Reverse harem is a genre that has seen increasing popularity over the last few years. The name is a bit of a misnomer because a harem is a harem (it doesn’t specify which gender a harem is made up of), but today, reverse harem has become a genre unto itself with a single female love interest having several male ones vying for her attention.
That is totally beside the point, though. Coming back to this article, even the most hardcore fans of the genre will agree that they haven’t watched most of the anime listed below.
Updated by Brianna Albert on July 29th, 2020: A reverse harem is the opposite of a harem, wherein a harem is directed towards men with women courting the main hero. In a reverse harem, it focuses on a heroine who is being courted by men, usually seven or more. Although harems have broken the mold and sometimes have the genders mixed up without care for it being a girl or a boy, reverse harems garner popularity and have some smash hits all fans know about, such as Uta no☆Prince-Sama♪ and Brother's Conflict.
However, because there is a lot of harem anime out there, some fans may be unaware of more. Here are 15 reverse harem anime that may catch fans' interest.
Norn9 is the anime adaption of an otome game released by Otomate. While it tells the story of an elementary school kid named Sorata Suzuhara who is transported to 1919 and tries to return to his time, the main focus is on the three heroines: Koharu, Mikoto Kuga, and Nanami Shiranui.
The three, as well as all of their love interests, have abilities and are aboard a ship called Norn9. Koharu is a pyromantic, Mikoto can create force fields, and Nanami has the ability to erase a person's memories.
14 Libra of Nil Admirari
What if the Taishou Era did not end when it meant to and continued for two more decades? Libra of Nil Admirari tells the story of a noble girl named Tsugumi Kuze, whose brother took his own life.
To figure out the truth behind his mysterious suicide, she decides to join the Imperial Library Intelligence Asset Management Bureau, where she meets six men who all hold different abilities.
13 Hakouki: Demon Of The Fleeting Blossom
Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom is bloodier and has a more serious tone than most reverse harems. It is based on the Japanese special police force, the Shinsengumi, during 1863, albeit with a supernatural twist. Chizuru Yukimura ventured to Kyoto to find her father but instead was attacked by two men who had demonic-like qualities.
After being saved by a man named Hijikata Toshizou, she is entangled in their battles and rumors of an elixir that turns the men into vampire-like beasts.
12 Damepri Anime Caravan
Ani is a princess of a small nation. She’s been tasked with making the princes of her neighboring countries sign a peace treaty, as well as ensuring that everything goes smoothly. Not surprisingly, nothing goes her way and due to certain incidents occurring, she ends up on her journey along with the other princes.
The story’s main focus is light humor in the beginning, but as the story progresses, viewers get to see more and more fleshed out characteristics and motivations of all the main characters involved. The main heroine deserves a shout-out for being a spunky little spitfire who takes no BS from any of the other princes.
11 La Corda D'oro: Primo Passo
Hino Kahoko’s school has two branches – the Normal Branch where everyone wears boring grey uniforms, and the exciting Music Branch where students wear white uniforms. One day quite by chance, Hino sees a fairy, and because she’s the only student from the Normal Branch who can see the fairy, she’s granted a magic violin.
This helps motivate her with the music competition she’s participating in, and all the other bishies from the Music Branch help her (in their own ways) to ensure she makes a successful musical debut.
10 B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious
B-Pro is anime about an all-boys idol group that has seen its fair share of success before the main heroine is introduced in this anime. We’re never shown much background information on the group, but that is compensated by the amount of character development each of the boys is given in the series.
Every boy has at least one episode dedicated to them, and the anime has a decent pace to it. On the downside, it’s clear from the beginning who the studio favorites are, because those characters get the maximum screen time at the expense of the other boys.
9 Haruka: Beyond The Stream Of Time – A Tale Of The Eight Guardian
Dragged into an alternate dimension where Akane Motomiya has been declared as the Priestess of the Dragon God, she is begged by the residents of that land to save them from the demons that wreck havoc in their lives.
With her best friends Tenma and Shimon by her side, Akane soon finds the support of the eight young men called the Hachiyou, who pledged allegiance to the Priestess long before she entered their realm.
8 Bonjour♪ Sweet Love Patisserie
Becoming a pastry chef is what Sayuri Haruno has always wanted, which is why she goes ahead and joins a confectionary academy. There she meets many boys, each of whom have very unique personalities and reasons for doing what they’re doing.
We have Mitsuki Aoi (the instructor) who is in-charge of everything and is one of the most popular boys at the academy. Then there is the sincere boy (Ryou Kouzuki) who is blessed with amazing pastry making talent, the foreign exchange student (Gilbert Hanafusa) and finally, the bumbling shy boy (Yoshinosuke Suzumi).
7 100 Sleeping Princes And The Kingdom Of Dreams
A girl (whose name is never revealed) finds herself in an alternate reality, where she is a princess. Her duty includes waking up the princes, who are inside their own Royal Rings, sealed as a punishment for trying to go to war with dream-eaters.
The premise is fairly interesting because it foreshadows a girl who helps the bachelors in distress. However, only one prince is saved by her, with the rest of the show soon losing its focus and forgetting what it initially set out to do.
Tsukiko Yahisa’s school recently became co-ed (it was previously an all-boys school). Due to certain circumstances, Tsukiko happens to be the only girl in her school, which obviously makes her nervous. She has her childhood friends to help her out, but along the way she also makes new friends (and love interests)
There are 13 boys in this anime, with each boy representing one of the constellations of the Zodiac signs. Based off an otome game of the same name, this anime is the type that only hardcore reverse harem fans would enjoy.
5 Dance With Devils
The model student young Ritsuka Tachibana was in for a complete shock when her student council declared her to be a nuisance. This council, which is comprised of extremely beautiful boys, question her incessantly and she grows suspicious. After her mother is kidnapped, Ritsuka is soon sucked into a world completely alien to her – full of demons and vampires.
Unlike other vampire reverse harems (hint: Diabolik Lovers) the vamps in Dance With Devils are neither abusive nor overly dismissive of Ritsuka and her needs. What’s more is that the girl herself takes a lot of initiative and refuses to let these supernatural creatures run her life for her.
4 Ludere Deorum
Yui Kusanagi is your average teenage girl, who’s transported to a different world with one very specific mission – to show the gods residing in that realm how it feels to be a human being. The task is more difficult than she anticipated, because while all the gods have unique personalities, they share two traits – being stubborn and very oblivious to the most obvious of things.
Yui has been given 1 year to achieve her mission, failing which she would never be able to return to the human realm.
3 Neo Angelique Abyss
This is an older reverse harem, but if dated animation is not an issue, then fans of the genre can definitely enjoy it. The story focuses on a young girl called Angelique, who lives in a world where monsters are always attacking humans and threatening their very lives.
One day, boys with the power to kill these monsters show up. They start fighting a losing battle, as a result of which hidden powers within Angelique surface, and she becomes an exterminator too!
2 The Story Of Saiunkoku
The Story of Saiunkoku, of Tale of the Kingdom of Colored Clouds, is an anime that is based on a light novel series written
After Shurei is suddenly offered to join the imperial household to become the Emperor's consort and to teach him how to be a ruler, Shurei's entire life is turned upside down. The story features mature themes and also features a strong female protagonist.
1 Cheeky Angel
Cheeky Angel is a unique gem, as it deals with romance and fantasy, as well as action. When Megumi was nine, he bled on a magical book and summoning a genie, he wishes to become a "man's man" but is instead tricked and turned into a woman.
Megumi then enters Furinkan High School so she can turn back into a man, but also attracts the attention of a few men who fall for Megumi's tomboyish attitude.