It’s not fair that men have all the fun and options in harem-themed anime. That’s where the reverse harem genre comes in; it’s usually created exclusively for female audiences. To be honest, these are sometimes more entertaining to watch than traditional harem anime these days, with less pandering to the ecchi-oriented audience. So, here are some of the best harem anime!
10. Kiss Him, Not Me
Kae Serinuma is a sweet anime-obsessed second-year high school student. Her obsession with BL, or Boy’s Love, is a little-known aspect of her personality. Serinuma can’t stop fantasising about her male classmates falling in love with each other. Serinuma, on the other hand, is notorious for being significantly overweight.
Serinuma witnesses the death of her favourite character one day while watching her favourite show. She is so depressed that she is unable to eat or attend school. After a week, she is fully recovered. But she now has an unusual quality about her—during the time she refused to leave her room, she lost a significant amount of weight and has turned out to be stunningly beautiful!
She is now the focus of four boys she has always known at her school, attracting the attention of everyone who sees her. Though they all want to spend time with her, Serinuma would rather they spend it falling in love. Serinuma must deal with four boys who are interested in her BL-obsessed self.
9. Uta no Prince Sama
Haruka Nanami, a young country composer, aspires to write music for her idol, Hayato Ichinose. She enrols in Saotome Academy, a prestigious performing arts vocational school, determined to achieve her goal.
Haruka soon realises that everyone on the staff, including the headmaster, is either an idol, a composer, or a poet. To top it all off, she is surrounded by incredibly talented future idols and composers, and competition among students is fierce; the stakes are extremely high, with the possibility of being recruited by the Shining Agency upon graduation. As she works hard at the academy to achieve her goal, a series of events leads Haruka to a mysterious man standing in the moonlight, who appears to be familiar…
8. Dance with Devils
Ritsuka Tachibana has always been a good student, so when the student council summons her for breaking school rules, she is surprised. The student council, led by Rem Kaginuki and comprised of Urie Sogami, Shiki Natsumezaka, and Mage Nanashiro, attempts to question her, but it quickly becomes clear that they are acting for ulterior motives. However, Ritsuka’s misfortune is only beginning. When her mother is kidnapped, Ritsuka’s life is turned upside down, and she is drawn into a battle for supremacy between vampires and devils. Both groups are on the hunt for the “Grimoire,” a forbidden item that grants its owner the power to rule the world, and Ritsuka is somehow connected to this strange artifact.
The return of Ritsuka’s protective brother Lindo from overseas gives her hope that life will return to normal. But her sibling has his own dark secrets. Ritsuka begins to wonder who she can trust and whether she can ignore her growing attraction to the devilishly attractive members of the student council.
In the future, “The World” will be a peace-making entity. Despite the fact that no one knows where it is, it has been watching over Earth for so long that war has become a myth. The airship Norn’s mission is to deliver nine ability users to The World.
Norn leaves after picking up the last person. Onboard are eight men and three women, including Koharu, who has finally escaped her loneliness and despises her destructive power; Mikoto Kuga, born into a noble family, who uses her barrier skill to protect the Norn and those it carries; and Nanami Shiranui, whose ability only causes pain and who wishes to die for a past sin she committed. When passengers realise there are too many people onboard, they become suspicious.
While they investigate who has snuck aboard, the ship is attacked by an unknown assailant determined to halt the Norn’s progress at any cost. As a result of the chaos, questions arise: why were they given powers, and what must they do once they reach The World?
6. Fruits Basket
Tooru Honda has always been fascinated by the Chinese Zodiac story told to her as a child by her beloved mother. A sudden family tragedy, however, changes her life, and subsequent events leave her completely alone. Tooru is now forced to live in a tent, but she has no idea that her temporary home is on the prestigious Souma family’s private property. After stumbling upon their home, she meets Shigure, an older Souma cousin, and Yuki, the “prince” of her school. Tooru explains that she lives nearby, but the Soumas discover her well-kept secret of being homeless when they see her walking back to her tent one night.
Things are looking up for Tooru now that they have offered to take her in after hearing about her predicament. However, she soon becomes involved in a fight between Yuki and his fiery cousin, Kyou. She discovers, while attempting to stop them, that the Souma family has their own well-kept secret: whenever they are hugged by a member of the opposite sex, they transform into the Chinese Zodiac animals.
As a result of this new revelation, Tooru will discover that living with the Soumas is an unexpected adventure full of laughter and romance.
5. Ouran High School Host Club
Haruhi Fujioka is a bright young lady who has recently started at Ouran Academy. One day, while looking for a quiet and peaceful place to study, she comes across an apparently unused music room. Members of the well-known Host Club greet Haruhi, a club in which attractive boys entertain girls from all over the school. When the club’s founder and president, Tamaki Suou, startles the bright scholarship student, she inadvertently breaks an expensive vase.
With Haruhi’s repayment looking difficult, the Host Club members come up with the perfect solution: work for the club and eventually become a Host herself! Haruhi, who is mistaken for a boy by her peers, is forced to entertain various female students while dealing with her fellow Hosts’ extravagant personalities.
4. Kamisama Kiss
Nanami Momozono, a high school student, has been dealing with a slew of issues lately, beginning with her absentee father being so deeply in debt that they have lost everything. She comes across a man who is downtrodden and homeless and is being harassed by a dog. After assisting him, she explains her situation, and to her surprise, he offers her his home in gratitude. When she discovers that her new home is a dilapidated shrine, she tries to flee but is apprehended by two shrine spirits and a fox familiar named Tomoe. They mistake her for Mikage, the shrine’s land god, whom Nanami rescued. After realising Mikage must have sent her there as a replacement god, Tomoe abruptly leaves, refusing to serve a human.
Nanami devotes herself to her divine responsibilities rather than returning to the streets. But, in order to keep things running smoothly, she’ll need the help of a certain fiery fox. In her haphazard attempt to locate Tomoe, she gets herself into trouble and ends up signing a contract with him. The two must now travel the path of godhood together as god and familiar; however, it will not be easy, as new threats emerge in the form of a youkai who wants to devour the girl, a snake who wants to marry her, and Nanami’s own unexpected feelings for her new familiar.
3. Yona of the Dawn
Kouka’s kingdom is blessed with a beautiful princess whose childlike innocence enchants everyone who meets her. Yona, as she is known, has spent her entire life in the royal palace, safe from any danger. However, all good things must come to an end.
Yona’s idyllic world is shattered when a heinous act of treason threatens to destroy everything she holds dear, including her rightful place as Princess of Kouka. She is forced to flee the palace because she has no one to rely on except her childhood friend and devoted bodyguard Son Hak.
When Yona is faced with the perils of surviving in the wild with a target on her back, she realises that her kingdom is no longer the safe haven it once was.
Yona vows to do everything she can to overcome her naiveté and become strong enough to crush her adversaries. She must piece together the shattered remains of an ancient legend that may hold the key to reclaiming her kingdom from those who plotted to steal it from her, with Hak by her side.
2. Romantic Killer
When gamer Anzu is transported (not literally) to a world full of hot guys, she feels as if she is in a dream… someone else’s fantasy!
Anzu Hoshino, a senior in high school, has a wonderful life. She spends her days playing video games, eating junk food, and petting her adored cat. Her idyllic existence is shattered, however, when a magical creature transports her to an alternate reality devoid of her favourite things. Instead, she’s now stuck with hot guys! How will she survive in such a horrible world?!
To return to her normal life, Anzu must participate in this alternate reality, so she begrudgingly befriends Tsukasa Kazuki. And he happens to be one of the hottest and most popular guys at school, and to make matters worse, she realises that he isn’t even a bad person!
This is one of the best animes airing this season; the main character has a unique personality, and the anime itself is hilarious. It comes highly recommended.
1. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
The majority of people would prefer to be the protagonist of an adventure-filled world, whether in a game or in another. Unfortunately, one young lady is not so fortunate. As she remembers her previous life, she realises she was reborn in the world of Fortune Lover, one of her favourite games.
Unfortunately, the character she was reincarnated into—Catarina Claes—is the game’s main antagonist, and she dies horribly in each ending. She uses her extensive knowledge of the game to break free from the clutches of this cursed fate.
This will be a difficult task, especially because she must be careful not to set off death alarms, which will hasten the impending doom she is attempting to avoid. Nonetheless, she strives to affect change in the lives of those around her as the villain rather than the heroine.
To be honest, I only started watching this anime because it was an isekai, and I didn’t expect it to be any good. I was wrong, nobody likes dense protagonists, except in this anime, where it’s actually my favourite part. The protagonist is ridiculously likable, the side characters have really interesting personalities, and the way the characters interact with one another is really entertaining to watch.
All Roads Lead to Doom in My Next Life as a Villainess! is a hilarious harem that enhances the reputation of the isekai genre and is extremely relaxing to watch.
That concludes the list; let us know in the comments what your favourite anime from this list is.