Gender Stereotypes of Harem and Reverse Harem Genre

Shounen and Shojo manga and anime cover a wide range of genres from action-based shounen to romantic slice of life Shojo. One subgenre of Shounen and Shojo is the harem and reverse harem genre. A harem genre focuses on a teenage male who becomes the romantic object of multiple females. Prominent examples of harem manga are Highschool DxD, Date a Live, and Rosario + Vampire. On the flip side, the reverse harem centers on a young female who is pursued by multiple male characters. Prominent examples of reverse harems include Ouran High School Host Club, Diabolik Lovers, and Boys over Flowers. Continue reading