Nowadays, Harem anime is arguably one of the more popular genre of anime that often bring controversies within the community. These shows usually feature a main protagonist (often male) being surrounded by numerous members of the opposite sex. As such, Harem anime are often mistaken for Romance and Ecchi shows. Today, I will be going over the list of the 13 Must Watch Harem Anime of All Times. So if you are a hardcore Harem fan wanting for Waifu options, then come check out some of the options below.




13. Sora no Otoshimono

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Fall 2009
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: AIC A.S.T.A
  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Harem, Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, Ecchi, Shounen

Anime Synopsis:

Tomoki Sakurai, a perverted high school student, has always dreamed about angels ever since he was a kid. This occurred so much that even his cute childhood friend, Sohara Mitsuki, decided to seek help from their fellow classmate Eishirou Sugata, who is a sky maniac. Concluding that Sakurai is somehow connected to a heavenly realm called the New World, the three decided to observe the night sky to solve its mystery. What awaits Sakurai on that day changes his life forever as a mysterious girl falls from the sky right before his very eyes.

Best Harem Anime:

Sora no Otoshimono revolves around Tomoki Sakuria, a healthy teenage boy trying to control his sexual urges around attractive Angeloids. At its core, the show boast an Ecchi Comedic type of story telling that also incorporates various aspects of Harem.. However, if you were to look past the initial cliches synopsis of Sora no Otoshimono, perhaps you would see the beauty behind the characters, as well as the story progression. But nevertheless, for those of you who enjoy the Harem genre, then maybe Tomoki’s fabulous daily lives would perfectly reflect all your sexual urges.




12. Zero no Tsukaima

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Summer 2016
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: J.C. Staff
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Harem, Comedy, Magic, Romance, Ecchi, Fantasy, School

Anime Synopsis:

Tristain Academy, a prestigious school exclusive for magicians, is home to Louise Francoise Le Blanc de La Valliere; also known as “Louise the Zero” due to her inability to cast proper magic. One day, during a certain familiar summoning ritual, Louise decided that it was time for her to graduate from her embarassing nickname. However, when the summoning smoke dissipated, a boy named Saito Hiraga appears causing the confusion of everyone including Louise herself. Kidnapped from his hometown in Japan, Saito must now live in this new strange world full of magic, dragons, and girls.

Best Harem Anime:

At a glance, Zero no Tsukaima seems to be a relaxing and mindless show that allows you to fully immerse in the Harem experience without much brain power. However, this is far from the case. Often times, the concept of true love is difficult to come by especially in Harem anime shows. As such, there is so much more depth and meanings to Zero no Tsukaima than one will initially thought. Similar to killing two birds with one stone, Zero no Tsukaima will be able to provide Harem fans an enjoyable and meaningful experience.




11. 5-toubun no Hanayome

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Winter 2019
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Tezuka Productions
  • Genres: Harem, Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen

Anime Synopsis:

Shouldering the debt of his family, Fuutarou Uesugi received the chance of his life in order to turn everything around. Offered a tutoring job that boast a salary five times the market price, Uesugi must take on the odd-job of tutoring five spoiled rich girls who want nothing to do with studying and passing exams. Now, despite landing this amazing gig, Uesugi was living in constant hell as he try his utmost to get on the daughters’ good side.

Best Harem Anime:

5-toubun no Hanayome revolves around the generic love life of our main protagonist, Fuutarou Uesugi. The show features five main heroines with completely different personalities. For Harem fans, this simply means you have more options to choose from the five troubling sisters. As for our main protagonist, Fuutarou is constantly getting into hilarious situations that requires a bit of thinking outside-the-box. Overall, 5-toubun no Hanayome is a fun and cheerful show that all Harem anime fans will love.




10. Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Fall 2019
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: Connect
  • Genres: Harem, Comedy, Romance, School

Anime Synopsis:

Jouro is a seemingly innocent and friendly high school student. One day, he received a lifetime chance to go on two dates with student council president Cosmos on Saturday, and his childhood friend, Himawari, on Sunday. Everything seems great until Jouro realized both girls were in love with his best friend, Sun-chan. However, under Jouro’s fake nice and friendly persona is an incredibly mischievous and witty person. Thus, begun his ultimate plan of helping Sun-chan to fall for one of the girl, while he himself take the other one as his own prize. Unfortunately for Jouro, Pansy, a gloomy and anti-social girl not only knew of his fake persona, but also seems to be threatening his ultimately plan.

Best Harem Anime:

Oresuki is essentially a Rom-Com in the disguise of a Harem anime show. It features some of the top most hilarious situations, as well as witty moments, you will ever find. Unlike your everyday cliche and dense protagonist found in most Harem genre, Jouro will not take no for an answer. He is able to think for himself and is smart enough to fool most of the character. However, this excludes Pansy as she knew most of Jouro’s secrets. And at the end of the day, perhaps a relatable protagonist struggling to find true love is all that everyone needed in a typical Harem show.




9. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Fall 2011
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: AIC Build
  • Genres: Ecchi, Slice of Life, Comedy, Harem, Romance, School

Anime Synopsis:

As Kodaka Hasegawa transfers to a new high school, he was determined to make many friends through his supposedly ‘legendary’ class introduction. However, thanks to him possessing vibrant blond hair and a delinquent-like face, Kodaka remained friendless throughout the year. That is until he encounters Yozora Mikazuki, a fellow loner who talks to her imaginary friend after school. With this newfound discovery, Kodaka decided to form the Neighbor’s Club for people who do not have friends. Now, the members’ daily lives are filled with activities such as how to fit in, make friends, and make the best of their high school days.

Best Harem Anime:

Haganai is a story revolving the daily lives of three friendless high school students. These characters, along with their unique personalities, provide a certain mix of variety within the show. Not only will there be solid Waifus to choose from, the typical Haganai experience will teach you somewhat about how to NOT make friends. For most Harem fans, I will guarantee that you will be able to get a good laugh out of Haganai as it features some of the most over-the-top scenarios to be witnessed.




8. Hayate no Gotoku!

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  • Episodes: 52
  • Season: Spring 2007
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: SynergySP
  • Genres: Action, Harem, Comedy, Parody, Romance, Shounen

Anime Synopsis:

Hayate Ayasaki, an unfortunate young boy, was sold off to the yakuza in order to pay off his family’s debt. Running from his doomed fate, Hayate encountered a rich yet weird girl named Nagi Sanzenin whom he decided to kidnap in order to pay off his family’s debt. However, due to some unfortunate events of misunderstanding, Nagi believes Hayate was confessing his feelings to her and ended up hiring him as her personal butler. Now, living his new wealthy lifestyle, Hayate became fully dedicated to serving his master, Nagi all the while trying to deal with the gruesome fates that awaits him.

Best Harem Anime:

Hayate no Gotoku is unlike any other Harem anime in that the girls and Waifus are not the main part of the show. Designed to be funny, witty, and sometimes, even cringe worthy, you will find yourself immersed within a spiraling web of comedic skits. Hayate no Gotoku is by no means a serious show. Therefore, as you watch this hilarious Harem anime yourself, expect to simply relax your soul and allow your serenity carry itself to mindlessness.




7. Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Spring 2009
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: AIC, BeSTACK
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Mecha, School

Anime Synopsis:

Kenshi Masaki, a 15 years old well versed in martial arts, was kidnapped into the foreign world of Geminar. In order to return home, he agreed to assassinate the empress of Shtrayu Empire, Lashara Aasu XXVII using a robot weapon called Sacred Mechanoid. However, upon fighting against her army, he was captured as a prisoner. Fortunately, empress Lashara was able to recognize Kenshi’s unique talent and hired him as her personal attendant. Now, serving the empress of Shtrayu Empire, Kenshi found himself amidst a political conflict that could potentially fuel a massive World War.

Best Harem Anime:

Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari, or ISM for short, features a generic Isekai story line where the main protagonist is summoned to an unknown world. That said, the story development is quite well written despite the random occasions of fan-service here and there. In terms of Harem content, there are quite a decent variety of Waifu to choose from, ranging from the common Tsundere to the rich Ojou-sama. So if you are into a Harem with great story and Waifus, then ISM will definitely not dissapoint.




6. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Fall 2010
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Manglobe
  • Genres: Comedy, Harem, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural

Anime Synopsis:

Keima Katsuragi, also known as the “God of Conquest”, is the ultimate player able to capture the hearts of any girls – in dating sim games. Everything is different when it comes to reality as Keima choses to wholeheartedly immerse himself within the 2D world rather than the complicated hearts of three-dimensional girls. However, upon accepting an anonymous challenge to prove his dating sims skills, he accidentally signed a life-long contract with Elucia “Elsie” de Lute Ima, a demon from hell. In other to regain his previously peaceful life, Keima must now confront the things he hates the most – real-life girls.

Best Harem Anime:

Girls are mysterious creatures that not even the ultimate “God of Conquest” could decipher. For anime and harem fans alike, such relatable facts instantly make Kaminomi an attractive choice in terms of Harem shows. Throughout the series, you will get to witness the advanced and hilarious techniques in which Keima uses to woo ‘real-life’ girls. Aside from its comedic elements, Kaminomi also provides great drama and the relationship struggles for each of its characters, featuring a greatly relatable and personal character depth. Overall, if you are someone who love a great plot, character development, and drama, then Kaminomi is the perfect Harem anime show.




5. Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Spring 2015
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: LIDENFILMS
  • Genres: Comedy, Harem, Mystery, Romance, School, Shounen, Supernatural

Anime Synopsis:

One day, Ryuu Yamada, a delinquent of Suzaku High, has a fateful encounter with the beautiful honor student Urara Shiraishi. By chance, both of them fell down the stair and exchanged an accidental kiss. To both of their surprises, their bodies have been switched with one another. Learning of this inconvenient power, Toranosuke Miyamura, a member of the Supernatural Studies Club, welcomed them into his club. Upon joining, the club members learnt of the legend of the Seven Witches of Suzaku High, female students who obtained unique powers through a kiss. Thus begun a mission to find and identify all seven witches.

Best Harem Anime:

Yamada-kun tells the drama of five members of the Supernatural Studies Club. Despite being a Harem show, female characters and fan service are not at all the main part of the show. Rather, Yamada-kun provide its viewers with a great plot build-up, as well as character development and world building elements. For a Harem show, the romance aspect is rather decent where the main protagonist focus on one girl rather than his entire female companies. Definitely a must-watch if you respect a Harem anime with great plot development.




4. Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai!

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Spring 2019
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Silver, Arvo Animation
  • Genres: Harem, Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen

Anime Synopsis:

Nariyuki Yuiga is a hard-working student who was able to earn the VIP nomination, a scholarship able to cover his entire college tuition. However, in order to actually receive the reward, there was one underlying condition: he must tutor the two school’s geniuses, Rizu Ogata and Fumino Furuhashi. Thinking this would be an easy job, Yuiga was appalled when he found out the math genius, Fumino, wanted to study literature, and the literature legend, Rizu, wanted to major in science. This is a story about the comedic daily lives of three students who tried their hardest to obtain a far-fetched ambition.

Best Harem Anime:

BokuBen is a fun, relaxing, and silly story about the struggles of a hard-working student who tutored his fellow genius classmates. At its core, the show is a Harem Romcom that does not focus too much on profound storytelling nor character development. It features a lot of silly situations, jokes, and more importantly, cute girls doing cute things. So if you are simply looking for a not-too-serious Harem anime, then BokuBen will certainly be your go-to show.




3. Nisekoi

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  • Episodes: 20
  • Season: Winter 2014
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Shaft
  • Genres: Harem, Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen

Anime Synopsis:

Raku Ichijou, a student at Bonyari High School, was the official heir to an infamous yakuza family. He also happens to be the owner of a pendant only unlockable by a key given to a girl from ten years ago. Now, as a grown teenager, Raku simply wanted to be with his beautiful crush, Kosaki Onodera. However, such dream was shattered when his daily life was soon interrupted by the boisterous Chitoge Kirasaki, daughter of a rival yakuza organization. Due to some complicated reasons, Raku and Chitoge must now pretend to be in a fake relationship with one another. And thus begun their hectic love-hate relationship with one another.

Best Harem Anime:

Nisekoi is somewhat a unique Harem Rom-Com anime. For one, its plot could only be described as ‘mediocre’ at best due to the lack of story development. However, in terms of characters uniqueness, then Nisekoi simply excels. Each characters are distinctive in their own ways, which make it even easier for viewers to pick their favorite female cast. I think the whole point of a Harem show is being able to easily distinguish between the likable characters. Thus, these features make Nisekoi an excellent choice for Harem fans who simply wanted their own romance fantasy.




2. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Winter 2015
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genres: Harem, Comedy, Romance, Ecchi, School

Anime Synopsis:

Tomoya Aki, an avid Otaku, is obsessed with watching anime and reading his huge collection of light novels. One day, he decided that it was time to create his own unique experience; and that is through creating his own game. However, Tomoya knows that he himself could not complete this grand task all alone. Thus, he turns to Eiri Spencer Sawamura, an artist who also happens to be his childhood friend, and Utaha Kasumigaoka, a big-shot writer. With everything set up, Tomoya only needed the last piece to his puzzle, Megumi Katou, who served as a model for the game’s heroine.

Best Harem Anime:

Saekano is a Harem anime with an average plot that does not like to take itself serious. Yet, the show still managed to be entertaining to a wide variety of anime fans. Saekano’s overall romantic theme is very light. Despite the occasional drama here and there, at the end of the day, everything becomes quickly resolved. Comedy is also a selling point of this point, featuring utterly hilarious situations that the main protagonists managed to get himself into. In addition, despite Saekano having only three main heroines, their art and personality is incredibly in-depth. As a result, if you are watching the show mainly for the Waifus aspect, then Saekano will definitely please all you Harem fans out there.




1. Ouran Koukou Host Club

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  • Episodes: 26
  • Season: Spring 2006
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Bones
  • Genres: Comedy, Harem, Romance, School, Shoujo

Anime Synopsis:

At the Ouran Academy, rank and social status dictates one’s entire school life. But for Haruhi Fujioka, such concept does not apply due to her lower status background. One day, as Haruhi wanders around the school looking for a place to study, she stumbled upon Music Room #3. To her surprise, the room was occupied by the Host Club, home to five incredibly handsome boys. In Haruhi’s attempt to dismiss herself, she ended up breaking an eight-million-yen vase. As a result, she was forced to become the club’s errand boy in order to repay her debt. Thus, begins her daily lives filled with fun, rich food, and immense wealth.

Best Harem Anime:

Different from other Harem anime listed above, Ouran Koukou Host Club is an amazing, if not the best, reverse-harem show. Featuring a comedic storytelling method, this anime will be able to give you the perfect amount of fun and laughter. However, since comedy is the main aspect of the show, the plot to Ouran Koukou Host Club can be lackluster, or even random. But not to worry since there will be enough progression and character development to keep you interested. Overall, unless you are expecting a complex story and profound plot twists, then Ouran Koukou Host Club is an anime that perhaps every Harem fans will enjoy.




Conclusion:

That concludes the list of the Top 13 Harem Anime To Watch Now. Evidently, despite the Harem genre being somewhat cliche, there are actually different ways in which anime studios approach them. Some might opt for more fan service, while others might emphasized mainly on plot progression and character development. Whatever taste in Harem you might have, hopefully, this list was able to satisfy everyone different needs and desires.

So what did you think about this Harem list? Were there any other anime you would love to see on this list? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Keni
An anime enthusiast who writes about things he likes