Reverse harem anime is a small sub-genre. Dance with Devils, for example, is one that you may not have heard of, but it’s a must-see for any fan.
Over the past few years, the genre of reverse harem has become increasingly popular. Though it’s a misnomer because, well, harems aren’t just for men, but today, the term “reverse harem” has taken on a whole new meaning, with a single female love interest being pursued by a bevy of men.
That’s not really relevant to the discussion, however. Even the most ardent anime fans will admit that they haven’t seen most of the shows on this list.
A reverse harem is the polar opposite of a harem, in which ladies court the main hero instead of the other way around. It is common for there to be as many as seven or more guys courting the heroine in a reverse harem. Even though some harems have broken the mold and mixed genders, reverse harems have become popular and have certain major hits, such as Uta noPrince-Sama’ and Brother’s Conflict, that fans know about.
Even though there are many harem anime, some fans may not know about others. This list of 15 reverse harem anime shows is sure to pique the interest of anime viewers.
Anime adaptation of Otomate’s otome game Norn9 is called Norn9. There are three main heroines: Koharu, Mikoto Kuga, and Nanami Shiranui. The tale centers around Sorata Suzuhara, an elementary school child who is transferred to 1919 and strives to return to his own time in the present.
The three, as well as all of their love interests, have powers and are aboard a ship called Norn9. In addition to Koharu’s pyromantic skills, Mikoto has the power to generate force fields, and Nanami is capable of erasing one’s own memories.
2. Libra of Nil Admirari
What if the Taishou Era did not finish when it meant to and lingered for two more decades? Libra of Nil Admirari relates the story of a noble girl named Tsugumi Kuze, whose brother took his own life.
When she joins the Imperial Library’s Intelligence Asset Management Bureau, she encounters a group of six men with a variety of specialties.
3. Hakouki: Demon Of The Fleeting Blossom
Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossomis bloodier and has a more serious tone than most reverse harems. It is based on the Shinsengumi, a Japanese special police agency, but with a supernatural twist, in 1863. To find her father, Chizuru Yukimura set out for Kyoto, only to be confronted by two men with demonic-like features.
Once she’s been saved by Hijikata Toshizou, she’s drawn into their struggles and the whispers of an elixir that turns men into vampire-like creatures.
4. Damepri Anime Caravan
In a small country, Ani is the heir to the throne. A peace pact between her neighboring countries and her own has been assigned to her, and she must ensure that everything goes according to plan. No surprises here: she ends herself on the adventure with the other princes after certain events don’t go her way.
Though it begins with lighthearted humor, the novel gradually delves deeper into the personalities and motivations of all the central characters as it progresses. There’s a lot to like about the main character, who isn’t afraid to stand her ground against the other princes.
5. La Corda D’oro: Primo Passo
All students in Hino Kahoko’s school wear grey uniforms, while those in the music department wear white ones, which is more exciting. When Hino, the only student in the Normal Branch who can see fairies, happens upon one by chance, she is awarded a magical violin.
There is a music competition she is participating in, and the other bishies from the Music Branch aid her (in their own ways) to ensure she has a successful debut musically.
6. B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious
In B-Pro, a show about an all-boys idol group, the main heroine is introduced before the group has had a lot of popularity. However, the amount of character development that each of the males is given is more than compensated for by a lack of background knowledge on the group.
At least one episode of the anime is dedicated to each of the boys. A disadvantage is that the studio favorites are immediately apparent, as they receive more screen time than the other boys.
7. Haruka: Beyond The Stream Of Time – A Tale Of The Eight Guardian
When Akane Motomiya is transported to a parallel universe, the people of that land beseech her to save them from the demons wreaking havoc on their lives as the Priestess of the Dragon God.
It doesn’t take Akane long to gain the support of her closest friends Tenma and Shimon, who had already pledged their loyalty to the Priestess before she even entered their domain.
8. Bonjour♪ Sweet Love Patisserie
Sayuri Haruno has always desired to be a pastry chef, so she enrolled at a confectionary school. There, she encounters a wide variety of boys, each with their own distinct personalities and motivations.
One of the most popular students at the institution is Mitsuki Aoi (the instructor), who takes care of everything. Then there’s Ryou Kouzuki, a sincere and talented pastry chef, Gilbert Hanafusa, a foreign exchange student, and the bumbling bashful lad (Yoshinosuke Suzumi).
9. 100 Sleeping Princes And The Kingdom Of Dreams
In an other universe, a girl (whose name is never told) is a princess. She is tasked with rousing the princes, who have been imprisoned inside their own Royal Rings since they attempted to wage war against the dream-eaters.
The premise is intriguing since it foreshadows the appearance of a female who aids single men in need. In the end, she saves only one prince, and the rest of the show quickly loses its purpose.
It has only been a few months since Tsukiko Yahisa’s high school was coed! (it was previously an all-boys school). Tsukiko is the sole female student at her high school, which is somewhat unnerving for her. She has the support of her childhood pals, but she also makes new friends along the road (and love interests)
This anime has 13 lads, each of them represents a constellation in the Zodiac. This anime, which is based on an otome game of the same name, will appeal primarily to die-hard lovers of the reverse harem genre.
11. Dance With Devils
Ritsuka Tachibana, a model student, was shocked when her student council deemed her a nuisance. She becomes suspicious of the council, which is made up of handsome men, after being questioned by them over and over again. Ritsuka is drawn into a world filled of monsters and vampires after her mother is kidnapped.
The vampires in Dance With Devils are not abusive or inconsiderate of Ritsuka’s demands, unlike previous vampire reverse harems (hint: Diabolik Lovers). What’s more, the girl herself has a lot of initiative and refuses to let these supernatural entities to govern her life.
12. Ludere Deorum
When Yui Kusanagi is whisked away to a foreign realm, she has one objective in mind: to show the gods there how it feels to be human. Despite the fact that each god is an individual, they all have two characteristics: a stubbornness and an obliviousness to the most obvious of things.
Failure to complete her goal within the allotted time will result in Yui’s exile.
13. Neo Angelique Abyss
Reverse harem aficionados can undoubtedly appreciate this old-school anime provided they don’t mind the archaic animation. Angelique, a young girl who lives in a world where monsters attack humans and risk their lives, is the protagonist of the novel.
Boys with the ability to defeat these creatures suddenly appear. After a lost battle, Angelique’s previously hidden abilities begin to manifest, and she too becomes an exterminator!
14. The Story Of Saiunkoku
The Tale of the Kingdom of Colored Clouds: The Story of Saiunkoku is an anime adaptation of the Sai Yukino and Kairi Yura light novel series of the same name. It tells the tale of Shurei Hong, a young woman who has become unfortunate in recent years.
Suddenly, Shurei’s existence is flipped upside down when the Emperor offers to make him his consort in exchange for teaching him how to be a king. Mature subjects are addressed in the story, which also contains a strong female lead.
15. Cheeky Angel
In addition to action and romance, Cheeky Angel is a rare find. Having bled on a magical book, Megumi wanted to become “a man’s man,” but was instead fooled and converted into a woman by the genie summoned by the book.
In order to reclaim her manhood, Megumi enrolls in Furinkan High School, where her tomboyish demeanor draws the attention of a few boys.