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New Poll - Harem Endings
Another poll suggested by silenteye. This time it's about harem endings! Tropes abound.

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Most hated type of ending for a series
Ending with too many unanswered questions - votes: 995 (22.2%)
Axed or abrupt ending - votes: 2643 (58.9%)
Cliffhanger / suspenseful ending - votes: 494 (11%)
Sacrifice goal for the greater good - votes: 88 (2%)
Protagonist fails objective - votes: 39 (0.9%)
Protagonist gains objective but loses something more valuable - votes: 114 (2.5%)
Protagonist achieves objective - votes: 17 (0.4%)
Gets the love interest at the end - votes: 99 (2.2%)
There were 4489 total votes.
The poll ended: March 9th 2019

If you're going to end something, solve/reveal all the mysteries. Blacklist, I'm looking at you.
Posted by lambchopsil on 
March 9th 8:19am
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» residentgrigo on March 9th, 2019, 1:35am

I hate harems. Well 99,9% of them, as no genre only trash. Still, it´s the prime example of self-defeating storytelling. Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei should have been the last word on all of this. The weirdly complex ending was genius. One could easily make a full series about the premise of the last chapters. A shame there was no final OVA to adapt it.


» dreamaway on March 9th, 2019, 1:53am

MC ends up with Best Girl™, of course. Dunno why that isn't an option.


» Transdude1996 on March 9th, 2019, 12:25pm

Quote from dreamaway
MC ends up with Best Girl™, of course. Dunno why that isn't an option.



» calstine on March 9th, 2019, 1:58am

What an easy choice this was! I hate harem 🤣


» hahhah42 on March 9th, 2019, 2:36am

The best end to a harem is in the beginning of Harem End.


» tactics on March 9th, 2019, 3:32am

Back when I read harems, I used to just hope they'd get with SOMEONE, ANYONE because 9 times outta 10, they would end up with no one and it was the most frustrating thing. Oblivious MC's are the worst, even more so in a harem where their obliviousness is ramped up to 10.

Now I hate harems. Don't read them anymore. Bad genre, idk why I ever liked them.


» kurotaito on March 9th, 2019, 6:28am

I don't hate harems, but I feel that most of the time, they are done badly. I really don't care who the main character goes for as long as its not too predictable and it has good story telling.

On the other hand, I think I grew up. Some of the normal tropes in the genre disgust me now. Therefore, I read them less. I dont want a pervert MC and I really don't want some completely dense and idiotic MC.


» svines85 on March 9th, 2019, 11:35am

Hah... I have a problem answering this poll because I don't hate harem series, but I don't (at all) take them seriously from a romance point of view.

So yeah, don't much care at all cuz I wasn't taking the "romance" part seriously to begin with, I read "straight" romance stories for that. Harem's are for comedy/just plain old entertainment as far as I'm concerned, if it's a series that's actually trying to seriously present romantic relationships with a harem-size group of significant others........yeah, I'm probably just gonna dump it, too far to stretch suspension of disbelief right there.

How about an option for "I hope he's bangin' everybody along with their sisters and mothers too"? I could get behind that, he'd be my hero then 😀


» Seregosa on March 9th, 2019, 12:33pm

To me, harems are just another kind of romance. While monogamy focuses on the relationship of the two persons and their gradual build-up to love, harems(polygamy) are, to me, more about the relationship between all of them, how they balance things out and accept eachother and less on a focused, in-depth love. Usually the adventure they go through together through thick and thin tends to be the attracting force there, at least for me. It's not really about one being better than the other, like chocolate and vanilla both are nice tasting on their own.

Also, since I feel this way, I don't really like any "harems" where the MC doesn't end up with the relevant girls because that's kind of like a part of the package for me. There are also different types of harems and not all of them apply to my thoughts here. I'm more thinking of isekai harems and fantasy harems, not school life or modern day stuff where they always end up with one person.

By the way, I refuse to accept anything where the mc ends up with one girl as a "harem". The very idea of a harem is several girls getting into a properly romantic(in one way or another) relationship with the mc. For it to be a harem in my mind, the mc has to choose at least 2 girls, preferably 3 or more, otherwise it will forever be nothing but a fake harem. Just because some girls are swooning over the mc doesn't make it a harem in my mind. Hell, the "harem" thing is way too vague since people likes to call it a harem even if the girls doesn't even like the mc in that way at all as long as they're close by and accompany him for whatever reason. As soon as another girl is introduced, people scream "harem" as if 2+ girls = harem no matter what happens. I really find that to be a bit ridiculous.

Another sad thing about harems is that it's very easy to do wrong and it doesn't surprise me that so many people hate them for it.

Well, that's my two cents on the matter. 😉


» Sugarshark on March 9th, 2019, 1:34pm

in matters of the heart, people don't like to share
I like slice of life stuff so harem is pretty alien to me.
I don't pretend to have everything figured out
I wouldn't think a series would ever end, it would just rinse & repeat, a new hair style or different tragic back story


» orochijes on March 9th, 2019, 2:33pm

Tenchi did it right. He banged everybody, but he gave the first and arguably best girl a baby first HOWEVER not before he lost his virginity to the klutziest/funniest girl.


» kurotaito on March 10th, 2019, 6:33am

Tenchi was my first harem, and it will always be one of the best. 🤣


» gwkimmy on March 9th, 2019, 3:52pm

I first voted "ends up with no one" but unfortunately later realized that the option includes those stupid storylines where the MC "just can't choose". should have voted that I hate harems....

when I used to be able to tolerate harems, my ideal that I really wanted but never found was one where all the characters wanted the MC, but the MC didn't want any of them and thought they all needed jesus. I thought for sure I had found that in Ouran Host Club, but alas, I was naive to expect anything of that caliber from a shoujo manga.


» SSJR2 on March 10th, 2019, 2:36pm

MC ends up with everybody is my main choice for harems now.
The reason is ive gotta SO tired of the MCs choosing the lamest girls just cause they the main heroine girl. There are lot of the times The other options are way better than the main one like For:
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Oreimo and Oreshura where they choose the generic crappy abusive tsundere versus the way better girls.

Even if the main girl isnt the worst one there are still times where the other options are really good and i rather see them all work out than one or none.
So yea i rather it be a Tenchi Muyo Type ending where they get every girl. That way every girl gets a good ending. Plus the point of a Harem is to have a fantasy situation where you get multiple girls for yourself.


» Bog Initiate on March 10th, 2019, 8:17pm

I can't think of normal harems because I don't like them and have only been reading the reverse ones for years.
The best are the ones in which MC gets the best boy (who usually is her love interest).
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I absolutely love that Tamaki and Takuma ended together in Hiiro no Kakera.

As for anime versions I'm open to the main girl ends up with everyone ending,
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like in Amnesia
What I will never accept are endings in which MC ends up with a side love interest because the romantic development those couples get tends to be weak.
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Like in Brothers Conflict... I have the novel and love it, but I can't accept its ending at all


» har12430 on March 11th, 2019, 7:30pm

Honestly, I would be happy if the MC ends up with at least someone or everyone except there sister/brother/mother/father/aunts/uncles and maybe cousins just to be safe.