It is no lie to say that I loved Kaichou wa Maid-Sama with all my heart. As the seond anime I watched clean through, and my current second favorite, I hardly thought another romance can compare (I watched Clannad shortly after, so this changed, but Maid-Sama was funner, though not as touching)
After my intial watch, I proceeded to find other Romance animes. Ones that stuck out were, as mentioned, Clannad, Fruits Basket, and OHHC (though that barely qualifies, but I like the show).
Then I heard of Special A.
Everyone was comparing to Maid-Sama, so I tried to stay away, as to not see what I thought...