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Levels of Reverse Harem

Reverse Harem titles were very limited when I first started the blog eleven years ago. I was flexible with many titles where it's only ...


This blog is solely for my chronicles and reviews of reverse harem animes, mangas, manhwas, novels and live action series and movies (jdrama, kdrama, tdrama) with other whatnot and bits of otome.

Reverse Harem or Male Harem (逆ハーレム gyaku haaremu) is a loose genre popularized in Japanese mangas wherein the heroine is surrounded by male characters (3 or more) who are generally bishonens or ikemen or flower boys.

Romance is the central theme but it doesn't necessarily mean that all the characters will all fall in love with her. I've also included situations wherein instead of 'surrounded', the heroine will be pursued by a lot of guys all at the same time...or not. This collection of guys also show a variety of character stereotypes.

Also check out  Levels of Reverse Harem.

Happy Anniversary (originally posted on September 26, 2008)

Wee it's been a year already!

Holy Grail

My most favorite when I started watching animes was "Fushigi Yugi". Over the years I kept on looking for animes similar to "Fushigi Yugi" but I couldn't find one because I didn't know what I was looking for and my only resource then were AXN-Asia and Animax. On January 2007 (9 years after Fushigi Yugi), I picked a random title from Memento's site. I have no idea what the anime is about. All I care is that I want to watch an anime that is short and has an ending and it was "Ouran High School Host Club". Kirimi's statement is a phenomenal line that will later produce 180 posts, almost 50,000 hits and counting. It also paved the way for me into reading mangas and watching Asian dramas.  There's something about a girl and a love dodecagon of swoon-worthy bishies.

Big Bang Theory

I've always wondered who coined the word 'reverse harem'. Hands down "Ouran" popularized the buzzword in 2006. But the contender of the most popular cookie-cut reverse harem with one girl surrounded by three or more guys is Yuu Watase's "Fushigi Yugi ". The manga debuted in 1992 while the anime aired in 1995. I think this officially set the trend in stone and no earlier anime may equal the cult following and franchise it earned.

I'm also thinking that reverse harems probably evolved (aside from branching out from harem) from stories wherein girls have multiple suitors or love interests spread out in different timelines like "Candy Candy" (1975) and "Georgie" (1981). They're kinda like grandmothers of reverse harems. As per Mangaupdates, the oldest reverse harem titles we got are "Soredemo Chikyuu wa Mawatteru" (1984), "Fusuma Land 4.5" (1984), "Akogare Boukensha" (1985), "Momoka Typhoon" (1987) and "Hanasakeru Seishounen" (1987). They should also add Hiatari Ryoukou! (1980.) We can probably call them pioneers of reverse harem.

For otome games, the first generally acknowledged is "Angelique" which was first released in 1994.
Reverse Harem has also gained popularity in Western Fiction. The first intentionally reverse harem is The Ghost Bird Series in 2012.  


Statistically, there are a lot of girls over boys, but all it takes is some common cliches and creative storytelling for a reverse harem recipe. There's the guardians, all-boy clubs, girls disguised as a boy or the only girl student in an all boy-school, stepbrothers, girl in an all-boy dorm or house and more. In some cases, they don't use these devices and guys with no connection or relation to each other fall for our heroine. Of course, the guys will represent a character stereotype as further explained by Kirimi like the prince type, twincest etc. More bishies, more variety.

Ze Future

I decided to create my first and only fansite after I've seen all the reverse harem animes listed in Wikipedia (They deleted it BTW but here's how the list looks like) and I couldn't find a resource. After each manga or drama that I've finished, I tell to myself oh well it's time to start reading the manga versions of the animes but up to this day I've never done it yet. Because every day I discover some old and new titles. I didn't know that it had been around for such a long time and it must be getting more popular as we learn new projects. In case you've noticed, I haven't started any otome review yet. I really appreciate those who frequently visit this site, who recommended titles and who shared their thoughts since I first started this. Keep on supporting this site and hopefully, the animation studios will also realize that we need more reverse harems!


Why Reverse Harem Garden? Hmm.. Let's see "For you in Full Blossom," "Meteor Garden", "The Wallflower"...The uber-abundance of roses in "Ouran High School Host Club" and sakuras in "Saiunkoku Monogatari". And to sum this all up here's a cheesy haiku that I wrote in the banner before:

red rosebud blossoms
bishonens by the dozens
love blooms in Eden

9/27/2013 updated oldest reverse harem
6/4/2019 removed Hana Yori Dango and added Levels of Reverse Harem

Also, check out: A Decade of Reverse Harem