Saying “you have bad taste if…” will always be an opinion and never a fact since taste is subjective and there is no objective view of what taste and enjoyment is better. There is no such thing as objective bad taste, just consensus bad taste, consensus meaning that theirs a prominent opinion of what makes a show enjoyable and good instead of bad.
Since many people enjoy viewing characters with aspects similar to them, I’d wager that its consensus good taste that relatable, humanised characters are an aspect of good taste. Since this is taste I’m talking about, the thing that is so opinionated you can’t really change it, I’ll be moving on from statements like this which people can provide arguments to disagree with.
So technically nothing’s wrong with your taste if you enjoy harems, it’s just against consensus which is arguably correct.
I don’t want to explain my opinions on bad taste in relation to harems because it’s not really important to do so. Those who dislike harems will agree and those who defend them won’t and I can’t justify explaining why constant tropes isn’t really a good thing to like because there are exceptions and at the end of the day, it’s a matter of taste.
At the end of the day there’s no better way of changing people’s mind on harem anime than letting them watch it and realise on their own that so many other things are much better. It’s not necessarily easy to recognise derivativeness until you see how similar each harem is.
Nisekoi was the first harem anime I watched, and I enjoyed it. Then every other one I saw seemed to copy it. It was concerning and annoying that it was all so similar, to the point that I could predict everything that was going to happen. At a point I realised that Nisekoi wasn’t the first one and these things had been going on for many years to the extent that making a joke about overused, old clichés is also old!
Since this is such a strange topic to talk about I’m going to be talking about repetition. Many things are repeated in anime harems. You can arguably say that the harem genre has more repeated scenarios, Stories and character tropes than any other genre of anime. Even if you’re a fan of the genre I’m sure you can attest to being bored of the repetition prevalent in the industry.
Originality isn’t massively important but you could say that enjoying the same kind of story which is only slightly different is bad taste because you only limit yourself to one type of content without exploring other aspects or stories in anime. But this means to have bad taste you must enjoy at least more than one harem which is similar. So there is only one real conclusive conclusion that I feel confident to make: anime harem fans only have bad taste if the stories are repetitive (which I think they are).
Saying that you only watch harems because you know what kind of story you’ll get is simply not good enough. Expand your horizons: It’ll be better for you in the long run and if you’re looking for recommendations I’ve got plenty already on my blog.
So get anime harems out of your system, once you’re bored of them you’ll be able to move onto bigger and better things.