If anime is food, then Reverse Harem Series are my chocolate parfait. I have a sweet tooth and I crave my bishounen every now and then.
I conquered the 30-Day Anime Challenge, and one of the challenges is “Anime You’re Ashamed You Enjoyed”. Of course I answered that “There is No Anime That I’m Ashamed of Watching”, which is a fact. However, reading several posts by other bloggers, I’m quite shocked, terribly shocked, to learn that the majority of them revealed that they’re ashamed of enjoying Reverse Harem anime series. Why is that? Is liking gyaku harem such a taboo that you’re ashamed you enjoyed it? I’m not accusing anyone, so hold up your panties.
I just want to say that I see nothing wrong in enjoying reverse harem, even if its only redeeming quality is the collection of (totally hot) bishounen while the story is total crap. But what’s wrong with that?
I’m not ashamed to say that Brothers Conflict is one of my favourite anime, even when I cringe at its story. I adore the harem of gorgeous bishounen, though. Attention!!! Natsume is mine, so pick one of the other guys, alright?
Oh gosh. Those abs. . .drool. . .I think I just lost a few brain cells staring at him.
Anyway, I like that there are more scenes in Brothers Conflict that make me go doki-doki and kyaaaah than scenes that make me cringe because they’re just too darn cheesy or simply annoying.
Diabolik Lovers. . .Amnesia. . .Starry☆Sky. . .All of these titles have a harem of mouth-wateringly hot guys, but I just couldn’t take their stories. I don’t like their stories, but I watch them anyway. Why? You’re still asking me that? Because of the hot guys, of course! Call me shallow, I don’t give up a damn. I’ll still watch these crap, even if it means just ogling the hot guys. And besides, most reverse harem series consist of an amazing cast of seiyuu. For that alone, I’ll watch an anime, even if I don’t particularly like the story.
Saying all of these, there are gems in this genre that actually have great stories, in addition to the hot guys. If a harem of bishounen is not enough for you and you need an interesting and a bit complicated story line, then here are my absolute favourites that I highly recommend:
1. Saiunkoku Monogatari (彩雲国物語)
In addition to a great premise, Shuurei, the main protagonist is a mentally and emotionally strong woman. I despise weak and damsel-in-distress-type female protagonists, so I can’t help but root for someone as reassuring as Shuurei.
2. Hanasakeru Seishounen (花咲ける青少年)
Like Shuurei of Saiunkoku Monogatari, the protagonist Kajika is mentally and emotionally strong. I love, love, love the hot guys in this anime. But more importantly, I love, love, love the story. It’s entertaining and a bit complicated. This is a series that you’ll remember long after you finished watching it.
3. Fushigi Yuugi (ふしぎ遊戯)
Ah, the classic. I remember watching this as a child. I think it’s the anime that contributed to the total corruption of my girlhood innocence. Looking back now, Miaka is one annoying girl, but I still love this series. It will always have a special place in my heart.
4. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de (遙かなる時空の中で)
The premise is very similar to Fushigi Yuugi. I think that the story of Fushigi Yuugi is better, but when it comes to the female protagonist, I think that Akane is better than Miaka. Akane actually knows how to use her powers, and she has a better disposition than Miaka. But I like Fushigi Yuugi’s harem better.
The following are my personally selected Honourable Mentions:
1. Fruits Basket
I remember enjoying this series when I was younger. I prefer the manga over the anime, but overall it’s a good series. I don’t think that I like it as much now as I did when I first watched it, but it brings out good memories whenever I think about it.
2. Ouran High School Host Club (桜蘭高校ホスト部/Ouran Koukou Hosuto Bu)
I’m not particularly fond of Haruhi’s deadpan character, but I prefer her over weak and whining crybabies. I enjoyed the comedy the most. I just wish that the anime continued to adapt the rest of the manga.
3. Pretear (新白雪姫伝説プリーティア/Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Puriitia)
Like Fruits Basket, I have good memories watching this series when I was younger. I don’t like it as much now compared to when I first watched it, but it’s entertaining and quite romantic, as well.
4. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (ヤマトナデシコ七変化)
There’s no romance at all, but the comedy is awesomely laugh out loud. I enjoyed the harem (of course), but what I enjoyed more is the transformation of Sunako into a beautiful woman.
5. La Corda D’Oro (金色のコルダ/Kin’iro no Koruda)
l love the music in this anime! I also enjoyed the romance. I don’t think I’ll have the same degree of enjoyment if I watch this again, but I still listen to the music in this series every now and then. I know that there’s this recent series titled La Corda D’Oro Blue Sky, but I haven’t watched it yet. I’m not hearing good things about it, but I’ll watch it for myself. . .someday.
6. Neo Angelique ~Abyss~
It’s not great, but it’s not bad, either. The ending was a little disappointing, but I enjoyed the series while it lasted. I think that the main draw for me in this series is the cast of seiyuu. For that alone, I’ll give this anime a higher grade than it deserves.
7. Hiiro no Kakera (緋色の欠片)
The story is interesting, but not original. There’s nothing about it that made me exclaim wow. But I love the romance between Tamaki and Takuma. The romantic development is gradual. It’s not one of those boy meets girl, and then BANG, they’re suddenly in love. And what’s more, I love, love, love the first opening them song Nee by Fujita Maiko. It’s the perfect theme song for the series.
8. Kamigami no Asobi (神々の悪戯)
To be honest, I didn’t like this very much, but I still watched it because—you guessed it right—it’s filled with hot guys! I don’t like the romantic pairing. I would’ve chosen Balder for Yui instead of Apollon.
And that’s it for my exhaustive list of my recommended Reverse Harem Anime Series. Thank you very much for reading this LONG post. It would’ve been much longer, but I didn’t include the other titles that I didn’t enjoy that much. How about you? Do you like reverse harem series, too? If so, what are some of your favourites?
Brothers Conflict (Japanese)
Diabolik Lovers (Japanese)
Fruits Basket (Japanese)
Hanasakeru Seishounen at NHK (Japanese)
Hiiro no Kakera (Japanese)
Kamigami no Asobi (Japanese)
La Corda D’Oro (Japanese)
Neo Angelique ~Abyss~ (Japanese)
Ouran High School Host Club (Japanese)
Saiunkoku Monogatari (Japanese)
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (Japanese)
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