Let’s face it if I don’t put together this list no one will!
I actually don’t know if that’s true. Whenever I get an idea for a top list I try to avoid looking up others to avoid getting influenced by them. Sometimes it means I actually forget about an anime or character I would have put on but hey, that’s what the comments are for!
Most people know how the genre reverse harem is used when it comes to categorizing anime. To simplify it for this list I narrowed it down to shows AniList thinks are reverse harem which seems to be any show with one main girl and a lot of main guys who think she’s cute. That works! Although in a lot of these the main girl might as well be a background character but they started off as otome adaptations so you can’t be too picky about these things.
Uta No Prince Sama is one of the longer-running anime in this genre. And for a while there, every season was wackier than the last. For my money, it reached its zenith in season 3 and I can’t help but love this silly show for the pure joyful embrace of cheese that it is.
I still put this pick at the bottom of the list because although AniList does confirm that it counts as a reverse harem, I don’t actually remember if the leading lady shows up in the season at all. It sort of goes off the rails. It’s still a fun ride though!
For a while, my blog had a running gaga that anime was trying to brainwash me into being attracted to mullets. I still bring it up from time to time but only because it’s true. Why you do that anime? Worst of all, it’s working. I saw a young lady with what was clearly a mullet the other day and she looked amazing! Send help!
Anyways, Kamigami no Asobi is the show that really started it all. Every single character in that series has some variation of a mullet. It’s worth a watch for that alone. But if you’re not convinced, it also gets pretty funny.
Kamisama Kiss got a little too dramatic for me at times but for the most part, it’s a wonderful series. There’s intrigue, a centuries-old curse and lots of Yokai. What more could you want? Nothing more I tell you!
I think the ending was a little rushed and it seemed to me that they could have spent a bit more time tying everything together. But that’s a common problem with anime. And it shouldn’t deter you from giving Kamisama Kiss a try, especially if you’re a fan of traditional Japanese supernatural elements and classic shoujo. Kamisama Kiss is probably the best at bringing those two elements together.
Yona of the Dawn is wonderful but it’s not finished. The entire series pretty much ends on a cliff-hanger, right in the middle of the action. The entire harem isn’t even properly brought together yet. And there is no sign that a new season will ever get made. Too bad, I bet it would get some crazy buzz!
The fact that I’m putting Yona this high even though it’s incomplete work should tell you something. It’s a very well-made and exciting anime with some truly great characters. I should probably just give up and pick up the manga at some point because I really want to know how the story continues. But you see… the manga isn’t finished either. What if it leaves me hanging as well? I’m not sure I could take it!
NOT Reverse Harems
There are some shows I would have probably put on this list but AniList tells me they are NOT reverse harems.
For instance Idolish7. It’s a boy idol anime with their single female producer who all the boys seem to fawn over. Even those from other bands. But as the show progresses, that storyline gets pretty much eclipsed and they concentrate on the band. As far as boy idol shows go, this is probably my favourite. I’m currently waiting for part 2 of the latest season to be released and I will jump on it.
Another title I might have put on here is Pretty Boy Detective Club. It’s an unusual show that can be hit or miss and was not always easy for audiences to follow. There might have been a certain clash of expectations. That said, those who did enjoy it seem to have enjoyed it a lot and I do believe it’s worth a try just for the novelty. It also has a really fun OP.
Look I know this is a really basic pick. Ouran is the granddaddy of them all when it comes to reverse harems. But I don’t care. I watched this show a long time ago, it was probably the first show I watched in this particular genre and it’s still my favourite. So there!
Does Nostalgia play a part in it? Most likely. There’s a chance I wouldn’t be as smitten with it if I watched it for the first time today. But we’ll never know and as things stand, I love Ouran High School Host Club. And I would still happily recommend it!
Now that this is done, I can go out there and see if there are millions of reverse harem lists available. To be honest, despite my opening paragraph, I suspect there are quite a few. For a while, it seemed like anime journalism was entirely made up of top lists and I doubt there is any genre that has been overlooked at this point.
If you can think of one though, let me know. I would love to create a list for it!