Well, harem manga is among the most popular genres of Japanese comics that typically feature a male protagonist surrounded by a group of female characters who all compete for his attention and affection. These series often include elements of romance, comedy, and fan service, making them a favorite among manga readers. With so many harem manga series to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which ones are worth your time. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the best harem manga series to read, counting down from 33 to 1.
33. Love Rush! (Ryouhei YAMAMOTO)
First on the list is Love Rush!, a manga series about Reiji Hakuba, a boy with a genetic condition called the Ubermale Gene, which makes him irresistible to girls. However, this condition becomes a nightmare when non-human girls, including a Cupid Princess from the Divine Realm, start chasing him around. The series blends genres of comedy, romance, and fantasy as Reiji navigates his new-found popularity while dealing with the challenges that come with it.
Up Next, we have Hundred, an action manga with elements of harem and romance. The story centers around Kirasagi Hayato, who aspires to become a Martial Arts Master using the powerful weapon called Hundred. He enrolls in the battleship university Little Garden, where he meets his roommate Emil Crossford, who seems to know him well, and the campus’ strongest martial arts master, Queen Claire Harvey, who challenges him to a duel after the entrance ceremony. With the help of his friends, Hayato must master the art of using the Hundred to defeat the mysterious life form Savaga and protect the earth.
31. The Testament of Sister New Devil
Known in Japanese as Shinmai Maou no Keiyakusha, The Testament of Sister New Devil is a famous manga series by Tetsuto UESU and illustrated by Kashiwa MIYAKO. The story follows high school student Toujo Basara who gains two seductive step-sisters, Mio and Maria after his father remarries. However, Basara soon learns that Mio is a succubus and Maria is a demon lord. As he navigates their world, he is forced into a contract but things go awry, and Basara becomes the master instead. Basara must learn to deal with his new demonic family, fend off their advances, and protect them from rival demon contractors.
30. Today’s Cerberus
Another harem series recommendation is Today’s Cerberus, which is a manga series by Ato Sakurai that follows the story of Chiaki Mikado, a boy who lost a part of his soul after being bitten by a three-headed puppy when he was young. As a teenager, he meets the same puppy again, but now in the form of three unique girls who are the guardians of the underworld. With their help, Chiaki tries to find happiness again and overcome the difficulties that come with his condition.
29. Shina Dark
Now we have Shina Dark, another nice manga series that blends elements of harem, comedy, action, and fantasy. The plot follows Kairi’s journey to find her missing sister, leading her to the mysterious island of Shina Dark. There, she teams up with a group of unique characters and uncovers the secrets of the island, which is home to a powerful demon lord who has been sealed away for centuries. Kairi and her friends must navigate various challenges and stop other demons from taking control of the island while unraveling the mystery surrounding the demon lord.
28. Dragons Rioting
Dragons Rioting is among the best martial arts harem manga of all time that you should check out. The story follows Rintaro, who has a unique condition where sexual arousal can be lethal for him. This makes things difficult for him when he enrolls at a former all-girls academy where 99 percent of the students are female. To make matters worse, there is a fierce power struggle between three powerful girls known as the Dragons, who are vying for control of the school. Can Rintaro survive and navigate this dangerous new world?
27. A.I. Love You
The classic A.I. Love You is a charming manga series from 1994 by Hitoshi Kobe. The protagonist, Hitoshi Kobe, is not very intelligent, lacks athletic ability, and is unpopular. However, he excels at creating artificial intelligence programs on his computer. His greatest creation is number 30, a program that closely simulates talking to a real girl. One stormy night, a lightning strike causes Number Thirty to emerge from the computer screen as a real girl, turning Hitoshi’s life upside down.
26. Samurai Harem: Asu no Yoichi
This a thrilling harem romance comedy manga that will surely become your new favorite read. Samurai Harem follows the journey of Yoichi Karasuma, a powerful young samurai who was raised in the mountains and sent to the city to gain life experience with the four Ikuraga sisters. However, his first attempt at adjusting to city life takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself arrested, and his hostess, Ibuki, must come to his rescue.
Living at the Ikuraga Dojo with Ayame, Kagome, and Chihaya, Yoichi must balance adapting to his new school life with the intense and at times violent training from Ibuki. As he makes an enemy out of the school delinquent and faces the threat of a mysterious man after his life, Yoichi’s quest for life experience becomes increasingly challenging. With a captivating plot, a top-notch art style, and entertaining characters, Samurai Harem: Asu no Yoichi is a must-read for any manga lover.
Authored by Sakurako Gokurakuin, Sekirei is an action-packed harem manga that you won’t regret reading. The story follows Minato Sahashi, a college student who has failed his entrance exams two years in a row. Feeling like a failure, he considers moving back in with his mother. However, his life takes a sudden turn when he meets Musubi, a Sekirei who literally falls into his lap. Sekirei are powerful beings who are engaged in fierce competition, and in order to win, Musubi needs to find her fated partner. To her surprise, Minato is the perfect fit. As the two of them work together to survive the deadly game, they become entangled in a web of intrigue and danger.
24. Girls Saurus
Girls Saurus by Kei Kusunoki is a hilarious harem manga that you won’t want to miss. Shingo Chiryuu is just an ordinary guy except for one thing – he’s terrified of girls. After being attacked by a girl with a higher weight who was rejected by him, Shingo now sees all girls as “dinosaurs”. Despite his attempts to avoid them, he always ends up surrounded by trouble-making girls, including the one who triggered his fear in the first place. Now, he must find a way to cure himself of his gynophobia while navigating his way through a sea of beautiful and quirky girls.
23. Inbura! Bishoujo Kyuuketsuki no Hazukashii Himitsu
Continuing our list, we have Inbura! Bishoujo Kyuuketsuki no Hazukashii Himitsu, is a really good manga series written by Tatsuya Endou in 2012. The story follows Amagi Kouichi, who gets involved with Itanami-san, a popular girl in his school who secretly happens to be a vampire. The series incorporates multiple genres such as comedy, ecchi/harem, romance, non-human protagonists, school life, and supernatural elements.
22. We Never Learn
We Never Learn is a heartwarming manga that features a harem of charming girls. The story revolves around Nariyuki Yuiga, a student from an impoverished family who aims to secure a full scholarship for college after high school. His principal agrees to grant him the scholarship on one condition – he must tutor the two smartest girls in the school to help them get into their desired colleges. Rizu is a science prodigy who wants to pursue liberal arts, while Fumino excels in literature but struggles with math. Despite being torn between his responsibilities and his growing feelings for the girls, Nariyuki embraces the challenge of tutoring the lovely duo.
21. Gal Gohan
Marii Taiyou’s Gal Gohan is a spicy manga that revolves around Miku, a high school student who identifies as a “gal.” She’s failing every class, but when she asks her Home Economics teacher, Yabe Shinji, to help her bake bribery cookies for her teachers, she discovers a newfound passion for cooking. Shinji is touched by her enthusiasm and starts a cooking club to connect better with his students, and Miku eagerly becomes the first member. The manga explores Miku’s growth as a student, cook, and person, as well as the relationships she develops through the club.
20. Tora Kiss: A School Odyssey
Tora Kiss: A School Odyssey is an action-packed manga that combines comedy, ecchi, harem, school life, and supernatural themes. Set on a mysterious island where a powerful monument was discovered 18 years ago, certain students who can extract data from the monument become able to summon creatures to battle. Satou Taketora, a lazy student ranked dead last, is dragged into a battle with his childhood friend and discovers that his summon is more than meets the eye. This 2012 harem manga is a thrilling adventure, with heartwarming moments, and is full of unexpected twists and turns.
DearS is a fascinating manga that explores themes of culture clash, acceptance, and relationships. The story’s protagonist, Takeya, initially sees the DearS as nothing more than a bunch of over-enthusiastic aliens, but as he interacts with them, he begins to see them in a new light. He also begins to develop feelings for Ren, the DearS he saved, which complicates his life even further. Along the way, the manga delves into the DearS’ society and their way of life, which provides interesting world-building and adds depth to the story. Overall, DearS is a must-read manga for fans of sci-fi and harem works.
18. Ai Kora
Coming in, we have Ai Kora, a funny harem manga series created by Kou Fumizuki in 1998. The story is about Aoi Sakuraba, who is set to inherit the Sakura department store and is deeply in love with Kaoru Hanabishi. They were engaged at a young age but the engagement was canceled when Kaoru left his family. Aoi is determined to find him and they face obstacles together to be together once again.
17. Monster Musume
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is a funny and fantastical manga from 2012 about monsters dating humans. Thanks to a law called the “Cultural Exchange Between Species Act,” these creatures live among humans. The story follows Kurusu Kimihito, a human who is forced to participate in the exchange program and ends up living with a snake-like creature named Miia. Kurusu has to help her adjust to human life, but things get complicated when he finds himself attracted to her and other monster girls who move in with him. The series combines comedy, romance, and slice-of-life elements, and is also considered ecchi.
Konosuba is a popular funny harem manga that combines adventure and fantasy themes. The story follows Kazuma Satou, a 16-year-old who dies in a funny accident and is given the choice to either go to heaven or be reincarnated in a real fantasy world. He chooses the latter and is tasked with defeating the Demon King who threatens this new world. However, he takes Aqua, the self-proclaimed water goddess with him, and she proves to be a provocative and difficult companion.
Together, they gather two more companions, an archwizard named Megumin and a crusader named Lalatina “Darkness” Dustiness Ford. The four of them form an odd party, each with their unique powers and personalities. Unfortunately, their adventure proves to be challenging and expensive, and Kazuma’s new life becomes a headache.
15. The World God Only Knows
Created by Tamiki Wakaki, The World God Only Knows is a shounen manga that combines comedy, fantasy, romance, and supernatural themes. The story follows high school student Keima Katsuragi, who is known as the “God of Conquest” online for his ability to win the hearts of any dating sim girl. Keima finds real-life girls annoying and fake.
One day, he accepts a strange message and summons a girl from hell named Elucia “Elsie” de Lute Ima, who tasks him with capturing runaway spirits that reside in girls’ hearts. If he fails, he will die. Keima uses his knowledge of dating sims to capture the spirits and win the hearts of real-life girls. The story also includes harem and otaku culture themes and takes place in a school setting. The manga was published from 2008 to 2014 and serialized in Shounen Sunday.
14. Highschool of the Dead
High School of the Dead is a top harem manga that combines action, drama, horror, romance, and ecchi themes. The story begins on a normal day, but suddenly, mindless zombies appear and society is thrown into chaos. Takashi Komuro, a second-year high school student, witnesses the zombies’ murderous nature and flees to the roof with friends Rei Miyamoto and Hisashi Igou.
The group soon realizes the harrowing reality of a world overrun by zombies. To survive, they must rely on a band of eccentric individuals, including Saeko Busujima, the kendo club president; Saya Takagi, a wealthy genius; Shizuka Marikawa, their voluptuous school nurse; and Kouta Hirano, a firearm-obsessed otaku. Together, they must defy all odds and fight against the horrifying undead.
13. Trinity Seven
Arata Kasuga’s life takes an unexpected turn when his cousin Hijiri disappears during a “Breakdown Phenomenon.” In order to save her, Arata enrolls at the Royal Biblia Academy where he finds himself surrounded by seven beautiful girls, each a master of their own magical art. Together, they embark on a journey to eradicate the Breakdown Phenomenon and rescue Hijiri. Trinity Seven is a good series, where you can enjoy their romantic and comedic adventures in this wizard harem school story.
12. Heaven’s Lost Property
Created by Suu Minazuki, Heaven’s Lost Property is a unique fantasy harem manga featuring angelic characters. The story follows Tomoki, who has had a recurring dream since childhood of a girl he loves disappearing into the sky. His classmate Sugata believes this dream is related to an alleged “new continent” floating above the planet, set to pass over their town at midnight. Sugata sends Tomoki to investigate, but Tomoki is surprised to find a scantily-clad angel named Ikaros falling from the sky. She introduces herself as a pet-class Angeloid and offers to fulfill Tomoki’s every wish. With her help, Tomoki is able to manipulate objects with ease, but he soon learns that Ikaros’s true motives may not be as pure as they seem.
11. The Quintessential Quintuplets
Written by Negi Haruba, The Quintessential Quintuplets is an exciting drama harem romance manga series that is definitely worth reading. The story follows a poor second-year high school student named Futaro Uesugi who lands a high-paying private tutoring job. However, to his surprise, his pupils are his own classmates, who happen to be quintuplets! Not only that, but they are all beautiful girls who are troublemakers and struggling with their studies. Futaro’s first task is to gain their trust, but it’s easier said than done. Despite the challenges, every day is filled with excitement and adventure as the curtain rises on the Nakano quintuplets’ quirky romantic comedy. This manga promises five times the cuteness and will surely leave you wanting more!
10. Demon King Daimao
Up next we have Demon King Daimao, a popular harem manga featuring a demon lord as the main character, who is surrounded by a plethora of beautiful girls. The story follows Akuto Sai, a young man who enrolls in the Constant Academy for Magick Arts with the hope of becoming a high priest and making a positive impact on the world. However, his destiny takes a dark turn when the school’s oracle predicts that he will become a “Demon Lord.”
As a result, Akuto is shunned and feared by his fellow students and must fight off monsters and bullies while also dealing with the unwanted attention of several beautiful girls. To make matters worse, he is under constant surveillance by a cute android and must navigate a complicated relationship with the violent Junko Hattori. Will he be able to defy his fate and overcome the challenges that come with being a transfer student in a magical high school, or will he become the feared demon king?
9. Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi is a popular harem manga series from the 2000s, written by Ken Akamatsu. The story follows ten-year-old Negi Springfield, who is given a surprising mission upon graduating from the magic academy – to teach English at an all-girls high school! Negi’s goal is to become a master mage, but he must also keep his magical powers hidden while tutoring his class of thirty-one students. The girls have a hard time taking him seriously due to his young age, except for Kagurazaka Asuna, who has a crush on the teacher Negi is replacing. Asuna discovers Negi’s secret and decides to make his life difficult. Despite the obstacles, Negi tries to complete his training and achieve his dreams.
8. Strawberry 100%
This is a shoujo manga series by Mizuki Kawashita, which was released in 2002 and falls under the ecchi, harem, and romance genres. The story follows Manaka Junpei, an ordinary guy who has two dreams: to become a filmmaker and to find his soulmate. By chance, he meets a girl on the school rooftop who was wearing strawberry panties, and he believes she could be the one. However, he doesn’t know which of the five girls who are all interested in him is the girl he’s looking for. As he searches for his true love, he gets many chances to discover the girl’s identity by the color of her panties.
7. GE: Good Ending
Kei Sasuga wrote an amazing harem manga about a guy named Seiji Utsumi, who is not good at sports and has a crush on a girl named Iketani. Although he’s skilled at dating sim games, he’s too shy to talk to Iketani in real life. One day, a new girl named Yuki joins his class and finds out about his crush. She decides to help him by getting him to join the tennis club. Yuki teaches him how to impress Iketani, but Seiji wonders if Yuki’s intentions are genuine and if he’ll ever win Iketani’s heart.
Nesikoi is a must-read school harem manga by Naoshi Komi that tells the story of Raku Ichijo, a high school student who meets Chitoge Kirisaki and gets off on the wrong foot with her. Their families happen to be rivals, and Raku’s father sets up a fake relationship between Raku and Chitoge to ease tensions between the two groups.
But Raku has a secret desire to find his long-lost childhood sweetheart, who gave him a pendant as a keepsake. The only problem is that he can’t recall her name or face. As Raku and Chitoge are forced to play the role of a couple, they begin to develop feelings for each other. Meanwhile, Raku meets other girls who may be his childhood sweetheart, leading to a romantic and comedic love triangle.
5. Ranma 1/2
Next up we have Ranma, an 80s harem manga written by Rumiko Takahashi. The story revolves around Ranma, who was raised to be a strong and masculine man, but there’s one problem: he’s half-woman! While training in China, he fell into a magical spring called Jusenkyo, which cursed him to transform into a beautiful woman whenever he’s splashed with cold water. To make matters worse, his father has arranged for him to be engaged to someone. Ranma tries to find a cure for his curse, train to become even stronger, and come to terms with his feminine side, all while dealing with the challenges of his betrothal.
4. To Love Ru
To Love Ru is a masterpiece of ecchi romance manga that needs no introduction, which features a blend of harem, comedy, and romantic moments. The talented Saki Hasemi wrote the story, while Kentaro Yabuki illustrated it. Rito was a typical high school student until an extraterrestrial princess named Lala landed in his bathtub. Now, he’s engaged to the most crucial woman in the universe, and her envious suitors are trying to kill him. As if that weren’t enough, Lala enrolls at his school, and Rito must survive both her wild inventions and assassination attempts. All the while, he must summon the courage to confess his true love to Haruna.
3. Love Hina
Authored by Ken Akamtsu Love Hina is one of the top harem manga series that you should absolutely read. The story focuses on Urashima Keitarou, a total loser who has failed the Tokyo University entrance exams two years in a row. He’s been kicked out of his parents’ house and is now penniless and desperate. With nowhere else to turn, he heads to his grandmother Hinata’s inn, hoping for a place to stay while he figures out his next move. Little does he know that the inn has been turned into an all-girls dormitory!
In true Keitarou fashion, he manages to embarrass himself by accidentally grabbing an eyeful of every girl in the place. The fiery-tempered high school student Narusegawa Naru is the first to take offense and dishes out some brutal punishment. But things take a surprising turn when Keitarou receives a letter from grandma Hinata, appointing him as the dorm’s new live-in manager.
Is this a blessing or a curse? Keitarou is about to find out as he navigates the challenges of managing an all-girls dorm while pursuing his dreams of getting into Tokyo U and finding his childhood sweetheart (whose face he can’t even remember). Along the way, he’ll encounter a bevy of beautiful and quirky girls, all vying for his attention and affection. Will Keitarou be able to survive this unpredictable new life and find true love? Find out in Love Hina!
2. Rosario + Vampire
This is Rosario + Vampire, a harem manga series that will take you on a thrilling adventure with Tsukune Aono. At fifteen years old, Tsukune is just an average guy with mediocre grades, no real hobbies, and no prospects for a great future. However, everything changes when his parents enroll him in the Youkai Academy, a school for monsters that are learning how to coexist with humans.
As the only human in a school filled with werewolves, vampires, witches, and other terrifying creatures, Tsukune is initially afraid for his life. However, he soon realizes that the monsters at Youkai Academy are required to keep their human forms and are not as bloodthirsty as he had originally thought. In fact, he quickly catches the eye of several stunning girls, including the beautiful vampire Moka, a curvaceous succubus, and a young witch. The story gets spicy from there!
1. Highschool DxD
At number 1 we have Highschool DxD, a well-known harem manga series. Issei’s greatest desire is to spend his days surrounded by girls, so he’s overjoyed to enroll in Kuou Academy, a once all-female high school filled with beautiful girls. Little did he know that his first girlfriend would turn out to be a fallen angel who kills him on the spot with a lance to the heart. Fortunately, Rias, his popular classmate who is actually a demon, brings him back to life with one condition: he must become her servant. Issei now finds himself in the midst of a fierce power struggle between demons, fallen angels, and exorcists, with the fate of his new friends hanging in the balance.