Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
Let’s face it, the popularity of harem anime shows has declined in recent years. While this is not surprising because these shows tend to be unoriginal and cliched, this often desirous department is now assimilating into other genres. We have very few of these shows nowadays, but fret not, I’ve gathered five of 2019’s best harem anime.
When watching shows from this genre, it’s best to keep your expectations low. But, who knows? You might just find gold and discover your favorite show from this frequently looked-down genre. The baton has been passed to you. Watch to your satisfaction!
The 5 Best Harem Anime of 2019
- Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (We Never Learn)
- DanMachi: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Season 2)
- Fruits Basket (2019)
- Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?
- OreSuki: Are You The Only One Who Loves Me?
1. Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (We Never Learn)
This is an anime about a high school boy who reluctantly takes on the role of tutor to genius high school girls who can't seem to get around their weakest subjects, which happen to be the exact opposites of their natural expertise. I’m intrigued!
In Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai, Yuiga accepts the responsibility of tutoring unique students in exchange for a scholarship grant that will secure his future. It's a challenging role, but giving up is never an option for him. He's determined to do whatever it takes to succeed. Little by little, his tutees start to flock around him forming what he didn't expect to be his personal school harem.
No matter how I look at it, Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai is a classic representation of the harem genre albeit lacking story complexity and character development. It's exactly the kind to watch on a weekend on the couch, amusing thyself with casual and soothing entertainment. This show is downright average, but it's decent enough to keep one glued to the screen for a few happy hours.
2. DanMachi: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Season 2)
Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon? Try asking our resident heroic adventurer, Bell Cranel. He has done so since the first season of DanMachi. Trust me when I say he has the charm to make any damsel in distress swoon over him without even realizing it. Let’s explore season 2!
I find it fancy that DanMachi can manage to be fun and quirky despite having a lackluster plot and generic theatrics. It’s seriously cliched, yet there I was watching its 2nd season to my amusement. Maybe it’s the ravishing visuals and delightful action. Or perhaps it’s the peculiar world-building and kaleidoscopic characters. I’m quite confused, actually. I think I’ve been charmed by a goddess!
Well, DanMachi’s 2nd season focuses more on the concept of “familia” rather than the “dungeon” itself. It’s interesting how this anime still has a lot to offer. And since DanMachi has a gaming world concept, it goads me to watch all of it similar to how an actual game motivates me to reach the highest level. It’s a grind, but the adventure is all worth it.
3. Fruits Basket (2019)
This is the drama/harem/slice-of-life anime that I never thought would materialize a remake so soon.
In Fruits Basket, a school girl named Tohru, whose mother just passed away, finds unexpected shelter and solace in the household of the eccentric Soma family. The Soma family is unique in that whenever they are hugged by members of the opposite sex, they temporarily turn into their respective zodiac animals. Now that Tohru knows their secret, the only choice she has is to live with the family, digging deeper and deeper into the core of the Soma family curse.
Fruits Basket may have questionable authority as a member of the harem department due to the fact that it's actually a reverse harem anime and its main character, Tohru, has distinct romantic interests. But, it satisfies the said predicament by surrounding Tohru with a gaggle of gorgeous and attractive opposite-sex characters, particularly, the accursed members of the Soma family.
In all honesty, this reboot of Fruits Basket managed to appease my longing for its existence. It even exceeded all of my expectations. This is, by all odds, one of the most heartwarming and soul-stirring anime that 2019 has to offer.
4. Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?
“Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?” literally translates to “Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert as long as she’s a cutie?” and is shortened as HenSuki. It follows the story of a high school boy who desires to commit to a romantic relationship just like many people his age. Unfortunately, his search for romance suddenly gets blocked by a wall of mishap. He one day finds a love letter with a pair of panties attached to it. He starts referring to the sender of the letter as “Cinderella” and begins an investigation to find out her identity. What he doesn’t know is that his suspects are actually scandalously not what their innocent fronts seem.
HenSuki is an amusing excuse for a harem anime. It doesn’t seem so bad especially that I’ve been giggling from episode to episode. Sure, it has a lot of bland and generic parts, but my expectations were reasonably low. In my book, this show is way better than most of its peers. It was fun while it lasted, and it served its purpose.
So, are you willing to fall in love with a pervert as long as she’s a cutie? Well, that’s up for you to find out. HenSuki will lead the way!
5. OreSuki: Are You The Only One Who Loves Me?
I consider OreSuki as the most chaotic romantic-comedy/harem anime of 2019. Why wouldn't it be? There's a twist in every scene. Who's falling in love with whom, and who's catering hidden agendas? Love sure is a complicated thing!
In OreSuki, Joro gets himself tangled in a love polygon that involves multiple girls and his best friend. Do the girls like him, or do they have their eyes set on his best friend? To make things more complicated, there's an enigmatic girl who's head-over-heels on him and his fake facade and personality. What's happening?! Who actually loves who? Joro is definitely going to get more than what he can chew in this lovely mess!
This anime is the kind that goes the extra mile just to pull you in. The way it mixes deception and realism to concoct a romantic mayhem doesn’t seem to be livid. I was literally cackling on the edge of my seat as I watched this show. Now, I want you to experience the same.