The harem genre of anime is one of the most satisfying and fun experiences one can have. In essence, it follows a male main character who is surrounded by beautiful females who hope to win his heart. With the sense of guilty pleasure, hilarious coincidences, and extremely attractive girls, there is very little to not like about it. Most fans start watching it not for the intricate storylines but for the fan-service moments and ecchi scenes.
Throughout the many years of its existence, there have been several such animes that have won the hearts of audiences everywhere around the world. In this list, we will be recommending some of the best harem animes that have been made.
10. Masamune Kun’s Revenge
Masamune-kun’s Revenge presents a harem story with a very unique and creative plot. It introduces us to a boy named Masamune who was scarred very early on in his life by being rejected by a girl for being overweight. Being made fun of and called Piggy, he vows to change himself and works hard to become handsome. Joining the same school as his childhood crush, he has a new objective of making her fall in love with him and rejecting her while making her experience his devastation. Things never go as smoothly as planned though, as Masamune faces several obstacles on the way to achieving his goal. With several funny moments and a great cast, it is worth a watch for anyone looking for a light-hearted harem anime.
9. In Another World With My Smartphone
As the name describes, In Another World With MY Smartphone follows a man named Touya as he is accidentally killed by god. In order to make it up to him, he is allowed to reincarnate in a magical world with his smartphone. With the power of technology in his hands and supernatural events all around him, Touya makes the most of his 2nd life. In addition to this, he is also constantly surrounded by beautiful women who are left stunned by his antics and keep fighting for his attention.
8. We Never Learn!
We Never Learn! Features every great thing that we love about harem animes while also having a relatable and loveable male protagonist. It tells the story of a boy named Nariyuki who is very poor and is forced to tutor some girls in order to gain a scholarship. While he initially believes it to be easy, he soon realizes that the girls do not have a talent for studying. Together, they work hard together while growing to understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Every character is memorable and the series is filled with hysterical sequences that leave the audience in tears from laughing.
7. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is yet another ingenious story weaved into a school setting with themes of Harem. It introduces us to a boy named Yamada who wishes to lead an ordinary high school life. However, this changes when he has an accidental run-in with a girl named Urara and gains the ability to switch bodies with her. With their unique new situation, they gain several advantages but also have no shortage of problems. Soon, they are introduced to the Supernatural Studies Club in their school where they learn of the Seven Witches who are each different girls with supernatural powers. They work together to identify them while looking for a possible cure to their own situation. With amazing character designs and a story that properly gives each character their moment to shine, this is one journey you don’t want to miss out on.
6. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom is a unique series that gives us a twist on the classic Isekai story. It follows a man named Kazuya as he is summoned to another world in order to help out a struggling kingdom and be their hero. However, rather than using strength and power to defeat others and rescue them, he decides to go for a more practical approach and uses his wits to bring about changes in the administration. With clever alterations wherever he saw fit, we see our hero make waves throughout the world while winning the hearts of several ladies in the process. This anime sticks out for its likable main character and extensive world-building.
5. The World God Only Knows
Similar to its name, The World God Only Knows stands out in the harem genre for its surprisingly well-written plot and developed cast members. This revolves around a student named Keima who is extremely talented in dating sim games. His otaku ways, however, have limited his interaction with real people. One day, after accepting a mysterious offer, he runs into a demon who challenges him to capture spirits in his world. To his dismay, the only way to do this is to conquer his fear and win the hearts of real-life girls. With the consequences of not completing his mission to be dire and his own pride at stake, we watch as Keima uses a variety of methods to sway the feelings of several girls while learning several things from his experiences. The story takes a very interesting approach in terms of romance and is still relevant despite being over a decade old.
4. Date A Live
With multiple seasons that keep improving in quality, Date A Live is undoubtedly one of the most loved harem anime shows out there. It follows the life of an ordinary person called Shidou who gets roped into the world of spirits who threaten everyone’s safety by causing huge spatial quakes. He gets recruited by a group that wishes to save these spirits by making them fall in love with him. With this weird new task posed to him, he has several experiences with these girls while competing against another group that wishes to destroy these spirits. The story is extremely entertaining with great animation and a soundtrack that pairs perfectly with the setting.
3. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
Saekano is a refreshing tale of romance and drama that deserves a lot more recognition and praise.
It follows a young man named Tomoya who wishes to create a game and recruits his schoolmates to help him out. While having issues with selecting a person to model the main character after, he runs into a girl named Megumi. As they work together to create the game, the group faces several issues but slowly and steadily forms a stronger bond. However, with many of these girls bound to catch feelings, Tomoya is forced to make an impossible decision.
Saekano has a great mixture of comedy and wholesome moments and an extremely satisfying ending. The series does start off slow, so be patient and watch through all the seasons and the movie.
Nisekoi is an extremely popular anime that tells us the story of Raku and Chitoge who are forced to pretend like they are in a relationship to avoid a gang war between their families. While initially having nothing but utter annoyance for each other, they eventually learn to appreciate the good features of the other person. With Raku’s heart set on a mysterious girl from his past and a newer crush in the form of a classmate, life is filled with romantic tension. The series has easy-on-the-eyes animation and develops the chemistry between its characters very well while constantly keeping us guessing about the best girl.
1. High School Dxd
High School Dxd is the perfect anime that shows how enjoyable fan service in a harem anime can be. We are introduced to a boy named Issei who is nearly killed by a fallen angel after being fooled into thinking it was a date. However, he is saved by a beautiful red-haired girl named Rias who is a devil and recruits him as her underling. In this new life, Issei works hard to protect Rias and face enemies who threaten his peace. At the same time, he also has several steamy scenes with the huge female cast in the series who all fancy him. With thrilling fights and sparks flying between the characters, there’s nothing to not love about High School Dxd.