Harem Genre / Anime and Manga

Anime and Manga within the Harem Genre.

See Harem Genre and Japanese Media Tropes for tropes commonly used within these works.
  • Ah! My Goddess can be considered a precursor to the harem genre, even predating Tenchi Muyo!. It involves lovable loser Keiichi Morisato dialing a wrong number and accidentally calling a goddess to his apartment. Thinking it's a joke, he wishes for her to stay with him forever (not that he's averse to that). Over time, Belldandy's sisters Urd and Skuld move in, too, with other female characters joining in at various points. That said, while several of the other women tease Keiichi at times, he only has eyes for Belldandy.
  • Ai Kora (from the creator of Midori Days) plays with this: Hachibe Maeda, a guy with very particular tastes in women definitely wants the harem so long as they have exactly one of the attributes he's looking for in a girl: Tsubame-sensei, the Harem Nanny, has long, streamlined legs; Sakurako, the Tsundere, has big, blue eyes; Yukari, the Meganekko, has big, perky breasts like a bullet train; and Kirino, the Little Miss Snarker, has a husky voice. Later we meet Ayame, the Ojou, who has Maeda's ideal waist. This is taken to the extreme with Haiji, who has the ideal ass but is a guy. And a bisexual, no less.
  • Ai Yori Aoshi. In a surprising twist, the first girl has already won, long before anyone else gets a shot thanks to a Childhood Marriage Promise which she and Kaoru have kept for nearly two decades. The other haremettes are kept from becoming Pretty Freeloaders with help from Harem Nanny Miyabi, as they're called on to do housework whenever Aoi is unable to perform. Miyabi-san takes her job very seriously.
  • Ah My Buddha.
  • Angel Tales features a harem of Magical Girlfriends.
  • Nadja Applefield (or better said, Nadja Preminger), from Ashita no Nadja is another of the female examples, having one of these (with four pre-teen boys and three guys in their mid-to-late teens) when she's just thirteen.
  • Boku wa Kisu de Uso wo Tsuku.
  • Spiritual Successor Brynhildr in the Darkness is a better example than Elfen Lied. Like in Kohta's case, a lot more girls are living in Ryouta's club house, since they are all refugees from Vingulf, a laboratory that creates Magicians. At least three of them have fallen in love with him, with Kuroha turning out to be his Childhood Friend Kuroneko, who was believed to be dead, is the one he truly loves, but several incidents force them to be Star-Crossed Lovers. The only girls who aren't in love with him are Kana and Kotori. Meta-wise, Die for Our Ship is avoided by the fans, since death is very possible in this series, as Kotori dies in the climax of the first part of the series, and Nanami died before even joining the main cast.
  • Cat Planet Cuties.
  • A Certain Magical Index rapidly turns into this, courtesy of its Oblivious to Love Chick Magnet Nice Guy hero, Kamijou Touma. It also attempts an explanation for why this trope occurs. Thanks to Touma's Imagine Breaker negating all supernatural effects which contact him he is immune to the red string of fate, meaning no one woman can be his soulmate.
  • Chivalry of a Failed Knight: Completely averted. At the beginning it seems that this will be your typical harem series, seeing how the Light Novel seems to be playing the tropes straight, but by the end of volume 1 (chapter 10 in the Manga and episode 4 of the Anime) both protagonists Ikki Kurogane and Stella Vermillion become an Official Couple. The series also subverts many common tropes from harem series, where the main protagonists solve their differences rather quickly without pading the drama, instead focusing on progressing the romantic relationship.
  • Classi 9 is a reverse harem manga starring a glamourized version of teenage classical Europeans musicians as the harem and the female version of the Japanese composer Taki Rentarou having to crossdress to stay in their elite One-Gender School as the lead.
  • Code Geass: It seems like everyone in the series is in love with Lelouch(who wouldn't be?). In the first season, Lelouch/Zero accumulates a rather large group of both genders who have feelings for him, including Kallen, Shirley, Euphemia, Kaguya, Suzaku, and Rolo. He just doesn't do anything about it, since for the most part he's too busy trying to overthrow the government to pursue romance. The second season seems to poke fun at this; as a result of his Ninja Maid running around in a Lelouch disguise and being generally nicer, Lelouch ends up scheduled to go on dates with no less than 108 girls. And there's Kaguya fantasizing about polyamory
    • This was parodied in one of the first season's audio dramas where Shirley considers asking him to go to a concert with her and imagines him revealing that he was in love with and getting married to Kallen, Nunnally, Suzaku, Milly, Rivalz, and even Arthur the cat in that order. At the end they all decide to share him and invite Shirley in on the action. Note that Nina was not in the fantasy and it was set only hours before the Table-Kun incident.
  • Da Capo and its sequel.
  • Daily Life with Monster Girl adds a twist to this genre by making all the females some variation of a monster girl. So far there's a Lamia, Centaur, Harpy, a Slime girl, a mermaid, an Arachne, and a Dullahan.
  • DearS.
  • In Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, Kazuki Yotsuga accumulates a harem made up of the Alpha Bitch, an alien Robot Girl, a sleepwalking ditz with a split personality who is also the daughter of the enemy leader (and the analogue of the Libby from a parallel universe), and an ex-Ace robot pilot who is also his homeroom teacher. In a clever subversion, the girls compete by cooking for him, rather than by blowing up things.
  • Elfen Lied uses the window dressing of the genre, with several strange girls inviting themselves to live at an Ordinary University Student's house and Hilarity Ensuing, but this is essentially a side story. The real story is high drama about the Dark Magical Girl Of Mass Destruction female lead, not a Romantic Comedy about her Unlucky Everydude love interest. Also unlike other harem series, Kohta has only two actual love interests (female lead Lucy/Nyu and his cousin Yuka). The other girls living with him aren't really that into him; Mayu Does Not Like Men (except Bando), Nana has an Electra Complex, and Nozomi developing feelings for Kohta is only mentioned once, but this is never picked up.
  • El Hazard: The Alternative World. The original El-Hazard series had a few characters somewhat interested in the male lead, but it was tapped for occasional fanservice and comedy rather than being the focus. However, the third OVA dove straight into this genre by having three girls fight over the (taken) main character in every episode. This is one of the reasons that it's seen as inferior to the first two.
  • Final Approach.
  • The genre is taken to it's logical conclusion in Fukumaden by Cool-Kyou Shinsha. A bunch of girls wait around for their turn to have sex with the hero (who is such a non entity that he never appears on screen) and make small talk. Bonus points for taking place in a literal harem.
  • Gender-inverted with Fushigi Yugi and its protagonist Miaka, with the added bonus of some minor overlap with a traditional Royal Harem.
  • Girls Bravo centers around Yukinari, who suffers from an allergic reaction to girls after being bullied by them for years. Enter Miharu: a strange girl from another planet, who falls in love with him at first sight and is the only one who doesn't trigger his allergy. There's two other girls for her to compete with… except not really.
  • Gou-dere Bishoujo Nagihara Sora An Affectionate Parody of the genre where a manga character comes to the real world and declares that the protagonist should Take Over the World. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Tai.
  • The Haruhi Suzumiya anime/novels. An alien, an ESPer, a time traveller, and an unknowing goddess. Remember, this is a show that sinks its meathooks into any trope it can find and folds and spindles it to shreds…
  • Hayate the Combat Butler, a strange combination of the guy being even more clueless than usual and the girls mostly being knowledgeable about and completely alright with competing for his affection between them. Several of them actually work very hard to get one of the other girls to win!
  • Tomoki Sakurai from Heaven's Lost Property has a harem consisting of Ikaros (who still hasn't quite realised it), Nymph, Sohara, Hiyori, and possibly Astraea. However, he's way too busy thinking of perverted schemes and being a pervert to actually notice. Only Hiyori has confessed to him, and he's even stunned upon receiving her confession.
  • High School D×D with the added twist that every girl in the harem is willing to share, but they're competing to see who's first place.
  • According to a non-canon pre-anime Drama CD, this happens in Higurashi: When They Cry. After Keiichi goes even more bishonen than he already is, it's shown that Rena, Mion, Rika and Satoko all like him.
    • There is also a Kira episode that's a better example, with Shion, Rena, and Mion all out for Keiichi.
  • Infinite Stratos somewhat induces this by necessity: There's the eponymous Powered Armor that only girls can use, but for some reason, one guy is able to use it as well. He gets plunked in to a dedicated all-girls school to learn how to use the same.
  • Iono the Fanatics, a Girls Love harem series featuring a horny queen on a quest to make her thousand-strong harem even larger.
  • Isuca: Shinchirou Asano winds up in an Innocent Cohabitation with four girls that he literally owns thanks to I Know Your True Name. Unfortunately for him, one of those four girls is a Shana Clone. Hijinks ensue.
  • Kämpfer: Here the main guy turns into a girl thanks to a magical MacGuffin. Who's probably hotter than the rest of the main girls. Problem is that the girl he loves is 100% lesbian and the Big Bad of the series.
  • Can't forget the lesbian Love Triangle in Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl from which Hazumu has to choose either Yasuna or Tomari. In addition to that loads of other characters be they guys, girls, aliens, or family members all have a thing for Hazumu.
  • La Corda D'Oro which has five boys interested in one girl.
  • Kiss Him, Not Me has a male harem with the added twist that the focus of it (Kae) is a Yaoi Fangirl and would rather have her harem start dating each other, but continue being friends with her.
  • Komorichan Wa Yaruki O Dase, about a teen boy living in an apartment with a little girl who sometimes won't even eat by herself, a neighbor girl, and a land lady with a "Mystery career"
  • Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
  • The main character of Love Hina, Keitaro, is living in an all-girls inn and by the end of the series he had attracted a Tsundere, a Shrinking Violet, a Genki Girl/Wrench Wench/Princess, a Hard-Drinking Party Girl, a Kid Samurai, a Cloud Cuckoo Lander/Unlucky Childhood Friend, his adopted sister, and a Bratty Half-Pint… maybe. In an unusual twist, they suggest he Marry Them All but he refuses and marries his Victorious Childhood Friend, Naru.
  • Maburaho
  • Maga Tsuki.
  • Magician's Academy, which features both the Unwanted Harem and a Harem Seeker.
  • Magikano has a harem of Cute Witches.
  • Mahoromatic, with Mahoro as the obvious winner and catalyst for the harem situation. Other competitors are the Triomatic (Rin, Miyuki, and Chizuko) and the very disturbing Ms. Shikijo.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!, being created by the author of Love Hina, started with this genre at first, involving a 10-year-old Child Prodigy and his all-female class of 31 girls. Then it took a massive Genre Shift midway into the second major arc, but reverted back (sort of) to this genre in the closing chapters.
  • The anime of Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! is a typical example, but the original Visual Novel isn't, as no more than two of them are really interested in Yamato at almost any given time, with one them always being Miyako.
  • Maken-ki!: Takeru enrolls at Tenbi Academy, a former All Girl School that's recently turned co-ed. On his first day there, he reunites with his childhood friend, Haruko, and meets a strange girl named Inaho, who claims she's his fiancee. Plus, the school's resident twin-tailed tsundere seems to have it in for him. And by the end of the day, they've all been assigned to share the same hostel. You get the idea.
  • Maou no Hajimekata offers a somewhat dark take on the genre, the resident Villain Protagonist Aur is fond of recruiting many women to his cause, some come willingly as they don’t like humans as well or don’t mind Aur’s misanthropic tirade against them, the good natured women however are met with several doses of brainwashing through sexual assault till they start liking Aur and become fully supportive of his deeds.
  • Midori Days also has harem elements. Seiji has horrible luck with girls until Midori shows up, at which point everyone seems to be after him (in the manga, this includes a guy).
  • Athrun Zala from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny has this. At its height, there are no less than four lovely young ladies vying for his attention in the series. Much wank has followed.
  • My Monster Secret: A downplayed example. While there are three different girls attracted to Asashi, they remain friendly to each other, and the series is almost devoid of fanservice. Instead, the emphasis is more on comedy.
  • Most of the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga out there are high school romantic comedies with Asuka, Rei, and Kaworu lusting after Shinji.
  • Omamori Himari
  • The manga Me And My Brothers, a non-romantic one.
  • Oreimo
  • Played with in the manga Otomari Honey, where we see the situation from the perspective of one of the haremettes — she goes to the house of a boy she has a crush on to ask if she can live with him to get away from her own home, only to find that he's already got three other girls with the same story living in his room.
  • Ouran High School Host Club has a male harem for a girl. She was popular with the girls at her own school, but for other reasons.
  • Photon, another Tenchi Spiritual Successor
  • Prétear is a reverse-harem Magical Girl show where bishounen knights are the Transformation Trinkets.
  • Puri Puri (not to be confused with Princess Princess)
  • Ranma ½: Akane is an inverted example while Ranma has two — one as a male and one as a female.
  • Rappi Rangai.
  • Rosario + Vampire. Tsukune falls in love with Moka, who has also a superpowered neutral true side. Other girls fall eventually in love with him, with Yukari routing for a One True Threesome, Ruby having a minor crush in comparison to the other girls, and Kurumu and Mizore also having species problems. Kurumu would literally die if Tsukune rejects her, and Mizore's species is endangered, so she needs to mate with him. Fang-Fang is the Gay Option, who just wants to Tsukune to join his mafia family rather than because of romantical reasons, but Fang-Fang offers him the Marry Them All option, which would make every girl but Moka happy. And Kokoa has no interest in Tsukune at all. To make it more complicated, while Tsukune has only eyes for Moka, there is the Outer Moka-Inner Moka problem, since the girl he first fall in love is Outer Moka, but he has also feelings for Inner Moka, so the best option is that they somehow emerge together. Both Mokas are in love with him, but they also help each other. Even more confusing, it turns out that Outer Moka is a clone of Moka's mother Akasha. However, the personality of the deceased Outer Moka does merge with Inner Moka's.
  • Rune Soldier Louie is mostly an aversion/parody of the harem genre. While Louie does join a travelling party of beautiful women, they think of him as a means to an end, since their group needs a magician. But they do eventually gain a fair amount of respect for him… even though he's inept at magic. And while his friend, Ila, secretly nurses a crush on him, Louie fails to notice it.
  • Saber Marionette J, in which the entire harem is made up of Robot Girls and one guy (on an all-male world, where this would be expected). In its various sequels, the one real girl in the entire world also apparently wants in on the harem.
  • School Days is known for being one of the most brutal deconstructions this trope has ever known, especially in the anime and several endings of the visual novel. It seems like your average harem series at first, where the main character has an Ojou (Kotonoha), a Shorttank (Sekai), an Alpha Bitch who doubles as the Patient Childhood Love Interest (Otome), a Girl Next Door with Anime Hair (Hikari), and the Alpha Bitch's Girl Posse (Natsumi, Kumi and Minami) after him. Makoto, however, has become known as one of the biggest jerks of any male lead in the history of Harem stories, starting off more or less okay but soon beginning to screw any girl he can get and, unlike most of the above anime and mangas, we see the realistic consequences of this situation happening. And then go beyond it.
  • Seitokai no Ichizon. The male lead blatantly announces he is aiming for one to his female cast more than once. He's generally a nice and dependable guy and, in a way, it pays off by the end.
  • Sekirei: The main character gets his harem by "Winging" the girls, meaning as he kisses them, they get wings. He's not the only one, and women are not the only ones who can get winged, but he's the main focus.
  • Shitsurakuen gives us an example. Unusual in that the harem and the one seeking it are both female.
  • SHUFFLE! sets up a contest of sorts for the lead's heart. There's remarkably little hostility between the competitors.
  • A particularly interesting (and unusually non-romantic) variation on this trope can be found in the anime Sister Princess, in which a young man discovers that he has a baker's dozen half-sisters he never knew existed. Having grown up alone except for a few servants, he finds their slavish adoration of their "big brother" somewhat overwhelming, but grows to love and treasure them all.
  • Strawberry 100%: Manaka has a rather large group of different girls after him in Aya, Satsuki, Tsukasa, Kozue, and Yui.
  • Tenchi Muyo!, something of a Trope Codifier and Ur-Example for what modern audiences would recognize as a modern harem.
  • The World God Only Knows is a rare example of the lead character working for his harem, but he's only doing it because he has an Explosive Leash forcing him to. And technically the harem doesn't really exist since the girls are given Laser-Guided Amnesia after the conquest is over. It gets played more straight later on when some of the girls recover their memories, but it isn't the girls who get to fight over him, it's the goddesses they are hosting.
  • The To Love-Ru sequel, To Love Ru Darkness has the rare Harem Seeker… who isn't the male lead. Momo, one of the girls in Rito's Harem, wants to create the harem for him, with her in it, and pretty much every other female he has ever met.
  • After the Drama Bomb, Toradora! settles into this genre.
  • Shin'ichiro of True Tears has three girls pining for him, though unlike most works of this genre, it's never played for laughs.
  • UFO Princess Valkyrie features a harem of magical alien princesses.
  • Umi no Misaki.
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle has Lux accumulating a harem made of the princess he works for, his bureacratically arranged fiance, his childhood friend, the school's top fighter and his servant.
  • Urusei Yatsura shows how this was already a cliche back in the 1980s — Ataru Moroboshi, who is actively trying to assemble a harem, repulses most girls and has to "settle" for the alien princess Lum, who lives in his closet and thinks they're married.
  • World's End Harem: After 4 years in cyostasis to cure him of his terminal disease Reito Mizuhara awakens to see that society as he knew has completely collapsed, during his cold sleep a new virus surfaced and wiped men out of the face of earth, save him and four other males, now the surviving women struggle to maintain what was left of modern society and urges Reito to become their breeding stallion.
  • Vandread.
  • Yumeria has one of superheroines who have to touch the hero in order to power up.
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