Anime Underground The 15 Greatest Reverse Harem Anime  

Anna Lindwasser
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If you've been keeping up with anime for even a short amount of time, there's a good chance you've heard of or even watched a harem anime series or two. In harem anime, a single male character is surrounded by a group of women or girls who are all vying for his romantic affections. Reverse harems are essentially the same, except it's a female character surrounded by male suitors instead.

While less common than a standard harem story, the reverse harem trope provides the building blocks for great narratives. Whether you're a person who is attracted to men and like a little manservice with your viewing experience, or you like anime with female leads, the reverse harem genre is a great place to look.

But what are the best reverse harem anime? This list will walk you through some of the greatest series in this small genre, including well-known shows like Fruits Basket and Ouran High School Host Club, and more obscure anime like The Story of Saiunkoku and Code: Realize - Guardian of Rebirth.


Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 15 Greatest Reverse Harem Anime
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When Haruhi Fujioka accidentally breaks an expensive vase, she's forced to join the host club to pay off her debts. As a member of the host club, she must not only present herself as male, but flirt heavily with female clients. As she's getting used to her new job, she also starts forming relationships with the other members of the male host club, most of whom are at least a little bit into her.

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Kamisama Kiss


Kamisama Kiss is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 15 Greatest Reverse Harem Anime
Photo:  TMS Entertainment

When Nanami Momozono's father loses their house to excess gambling debts, Nanami finds herself homeless. Thanks to a series of coincidences, she ends up serving as the goddess of a rundown shrine.

While Nanami isn't exactly thrilled by the idea, it's better than being a vagrant. However, she'll need to learn to get along with her unfriendly familiar, Tomoe, along with several other supernatural beings who want her attention, romantic or otherwise.

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Fruits Basket


Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 15 Greatest Reverse Harem Anime
Photo:  Studio Deen

Debuting in 2001, Fruits Basket is an earlier example of the reverse harem genre. Tohru Honda becomes an indispensable part of the darkly mysterious Sohma family, forming individual relationships with each of its members - several of whom are boys with some level of attraction toward her.

What makes Fruits Basket so interesting is Tohru isn't simply there to absorb and soothe the copious emotional problems of the boys around her - she's there to learn how to let other people take care of her, too.

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Yona Of The Dawn


Yona of the Dawn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 15 Greatest Reverse Harem Anime
Photo:  Studio Pierrot

Yona of the Dawn may feature a reverse harem, but this anime has so much more to offer than just its romance plot. Yona begins the series as a naive princess who believes she lives in a paradise, but when the love of her life suddenly assassinates her father, she has to escape in a hurry.

Slowly, she begins to understand the inequality and injustice that plagues her country, and she steps up to do something about it. At the same time, she also learns to be more independent when it comes to her love life, making romantic choices that best suit her.

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