In harem anime, the main protagonist often has a few of anime’s most sought after heroines all to himself, and that is why many find some of them unforgivable, especially the fact that most of them are actually really dense (Ichika, we’re looking at you!).
Japanese ranking website, Goo, recently asked which anime protagonist from the harem genre is the one fans think is the most unforgivable. Since the rankings include more than 50 characters, we will only take a look at half of them, starting with a 6-way tie at the 20th position:
20 (6-way tie) – Ikuto Touhouin (Nagasarete Airantou), Tatsuya Shiba (The Irregular at Magic High School), Saoto (The Familiar of Zero), Ichika Orimura (IS: Infinite Stratos), Kimihito Kurusu/ Darling (Monster Musume) and Tomoya Aki (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girl Friend)
19 – Kamito Kazehaya (Bladedance of Elementalers)
18 – Touma Kamijou (A Certain series)
17 – Kimito Kagurazaka (Shoumin Sample)
16/15 (tie) – Shido Itsuka (Date A Live) and Kojou Akatsuki (Strike the Blood)
12, 13, 14 (3-way tie)- Yamato Naoe (Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!), Tomoki Sakurai (Heaven’s Lost Property), and Moroha Haimura (World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman)
11 – Eita Kidou (OreShura)
10 – Godou Kusanagi (Campione!)
9 – Yoshiharu Sagara (The Ambition of Oda Nobuna)
8 – Yuuji Kazamin (Grisaia)
7 – Keitaro Urashima (Love Hina)
6 – Keima Katsuragi (The World God Only Knows)
5/4 (tie) – Raku Ichijou (Nisekoi)
5/4 (tie) – Kodaka Hasegawa (Haganai)
3 – Tenchi Misaki (Tenchi Muyo!)
2 – Kirito (Sword Art Online)
1 – Rito Yuuki (To Love-Ru)
Anime viewers have a lot of reason to find harem heroes unforgivable, however, a lot of fans seem to find Rito to be the most “unforgivable” one, as he would often be caught in some pretty awkward situations, from walking into the girls while they’re dressing or bathing, falling into their chests or accidentally grabbing their breasts.
Coming in at #2 is of course Kirito, who a lot of fans also find unforgivable, followed by Tenchi, whose marry-them-all solution seems to have revolutionized the harem genre. Rounding out the Top 5 are two fan-hated characters like Kodaka (4) and Raku (5). One is hated for always being in denial that the girls are all in love with him, and the other for choosing the wrong girl (OK, so he’s largely hated by just the losing factions, but there are some from the winning faction who seem to hate him too).
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The Top 25 most unforgivable harem anime main characters according to Japanese fans