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19 Best Anime Where Popular Girl Falls For Unpopular Guy

Whether it’s the popular girl, the sports star, the rich guy, the class president, the princess, the delinquent, or the genius, in the following anime, the girl is usually into the guy who isn’t all that into her. In these animes, the popular girl is always chasing after the guy who doesn’t care about her just because he’s unpopular.

These animes are great because they show how our MC is falling short on social life, and if you are for anime like this, we bring you the 19 best anime where the popular girl falls in love with the unpopular guy.

Here are the 19 best anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

In most cases, the popular kids are happy, carefree, and living high school life to the fullest. But every so often, you’ll find an anime where the popular, charming, and seemingly flawless girl falls in love with the unpopular, geeky and seemingly unapproachable guy. These characters teach us something about social hierarchy and the power of attraction. Here are the top 19 anime where the popular girl falls in love with the unpopular guy.

19. The Pilot’s Love Song

The Pilot's Love Song anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

How about a romance anime with World War 2, planes, and pilots? You heard that right. As the name implies, this anime is all about a pilot’s life. It is about a guy called Kal-el Albus who is sent to an island to uncover a hidden mystery.

There he joins the academy’s aerial division because this guy badly wants to drive some planes. The anime has some cliches like the damsel in distress and the overpowered pilot who is really good with planes, but you get an original show if you move past that.

Come on, when was the last time you got pilots in your romance anime. I also feel like the story could have achieved more in terms of drama but apart from that, The Pilot’s Love Song knows how to execute a love story everyone can fall in love with.

IMDB(7.0)

Dubbed – No

Season – 1(13 Ep.)



18. Girls Beyond The Wasteland

Girls Beyond The Wasteland anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

This is one of those let’s make a game anime and include the unpopular guy where he gets recruited into a team by a popular girl. Here we have Buntarou Hojo, a good writer who has no plans in his life but along comes the popular girl of the school who asks him on a date.

Soon he realizes it isn’t a date but a job interview regarding the development of a game. Will our main character join the team? Is he that desperate to find a girl? It turns out, yes.

So, the girl and the boy join forces and try to find other people to join their team. This is one of those underrated gems you might have missed, so make sure to check this out.

IMDB(6.3)

Dubbed – No

Season – 1(12 Ep.)


17. The Severing Crime Edge

The Severing Crime Edge anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

Next up in the line of weird romance protagonists, we have a guy who has a desperate need to cut the hair of girls. No, calm down. This guy doesn’t escape from an asylum because cutting girls’ hair sounds very cool in his mind.

Luckily, he finds a beautiful girl with long flowing hair named Iwai Mushanokouji. Now that’s the simpler part. The more complex part is when we realize that cutting this girl’s hair will let anyone grant their wish.

Now, our guy has this ability himself and instead of cutting her hair to make his wish come true, he decides to cut her hair and set her free. The anime’s plot gets more complex as we move on, so just because you saw a weird haircutting guy in the first episode, don’t throw this anime away.

IMDB(5.7)

Dubbed – No

Season – 1(13 Ep.)


16. A Town Where You Live

A Town Where You Live anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

Get ready for some childhood friend romance anime. Now, we all know how that childhood friend stuff works. Either the girl becomes an angry tsundere or the girl ignores the guy and moves on. In this case, it’s the first option but we all know things aren’t that easy.

A Town Where You Live follows the couple Haruto Kirishima and Yuzuki Eba. Haruto makes a childhood promise to Yuzuki to help her whenever she needs it. Still, years later, Yuzuki comes to Haruto’s hometown and instead of helping her get his crush, Haruto falls for Yuzuki.

Now the anime skips some of the best parts of the manga, so if you want to get the full experience make sure to read the manga and since this has a love triangle, so get ready for some red pill or blue pill moments as well.

IMDB(6.7)

Dubbed – No

Season – 1(12 Ep.)


15. Aishen Qiaokeli-Ing

Aishen Qiaokeli-Ing anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

We spoke about pilots, we spoke about guys who want to cut hair, how about we talk about a guy whose luck turns 180 when every girl in the school falls in love with him? Yeah, at one time he’s the most unpopular guy in the school, and the next day, every girl wants to confess to him.

Clearly, the logic of the premise flies out of the window the moment you start to read it but if you want some less serious romance anime where the unpopular boy gets more than what he asked for, then this might be the perfect one for you.

FYI, this is a Chinese anime. This is actually more like a To Love Ru of the Chinese version. It’s even got a second season with 15 new episodes, so if you want to move on to some Chinese anime instead of Japanese anime, then make sure to add this to your watch list.

IMDB(7.1)

Dubbed – No

Season – 2(30 Ep.)


14. Girlfriend X Girlfriend

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Remember the good old days when we thought Makoto from school days was dumb. Well, our main character from Girlfriend X Girlfriend has an IQ that goes in negative numbers. I’m sure the writers aren’t even thinking about the realism in the premise as long as it turns out to be something original.

So, we have one character who already has a girlfriend but to make things worse when another girl asks him out, he decides to date both of them at once. How does this original girlfriend react to this? Well, she thinks the new girl is cute and allows our main character to double date both of them.

Now, before you march through the streets claiming this is impossible, remember this is an anime. We have shows like To Love You and Date A Life, so this is considered a realistic premise.

IMDB(7.0)

Dubbed – No

Season – 1(12 Ep.)


13. Seiren

Seiren anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

Anyone who looks at the cover is going to think this is another harem anime but it is not a harem anime. Seriously would you guys stop judging an anime by its cover but since there are three girls involved, we have something more than a love triangle this time.

We’ve got one university student named Shouichi Kamita who has only one thing in mind, love. In more simple terms, this guy badly wants a maiden. His love interests are three girls in the anime who dedicate an arc to each girl, but at first, I thought this was based on a visual novel.

But turns out this is an original show because of that some of the moments may seem cliche and the main character being another dumb boy definitely doesn’t help. But if you want some every girl wins story, then this is the show for you.

IMDB(6.3)

Dubbed – No

Season – 1(12 Ep.)


12. Tejina Senpai

Tejina Senpai anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

Here’s an anime with a nut job and nope it’s not the boy who’s the nut job this time. Here we have a senpai who wants to perform cool magic tricks but either fails embarrassingly or makes his assistant take the blame.

The first thing you’ll notice is the amount of fan service this anime has, and seriously, you can’t even spot one episode without fan service in this anime. If fan service isn’t your type, then you’ve got tons of comedy too and honestly this is the first anime that balances comedy and fan service really well without making the anime too boring.

Don’t go to watch this anime expecting some heavy character development and a complex plot. This is one of those high school anime you can watch when you’re too bored or when you’re too depressed and need some comedic light in your life.

IMDB(6.2)

Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(12 Ep.)


11. Accel World

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This is from the same guy who wrote Sword Art Online, so does this mean we got more swords and art online? Nope. We don’t have Asuna acting like a wife because instead, we have the popular girl in school falling further short fat boy.

To tell the story short, this is about a short and overweight boy named Haruyuki Arita who escapes into the local network cyberspace to avoid his classmates and the bullies. There he meets the beautiful and popular student council president Kuro Yukihime, who introduces him to an augmented reality multiplayer game where opponents collect burst points which are spent to accelerate abilities in the real world.

Now, the two play the game and romance slowly blossoms. Want to see a romance that will make Kirito jealous, then go watch this anime.

IMDB(7.1)

Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(24 Ep.)


10. No-Rin

anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

Why and what caused her fall from grace, we don’t know. Well, it wasn’t a fall from grace per se, but she decided to quit and end her career as an idol going dark after her announcement, only to emerge again as a new person with a different name and personality.

Enlisted in the agricultural school academy, she’s met with her biggest fan ever and his new chance to get closer to her and actually get to know his idol and crush.

IMDB(6.4)

Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(12 Ep.)


09. Gamers

anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

IMDB(6.6)

Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(12 Ep.)

Remember Girls Beyond the Wasteland, Gamers is like its little brother that doesn’t involve games. Rather than games, you can call this the anime of misunderstandings. Here we follow Keita Amano. After an invitation to the school’s cutest idol Karen joins the gaming club of the school, but guess what?

He isn’t the one who likes competitive gaming. Still, his choice to quit the gaming club and spawns a sequence of misunderstandings that bring out the hidden personalities of some characters and even create new relationships.

If you go to watch this anime expecting game design or anything related to gaming, then this show is not for you. But if you want some popular boy on popular girl drama, then don’t forget to check this one out.


08. Ultimate Otaku Teacher

anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

Self-diagnosing himself to have a disease called YD. This MC does all that he yearns to do. In other words, it’s his way of being lazy and useless for society.

However, he’s urged by his overbearing sister to find a job as a physics teacher instead of sitting on his ass all day staring at his computer screen and she’s truly convincing. Especially when she’s holding a baseball bat to your face. Definity worth checking out.

IMDB(6.3)

Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(24 Ep.)


07. Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-Kun

anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

Falling short on social life, this character takes his frustration out on video games so the point he became Japan’s number one player in the game Tackfam. Having accepted the fact that he is inept when it comes to real-life interactions like in school or with friends, he bestows himself the title of a bottom-tier character.

However, it all changes after meeting a player on the game that is also highly ranked and is actually from his school. Who is it? Oh, no one special, just the hottest and most popular girl in his class and she is totally polar opposite in terms of social skills and interactions. Developing a crush for him, she decides to teach him and guide him in the game of life and tutor him on how to be more social.

IMDB(7.1)

Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(12 Ep.)


06. Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu

anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

Haruka is considered to be the most elegant and popular girl in this school as well as filthy rich. She’s a trophy that no one yet could ever win or reach. She is the embodiment of perfection when it comes to beauty, elegance, and radiance. However, she had one deadly flaw. Deep down, she was a hopeless otaku.

She is hiding this secret from all her friends in the school to preserve her reputation as the queen in the school. Her secret hiding days come to an end as the MC stumbles upon her in the library and discovers her secret. He promises not to tell anyone and she respects him for that and befriends him.

However, like in every high school, rumors are bound to spread, especially when the queen is concerned. Will it bring them closer or spread them further apart? Watch and find out.

IMDB(7.1)

Dubbed – No

Season – 2(12 Ep.)


05. Ore No Nounai Sentakushi Ga, Gakuen Love Comedy Wo Zenryoku Jama Shiteiru

anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

Yes, believe it or not, all of this is the anime name. This anime is how it would feel if god was bored and wanted to play around with humans. Kanade Amakusa is one of those humans with the curse of absolute choice, a system of randomly present selection of actions that he must act based on and cannot act otherwise. So much for choice if you ask me.

All you have to do is imagine the type of trouble this poor kid gets himself into and since that god is a rank S jackass, he only decides to force that power on Kanade in public to humiliate him even more. Talk about adding insult to injury.

The poor kid with his life is crumbling and his social reputation tarnished doesn’t get a breather as a godly ambassador girl falls from the sky, promising him to make his life and choices even more hellish.

IMDB(6.8)

Dubbed – No

Season – 1(10 Ep.)


04. Mayo Chiki!

anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

Having a harem anime about a guy that fears woman sounds weird, right. However, that’s the life of Kinjirou Sakamachi. After developing trauma and a resilient body because his mother and sister are wrestling fans.

The poor guy can’t handle being around women to the point that a single touch can have him fainting on the floor with a nosebleed. However, some events take place in the school’s restroom that could mark a new beginning for the guy.

IMDB(7.0)

Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(13 Ep.)


03. Saenai Heroine No Sodatekata

anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

Tomoya Aki, a high school student, is obsessed with collecting light novels anime, getting attached to every character he reads or watches. However, Tomoya is done with watching only and now wants everyone to enjoy it with him.

So, Tomoya decides to make his own light novel with the help of his friends. Now Tomoya has to teach the girls around him how to experience what happens in a visual novel in order for them to be able to put it to writing and create a novel that everyone can enjoy.

IMDB(6.9)

Dubbed – No

Season – 2(23 Ep.)


02. Recovery of an MMO Junkie

anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

After reaching her limit and quitting her 11 years job, this character decided that the best way to spend her time would be through diving into the world of games and MMOs. After creating her dashingly handsome character, she starts to spend the rest of her days playing this game, with the obligations of life being set aside for the time being.

In this game, she meets a powerful healer that she befriends almost instantly and with another meeting with a total stranger that plays the game as well. Things are about to get interesting.

IMDB(7.3)

Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(10 Ep.)


01. NHK Ni Youkoso

anime where popular girl falls for unpopular guy

This anime tackles the difficulties of life like no other anime out there. It shows the harsh reality of life and how it can be overbearing and hard for individuals at times and annoying. This anime has no filters and gives things as they are with the self-isolated MC blaming everything.

He believes that he suffers from his NEET, something called NHK (Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai). Drowning himself in conspiracy theories, this is quite a new twist for an anime that you can’t usually see in shows these days and is worthwhile checking out.

IMDB(8.3)

Dubbed – Yes

Season – 1(24 Ep.)


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