High School DxD is one of the most successful harem anime in recent years. Its enormous popularity led to the release of a second season, High School DxD New,in July of 2013. A third anime television series, High School DxD BorN will premiere in April 2015. This series has proven that even a fan service show can be entertaining when combined with a fantastic plot and captivating character development.
High School DxD Plot: The story follows a horny high school student named Issei Hyodo, who dreams of being surrounded by women and is enrolled at a formerly all-girls high school with a secret. The secret is that angels, fallen angels, and devils comprise part of the student population. After an ordinary day at school, Issei is asked out on a date by a woman who turns out to be a fallen angel and tries to kill him. Issei subsequently gets revived by a devil, Rias Gremory, who forces him to serve her devil family.
If you’re looking for other harem anime with romantic stories and scintillating action scenes, here are some anime like High School DxD that you’re definitely going to enjoy.
1. Highschool of the Dead
Highschool of the Dead is a horror harem anime released in Japan in July 2010. It differs from other anime with a high school theme. It is also a straight up horror anime.
The story revolves around a group of high school students who are caught in the middle of a deadly pandemic referred to as Them. This plague turns humans into zombies, and every person in town is in grave danger. The group tries to survive the outbreak, but there are several challenges along the way. Fellow survivors pose threats, and enemies surround our heroes wherever they go.
How long will the group last? Will they be able to rescue other survivors they come across? You’ll have to watch to find out!
2. Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai
Can you resist making a deal with a smoking hot goddess of death? If you’re like Ryosuke Kaga, the protagonist in this series, you can’t. Ryosuke is a horny student at the Momozomo Academy who happens upon a girl standing alone in the rain.
The girl turns out to be a grim reaper named Lisara Restall. Lisara makes a contract with Ryosuke, draining his spirit to gain the energy she needs to stay in the mortal world. Left with no choice and no soul, Ryosuke must join Lisara in her quest.
First released in 2012, Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai is a highly enjoyable anime. It has beautiful art, a captivating musical score and a great story line that will hook you from beginning to end.
3. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Hasegawa Kodaka is a transfer student at St. Chronica’s Academy. He has brown-blonde hair which, coupled with his piercing eyes, makes him look like a delinquent. Because of this, he has trouble making friends.
One day, he runs into an equally solitary classmate named Yozora Mikazuki as she talks with her imaginary friend, Tomo. Realizing that they both lack in the social department, they decide to establish the Neighbor’s Club, a club for people with no friends.
Eventually, they meet the arrogant Sena Kashiwazaki, an underclassman named Yukimura Kusunoki, and Rika Shiguma, a wayward genius. Will this wild mix of personalities be able to get along with each other?
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukania: Episode 1 (English Sub)
4. Date A Live
A tremendous spacequake shattered the land of Eurasia and caused the death of 150 million people. Since this tragic event, smaller spacequakes have plagued the world. Itsuka Shido, a high school student, comes across a girl after a huge explosion.
His sister-in-law, Kotori, tells him that the girl is one of the Spirits, the entities that are responsible for the spacequakes. At the same time, Kotori admits that she is the commander of the airship Fraxinus under the anti-spirit organization Ratatoskr. She tells Shido that he has the ability to seal the powers of the Spirits.
Kotori asks Shido to take the spirit girl on a date. The challenge, however, is that in order to seal a Spirit’s power, Shido must capture the heart of the girl and kiss her. You’ll have to watch the series to find out what happens.
5. To LOVE-Ru
Rito Yuuki is a high school student who cannot muster the confidence to confess his love to Haruna Sairenji, the girl of his dreams. One day, while in the bathtub, a girl appears out of nowhere. She is Lala, a girl from the planet Deviluke, where she is poised to take the throne. Lala’s father asks her to return to her planet and marry one of the candidates he has picked out for her, but she refuses. She wants to marry Rito and stay on Earth.
Commander Zastin is commanded to bring Lala back, but he returns to the king with the news that Rito, in fact, is suitable to marry Lala. The king decides that Rito can marry Lala, but only if he can defeat the other husband candidates. Otherwise, the king will end Rito’s life and destroy Earth.
To Love-Ru: Episode 1 (English Sub)
A retired baseball player by the name of Godou Kusunagi is asked by his grandfather to return a stone tablet to Lucretia Zola, an old friend that lives in Sardinia. After meeting the demonically manipulative sword-mistress Erica Blandelli, he encounters the god of war, Verethragna, and subsequently kills it. This event makes Godou a Campione, or god slayer, and his new task is to ward off and fight heretical gods that wreak havoc on earth for their own selfish purposes.
Being a Campione elevates him to a special status, which comes with several problems. Perhaps the biggest is the fact that girls now adore him to an extreme. Erica Blandelli, a magic swordswoman and member of European magic organization, in particular, lets the world know that she loves Godou, putting them in awkward and funny situations.
7. Mayo Chiki!
Kinjiro Sakamachi is one very unlucky high school boy. He suffers from gynophobia, also known as the fear of women. Even the slightest contact with a female makes his nose bleed. This proves to be especially troublesome because he comes from a family of female wrestlers.
One day at school, he goes to the men’s washroom and discovers that Subaru Konoe, the handsome butler of Kanade, the principal’s daughter, is actually a female.
After this discovery, Kinjiro must now work with Subaru and the twisted Kanade to protect her secret from other students.
8. Rosario + Vampire
Tsukune Aono is a troubled teenager with poor grades. Because of this, he can’t get into any local high schools and his parents decide to enroll him at Yokai Academy. Tsukune soon discovers that Yokai is a boarding school for monsters that teaches them how to coexist with humans. He meets Moka Akashiya, and they soon become good friends.
One day while fighting a school bully, Tsukune accidentally takes off the rosary around Moka’s neck. To his surprise, Moka turns into a powerful vampire with a completely different personality. Tsukune decides to stay at Yokai to be with Moka, and he meets other monsters, including the succubus Kurumu Kurono and a witch named Yukari Sendo.
Earth has been invaded by aliens from another dimension called the Nova. In order to save the world from total downfall, Pandoras and Limiters are trained to battle the aliens. Pandoras are genetically modified girls that possess superb fighting skills and their male partners have an ability to freeze that cripples the mobility of enemies.
The story follows Kazuya Aoi, a Limiter who decides to team up with Satellizer el Bridget, a powerful Pandora with haphephobia. They are eventually joined by Rana Linchen, a Pandora who is in search for her Limiter. She believes Kazuya is her soulmate, igniting a rivalry with Satellizer. How will this feud affect their quest to save Earth?
Freezing: Episode 1 (English Dub)
Minato Sahashi is an extremely intelligent 19-year-old, but he always fails to perform under pressure. This causes him to fail the college entrance exams twice, making others he is an idiot.
He meets a girl named Musubi, and his life changes forever. Minato is a Sekirei, and she has chosen Minato as her Ashikabi, a human with special powers that enables them to form a contract with a Sekirei. This allows Musubi to use her full power when battling other Sekirei in the Sekirei Plan, a competition among Sekirei organized by Hiroto Minaka, the founder of the MBI Corporation.
Other Sekirei eventually choose Minato as their Ashikabi, increasing the tensions among the girls. Minato must quickly find a way to survive the battles as well as the constant competition among the Sekirei in pursuit of him.
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