Top 10 Sexy Ecchi Harem Anime [Updated Best Recommendations]

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There are many reasons why the harem anime genre is extremely popular, and one of the main reason why (probably) is the viewers can project themselves to the main character who is often a blank slate/zero personality surrounded by girls vying for his love and attention. And the second reason is to see lovely ladies with different personalities interact to the main character.

The first reason is very straightforward and projecting oneself is a form of personal entitlement, it comes at the cost of the male character being an annoying, boring, undeserving, and with a bland personality. The second reason is far more complicated than you think because countless waifu-wars and millions of lives were lost because one side prefers a girl over the other. Harem anime discussions are very serious business.

*ahem*

This article is an update to our previous Top 10 Sexy Ecchi Harem Anime list back in 2015, but you can also consider as an extension to that article like a Top 20. Now you might be thinking: “Isn’t sexy and ecchi have practically the same meaning?” Both are not the same because ecchi simply means being raunchy and lewd. Not every sexy person you see is out to flash their panties at you. Just saying.

Anyway, let’s cut to the chase and jump into Honey’s Top 10 Sexy Ecchi Harem Anime!

10. Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2015-June 2015

Yamada Ryuu enrolled to a new school far away so he can start a life and away from everyone who knew of his violent and delinquent nature. Sadly, he got bored at being productive so his old habits returned and he's back to his old self not taking classes seriously and getting into fights. As fate would have it, Ryuu bumps and trips into honors student Shiraishi Urara and they accidentally kissed! However, that's not the end of it because it turns out Urara is secretly a witch and they swapped bodies!

Before descending into the madness that is harem anime, new fans of the genre should start out with this anime as a starting point. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is a harem-lite anime without the excess baggage like heavy fanservice, a wimpy male character, and his indefinite indecisiveness to romance a girl while keeping the theme of multiple girls longing for the MC’s affection. The main selling point of this series is the humor surrounding the witches and Yamada’s power to copy a witch’s power through kissing. Only a handful of female characters are in love with Ryuu, but that doesn’t mean the anime lacks in the sexy department. Shiraishi Urara, Odagiri Nene just to name a few are exceptionally lovely ladies. The anime is no Kimi no Na wa., but it doesn’t need to.


9. Kiss x Sis

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2010-June 2010

Suminoe Keita, Suminoe Ako, and Suminoe Riko are step-siblings after their parents remarried. Since this is a romance-centric anime, the sisters are very attracted to our hero in a very, very, very, VERY lustful way. Initially, Keita avoided his sisters’ advances since he thought it wasn’t right to get so—romantically involved with his new family. Things changed after Keita transferred to the same school as his sisters. He’s slowly getting attracted to them.

So you’re a guy living with your hot step sisters who are madly in love with you and your parents don't mind you three getting all kinky, while you’re popular with some of the girls in school? It’s a dream come true! ...Not for Keita at least because despite the ever increasing sexual advances of his lovely step sisters, he doesn’t want to cross the line and just want to have a normal family life. The real question is: How long will he last?


8. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai: I don't have many friends)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2011-December 2011

Hasegawa Kodaka is very determined to make a good impression and make friends along the way in his new school, but life isn’t really that simple that things ended up doing the opposite. Due to his blonde hair and intimidating look, his classmates and the entire school thinks he’s a delinquent and they avoided him completely. All was not lost however when Kodaka meets Mikazuki Yozora, a girl who is also having trouble making friends. After a brief talk, the two decided to start a new club that focuses on making friends and improve social skills. Soon enough a group of eccentric oddballs joined the club that is now known the Neighbor’s Club.

Haganai isn’t a traditional harem anime that it focuses on the male lead character his developing friendship with the girls in the Neighbor’s Club without resorting too much to typical boob shots, panty shots, and the occasional wardrobe malfunction. You know how important Kodaka is in the story? He’s prominently in front of the DVD/BD cover. The girls are great as well and they didn’t fell in love with the guy unconditionally and it took a couple of seasons for the girls to show any romantic attraction to Kodaka. But if you don’t care of all that, the girls are very attractive, especially Sena with her long blonde hair, big breasts with a very plump build who often gets teased/abused a lot by fellow club member Yozora.


7. Shinmai Maou no Testament (The Testament of Sister New Devil)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2015-March 2015

Father and son Toujou Jin and Basara is gonna have company, or rather, more family members. Jin is finally getting remarried and wouldn’t you know, Basara has now two cute little sisters Naruse Mio and Naruse Maria!

After the unexpected news, Basara’s father got a call and will travel outside the country, thus leaving Basara with his new step sisters all alone. After their father left, Basara was shocked to see Maria a succubus and Mio the daughter of the Demon King! And here’s another twist, Basara has supernatural powers as well!

Honey Anime has listed this show in our Top 10 Borderline Hentai Anime because the things happening in the anime is almost close to porn with Basara’s tendency to do lewd things to the girls so he can increase his power. Basara’s harem is small, but they’re loyal and it’s still a win-win for Basara because if one of the girls disobey, they go into an uncontrollable arousal frenzy only Basara can stop. How? We’ll leave that up to your imagination, dear reader!


6. Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2006-September 2006

*deep breath* Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière is a young mage studying in the prestigious school of magic Tristain Academy. Louise has a problem, however: she sucks at magic that her spells often go BOOM. With her natural ability to make things explode unintentionally, her peers have given her the title “Zero Louise.” Her world changes after she summoned a boy from a failed summoning spell to call forth loyal familiars. The boy’s name is Hiraga Saito and he is now the unwilling “loyal” familiar of Zero Louise. Or is he…?

Zero no Tsukaima is popular for many things like maybe it’s the anime-fied version of Harry Potter, or maybe the main female protagonist is one of the most tsundere characters in existence - Louise. At first glance, Zero no Tsukaima doesn’t look like a harem anime because the main male protagonist Saito isn’t some dumb guy and is a capable fighter and he did get the girl in the end. But as the series progressed, we find out that Saito has a habit of flirting with other girls ranging from the seductive resident maid, ultra-busty elf, and to the queen of a nation with all that royal assets. But really, can you really blame someone who happened to save the world many times, good looking, all of the ladies flock around him?


5. Kämpfer

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2009-December 2009

If your wish is to become a girl, then Senou Natsuru is one of the luckiest guys on the planet, as he can do just that. Unfortunately for him, there is a consequence to his transformation: He/she is now a Kämpfer, a female warrior with powers who are locked in an eternal struggle to fight other Kämpfer for the fate of the universe.

Kampfer’s story make no absolute sense and you might as well give up, and there are so many absurd moments in the show that you can’t help wonder if the animation studio were high in weed or were on an LSD trip. In order to enjoy Kampfer, you need to throw your brain out and focus on what’s important: the lovely and criminally sexy ladies. Natsuru has no special traits and is totally a dense oaf, but the girls find him sexually attractive… either in his original male form or his transformed female form for that yuri flavor.


4. Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou (Everyday Life with Monster Girls)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2015-September 2015

Monsters are actually real and they’re already living with humans. With the combined efforts of humans and non-humans, they passed the Interspecies Cultural Exchange Act - All manner of beasts and mythical creatures are assigned to live with host families to help them adapt to human society.

Kurusu Kimihito is one of these hosts who lives with Miia, a lamia - a half-human, half-snake being, who is madly in love with our hero. As host to Miia, Kimihito must do what he can to help Miia adapt to her new world. Since our hero is the nicest guy on Earth, and with some “help” from Agent Smi-Ms. Smith, more monster girls have fallen in love with Kurusu and are now living with him. Is he the luckiest guy on earth, or the unluckiest?

Monster girls, especially the ones in states of undress, are mostly in hentai anime, but thankfully Monster Musume gave fans an alternative: remove the sex but double down on the lewd stuff. Who knew watching a snake girl wearing a pair of panties can be so kinky? Kimihito is perhaps one luckiest person on Earth.


3. SHUFFLE!

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: July 2005-January 2007

Humans, gods, and demons coexist together in the world of SHUFFLE!. Our main character Tsuchimi Rin is your normal high school boy doing normal things was surprised to see the kings from the god and demon realms moved in into Rin’s neighborhood. It appears the daughter of the realm of gods Sia and the daughter of the realm of demons Nerine has met with Rin at a young age and the two are love with him. Will Rin accept one of the girls’ love and be the new king, or will go with his childhood friend Kaede?

SHUFFLE! is one of the most successful visual novel adaptations along with ef: a Tale of Memories, Kanon, and the extremely popular CLANNAD series. Like most VN adaptations, SHUFFLE! follows the same route of one main guy surrounded with multiple love interests, but there’s a slight twist of the anime showing its VN roots by adapting story arcs of the main girls Sia from the realm of the gods, Nerine from the realm of the demons, childhood friends Asa and Kaede. The story arcs don't really go anywhere because our hero Rin wants the neutral route by not choosing a final girl. And it’s understandable because it’s doubtful any guy would stick to one rather than being surrounded by these beautiful and sexy princesses. If the afterworld has beautiful princesses like Sia and Nerine, people would be committing suicide left and right so they can go to heaven or hell… and both are good options.


2. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2015-March 2015

Aki Tomoya is a hardcore otaku who loves anime, video games, visual novels and writes in anime blogs (spoiler: every Honey Anime writer). Captivated by the beautiful stories he has watched and read, Tomoya is inspired to make his own video game and express his emotions to the world. And in order to do that, he recruited his female classmates to form a doujin circle and make his game a reality.

This is the most modern harem anime you can get that, most of the part didn’t use the basic harem tropes you have come to expect. Tomoya is your typical nerd with thick glasses, short black hair, and an otaku, inspired to make his own visual novel. Through his conviction and dislike towards 3D girls, Tomoya recruited his classmates and cousin (all happen to be girls) to help him make his dream game about romance no matter what. Since they’re dabbling into romance territory, the girls slowly develop some feelings towards Tomoya and sometimes the girls opted for a more hands-on approach for inspirations. Basically, Tomoya just created his own harem and he has no idea he made one.


1. Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki (Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki)

  • Episodes: 6
  • Aired: September 1992-March 1993

Masaki Tenchi is your typical 17-year old boy spending his summer break doing chores in his family shrine. Ever since his father told him about their ancestors defeating a demon and sealed it in a cave 700 years ago, the curious Tenchi accidentally released the demon known as Ryoko who looks like a human girl. The breaking of the seal then sent a signal into space and called four more aliens who happen to be female. Tenchi soon discovers the secret of his ancestry and deals his new life with a group of alien girls who somehow are romantically attracted to him.

If you’re looking for the very first anime to have popularized harem anime, then look no further than Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki with harem tropes that are still being used to this day. The setup is very typical involving a normal teenage boy who stumbles upon immeasurable power and is surrounded by very beautiful alien girls with varying personalities. And like harem anime, there are a lot of fanservice moments tucked in between a story of a guy discovering his existence in the universe.


Final Thought

The first anime to introduce harem or the concept of a person who is romantically sought out by a cast of characters, it’s Urusei Yatsura, but it was Tenchi Muyo! that pioneered the modern harem genre focusing on the wish fulfillment of the Everyman. Love Hina is also a big contributor here as it pioneered some aspects of modern harem anime like focusing on heavy fanservice comedy like boob grabs, panty shots, a guy entering a room with girls naked, and focusing on male characters with less redeeming features apart from being a nice guy. Visual novel adaptations also made a big influence by focusing on one guy having multiple love interests vying for his love and no multiple story arcs. If you check out an anime that is an adaptation of a visual novel or an eroge, chances are that anime is a harem anime.

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Harem anime isn’t exclusively about a guy with a harem of girls. The same thing can be said to one girl surrounded by many guys, and these shows are often referred to as “Reverse Harem.” We didn’t add these to the list because, traditionally, harem anime is all about a guy surrounded by girls and the fanservice of these “reverse” harem aren’t exactly super ecchi in nature. Well, some of them.

And that’s our updated list! Harem is part of the anime culture and it won’t go anytime soon because the fan demand is very high. And that means you better fortify your house because sooner or later you’ll be caught in these endless waifu wars.

Antoine Rizal

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I've been an anime fan for as long as I can remember. Actually, anime is very much a part of me now for I have extended my reach beyond just watching them. I am a fansubber for more than 8 years now and contributed a lot to the anime community. Me and my group has translated shows, manga, drama CDs and doujinshi. Right now I'm learning Japanese so I can better serve the community and read interesting stuff about the Japanese culture as well.

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With so many funny or just plain good harem anime out there today, which ones prove their mettle and go beyond the simple harem focus to develop a good plot to keep us entertained the whole time as well?

Here we’re going to look further into ten different anime that all have a harem feature as well as a good story to keep you watching. Believe me, we haven’t forgotten about all that PLOT either!

10. Is This a Zombie?

Japanese: Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?


  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 2011 – Mar 2011

Aikawa Ayumu is a zombie, that wasn’t always a zombie. As it so happens he was a regular high school student until he crossed paths with a serial killer who subsequently did what serial killers do, killed him.

Eucliwood Hellscythe decided to revive him as her own personal servant in the form of a zombie; due to unforeseen circumstances he now has to fight Megalo!

With enough plot and PLOT to keep you entertained through the entire series, it’s a fantastic watch with very interesting characters and a fun storyline.

9. To LOVE-Ru

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Apr 2008 – Sep 2008

Rito Yuuki just cannot find it in himself to confess to the girl he’s in love with, Haruna Sairenji. Moping in the bathtub one day from still not being able to tell her, a very mysterious, very naked girl appears in the bathtub with him by the name of Lala Deviluke.

Lala is an alien from the planet Deviluke and is the current heir to the throne; instead of marrying a suitor from her home planet she instead decides she wants to marry Rito!

Overall this is a very fun anime to see with an awesome amount of comedy mixed with a great story.

8. Infinite Stratos

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 2011 – Apr 2011
Armored exoskeletons are built by Japan and named Infinite Stratos. The IS skeletons are only wearable and useable by women until Orimura Ichika, a 15 year old boy, accidentally discovers he too can power these incredible machines.

Because of this and the confusion on how a male can use the IS, he is sent to the all women school to learn how to properly use the exoskeleton.

The anime itself starts off a little slow in my opinion but if you can stick through that, it’s a great anime to see. The harem nature doesn’t take away from the main story at all which was something I was worried about, but instead gives it something extra and actually helps to further along the story.


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7. The Pervert Prince and the Stony Cat

Japanese: Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 2013 – Jun 2013

Youto Yokodera is a pervert, but being at that age can you blame him? There’s a legend that says if you make a wish to the cat statue up on the hill it will be granted, so that’s just what he sets off to do.

When he gets to the statue though he encounters Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, a girl who loses her ability to display her emotions because of a wish made at the cat herself.

This is one of the funniest harem/ecchi anime I have personally seen and with no shortage of PLOT it really is a blast to follow through this series!


6. High School of the Dead

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jul 2010 – Sep 2010

A disease has run rampant across Japan (possibly the entirety of the world) and is turning people into zombies! A group of high school students only wish is to survive through this new apocalypse, to survive and thrive.

While this show was cut off short (for now) it still features that harem factor but isn’t completely taken over by it; which is beneficial in this case.

By far this anime has received a massive US following – and rightly so! The complete package of excitement and comedy with ecchi and harem tones really pushes this anime to the top of most lists!


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5. Heaven’s Lost Property

Japanese: Sora no Otoshimono

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Oct 2009 – Dec 2009

Sakurai Tomoki keeps having the same dream that wakes him up in tears, the same dream where an upperclassman believes is a whole new continent.

Later on one day he waits under a cherry tree for his childhood friend Suguta and an angel falls from the sky! What he soon discovers is that he’s become this “angel’s” new master!

This is a comedy heavy anime filled with flying panties and love interests everywhere! If you’ve missed out on this show so far then you’re missing out in general!


4. Rosario + Vampire

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jan 2008 – Mar 2008

Tsukune Aono has been sent to a monster academy! Being a normal student and unknowingly being sent to a school for monsters of all shapes and sizes (all disguised as humans) can be tough, but instead of leaving he meets Moka the Vampire and decides to stay.

Throughout this series you’re left laughing and having a great time. The artwork is phenomenal and the story keeps you watching, the characters are interesting to follow making Rosario one of the best harem anime to see!


3. High School DxD

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 2012 – Mar 2012

Issei Hyodo wants nothing more than his own personal harem – but with his luck that’s not likely to happen. He finally gets a date with a beautiful woman, but thanks to his luck she turns out to be a vicious fallen angel and kills him!

He gets reincarnated as a devil with whom else to be his new master but the fallen angel that saved him?

This is one of those anime that keep you laughing the whole way through, rooting for Issei to get his own harem out of death, since his life is technically over!


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2. Campione!

Japanese: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maou

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jul 2012 – Sep 2012

Kusanagi Godou does not find religion, religion finds Kusanagi Godou. After defeating the God of War in mortal combat (no Scorpion here though☹), he has become the new Campione, or God Slayer. It’s now become his job to fight other heretical gods when they try to bully their way in to places they don’t belong!

Throughout this anime it’s a giant adventure and a great time to simply sit and watch through it entirely. Because he’s so badass he earns his own harem which makes this even more fun as he gets into different debacles!


1. Love Hina

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr 2000 – Sep 2000

Keitaro Urashima is a Tokyo U wannabe, failing his entrance exams more than once he decides to move into his grandmother’s hotel that has, unbeknownst to him, been transformed into an all-girls dormitory! It’s become his job to maintain the grounds and the dorm itself, all the while trying to keep out of the way of the girls (and doing a terrible job of it!).

This romantic comedy harem has stuck with me and many other fans throughout the years, so if you’re looking for a good romance in your life, this early 2000’s show needs to be your number one!


That closes us up in our list of the Top Ten Harem Anime!

If you feel there’s some we missed or you think another anime deserves to be on the list – just let us know in the comments section down below!

by Nathaniel Loomis

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