’s set to premiere in April. The studio which produced the first 2 season, A-1 Pictures, is returning to animate it, and they released a 10-minute trailer for “Yu Ishigami Wants to Chat”, covering the entire chapter 110 of the manga:
They recently revealed character visuals for Ai Haysaka, Iino Miko, Yu Ishigami, Chika Fujiwara, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, and a special announcement is scheduled for March 18, 2022. Funimation streams both seasons of the TV anime, and they describe the story:
People think Miyuki and Kaguya should date. However, arrogance is in ample supply, so the only move is to trick the other into acting first!
©Akasaka Aka/Shueisha/Kaguya-sama: Love is War Production Committee
A huge romcom hit from 2020, Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It is also returning with a season 2 TV anime in April 2022. Ayame Himuro and Shinya Yukimura are 2 scientists who have an interesting take on romance, and the first season ended after they finally made some serious progress. You can watch the announcement trailer:
Studio Zero-G animated the first season, although they haven’t been confirmed to return for the sequel yet. Crunchyroll streams the anime, and they describe the story:
What happens when a science-inclined girl and boy who are deeply passionate about research fall in love? An intelligent woman named Himuro Ayame who is a science graduate student at Saitama University happens to ask fellow science grad student Yukimura Shinya out. Of course, there’s no logical reason for this love! But as a science and engineering major, not being able to logically prove love would mean that those feelings aren’t real, and they’d fail as a science student. With that in mind, the two drag everyone else in the lab into trying various experiments to prove love actually exists.
©Alifred Yamamoto/COMIC METEOR/RIKEKOI PROJECT
The first non-sequel romcom anime on the list for this spring, Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie is also set to begin in April 2022. Originally scheduled to begin on April 2, it was delayed by a week and will instead premiere on April 9. Studio Doga Kobo is in charge of the production, and the main cast and staff were previously announced. You can watch the latest trailer:
Crunchyroll will stream the anime, and they describe the story:
The ultimate “heartthrob girlfriend” appears! Naturally unlucky high school student Izumi’s girlfriend is his classmate Shikimori. She has a beautiful smile and kind personality and always seems happy when she’s with Izumi. She’s a pretty, cute, and loving girlfriend, but when Izumi’s in trouble… she transforms into a super cool “heartthrob girlfriend!” The fun lives of the cute and cool Shikimori, Izumi, and their good friends never end! This 1000% precious romantic comedy begins now!
©Keigo Maki, KODANHSA/Shikimori-san Production Committee
An anime adaptation of an extremely popular manga which had to be reprinted several times in Japan, A Couple of Cuckoos is yet another romcom anime that will make April 2022 and spring dominated by the genre. Studios SynergySP and Shin-Ei Animation are in charge of the production, and you can watch the main trailer:
Mixed up with another family’s child as a baby, high school student Umino Nagi is finally meeting his biological parents. On the day of their meeting, he happens to encounter Amano Erika, a high school student at a prestigious and wealthy girls school. At her request, he’s half-forced into pretending to be her boyfriend so she can avoid marrying her fiance….However, not only were they the babies who had been mixed up, they’re also engaged to each other! The loving parents of both families officially recognize their engagement, and the couple begins living together. Nagi is in love with his classmate Segawa Hiro, and Erika is determined to rebel against her father, so the couple agree not to get involved with each other. The mixed-up and chaotic romantic comedy starts now!
©Miki Yoshikawa, KODANSHA / “A Couple of Cuckoos” Production Committee
A romcom anime with a superhero setting, Love After World Domination is another interesting romance coming to the Spring 2022 season, and it was confirmed to begin in April. Studio Project No. 9 is in charge of the production, and you can watch the latest trailer:
Funimation will stream the anime, and you can read the synopsis:
There are two sides to every coin…light vs. dark, good vs. evil, love vs. hate. Sometimes the line between the two grows thin…and it’s so, so easy to cross. So it’s no surprise that Fudo Aikawa, A.K.A. Red Gelato of the Gelato Five and hero to all people, just may have happened to fall for the villainess and member of the shadow organization Gekko, Desumi Magahara! But when opposites like these attract, there’s more than a few obstacles to their love…! What’s a pair like this to do? (Kodansha)
©Hiroshi Noda, Takahiro Wakamatsu, KODANSHA / Koiseka Production Committee
Komi will continue her quest in season 2 of Komi Can’t Communicate and should arrive this spring, although it only has a planned April 2022 release date. Studio OLM was in charge of the production for the first season, and there’s yet to be more details about the sequel. You can watch the announcement trailer:
Netflix streamed the anime, and they describe the story:
At a high school full of unique characters, Tadano helps his shy and unsociable classmate Komi reach her goal of making friends with 100 people.
©Tomohito Oda, Shogakukan／Itan Private High School
More anime for romcom fans
The following are not exactly romcoms, but they might still be worth checking out for fans of the genre.
Another highly anticipated anime adaptation coming this spring, Spy x Family is not really the typical romcom as it focuses more on the comedy side, and it’s also set for an April 2022 release. WIT Studio and CloverWorks are collaborating on the production, and you can watch the latest trailer:
Crunchyroll confirmed that they will stream the anime, and they describe the story:
Everyone has a part of themselves they cannot show to anyone else.
At a time when all nations of the world were involved in a fierce war of information happening behind closed doors, Ostania and Westalis had been in a state of cold war against one another for decades.
The Westalis Intelligence Services’ Eastern-Focused Division (WISE) sends their most talented spy, “Twilight,” on a top-secretmission to investigate the movements of Donovan Desmond, the chairman of Ostania’s National Unity Party, who is threatening peace efforts between the two nations.
This mission is known as “Operation Strix.”
It consists of “putting together a family in one week in order to infiltrate social gatherings organized by the elite school that Desmond’s son attends.”
“Twilight” takes on the identity of psychiatrist Loid Forger and starts looking for family members. But Anya, the daughter he adopts, turns out to have the ability to read people’s minds, while his wife, Yor, is an assassin! With it being in each of their own interests to keep these facts hidden, they start living together while concealing their true identities from one another.
World peace is now in the hands of this brand-new family as they embark on an adventure full of surprises.
©Tatsuya Endo/Shueisha, SPY x FAMILY Project
An adorable slice of life comedy that seems similar to My Senpai is Annoying, Aharen-san wa Hakarenai (Aharen Is Indecipherable) is also coming in April 2022. With animation by Felix Film, the cute anime will premiere on April 1. You can watch recently released trailer, which features the theme song by TrySail:
Reina Aharen is a quiet, short girl who is not very good at measuring the distance between people. She’s also a bit awkward around people, even around Raido Matsuboshi who sites next to her in class. But, after she drops an eraser and he picks it up, the distance between them is suddenly gone, and a romantic coming-of-age comedy begins! (Official synopsis, edited)
©Asato Mizu/SHUEISHA, Bilibili
Finally, an anime that has both the romance and comedy tags but is not exactly a romcom, Date a Live IV (Season 4) is also set for the Spring 2022 anime season. The harem anime will be animated by GEEK TOYS, the studio which previously worked on the Date a Bullet movies. You can watch the latest trailer:
©Koshi Tachibana, Tsunako / KADOKAWA / “Date a Live IV” Production Committee