Harem is an entertainment-related trope which is characterized by three or more characters, normally female, who for some reason are in the presence and under the influence of one character, generally male, according to a few genre-defining guidelines; here it will be assumed, for simplicity of language, that the harem lead is a male character and the members are female characters. Though that is the rule, there are exceptions; a story in which there is one female character and several male characters is normally called a "reverse harem", or sometimes also "male harem". Aside from the swapping of the characters' genders, the trope's details are mostly the same, with the majority of the changes relating to the differences in behavior between men and women of the characters' age range. It is also possible to create harems with homosexual relationships, again with very few changes to the main antics themselves. The harem may not have more than only one lead, as that would be a love polygon, or less than three members, as one would form a couple and two would make a love triangle.
As a defining rule of harem, the interactions between the lead and each of the individual members are filled with romantically or sexually loaded content, either implicitly, through innuendo or subtext, or explicitly, through text or actions, and those actions are a key plot element. Generally, the female characters' looks and personalities will vary a lot among the ones present in one single series, but quite rarely will they actually differ from the common stock archetypes, which are known, well-defined, and easy to copy; for this reason, the genre as a whole is often considered repetitive. Usually, the characters involved directly in this trope are in the late teenager to young adult age range, but that is not mandatory. Sexually charged behavior on the lead's part pretty much can't be avoided, and it's typical to see him stamped as a pervert by some or all of the members, regardless of whether he is one; the sexual tones also applies to the depiction of the harem members, often leading the genre to labeled sexist. The lead will often suffer very violent retribution for his behavior, which has attracted criticism of gratuitous violence as well.
Most of the harem members will be romantically or sometimes sexually interested in the one male character, and in him alone; that, however, is not an absolute rule, and indeed sometimes none of the female characters are really interested at first, so the protagonist has to build relationships with them from scratch. That idea comes in large part from visual novels; it is quite common for visual novels to revolve around controlling the male lead and have him build relationships with either as many female characters as possible or with one of them, the latter being more common for visual novels with branched story paths; a large portion of those visual novels also feature erotic content, which may be hard to adapt to TV series. It may be also possible that the harem is only a support to the existing or predictable relationship between the lead and the most important member; additionally, the lead may end up in relationships with most or all of the harem members, with the agreement of all, in a setting normally called "harem ending".
Top 20 Harem Manga to read
- 1. Martial Peak
- 2. Martial Arts Reigns
- 3. Xing Wu Shen Jue
- 4. Kanojo, Okarishimasu
- 5. I'm The Great Immortal
- 6. I Have a Mansion In The Post-Apocalyptic World
- 7. Parallel Paradise
- 8. Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai
- 9. Shijou Saikyou Orc-san no Tanoshii Tanetsuke Harem Zukuri
- 10. Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
- 11. Overlord
- 12. Nozomanu Fushi no Boukensha
- 13. Nisekoi
- 14. Kaifuku Jutsushi Yarinaoshi
- 15. 5-toubun no Hanayome
- 16. Minamoto-kun Monogatari
- 17. Shuumatsu no Harem
- 18. Perfect Half
- 19. Momo no Musume!
- 20. The Second Coming of Gluttony
1. Martial Peak
The journey to the martial peak is a lonely, solitary and long one.In the face of adversity,you must survive and remain unyielding.Only then can you break through and and continue on your journey to become the strongest. Sky Tower tests its disciples in the harshest ways to prepare them for this journey.One day the lowly sweeper Yang Kai managed to obtain a black book, setting him on the road to the peak of the martials world.
Martial Peak is currently publishing . It is also Known as: MP , Wu Lian Dian Feng , Wǔ Liàn Diān Fēng , Wǔ Liàn Diānfēng , Вершина боевых искусств , Пик боевых искусств
2. Martial Arts Reigns
Ye Ming, the rising star of Family Ye is regarded as a genius among his peer cultivators. But he was schemed by his jealous cousin and the latter cut his meridians, crippled his abilities and hamstrung him ruthlessly. But Ye Ming never gives up because he'd sacrifice everything for take revenge for his deceased parents who were murdered by Family Huang. But he doesn't know that he is considered a pain in the neck to Family Ye and a big conspiracy is looming out of the darkness...
Martial Arts Reigns is currently publishing . It is also Known as: Võ Đạo Độc Tôn, Wudao du Zun
3. Xing Wu Shen Jue
In the whole world there lays twelve paths to climb Tower of God, and in legends these twelve pathways leads toward legendary road of immortality. However these paths in the Tower of God, are far too long, without end. In ancient times there once were many types of martial arts, sadly the world underwent terrible changes, and only three were left: Flame, Dragon and Star Martial Arts. Generations of experts of those three martial arts are searching for the road of immortality.A Star Martial Arts practitioner on his journey of lifetime, plans to become the Highest God.
Star Martial God Technique is currently publishing . It is also Known as: Astral Sutra, Dewa Silat Bintang, El secreto del Guerrero Estrella, SMGT, Tinh Võ Thần Quyết, Xīng Wǔshén Jué, Техника Бога звёздных боевых искусств
4. Kanojo, Okarishimasu
Kinoshita Kazuya is a regular college student who was just dumped by his girlfriend for another guy. Feeling down in the dumps, he decides to use an app called Diamond to hire Mizuhara Chizuru, a rental girlfriend, to make himself feel better. From their first meeting, she seems to be the perfect girl for him, but is there more to her than meets the eye? And how will their not quite typical relationship develop?
Rent-A-Girlfriend is currently publishing . It is also Known as: 彼女、お借りします, I'd like to Borrow a Girlfriend
5. I'm The Great Immortal
The previous life was a peerless genius in the world of immortality. He was killed by 3 celestial beings. He was accidentally reborn to his 20s by the book of heaven. All he wanted to do was to become an immortal and return to the immortal world, and he became the strongest man on the earth, turning his hands into clouds and covering his hands with rain, provoking anyone who defies him! He is the venerable one! the ruler of 3000 worlds! the guy
who is 10 000 times better than Thanos! He is Taixuan Taizun! the Great Immortal!
I'm The Great Immortal is currently publishing . It is also Known as: I'm Daxianzun
6. I Have a Mansion In The Post-Apocalyptic World
Jiang Chen crossed into the judgment day after the nuclear war, and there was a mess everywhere. In order to survive, Jiang Chen led the refugees to establish a base area and set up a federation. Then carry the judgment day's technology and return to the true world. Change the political structure of the earth, rescue the world in a critical moment, and establish the Great Union of Earth Federation! Expanding the territory and fighting the threat from the sky.
I Have a Mansion In The Post-Apocalyptic World is currently publishing . It is also Known as: У меня есть особняк в мире постапокалипсиса!, I have a suite in the last days
7. Parallel Paradise
Youta "The Sun" Tada is an ordinary high schooler who dies and finds himself in a fantasy world where he is the only male. Can Youta survive in a world which has no resistance to him?
Parallel Paradise is currently publishing . It is also Known as: パラレルパラダイス, 平行天堂, Parareru Paradaisu
8. Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai
We Never Learn centers on Yuiga, a student who is aiming for a scholarship because he comes from a poor family. His school gives him a condition: he can have a recommendation for a scholarship if he tutors his two beautiful classmates to help them get into the schools of their choice. Ogata may be a science genius and Furuhashi a literature prodigy — but Ogata is aiming for a liberal arts school and Furuhashi is aiming for a science school. And they're both clueless outside their fields of expertise.
We Never Learn is finished and has 21 Volumes and 187 Chapters. It is also Known as: ぼくたちは勉強ができない, BokuBen, We Can't Study
9. Shijou Saikyou Orc-san no Tanoshii Tanetsuke Harem Zukuri
Our protagonist Oruku, is the son of a female knight and an orc. Due to his appearance taking more after his mother, he was harassed and bullied by the orcs of his village. After meeting a beautiful elf and other demi-human girls, and being rejected for his lineage, the strength of his blood awakens and plots a plan to become the strongest warrior in history in order to make a harem of beautiful women.
The Fun Life of the Most Powerful Orc in History, Creating a Harem in an Alternative World is currently publishing . It is also Known as: 史上最強オークさんの楽しい異世界ハーレムづくり, Shijou Saikyou Orc-san no Tanoshii Isekai Harem-zukuri
10. Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
When a classroom of students is transported to another world to act as its saviors, Hajime Nagumo finds himself the weakest link. As his friends and classmates are granted strong classes and impressive abilities due to their existing skills, he is given the weak title of Synergist. When a dungeon quest leaves him separated from his group, Hajime must discover his own talents or be left to rot in this world forever.
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest is currently publishing . It is also Known as: ありふれた職業で世界最強, From Common Job Class to the Strongest in the World
The story begins with Yggdrasil, a popular online game which is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as "the most powerful wizard." The world continues to change, with non-player characters begining to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.
Overlord is currently publishing . It is also Known as: オーバーロード, Over Lord
12. Nozomanu Fushi no Boukensha
It's been ten years since Rentt Faina, a down-on-his luck Bronze-class adventurer, set his eyes on becoming Mithril-class. Unfortunately, Rentt finds himself helpless when confronted by a legendary Dragon in the Labyrinth of the Moon's Reflection...and is summarily eaten. But Rentt has miraculously reawakened...as a Skeleton?!
The Unwanted Undead Adventurer is currently publishing . It is also Known as: 望まぬ不死の冒険者, The Unwanted Immortal Adventurer
As a child, Raku Ichijo made a secret promise with his childhood sweetheart, keeping a pendant as a memento while his love took the key. He dreams of one day meeting his past love, but years later, reality smashes his hopes when Chitoge Kirisaki accidentally knees him in the face...
Though Raku’s a normal high schooler, his family heads the notorious yakuza gang the Shuei-Gumi faction! And he’s dragged into family affairs when he’s forced into a relationship with Chitoge, the daughter of a rival gang’s boss!
Despite their constant spats, the two somehow fool everyone with their false relationship. Raku then discovers that Chitoge has a mysterious key from her past, which she can’t remember... Plus, two other girls appear with keys as well—Kosaki Onodera and Marika Tachibana!
Caught in the midst of this love maelstrom, even more complications arise for Raku when his class decides on Romeo and Juliet as the class’s play for the school festival. Can the two false lovebirds pull off the impossible and make the play a success?
Nisekoi: False Love is finished and has 25 Volumes and 229 Chapters. It is also Known as: ニセコイ, Nisekoi
14. Kaifuku Jutsushi Yarinaoshi
Healing magicians cannot fight alone.’ Keare, who was bound by this common knowledge, was exploited again and again by others.But one day, he noticed what lay beyond healing magic, and was convinced that a healing magician was the strongest class. However, by the time he realized that potential, he was deprived of everything. Thus, he used healing magic on the world itself to go back four years, deciding to redo everything.This is a heroic tale of one healing magician who became the strongest by using knowledge from his past life and healing magic.
Kaifuku Jutsushi Yarinaoshi is currently publishing . It is also Known as: 回復術士のやり直し, Kaifuku Jutsushi Yarinaoshi: Sokushi Mahou to Skill Copy no Chouetsu Heal, The Rework of Healer, Redo of Healer, Kaifuku Jutsushi Yarinaoshi, Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi
15. 5-toubun no Hanayome
Fuutarou Uesugi is a poor, antisocial ace student who one day meets the rich transfer student Itsuki Nakano. They argue but when Uesugi realizes he is to be her tutor, he tries to get on better terms. While trying to do so he meets four other girls.
The Quintessential Quintuplets is finished and has 14 Volumes and 122 Chapters. It is also Known as: 五等分の花嫁, Go-toubun no Hanayome, The Five Wedded Brides, Gotoubun no Hanayome
16. Minamoto-kun Monogatari
Minamoto-kun has a face pretty enough to make people think he's a girl. Because of his face, he was bullied by the girls in middle school who were jealous of his good looks. He developed a fear of women due to the trauma, and for that reason chose to attend a high school for boys. Just as he enters college and makes a promise to himself to overcome the trauma of his past, his father remarries and asks him to move out of the house. His father arranges for him to live with his aunt for the time being. She is an extremely beautiful woman who is also a non-tenured professor at his college. When he arrives at her apartment, she shows him her breasts and tells him that he will be her "guinea pig" in her reverse Hikari Genji project.
Minamoto-kun Monogatari is finished and has 16 Volumes and 360 Chapters. It is also Known as: 源君物語, Minamoto's Story, Love Instruction: How to become a seductor
17. Shuumatsu no Harem
In the year 2040, Japan has advanced technologically to the point of no longer needing people to work. However the cure for some diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, has not been discovered—people who have this disease have to stay cryogenized for 5 years to receive the cure.
What was not expected when they woke up, was that they are the only hope for humanity to survive.
World's End Harem is finished and has 12 Volumes and 85 Chapters. It is also Known as: 終末のハーレム, Shuumatsu no Harem
18. Perfect Half
Once a world ruled by men, women stand up and fight to become men's equal. Now, in a land that is equally divided up between man and woman, the battle of the sexes is on! Who's going to win? But more importantly...what's the name of the game?
Perfect Half is currently publishing . It is also Known as: パーフェクトハーフ, Perfect Half
19. Momo no Musume!
After a crazy night, a young teacher is tricked into becoming the father of two gorgeous young girls.
Momo no Musume! is finished and has 1 Volumes and 4 Chapters. It is also Known as: MOMOの娘!, Momo no Musume!
20. The Second Coming of Gluttony
He was an addict, a loser, a despicable human being. But, one fleeting dream that may not have been a dream at all reawakens his once-lost senses. Possessing a very unique ability, he would use that, and the dream, to forge his path in the world now known as the Lost Paradise.
The Second Coming of Gluttony is currently publishing . It is also Known as: The Second Coming of Avarice