Reverse harems aren’t common in manga, but there are some great ones out there with plenty of romance to go around.
Reverse harems are generally a lot of fun, as they lack the heavy fanservice that makes regular harems unappealing to some fans. They are more shojo in nature, and many are inspired by otome games with multiple endings. While reverse harems are far more uncommon than regular harems, some of them have gone on to become some of the most well-known anime shows of all time.
However, for fans looking for their next favourite manga, it can be difficult to find a solid reverse harem that doesn’t feel like the story’s romance is going nowhere.
11. Alice in the Country of Hearts
After being kidnapped by a handsome man with rabbit ears, Alice Liddell finds herself abandoned in the strange land of Wonderland and thrust into a “game” whose rules she has yet to learn. Alice, ever the brave tomboy, sets out to explore and learn the lay of the land, determined to find her rude kidnapper and give him a piece of her mind (and her fist).
But she hasn’t realised she’s walked right into the middle of a dangerous power struggle involving nearly all of Wonderland’s attractive, weapon-wielding denizens. And the only way for Alice to get back home is to get to know all of them?! How in the world is she going to do that and stay alive?!
10. Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom
Mizuki Ashiya is a Japanese adolescent growing up in the United States. She became instantly enamoured with Japanese track star Izumi Sano’s grace and style after seeing him on TV one day, and she became determined to find him and confess her love.
She is able to transfer to his all-boys school by concealing her feminine identity, and she ends up as his roommate as a result. While the rest of her classmates simply suspect she’s a very girly boy, Sano sees through her mask in time, and the two of them must work together to keep Ashiya’s true gender hidden.
Now, Ashiya must not only try to confess to the man she loves, but also assist him in working through his personal issues while keeping her secret hidden from the school!
9. My Darling! Miss Bancho
Souka and her recently divorced mother relocate to a new location to begin a new life. Souka decides to transfer from her preppy, private high school to a technical high school while looking for a school to attend. She is, to her surprise, the only female student in the entire school! The first day of school is nothing like she expected, with boys crashing through the window, fighting for their lives.
Souka is ambushed one day by the school’s current “Bancho” (a gang leader). Yu, one of her classmates, comes to her rescue, determined to protect her, but Yu becomes embroiled in a struggle. Souka swings her book bag in an attempt to assist, but ends up taking down the Bancho herself! What Souka didn’t realise was that when you assassinate the class’s leader, you automatically become the class’s leader. This was not a role she expected for herself, but will she be able to let it go?
8. Saiouji Kyoudai ni Komarasareru no mo Warukunai
Satou Fuuka is a ward of the state. Her aunt, who was her guardian, vanished in the middle of the night, leaving her penniless. Her parents wanted her to go to school, so she was looking for work to help pay for her tuition and rent. She goes to be interviewed for a part-time housekeeper job but is turned down before she can say anything because the guy offering the job is the eldest of four brothers and the household is all-male.
He takes pity on her and offers her the job as a live-in position after she tells him her storey. He does, however, have one condition: she must disguise herself so that his brothers do not become interested in her. Her disguise: she has a lot of towels wrapped around her body to make her look fat, makeup to make her look old, her hair is all loose, and she wears glasses. Fuuka notices that none of the brothers appear to be related.
7. Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden
Takiko Okuda lives in a small Japanese town with her dying mother in 1923, struggling with feelings of loneliness and heartbreak. Her absentee father returns home after a long absence with a mysterious book titled ‘The Universe of the Four Gods,’ which he has spent years obsessively translating.
Takiko’s mother dies, and she vents her frustration and anger on this book that her father seems to value more than his family; to make matters worse, she is then transported into the book and given the title Priestess of Genbu. However, the Priestess and her seven celestial warriors are not welcome in this land of Hokkan; Takiko must overcome many trials to save this other world that does not seem to want her.
6. Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School is a prestigious private boarding school where money and status are everything. Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at the elite school who is disgusted by the sluggish attitude of the wealthy and powerful students toward their studies. The Host Club is an excellent example of this: a group of six attractive and wealthy boys spend their time entertaining female students for a fee.
When Haruhi accidentally breaks an 8,000,000 vase belonging to the club, they force her to work off her debt as a member of the club, and she must disguise herself as a boy! Can Haruhi keep her gender hidden from the club’s elite members?
5. Mochiron, Isharyouseikyuu Itashimasu!
“I’m calling off our engagement!” My fiancee abruptly declared?! He appears to be in love with the recently transferred count’s daughter and intends to make me the villain in order to break the engagement. Despite the fact that I have no lingering feelings for the engagement, don’t I have to claim a sizable consolation prize?
4. Oresama Teacher
Mafuyu is the quintessential yanki chick: no-nonsense, bossy, and direct. When she is expelled for being a delinquent, her mother, fed up with her daughter’s misbehaviour, sends Mafuyu to a remote school in the country. Mafuyu decides to turn over a new, feminine, well-behaved leaf in order to make the best of a bad situation and make her mother proud.
Her yanki soul, however, cannot be contained, and the night before school begins, she finds herself defending a guy who is being beaten up. One slip wouldn’t have been a problem if the guy wasn’t…her teacher?! Mafuyu will never be able to learn to be a girly girl if her teacher refuses to let her forget her yanki past.
3. The Story of Saiunkoku
The people of Saiunkoku, an ancient and mythological land, have begun to recover from a period of war and famine; thus, when an official from the imperial court offers the impoverished and beautiful Shuurei more money than she could ever dream of in exchange for a favour, she seizes the opportunity.
What she doesn’t expect is to be asked to become a concubine to the reclusive Emperor and assist him in his transformation into a better leader. Furthermore, the Emperor demonstrates little intelligence, appears uninterested in ruling, and is said to prefer men. One thing is certain: Shuurei has a lot of work ahead of her!
2. Reijou wa Mattari wo Goshomou.
Ronia begins her day-to-day life as the manager of a coffee shop in a town on the outskirts of the country after completing her role as the villainess. She wished for a carefree life, but she gets dizzy because her only customers are those who court her… The strong and admired beast mercenary group walks into her shop one day. A relaxed, fluffy reverse harem lifestyle with the beast mercenary group!
1. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
Katarina, a girl of noble birth in another world, has an accident at the age of eight that unlocks her memories–of playing an otome game that is exactly like the life she is living now. There’s just one problem: she realises she’s playing the villain, and only bad endings await her! What will it take for her to “break the game” and live a fulfilled life?
- The Wallflower
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