Anime & Dating: So You Broke Up? Let’s Get You Through It

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Relationships and dating can be wonderful and romantic…until they’re not. Next thing you know, you’re breaking up and back to being single! And, that’s the boat I’m back in.

Yes, everyone’s favorite anime advice columnist is single again. Please save your tears, I’m fine.

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But, in that first week post-breakup, I was NOT fine. It will surprise no one that during that tough time, I turned to my real true love: anime. This got me thinking, if anime could get me through my break up, maybe it can help others!

So, for this edition of Anime & Dating, I’m going to share with you some anime that can help you get through heartbreak. Each recommendation is on here for a different reason but all of them will get you through this temporarily difficult time.


Sailor Moon R: The Movie

I’m a millennial. And like most millennials, Sailor Moon has a special place in my heart. Oh, and Sailor Moon R: The Movie is the perfect post-break up film! Why? Because the whole film is about love.

When Mamoru was younger, he gave a flower to a sad Fiore. Fiore never forgot this simple act of kindness and searched the galaxy for a flower worthy of Mamoru’s good deed. Only…that flower turns out to be evil. Oof.

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Not to get too spoiler-y, but love ends up being the key to destroying the evil flower. When we go through a breakup, it’s easy to feel like you’ll never find love again! You may feel angry, bitter, and even lonely. But love is a mysterious and powerful force!

The love between Mamoru and Usagi, and even Mamoru and Fiore is pure and simple. Though it may seem like your love is lost in the galaxy, it may just be one flower away.

Watch Sailor Moon R: The Movie on Funimation!


How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift?

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There comes a time during post-breakup, after you have eaten much of your feelings, you say to yourself, “Self, we need to get in the gym!”

You become filled with a fiery passion to show your now ex that they made a big mistake! You’ll get so hot that they will come crawling back. I’m totally guilty of this. Or…you can watch this funny anime about exercising.

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How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift? follows Hibiki Sakura on her quest for a hot bod. She chooses a conveniently located gym only it’s filled with meatheads and her weird friend Akemi. Also, her personal trainer is hot. All the while she has to struggle with her love of snacks. Girl, same.

During a breakup, you can feel really down on yourself. Though it is ok to feel sad, you can’t let it consume you. Laughter is a great remedy for sadness. How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift? Will bring laughter and joy back in your life. This anime is filled with relatable hijinks and you will find yourself invested in Sakura’s quest for a hot body!

Watch How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift? on Funimation!


Yona of the Dawn

This one might seem like an odd choice, but hear me out. On her 16th birthday, Princess Yona was prepared to tell her dad she’s in love! Sadly, she gets the surprise of a lifetime, when she sees her beloved murdered her father. Worst. Birthday. Ever.

The princess is forced to go on the run and leave her kingdom to be ruled by her betraying boyfriend. Throughout this anime, Yona must find the strength to not only get her kingdom back but to love again.

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Some breakups are amicable and others are not. Feelings of betrayal can cause us to build up emotional walls. It’s normal to want to protect your heart but if you aren’t able to eventually tear those walls down, you may never be able to love again. I don’t just mean romantic love, I mean ALL love.

It’s scary to open yourself up but if you can find your inner strength like Yona did, your heart will have the protection it needs next time around. No walls needed.

Watch Yona of the Dawn on Funimation!


Date A Live

Sometimes during a breakup, you wonder what it would be like if you were the object of everyone’s affection. You are irresistible! Date A Live is that wish fulfilmment series, but with fate of the world at stake.

This fan service anime finds Shido the object of affection. There are a harem of beautiful women, but these aren’t regular women. These are spirits who are causing dangerous “spacequakes.” The only way to stop them is by making the spirit fall in love with him. And you thought falling in love was already hard.

Date A Live is a great mixture of comedy, romance, and sci-fi. It’s also great to watch after a breakup. Similar to How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift?, it will provide a lot of healing laughter. It can also serve as a reminder to you that you are AWESOME!

Yes, this relationship didn’t work out but so what? To some you are their Shido. You are special and your love will be the one to save that special person’s life.

Maintaining high self-esteem is important after a breakup. It allows you to be the love in your own life until the right time comes when you can love someone else and be loved in return.

Watch Date A Live on Funimation!


Dating can be hard, and breakups can be even harder. But no matter what, anime will be there for you through it all! So, don’t give up on love.

What do you think of my recommendations? What did you watch during a breakup? Share this post and let us now! We’ll catch you next time. on Anime & Dating.

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