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Boy Meets (Half-Elf) Girl: Is Re:Zero The Ultimate Anti-Harem Anime?

A promotional image for Re:Zero

Like any fan, I have my share of likes and dislikes when it comes to the burgeoning world of anime. While some may enjoy their mecha, mystery, and slice-of-life series, I prefer dark fantasy, magical girls, and rom-coms. Some may be devoted to a single genre while others seek a mixed bag of entertainment. And some make it their business to avoid certain titles at all costs for the sake of preserving their love for the medium.

I happen to be one of those people.

I, for one, cannot stand harem anime.

It seems that more so than ever, the genre is making itself dependent on fanservice and lowbrow humor. Ecchi aside, both harem and reverse harem anime have a tendency to strip their protagonists of any characteristics that might make them interesting – a decision that ultimately limits the supporting cast as well. However, there are definitely exceptions to my claim, and the new series I’m about to share stands beside if not above the rest.

Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World is a prime example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Even if said cover is brimming with Loli girls.

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