Blood-sucking supernatural beings commonly referred to as “vampires” have long been a captivating and enigmatic presence in the cinematic world. There are several vampire romance anime that prove it true by offering a bewitching mix of love, passion, and devilish desires.
Whether set in the dark corners of a vampire society or the human world, these shows take a deep dive into the timeless allure of the vampire mythos. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best vampire romance anime series that have left viewers entranced by their tales of eternal love and immortal longing.
Karin, also known as “Chibi Vampire”, is a coming-of-age vampire romance anime that’s filled with fun and engaging characters. The series is about a teenage vampire, Karin Maaka, who belongs to the family of supernaturals but doesn’t act like one.
Unlike her vampire family, Karin exhibits no normal vampire traits and instead lives her life just as an ordinary high school girl would. However, the general peacefulness of her life is disrupted by the arrival of a new transfer student, Kenta Usui.
9. Devils’ Line
The mature themes of Devils’ Line may not suit the taste of many but it certainly does have the charm to captivate the viewers who enjoy the prospect of a vampire-human relationship. The story takes place in a society where it’s forbidden for vampires to romantically engage with humans.
Even so, college student Tsukasa Taira falls for a hybrid vampire agent named Yuuki Anzai, who saves her from a vampire attack. At first, Anzai keeps his distance from Tsukasa but an unconventional romance soon starts to develop between them, challenging the norms of the society they inhabit.
8. Hakuoki: Demon Of The Fleeting Blossom
Two things that separate Hakuoki from the rest of the vampire romance anime are – its historic period setting and ninja anime trope. Set during the Edo period, the story follows Chizuru Yukimura who decides to head to Kyoto to search for her missing father.
During her journey, she stumbles upon the bloodthirsty demons called furies but is saved by Shinsengumi’s vice-commander Hijikata Toshizo. However, it doesn’t take long for Chizuru to find herself embroiled in another political conflict while she keeps looking for her father’s whereabouts.
7. Diabolik Lovers
Diabolik Lovers is the perfect destination for reverse harem fanatics as the series is overcrowded with some of the hottest anime guys present out there. Featuring a female lead, the story sees Yui Komori’s distressful life as she’s sent to a house full of handsome young vampires to be their “sacrificial bride”.
With each brother more sadistic than the last, Yui’s life as a captive takes a harrowing turn in her new home as the Sakamaki brothers are all vying for her blood. Diabolik Lovers deals with sensible themes of sexual abuse and physical dominance that may be upsetting for viewers, so think before you pick it.
6. Vampire Knight
Embracing the shojo cliches in a vampire romance anime, Vampire Knight offers a mix of drama in a love triangle scenario. The series revolves around Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu who attend Cross Academy as school guardians, protecting the “Day Class” of human students from the “Night Class” of vampires.
As Yuki learns more about the vampire world and her place in it, she finds herself tangled in a love triangle with two vampires – Zero Kiryu, Yuki’s adoptive brother and vampire hunter, and Kaname Kuran, a pureblood original vampire who saved Yuki when she was little.
5. Dance With Devils
Another well-known reverse harem vampire romance anime, Dance with Devils takes place in a high school setting and follows Ritsuka Tachibana who gets drawn into a battle for supremacy between vampires and devils, both of whom are vying for a powerful artifact known as the “Grimoire”.
Ritsuka is somehow connected to this forbidden item that allows its owner to rule the world, and she must learn to trust the devilishly handsome student council members in order to protect herself and the grimoire. Dance With Devils is a one-of-a-kind anime that’s rich in musical score.
4. Blood Lad
Through its dark humor and intense action elements, Blood Lad puts something different on the table of cliche vampire anime stories. The series tells the story of Staz Charlie Blood, a powerful vampire who lives in the Demon World and is an otaku by chance.
One day, Staz meets Fuyumi Yanagi, an ordinary Japanese high school girl who accidentally wanders into the Demon World through a portal. However, shortly after their meeting, Fuyumi is killed by a carnivorous plant, causing Staz to take responsibility and pledge to help bring her back to life.
3. Rosario + Vampire
In a sense, Rosario Vampire popularized the trend of the harem anime trope in a vampire setting through its over-the-top fan service and vivid romance plot. The series follows the life of Tsukune Aono who unwittingly enrolls in Yokai Academy, a boarding school for monsters.
There he encounters an eccentric vampiress named Moka Akashiya who immediately befriends him, but because of the taste of Tsukune’s blood. Thus, kick starts Tsukune’s thrilling journey in the school of monsters and demons where he goes through daily fun activities involving hot monster girls.
2. Call Of The Night
Call of the Night is a supernatural and rom-com-themed modern shonen manga turned anime that follows a junior high school student, Ko Yamori who feels lost in mainstream society. Unable to sleep or find true satisfaction in his daily life, he stops going to school and begins wandering the streets at night.
One night, he encounters an outgoing vampire girl named Nazuna Nanakusa who shows Ko the joys of being a night-walker. Call of the Night beautifully captures the hidden joys of the night and most of all, studies the seductive vampires who believe in the power of true love.
The Monogatari series has been exceptional in keeping the vampire romance anime genre alive, and a huge credit of it goes to Bakemonogatari which brings out the romantic aspect of the story. The series begins with high school student Koyomi Araragi who rescues a vampire and turns into one himself.
Following this shocking encounter, Araragi sits between being a human and a vampire, and throughout the story, he must decide which side he fully embraces, all while helping other people (particularly girls) who are suffering from similar supernatural maladies.