In the anime world, there are a wide variety of genres and narratives to choose from. The majority of anime (and manga) genres are based on Western art, however there are others that are unique to Japanese animation. Most of them aren’t readily available in the West, although a few are, albeit under various names. As part of today’s article, we at Fiction Horizon have decided to focus our attention on harem anime, and we’ve put together an extensive list of the 20 finest harem anime that you can watch (since most modern anime are dubbed at one point, the latter 10 are going to be hentai series which are rarely dubbed in the West).
In the 1970s, harem works (, hremumono, “harem works”) was a Japanese genre of manga, anime, hentai, and video games that featured characters with multiple androphilic/gynephilic love interests or sexual partners. The genre exploded in the 1980s and 1990s with dating simulator games that featured multiple androphilic/gynephilic love interests or sexual partners.
Informally, a novel with a heterosexual male or lesbian protagonist and an all-female/yuri harem series is known as a female harem or seraglios, whereas a narrative with a heterosexual female or homosexual male protagonist and an all-male/yaoi harem series is known as a male harem, reverse harem, or gyaku hremu. The genre was first popularized in Japan, but it has since spread to other countries, including the United States.
Basic information on the shows, their creation, and a brief overview for each of them will be provided. For the sake of keeping the post clean, we will omit any explicit screenshots from this article, but we encourage you to check out the shows themselves and decide for yourself why they made our list.
10. Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru
The narrative of androgynous high school student Mizuho Miyanokouji is told in Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru. According to his grandfather’s will, which was just discovered, he had always intended for his grandson to attend the Seio Girls’ Academy, the school his mother attended as a student.
Mizuho abides by this request and assumes a false identity in order to thwart it. When he was a student, he was only known to Hisako Kajiura, Mariya Mikado, and Shion Jujo; later, Shion and Ichiko discovered his secret. Other high school girls like Mizuho for her looks, cuddliness, and agility. As a result of this unrestrained popularity, he is nominated, against his will, to be the president of the student council.
As a result, Takako Itsukushima, the current president of the student council, is opposed to Mizuho. When it comes to the selection of the school’s “big sister,” one of the high school girls is voted by her classmates in June and assumes that role. She was known to as Onee-sama by her classmates until she graduated.
The candidate must get at least 75% of the votes to become a senior. if no contender gets 75 percent of the vote in the first ballot, then the candidate who gets at least 75 percent of the votes is deemed to be the oldest candidate. The president of the student council for the current year becomes the oldest if no one meets this barrier.
Otoboku student Mizuho received 82% of the votes in the first round and became 72nd oldest student in school history. Mizuho has to deal with the responsibilities that come with this new role, and he does his best to assist the other characters while keeping his true identity a secret.
Natsuru Seno, a typical high school student, wakes up one morning to realize that he has become a woman. The fact that his stuffed tiger Harakiri Tora can talk and move even more ludicrous to him. After learning that he is now a “Kämpfer,” he wears his blue bracelet, which signifies his agreement to the terms of the contract.
On his way to school, he meets Kaede Sakura, who convinces him that the events of the previous night were nothing more than a dream. Akane Mishima, who has been changed into a “Kämpfer,” attacks them when they are at school, making Natsuru’s bracelet glow. Harakiri vanishes from Kaede’s view as she recalls Harakiri’s warning that he would morph quickly after lighting up.
After Natsuru’s female persona saves both Kaede and Akane from certain death in the next scene, Kaede develops a profound fondness for the female Natsuru. An introverted girl at school, Akane, is contacted by Natsuru after the disagreement has been resolved. Because of the bracelets’ similar colors, he and her should be on the same team, and their opponents should be seen on red bracelets. He learned this from her.
Akane and Natsuru meet the first member of the “Red faction,” which represents the opposition, throughout the course of the novel. This individual, however, turns out to be the two schools’ head girl. Shizuku, the school’s head girl, is determined to keep the existence of these fighters a secret, so she arranges for Natsuru to attend the school in his female form.
Natsuru’s inability to manage his change also causes complications. Because no one can teach them why they should fight, the blue and red warriors become friends after a while because they don’t see the point in it. When the “white combatants” turn on again after a while, the fighting resumes.
8. Hayate the Combat Butler
His parents’ lack of responsibility has left Hayate Ayasaki an unlucky youngster who has worked since he was a child to make ends meet. On Christmas Eve, he discovers that his parents had left him with a gambling debt of 156,804,000; to pay off his debts to the Yakuza, they had a plan to sell his organs on the underground market.
Hayate meets Nagi Sanzenin, the lone heir to the opulent Sanzenin estates, while he flees debt collectors, and she falls in love with him due to a misunderstanding. Hayate becomes Nagi’s new butler after he saves her from several kidnappers.
To protect Nagi from harm, Hayate must battle for her life, which is a difficult effort because she is the target of various people who want to steal her family’s riches and has to cope with some lavish requests from her, naive to Nagi’s true feelings about him.
Ayumu Nishizawa, a former classmate of Hayate’s, reveals that she has a crush on him, while the student council president at Hakuo Academy, Hinagiku Katsura, also develops love for him.
The director of the board of directors of the Hakuo Academy is Hayate, who had a romantic relationship with a childhood friend, Athena Tennousu. Athena, Hayate, and Nagi all get themselves into a pickle throughout the course of Golden Week, and Nagi is the unfortunate loser.
When Nagi and Hayate’s savings run out, they buy Yukariko’s old apartment building, the “Violet Mansion,” and rent out their extra rooms to “otaku elite,” including Chiharu Harukaze, the school secretary, Hinagiku, Ayumu, Athena (in child form), Kayura Tsurugino, a music idol, and Ruka Suirenji, who falls for Hayate and develops feelings for him.
When Nagi reclaims her inheritance, Hayate and Nagi are reunited in the Sanzenin mansion after a series of adventures with their tenants.
7. Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou
Centaurs, harpies, and lamias are real, according to the Japanese government, which has kept this information a secret for decades. The “Interspecies Cultural Exchange Act” was passed by the government three years prior to the beginning of the novel, allowing these creatures to travel freely between species.
They’ve since become a part of human civilization, living with normal families as exchange students and au pairs, but with different privileges and constraints. They’re known as “liminals” or “extra species.” No liminal or human may harm another liminal or human in any way.)
In the beginning, Kimihito Kurusu didn’t want to participate in the exchange program, but when he saw Mrs. Smith unintentionally deliver Miia to her doorway, he couldn’t bear to deny her a place to stay. Kimihito gathers and cares for other female liminals, each from a different species, during the course of the novel.
They all come by mistake, some are forced by Mrs. Smith or themselves, and before long he finds himself in a chaotic situation that makes it difficult for him to adapt. housemates, as she has to deal with their continuous advances and the tragedies of helping them navigate the realm of human relationships.
After the girls are informed that Kimihito is expected to marry one of them on a trial basis due to anticipated changes in the legislation on human-liminal relationships, the competition for their attention increases.
6. High School DxD
Issei Hyodo and two other high school friends have been looking for a friend since last year. Their casual manner and stress draw attention, so no girl in school wants to get engaged with them.
Even though she seems to be particularly interested in him, he can’t believe how quickly she asks him out, which he accepts, enchanted by her attractiveness. After the female revealed out to be a fallen angel, he was unexpectedly killed by her.
It is only when Rias Gremory is naked next to him that it becomes clear to him that he has woken up naked in his bed. During this time, his mother watches in disbelief on the threshold as she tries to pacify him. She then tells him that he was killed the day before and that she revived him as a demon to serve as the leader of the Gremory demon clan.
An occult research club at the school disguises Rias ‘organization. As a demon, he also has obligations and responsibilities that come with that title. He only seems to grasp what occurred to him in the club, and Rias explains to him about the adversarial ties between demonic, fallen, and angelic groups and his followers in the church.
He also learnt that if he worked hard enough and climbed to the top of the ranks, he could have his own slaves and eventually become a harem king. The youthful, friendly, and naive nun Asia, whom he soon befriends despite all the enmities, despite his understanding of their animosity.
Asia is killed in a conspiracy by the fallen angels, and despite his best efforts, Issei is powerless to stop it. When she is revived as a demon, Asia is an important member of the clan, which relies on her healing abilities. After meeting Issei, she was also the first of many girls to fall in love with him in the future.
Issei becomes more and more significant to the members of the occult research club and especially to Rias Gremory and the other girls as the story progresses. The demon, despite being physically weaker than most of the other demons, is able to maintain his dominance through unconventional methods and his unwavering resolve.
In addition, he progressively wins the hearts of the club’s female members, especially Rias, with whom he has formed an intense romantic bond. But the other girls aren’t going to sit there and take it. They also frequently seduce Issei, which can place him in a precarious position.
Even though he hasn’t found his harem yet, Issei is still pursuing his goal of being the most powerful farmer and rising in the ranks of the demon nobility. For their efforts, noble devils are given 15 chess pieces to employ in a rating game.
Queens, runners, pawns and knights are all included in this group, each with their own unique attributes: Knights have improved mobility, runners have greater magical abilities, towers have increased strength and robustness, queens. In enemy territory, any of these pieces, even pawns, can be transformed into a queen, knight, bishop, or rook.
Minato Sahashi, a 12-year-old kid living in Tokyo in 2020, fails the university admission exam for the second time, has yet to find a girlfriend, and is still unemployed. But he is a brilliant student who, for some reason, is unable to handle the stress of an exam.
Many people, including his younger sister, refer to him as a loser as a result of these circumstances. Musubi appears to have fallen from the sky one day and lands in his hands. After learning that Musubi is in fact a Sekirei and has selected him to be her Ashikabi, he is stunned.
Students Minaka Hiroto and Takami Sahashi discovered the Sekirei, extraterrestrial life forms that had crashed on Earth in 1999. Only one of the 108 life forms aboard the ship, the pillar (# 0 / # 1), was an adult; the other eight (# 2 – # 9) were embryos, and the remaining 99 (# 10- # 108) were fertilized eggs. This explains why the pillar and 107 small birds were called “a pillar and 108 small birds.”
As a result of their human-like DNA, they not only resemble humans but also possess unique powers. The power of the single-digit integers is especially notable.
Mid Bio Informatics (MBI) is presently chaired by Minaka and Takami, Minato’s mother. As part of the so-called Sekirei Plan, they experimented with the Sekirei and came up with varied results in order to allow them compete against each other.
From vulnerable and innocent to nasty and homicidal, a wide range of personalities formed during the process. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if you could be stronger than you normally are just by smooching an Ashikabi, you’ve come to the right place.
A lot of Sekirei pick Ashikabi Minato as their Ashikabi, which causes a lot of troubles of many kinds.
4. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
High school student Tomoya Aki works part-time to help support his otaku way of life. He meets a gorgeous girl one day around spring break. A month later, he discovers that she is a classmate of his and that she isn’t very noticeable.
Aki enlists the help of class beauties Eiri Spencer Sawamura and Utaha Kasumigaoka in order to create a visual novel. When Megumi, the girl Tomoya first met over spring vacation, becomes a spokesman for the game’s main character, Tomoya hires her.
Blessing Software is a dojin developer circle formed by these individuals. Both the characters’ exploits during the video game’s production and the team’s emotional entanglements as they prepare to market it on Comiket are explored in the show.
3. The World God Only Knows
The high school sophomore Bishjo player Keima Katsuragi loves to play. Because of his renowned ability to “conquer” any 2D women in video games, he is known as the “God of Conquest” on the Internet. Even yet, Keima’s real-life school nicknames him otamega, which is an abbreviation of the phrases otaku and megane.
Dokuro Skull sends Keima an email at the start of the series with a challenge to conquer girls. Since it’s addressed to his PFP (a portable system parodying the PSP), he accepts it as a challenge for a new bishjo video game.
Elsie de Lute Irma, a demon known as Elsie, arrives from a lightning bolt after accepting. In order to capture the escaping spirits of the underworld, known as loose souls, she needs his help in her endeavor. Elsie advises him that the only way to get the spirits out of the girls’ hearts is to “win” their hearts by making them fall in love.
Incredulous, Keima declines after Elsie makes it clear that he only cares about “conquering” 2D girls and despises reality. However, the e-mail was in fact a contract, and by agreeing to it, a necklace was placed around their necks, threatening to sever their heads if they failed to keep it.
In order to purify the possessed girls, Elsie will need Keima’s help in conquering, falling in love, and filling the vacuum in their hearts with her knowledge of games.
Various “captures” of the spirits are presented in the first arc. Some appeared only in the light novel, but the anime only shows and mentions a few that have been made. Further information about the world and other demons will be revealed during this story arc.
Vintage, a troop from hell that threatens the sent ones from heaven who ended the last hell, emerges in the second arc. For the sake of humanity, Keima must discover them. It’s the one that appears in the third season of the anime. The manga’s third and final arc has Keima’s awareness traveling back in time in order to prepare for future occurrences.
2. The Quintessential Quintuplets / The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬
When the groom, Ftaro Uesugi, was snoozing in the ceremony hall on his wedding day, he remembered the first time he saw his future wife.
At the time, Ftar was a second-year high school student who got good grades but also had a rough home life: he was an orphan with no friends and lived in poverty with his younger sister Raiha since their father had financial difficulties and had racked up significant debt.
Itsuki Nakano, a new student at Ftaro’s high school, approaches him one day and wants him to teach her how to study. In response, Ftar dismisses her request and irritates her by acting indifferently.
Soon after, Raiha informs him that their father has found a strange position for him to take on as the “teacher for the rich girl,” which Raiha agrees to pay off the family’s debt. Itsuki is the youngest of the Nakano Quintuplets, and he soon understands that he must assist them graduate from high school.
Ftar is baffled by the five sisters, each with their own unique personality traits, but who all demonstrate a complete lack of interest in schoolwork, as evidenced by their horrendous handwritten notes.
A stranger in their apartment is a big no-no for the Quintuplets. But thanks to his perseverance and the encouragement of Yotsuba, his fourth sister, Ftar was able to interact with the Quintuplets at various events, including a summer festival, and eventually win over the trust of Miku and Ichika, their third and first sisters.
Despite this, Ftar manages to pass his first midterm exam as a tutor despite the absence of Nino and Itsuki, the second and fifth sisters. Ftar, who had to keep all five of the quintuplets from failing the exam, chooses to leave while giving the quintuplets his counsel.
In the meantime, Nino, who has been a total jerk, protects Ftar by lying to his father about the tutoring he’s been doing.
1. Ouran High School Host Club
One of Haruhi Fujioka’s goals is to become a student at Ouran Academy, a fictitious high school for rich boys in Tokyo’s Bunkyo neighborhood. While searching for somewhere to study, Haruhi discovers the host club of her school, a group of six male students who assemble to entertain her “customers.”
Haruhi trips and destroys an antique vase worth 8,000,000 ($80,000) during the meeting. She has been informed she must work at the club in order to pay for the vase. Although Haruhi’s ambiguous look causes the members of the club to mistake her for a male student, they realize that she knows how to entertain the females and make her one of their hosts.
For the sake of paying off her debt, Haruhi decides to host the event. One by one, the club’s members learn of her true sexual orientation, but they maintain it a secret from one another. In addition to its high school and college programs, the academy offers a wide range of educational opportunities.
Scholarships are available to students who score the highest on the admissions exam, regardless of their family’s wealth. Haruhi is one of the recipients of this year’s scholarship. This means that students with strong family ties but low financial level may be given preference over those with strong ties but minor lineages, according to the school’s unofficial motto, “Lineage comes first, riches comes second.”
Also included in the host club are Haruhi’s cousins Takashi “Mori” Morinzuka and Mitsukuni Haninozuka as well as President Tamaki Suoh and Vice President Kyoya Ootori, as well as the Hitachiin identical twins Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin.
A 70 percent request rate gives Tamaki the title of “King” in his capacity as pleasant and gorgeous presenter. In reality, Kyoya is the one in charge of the club’s day-to-day operations while still presenting a lovely public face. The twins Hitachiin, who are classmates with Haruhi, exploit “forbidden brotherly love” to entice customers.
Mori is his stoic and silent defender, fierce-looking but kind-hearted, and Honey is his gentle boy who loves to play with stuffed animals and sweets. Honey comes from an illustrious family of martial artists.
Characters from shjo manga are all parodies of normal shjo characters, with Haruhi as “natural” type, Tamaki as “princely” type, Kyoya as “cool” type, and the Hitachiin twins as “diabolic” type Honey. Mori is described as “powerful and silent” and “childish.”