Harem anime is great for those who enjoy the genre. However, not every romantic story needs to be brimming with sexy elves and bare-chested men to be fantastic, you know?
There is more to life, there is more to a story, something deeper, and that is focusing on one goddess to enhance the experience.
Just kidding, there are some life lessons hidden in there somewhere; you just have to read between the lines or stop focusing on all the sex appeal to find them.
LIGHT NOVELS WITHOUT HAREM YOU’LL ADD IN YOUR READING LIST
10. Love, Chuunibyou, and Other Delusions
|Title||Love, Chuunibyou, and Other Delusions|
|Author||Ousaka, Nozomi (Art), Torako (Story)|
|Published||May 24, 2011 to Dec 22, 2017|
Chuunibyou are people who have been affected by a very, very disturbing disease. It forces them to act out their most bizarre fantasies in real life. Let’s just say that most of them are humiliated for the rest of their lives as a result of it.
Yuuta Togashi was one of those contaminated, and he spent his middle school years fantasising about becoming the Dark Flame Master.
He was so embarrassed by what he did while under the influence of the illness that he left school, no, the entire region, and relocated to a faraway town where no one knew who he was.
All he wanted was a fresh start in a new environment where he wouldn’t have to hear the word Chuunibyou again.
He just happened to end up in a class where one of the students was going through the same thing as him. I believe he is being pursued…
9. Sayonara Piano Sonata
|Title||Sayonara Piano Sonata|
|Author||Sugii, Hikaru (Story), Ueda, Ryo (Art)|
|Published||Nov 10, 2007 to Dec 10, 2008|
|Genre||Drama, Slice of Life, Romance|
Nao is your typical 16-year-old punk who loves music. He developed an adoration for anything related to sound as a result of his father’s influence as a music critic and even became a mixing machine collector.
He’d go on adventures in any kind of junkyard, hoping to find the holy grail of mixing machines, but what he found there was a little different.
He met a girl on one of his exploration missions. And she wasn’t just any girl; she was a piano prodigy known throughout the music industry. To say the least, he was intrigued, but their encounter was nothing more than two people passing by each other.
It was purely coincidental that the same girl transferred to his school. His life took a 180-degree turn at that point when a childhood friend approached him with a proposal: Let’s start our own band!
8. An Archdemon’s Dilemma: How to Love Your Elf Bride
|Title||An Archdemons Dilemma: How to Love Your Elf Bride|
|Author||Teshima, Fuminori (Story), COMTA (Art)|
|Published||Feb 1, 2017 to ?|
|Genre||Action, Fantasy, Romance|
Zagan is a mighty sorcerer with a personality disorder. The famous figure appeared at the auction of the deceased Archdemon Marchosias, hoping to obtain some OP item that would boost his already enormous strength even further. To everyone’s surprise, he let his libido take over his brain and ended up buying the most beautiful white-haired elf he’d ever seen. Her beauty almost seems like a crime, but there are so many other ways to get a girl. Is it necessary for him to have a slave under his command in order for him to have a chance?
The problem was that it was more than just carnal desire; he had been struck by Cupid’s arrow and had fallen deeply in love with the captivating creature at first sight. Now that he had her, he wants to make her feel the same way as him, but not only does he have an awful personality, but he is also socially awkward. Good luck, man; we’re all rooting for you. Is she going to end up in your bed?
7. WorldEnd: What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us?
|Title||WorldEnd: What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us?|
|Author||Kareno, Akira (Story), ue (Art)|
|Published||Nov 1, 2014 to Apr 1, 2016|
|Genre||Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi|
Beats attacked humanity five hundred years ago, leading to their extinction. Only one of them made it. Willem Kmetsch was placed in cryogenic sleep, and after all this time, the day came when he opened his eyes again. He awoke in a completely different world where the inhabitants lived on floating islands. The inhabitants were all animal-like in some way. One had wings, another had a tail, and some had cat ears. Willem, on the other hand, was not like them; he was a normal human, so they began referring to him as maskless.
Surviving by doing odd jobs, he met a girl named Ctholly Nota Seniorious, a girl who was just like him, normal, or so he thought. The two young MCs reconnected in the military, where he discovered she was nothing like him. She is a military weapon who was born and raised to fight the beats. Her mission was to die in battle while taking as many enemies as she could with her. What’s worse, she wasn’t the only one. Willem, who is now in charge of their well-being, is outraged by the cruelty shown to them and is determined to change everything.
6. Rascal Does Not Dream Of A Bunny Senpai
|Title||Rascal Does Not Dream Of A Bunny Senpai|
|Author||Kamoshida, Hajime (Story), Mizoguchi, Keiji (Art)|
|Published||Apr 10, 2014 to ?|
Sakuta Azusagawa was sitting in the library pretending to study when an unexpected sight walked right past him. Former actress Mai Sakurajima, who happened to be a student at his school, was wearing one of the most daring bunny costumes he’d ever seen. The kind you see in famous Cabaret shows. As strange as that was, something even stranger was that no one seemed to notice her except him. No way in hell did anyone notice the half-naked beauty in their midst.
He approached her and received confirmation that the girl was truly invisible, as she had been for quite some time. Feeling sorry for her, he decided to assist her in resolving her problem, even though he had no idea where to begin, but it is the intention that counts. The investigation began, and they discovered a phenomenon, or more accurately, an urban legend, known as the Adolescence Syndrome. It is something that science cannot explain, something known as a simple delusion, but it is the only syndrome that could explain Mais’ position at the moment.
As they tried to figure out how to cure her, her condition worsened, and now being invisible is the least of her problems. Sakuta, can you save her before it’s too late?
5. Bloom Into You: Regarding Saeki Sayaka
|Title||Bloom Into You: Regarding Saeki Sayaka|
|Author||Iruma, Hitoma (Story), Nakatani, Nio (Art)|
|Published||Nov 10, 2018 to Mar 10, 2020|
Sayaka Saeki was a perfect child. Her pride and joy came from being the perfect child that she was. You can’t find anything negative about her. She’s smart, kind, athletic, respectful, and funny. Her world was turned upside down, however, when a girl confessed her love to her and it hit her. It was strange how emotions and feelings could defy pure logical thinking.
What exactly was love, she wondered? As a result, in order to discover the true meaning of this powerful word, she ended up reciprocating her feelings. Sayaka made significant sacrifices to make this relationship work. She abandoned her studies and her future, and yet their relationship ended, leaving her devastated and scarred for life. She was able to pick herself up and begin again from scratch, vowing never to let emotion control her actions again.
4. Kenja no Mago
|Title||Kenja no Mago|
|Author||Kikuchi, Seiji (Art), Yoshioka, Tsuyoshi (Story)|
|Published||Jul 30, 2015 to ?|
|Genre||Action, Comedy, Fantasy|
A commonplace boy died in a commonplace accident. He was isekai-ed to another world and reborn in the body of an infant who was far from mundane. Adopted by patriot hero Sage Merlin Wolford, he grew up isolated from society and turned out to be an OP wizard, which was a natural disaster. Merlin taught him everything he knew until it dawned on him that he had completely forgotten to teach him common sense. Oops!
So, what did he do to atone for his error, other than throw him into society to see how he fared? Smart!
|Author||Takemiya, Yuyuko (Story), Yasu (Art)|
|Published||Mar 10, 2006 to Mar 10, 2009|
This is the story of Takasu Ryuuji, a thug-like boy who is actually a sweetheart, and Aisaka Taiga, a doll-like girl who is actually a little rampaging beast known as the Palmtop Tiger.
Nobody understands Ryuuji, who has a scary face and appears to have a mean personality when, in reality, he is a romantic who enjoys housework. He is madly in love with a girl in his class, who also happens to be Taigas best friend. In an attempt to get closer to his crush, he enraged the little five-foot-tall tiger with a lot of power.
This is where things start to get interesting. Interesting…no, hilarious. Why not simply read for yourself?
2. Spice and Wolf
|Title||Spice and Wolf|
|Author||Hasekura, Isuna (Story), Ayakura, Juu (Art)|
|Published||Feb 10, 2006 to ?|
|Genre||Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural|
Kraft Lawrence was a businessman. He would frequently travel from town to town selling goods from all over the world. He arrived in a small village one day and discovered a half-human, half-wolf creature sleeping naked in his waggon. Holo, the girl, awoke and introduced herself. Holo is supposed to be a town Deity, a Deity of good harvest to be exact, but she grew tired of fulfilling the desires of ungrateful worshipers.
She made a deal with the young merchant. Assist her in getting out of town, and she will bring prosperity to his business.
He agreed, but he should have thought twice before allowing a supersmart goddess to travel with him. She turns out to be nothing more than a nuisance. Actually, who cares? She’s adorable.
1. SNAFU: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected
|Title||SNAFU: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected|
|Author||Watari, Wataru (Story), Ponkan⑧ (Art)|
|Published||Mar 18, 2011 to Apr 20, 2021|
Hachiman Hikigaya is a very cynical young man who is suffering from a deeply ingrained trauma caused by an awful experience he had as a child. He grew up to be an outcast with a twisted personality who despises the concept of youth.
He expressed his disdain for society and his peers in a lengthy essay that his Sensei adored, to the point where she forced him to join a club that would help him change his broken personality.
I would have been excited to learn that the most beautiful girl in school was the only other member of the club, but he wasn’t because she turned out to be even more insane than he was. Let’s see what happens between those two.
You see, you don’t need a harem to see beautiful women walking around in sexy outfits, or even no outfits at all. Anyway, now that I’ve made my point, I’ll say good-by! Goodbye, guys! I hope to see you at the next one.
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