This genre of anime that often focuses on a high school aged male with at least two, often more girls, that are interested in him. Other forms of “harem,” exists such as “reverse harem.” My first issue with the genre is I find it silly. The idea that multiple girls are interested in one guy and he is often ignorant that any of these girls are interested in him I find hard to swallow. He’s often just kind in their presence and that’s why they want him.
To prolong the my pain, the girls seem incapable of expressing themselves towards him. The primary trait of the male is “niceness.” There’s nothing wrong with being nice, but I doubt that’s all it takes for several girls to fall for you. Furthermore, the male in question is as dull and average as possible. This is done intentionally to get male viewers to image themselves in the males position. In contrast the female characters are only there for male desires.
Some of the male characters are just perverts, and while I agree that it can sometimes be funny and become tiresome at some point. Another annoying quality of the harem genre is how LONG it takes for the passive male and silent female to finally tell each other how they feel. The genre is often pandering, the writing is often weak and all the characters tend to be thinly constructed. The harem genre is not suppose to entertain primarily, but be a fantasy for young men. As a consequence the audience is going to be niche, and I not apart of it.