Harem anime is the kind of anime where the characters tend to be in polyamorous/polygamous relationships. So yes, the title is quite self descriptive. Despite being somewhat unusual in its theme, it’s still quite popular among anime fans. It is quite entertaining and can serve as a sexy diversion for people who are usually watching heavy and serious stuff. When the harem anime is centred around a male-heterosexual character, the polygamnous relationship is informally referred to as a female harem or seraglios. When it is centred around a female-heterosexual character, the polyandrous relationship is informally referred to as a male harem, reverse harem. If some unusual kinky sexual fun is what you are looking for in your anime, there are quite a few titles for you to pick from. In this post, we will take a look at the best harem anime (including reverse harem and harem ecchi) shows (and some movies) of all time. These harem anime series are so popular that you can find a few of them on popular streaming services as well. Let’s get started.
Here are the Best Harem Animes
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou (2015)
If you are one of those people who fantasize about ‘animal-human hybrid’ females, then this harem anime is just for you. Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is all about that theme only. Don’t walk into this show thinking you’ll get a significant plot and great character work since the show isn’t getting to do either of it. The anime is loaded with busty hybrid stunners who will fulfill all your ecchi fantasies. So, watch this anime as long as you’re keen on that sort of stuff otherwise look elsewhere within the list.
Kimihito Kurusu is a regular guy whose parents live and work in another country. Japan has become the primary nation within the world to market interspecies harmony by allowing non-human species (in this case the monsters) to coexist with humans. Citizens have been allowed to be the guest of a non-human species. They are meant to require care of the being and allow them to get wont to human society. But all sexual relationships with them are forbidden. Due to an error by an agent , Kimihito ended up becoming the host of a snake girl, who in turn becomes enamoured by him and calls him “darling”.is attracted to Kimihito and calls him darling. She goes by the name Miia and she tries to seduce Kimihito quite often but he tries to downplay her advances as he doesn’t want to end up in prison. If handling one monster girl wasn’t enough, as the series progresses we see him becoming the host of many more such girls. If such things rock your socks off, don’t miss out on this crazy harem anime.
Omamori Himari (2010)
This harem anime has a lot of lovely demon girls and humans. ‘Omamori Himari’ follows the lifetime of Yuto Amakawa who was orphaned several years ago. He was fostered by the family of his childhood friend RInko. He only has an amulet that serves as a reminder to his family. He later discovers that the amulet hid him from supernatural beings who want to harm him and now it’s lost his powers. But worry not, beautiful cat demon Himari is there to guard him. As the series progresses Yuto’s harem of supernatural beauties grows.
Ouran Koukou Host Club (2006)
‘Ouran Koukou Host Club’ is a famous harem anime. It is adapted from a popular manga of the same name. Ouran Koukou Host Club’s charm goes beyond the harem genre, it’s even loved by fans of romance and shoujo. This awesome harem anime has some great nice art and music. The characters are quite interesting and bring the plot together. The show has 26 episodes in total (23 minutes each). Haruhi Furiojika, the protagonist of the anime (making it a reverse anime), is a nice and intelligent girl. She is excellent at academics. Ouran High School is exclusively for the elite. Only boys and girls belonging to the upper class go there. Haruhi Furiojika is a commoner and hence quite rare on campus.
Haruhi got into Ouran High School through a scholarship. One day while searching for a quiet place to study, she stumbles upon a host club where rich boys with a lot of time entertain the pretty girls of the college. While trying to leave quickly, she accidentally shatters an expensive vase. As a way to pay it back, she starts working as a sort of errand boy for the club. In the process, her masculine looks and positive attitude towards girls get her a promotion. She then goes on to dress up as a boy and entertain girls.
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (2010)
Up next on the list of the best harem animes is another series which takes a completely different approach towards dating. This time the stakes won’t be that prime but the payoff is sort of important for the women . ‘Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai’ may be a fairly popular anime which has been adapted from a manga of an equivalent name. The series has 12 episodes and every episode is around 23 minutes long . Though most of the people will enjoy the entire series it begins to feel repetitive after you watch about 60 percent of it as these sorts of anime work on the same framework throughout the series.
Keima Katsuragi is the protagonist of the series. He is the simplest player of dating sim games and goes by the nickname ‘God of Conquest’ because he can conquer the hearts of any girl within the online games. But in the real world , he’s just a nerd who likes to play the galge genre of games. Galge games are played with the aim to seduce pretty girls. Though Keima may be a boss when it involves 2-dimensional girls he hates having to interact with a 3-dimensional real girl since they need unpredictable hearts. But this is often what he’s exactly meant to try to do when a demon by the name of Elucia orders Keima to woo certain girls to recapture the evil spirits which have escaped from hell and have attached themselves to these girls.
Zero no Tsukaima (2006)
‘Zero no Tsukaima’ or ‘The Familiar of Zero’ is a fantasy/comedy genre anime created by Noboru Yamaguchi and Eiji Usatsuka. The story follows the lifetime of a mage Louise who isn’t good at magic. During a ceremony to summon a well-known she finishes up summoning a standard boy Saito Hiraga who initially seems to possess no capabilities. He isn’t treated well by Louise and she sees him as a slave. Saito’s powers also show up later and he starts fighting alongside Louise. This is a sexy and magical harem anime.
Kore Wa Zombi Desu Ka? (2012)
The next harem anime, ‘Kore Wa Zonbi Desu Ka?’ translating to ‘Is This a Zombie?’ is an action/rom-com anime created by Shinichi Kimura. This is a very weird anime that I found . The plot starts normally; a boy named Ayumu Aikawa is killed by a serial murderer and brought back to life by Eucliwood Hellscythe who may be a necromancer. But there’s a con to the present second chance at life; he’s now a zombie. The plot still feels normal, on the other hand Ayumu accidentally steals the uniform of a magical girl and gets her power and is now forced to crossdress by wearing her uniform and fighting demons.
Gakuen Mokushiroku Haisukūru obu za Deddo (2010)
‘Gakuen Mokushiroku Haisukūru obu za Deddo’ or ‘High School of the Dead’ is another great harem anime. This show is a thematic amalgamation of harem anime and zombie apocalypse anime. The story is set in present era Japan where a deadly outbreak of a pandemic has turned people into zombies. The zombies are referred to as ‘Them’ by the characters. But that’s not the only problem that Takashi Kimuro and his comrades have to face. The society has already fallen into the depths of darkness and has stripped all their moral codes. Even though there are a lot of horrifying zombies on the show, it also features some stunningly beautiful women, providing the perfect balance between horror and sexy.
‘Nisekoi’ serves as a parody of the harem anime genre. The way every episode of the series pans out proves the aforementioned point. But if i’m wrong about it being a parody then i’m pretty sure this anime isn’t ok . The plot of the anime is quite okay and is crammed with all types of stereotypes. The characters are cliched too but you would possibly find yourself having fun watching them. As far because the animation, art, and music go it’s performed nicely in those departments. Riku Ichijou is the protagonist of ‘Nisekoi’. When he was young he had made a promise to a woman . A locked pendant marks that promise and therefore the girl has the key thereto .
Riku is from a family that is tied up with the Yakuza (Japanese crime syndicate). Being the sole heir to the family he’s expected to hitch the closed corporation . But Riku doesn’t have any interest within the criminal organization and enjoys spending his day with a woman by the name of Kosaki Odonera. But another crime family by the name of yank Bee Hive gang starts having a drag with Riku’s family about their turf. To reduce the conflict and uphold peace he has got to pretend to be during a relationship with the daughter of the gang’s chief. But from the instant they set their eyes on one another , they start a hate relationship. Chitoge, the chief’s daughter, thinks Riku may be a pushover and doesn’t like him while Riku thinks the girl isn’t attractive enough.
Date A Live (2013)
Let’s face it, the genre of harem anime can get extremely weird at times but who knew they’re going to take the concept of dating someone to a totally different level. Since it’s a harem anime, nobody is going to be shocked by the fact that the series’ protagonist is always surrounded by pretty girls willing to do anything for him. But once you need to date to save lots of the planet the platform suddenly changes. On a normal date if you finish up ruining it then it’s fine since you would possibly get another chance and no one’s hurt except you. But in ‘Date A Live’ if you finish up ruining a date then the peace of the planet will be destroyed and violent actions will happen and result in loss of life.
This harem anime’s plot revolves around Shidou Itsuka, the series protagonist. Years ago a devastating explosion called Spacequake happened which caused havoc all over Asia and took the lives of around 150 million people. Since then such events have been common. One day during such an event Shidou rushes around to save lots of his sister but gets caught within the explosion. There he encounters a mysterious girl. The girl may be a Spirit, an other-worldly being who is coming to the earth and setting off the explosions. By the skin of his teeth, Shidou is saved by his sister who also happens to be a member of the anti-spirit strike force. But Shidou doesn’t like this violent way of handling the Spirits. So, there’s only one other solution left. He must charm the spirits into loving him in order to neutralize them.
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (2015)
In case you want to watch a fun harem anime series with an entertaining plot and a wonderful cast of characters, try your hand at ‘Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo’. This great harem anime has fantastic character design and all the witches look really gorgeous on screen. It is also good for anyone who loves funny contents in the shows they watch.
Ryuu Yamada is a delinquent and has fun lazing around and doing mischievous acts. But recently, he has been wanting to change his ways and start his life afresh. This is the reason he decides to enrol in Suzaku High School since no one will have any idea about his past. But can you straighten a dog’s tail? Ryuu soon finds himself reverting to his old ways and by the time he is in the second year of his high school he has become lazy and his grades have become bad. He also gets into a lot of fights.
One day while he was coming from an office visit he gets into a minor accident with the beautiful Urara Shiraishi and they fall down the stairs. They accidentally end up kissing. To their surprise, it turns out that they can swap bodies with a kiss. This becomes a regular phenomenon for them. Soon, another student finds their secret and forces them to join his supernatural club. The club then begins a quest to find the identity of the remaining witches of Suzaku High whose powers unlock with a kiss. The romance between Ryuu and Urara is also quite entertaining.
High School DxD (2012)
How can a list of the best harem animes ever be complete without High School DxD. The show’s plot follows the life of a man turned devil who goes on to become a harem king. Hyoudou Issei dies after an unfortunate encounter with a fallen angel. Then he is brought back to life by Rias Gremory, a devil whom he finds naked in his room. Then she goes on to tell him that she has reincarnated him as a devil and she commands him completely.
Mayo Chiki! (2011)
‘Mayo Chiki!’ is another great harem anime. Even though the plot is basic, but it is still extremely entertaining. The spotlight of the show firmly falls on Subaru Konoet. The anime features some nice funny scenes which are bound to make anybody laugh. The anime consists of 13 total episodes which are 24 minutes long each.
Kinjirou Sakamachi is the main character of ‘Mayo Chiki!’. He is the guy for whom every beautiful girl in the anime will eventually fall for. Kinjirou is quite powerful and his body is resistant to physical attack. He developed that strength and resistance to physical attack because his mother and sister were huge wrestling fans who always attacked him at home. They punched him, kicked him, and even put him in various locks and submission positions. This physical abuse has taken a toll on Kinjirou and he has become a gynophobe (someone who is afraid of women). Thus, whenever a girl touches him he experiences severe nose bleeds and at times becomes unconscious.
One day he discovers the true identity of Subaru Konoe, butler to the daughter (Kanade Suzutsuki) of the headmaster, who has been going around cross-dressing as a boy. Subaru beats up Kinjirou who then faints. He wakes up and Kanade tells him to maintain the secret. She promises to help cure his gynophobia in return.
Hayate no Gotoku! (2007)
‘Hayate no Gotoku!’ is a very nice harem anime. The series is 52 episodes long (24 minutes each) and it does have entertaining moments. However, the show can be a little draggy at times. This show would’ve definitely been a lot better if it was shorter and didn’t have so much filler material. But it is still entertaining overall and thus earns a spot on this list. Hayate Ayasaki is the protagonist of the anime. He has been unlucky for a long time and has been working since he was a child. This was because his parents were irresponsible human beings and Hayate did all he could to run the household. But his parents end up duping him. After leaving Hayate with a monstrols 150 million debt, they flee. The money belongs to the Yakuza who decide to sell his organs. Hayate flees and mNagi eets Sanzenin, who happens to be the heir to a large amount of wealth. Hayate saves her from some kidnappers which make Nagi fall in love with Hayate. She also recruits him as her new butler.
‘Sekirei’ is a fantasy/harem genre anime created by Sakurako Gokurakuin. This show is filled with sexy and buxom beauties in the form of ‘Sekirei’ humanoid creatures with special abilities. To awaken the remaining of their hidden powers, they need to enter into a contract or rather form a bond with people who have the special gene known as ‘Ashikabi’ gene. Guess what they do to form the bond. Nope! It’s not as dirty as you think. They need to kiss the said humans. Minato possesses the aforementioned ashikabi gene. He stumbles upon a beautiful Serikei, Musubi, who forms a contract with him. But this puts him in danger as he now has to fight in a competition against other Serikei.
Rozario to Banpaia (2008)
‘Rozario to Banpaia’ is another great harem anime. The name of the anime means ‘Rosario and Vampire’. It is a harem anime which is also a comedy anime. A high school filled with beautiful, dangerous girls? Sign me in. This is the plot of ‘Rozario to Banpaia’ where Tsukune Aono enrols in Youkai Academy, a faculty for monsters learning to exist alongside humans, having not gotten into other schools. But it’s dangerous for a person to remain within the academy since it’s a rule that each one of the humans found there should be killed (ironic, I know). But meeting a gorgeous girl, Moka Akashiya, makes him stay there despite the danger. What he doesn’t know is that Moka may be a Vampire.
To LOVEru -Toraburu- (2008)
‘To LOVEru -Toraburu-’ is another great harem anime for you to watch. This anime is of the romcom/harem genre. Here we’ve Rito Yuki who cannot confess his love to the gorgeous Haruna Sairenji. Nothing unusual so far but things spice up eventually. The harem anime features Lala, who is a runaway alien princess, trying to get away from her suitors who are trying to marry her. She meets Rito and chooses to marry him and stay on Earth. That’s just the beginning as many girls start getting interested in Rito, courtesy of Lala’s sister Momo who also loves Rito. Slowly a harem of women starts building around Rito both human and alien.
Danjon ni Deai o Motomeru no Wa Machigatteiru Darō ka (2015)
‘Danjon ni Deai o Motomeru no Wa Machigatteiru Darō ka’ which roughly translates to the age-old innocent question ‘Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?’ is another fantastic harem anime. It is set in a world where humans and Gods live together and try to get along. Bell Cranel wants to be a great adventurer. He is inspired by Ais Wallenstein who had saved his life earlier. Before he embarks on his adventure in the ‘Dungeon’, he meets the goddess hestia who gives him her blessing and support as he navigates through the underground catacombs filled with monsters. As he progresses in his adventure, he starts attracting many women and goddesses.
Infinite Stratos (2011)
‘Infinite Stratos’ is created by Izuru Yumizuru. This harem anime also features strong rom-com/sci fi themes. It’s incredible how this anime just spins a seemingly normal plot into a harem in only a snap. This anime is about within the future which sees the creation of a strong exoskeleton referred to as ‘Infinite Stratos’. Since its capabilities are far too advanced and powerful it has been decided that the technology must be divided among countries equally. The women dominate the society as they are the only ones with the technical know how to operate the armour. The show’s protagonist, Ichika Orimura, is the only male who can operate the armour. So he has to study in an all female school in order to learn how to operate the ‘Infinite Stratos’.
Seiken Tsukai no Wārudo Bureiku (2015)
‘Seiken Tsukai no Wārudo Bureiku’ or ‘World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman’ is a great fantasy/harem anime. The anime is set in a world where monsters, referred to as metaphysical attack humans, dominate the society. Humans with special powers train strictly in order to defend themselves against their monsters. Akane Academy is where these people train. Moroha Haimura is a unique saviour who still has memories of his past two lives and thus has powers of two sorts of saviours. He finishes up meeting two girls from his past life; one who was his sister and one who was his wife. The matters get complicated as both girls start seeking his attention.
Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari (2009)
The plot of the harem anime ‘Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari’ follows the adventures of Kenshi Masaki who has been transported to an alternate world referred to as Geminar. This world is unstable because the countries are at war and therefore the main weapons are Sacred Mechanoids. Kenshi is sent on assassination mission to kill Lashara, the empress of the Shtrayu empire. But at the last moment, Kenshi decides against it and is captured. Lashara later takes an interest in him and lets him travel together with her as an attendant. He goes on to join a school with many beautiful girls who are learning how to use mechanoids. He quickly becomes popular and therefore the centre of attraction.
So those were the best harem animes for you to watch and enjoy. If you are interested in such themes or are curious about exploringthem, you will definitely enjoy these shows. Happy watching!