Harem is one of the most popular sub-genres in all of anime. For people who’re new to the genre, In Japanese anime and manga, a harem is a story in which a male character is surrounded and adored by a large number of female characters. Considering the genre’s popularity, we’ve come up with a list of the 21 Best Harem Anime You Must Watch!
21. Heaven’s Lost Property
Tomoki Sakurai has always woken up in tears after having a dream about an angel since he was a child. Sohara Mitsuki, his childhood friend, is concerned about this and decides to seek the assistance of Eishirou Sugata, an eccentric sky maniac. He comes to the conclusion that Tomoki’s dream is undoubtedly connected to the New World, a floating anomaly that scientists have failed to comprehend.
Eishirou schedules a meeting with the New World Discovery Club’s first members to observe the mystery in the sky. Tomoki’s peaceful life is forever altered that day when a strange girl falls from the sky and begins to address him as master.
Sora no Otoshimono follows the New World Discovery Club’s daily activities as they learn more about the Angeloids who have arrived on Earth.
20. We Never Learn
Nariyuki Yuiga, a poor third-year high school student, works tirelessly to be nominated for the VIP scholarship, which would cover all of his college tuition fees. In recognition of his efforts, the headmaster bestows upon him a prestigious scholarship.
This scholarship, however, comes with one condition: he must tutor the school’s geniuses in their weakest subjects! The math maestro Rizu Ogata, who wants to study humanities, the literature legend Fumino Furuhashi, who wants to study science, and Yuiga’s sports-savvy childhood friend Uruka Takemoto, who is hopeless at everything else, are among his new students.
In a series of strange and comedic antics, Yuiga tries to teach his three eccentric tutees in Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai. But, as Ogata and Furuhashi’s ambitions clash with their talents, will Yuiga be able to assist his students in realizing their goals?
19. The Fruit of Griasaia
Yuuji Kazami is a transfer student who recently enrolled at Mihama Academy. He wishes to live an ordinary high school life, but this wish may not come true anytime soon because Mihama Academy is the polar opposite. With only the principal and five other students, all of whom are female, Yuuji gets to know them all and learns more about their personalities as socialization becomes inevitable. Slowly, he learns about the truth behind the small group of students who occupy the academy—they all have their own share of traumatic experiences that are hidden from the rest of the world.
Mihama Academy serves as a safe haven for these girls, who are the “fruit” that has fallen from their trees and begun to decay. It is up to Yuuji to act as a catalyst to save them from themselves, but how can he save another when he cannot save himself?
18. Yamada-kun And The Seven Witches
Ryuu Yamada wanted to turn over a new leaf in high school and lead a productive school life. That’s why he chose Suzaku High, where no one would know about his violent delinquent past. However, much to Ryuu’s chagrin, he quickly becomes bored; now in his second year, Ryuu has reverted to his old ways—lazy, with abysmal grades, and always getting into fights.
Ryuu meets Urara Shiraishi, a beautiful honours student, on his way back from yet another office visit. A misstep sends them both tumbling down the stairs, resulting in an unintentional kiss! The couple discovers they can switch bodies with a kiss, which proves both useful and inconvenient.
Toranosuke Miyamura, a student council officer and the sole member of the Supernatural Studies Club, recruits them after learning of their new power. Soon joined by Miyabi Itou, an eccentric who is fascinated by all things supernatural, the group discovers the legend of the Seven Witches of Suzaku High, seven female students who have obtained various powers that can be activated by a kiss. The Supernatural Studies Club sets out on its first mission: to discover the identities of all the witches.
17. In Another World With My Smartphone
God, in an unthinking blunder, accidentally kills Touya Mochizuki with a stray bolt of lightning! As an apology, God grants him one wish and the opportunity to relive his life in a magical fantasy world. Touya gladly accepts the offer and asks for only one wish: to keep his smartphone with him as he embarks on his journey into this mysterious world.
Starting over in this new world, Touya discovers it is full of magic, which he enjoys, and cute girls vying for his attention. These girls—the twins Linze and Elze Silhoueska, Yumina Urnea Belfast, Leen, and Yae Kokonoe—provide Touya with endless romantic frustrations as he discovers the secrets of this new world.
16. Mayo Chiki!
Kinjirou Sakamachi developed a resilient body to withstand hard punches, aggressive kicks, and even deadly vehicle bumps in order to survive their various grappling positions and locks, thanks to his mother and sister, who both love professional wrestling. He did, however, develop gynophobia, or abnormal fear of women. With just one girl’s touch, his nose bleeds uncontrollably, he sweats profusely, and in rare cases, he faints.
A chance meeting in the restroom changes his life for the worse. While attempting to avoid a girl, he discovers that the most popular student at their school, Subaru Konoe—the butler of the headmaster’s daughter, Kanade Suzutsuki—is actually a girl! Subaru, taken aback, attacks Kinjirou violently, causing significant damage and knocking him unconscious. When he awakens, he encounters Kanade. She promises to help him overcome his phobia in exchange for his silence.
15. Trinity Seven
The bright red sun stopped shining one day, resulting in the “Breakdown Phenomenon”—the destruction of Arata Kasuga’s town and the disappearance of its inhabitants. All is not lost, however, because Arata can artificially reconstruct his world by using the magical grimoire given to him by his childhood friend and cousin Hijiri Kasuga.
Lilith Asami appears in front of Arata, whose artificial world suddenly disintegrates, to investigate the phenomenon. He has two options: hand over the book or die. Arata, on the other hand, chooses the third option: enrolling in the top-secret magic school Royal Biblia Academy, where he will be joined by six other magical users. These six, along with Lilith, form the Trinity Seven, the school’s elite who each bolster their own power and skill.
With the desire to save Hijiri and the assistance of his newfound friends, Arata will go to any length to save his beloved hometown and bring his best friend back.
14. How Not To Summon A Demon Lord
Nobody can match the power of the Demon King Diablo in the fantasy MMORPG Cross Reverie. He overpowers all who are foolish enough to confront him, as he possesses the game’s rarest artifacts and an unrivaled player level. Despite his terrifying reputation, Diablo’s true identity is Takuma Sakamoto, a reclusive gamer with no social skills. Takuma cares about nothing but his virtual life, defeating hopeless challenges day after day—that is, until a summoning spell suddenly transports him to another world where he has Diablo’s appearance!
Takuma is greeted in this new world that resembles his favorite game by the two girls who summoned him: Rem Galeu, a petite Pantherian adventurer, and Shera L. Greenwood, a busty Elf summoner. In an attempt to subjugate him, they perform an Enslavement Ritual, but the spell backfires, and they become his slaves instead. Takuma decides to accompany the girls in finding a way to unbind their contract while learning to adapt to his new life as the menacing Demon King, as the situation becomes more awkward than ever.
13. Arifureta: Commonplace to World’s Strongest
Hajime Nagumo’s ordinary life is upended when he and his classmates are summoned to a fantasy world and tasked with saving humanity. While his classmates have impressive combat abilities, Hajime is mocked for only gaining an inferior transmutation skill with no real offensive power.
Hajime is betrayed by one of his classmates during an expedition in the Great Orcus Labyrinth, plunging him to the bottom of an abyss. Despite surviving the fall, Hajime is confronted with menacing monsters and misfortunes that send him into a bleak nightmare. Desperate to live and return home one day, he decides to fight for his life—only to meet Yue, an imprisoned vampire who is also trying to escape the labyrinth. Yue and a few others accompany Hajime on his journey to find a way back home, while gradually transforming from commonplace to the world’s strongest.
Eita Kidou’s parents’ infidelity not only caused his family to fall apart but also made him skeptical of love. Eita, who has no desire to pursue romance, devotes his entire high school career to his studies in order to become a doctor.
It didn’t take long for the lovely and well-liked Masuzu Natsukawa to notice Eita’s apathy. Tired of being the object of other people’s affection, she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend, as she, too, is repulsed by the concept of love. Eita, on the other hand, refuses—but Masuzu has one more trick up her sleeve: stealing Eita’s journal and threatening to publish the embarrassing content online if he does not comply.
Eita’s life has been turned upside down by her involvement in a phony romance with the most desired girl at school. Whether he is envied by his peers or receives a confession, he must deal with his newfound relationship and all of its complications.
11. High School DxD
Issei Hyoudou, a high school student, is your typical pervert who spends his days peeping on women and fantasizing about having his own harem one day. When a beautiful girl asks Issei out on a date, things appear to be looking up for him, but she turns out to be a fallen angel who brutally kills him! However, he is given a second chance at life when beautiful senior student Rias Gremory, a top-class devil, resurrects him as her servant, recruiting Issei into the school’s Occult Research club.
Issei must train and fight to survive in the violent world of angels and devils as he slowly adjusts to his new life. Each new adventure leads to many hilarious (and risqué) moments with his new comrades, all while keeping his new life a secret from his High School DxD friends and family!
10. Oresuki: Are You The Only One Who Likes Me?
Amatsuyu “Jouro” Kisaragi is an ordinary second-year high school student who has two dates in one weekend: one with student council president Sakura “Cosmos” Akino on Saturday and one with his childhood friend Aoi “Himawari” Hinata on Sunday. Unfortunately for Jouro, both girls profess their love for his best friend Taiyou “Sun-chan” Ooga, the baseball team’s ace. Accepting each of their requests for advice and guidance, he is now in charge of assisting the two girls in winning the same guy’s heart.
Jouro’s friendly and obtuse persona is a ruse designed to cast himself as the clueless protagonist of a typical romantic comedy, unbeknownst to his friends. Under his cheery exterior, he is a schemer who makes the most of this unexpected turn of events by devising a new plan: get Sun-chan to fall for either Cosmos or Himawari and take the other as his prize. However, Jouro’s last-ditch effort is jeopardized by the gloomy, four-eyed Sumireko “Pansy” Sanshokuin, who surprises Jouro not only with her knowledge of his secret personality but also with a confession to the true self he has been hiding for all this time.
Stuck in this hilariously messed-up situation, each of the five students must navigate numerous lies, traps, and misunderstandings in order to emerge victorious.
9. To LOVE-Ru
Rito Yuuki, a shy 16-year-old, has yet to confess his feelings for Haruna Sairenji, a classmate who has piqued his interest since junior high. Unfortunately, his situation worsens when a mysterious, naked girl crashes and lands on top of a bathing Rito one night.
To compound matters, Rito discovers that the girl, Lala Satalin Deviluke, is the crown princess of an alien empire who has fled her home. Despite her position as the heiress to the galaxy’s most powerful power, Lala is surprisingly willing to marry the decidedly ordinary Rito in order to avoid an unwanted political marriage.
To LOVE-Ru depicts Rito’s daily struggles with the strange chaos that begins with Lala’s arrival. To LOVE-Ru is a romantic comedy full of slapstick humor, sexy girls, and outlandishly lewd moments that defy the laws of physics, with an evergrowing legion of swooning beauties that constantly foil his attempted confessions to Haruna.
Kazuya Kinoshita, a 20-year-old college student, has a wonderful girlfriend named Mami Nanami. But he doesn’t anymore. Mami abruptly ends their relationship, leaving him heartbroken and lonely. To alleviate his pain, he hires a rental girlfriend through an online app. Chizuru Mizuhara, his partner, wins Kazuya’s affection with her unparalleled beauty and cute demeanor.
However, after reading about other customers’ similar experiences with Chizuru, Kazuya believes her warm smile and caring personality are all a ruse to play with his heart, and he rates her poorly. Chizuru, enraged, slams him for his shameless hypocrisy, revealing her true pert and hot-tempered self. This one-sided conversation is cut short when Kazuya learns that his grandmother has passed away.
They rush to the hospital, where they find Kazuya’s grandmother in good condition. She is perplexed by Chizuru’s presence and wonders who this girl is. On the spur of the moment, Kazuya declares that they are lovers, forcing Chizuru to play the part. But, with Kazuya still haunted by his previous relationship with Mami, how long can this difficult client and reluctant rental girlfriend maintain their act?
7. Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends
When Kodaka Hasegawa learns that he will be transferring to a new school, he is determined to make a good impression and possibly make some new friends. However, Kodaka quickly discovers that he is out of luck when he is labeled as a violent delinquent due to his blond hair and intimidating demeanor. Despite the passage of a month, Kodaka remains alone due to his infamous reputation. However, his life begins to change when he discovers fellow loner Yozora Mikazuki in an empty classroom talking to her imaginary friend.
After sharing stories about their lonely high school lives, Kodaka and Yozora decide to start the Neighbor’s Club to overcome the difficulties of making friends together. Daily activities for people who don’t have friends include learning social skills and how to fit in, which will hopefully allow them to make friends. With the help of the eroge-loving Sena Kashiwazaki and other eccentric outcasts, Kodaka may have finally found people he can call friends in this club full of hilarious oddballs.
6. Nisekoi: False Love
Raku Ichijou, a first-year high school student, is the sole heir to an intimidating yakuza family. Raku made a promise to a childhood friend ten years ago. All he has now is a pendant with a lock that can only be opened with the key the girl took with her when they parted.
Raku has matured into a typical adolescent, wanting to remain as uninvolved in his yakuza background as possible while spending his school days with his middle school crush Kosaki Onodera. When the American Bee Hive Gang invades his family’s territory, Raku’s idyllic romantic dreams are thrown out the window as he is dragged into a frustrating conflict: Raku is to pretend to be in a romantic relationship with Chitoge Kirisaki, the beautiful daughter of the Bee Hive’s chief, in order to reduce friction between the two groups. Unfortunately, the reality is far from this blatant lie—Raku and Chitoge fall in love at first sight, as the girl believes he is a pathetic pushover, and Chitoge is about as attractive to Raku as a savage gorilla.
Nisekoi follows the daily antics of this mismatched couple who have been forced to get along in order to keep the peace in the city. With many more girls appearing in his life, all of whom are somehow connected to Raku’s past, his search for the girl who holds his heart and his promise takes him in unexpected directions.
5. The World God Only Knows
Keima Katsuragi, also known online as the legendary “God of Conquest,” can win any girl’s heart—at least in dating sim games. In reality, he prefers the two-dimensional world of gaming to real life due to his unhealthy obsession with galge games (a type of Japanese video game centered on interactions with attractive girls).
When he arrogantly accepts an anonymous offer to demonstrate his superiority in dating sim games, Keima is duped into assisting a naive and impish demon from hell named Elucia “Elsie” de Lute Ima with her mission: retrieving runaway evil spirits who have escaped from hell and scattered themselves throughout the human world. Keima discovers that the only way to capture these spirits is to conquer what he despises the most: three-dimensional girls’ unpredictable hearts! Keima, shackled to Elsie by a lethal collar, is now forced to navigate through the hearts of a slew of real-life girls, putting his title of “God of Conquest” to the ultimate test.
4. Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs
Yuragi-sou, once a hot springs inn and now a boarding house with ridiculously low rent, is almost deserted except for a few odd residents. According to legend, it is haunted by a vile ghost who scares away all potential tenants. As a result, it is the ideal refuge for Fuyuzora Kogarashi—a broke, homeless psychic looking for a place to stay and ghosts to exorcise.
Kogarashi prepares for a fight with the ghost, only to discover that it is not as evil as the rumors suggest. Instead, it is the ghost of a lovely silver-haired girl whose only memory of life before death is her name: Yuuna. Even more perplexing is the fact that the other tenants of Yuragi-sou not only see Yuuna, but each has their own supernatural ability.
Kogarashi attempts to uncover the regret that keeps Yuuna anchored to the world of the living, lest she becomes an evil spirit sentenced to spend her afterlife in hell, amidst the chaos caused by his eccentric fellow residents.
3. Date A Live
A supermassive “spatial quake”—a phenomenon involving unknown space vibrations—devastated the Eurasian continent thirty years ago, killing over 150 million people. Since then, these quakes have struck the world on an irregular basis, albeit on a smaller scale.
Shidou Itsuka appears to be an ordinary high school student who lives with his younger sister, Kotori. When an impending spatial quake threatens Tengu City’s safety, he rushes to save her, only to be caught in the ensuing eruption. At its source, he discovers a mysterious girl who is revealed to be a “Spirit,” an otherworldly entity whose appearance causes a spatial quake. Soon after, he becomes involved in a battle between the girl and the Anti-Spirit Team, a ruthless strike force dedicated to the annihilation of Spirits.
However, there is a third party who believes in the salvation of the spirits: “Ratatoskr,” which is surprisingly led by Shidou’s younger sister! Following the battle, Kotori forcibly recruits Shidou, offering him an alternative method of dealing with the Spirits’ threat—make them fall in love with him. The fate of the world now rests on his dating prowess, as he seeks out Spirits to charm them.
2. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
For years, otaku Tomoya Aki has been obsessed with collecting anime and light novels, becoming attached to various series with captivating stories and characters. Now, he wants to give others the same experience he had by creating his own game, but Tomoya is incapable of doing so on his own.
While directing, he successfully recruits childhood friend Eriri Spencer Sawamura to illustrate and literary elitist Utaha Kasumigaoka to write the script. Tomoya now has a super-group to base his project on, and he meets the beautiful, docile Megumi Katou, who he then models his main character after.
Tomoya creates a new doujin circle with the hope of touching the hearts of those who play their game. What he doesn’t realize is that in order to elicit these emotions, the creators had to go through similar experiences in their own lives.
1. The Quintessential Quintuplets
Fuutarou Uesugi, like most harem anime protagonists, is a reclusive and socially inept young man. That’s almost required for the genre these days. He and his father are also struggling financially. Uesugi, on the other hand, is a little more mature than the other harem protagonists and decided to assist his father by taking a tutoring job for a wealthy family.
Uesugi was initially perplexed about why the wage was five times the going rate. He had no idea he was about to tutor quintuplets, a group of five children born together. Oh, and they’re all cute girls with different attitudes, except they all have the same pink hair, which makes the premise a little strange because they all seem to be various shades of the same person.
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