Harem or HRM is a popular anime/manga sub-genre. Of course, you’ve googled this word before (Do not pretend as you’ve never been intrigued by that word!).
Derived from the Arabic word, ‘hareem’/’harem’, HRM stories are based on polyamorous/polyandrous relationships. These relationships can be either the main/core character surrounded by many women or men (Reverse Harem) vying for attention or more.
The most tantamount example is a key male character surrounded by a group of women.
There are some recent variants of this sub-genre where the same-sex characters are involved in a romantic/sexual relationship.
However, its origins are highly debatable. Some fans regard Tenchi Muyo! setting the standard for harem anime.
But, some claim that Urusei Yatsura solidified the theme. If one were to focus on the structure of an HRM story, one might find that the crux of the plot may not be romantic.
But it may be ambiguous or dwindling. A relationship between two girls and one guy does not qualify as an HRM plot.
It is rather known as, a love triangle. Being a very sexualized genre, many have taken a disliking or even offense to the way girls/women have been represented in these anime.
Some claim it to be needlessly sexual, a.k.a fan service. The United States of America has been the toughest critic of this genre voicing the misinterpretation of being polyamorous and the sexist remarks these shows voice.
Ironically, the US is also the one place where HRM anime/manga is becoming increasingly popular. What you must know here is that polygamy is not legal in many countries.
ESPECIALLY, not in Japan or China. But polygynous marriage and relationships are prevalent in African, Middle Eastern, and some Asian countries.
And, Antarctica, it’s absolutely legal there! This article is STRICTLY FOR THE 18+ OTAKUS, Entoin does not promote underage otakus viewing topics they do not fully understand or are aware of.
50. In Another World with My Smartphone
Released in the Summer of 2017, Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni is an adventure comedy harem story.
When God misfires a stray bolt of lightning at Touya Mochizuki, as an apology, he offers him one wish.
A chance to live again in a fantasy world, which Touya gladly accepts. But at one condition!
Touya would like to bring his smartphone along with him. Embarking on a brand-new lease of life, Touya finds himself surrounded by magical beings and cute girls wanting his attention.
A coterie of girls gives Touya endless romantic options and frustrations as he begins to learn the ways of this new world.
As fans put, despite the bad character designs, animation, and done-to-death cliches. The anime is surprisingly a good one.
It’s like one of those things that you want to dislike but can’t because your brain and heart just agree to disagree?
49. Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody
Being a video game beta tester has its perks. But being transported to the video games you play, doesn’t sound so fun now, does it?
Ichirou Suzuki, a 30-year-old programmer gets transported to a dream world, quite literally after dozing off after a hard day’s work.
Finding himself in this RPG world, he realizes that he has now become his younger self and his name changed to Satou.
The moniker he uses for beta testing. After upping his stats to 310 by casting a powerful spell on the evil forces in the game.
Satou becomes a coveted player in the game receiving its benefits and also some slave girl attention on the side.
It does sound a bit like Sword Art Online, but Death March does stand apart in terms of an MMORPG anime.
Despite falling in the HRM category, it does carve out a niche for itself amongst its contemporaries.
48. Arifureta: From Commonplace to The World’s Strongest
Arifureta was one of the best-selling light novels in 2017 in Japan. However, the anime was subject to harsh criticism.
It did surprisingly well amongst its fans. Here we follow the story of a naïve 17-year-old Hajime Nagumo, who is in a relationship with an idol, Kaori.
When Hajime, Kaori, and his classmates get summoned to a fantastical world where they must save mankind, things take a turn for the worse for Hajime.
He is only able to transmute objects and isn’t able to play on the offense.
During a dungeon battle, he is betrayed by a classmate and plummets to the bottom of the abyss.
There he encounters, a vampire, Yue, a perverted dragon, Tio, and a cute girl, Shea.
Hajime builds the courage to become stronger and leave the dungeon to find his way back home.
Becoming the world’s strongest from the commonplaces. The animation isn’t all that great, some hate the way Hajime and Yue are.
But those who have watched the series thoroughly enjoyed it.
47. Masamune kun No Revenge
As a child, Masamune was often ridiculed for being overweight. After he gets rejected by his crush, Aki Adagaki, who calls him ‘Piggy’.
He begins to work on himself to look better. As a teen now, he looks handsome but becomes a narcissist.
Now that he’s all done up, he’s been getting some serious female attention. But Masamune has other plans.
He is out to get revenge on Aki. As he transfers to her school, he sets his plan to move.
But, when he receives an anonymous letter addressed to him as his nickname, Masamune must now discover the letter’s author.
Masamune-Kun no Revenge is a great romance-comedy with a fun plot!
46. Rosario + Vampire
Based on the manga series of the same name, we follow Tsukune Aono, a young teenager who couldn’t even get himself admitted to a high school.
His parents find him a school with no prerequisites and he gets accepted. While there, Tsukune can sense something odd with the school and learns that it is in fact as the name suggests, a Youkai Academy.
There he bumps into Moka an attractive girl, whom he falls for. Tsukune learns that she is in fact a vampire and that the school’s rules state that if they were to find a human on campus, it must be executed immediately.
Now stuck in a conundrum, Tsukune must conceal his identity to further his relationship with Moka.
Rosario + Vampire has a good amount of fan service, action, and comedy to make it a riveting story.
45. Demon King Daimao
You know how some anime plots are so deep and serious and then you see a panty shot.
Yeah, that’s what Demon King Daimao is all about. Akuto Sai wants to make the world a better place.
He gets transferred to a magical academy where he becomes best friends with Junko Hattori.
A ninja clan member. Things take turn for the worse when Akuto learns that he will become the Demon King, as this was prophesized eons ago.
The word spreads like wildfire and Akuto becomes a target of fear for everyone, including Junko.
Here’s the plot twist, there’s a harem of girls who not only support him but also lust for him.
Akuto has to fight for himself and deviate from the predicted path he was meant to tread on.
Demon King Daimao does focus a lot, and we mean a lot on the ecchi factor, but it also has its fair share of laughs and gags.
By the end of it, you’ll definitely be in splits.
44. The Asterisk War
A story set in futuristic Japan, where an unforeseen disaster has turned the world upside down.
A new species of humans have taken birth known as the Genestella. The Genestella are born with immense strength and brute force.
The elites are then trained at academies to heighten their powers. Ayato Amagiri, the protagonist of the series accidentally sees the popular witch Julius half-naked.
She then challenges him into a Festas, a battle of the elite in their world.
Ayato being gifted with a powerful sword becomes the target of vengeance for many of Julius’s followers.
But, Ayato hides a deep secret from his presence at the academy. It may sound like a Shonen anime but if you do watch the show, you will know it’s not.
Copious amounts of fan service will be shoved right in your face and some comedy added into the mix.
Yes, its plot is done to death. Yes, it’s fun to watch. Yes, you need to go watch it now!
43. Kiss X Sis
When Keita’s father remarries after the passing of his mother, his stepmother brings in two stepsisters Ako and Riko.
However, the two end up having incestuous feelings for their own step-brother. But his sisters aren’t the only ones lusting after him.
Keita must chart away and decide if he really has feelings for his stepsisters or not.
Explicitly speaking, this anime is for the more sophisticated ecchi/harem lovers who actually want something to happen.
Purely because this doesn’t only have fan service, but it has just the right amount of sleaze to heat things up.
42. How Not to Summon a Demon
Another anime title, with the main character getting transported to another world. How Not to Summon a Demon, follows Takuma Sakamoto, a hardcore Cross Reverie an MMORPG game lover.
He plays as the Demon Lord, Diablo on the game which is an extremely powerful character in the game.
One day, he gets transported into the game as the Demon Lord himself! There he is greeted by two girls who used the Enslavement Ritual to make him their slave.
But it so happens that the two become his slaves instead and now want him really bad.
Fun, eh? This title, which is an adaptation of a light novel that sold more than 1 million copies in 2018.
And according to Crunchyroll, this was the 7th most viewed anime in 2019.
41. Mahou Sensei Negima!
If you know the pain of learning that the teacher you’re crushing on is getting replaced, then this is the perfect title for you!
Negi Springfield is a 10-year-old wizard in training. He has just one task left to complete in order to become the Master Wizard.
He gets the odd task of becoming a maths teacher and ends up receiving hate from a student.
Asuna harbors deep feelings for her teacher is enraged to see Negi there. Negi and Asuna must now learn to give in to their differences and get along.
The story originates from a manga and has 13 OVA’s, a 26 episodic anime series, a film, and also a live-action television series!
Dove Sono le signore?! When the protagonist of Campione! Kusanagi Goudou must travel to Sardinia to return an ancient tablet.
He encounters a vicious sword-mistress, Erica. There he encounters the god of war, Verethragna, who he ends up defeating.
Thus, making him the Campione or a god slayer. Now becoming one, he attracts almost every woman in Sardinia getting him into difficult situations.
But Goudou is enjoying it and makes out with almost every girl he brings along to fight a god.
Yeah, that took a really sharp turn. Overall, the show is the right amount of perverted and has action that keeps you hooked.
39. To Love Ru
Japanese folks love their puns! To Love Ru is a pun of the English word ‘trouble’ or ‘toraburu’ and the Japanese word ‘rabu’ meaning ‘love’.
In this tale of unrequited, Yuuki Rito has a massive crush on his schoolmate Haruna.
But he cannot confess his love to her. One day, after another failed attempt at impressing Haruna, he comes home to find a naked girl in the bathtub, Lala.
Lala is from the planet of Deviluke. To avoid getting married to someone from her planet, she forcibly chooses Yuuki to become her husband in order to remain on earth.
This title hasn’t remained far away from controversy but has received some critical reviews as well.
The manga and series don’t shy away from being heavily sexualized and display the female body quite intricately.
The main plot of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san surrounds the main character Nyaruko. A Lovecraftian (Nyarlathotep) formless deity of chaos, who takes the form of a cute silver-haired girl.
Mahiro, our hero is saved by Nyaruko from the evil forces out to get him.
With Lovecraft’s characters invading Japan, Nyaruko must save Mahiro and the people from these alien species.
Yes, there are Aliens references throughout the series. It does have rave reviews but it’s a comedy harem anime in the end, and it sure is a fun one!
The characters are likable and it caters to the fans who genuinely look forward to watching a good harem story.
37. Monster Musume
Monsters are real. And they want to date us! Monster Musume no Iru Nichijo or Everyday Life with Monster Girls.
Based on the manga of the same name, the story revolves around Kimihito Kurusu. His life turns upside down when he becomes a test subject to marry a liminal (alien species) who is a part of the Interspecies Cultural Exchange program.
As of 2013, 2.3 million print copies been have sold in Japan. The story is better than what it seems to be and just like any good harem anime, it just the right amount of perverted.
A sweet tale of Kazuya Kagami, finding his late mother’s obi turning into a kimono-wearing girl, Kiriha.
She is a Tsukumogami or a ‘tsugomomo’, an object that thrives of years of attachment by its owners.
Kazuya does not seem to remember ever meeting Kiriha, when she says, ‘Long Time No See.’ What’s unique about this story is that the enemies are interesting and show Kazuya’s innermost desires.
Tsugumomo is a very nuanced anime series that does have a great cast and has some fun harem/ecchi moments as well.
One of the top-selling manga from 2009, Sekirei is a harem comedy action series.
In a world where humans and genetically modified creatures co-exist. Minato has failed his college entrance exams twice now.
But his life turns around when a girl, Musubi, literally falls right out of the sky on top of him.
Minato is an Ashikabi who has the ability to make a contract with Musubi who is a Sekirei.
Now ensues a battle royale of all Sekirei partners, which isn’t all fun and games.
If you don’t mind heavy bosoms in every frame of an anime, then this title shouldn’t be a problem for you.
34. Strike the Blood
A popular harem title, Strike the Blood is a fantasy action harem series. On the man-made island of Itogami, creatures and monsters thrive.
Kojo is a Fourth Progenitor, a vampire who could end the civilization on the island.
Yukina, a neotype Sword Shaman together along with many other female warriors, get attracted to Kojo.
Increasing his libido and thus making him stronger. The series is highly entertaining, the character designs especially the female ones are highly praised.
Making ‘Strike the Blood’ a great combination of action and harem genres.
33. When Supernatural Battle Became a Commonplace
At this point in the list, you may have understood that the whole purpose of harem anime is to eliminate any sort of common sense and focus purely on the entertainment factor.
So is When Supernatural Battle Became a Commonplace such a title as well. What segregates this title from the rest of HRM plots is that it uses romance to highlight friendships rather than making it a sleaze-fest.
A group of girls and one boy mysteriously receive superpowers and together they explore their newfound powers along with saving their loved ones.
The battles are epic, great character designs, and a really well-thought-out plot. If you want an anime where you’re not getting any kind of fanservice, then this is the one!
32. Trinity Seven
Arata Kasuga saves his town from an unknown danger by using a magical grimoire given by his cousin and his best friend.
We follow Arata on his quest to uncover these strange occurrences in his town and get himself enrolled into Royal Biblia Academy.
There along with six female magicians, he sets out to learn about the grimoire given to him and also possibly help find his best friend whom he lost in the process.
It has tons of fanservice, tons of action. It doesn’t fall in your usual HRM category but the series is exciting and doesn’t fail to impress.
31. Lord Marksman and Vanadis
Ah, a story completely set in a fictional medieval world, where the main character doesn’t get transported to!
Lord Marksman and Vanadis explores the story of the Vanadis or War Maidens as they are known.
A powerful war maiden by the name of Elen invades the rival country of Brune.
A strong archer known as Tigre gets his entire army decimated at her hands. however, she lets Tigre go on one condition, ‘to become hers’!
As much as this doesn’t even come close to sounding like an HRM title, it actually has a lot of ecchi and fanservice going on.
30. Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi
This Slice of Life title is definitely going to hit you right in the feels, Aoi and Kaoru meet after what seems like ages.
The two lived restricted lives with their folks. But now as adults, they were thriving in their freedom.
Aoi dressed in a kimono and alone in a deserted train station. Kaoru surprisingly fails to recognize her when he steps forward to guide her back home.
Surprised to see his long-lost fiancé, we begin to live their daily lives along with the two.
It’s a beautiful story of two lovers that may have a lot of fan service going on but surely depicts a reality within it as well.
29. Invaders of The Rokujouma!?
Turning the tables on one of your worst nightmares, finding spirits in your dorm room.
Kotaro wants to live an independent life now that he’s in high school. He chooses room no. 106 at the Corona House since it was affordable.
To make things difficult for him, there are spirits of supernatural girls who want to occupy the room as well.
Now all the girls and Kotaro must lead the rest of the semester together as no one backs down to leave the room.
All the characters are extremely loveable and arguably have great character development and most of all, a beautiful plot!
This doesn’t completely focus on the fanservice aspect but the relationships and plot twists are explored wonderfully!
28. Nyan Koi!
NEVER! Make a cat angry! NEVER! Junpei has an allergy towards cats and tries to keep away from everything including cat lovers.
Sadly, his crush is a cat lover too. One day, he accidentally breaks the head of a cat deity and is cursed.
He can now understand a cat’s speech. Junpei must complete 100 tasks in order to please the cats enough to lift the spell.
But will his allergy come in the way? This Fall 2009 release is enjoyable and really funny.
27. Date A Live!
Another fun series set in the distant future. A world where space invaders constantly attack the world.
This invasion creates space quakes causing thousands to die. But there is a man with a plan, Sidou Itsuka.
Sidou will date all the lovely invaders in order to stop them from attacking the planet and hopefully end the invasions once and for all.
As hilarious as that sounds, it actually is action-packed, huge amounts of fan service are served up, and is very entertaining to watch!
26. Henneko: The Hentai Prince and The Stony Cat
Youto Yokodera has always wanted people to think of him as a convoluted guy. Particularly as a pervert.
But instead, people take all his perverted actions as good intentions. Infuriating him further. Until he finds a cat statue that can grant wishes.
Now he can make his ambitions come to life, but the statue instead takes his trait and gives it to some random person.
Youto doesn’t know who that is and he must help keep his life and the lives of others intact due to his stupid wishes!
Does he succeed? You have to watch it to find out!
25. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in A Dungeon?
Originating from the light novel, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in A Dungeon? is a fantasy harem anime.
Set in the fantastical city of Orario, we follow the story of a 14-year-old boy named Bell Cranel.
He is a solo traveler under the goddess of Hestia. He was once saved by Ais Wallenstein, a swordsman he looks up to.
Being the only member of the Hestia Familia, he works tirelessly to make ends meet.
But what he isn’t’ aware of is that he has many female gods, mortals, and deities including Hestia falling for him.
He simply continues with his journey facing newer perils with each step. The series has a light novel, a manga, an anime series, and a video game as well!
Clearly, it is a very popular title in Japan!
24. Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends
A comedy of oddballs, Haganai explores the story of Kodaka Hasegawa and Yozora Mikazuki. Kodaka transfers to a new school and hopes to have a fresh start there.
But due to his appearance, he gets touted as the ignorant and intimidating one. Yozora on the other hand too doesn’t have any friends of her own.
The two then start a club, Neighbour’s Club. A place for the ‘outcasts’ to find like-minded people and make friends!
It’s a nice light watch and a definite rib-tickler.
23. My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering With My School Romantic Comedy
Kanade Amakusa is a high school boy living with a curse, known as the ‘Absolute Choices’.
At any point in time, he is presented with an array of options to choose from that determine his actions in real life.
It ranges from being rude to being a pervert and they’re hindering his daily life.
One day, a young girl, Chocolat, falls from the sky and Kanade discovers that she has been sent by God to help him rid himself of this curse.
If manages to complete the mission with the help of Chocolat then he will manage to lead a peaceful life.
But if he fails he is stuck making choices his whole life. That sounds really difficult, doesn’t it?
22. Outbreak Company
Shinichi Kanou is your run-of-the-mill otaku. An introvert but is knowledgeable about everything anime and manga.
One day he awakens in a fantasy world, the Eldant Empire. Unable to understand how he reached here, he sees creatures, elves, and other magical beings that he’s only heard of in folklore.
No sooner that he learns he has been assigned a task by the Japanese government.
He has to spread otaku culture in this land and is promised great support from them as well.
Lucky for him, he gets some assistants as well and they’re all girls!
21. We Never Learn!
In order to complete his education, Nariyuki must tutor the geniuses of the school in their weakest subjects.
Three girls, all excel in some subjects while are absolutely terrible in the other. Nariyuki must teach them and also try to manage their advances towards him in order to get a scholarship.
Imagine having to teach while you’re actually learning the topics yourself! The fanservice and the comedy make this series a fun watch.
When life gives you lemons you make the custard. That’s essentially the gist of the series.
Messing with nature? You’re definitely going to get slapped in the face for that! Jin ends up carving a statue from a sacred tree trunk.
Much to his surprise as he begins to take it back home, it begins to absorb the atmosphere around it and turns into a girl!
A beautiful girl ends up unleashing his wrath on him for carving up the tree and she begins to thrash Jin.
A few hours of brainless comedy and storytelling does the mind good sometimes.
19. Heaven’s Lost Property
The name says it all. Tomoki Sakurai has wanted to live a peaceful life away from things that make him sad.
He keeps having these weird dreams of an angel who wakes him in tears. With the help of his friend a weird sky lunatic.
They come to the conclusion that he is connected to an anomaly known as the New World.
When Tomoki gets to attend a meeting at the New World Club. A beautiful girl suddenly drops out of the sky and into Tomoki’s arms and starts calling him master.
Now face to face with the angel, how to should he lead his life peacefully now?
Heaven’s Lost Property has some great touching scenes and a ton of comedy. Another light watch to add to your list!
18. High School DXD
Isse Hyoudou leads a very boring life. His aim in life is to have a harem of his own and he cannot stop ogling at other women.
But cannot approach them either. When a beautiful girl takes him on a date and kills him, he finds out that she was in fact a fallen angel.
But then, Rias Gremory comes to his rescue and gives him a second chance at life.
Rias makes him a part of the Occult Research Club, thus making Isse’s wishes come true!
Over the course of time, Isse too becomes strong enough to protect Rias. High School DXD is a very popular anime with a great plot.
Amatsuyu has a date with two different girls over the weekend, Cosmos and Himawari. Sadly, both the girls confess their love for his best friend Taiyou, a popular baseball team player.
But Amatsuyu has a plan up his sleeve. He wants Taiyou to fall into his trap of guiding both the girls to him and while he chooses one girl the other will become Amatsuyu’s grand prize.
To foil his plans is Pansy, a girl who knows his deepest darkest desires. So, how does Amatsuyu fulfill his plans?
Oresuki is a comedy of errors and very entertaining to watch.
16. Tenchi Muyo!
Tenchi Muyo! surrounds the life of a 17-year-old, Tenchi Masaki living in rural Japan. When a pirate spaceship lands at his grandfather’s temple, the Galaxy Police come along with them as well.
To add to the mix, Tenchi gets stuck in the mess between the two. Six women try to adapt to their new life along with the help of Tenchi.
But nothing seems to work out for him. Tenchi Muyo! is considered to catapult the harem genre.
This is an absolute MUST WATCH! It has comedy, fanservice, and amazing characters to complement the story.
15. Martian Successor Nadesico
This one is an ‘anime-caption. Akito Tenkawa was a resident of Mars’ Utopia colony. However, the colony gets attacked by alien invaders known as Jovian Lizards.
Akito manages to escape from the invasion and lands on earth. He has no memory of how he got there, but he knows one thing.
He just wants to be a chef! Akito hates fighting and gets called to pilot the Nergal-designed space battleship called, ND-001 Nadesico.
Onboard the ship, Akito becomes the center of attraction of all the ladies including the vessel’s captain.
But all Akito wants to do is cook and watch his favorite anime, Gekiganger III.
Neon Genesis but harem and some added comedy. And an anime inside an anime! It has sci-fi, action, and pretty much everything an anime would want from a light watch title!
14. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
A light novel lover, Tomoya Aki wants to create a visual novel computer game. During his spring vacation, he meets a beautiful girl who turns out to be his unnoticed classmate, Megumi.
Now head over heels for her, he decides to gather a group of girls who will help him create the game.
Keeping Megumi as the lead character. Ultimately ending up in a romantic comedy soup. The reviews are a mixed bag, some enjoyed the nonsensical comedy while some just couldn’t pull through all the hijinkery going on.
13. Hayate the Combat Butler
Hayate has to become the breadwinner of his house at the ripe age of 16 due to his irresponsible parents.
He bumps into Nagi Sanzenin, a 13-year-old heir to the Sanzenin estate. After he ends up saving her from kidnappers, Nagi ends up falling in love with Hayate.
And she decides to hire him as her butler. Now his life has taken a complete turn, he must tend to the huge mansion, his employer, and fend off all the women falling for him!
Hayate The Combat Butler, has fun HRM comedy and some pretty cool character designs that make the viewing experience amazing and exciting!
Nisekoi or ‘False Love’ is one of the most popular romantic comedy anime series in recent times.
Raku is the son of a Yakuza gangster while Chitoge is the daughter of the rival gangster. Raku has a unique locket around his neck. It was given to him by his childhood crush whom he made a promise pact.
Now as a teen, he cannot seem to recollect who this girl was. But he secretly hopes it’s Kosaki, his current love interest.
But the gang leaders have different plans, they want to settle their feud. And the only way to do it is by bringing their children together.
Raku must now pretend to be all lovey-dovey with Chitoge while also trying to find the love of his life amongst all the girls lusting after him. It’s a fun light watch that any anime fan could enjoy!
11. Yamada-Kun And the Seven Witches
Ryuu Yamada-Kun wants to put his past behind him and lead a productive life at Suzaku High. Bored in his second year, Yamada becomes the lazy lout that he so did not want to be.
On his way back from yet another Principal’s office visit, he meets the beautiful, Urara Shiraishi.
Yamada-Kun and Urara accidently tumble down the stairs and end up kissing! This results in the two of them BODYSWAPPING!
According to Suzaku High’s legend, they say that there were seven witches whose powers were activated with a kiss!
Oddly enough, these girls don’t even know they’re witches and have supernatural powers.
Yamada-Kun and Urara have to find the identities of all the seven witches.
The manga has sold a whopping 3.85 million copies in Japan! This is a fun title, that has its quirks, has a mix of ecchi elements and twists and turns to keep you hooked!
10. The Quintessential Quintuplets
Futaro recently lost his mother and his father has a lot of debt on his head.
An opportunity comes knocking when a rich family hires Futaro as a highly paid tutor.
The only problem is, he has quintuplet sisters to teach, each having a different personality!
At first, the girls were a little skeptical but eventually, things get a little too hot for Futaro to handle.
As of April 2021, The Quintessential Quintuplets has sold 15 million copies in total! The fans love the romantic comedy the girls share with the main character.
The series is also loved by critics and has been nominated for many award shows and even won the Best Shonen Manga at the Kodansha Manga Awards!
9. Kyo Kara Maoh!
Yuri Shibuya is the average teenager, trying to make sense of life. He becomes the target of a group of bullies who punish him by shoving his head down the toilet.
There, he sees a portal that sucks him into a medieval world. The people stunned at first, believe that he is the next in line to become the Demon King due to his appearance.
After his duel with another demon from the unknown realm, Yuri realizes that he is in fact a demon king and aims to bring peace amongst the humans and the demons.
Now, this isn’t your usual HRM category, since Yuri being a boy is surrounded by boys.
But, the news on the internet is that the girls seem to love this anime more than the guys.
Mostly because all the male characters are so adorable! This can be a debatable title but also a must-watch!
8. The World God Only Knows
Taking the meaning of courage to ask your crush out to a new level, The World God Only Knows follows the story of Otamega Keima.
He may be the God of Conquest and winning hearts of 2-D girls in gal games.
But in real life, Keima is a shy and introverted boy who gets bullied for being a useless old chap.
But his true test comes when he has been given the task of helping a demon from hell named, Elsie.
She must retrieve all the runaway spirits who escaped hell to inhabit the human world.
Keima must help Elsie by doing what he dreads the most, interacting with actual 3-D girls!
This anime has some serious ratings and is super fun to watch!
7. The Eden of Grisaia
Adapted from the Moe Game Awards’ Grand Prize-winning visual novel, The Fruit of Grisaia, the anime series arrived in 2014.
The Eden of Grisaia continues from the previous installment, The Labyrinth of Grisaia. Yuuji has led a difficult life and is now getting used to it.
He gets arrested for suspicion of terrorism by Ichigaya. Having visual proof of him committing the crime, Ichigaya in actuality knows that he is innocent.
But they have their own plans for Yuuji. To his rescue are the Mihama Academy girls who will protect Yuuji at all costs and not let him become a political ploy.
6. Love Hina
This, Spring 2000 release, Love Hina surrounds Keitaro Urashima and his newly attained all-female apartment hotel.
Keitaro as a child made a promise to a girl that he would attend the University of Tokyo with her.
But now as a teen, he cannot remember her name anymore and he has even failed the entrance exams.
His parents are unwilling to help him anymore. He turns to his beloved grandmother, who is the owner of the hotel.
She has now turned the hotel into a female-only apartment and has entrusted the keys to Keitaro’s name.
He must now focus on managing the apartment affairs and also study for the entrance exams in order to fulfill his childhood dream.
The series is much loved and has received nothing but praise. Its manga copies and DVDs have sold millions of copies in Japan alone and are also loved by critics.
5. Ranma ½
Some consider Ranma ½ as one of the first harems, while some consider Tenchi Muyo!
The debate is endless. This 1989 release follows the story of a boy turned into a girl, Ranma Saotome.
Ranma has been training in martial arts since his childhood. During an accident in training, he gets cursed that turns into a girl.
Throughout the series, we see him struggle to find his gender back as he is due to get engaged soon.
Along with his sister, Akane is also a skilled martial artist and is known for hating men.
We now follow the rib-tickling journey of the two as they find newer enemies, love interests, and a cure to help him turn into a boy again.
It is one of the best comedy action titles to have been released back then and is still enjoyed by many fans alike.
Ranma has been a highly rated show on numerous occasions throughout the years. This is a definite must-watch for any anime fan!
An adult visual novel series developed by KEY that was released in 1999, Kanon was known for its erotic and moe content.
Aizawa Yuichi would visit his cousin in the city side very often, he spent most of his life there lavishing and enjoying the city life.
But something really drastic happens and he cannot visit the city anymore. After 7 years, Aizawa returns with no memories of the city whatsoever.
Yet there are several girls whom he encounters that are linked to his past. Kanon reached at #2 in ranking for the best bishojo games released for Windows in 1999.
Some claim that Kanon is the best moe-centric anime to date. Many even compare it with Clannad, given that the character design and mood of the story are pretty similar.
3. Clannad Series
Another series based on the visual novel developed by KEY that was released in 2004. Clannad is touted as one of the saddest anime ever!
Tomoya and his friend Youhei decide to skip school and spend their days wasting time away.
One day Tomoya encounters an anxious Nagisa, who has been held back a year since she was ill.
Now Tomoya spends time with Nagisa and the girls to learn more about their problems.
He decides to help them out by reviving their high school experience by joining the school drama club.
The series is nothing short of a classic harem anime, it is a heartbreaking, tragic, compelling story and one of the most cherished anime to exist.
2. Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club is a popular shoujo and reverses harem title. It is considered as a parody of the otaku culture, primarily cross-dressing.
Haruhi Fujioka receives a scholarship to one of the most prestigious school’s which caters to students of high pedigree only.
When she accidentally walks into the Host Club’s room, she accidently ends up breaking an 8-million-yen vase infuriating the members of the club.
Using her masculine features as an added bonus, Haruhi is now indebted to become a host of an all-male club and gets introduced to the world of luxury.
Ouran High School Host Club is filled with laughter, emotions, and romance. And some really cute boys to add to that.
There is an anime series, a visual novel, and even a live-action film and tv series!
1. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
And topping our 2021 HRM list is, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation! Mushoku Tensei is a popular harem anime that delves into topics such as reincarnation and immortality.
We follow the life of an unnamed and unlucky Japanese NEET boy who has been evicted from his home following his parents’ death.
He manages to save the life of one teenager who was about to get hit by a speeding truck.
But the NEET boy ends up losing his life. He then opens his eyes as a newborn baby with his memories retained in a different world where magic and swords exist.
He leaves his past behind and takes this new opportunity to become strong and lead a meaningful life.
Named Rudeus Greyrat, he becomes a highly skilled magician and also is extremely popular with the girls.
The series has received a bit of backlash, especially in China since it depicts “immortality” and sexual innuendos that just don’t fit their system of life.
Studio Bind has managed to do justice to the manga series and the Japanese fans seem to really enjoy the storyline.
Both manga and anime! The series released in 2021 with 2 seasons. The second season is ongoing.