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First things first: What is Harem?
"Men experiencing lots of women romance."
The exact definition of Harem Anime. This type of genre is quite common in many anime, but sometimes people get confused and interchange it with an Ecchi (Pervert) type anime. For clarification purposes, Harem Anime is different Ecchi Anime. Though, Harem and Ecchi do intertwine a lot.
We will be listing the best anime as an opinion as an anime fan. Please note that this NOT a Top 10 list but a plain "you should watch" list, thus, there will be no hierarchy and numbers are used for navigational purposes only. So, without further ado. Let's start!
1. To Love-Ru
Rito Yuuki, a high-school student who does not have the guts in confessing to Haruna Sairenji, a cute girl with a nice personality trait. One night while Rito is taking a bath, a mysterious naked girl named Lala Satalin Deviluke appeared out of nowhere and accidentally touched her boobs. This strange turns of events made Rito being engaged to Lala, because in Lala's planet, asking for someone's hand in engagement can be in the form of touching the bride's boobs. As the story progresses, a vast number of female characters began developing feelings to Rito making his life a certified harem.
This anime I say me lots of time to watch because of the sheer number of episodes. I almost took about five days to complete this series for this review, which I don't regret. If you would like to watch this anime, I suggest it with headphones. You'll know what I mean after you started watching this.
- Season 1: 26 Episodes + 6 OVA Episodes
- Season 2: 12 Episodes
- Season 3: 12 Episodes + 6 OVA Episodes
- Season 4: 14 Episodes
Minato Sahashi is an intelligent guy but due to his incapability to cope under pressure, he failed his college entrance exams twice. He has been flagged as a loser by many because of that.
One day, while walking down the streets, a strange woman fell from the sky knocking him out. Still shocked by the action, two more mysterious women appeared and began attacking the two of them. He instinctively began protecting the mysterious girl Musubi, ironically both are missing superpowers, so then the only choice, they both ran and hid.
Later, Musubi describes herself as a Sekirei a form of a superwoman who inhibit superpowers from partnering into a male human called an Ashikabi. She later dragged Minato into becoming an Ashikabi, but with no choice on hand. He accepted. As the story progresses, many Sekirei's became tied to Minato.
3. Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (Yamada and the Seven Witches)
Superpowers were fantastic. But if your superpower was to switch bodies with others, what will you do? This power was the dilemma our male protagonist Ryuu Yamada when he unsealed this power after he accidentally tumbled over and kissed Urara Shiraishi, our heroine.
Ryuu was a former delinquent. He was determined to change his image, so he chose a specific school, which incidentally have seven secrets. These "secrets" had remained secrets even when Ryuu accidentally switched bodies with Urara. These two stayed in this state for a long time, for a reason on cheating on exams, until they found out that their powers were part of the seven secrets of the school - the seven witches. Ryuu also searched the truth of his power.
Ryuu and Urara then became a member of a secret club who's the primary objective was to find the identities of the seven witches. The love story factor was, Urara and Ryuu have chemistry. Urara, with her calm attitude, had developed feeling for Ryuu and the latter, however, had been in love since their first meeting.
This anime was great; I love the character designs. I also like how the anime presents them. The casual kisses to transfer powers? I would love to have that in real life.
4. IS: Infinite Stratos
What can you get if you are the only man to pilot an IS? A harem paradise!
IS is an armed exoskeleton machine, but due to some schematic restrictions, IS can only be piloted by girls and used mainly for sports (but it can be a weapon if things get worst).
Orimura Ichika, the only man, known to pilot an IS successfully, is forced to enroll in an IS pilot training school where he met his childhood friend Houki Shinonono, together they roam the campus and Ichika attracted many more girls. Ichika, being ridiculously dense, does not realize the girl's feelings are making the story interesting.
5. Kiss X Sis
The story revolves around Keita Suminoe; he lives together with his two elder step-sisters Ako Suminoe and Riko Suminoe. They always loved Keita, but for him, Ako and Riko are not more than sisters. By this fact, Riko and Ako struggle to show their affection to Keita that will sneak in his bed at night.
At school, Rito accidentally attacked a girl named, Miharu Mikuni. Miharu denies the fact that she had a crush on Keita and tried to avoid him. An underclassman named Mikazuki Kiryuu, have been tailing Keita long enough. Keita maybe the lucky guy here but for him, this is not more than royalty, but he treated it as a nightmare. As the story progresses, Keita later realized something very unusual about his body and steps sisters, making the anime worth watching.
Probably recommended for the open-minded. Kiss X Sis pack lots of humor with the cons of using headphone while watching because your neighbors might hear you and suspect you for watching something extreme.
6. Date A Live
There is a thing in this anime called a "space-quake," a strange phenomenon where a big amount of force is released that can destroy building and lives. Shido Itsuka a high school boy, tried to save his sister Kotori Itsuka, from a space-quake occurring on that fateful day, but for his surprise he met Tohka Yatogami, a mysterious creature referred to as a "spirit" - a female warrior with superpowers.
On the peak of the event Shido discovered that his sister is the head of a hidden organization Ratatosk. Ratatosk's main objective is to save the world, but without using force.
His sister later ordered him to date the Spirit and make it fall in-love with him, in order to save the world. Tohka is not the only spirit present so Shido goes to a planned date situation in order to tame the Spirits.
7. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (I Don't Have Many Friends)
"Tomodachi" translates in English to friends, and this is the word Kodaka Hasegawa is missing. Due to his unusual hair color, he is often misunderstood as a delinquent. When he met Yozora Mikazuki, a girl with the same problem as Kodaka. One day, he caught Yozora talking to herself but when questioned she answer that she is talking to her imaginary friend Tomo-chan.
Realizing that they both had no friends Yozora later decided to make a club named "Rinjinbu," The Neighbors' Club. They start recruiting new members but with a strange banner advertising their club. Thus, the club has been ignored for days since it was founded. One fateful day, the wealthy and intelligent, self-proclaimed perfect Sena Kashiwazaki, joined the club making the story fascinating. Together they manage club activities and recruited new members.
Talk about a twisted plot? This anime has it. So, if you are curious, watch this!
8. Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko (The Pervert Prince and the Stony Cat)
Youto Yokodera, a self-proclaimed pervert with a desire of swimsuits and boobs. Strangely, he wanted everybody to acknowledge his lustful thoughts, in other words, he wanted, to be honest. He learns about a cat that grants wish from his friend Ponta. In the scene when he wishes to the cat, he met Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, a cute girl with a desire of eliminating her emotions to keep her sister Tsukushi Tsutsukakushi, by her side. In a funny turn of events, Youto has later been flagged as the "Hentai Prince." Youto then realized that he has in big trouble if his incapability to lie goes on. Tsukiko then helped Youto to find a person who obtained his lost trait, to cancel the wish.
This anime makes me laugh. Tsukiko's incapability to make emotions made the story very cute and funny.
9. Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (My Girlfriend and Childhood Friend Fight Too Much)
An ex (chunnibyuo) 8-grade syndrome sufferer Eita Kidou, has his high school life controlled by a silver haired girl who has just returned to the country Masuzu Natsukawa, who later discovered Eita's notebook filled with his delusions and fantasies. Protecting his secret from being blown, Eita agrees to be the boyfriend of Masuzu. But with a strange turn of events new female members of the club began liking Eita.
This anime has quite the same concept as Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (Love, Chuunibyou, and Other Delusions) But with a different a plot. So, if you are into this stuff, then check this out.
10. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World Only God Knows)
A gamer, otaku and known online as "God of Conquest," these are the primary qualities of our character Keima Katsuragi. He can conquer every girl - in games. But ironically, Keima cannot appreciate real girls. He can't even bother talking to them. However, this was about to change when a "demon," Elucia "Elsie" de Lute Ima came to earth to find loose demons.
Elsie told Keima that there's no one around that can get these demons other than him. However, there's a catch. Demons possess, as Keima describes as "3D" girls or real world girls. His mission was to make every woman fall in love with him to capture the said demons.
For me, the best anime on this list is To Love Ru. Though the anime may lack in the plot, if you are searching for some fan service rather than the story itself, this is perfect for you. The next anime would be The World Only God Knows, rather than the anime family; the character designs are cute, and there's a lot to learn if you want to date someone.
Do you agree on my list or do you have one to add? Please comment your reactions or suggestions below, and I'll be sure to check it out. Thanks for reading this article.
© 2014 Joween
Comments and Recommendations
nobody on March 10, 2018:
should have high school dxd or high school of the dead
dododo on February 23, 2017:
I think that "Clannad" should be added too.
Joween (author) from Davao City on December 22, 2016:
Both are my waifu . LoL ;)
rawr on December 22, 2016:
would you rather, ako or riko
Joween (author) from Davao City on December 22, 2016:
Removed: Oregaru and Dark Lord is a Part-timer
Replaced with: The World Only God Knows and Yamada and the Seven Witches
sparksfiend on November 19, 2015:
Is Tenchi-Muyo supposed to be a given? It really is one of the best and has so many reboots. Some more of my favorites are Love Hina and Rosario + Vampire (which is incredibly cheesy).
Alians on May 02, 2015:
Nice list and i would add Kaminomi but this is your list
Joween (author) from Davao City on March 19, 2015:
@Tony PInkard I've seen that one.... Riko suck at making chocolates... but those scenes were very funny :) I will be publishing 10 Best Harem Anime for 2014 and 2015 anytime soon.. so try to check out every now and then :)
william from Columbia, Tennessee on March 19, 2015:
Kiss x sis may may not be #1 but the make out scene between Riko and keita with the chocolate lipstick should be the #1 hottest makeout scene in an anime.If you haven't seen it check out episode 3.
william from Columbia, Tennessee on March 17, 2015:
I thank you for your number 1 pick.I'm usually not one for lol at things but that show got me.I did think Rito and Haruno relationship was romantic but I felt bad for Lala.She's beautiful,down to earth,fun to be with who wouldn't fall for her.Also not a jealous bone in her body.Not to mention sweet.
Joween (author) from Davao City on February 06, 2015:
Yes, The world only god knows is hilarious... :)
I will include it on my next latest hub about harem anime again, but this time, its fresh! :)
no one on February 06, 2015:
The World god only knows !!!
Sean Henderson on February 06, 2015:
The world only god knows is hilarious !!!
Mel on December 29, 2014:
Gary Stu your right :)
Gary Stu on December 28, 2014:
Trinity Seven. Watch it. You wont regret.
Joween (author) from Davao City on November 24, 2014:
Thanks for the recommendations guys... gonna check those out!
Aoto on November 24, 2014:
you should add " Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? " to the list
Max Wong from Singapore on October 18, 2014:
After a hard day at work, we deserve to watch anime that is surrounded by gorgeous girls....lol
just a guy on September 25, 2014:
Rosario vampire and high school dxd should be on this list
Drakaloth on August 10, 2014:
Aesthetica of a rogue hero, sakurasou no pet, etc should have replaced a few of these like hentai ouji
NightStar on July 27, 2014:
Would not really call The Devil is a Part-Timer Harem, but I did find it extremely enjoyable, and funny.
Joween (author) from Davao City on May 19, 2014:
I've just finished watching School Days a few days ago, I really did not expect the ending and spend the night thinking about it.. lol! Pleasures has their prizes... haha
Zeron87 on May 19, 2014:
Interesting list. I've never seen any of the anime here, but will probably check them out. The problem I've always had with the harem genre is the lack of realism. I mean, a whacky one every now and then is good, but there should be more where the guy has to pick a girl and the drama that enfolds because of that. Kind of a mix of Harem zaniness, drama, and romance, to me, would be perfect.
Shuffle! is still the best I've seen to fit that criteria of when harem-meets-reality. School Days is a harem deconstruction that shows what can REALLY happen when a guy who wants female attention keeps stringing girls along. Tenchi Muyo! though is still my #1 harem anime, even though it's an oldie.