Now time to get the ball rolling on this. Whether it involves the traditional "guy with group of gals" or a reverse harem, harems have been a regular genre of anime since the 1980s starting with Urusei Yatsura. Sometimes comedic and other times dramatic, harems all involve the hapless lead of a title having to choose which among their harem they wish to commit to, which this tournament is devoted to. Taking 32 harems that this forum has voted for, everyone on Anime Vice gets to decide on what harem is the best in a series of single-elimination matches.
The rules for voting are simple enough. I will post a set of two matches every 3-4 days, where you get to vote for whichever harem you think is the best in each matchup. Whichever harem has the most votes by the deadline will advance to the next round. In the event of a tie, I will determine who will advance.
For those not aware of who the entrants for the tournament are, here is a recap of the tournament roster:
- Tsukune Aono's Harem (Moka [both personalities], Kurumu, Yukari, Mizore, Ruby)- Rosario + Vampire
- Ayumu's Harem (Haruna, Eucliwood, Seraphim, Yuki and Sarasvati)- Is This a Zombie
- Koyomi Araragi's Harem (Hitagi Senjogohara, Mayoi Hachikuji, Suruga Kanbaru, Nadeko Sengoku, Tsubasa Hanekawa, Shonobu Oshino, Karen and Tsukihi Araragi, Yotsugi Ononoki)- Monogatari franchise
- Kyosuke Kasuga's Harem (Kirino, Manami, Ayase, Kuroneko, Kanako)- Oreimo
- Kojo Akatsuki's Harem (Yukina, Asagi, Motoki, Nagisa, Sayaka)- Strike the Blood
- Makoto Itou's Harem (Kotonoha, Sekai, Setsuna, Hikari, Otome, Kokoro)- School Days
- Negi Springfield's Harem (Asuna, Evangeline, Nodoka, Chachamaru, Sayo, Yuna, Kazumi, Yue, Ako, Akira, Misa, Misora, Madoka, Ku Fei, Konoka, Haruna, Setsuna, Makie, Sakurako, Mana, Chao, Kaede, Chizuru, Fuka, Fumika, Satomi, Chisame, Natsumi, Ayaka, Satsuki, Zazie)- Negima
- Shiage Hamizura's Harem (Mugino, Kinuhata, Takitsubo, Fremea Seivelun)- A Certain Magical Index franchise
- Rin Tsuchimi's Harem (Lisianthus, Nerine Primula, Kaede Fuyou, Asa Shigure)- Shuffle
- Keiichi Morisato's harem (Belldandy, Urd, Skuld, Peorth, Lind, and Hild) - Ah! My Goddess
- Yu Narakami's harem (Chie Satonaka, Yukiko Amagi, Rise Kujikawa, Naoto Shirogane) - Persona 4 the Animation
- Ichika Orimura's harem (Houki Shinonono, Cecilia Alcott, Langyin Huang, Charlotte Dunois, Laura Bodewig) - Infinite Stratos
- Issei Hyoudou's harem (Rias Gremory, Akeno Himejima, Asia Argento, Xenovia, Irina Shido, Ravel Phoenix, Koneko Toujou, Rossweise, Kunou, Kuroka, LeFay Penndragon) - High School DxD
- Takashi Komuro's Harem (Rei Miyamoto, Saeko Busujima, Saya Takagi, Alice Maresato) - High School of the Dead
- Rito Yuuki's Harem (Lala, Haruna, Yui, Momo, Mikan, Yami, Nana, Mea, Celine, Nemesis, Tearju, Kyouko, Rin)- To-Love-ru
- Haruka Nanami's Reverse Harem (Otoya, Masato, Natsuki, Tokiya, Ren, Syo, Cecil)- Uta no Prince-sama
- Godou Kusanagi's Harem (Erica, Yuri, Liliana, Hikari, Ena)- Campione!
- Touma Kamijou's Harem (Index, Mikoto Misaka, Komoe Tsukuyomi, Aisa Himegami, Kaori Kanzaki, Orsola Aquinas, Agnese Sanctis, Seiri Fukiyose, at least some (if not most, or even all) of the 9,968 Misaka Clones, and Itsuwa)- To Aru franchise.
- Dark Schneider's Harem (Yoko, Nei, Michael, Gabriel, Porno Diane)- Bastard
- Okabe Rintaro's Harem (Mayuri, Kurisu, Ruka, Faris, Suzuha)- Steins;Gate
- Keitaro Urashima's Harem: Mutsumi Otohime, Naru Narusegawa, Shinobu Maehara, Kaolla Su, Motoko Aoyama, Mitsune Konno, Kanako Urashima (Love Hina)
- Haruhi Fujioka's Harem: Tamaki Suou, Hikaru Hitachiin, Kaoru Hitachiin, Kyouya Ootori, MItsukuni Haninozuka, Takashi Morinozuka (Ouran High School Host Club)
- Minato Sahashi's Harem: Mutsubi, Kusano, Matsu, Tsukiumi, Kazehana (Sekirei)
- Kazuki Shikimori's Harem: Yuna Miyama, Kuriko Kazetsubaki, Rin Kamishiro (Maburaho)
- Kimihito Kurusu's harem (Miia, Papi, Cerea, Suu, Meroune Lorelei and Rachnee) - Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou.
- Kyon's Harem (Haruhi Suzumiya, Mikuru Asahina, Yuki Nagato) - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya franchise
- Kaoru Hanabishi's Harem (Aoi, Tina, Taeko, Mayu, Chika)- Ai Yori Aoshi
- Yuichi Aizawa's Harem (Ayu, Makoto, Nayuki, Shiori, Mai)- Kanon
- Tomoyo Okazaki's Harem (Nagisa, Kyou, Ryou, Tomoyo, Fuko, Kotomi)- Clannad
- Tenchi Masaki's Harem (Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Mihoshi, Washu, Kiyone, Sakuya, Noike, Ryo-ohki)- Tenchi Muyo franchise
- Shiki Tohno's Harem (Arcueid, Ciel, Akiha, Hisui, Kohaku, Len, Sion, Satsuki)- Tsukihime franchise
- Suguru Misato's Harem (Mahoro, Rin, Miyuki, Chizuru, Ms. Shikijou)- Mahoromatic
With the details out of the way, let us start off the tournament with the first pair of matches...
This young man has been acquainted with several of the girls in his harem since childhood and would become acquainted with more both during the conflict with the vampire Roa and during the events of the Melty Blood video game series. All the girls he attracted are involved with the supernatural and have bordering degrees of psychosis due to their personal tragic pasts. Because of his ability to attract such girls, this guy has created an Internet meme called the Tohno Gland. This is the harem of Tsukihime's Shiki Tohno.
And their opponents...
This 19-year old college ronin finds himself dragged into elimination battles involving superpowered beings called Sekirei when one of them, an attractive girl named Musubi, falls down from the sky one day and considers our lead her master. Throughout the course of his series, our male lead encounters several more of the Sekirei to add to his group who not only aid him in any fights he has with rival Sekirei, but also get at odds over one another to see who will be their master's wife. This is the harem of Sekirei's Minato Sahashi.
This young woman enrolls into a performing arts school called Saotome Academy in the hopes of becoming a successful composer and being enrolled at the Shining Academy after graduation. As part of her school's graduation, two students will be chosen to take on the role of an idol and a composer. Throughout the school year, our female lead encounters seven male students who aspire to become idols and develop a romantic interest in her. This is the reverse harem of Uta no Prince-sama's Haruka Nanami.
And their opponents...
This high school boy is dragged into becoming a part of the female lead's SOS Brigade, a school club supposedly devoted to discovering the existence of aliens, espers and time travelers. In reality, the club exists to keep our female lead entertained and not have her be bored enough where her subconscious thoughts lead to the universe being destroyed by her power. Our male lead is the only normal person in the club which consists of the superpowerful female lead, a time traveler, an alien and an esper; the first three implied to be romantically attracted to him. Here is the harem of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's Kyon.
The deadline for voting will be either this Saturday or Sunday, depending on the amount of time I need to finish up on this week's upcoming Ani-Crap Review. In the meantime, have fun voting!