We all know that the Harem anime tends to be somewhat predictable, repetitive, and filled with overt fanservice. However, the Harem setting is still a popular plot device in a romantic comedy anime. Harem anime usually takes the oblivious protagonist someone who is ridiculously OP, literally godlike, or maybe an average boy whose heroic or kind traits, suddenly have girls fawning over him.
Traditional harem anime features polygynous relationships with a boy surrounded by more than two or more female characters. The girls in the harem genre desperately compete with other girls for the protagonist’s attention. The constant fight for the main character often leads to various misunderstandings, ecchi situations which is why harem anime are also grouped among fan service anime.
Harem has become so prominent that many other genres incorporate harem as a plot element in the series. The best harem anime are the ones that don’t solely rely on the harem part but instead use it to further the storytelling. If you’re someone who wants to watch a harem anime with a good narrative and character development, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best harem anime you should watch right now.
Best Harem Anime:
01. Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari (Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar)
Buy/Stream On: Funimation
Kenshi Masaki is a 15-year-old boy who was kidnapped and unwillingly transferred to an alternate universe called Geminar. Upon his arrival in Geminar, a secret organization forced Kenshi into assassinating the gorgeous princess Lashara Earth XXVIII.
Kenshi fails to kill the princess and ends up being captured by her. Instead of imprisoning, Lashara admires Kenshi’s skills and hires him as her new servant. From here’s begin Kenshi’s new life as he attends the Holy Land, a super-elite academy along with Lashara.
02. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows)
Keima Katsuragi is an otaku who spends most of his time playing video games. His favorite games are dating sims, a game centered on interactions with attractive girls. Keima has a reputation that he can win over the hearts of any girl in games.
As a result, he’s known throughout the internet as “The God of Conquests” for his unrivaled skills. But, on one fateful day, his life completely changes when he accidentally accepts a demon’s contract as a challenge. Now he has to capture evil spirits that are possessing girls by winning their hearts in real life.
03. Nisekoi: False Love
Raku Ichijo is the heir to a Yakuza family but wants an ordinary life. As a child, Raku made a promise with his childhood lover, keeping a lock pendant as a keepsake while his lover took the key. In the hope of meeting his past love once again, Raku still carries the pendant. Now years later, Raku is a high schooler living his life as ordinary as he can.
However, one day, it all changes when he meets Chitoge Kirisaki, a transfer student. Chitoge is the daughter of a mafia boss. Due to family affairs, Raku and Chitoge get forced into a relationship with each other. Now Raku and Chitoge must pretend as boyfriend and girlfriend to avoid a war between the gang.
04. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Is This a Zombie?)
Buy/Stream On: Funimation
Ayumu Aikawa is an ordinary high schooler, who was murdered by a serial killer. Fortunately, a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe resurrects him as a zombie. As he tries to make the best of his undead life, he meets a “Magical Garment Girl” Haruna fighting demons known as Megalo with a chainsaw.
Haruna tries to erase his memory but, instead, accidentally gave most of her powers to Ayumu, turning Ayumu into a magical girl zombie. Life couldn’t get weirder for Ayumu when Seraphim a vampire ninja, decides to crash into his house to protect Eucliwood. Ayumu now shares his house with three beautiful supernatural entities.
05. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai: I don’t have many friends)
Buy/Stream On: Funimation
Kodaka Hasegawa is a transfer student who often gets mistaken for a delinquent because of his blond blackish hair and fierce-looking eyes. One day, he meets a lonely girl named Yozora Mikazuki same as him. Together they decide to start the Neighbours Club to help them make friends.
The club later attracts five more eccentric members — Sena Kashiwazaki, Yukimura Kusunoki, Rika Shiguma, Kobato Hasegawa, and Maria Takayama. And so Kodaka’s journey begins to make some friends and get out of his loner lifestyle.
06. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)
Tomoya Aki is a high schooler and an otaku obsessed with making his own game after meeting a beautiful girl named Megumi Kato. To start developing his game, he sets off to gather members and recruits his childhood friend Eriri Spencer Sawamura and Utaha Kasumigaoka.
While recruiting the member, Aki once again bumps into the mystery girl only to learn that she none other than his classmate. Tomoya then asks Megumi to star as the “heroine” of his game. And from here begins a new chapter for Blessing Software’s development team.
07. Outbreak Company
Shinichi Kanou is an otaku who became a NEET after losing his confidence from a failed love proposal. While scrolling through the internet, he applies for a job that requires knowledge of anime. Shinichi casually answers the survey questions and, surprisingly, receives a job invitation.
During the interview, Shinichi faints and wakes up in an alternate fantasy world called Erdant Empire. He later finds himself employed as a cultural diplomat by the Japanese government with a mission to integrate otaku culture and improve his country’s relations with this new world.
08. Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de (They Are My Noble Masters)
Buy/Stream On: Unknown
Ren Uesugi and his sister, Mihato, ran away from home to the city due to family troubles and wanted to find a new lifestyle. Luckily, the famous Kuonji family hires Ren and his pretty protective sister as a new butler and a maid.
They are serving the family’s three pretty young daughters Shinra, Miyu, and Yume, who all have their eyes on Ren, irritating the Mihato. Now Ren finds himself every day dealing with the escapade of his masters, witty colleagues, and jealous sister.
09. Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls
The government has made the existence of Monster People public. An Interspecies Cultural Exchange Act has been passed with other species to show them kindness and respect. These species will live with a human host as part of an exchange program.
Kurusu Kimihito suddenly finds himself living with a Lamia named Miia, accidentally delivered to his house by interspecies exchange coordinator Agent Smith. After that, the list of other species only grows who ends up living with him.
10. Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
When both of his parents left him alone after a divorce, Eita Kido promised himself never to fall in love. Now Eita lives with his aunt as an ordinary high-school student and intends to graduate with high-level marks to apply for a medical school.
In order to reach his goal, Eita still harbors his hate for love and romance. However, Eita’s worst dream become a reality when a Masuzu Natsukawa, a beautiful transfer student, blackmailed him into becoming her fake boyfriend.