The Harem genre in manga, manhwa or manhua series is generally referred to polygamous relationships or love triangles between three or more individuals, either of the same or opposing gender. If the manga is centered around male relationships, then the manga is considered to be “Female harem” or “Seraglios” but if it is female oriented, then it is “Reverse harem” or “Gyaku Haremu”.
The main Focus of Harem:
The focus of the harem manga genre is never really just romance rather its main distinguishable trait is polyamorous men and/or women who are involved with the protagonist of the series. The senuality in harem dabbles in a wide range of characters who could be asenual, pansensual or anything in between. The harem genre is structured in such a way that gives room to highly diverse characters, especially the protagonist’s character.
Mostly, the protagonist in the stories ends up in a polygamous situation due to unforeseen events but slowly starts to develop physical attraction towards the other characters.
Diversity of Harem:
Due to the diversity of harem manga, polygamy and homosensual characters are quite common in the series and are usually given preference over monogamy and heterosensuality. Although, many stories feature both hetero and homosensual themes, often interacting with each other.
The ending of harem stories are usually not that ambiguous. The stories typically end with either the protagonist finally getting together with his or her main love interest or the protagonist does not end up with anyone. However, a multi-relationship route, even though rare, is not impossible.
Harem manga, even if it isn’t the main theme of the manga or manhua, is often displayed in them because of it being an element of attraction for many readers and it does make the story more interesting.