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Best Harem MCs

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ITT: We discuss the traits of a good harem MC.
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>>123065306
Basara best MC
>not a beta
>grabs titties with authority
>literally rape mode
>interesting power
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There are no good harem MC's.
They're always OP Gary Stu power fantasies.
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>>123065306
>good
>harem MC

Literally an oxymoron.
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The show failed to really deliver a satisfying conclusion, but I liked the early parts and I definitely liked Andou.

Not just because chuuni so funny haha, but because I felt he was wisely compassionate in a very real way that most harem MCs (or MCs that are meant to come off as compassoinate) fail to.

This is particularly true in how he helps Tomoyo with her attempts at becoming an LN author. Instead of blindly telling her "ganbatte! you can do it!", he offers her pragmatism and real support in the form of his advice and experiences. It was nice.
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>>123066147
>>123066207
/thread
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Everything about shinmai is trash, MC included.

>mfw that shit show aka the epitome of generic has a vocal circlejerk around here

So much for good taste and standards, huh?
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>>123066593
nigga basara is the MC that is saving the haremshit genre right now. Have you even seen all of the episodes?
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>>123066499
So you are saying he behaves more like a non-haremshit MC?
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Why care about the male when you're watching a harem for the girls? What are you, fags?
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>>123065306

He's smart but far from the smartest
Not the strongest in the team, but not an useless load
Friendly but not a pussy
Compassionate and is an excellent leader

TLDR a good harem protagonist is a very well balanced person in real life, but makes for a boring story.

Or at least that's what Japanese animu taught me
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>>123066684
>harem is only about the girls
so wrong
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>>123066731
I think a mediocre harem MC could be interesting to watch if there is believable shonen growth and power levels.
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But what if the MC -is- a girl sometimes?
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>>123066593
You probably mistook shinmai for Absolute shit or World Break
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>>123066684
Male PC needs be somewhat of a cool character or you're just watching lesbianshit.
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>>123066736
Then what should it be about?
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>>123066807
I think the same rules apply, except the MC is now soft.
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>>123066860
the dynamic in male and female attraction and sexual tension makes for a good harem.
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>>123066807
Depends, if it's yuri harem to begin with I don't give a fuck. If it's normal haremshit turned yuri, then it's rage time.
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Yamato's the best.
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>>123066682
That's what he's getting at, yeah. That's the impression I got, too. He was a pretty good MC for a harem.
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>>123066647
I've watched all 5 haremshits this season and they're all shit.
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>>123066946
The great thing about Yamato is that he's actually capable of reading the mood and he can tell if someone has a thing for him. He's also proactive. If he falls in love with someone for real, he'll go after her with everything he has. He knows that Miyako loves him, but unless he's fully committed to returning her feelings, he turns her down without any mixed messages, and if he falls for someone else, he makes it perfectly clear.

As far as harem protags go, he's one in a million.
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Dead
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>>123067223
why are you so mad
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>>123065306
Bottom Right seem like he has decent taste. What's his show/VN, I'd like to have a crack at it.
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>>123067300
Shinmai Maou no Testament. Last episode just aired today and many of us are satisfied with how season one has wrapped up thus far. Also, season two release already has a set date.
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>>123067338
Cool, I'll look into it. Sweater-puppies up there relevant?
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>>123067160
>If he falls in love with someone for real, he'll go after her with everything he has.

That's the entire point, did you forget the name of the series?
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>>123065306
Rito Yuuki
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>>123067359
No, just some redhead tsundere.
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>>123067359
It's shit in my opinion, but at this point you might as well wait for the Blu-Rays for the complete experience.
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>>123067359
not sure what you mean but that girl does appear in season 1. More on her in season 2.
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>>123067368
Ehh, I don't necessarily think the title is referring to him in particular. Yamato uses "ore". The "watashi" in the title is referring to the girls. So it's Yamato who's seriously falling in love with the girl, not the other way around.
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>>123067451
Though there's a joke in Majikoi A-1 where Yamato says the title word-for-word to Azumi.

"Please fall in love with me A(zumi)!"
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>>123067359
Nope. You know how every harem has that one girl you want more instead of the main girl? Well yeah.

>>123067378
Are you serious?
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>>123067451
Fair enough.
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>Harem
>good

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Thanks for that great laugh, OP. I thought for a second someone actually thought haremshit is GOOD, and not just a shitty guilty pleasure for lonely otaku fags and bottom-of-the-barrel standard plebs. Surely none of you ACTUALLY enjoy haremshit? /a/ should be above that garbage.
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>>123065306
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>>123067632
Please seriously fall in love with me, A(non).
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Juicy Yuuji is the best MC, followed by Yamato.
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>>123067615
>Index
>good

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Thanks for that great laugh, anon. I thought for a second someone actually thought Index is GOOD, and not just a shitty guilty pleasure for lonely power fantasy fags and bottom-of-the-barrel standard plebs. Surely none of you ACTUALLY enjoy index? /a/ should be above that garbage.

>yfw Index is a harem
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>>123067703
>yfw Index is a harem
Don't explain the joke, or I hope for his sake he was joking.
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They're are none.
Harems by design put the MC on a pedestal compared to the rest of the world. Part of a good character is how other characters interact with them. Unfortunately every character who is a part of the MC's harem will be madly in love with him. They will give reasons why they like him sometimes but it is all things that we are being told and not actually seeing.


There's also the issue with flaws. A lot of the time these MC's have the typical "Oh he's a lonser. He doesn't get along with people" sort of thing but half of the time these flaws don't even mean anything because they don't change how he interacts with his harem in any negative way. Nobody relevant is put off by him in any way, but if they WERE put off by him they wouldn't be his harem now would they? Which creates a sort of weird juxtaposition.
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>>123066593
This body is reason enough for me to watch it.
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>>123067795

>why do you like him
>he's nice
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>>123067895
This.
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>ctrl+f "mankoto"
>0 results
You disgust me neo-/a/
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>>123067806
Those proportions are all fucked up though.
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>>123066593
>that shit show aka the epitome of generic has a vocal circlejerk around here
Good job you just described Nisekoi
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i dunno if strike the blood is actually harem but kojou wasn't that unlikable, regular joe trying to shoot hoops and look after his sister

while his perversions are well known they're hardly more than vanilla, hes confirmed not a foot-fag
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>>123068075
your eyes are all fucked up, bitch
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>>123068075
That illustration looks fine, but there are some LN illustrations where the proportions on the girls look weird as hell.
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>>123067262
No man deserves more than one exclusive pussy.
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>>123067795
>>123065306
I feel that kanako is the best harem MC precisely because she and maria holic itself are a parody of the harem gonror. Also cause Shaft.
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>>123065346
Issei is more alpha than Basara
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>>123067941

Sorry, I can't hear you over- Wait, is he fucking his own daughters 5 generations straight?
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>>123067632
The anime completely ruined him.

The real Yamato would have stayed on target no matter how many times he was turned down.
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>>123066147

I beg to differ.
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>>123068598
While that is true, the anime is the only place to get a good shot of him that isn't >>123066946 pose
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>All these /u/ butthurt
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>>123068572
issei is a betta faggot
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>>123068598
>The anime completely ruined him.
Gave him a god tier seiyuu at least
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>>123068713
>guy trys to NTR him
>beats him so hard he becomes an impotent shut in with a severe dragon phobia
>adds the imouto to his harem
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>>123068719
I dunno. I always thought it was kind of a poor fit. Like, considering Yamato's general looks, that's not really the voice I'd have expected from him.
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>>123068773
It gives him that master of manipulation, all according to keikau vibe like Izaya
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This is how a true alpha mc looks like.
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>>123068713
>betta

Don't respond to him if you can't even spell your words correctly.
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>>123065306
>Isshit
>good MC
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>>123068765
not that anon but Issei is the most BETA MC ever seen in the history of the harem genre
>M-Muh trauma on vol 1
>10 volumes later he confess his love to Rias
>Still afraid of kissing her
>vol 19 and he still a beta who gets rekt every fucking time and still afraid of doing something with Rias.
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>>123068826
Kill yourself
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>>123068826
Yes, or him.
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>>123068800
Maybe, but it feels like a physical mismatch.

Almost like a man's voice coming out of a chick.

Wait, that's also a thing in this series, isn't it?
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>>123068896
Yeah it was kinda strange at first but I grew to like it
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>>123068837
You are shitposting so hard it's unbelievable. Also I know who you're that deluded SMnK shitposter so your opinions are just shitposting.
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>>123068892
>>123068826
kill yourselves
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>>123065306
Shirou. That is all.
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>>123068939
>>123068891
Epic meme, bro.
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>>123069044
>Grisaiashit
>Ever
No, really, kill yourself.

>>123069015
Care to elaborate? I don't quite understand
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The best.
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>>123069552
>Harem is full of only good girls
I miss WR threads.
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>>123068837
Issei is better than Basara because he's pure comedy gold.
The recent OVA reminded me how Issei is vastly superior to Basara.
Basara looks like a shounen hero on a harem, Issei is just pure comedy gold.
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>>123069672
That's not an excuse for his beta as fuck actions. Issei is afraid of doing anything with anyone, when everybody blatantly wants his dick. The "muh trauma" shit went on too long (would be fine for a volume or 2) and even after getting over it he still constantly fails to get the pussy it's like he's trying not to fuck them. Maybe he's a fag.
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>>123067632
This nigga is boring.
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The only good harem series is a dead harem series.
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A good harem MC needs to have a comedy side to him.
Not alpha but not some sissy bitch who lets females tread all over him.

and that's basically it.
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>>123067862
good answer
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>>123068075
looks like how real women are shaped
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Why is there no female harem mc with her female harem

Does nippon not like yuri?
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>>123067615
All anime is a guilty pleasure for lonely otaku fags and bottom-of-the-barrel standard plebs.
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There wasn't a single one likable character in Trinity Seven. Sometimes I really wonder how mentally handicapped you have to be actually think it's good.
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>>123069015
Shirou made me hate the entirety of Fate Stay Night.
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>>123075643
>what is oddman 11
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Rance is pretty fucking hilarious and easily the best MC I've seen.

I played all the Rance games for the story since the beginning, I think the traits of a good harem MC consists of having a well fleshed out and interactive harem with the kind of girls that wouldn't just throw themselves to any nice male that gives them attention. The general atmosphere the MC gives off is an important contrast to the cast, you can't be a hot blooded and alpha as fuck and not have good chemistry with the majority of the characters, this is the first pitfall i've seen. When it comes to Rance luckily this isn't a problem, you get everything and a bit more. You have your ridiculously wild and fucking crazy Alpha MC that goes on a rampage of steamrolling girls and conquering the world, but you also get this laid back guy that just wants to have a good time and have fun with all the girls equally.
A fleshed out character needs to exist outside of a MC's interaction with the girls, this is probably the most important aspect.
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>>123076169
He's ugly thou
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>>123076197
Why? I think he's cute.
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>>123076169
Rance is a pretty great MC, shame his character didn't really get good until until 5+ though.
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>>123076415
Thankfully those 4(5) games before that are rather short except KR
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Pic related by so far it's not funny.

Alpha as fuck? Check.
Well-written male tsundere? Check.

How ironic is it that Urusei Yatsura, one of the first and most iconic harems of all time, is a deconstruction of the genre the way it is today.
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>>123065306
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>>123076460
Rance is a good character in KR
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The only good beta MC.
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>all this HAREMSHIT AMIRITE
But the lonely wish fulfillment stuff is the point. And they're talking about the best MCs in regards to harems. Who cares whether they decide the best character or the most ideal one. That's the point of the genre. I mean, the ideal harem would be one with actually good writing, but that hasn't happened, just bearable writing. Bearable when you consider the purpose of the genre. I just don't see the point in going
>lol you're an EVEN BIGGER loser than me
In a place like this.
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>>123066807
Good, now you reminded me that worst girl won, what a fucking waste
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>>123075744
>not one good character in T7
>not worshiping liese
>not worshiping sora
Contrarian as fuck
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>>123065306

Negi Springfield. He becomes pretty stu-ish by the end but at least he has to work for all that power and status. He starts off very weak and has to rely on everyone. By the end he's carrying everyone else almost solely.

Ranma Saotome was pretty entertaining, plus there was more than one guy in the series so that helped things a lot.

That's about it really. Anyone else I can think of is only average at best compared to the above two.
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>>123067695
This.

A good harem MC needs to be multi-faceted. and deffinately not a brainless, inactive faggot.
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>>123081770
That image would be so much better if it had actual quotes from Rance.
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>>123081831
These aren´t real quotes? I´m terribly sorry. I have only played Sengoku.

>>123076169
Like I this guy said, Rance is a character even without his interaction with the girls.
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>>123082025
>These aren´t real quotes? I´m terribly sorry. I have only played Sengoku.
Why would you post the alignment chart if you had no Idea how Rance acted in previous games, thats pretty dumb, you're generally correct but still dumb. Go play Rance VI, its my favourite one.
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>>123082025
While most of them are things that I can see Rance saying, the only one that is close to line that Rance has actually said is the Chaotic Evil one
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>>123076340
He needs to see a dentist. Like, badly.
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>>123082276
He doesn't, those teeth are canonically one of his attractive traits.
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>>123082276
>He doesn't like sharkteeth
I am beyond disgusted.
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>turning into the super playboy and impregnating 100+
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>>123082763
*women

(just so we're all on the same page)
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>>123069066
What does the show being bad have to do with the Alphaness of the MC you fucking mongoloid.
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>>123075643
what is cross ange
Oh wait, tusk ruined it
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>>123082799
You can't impregnate men, I don't think you had to correct yourself there.
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>>123082976
>Ruined
>Implying
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>>123082976
Ange was always straight and Tusk was her love interest before she even started liking any other girl in the show. Fuck off with your /u/ shit. Besides Zola was legitimately an alpha as fuck harem master.
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Bros before hoes.
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>>123084685
I never understood how Kouki placed #2 in that poll.
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>>123072213
Despite his faults, the fucker has managed to do one thing. Keep me entertained. The series in general, in my opinion, is fun. One of the reasons I read it. It's not the best, it's not revolutionary, it's just fun. All I ask for.
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>>123085110
Let shitposter-kun be. He's trying hard.
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>>123085003
fujoshit maybe
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>>123069015
I forgot about Ciel.
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>>123068528
I liked maria holic, but it wasn't lewd enough for me. The nose bleeds eventually got a bit tiring.
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>>123068648
arata is best because he is so straightforward. He says what the audience would say in his situation.
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>>123084685
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>>123066684
Because the MC is literally everything fucking wrong with fake harems. Making yuri harems would not even solve anything. It would only make a shitty male MC into a shitty female MC only slightly more bearable because they're another cute girl.

>>123067941
>neo-/a/
>maymay Makoto

Kill yourself.

>>123068583
Hell yeah.
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Can we all agree this guy sucks cock?
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>>123087651
Yea, save MANkoto for the oldfags
Keep that shit out of neo-/a/
Ayyyy lmao
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>>123087920
After he went Pseudo-Shirou in Volume 7? No
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>>123087920
No.
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>>123083162

Thanks I am not visualizing that Vegeta image.
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>>123087967
Ironic shitposting is still shitposting.

Makoto isn't worth shit outside of the porn games. And those sex scenes are terrible.
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What about the lead of that Shsamablah no Adam novel? He starts out as a total puss that gets taken advantage of by a christmas cake, then blowjob raped by a trap and has sex with his tsundere love interest and enemy before the fight starts. All because he has a magic eye power that makes any woman that looks at him horny for him. It's stupid as fuck, it might as well be smut.
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>>123088053
I second that opinion actually
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>>123087920
Retard.
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>>123088133
What are you talking about? Shido can't even have a girl look at him without going full autist.
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>>123068826
The juiciest
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>>123088333
What? It's his job to date the girls every day to keep them happy.
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>>123088133
Do not fucking bully cute girls.
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>>123088476
Dumb girls are for bullying
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>>123088333
If anything the only reason he fucks up is because the the majority of the crew on Farxius are retarded. Almost every good move he had done has been he choose himself, the other good moves he has made has come from Reine giving him advice
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The best harem MCs are those who would make for pretty fine heroines themselves if they had the proper chromosomes.
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>>123088476
Nope
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Step aside, harem king coming through.
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>>123088601
Not sure about you but I'd enjoy the show much more if Shido had at least a little bit of confidence and didn't flip out every time a girl talked to him
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>>123088696
Isn't that his mom
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>>123088799
Not him but when does that even happen after season 1? That was the point of S1 since he had no experience plus Kotori and her crew are awful at giving advice.
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>>123088799
Guess we are watching different shows then because that only happens with Tohka when he had no experience in the matter and Origami which is justifiable considering how she acts towards him
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>>123088913
Yes. Don't they look just like each other? Saki is basically Yamato with breasts.
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>>123089005
Oh and Kurumi which is also justifiable because she is literally trying to eat him
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>>123088782
I love Ken, but I wish so much he just stuck with Kurimu, Chizuru, Minatsu and Mafuyu. Those girls are special and all have an important place in his life and how he grew as a person. I can't even support harem end as is outside of stories with more "freedom" with what can be done like having aliens and demons. I like harem end, but there's a very strict limit on how far you can go.
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>>123068075
>/cgl/ discussing aesthetics
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Does Shirou count ?
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>>123089068
I guess you're right. He only loses his composure when dealing with crazy, which makes sense. Though the only time I've seen him act confidently was at the end of S2 with worst girl.
Only watched the anime.
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You guys are FUCKING RETARDED to focus on the MC of a harem
It's all about the girls
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>>123088075
The currently released chapters only frame him as the king of a chessboard: the battlefield focuses on him.

He still has to prove his worth as a person.

Sugisaki, Arata (Trinity Seven), Koutaro (Rokujouma), Kimito (Shomin Sample), and Ayumu (Zombie) have one important thing in common as MCs of harems: they recognize the importance of the family unit. This is what convinces the majority of their fanbases that just one girl winning in the end should not happen.
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>>123089172
He did a good job with Kotori once he noticed what the fuck he was meant to be doing and he handled the twins really well until DEM fucked things over for him. Miku was a colossal fuckup due to the pointless crossdressing that just forced upon him and once that was sorted he went balls to the wall to prove himself to worst girl and to save Tohka
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>>123065306
Ikari Shinji ?
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>>123066207
>>123066544
/thread
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>>123089293
You'd rather the girls pine over an invisible, nondescript lover? If an MC has to be the lynchpin of a harem, they better prove themselves worthy of the role.
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>>123066147
>>123066207
>>123066544
>>123089478
Even if you were right and no good ones exist now, one will come. Stories do not become immortal by stagnating.
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>>123089323
The problem is when the girls don't get along. And this happens often.
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>>123089293
I can't ignore him when he gets 90% of screentime.
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>>123090068
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>>123089323
He seems to not really care from what I saw of scans. If anything it looks like he's just having mindless sex with anything that catches his interest or anyone who activates his eye power themselves guys or girls. He's either a total manwhore or walking rape bait.
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>>123087920
He's truly a annoying moralfag, but he's ok, at least he's not a typical LN pervert faggot.
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>>123090742
How is Shidou a moralfag?
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>>123091030
Not him but it's probably because he told Miku that humans aren't dolls to play with
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>>123091375
But they are.

>inb4 edge
Greek gods.
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>>123091375
but that was Miku being a spiteful bitch min-controlling half city and the girls to kill him, he also didn't care about the people he attacked at DEM's headquarters.
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>>123091420
Hakuryuu pls.
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>>123088696
I should not find the mother of a nearly adult MC hot.
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>>123092069
In one of the routes, he marries a 36-year-old.

It's perfectly fine to find older women hot in this series.
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A harem end.
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>>123092303
MILFs are no go though.
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>>123092410
>MILFs are no go though.
The fuck are you talking about?
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>>123086816
>He says what the audience would say
Correction; What the audience would LIKE to say.
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>>123092502
You can't fuck any of the MILFs in Majikoi.
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>>123092410
I couldn't ever touch one, especially if her husband had died. If everyone else wants to, go right ahead if you become a VN MC.
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Definitely a sense of humour, caring for his gals and being able to stand up and fight for them.
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>>123094696
this. only correct answer. He's the best.
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>>123094696
This is all you need. The standard of a good character should be only to be entertaining for the right reasons and likable.
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Also being able to put up with a lot of shit but being able to put his foot down if their shit gets too much and Being there for them if they get in trouble.
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>>123095131
Why 10032 is so best?
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>>123065306
>trinity shit
>high school shit x shit
>shitmai

If I wanted awful self-insertion fantasy harem with terrible production value would watch nothing because it would be SHIT.
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>>123095131
I just don't get the appeal for this show. is it a meme or something?
i have a long nice nap everytime i try watching an episode
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>>123088782
>Nakameguro

Fuck you for getting me into cute boys, /a/.
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>>123065306

>not spineless, whining beta
>not afraid of women
>grabs titties
>actually does things

So basically:

* Rogue Hero's Akatsuki
* Mondaiji's Izayoi
* Shining Bread's Rick
* Moe Blue Steel's Gunzou
* Rance
* else, /h/
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>>123092590
Are you implying /a/nons aren't Alpha as fuck?

Because you'd be right.
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Only bearable harem MCs are Arararagi (if you even consider it a harem, I don't) and Rito.
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>>123096881
>Rito
>good

Bullshit. Ken developed more than Rito ever will in less than 30 episodes.
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>>123068826
So juicy
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>>123096936
Yeah, but he is still the only harem MC who is bearable.
I mean, even the girls in-universe acknowledge his gravity bending bullshit.
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>>123069015
>Ciel
Was Shirou cooking curry that day?
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Fucking Jesus I feel sorry for Yuuji. I have no idea how they're going to animate the sequels, there's some shit in there that I am unsure how they're going to justify putting in, but I can't see the story working without.
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I like when the protagonist is given reasons to be attractive to so many girls. It's not enough for him to just be the main character. There's no way in hell I'm going to believe some shitty otaku is popular with every girl at his school.

A lot of people hated on Touma and Ichika from Infinite Stratos, but I actually don't mind them that much. Touma gets crap for moralizing a lot, but at least he has a clear sense of philosophy and his habitual heroism and confidence feels like legitimate reasons for him to attract others. Ichika is dense of course, and his being the only man to pilot IS in the world stinks of special snowflake, but the show sets him up as a good cook, master of orgasmic massages, and an improbable combination of nonthreateningly simple and smokingly hot. It makes perfect sense a bunch of girls with aggressive personalities would hunt him.

Not to say they're necessarily good characters or anything, but I see why they're popular with women in their story and I think it makes sense, which makes it easier for me to stomach the harem setup.

Others that work are Type Moon leads, because they're fixer-uppers. Shiki is fatalistic, Shirou is traumatized, both are described as attractive in setting and have obvious self confidence in both cases, or good skills to make them desirable. Say what you want about their VNs or stories, but personally, I think they had excellent chemistry with all the girls.
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>>123096977
What do you mean by "bearable" you raging faggot? I just named another one.
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>>123095497
Season 1 was good. Season 2 made me drop it in like, 4 episodes in. It's been months since and I still trying to start it again, but I just can't.
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>>123097188
Not trying to say anything rude but, Issei sincerely gained the respect of the girls that forms his harem through sheer training and willpower.
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I want an MC who could end up with any of the girls and unites them all as a family.
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