Top 10 Best Reverse Harem Anime
In anime, a traditional harem features a male main character having multiple female characters around him (often head-over-heels for him). A reverse harem features a female main character surrounded by multiple male characters. Although this genre is not as popular as the regular HRM genre and only has a few number of titles, it still has its own charm and redeeming qualities that actually makes it very fascinating.
That being said, I’ve tried my best to collect the top 10 best reverse harem anime that are worth the effort to watch. I actually performed a search on the most popular ones, watched them, and noted how entertaining and fascinating they were to me. And this was the result! Hover your eyes through the list, give the series a go, and share what you’ve watched. If you’ve got more titles that you’d want to share to the world, then feel free to add them in the comments.
What Are the Best Reverse Harem Anime TV Series?
- Ouran High School Host Club
- Fruits Basket
- Akatsuki no Yona
- Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)
- Kamigami no Asobi
- Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (The Wallflower)
- Fushigi Yuugi
- Uta no Prince-sama
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If all you want is some mindless reverse HRM anime show, then you’ve got it! Amnesia perfectly fits the bill. The art and visuals are top-notch, which in turn makes the guys seem more realistic and attractive. Yes, the attractive guys are the main draw here because that’s one of the main traits of this genre. As for the story and character development, they’re both borderline mediocre, so I wouldn’t expect much if I were you.
Amnesia follows the story of a young woman who awakes one day to discover that all her memories are gone. She doesn’t remember anything—not her life, her past, or even her own name! The only clues she has to her memories and her past life is a cellphone with unknown numbers and a mysterious young boy named Orion who only she can see.
9. Uta no Prince-sama
Next comes a show that’s made of rainbows and cupcakes…Uta no Prince-sama! This series is very light-hearted, sweet, and comedic. Its main purpose is to make people smile and maybe make them sing along to the tunes in the show as well. The most important thing in this show is all the good-looking guys, which I’m sure many gals will like!
In a performance arts school where everyone is a potential idol, Haruka is working to reach her dreams and be able to become a composer that is good enough to write a masterpiece song and dedicate it to her own idol. It’s not so easy though! Having no formal training at all and not even being able to read music sheets, Haruka has to strive real hard with an unwavering will in order to pursue what her heart truly wants.
Amongst the many reverse HRM anime series out there, Hakuouki is one of the rare ones with actual depth when it comes to the story. Pacing along with other genres such as action, historical, mystery, and supernatural, you’ll find this show pretty amusing and exciting. The male characters aren’t just all about the looks. There is a strong focus on their personalities and attitudes, which makes this series all the more interesting.
Having a doctor as a father who’s involved in some sketchy phenomena surrounding a mysterious drug, Chizuru Yukimura worries that she’ll inevitably lose her father soon enough. And so, since it’s been a while since she had contact with her father who went to Kyoto, she makes the decision of looking for him there. On the way, Chizuru discovers an oni and is attacked. Fortunately, she is saved by the Shinsengumi and takes her along with them. As fate has it, both Chizuru and the Shinsengumi are looking for the same person—the doctor who has answers for the the oni drug.
7. Fushigi Yuugi
Just so you know, Fushigi Yuugi is a pretty old anime (a classic anime from the 90s). But being ancient doesn’t mean it is lower in quality. Actually, it’s one of the best reverse HRM of its time—perhaps even a pioneer of the genre! And that’s why Fushigi Yuugi is here! Not only is its story very well done and engaging, the show is successful in establishing a long-lasting connection with viewers. As a matter of fact, even today, Fushigi Yuugi still oozes with nostalgia. It easily pops into the mind of many people whenever they hear about the genre of reverse HRM in general.
It was a usual visit to the national library for Miaka and Yui until a strange phenomenon happened! From a strange story book that depicted ancient China, a portal appeared to suck both Miaka and Yui in. In a world resembling ancient China, Miaka and Yui take on the roles of priestesses who are able to summon their respective gods and ask for wishes once they gather their eight celestial warriors. Luckily for Miaka, she got into the hands of good people. As for Yui, misfortunes fell upon her one-by-one, causing her to inevitably loathe her best friend.
6. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (The Wallflower)
HRM is usually based on comedy while reverse HRM is usually based on romance and shoujo. So, as one of the few comedy shows in the reverse HRM genre, I present to you Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge! It’s funny and it’s great! Despite the odd-looking characters (which might seem like an anomaly to some), the entertainment is strong with this one. This anime actually has a strong story, which is perfect for casual viewing.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, also known as The Wallflower, is an anime about four good-looking boys (Ranmaru, Kyouhei, Yukinojo, and Takenaga) tasked to reform Sunako into a lady. As the situation goes, Sunako is an aloof girl who’s slowly becoming the spitting image of Sadako because of her love for horror movies and dark stuff. Now, since Ranmaru, Kyouhei, Yukinojo, and Takenaga are desperate for a free cozy place to live in, they assume the daunting task of averting Sunako from her dark lifestyle and turn her into a proper and sophisticated lady.
5. Kamigami no Asobi
As expected from another reverse HRM anime, Kamigami no Asobi is chock full of attractive characters! And that’s not all—this show is quite good storywise and amusing overall as well. The plot of this series thickens as the viewer goes through it episode by episode. By the end of it all (or perhaps even at the start), fans won’t be able to resist wishing that the characters from this anime were actually real and would just come to reality.
When high school girl Yui Kusanagi gets chosen by Zeus (god and headmaster of Forbidden Academy) to teach the values of humans and love to the other young gods, she is compelled to take on the duty or else she’ll never get to leave the place. Her task is simple. She must teach the young gods about love and the human ways and get them to graduate from Forbidden Academy. The young gods’ graduation means her graduation from the place as well.
4. Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)
Lovely and surreal—that’s how I would describe Kamisama Hajimemashita. Believe it or not, it’s one of the few reverse HRM anime that actually has romance in it that would make you want to squee! And yeah, being in the genre in question, it does have its share of characters that are appropriate for it, but what makes this series good is the lovely romance. The bond between Nanami and Tomoe is pretty amusing and refreshing to watch. It’s like the show’s trying to keep you glued to the screen with how good the character relations are! But most of all, Kamisama Hajimemashita is as charming than any reverse HRM could get.
After becoming totally homeless and poor due to her father’s bad gambling habits, Momozono Nanami ventures out to fend for herself in the cruel outside world. Luckily, she meets and saves a mysterious man from a dog and the man in turn offers her his home. Unknown to Nanami, the home of the man is actually a shrine and the man is actually a god! So then, the god gives her his position and status as local deity where she now has to live as both a human school girl and the spiritual god of the shrine.
3. Akatsuki no Yona
For an anime in the reverse HRM genre, I can assure you that Akatsuki no Yona spectacularly stands out among most of the others. Everything is well-developed in this one—the story, the characters, the animation, the sound, the plot progression, you name it! There’s romance, there’s a bit of comedy, and there’s even action! Words alone wouldn’t be able to describe the hype, so watch this anime. You'll really be in for a surprise!
Princess Yona has lived all her life in luxury and goodwill in her kingdom so far. She has everything she has ever wanted and needed, and a childhood friend who she always had a crush on. One fateful day, on her 16th birthday, everything changes drastically for the worse. The childhood friend who she has always trusted and loved is the very person who’s gonna betray the kingdom and plunge her to despair. Having narrowly escaped the traitorous siege, Princess Yona vows to muster all the power she can, grow up to be strong, and reclaim the kingdom that is rightfully hers.
2. Fruits Basket
As an anime that is older than most on this list, Fruits Basket shows that age doesn’t matter when trying to shine as an anime in its genre. Actually, this show is quite great and very unique on its own. Because of that, it’s also very successful, popular, and renowned. At first, you’ll be entranced by the lighthearted comedy and slice-of-life story. Then you’ll notice that it becomes darker than you would have imagined. All the characters in Fruits Basket are very lovable. The drama is also quite strong! Although the anime isn’t quite complete due to it cutting away from the manga, it’s still one of the best reverse HRM there is!
Homeless and lonely after her mother’s death, Tohru Honda feels all alone in the world living by herself in just a tent with nothing but memories and her optimism. One day, as fate had it, Tohru meets the Sohma family and was asked to live with them in exchange for doing common house chores. But unbeknownst to Tohru, the Sohma family has a big secret. The whole family is cursed by the Zodiac. Whenever a person of the opposite sex hugs them, they transform into their respective zodiac signs! And so, upon discovering the secret, Tohru has to keep mum about the curse if she wants to continue living in the Sohma household and keep her precious memories with them.
1. Ouran High School Host Club
Behold, the king of the reverse HRM genre—Ouran High School Host Club! I know you were expecting this one to come first on this list. It's not surprising because this anime is so perfect for an anime of this genre. For every scene, you’ll basically find yourself laughing and charmed every time! The characters are all very lovable, especially Haruhi despite her being a girl (Well, she actually does make a very good host with wonderful qualities). As far as the anime goes, it’s ginormously enjoyable and pleasant! Fans everywhere are actually ardently wishing for a second season for this series. Let’s just hope that there indeed will be a second season in the future. This show is too good (and one of the best reverse HRM anime) to just be left out!
While Haruhi Fujioka is just a commoner and simple girl, she and her wits have allowed her to study in the grand and prestigious school of Ouran High School. She is different from all the others who are rich and lavish. One day, in an attempt to find a quiet place for her to study in peace, she finds herself stumbling upon the school’s host club—the Ouran High School Host Club. Accidentally shattering a very expensive vase of the club, she now has to work for the club in order to pay her debt. Fortunately, the club discovers that her looks are actually on par with them as boys, so she now has to work for the club as a new host and as a boy of course (keeping her real gender a secret from everyone else).
Underrated Reverse Harem Anime
Here are some additional shows that are decent in their own right but may have flown under the radar. You should check these out if you want to see some more niche anime.
- Magic-kyun! Renaissance
- La Corda d'Oro
- Kiss Him, Not Me
- Brothers Conflict
Recommended Harem Anime
We have to discuss some traditional harem anime on this article. If you are new to the genre, here are some titles that you should consider checking out.
- Ah! My Goddess
- Tenchi Muyo!
- Love Hina
- High School DXD
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Questions & Answers
Uta no Prince-sama implied that there might be a season 5. Will there be a season 5?
There's a big chance that there will be a season 5. I believe that the final episode of the season 4 announced that season 5 was already in the works.Helpful 18