Top 10 Best Reverse Harem Anime
In anime, if the normal “Harem” is about a male main character having multiple female characters around him (often head-over-heels on him), then the opposite one which is “Reverse Harem” has a female main character surrounded/accompanied 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 which 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 made a search on the most popular ones, watched them, and checked how entertaining and fascinating they were to me. And this was the result! Hover your eyes through the list, give them a go on your screen, 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.
By the way, if you want to see the opposite of Reverse HRM which is regular HRM, then it exists at Top 10 Best Harem Anime.
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 is a perfect example of mindless reverse HRM – purely so! 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 point here because that’s one of the points of a show in this genre. As for the story and character development, they’re both borderline mediocre so I wouldn’t expect much if I were you. This is purely reverse HRM with the aim of wooing girls and that’s all there is to it.
Amnesia as the title goes follows the story of a young woman who awakes one day only to discover that all her memories are gone. She doesn’t remember anything – not her life, not her past, not 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 could see.
9. Uta no Prince-sama
Next comes a show that’s made of rainbows and cupcakes…Uta no Prince-sama! I said it’s made of rainbows and cupcakes because it’s very light-hearted, sweet, and comedic. Its main purpose is to make people smile and maybe…make them sing along to tunes in the show as well. Also, the most important thing in Uta no Prince-sama as part of the reverse HRM genre is that – it has lots of good-looking guys in it which I’m sure many gals will like!
In a performance arts school where everyone is a potential idol, Haruka is working her way in order to reach her dreams and be able to become a composer good enough to write a masterpiece song and dedicate it to her own idol. It’s not so easy though! Having no formal training background 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 an actual reasonable depth when it comes to the story. Pacing along with other genres such action, historical, mystery, and supernatural – you’d find this show pretty amusing and exciting. And since it’s in the genre of reverse HRM, expect that you’d see male characters that aren’t just all about the looks, but also about the personality and the attitude (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 following and looking for him there. On the way, Chizuru discovers an oni and was attacked. Fortunately, she was 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 90’s). But, being ancient doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve praise anymore. Actually, it’s one of the best reverse HRM of its time – perhaps even a pioneer of the genre were talking about! And that’s why Fushigi Yuugi is here! Not only is its story very well-done and engaging, the totality of this show is great in a sense that it really establishes a long-lasting connection with the viewers. As a matter of fact, even today, Fushigi Yuugi still oozes with nostalgia that 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 very unworldly phenomenon happened! From a strange story book that depicts ancient China, a portal appeared to suck both Miaka and Yui into the very world that is depicted in the book. In that world (which is in the age of ancient China), Miaka and Yui takes the roles of priestesses 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, Miaka.
6. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (The Wallflower)
If there’s a difference between regular HRM and reverse HRM, that’s the fact that HRM is most commonly based on comedy while reverse HRM is commonly 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 high-degree of entertainment is strong with this one. And also, this anime actually has a well-laid story which is perfect for casual viewing and laugh-trip runs.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge or also known as The Wallflower is an anime about four good-looking boys (Ranmaru, Kyouhei, Yukinojo, and Takenaga) tasked to reform a Sunako into a lady. As the situation goes, Sunako is an aloof girl who’s slowly becoming the split-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 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 story-wise and amusing overall as well. The plot of this series thickens as the viewer goes through the intensifying tracks episode-by-episode. By the end of it all (or perhaps even at the start), fans won’t be able to help it but wish 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: 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 good is really 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 on the screen with how good the character relation is! But most of all, Kamisama Hajimemashita is as charming (perhaps way more than 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 work out 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 for this one – the story, the characters, the animation, the sound, the plot progression, 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 and you really are in for a surprise!
Princess Yona has lived all her life in luxury and goodwill in her kingdom so far. She has everything she ever wanted and needed, and a childhood friend who she always had a crush on. One fateful day, on her sixteenth birthday, everything has changed drastically for the worst. 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 had 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 actually old but not quite, 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. Due to that, it’s also very successful, popular, and renowned. At first you’d be entranced by the lighthearted comedy and slice-of-life story, then, you’d notice that it’s becoming darker than you would have imagined. All the characters of Fruits Basket are very lovable. The drama too is real! 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 so 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! More or less, I know you were expecting this one to come first on this list. Well, I’m not surprised because this anime is so perfect for an anime of this genre. For every scene, you’d basically find yourself laughing and charmed every time! The characters are all very loveable - 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 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 in all aspects just a commoner and simple girl, she and her wits has granted her to study in the grand and prestigious school of Ouran High School. There, only she seems to be different from the others who are rich and lavish. And so 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).