The harem genre in anime is gaining steam, and from the vast catalog, we have selected the best harem anime you can watch in 2022.
Before we list the shows, let’s find out more about the harem genre.
What Is Harem Anime?
As the name suggests, in a harem anime, the male lead is surrounded by pretty-looking girls who are head over heels in love with him.
Several girls eyeing the male protagonist’s attention is the basic premise of the harem anime genre.
The characters within the harem are competing with each other to get closer to the lead. However, the male protagonist is mostly indecisive about who he likes and ends up spending time with all of them.
The plot of a harem anime series is usually a mixture of romance and slice-of-life comedy with silly gags sprinkled all over.
However, harem anime also intermingles with various themes like battle, sci-fi, historical, and more.
Also known as Kanojo mo Kanojo in Japanese, the plot follows Naoya who just got a girlfriend, Saki. Despite their differences, they are madly in love with each other.
He declares that he will never cheat on Saki but suddenly, a cute girl named Nagisa confesses her feelings for him.
Naoya knows he can’t cheat, but he also cannot let go of a girl like Nagisa.
So, he takes the most logical route to resolve this situation -- ask Saki for her permission to date both girls.
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How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord is a harem and isekai genre crossover. It centers on Sakamoto Takuma who is summoned to another world in his current form.
He appears before two girls who insist that they were the ones who called him into this new world.
The girls perform an Enslavement Ritual on him to turn Sakamoto into their summon.
However, the ritual backfires because of Sakamoto’s Magic Reflection ability and the girls end up getting enslaved.
The anime series then follows Sakamoto and the girls trying to find a way to reverse the spell.
Redo of Healer
Redo of Healer is a time-travel anime that has harem written all over it.
It follows Keyaru, a skilled healer who could heal all kinds of injuries irrespective of severity.
Keyaru desired a life filled with happiness and joy. Unfortunately, as a healer, he was subjected to countless years of abuse and torture.
In Redo of Healer, he decides to turn the tables after casting a powerful healing spell that could turn back time.
He vows to confront those who wronged him in the past.
The Quintessential Quintuplets
Poor high-schooler Futaro Uesugi leads a tough life. Moreover, his reclusive personality makes it difficult for him to make new friends.
To top it all off, Uesugi’s family is struggling with a pile of debt. One day, he gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to clear his family’s debt.
Uesugi gets a private tutoring gig for a rich family’s daughter. He is offered a salary that is five times the market price.
He accepts the offer but freaks out when he learns that his client is Itsuki Nakano, a girl he had a confrontation with in the past, but that’s not the end of it all.
Nakano is a quintuplet, and now he has to teach her four other sisters – Yotsuba, Miku, Ichika, and Nino.
They all hate studying, so it is up to Uesugi to encourage them and successfully help them graduate.
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Kiss x Sis
The anime follows Keita, who lost his mother and is leading a troubled life. His father decides to remarry and her stepmother comes with two daughters – Ako and Riko.
In Kiss x Sis, the twin sisters start developing feelings for their stepbrother. Meanwhile, Keita resolves to find a solution to the conflicting feelings in his head for Ako and Riko.
He can either succumb to their lustful advances or outrightly reject them.
In the meantime, Ako and Riko are not the only ones developing feelings for Keito.
Date A Live
A sci-fi harem anime set in the distant future revolves around the life of Shidou Itsuka, an ordinary high school student who lives with his sister named Kotori.
One day, a spatial quake threatens to flatten Tengu City, and Itsuka rushes to protect his sister.
In his attempt to save Kotori, he sees a mysterious girl who is a Spirit. It turns out that she is the one triggering the quake.
Itsuka needs to find a way to stop the spatial quakes and the only option he has is to date all the Spirits.
By dating the beautiful Spirits, he can prevent them from going after planet Earth.
Date A Live has elements of sci-fi action and comedy making the series a delightful harem watch.
Strike the Blood
A school-based harem anime fused with supernatural elements, Strike the Blood follows Kojou Akatsuki who is leading an ordinary life as a high schooler in the Demon District of Itogami Island.
Things take a drastic turn when he ends up gaining the powerful abilities of a legendary vampire.
The Lion King Organization sends a sword-shaman named Yukina Himeragi to observe him. If Akatsuki becomes a threat, Himeragi is instructed to kill him.
The two are forced to form an alliance as Akatsuki comes to terms with his newfound powers as a vampire.
Akatsuki and Himeragi become closer to each other as they fight against evil forces.
We Never Learn: BOKUBEN
This harem anime revolves around Nariyuki Yuiga, a third-year student who is striving to get the VIP nomination that will help fund his college education.
The scholarship comes with a condition that Yuiga will have to teach the school’s brightest students in the weakest subjects.
His new students are the math expert Rizu Ogata, who aspires to get better at humanities; Fumino Furuhashi, who excels in literature but needs help in science; and lastly, Yuiga’s childhood friend Uruka Takemoto, who is great in sports but fails all other subjects.
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The World God Only Knows
This harem anime deep dives into the otaku culture as it centers on Keima Katsuragi, who is the God of Conquest and can win any girl’s heart in the world of dating sim games.
However, in real life, he is nowhere close to his gaming persona, but his life completely changes when he accepts a mysterious invitation from a stranger on the internet.
A demon named Elsie then appears before Katsuragi and he finds himself stuck in a contract with hell.
Now, he needs to use his powers to win the hearts of girls who are possessed by spirits.
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest
A 17-year-old Hajime Nagumo and his classmates are summoned to another world and commanded to save the world.
Nagumo’s friends are blessed with great combat abilities while he ends up getting mediocre transmutation skills.
Later, during an expedition, Nagumo is betrayed by his comrades as he falls to the bottom of an abyss.
He fights and vows to return home. On his way back, he meets a vampire named Yue, who is also struggling to get out of the labyrinth.
Yue and a few others join Nagumo on his adventure to find a way out of the abyss.
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