Is Shuumatsu no Harem Worth Watching?

Shuumatsu no Harem Episode 1 Review

Whether you were looking forward to the eventual actual release of Shuumatsu no Harem (World’s End Harem) or just kind of curious about this title, I’m pretty certain if you are watching it via the official stream on Crunchyroll you will agree that censorship has literally destroyed any potential this anime may have had. I will admit, I wasn’t all that excited about this anime coming out as ecchi titles aren’t something I generally follow but the sci-fi aspect at least made me curious enough to try episode 1.

Shuumatsu no Harem Episode 1

Shuumatsu no Harem has been intrusively censored to death.

For those who weren’t sure what Shuumatsu no Harem is about it begins with our protagonist Reito having to go into cold sleep because he’s sick and while modern technology (it begins in 2040) is working on a cure it won’t be ready for up to five years. Five years later he is awoken and cured only to find out that pretty much every other man on the planet is dead due to a virus sweeping the world. Then, in he’s informed he needs to pretty much mate with as many women as possible and no artificial insemination won’t work (though why isn’t actually explained but clearly they wanted that option off the table).

It’s Shuumatsu no Harem’s convoluted justification to have the main girls strutting about the facility in incredibly tight clothing that doesn’t seem in anyway functional, or in line with what women in the community are wearing, as well as a reason to throw a whole range of female types at the protagonist. Which could quickly just become someone’s escapist fantasy rather than a plot if handled poorly.

Shuumatsu no Harem Episode 1

There’s more than a few issues with the premise as a whole such as the deterioration of a city that was more or less technologically run even before Reito went to sleep. Shuumatsu no Harem makes a big deal about more than half of the scientists and engineers in the world dying but that really shouldn’t have had an impact on basic maintenance on technologies already in existence. Rather it should just slow down future developments with less people working on them.

Also if Reito, the medical student (or at least that was the implication) somehow finds a cure for the disease that swept the world after 5 billion women couldn’t while he was sleeping, I think that would just be enough to make me want to face palm myself into oblivion.

Shuumatsu no Harem Episode 1

Though Shuumatsu no Harem have added at least one potential plot element that could be worth following and that is Reito’s search for actual love. Prior to going into cryogenic sleep he gave the girl he liked a necklace and he still kind of wants to find her only she’s apparently ‘missing’. Pretty sure monogamy isn’t going to cut it in the world being set-up here but it is kind of sweet.

But let’s stop putting it off and address the real issue of the episode. While the virus premise is kind of superficial at this point and the sci-fi world so far feels pretty flat and lacking substance all of it serving only as justification for wanting to set up Reito with a bunch of hot anime girls, anyone watching for the ecchi moments will be very disappointed. So much so that if you read the comments under episode one of Shuumatsu no Harem on Crunchyroll most of them are complaining about the censorship or directing people to where they can watch an uncensored version.

Shuumatsu no Harem Episode 1

It does kind of make you wonder why bother streaming an anime if you feel the need to be that intrusive and ridiculous in your censorship. Either put proper warnings on it and let your viewers decide for themselves or don’t add it to your platform but using large black scribbles across huge portions of the screen to cover over pretty much an female skin (in a show that is apparently going to have a lot of it) is just ludicrous. And ugly.

What makes it worse is that there’s no actual sex in this first episode and the censorship is still that intense. Reito being asked to view his potential partners through glass could have been done in a sterile scientific way but due to the intense censorship over every subject it actually made it almost laughable.

Basically if you were curious about Shuumatsu no Harem for the ecchi elements, you are out of luck on official streaming sites. If you were curious about the sci-fi aspect, its so far pretty meh. It could develop some of its plot elements into something that is interesting but I suspect the sci-fi is going to get eaten by the ecchi and we’ve already established that’s a bust.

Images from: Shuumatsu no Harem. Dir. Y Nobuta. Studio Gokumi, AXsiZ. 2022

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Karandi James