World’s End Harem

World’s End Harem

World's End Harem anime series cover art
World’s End Harem

Series Overview

World’s End Harem (Shuumatsu no Harem / 終末のハーレム) is an ecchi sci-fi anime series. The premise of this series is that a virus has wiped out the vast majority of the male population of the world, leaving humanity on the brink of extinction.

The only males to survive were those who were in cryogenic sleep when the outbreak occurred. And, a handful of those males have a gene that makes them immune to the virus. These brave heroes must mate with the females of the world to save the human race.

Basically, it’s a hentai plot. And as you’d expect from a series like this, there are both censored and uncensored versions. As always, I watched the uncensored version. I don’t see a point in watching anime censored if there’s an uncensored option.

However, before writing this review, I did check to see what the censored version of the series looked like. It did not disappoint. The censoring of this series takes the form of large blotches of what looks like dead pixels. It’s almost as good as the rainbow censoring of Nobunaga Sensei’s Young Bride.

Now, something you might not expect from World’s End Harem is that it does actually have a real plot alongside its hentai plot. You see, there’s a shadowy organization called UW that rules the world now that men are gone.

What are the true goals of UW? Did they have anything to do with the virus outbreak? And if they did, why are they facilitating a breeding program with the surviving males? I don’t really care about the answers to these questions. I just watched for the ecchi.

Characters

There are two protagonists of World End Harem. The first, and worse of the two, is Reito Mizuhara. Reito is extremely boring. He refuses to mate with any girls because he wants to find his crush whose whereabouts are unknown. He’s your typical white knight loser — and that’s no fun in a series like this.

Mira Suou is Reito’s handler. It’s her job to get him to mate with as many girls as possible, herself included. She also looks almost identical to Reito’s crush whom he’s trying to find. But, Mira’s pretty bad at her job considering Reito’s lack of mating.

Shouta Doi is the other protagonist and is an enjoyable character. He’s a nerd whom you wouldn’t expect to be much fun. But, he embraces his new life as one of the last remaining males on the planet.

Shouta Doi and a female student from the anime series World's End Harem
Shouta Doi and a female student

Included in Shouta’s harem are his teacher, three girls who make up the core of his harem, all the other girls in his class, and even one girl whom he keeps as a pet. It’s also through Shouta that we get the majority of the ecchi content of the series.

My favorite character of the series is Shouta’s handler, Karen Kamiya. Not only does Karen have one of the best character designs of the series, but she’s also the most interesting. She always has some plan working in the background to advance her goals.

Also, apparently, Karen is the favorite character of the author of the series, LINK. He has good taste.

The third and final male who’s been taken out of cryo is Kyouji Hino. Like Shouta, he’s embraced his new life. But, he’s only a supporting character. His handler, Neneko Isurugi, also has a great design. I’d have liked for those two to be a bit more prominent.

Just as Terrible as You Would Expect

Obviously, World’s End Harem has a lot of cute girls. That’s the best thing about the series. Also, if you watch the uncensored version, it has some pretty decent ecchi scenes. That’s nice too. But aside from those two things, it’s absolute garbage.

I think the biggest problem with the series is that it attempts to have a real plot instead of focusing solely on the ecchi. Maybe having a plot works out better in the manga. But I think we all know why most people watched this anime — and it wasn’t for the plot. It was for the plot.

There were even entire episodes dedicated to this plot that most people don’t care about. Yes, these episodes still had some ecchi. But the ecchi was just a female character randomly being nude. For example, there’s one member of UW who’s always naked when she’s on video calls with her superiors. She wears clothes every other time we see her.

Karen Kamiya pointing at Shouta Doi from the anime series World's End Harem
Karen Kamiya pointing at Shouta Doi

What makes these episodes, and parts of episodes, that focus on the actual plot even worse is that they prominently feature Reito. As I previously mentioned, Reito’s not a good character. He’s extremely bland — both in terms of his personality and his actions.

I’m also going to say that the fact that this isn’t just a single-season anime makes it worse. There’s only one season right now. But the season doesn’t end in a good spot. Nothing is resolved and it makes it clear that a second season is going to continue the story.

Whether or not it’s actually going to get that second season is currently up for debate.

However, I think it probably would have been better if the anime adaptation set out to be just one season from the start. Just shorten the plot and wrap everything up. Again, the plot isn’t what people are watching for anyway.

Conclusion

For the majority of the time World’s End Harem was airing, I had it rated as a 2/10. Once it ended, I finally dropped my score down to a 1/10. But now that I’ve written this review, I think that may be too harsh. I’m going to officially say it’s a 2/10.

World’s End Harem is garbage. But it does deliver (somewhat) on the part that matters. Still, it would be better if it was just a hentai through and through.

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