The term comes from the English use of the word “harem” meaning “a group o woman associated with one man”. When related to anime/manga, describes stories in which a single average male character is surrounded by three or more attractive females romantically interested in relationship with him. While male character is in most cases an everyman-type of guy, girls are personifications of stock characters popular in moe fandom. Despite the gender disproportions and sexual connotations, harem story doesn’t necessarily contain sex or erotic scenes. The opposite of standard harem genre [in which single girl is surrounded by numerous males] is referred to as reverse harem or male harem.