seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Thirty Days of Anime -- Day 26: Favorite Harem Anime

In the homestretch. Yes, I'm late. alas.

This one will be short. I don't particularly like so-called "harem" anime; the name's wrong, to start with, because none of these so-called harem (either the male-many females or the rarer female-many males) involve actual harems in the common sense. The feckless (for he or she usually can best be described in that way) central character is never actually "getting any" from his mob of adoring fans, because he or she is too scared to make a move, or doesn't want to commit, or more often is plain terrified of the reactions of the others if he actually shows any REAL interest in any one of them.

As I also detest feckless "heroes" to begin with, this pretty much knocks the whole subgenre out for me.


One anime I love is often labeled as a "harem" anime, even though it lacks one of the principal elements of most (i.e., that the multiple ladies all be focused on the feckless hero as a love object). So I can put forth in this particular place (oh, come on, all of you can say it with me) Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess!, which allows me to fill in this blank without feeling like a loser. :)

The List:
Day 1 - Very first anime:Saint Seiya
Day 2 - Favourite TV series: : The Vision of Escaflowne
Day 3 - Your anime crush: Belldandy, from Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess! and Shun from Saint Seiya
Day 4 - Favourite Film: Tonari no Totoro/ My Neighbor Totoro
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were): Shikamaru from Naruto Shippuden
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character: Mihoshi, Tenchi Muyo!
Day 7 - Character you’d most like to slap: Sasuke, Naruto Shippuden
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever: End battle of YuuYuu Hakusho: The Poltergeist Report Movie
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene: Belldandy erasing herself from Keiichi's life in Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess!
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime: Koko wa Greenwood
Day 11 - Favorite mech series: Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Day 12 - Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like: Nihao My Concubine
Day 13 - Worst instalment of a franchise you do like. Dragonball GT
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper: Picture of Son Goku with Shen-Long done by my wife Kathleen
Day 15 - A reality check for a genre you like : Power-warrior anime and internal sanity/consistency!
Day 16 - An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you: Neon Genesis Evanjellydonut... er,, Evangelion
Day 17 - Best Background Music: Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Day 18 - Best Five-team: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers/Ronin Warriors (no link, too expensive)
Day 19 - Change you’d like to make to any one anime: Specific Change: Eliminate one nasty action from the history of Juraia-sama in Naruto/Naruto Shippuden. General Change: Eliminate the Saiyajin focus and expand capabilities and screen time for all major characters in Dragonball Z.  
Day 20 - Most ambiguous anime character: Selected Maraich and Patalliro, from Patalliro!
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series : Except for two I've already mentioned, Bastard!!
Day 22 - Animation studio you'd most like to slap: Gainax, for Neon Genesis Evangelion
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art: The Five Star Stories
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine: Uzumaki Naruto from Naruto Shippuden
Day 25 - Best anime villain: Orochimaru, Naruto Shippuden
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime: Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess!
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite anime companion/summoned creature
Day 29 - Best Anime Music Video
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme

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