Top 10 Best Harem Manga [Recommendations]

There is no character more infuriating, or more jealousy-inducing, than the main character in a harem manga.

If you’re unfamiliar, the time-honored harem manga is when you have one character surrounded by about a half-dozen (often more) characters of the opposite gender. And all of those characters want the one character really bad.

Here are the top 10 series where you might like to kidnap and replace the protagonist in their sleep.

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Love Hina

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The one and only. Love Hina is one of the true progenitors of the harem manga, and while it’s dated in many ways, it’s required reading for any lover of the genre.

The manga follows Keitaro Urashima, who has tried and failed to get into Tokyo University, and is now taking a year off to study. His grandmother offers to let him stay in her old family inn – and by “stay in,” she means “take over maintaining. And also, it’s not an inn anymore, it’s a girl’s dormitory.

An anime version of Love Hina is also available, but deviates so heavily from the manga’s well-paced plot (really!), that I can’t recommend it. The manga is the way to go here.


Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou

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One of the toughest things about harem mangas is making sure all of the characters are distinct from one another. Usually that just means dropping them all into some sort of archtype.

Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou goes a step further by making each of the girls a different species. Of course, this is also one of those series where you might not want to switch with the protagonist. Kimihito Kurusu’s life is in danger in basically every chapter, as the monster girls literally try to kill him with kindness.


To Love Ru

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To Love-Ru is the gold standard when it comes to ecchi harem manga.

One day, our protagonist Rito Yuki comes home defeated, unable to confess to his crush. Naturally, he finds a strange naked girl in his bathtub.

She is Lala, an alien princess running from an arranged marriage on her home planet. And naturally, her arrival invokes the arrival of younger sisters, rival characters, and a jealous younger sister – all of which start to compete for Rito’s affection.



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Nisekoi is a harem series that focuses less on the kinds of ecchi fanservice that characterizes the first three on the list.

This is more about exploring the relationships between the characters, and the girls coming to terms with their feelings over time. Only one girl (Marika Tachibana) understands and expresses her feelings for protagonist Raku Ichijou at first.

The result is a more emotionally complex cast of characters than you’ll find in most harem series.


Girls of the Wild’s

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This is different in a couple of ways. First off, it’s a Korean “manhwa,” not a Japanese manga. And also, it’s about fighting.

The story revolves around Jaegu Song, who has accepted a scholarship to Wild’s High, a formerly all-girls school known for producing champion martial artists. Jaegu joins the school and actually starts training in MMA himself, drawing the attention of a bunch of girls in the process.

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