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Post Reply Why do people hate harem anime so much?
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Posted 4/17/14
Because none of them actually end in a harem. lol
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Posted 4/17/14 , edited 6/23/15
Because the concept of a whole bunch of beautiful women falling in love with a guy for sitting on his ass all day is stupid
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Hero_of_SAO wrote:

Because none of them actually end in a harem. lol


Campione and High School DxD do.
Posted 4/17/14 , edited 6/23/15
Cliche is immortal, cliches never dies.
Harem anime is aimed at perverted teenagers with low IQ.


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Why are harems so popular in Japan, seriously?



Japanese people`s wet dream.
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Zeta-Nu wrote:

Cliche is immortal, cliches never dies.
Harem anime is aimed at perverted teenagers with low IQ.


qualeshia3 wrote:

Why are harems so popular in Japan, seriously?



Japanese people`s wet dream.



I guess so.
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Posted 4/17/14 , edited 4/17/14
*pops up from behind fence*

I enjoy harem shows, but I recognize the elements that make them dumb.

And it does bug me that they frequently end with no choice being made ... or, more frustratingly, with the choice that was obviously going to be made at the start. Why have a harem at all, then? (Looking at you, Ai Yori Aoshi.)
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Posted 4/17/14 , edited 6/23/15
I dislike it. There are just too many characters that are...haha. I even hate real life guys with harem life, reverse harem is more like it.
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Well, it's a combination of frustration and bewilderment for me. All the characters tend to be, well they aren't the sharpest tools in the shed. Also when you want someone to take charge and confess feelings it becomes a giant game with obvious fanservice. You have to like that set formula to be into that genre.
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I think it's just very difficult to do a good series with just Harem as the main element. DXD for example, yes it's a harem series but that isn't the focus. The Focus is a Battle series, that just happens to include a Harem. Tenchi Muyo is a Science Fiction series that happens to include a Harem.

The Harem element is basically a character delivery device. It is used to introduce new characters and keep them around.

Harem is useful for other genres but very rarely able to stand on it's own. This is because the very nature of a Harem requires stasis. You can add new girls to the pop but you can't progress any of the relationships for risk of destroying the Harem. So everything has to stay neutral while the audience demands some kind of forward momentum. That's why you generally have to combine it with something else. That way the other plotline fulfills the audience need to see a story progress while the harem can remain static.

With a few exceptions.

Haganai I think is one of the few Harems that works on it's own, in part because it very effectively walks the line between keeping things static and progressing the relationships. Several of the girls in this series have a tendency to Act and the guy's relationship paralysis is not only acknowledged but explained. He is terrified of leaving the Friend zone. Deep down he is convinced that if he pursues a relationship with any of the girls this circle of friends that has gathered around him is going to break apart and he doesn't want to risk that., the idea actually terrifies him. Better to leave everything the way it is an no one will get hurt. Except even that isn't working, people are getting hurt by his inaction and he really has no clue what to do about it
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Posted 4/17/14
I have come to understand that those who hate harems have viewed School Days and hated that as well.

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I'd rather you watch it than me explaining. Very highly regarded anime; considered one of the all time bests almost exclusively due to its After Story.
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Posted 4/17/14 , edited 4/17/14
Mainly due to the fact that I like my romance anime to be logical and to go somewhere. In most harem anime the main character is completely dense as shit or doesn't get anywhere with any of the characters outside of a few encounters that could have led to something but never do, due to massively convenient occurrences getting in the way such as a phone call or another character barging in. They're also usually packed with fan service and as such, the story suffers. There are very few harem anime I have made exceptions with. Those being: Clannad, The World God Only Knows, Highschool DXD, Hayate the Combat Butler (there are probably a few others that don't come to mind) and currently Date A Live and Nisekoi. Mainly because those have at least some element of progress or an intriguing plot. For every Issei and interesting story there's a million Ichika's and repeated cliche's. There's not much that annoys me more than seeing an MC end up in a variety of suggestive situations, ends up with more than enough chances to confess his feelings to any one of the girls infront of him, and ends up not proceeding anywhere past being friends with the lot of them.

Though i do kind of have double standards. If I recall, I don't remember Shuffle! or Omamori Himari being particularly special, but since they were some of the first anime I ever watched under my perverted 'everything must be ecchi, harem and 18+' stage I remember them quite fondly due to the nostalgia. I guess I don't hate harem anime, and as you say, many of them are good fun, I just have to be in a certain mood to enjoy them, and while I do enjoy them, I can definitely see their faults. And I'll be honest, as fucking stupid as it is, and how it goes against damn near everything I would want in an anime, I had fun with Infinite Stratos. Yeah, yeah, I know. Feel free to laugh at me. I don't blame you.
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Posted 4/17/14 , edited 4/17/14
I don't like harem anime that lean on the "harem" and/or fanservice aspect(s) as their only/main selling point(s) and are arguably lazy with just about everything else. It's like only tasting crab boil in red beans and rice, without any other flavor to support/back it up.
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I think that not all harem anime are bad, but when they are, they can be excruciatingly bad. The only show I've ever dropped after more than a 10 eps was Strike the Blood because... its real bad
Some good examples of harem Anime/Manga include:

Tsuki Tsuki: MC is hilarious and can actually flirt back with the girls

TWGOK: All the previously stated reasons and because


Masamune-kun no Revenge: MC transforms himself from Accel world's Yuki to Bishounen badass through sheer force of will and desire to get revenge on a girl from his past

Fujimura kun Mates: Hilarious Tsukkomi gets actual harem end

Oreshura: I'm on the fence about this one, on one hand, it seems like super generic nothingness, on the other, the MC and his "Girlfriend" have the best interactions I've seen in a couple of that genre... also +1 for them being Jojo fans.
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Oreshura you have to love because the characters are just so eccentric.

The main character hates love
The "girlfriend" does vile things to her boyfriend and and her competitors and treats her relationship as a con game
The "childhood friend" is a food mooch doesnt have big boobs and is a girls magazine freak
The "childhood friend from way back when" is an even bigger spaz than the best friend and believes that her kindergarten marriage license with the mc is legal and binding
The "girlfriend from another life" well that speaks for itself


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