Tired of watching the same old love stories where one girl falls head over heels for one bland, forgettable guy? Well, it’s time to spice things up with reverse harem anime! That’s right, in these shows, the tables are turned as one lucky lady finds herself surrounded by 2 -3 -4 or even more gorgeous men! all vying for her attention – what a dream right?
Don’t know what reverse harem anime is? Well, it’s a genre of anime where the roles of traditional harem anime are reversed. Rather than one male protagonist being surrounded by a group of female love interests, in reverse harem anime, one female protagonist is the focus of romantic attention from a group of male characters. These male characters often have distinct personalities, appearances, and quirks, which provide a lot of variety to the stories. Reverse harem anime can be found in various sub-genres, including romance, comedy, drama, and action. This genre has gained popularity in recent years among female anime fans, and it offers a refreshing take on the traditional romance stories seen in anime.
In this article, we’ll be diving into the Best 12 Reverse Harem Anime Favorites That You Should Watch, from classic shows to recent hits. Whether you’re a seasoned anime fan or just getting started, there’s something for everyone on this list.
Ouran High School Host Club
Chances are, you already know this anime, but if not, let me give you the lowdown: Ouran High School Host Club is a real gem for reverse-anime lovers out there. The story starts with a bright and brainy student named Haruhi. One day, she stumbles upon a Host Club where a group of super handsome and loaded men who use their dashing good looks and magnetic personalities to charm off the females in the school.
However, things take a wild turn when Haruhi accidentally breaks an outrageously pricey vase and is forced to join the club to pay off her debt. But here’s the kicker: the Host Club members all think Haruhi is a guy! This leads to some seriously side-splitting situations as Haruhi is plunged into the crazy world of high society while forming some unexpected friendships along the way.
My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead To Doom!
Are you into isekai, reincarnation, otome games, and hot men? Then boy oh boy, do we have the perfect story for you! The long title says it all, meet Katarina Claes, your average teenage girl who suddenly finds herself reincarnated as the villainess in her favorite otome game. The problem? In the game, Katarina meets a variety of gruesome endings, so she’s determined to change her fate and avoid all the doom.
With a combination of cunning, charm, and sheer dumb luck, Katarina tries to avoid all the game’s eligible bachelors and steer clear of getting herself and everyone around her killed. Will she succeed? Or is she doomed in the game of life? Watch My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead To Doom! to find out!
Kiss Him, Not Me!
A fan favorite — Kae Serinuma, the ultimate otaku, lives and breathes anime, obsessing over her favorite characters all day and every day. One day, she loses a ton of weight after her favorite character dies, and suddenly, four good-looking guys and a girl *wink wink* from her school start to notice her.
Kae is overwhelmed by all the attention and doesn’t know how to react. Will she be able to handle all the attention, or will she retreat back to her beloved anime world? Follow Kae’s journey as she navigates the tricky waters of love.
Get ready to enter the world of Amnesia, where our protagonist, Heroine, wakes up one day without a single memory of her past — talk about a bad case of amnesia!
She’s surrounded by a bunch of handsome guys, each with their own juicy secrets and ulterior motives. Will our lovely Heroine be able to uncover the truth and regain her memories, or will she be lost in the enchanting and dangerous world of Amnesia forever?
With stunning visuals, a captivating storyline, and plenty of swoon-worthy moments, Amnesia is the perfect anime for anyone who loves a good mystery with a touch of romance.
It would be a sin not to include Diabolik lovers on this list but it’s basically a vampire reverse harem genre (but with a dose of echii in it). If you’re into that kind of stuff, then this anime is right up your alley!
A young girl named Yui finds herself in a mysterious mansion surrounded by six hot-as-hell vampires. At first, the vampires are like, “What the heck is this girl doing here?” but then they realize she’s actually their new “sacrificial bride.” And let’s just say they have some… shall we say, more primal desires for her as well.
As Yui gets to know the vampires (who are all, let’s be real, total sadists), she starts to wonder why her dad sent her there. And, to make matters even more interesting, she starts feeling some weird pain in her chest. But as the vampires start to make their moves on her, Yui starts to lose her grip on reality and gets sucked deeper and deeper into a world of pure madness and ecstasy. So, yeah, it’s a wild ride!
Dance With Devils
To all music-loving otakus out there, the creators of Diabolik Lovers have brought you another anime, still with vampires but singing ones! Get to know Ritsuka Tachibana – a straight-laced student, so imagine her shock when she gets called by the student council for misbehavior. But her misfortune doesn’t end there when her mom gets kidnapped and suddenly she’s dragged into a wild feud between vampires and devils.
Why you may ask? Well both of them are on the hunt for the “Grimoire,” a book that can give them great power to which Ritsuka is connected. With that, the demons in Ritsuka’s world start to make her fall head over heels in love with them in order to get their hands on the coveted “Grimoire.” Now Ritsuka is left wondering who she can trust, or if she should give in to the handsome student council guys.
Once you start the first episode, you’re guaranteed that you’ll watch even more! Binge-watch this brand-spanking Netflix original all about Anzu Hoshino, a girl who just wants to cozy up with her video games, some chocolates, and her fluffy cute cat. But oh no, fate has other ideas!
Enter Riri, a wacky wizard who springs out of Anzu’s otome game and starts meddling in her love life. From there, it’s all mishaps and mayhem as Anzu gets sucked into a whirlwind of cheesy cliches and dreamy guys. Don’t miss out on the laughs and lovable chaos!
Right from the get-go, the dudes in this anime mistook this girl for Sadako from the famous Japanese horror movie, but as it turns out, she’s actually a very beautiful girl with a heart of gold. The show follows the wild escapades of four handsome men who are on a mission to transform the reclusive and eccentric Sunako Nakahara into a refined lady.
The only problem? Sunako is a hardcore horror fanatic with a serious case of social anxiety. From hiding under tables to freaking out at the sight of pretty boys, Sunako is a force to be reckoned with. But as the boys work their magic and teach her about the power of friendship, Sunako slowly but surely starts to come out of her shell.
UTA No Prince Sama
Think “High School Musical,” but with even more eye candy! Uta no Prince Sama” follows the story of Haruka Nanami, a gifted composer who dreams of writing music for her favorite male idols. When she’s accepted into Saotome Academy, a school for aspiring idols, she finds herself surrounded by a cast of handsome and talented young men, each with their own unique style and personality.
From the suave and sophisticated Ren to the spunky and energetic Otoya, these boys are as charming as they are talented! Together, with Haruka’s help, they work to create the ultimate songs and performances while navigating rival idol groups, personal struggles, and the occasional love triangle. With catchy tunes, stunning animation, and more “ikemen” boys (that’s “good looking guys” in Japanese!) than you can count, “Uta no Prince Sama” is a show that’s sure to leave you grinning from ear to ear and humming along to the beat.
Meiji Tokyo Renka
You’ll be traveling back in time because this show is going to take you on a wild ride through history! Our heroine, the spunky and lovable Mei Ayazuki, finds herself suddenly transported from modern-day Japan to the Meiji era, a time of great change and upheaval. Alongside a bunch of dashing and charismatic historical icons, Mei embarks on an epic adventure filled with mind-boggling twists and turns. Get ready to unveil some jaw-dropping secrets about Mei’s life as she conquers this new world.
The Story of Saiunkoku
Into some classics? then you’ll definitely love this one! Shuurei Kou has big dreams of becoming a government official and serving her country, but unfortunately, she’s a woman. How sexist is that? Her father works at a low-paying job so Shuurei has to take on odd jobs to make ends meet. But then, an unexpected announcement changes everything.
The newly appointed ruler has a reputation for being lazy and showing a preference for a male company — no judgment here. But suddenly he calls on Shuurei to become his consort. Although this wasn’t her initial intention, Shuurei accepts the proposal due to its favorable terms. Little did she know, she’ll be the one having the male company.