By what criteria do you judge a man, or in this case a male protagonist in anime? Is it their ability to make the right decisions? win every battle? or seduce every woman? Harem protagonists rarely accomplish these tasks, with them being dense, cowardly and quick to whine. However, on rare occasion, you get a harem action anime that’s interesting to watch despite all the tropes the genre has working against it. Here’s our top 10 list just in case you’re interested in which ones you should check out.
10. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct. 2015 - June 2016
Upon his first moments of transferring into Seidoukan Academy, Amagiri Ayato stumbles upon the mother of all harem tropes. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a tsundere threatening a guy with physical violence for seeing her panties. That is our first introduction to transfer student Ayato and his said tsundere Julis. However, the plot takes a surprise turn, as in the midst of being challenged by the #1 tsundere on campus, Ayato turns the tables on her and even saves her life when he foils an assassination attempt. Things aren’t as they seem at Seidoukan Academy, and the world of Asterisk War is rife with overarching schemes by the powerful looking to stay in power.
On a mission to discover what happened to his older sister who was last seen at the school, he finds himself becoming sympathetic to Julis’ goal of winning the upcoming Phoenix Fiesta and sending her winnings back to her impoverished country. As a princess, she has taken it upon herself to become a strong warrior, and her strength so far has only been matched by Ayato himself. Together with a host of other female students, they compete in spectacular battles that go beyond traditional harem action scenes. If you want an anime with some flash, Asterisk War is a must-watch.
9. Omamori Himari
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2010 - Mar. 2010
Nekomimi (cat ear) girl lovers unite! Omamori Himari pits the hesitant, cat allergic Amakawa Yuto against the forces of evil. Protected by his ancestral guardian Himari, a cat demon that has watched over him since he was a child, Yuto tries to bridge peace between the warring demons and the overzealous exorcists who hunt them. Yuto’s harem consists of demon girls and humans, and while he himself is usually under their protection, he does have a considerable amount of power waiting to be unleashed. If you’re interested in the prospect of monster girls battling for the fate of the world, Omamori Himari is your next watch.
8. Seiken Tsukai no World Break (World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2015 - Mar. 2015
In a world beset with vicious demonic beasts, Haimura Moroha has entered Akane Academy on a mission to defend the powerless. Trained to be Saviors, these students are actually reincarnations of their past lives, having access to powers that they possessed hundreds or thousands of years ago. In Moroha’s case, he is a rare type that has reincarnated twice, and each time has possessed overwhelming strength.
On his third life at Akane Academy, he is reunited with not just a lover from his past life, but his sister as well. While regaining the memories of his past lives, he achieves power that quickly places him among the most powerful beings on the planet. Motivated by his reconnection with his past loves, he seeks to destroy the monsters that plague the world. World Break offers a wide array of elements that make it a solid choice for this list, so be sure to investigate it for yourself
7. Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! (Majikoi ~ Oh! Samurai Girls)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2011 - Dec. 2011
Based on an eroge visual novel of the same name, Majikoi follows Naoe Yamato as he seeks to become an influential leader in the world. Students at Yamato’s school place a strict adherence to the code of the samurai, dictating how they behave and fight at school. He commands his classmates as a shogun, and his military brilliance has made him the center of attention, especially to the girls.
Unfortunately, his heart is only set on his senpai and elder sister figure Kawakami Momoyo, the strongest girl at school who has brutally rejected him twice, feeling nothing for him as a man. Yamato is dejected, but still focused on achieving his goals of becoming a man worth following. He continues his days as the leader of a group of modern day samurai girls who want nothing more than to win every battle for their heartbroken shogun. If you want a funny harem show with a good dose of action, give Majikoi a watch.
6. Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou (Demon King Daimao)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2010 - June 2010
Imagine being the nicest guy in the world but everyone treating you like you’re Satan incarnate. Welcome to the world of Sai Akuto, who has just become a high school student at the Constant Magical Academy. There, his future aptitude test scores him as Demon King, a role that has gone unfilled since the previous one tried to take over the world and was slain.
Being the Maou isn’t all that bad. For one, he discovers he has near limitless magical ability, and despite all the misunderstandings and attempts to behead him, the girls keep falling for him. Sometimes it’s just easier to conform to others’ expectations, and when it comes with this many perks, Akuto might as well do so. If you want a funny protagonist who is just as badass as you expect, give this one a viewing.
5. Shinmai Mao no Testament (The Testament of Sister New Devil)
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: Jan. 2015 - Mar. 2015
Toujou Basara has just been told by his father that he’s remarrying, and that he will have two new little sisters. After meeting Mio and Maria, his father leaves overseas for work, leaving the three alone, awkwardly. However, as soon as they’re alone, the two attempt to brainwash Basara into leaving the house, revealing they are demons who only used him and his father for a place to hide. Their plan fails, as Basara reveals he is actually a hero, a race of powerful warriors that slay demons. He pities them, and before killing them, spares their lives.
Basara’s father later reveals that he’d planned to have him protect them, as Mio is the daughter of the last demon lord who sought peaceful coexistence. Filled with a sense of duty, Basara decides to protect them from both the demons and other heroes who wish the daughter of the demon lord dead. Testament is easily one of the lewdest borderline hentai you’ll find, but it is also filled with action scenes to accent the ecchi. You’ll definitely see why this show made the list if you decide to watch it.
4. Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari (Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Mar. 2009 - Mar. 2010
Masaki Kenshi, the younger brother of the legendary harem MC Masaki Tenshi, finds himself in another world filled with giant robots. In this world, women pilot Sacred Mechanoids as the number one tool of warfare. After being used and lied to in a plot to assassinate Princess Lashara, she recognizes his skill and makes him her servant as she attends an academy for pilots, of which he secretly is one.
Kenshi’s otherworldly abilities and mannerisms quickly make him a celebrity at school, and he finds himself becoming the object of affection for nearly every girl there. As a plot to overthrow Prince Lashara develops, Kenshi finds himself battling against an entire army to keep her safe, as well as trying to find his place in this new world and why he came to be in it. Not only does War on Geminar have a dubious amount of mech action, Kenshi quite possibly has the largest harem in anime, at one point extending to an entire school and beyond. A can’t miss if you’re a fan of these types.
3. Trinity Seven
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2014 - Dec. 2014
Kasuga Arata lived a seemingly normal life with his cousin and childhood friend Hijiri, until he one day realized that the sun was black. The revelation that his world was merely a dream following an apocalypse of his own making led him to enroll at an academy for mages. There, he learns that the only way to control his power so that he will no longer be a threat to those he cares about is to gain the trust and support of the Trinity Seven, the greatest female magicians at school. Committed to unlocking his full potential and uncovering what happened to the real Hijiri, he fights demons and evil mages alike alongside the girls, with each fight bringing him closer to his goal.
Trinity Seven has probably the best harem MC bar none. Arata is cool, calm, and collected, and isn’t afraid to let his lust be known to the beautiful women that surround him. Although the results don’t usually pan out any better than for any other harem MC, he tries his best, and it usually results in an entertaining turn of events regardless. If you consider yourself a fan of harems and haven’t seen this, you need to correct that immediately.
2. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2015 - June 2015
Just try and think up a longer titled anime off the top of your head. You can’t, can you? That’s why we call it Danmachi. Bell Cranel, who is as green as a rookie adventurer can be, lives a humble life with his goddess Hestia. One day, his life is saved by a legendary adventurer named Ais Wallenstein, the encounter with which causes him to both fall in love with her and awaken to a new power within him.
Hestia notices this change and is motivated to push him forward on his desired path as an adventurer, albeit as far away from the “thieving” Ais as possible. Finally able to push past his limits, Bell meets new adventurers on his quest, and finds himself getting involved with many women both in and out of the dungeon. One of the most interesting fantasy action anime in recent years, Danmachi has it where it counts in spades.
1. High School DxD
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2012 - Mar. 2012
Hyoudou Issei is confessed to out of nowhere by a beautiful girl out of his wildest fantasies. After their first date however, she’s standing over him as he lies in a pool of blood. He awakens from what he imagined was a bad dream only to find himself in bed with another beautiful girl, Rias Gremory, who informs him he’s now a devil. She saved his life from his ex-fallen angel and made him her servant after realizing his true potential. Motivated by her promise to help him become a harem king in his long future as a devil, he finds himself in a longstanding conflict between gods, dragons, demons and angels. Will Issei be able to squeeze his beloved oppai before he finally gets killed for real?
The ultimate in harem action, this series does the genre total and complete justice. Plentiful girls, epic fight scenes, and a heavy dose of ecchi comedy, DxD is exactly what makes the genre worth watching. Do yourself a favor and catch this one ASAP.
Harem action is an acquired taste, and one that has a broad spectrum of series to choose from. We dare you to come up with some better shows than these! Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!
One of the biggest genres in anime has to be harem. There are harems with all sorts of themes and plots, but sometimes, you just want something classic: the action harem. Action harem anime are great because they combine two things for fans: lots of girls and action! Action is one of the most popular genres between women and men, so why wouldn't an action harem anime draw in crowds?
Sometimes you need that balance between action and harem to really enjoy a series. After all, there are a lot of harem anime out there that are so generic you can't quite point one out from the other. That's why a good action harem anime can be hard to find. There's a lot of crap to wade through to find a gem. Don't worry, though, we took care of the hard work and have come up with a few recommendations that should pique your interest.
Without further ado, let us introduce to you our list of Top 10 Action Harem Anime!
10. IS: Infinite Stratos
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2011 - April 2011
Infinite Stratos, also known as IS, is a mecha exoskeleton that was engineered by the Japanese and used as a weapon. Women are the only ones able to operate Infinite Stratos, but one boy, Orimura Ichika, discovers that he is the first and only male to be able to operate an Infinite Stratos. Ichika is thrown into an IS pilot training school to learn how to operate the Infinite Stratos, but of course, this school is full of women.
IS: Infinite Stratos is one action harem anime that is worth your time! The girls can steal your heart away with the power of moe, but Infinite Stratos does not do this with gross amounts of fan service, although there is still plenty. One aspect that makes Infinite Stratos stand out is its use of mecha action. It is very prominent in the anime, often being the reason why the girls can hang out with Ichika. Yes, this is a harem anime, but it definitely pulls in more action than you might think; it's the core of much of the plot!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2009 - December 2009
When the sky is blanketed in red and the moon pitch black, monsters dominate the streets. Satsuki Kakeru and his best friend Yuka find themselves in a strange world where nothing else seems to exist. They question how real the Red Night is when it ends, but it occurs again. It is in this instance that Yuka and Satsuki meet four others who share their fate. Together, they must fight the dangers of this world and survive.
Starting with a bit of mystery, 11eyes draws you into a strange world very much like our own where our heroes must fight for survival. As an action harem anime, 11eyes does a fair job with its super-powered characters. There's a lot of action as the characters fight the monsters together to ensure their own survival. Of course, you can't forget the girls! In this action anime, there is no lack of moe! How could you not fall in love with Lisette? Well, to each their own, but you can't decide until you watch!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2008 - September 2008
No one knows this but a spaceship once crash landed on Earth filled with humanoids with great power called Sekirei. Should a Sekirei kiss a human possessing the gene Ashikabi, they will bond and a stronger power will awaken within the Sekirei. Sekirei follows Sahashi Minato who has become quite the joke because he's failed the college entrance exams twice. Everything changes when, while escaping two Sekirei, Musubi crashes into Sahashi and kisses him. Now, Minato must fight in a game of life or death with Musubi in the Sekirei Plan.
If you love ecchi and harem anime, you must have heard of Sekirei at least once! First off, Musubi is a moe character if there ever was one. Yes, Musubi might be strong but with her adorable demeanor, it's hard to remember how much of a threat she can be. You also can't say Musubi isn't daring despite what she may seem like. This is not an anime that skimps on fan service! Let's not forget that this is a list of action harem anime; there is plenty of action to be found. The Sekirei are powerful enough that the action doesn't bore the audience and for once, an ecchi anime has a plot. What? Yes, Sekirei has a great plot that can actually pull you in even if the ecchi does not. Sekirei is a good balance between ecchi and plot so you won't find yourself wasting your time watching this action harem anime.
7. Date A Live
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2013 - June 2013
Thirty years ago, a Spacequake resulted in the deaths of hundreds of millions of people in east Asia. Today, these Spacequakes are more common. One day, Itsuka Shidou is caught in a Spacequake while trying to save his sister. It is then that Shidou meets a girl who is a Spirit, a being from another world with great power. Shidou's sister shows up with an anti-Spirit strike team to save Shidou, but what is going on? While his sister may be ready to fight a violent fight, Shidou is determined to neutralize the Spirits by stealing their hearts. Now, Shidou must charm Spirits on dates while the fate of the universe is at stake!
If you think Date A Live won't have enough fan service, you are dead wrong! Yes, this is an action harem anime that definitely does not let up on the craziness that is a harem; there are dere of all types! Yandere anyone? On the other hand, Date A Live does stay consist in its plot and yes, it's a moe anime but you are guaranteed that when you watch it, it won't go off track the way other series do. The action is consistent and explosively fun! If you're looking for an action harem anime that's fun, intriguing, and full of surprises, Date A Live has got you covered.
6. Hayate no Gotoku (Hayate the Combat Butler)
- Episodes: 52
- Aired: April 2007 - March 2008
Ayasaki Hayate is sold to the yakuza because of his parent's debt. Hayate attempts to flee and runs into Sanzenin Nagi. Hayate kidnaps Nagi to collect a ransom to pay off his parent's debt, but Nagi misunderstands and believes that Hayate is confessing to her. Hayate actually ends up saving Nagi from real kidnappers resulting in his being hired as a butler for Nagi because she is, in fact, from one of the richest families in the country. Hayate has the worst luck, but he starts his job as Nagi's personal butler, protecting her from any danger and accidentally capturing the hearts of all.
Hayate no Gotoku is a great action harem anime all centered around the unlikely Ayasaki Hayate. He doesn't seem like much, but he has the skills to be so much more. You have girls falling left and right for Hayate, people trying to get to Nagi, and well, just about everything that can go wrong, will. There's no end to the madness, but Hayate has the skill to handle it all! There's so much going on in this action harem anime, don't miss out!
5. Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri (GATE)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2015 - September 2015
Itami Youji is an otaku who works for his hobby, but he works as an officer of the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF). While attempting to attend a doujin con in Ginza, Tokyo, a gate appears unleashing unusual creatures and warriors wearing medieval armor upon the innocent civilians of Tokyo. Youji and the JSDF attempt to stop the rebellion while saving as many lives as possible. Three months later, Youji and the JSDF are going to go through the gate to discover the new world and create bonds with the local people. Of course, they have to be careful or else there will be war!
Gate is all about the action revolving around the JSDF. Using military power, Youji is always dealing with any issue that stands in his way. Don't underestimate the power of the JSDF! By Youji's side are some lovely ladies who have a great amount of power at their fingertips, supporting Youji on his campaign through the new world. Gate is a harem anime that isn't obscene with fan service. It's got a plot, character development, and it's a lot of fun. Plus, the main character is an otaku. Can't you relate?
4. Strike the Blood
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2013 - March 2014
The Fourth Progenitor is a vampire that paralyzes people in fear because he is believed to possess so much power that should he truly exist, it would be an act of war. The Fourth Progenitor is surprisingly, very real and he lives in Itogami City where humans and demons coexist. Akatsuki Kojou used to be a normal high school student, but now he possesses powers stronger than any vampire. To keep him in check, Himeragi Yukina, an apprentice sword-shaman, has been sent to keep an eye on Kojou and kill him, but if he is really all that powerful, why is only an apprentice watching over him?
If you are looking for an enjoyable anime to burn away time with, you'll find that Strike the Blood is well worth your time. There is a good balance of plot, ecchi, and action that will ensure you aren't repulsed as some harem anime are known for. The female characters are surprisingly well developed so you can find some enjoyment in them. Of course, you will have your fan service so fans, don't worry! However, Strike the Blood does not fall into mediocrity like other series as the plot will pull you in with its intrigue. If you're sick of the same shit, Strike the Blood will surprise you with how different it can be following a similar formula. Strike the Blood surprisingly does it well; this is an action harem anime worth watching!
3. Highschool of the Dead
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2010 - September 2010
Humans have become infected by a strange disease that has turned the victims into the living dead who have attacked many humans. At Fujimi High School, there are a handful of students and a nurse who have grouped together to escape the school and find a place of safety. However, these zombies won't make it easy for them and there is a rather devious teacher out there who is nothing short of sinister.
If there are two words that can describe Highschool of the Dead, it'd be "boobs" and "violence." Yes, there's a lot of action going on in this anime (in every sense of the word) from incredible anime jiggle physics to zombie massacres. There's blood, brutality, and they even manage to tear at your heartstrings in the first episode. Don't forget the boobs because there are plenty of those! Although Highschool of the Dead is known for its fan service, you will get just as much action and there's a lot in the plot that is actually interesting, including the main antagonist. Lots of fan service doesn't make a bad anime, guys!
2. High School DxD
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2012 - March 2012
Hyoudou Issei is nothing more than a pervert whose hobby is peeping on women and aspires to build a harem. Things change when Issei goes out on a date with a beautiful girl who turns out to be a fallen angel who kills him without hesitation. With the help from Rias Gremory, a devil with strong powers, Issei is revived and given the job as Rias' servant. Now, Issei is learning how to fight with his new powers to survive in a world with angels and demons.
High School DxD is famous for Rias Gremory who is waifu supreme. Rias is perfect in every way, but let's not forget the other characters who make High School DxD a fun watch. This action harem anime has plenty of both as the action is centered around the battles between angels and demons, and everyone in between. Issei also seems to be looking for more trouble than he can really handle. Now, we can't forget the girls! The girls fit every moe and dere mold you can think of! Rias is the master of all, but is she really? This is one harem anime that fits the mold but does so much more with it than anything else on the market.
1. Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: May 2009 - May 2010
Masaki Kenshi is teleported from Earth to a world called Geminar, where there are few male mecha pilots. In order to return home, Kenshi opted to pilot the Sacred Mechanoid to accomplish the task of assassinating Lashara Earth XVIII, the ruler of the Shtrayu Empire. Unfortunately for Kenshi, luck is not on his side. Kenshi soon ends up being a prisoner of Lashara. Lashara does throw Kenshi a bone and offers him the job as her personal slave and be given another shot at piloting the Sacred Mechanoid.
While the harem anime pool has all become generic and bland, Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari will surely blow all the others out of the water. While Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari seems to follow that typical harem mold, you'll be surprised by how much you'll enjoy it. While you have girls of every dere type, when you are given moe, you actually feel moe! You won't find yourself facing irritating female dere types. There's a good balance of mecha action and a plot that is interesting enough to pull you in. You won't regret giving Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari a chance! To put it over the top, this is a spin-off the Tenchi Muyo! series. Interested, now?
There's a harem anime for everyone, but if you're looking for a good action harem anime, these are the anime for you! There's action, boobs, character development, boobs, and lots of plot. And boobs. So long as the anime has it all, can you really go wrong with lots of boobs? We think not!
For all harem fans out there with taste, what do you think of this list of Top 10 Action Harem Anime? Are there some that you love? Do you have any you think should be on our list? Share them all!