Harems run deep in anime with hundreds of options. There’s Monster girl harems.
© Monster Musume
Colorful singing boys harems.
© Uta no Prince-sama
And whatever happened in Gintama that one time.
But harems are hard to get into for newcomers. They take at least 12 episodes (or a manga, 2 seasons and still counting, like Nisekoi) to get to a romantic resolution. Many times, the main character has to play the “I can’t possibly choose” trope or else the harem ends in episode 2.
For everyone who wants to get into harems but never found a good entry point, Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle (or Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut) just might be what you’re looking for.
Many people wrote off Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle as trope trash from the first episode since it opened like most harems….with accidental nudity.
It also bears a great resemblance to previous harems, Infinite Stratos and Blade Dance of the Elementalers.
But once Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle gets past the bumps in the first few episodes, it’s like a starter harem with a darker storyline in between cute girls.
First off, EVERYONE is moe and there’s someone for every viewer. Main guy?
He’s adorable like Bell Cranel from DanMachi but you get to just enjoy his cuteness without Hestia distracting you with her blue ribbon. His voice actor, Tamura Mutsumi, you’ve likely heard before as Alibaba from Magi, Izzy from Digimon, and Jinta from Anohana.
Then you’ve got all the normal harem girls with a spunky princess tsundere, a cute but quiet childhood friend, and the blue-haired ice queen.They’re like bite sized, adorable versions of the often older looking characters in harems.
Even the voice actors are adorable!
While everyone is very cute, they do pack a punch in their fights. And yes, they do get in the robot.
There’s titillating fanservice but it’s never so much that you wonder if it’s about to turn hentai.
Though sh%t does go down.
Once the tropes calm down and the story progresses, a shift happens. The happy, harem school days start contrasting with darker scenes happening elsewhere with new characters. This series literally made me yell “WTF” because this harem has some unexpected twists and plot behind the tropes. It has both types of plot. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
This series still has more to go before it’s conclusion but so far it’s moe, hides a darker mystery underneath, and can introduce you to all the harem tropes in almost the first two episodes. Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle is currently streaming exclusively on Hulu and now you have something to look forward to Mondays, when the the new episodes drop.
If you faithfully follow the journey to harem heaven, whichever show gets you there, then you may come out the other side saying:
True Life: I’m addicted to harems
— yandere-chan (@ForeverToxiic) December 6, 2015