Well, blueballing is OK, as long as I'm not into the mood of reading something actually erotic!
I meant in terms of romantic resolution. Usually harem authors introduce the so called "first girl", who the audience is well aware will win out in the end, and then just keep throwing more and more female characters into the mess because they have no actual story going on, they just keep resetting the narrative back to square one after the newest string of perverted mishaps have run their course. It's beyond infuriating and repetitive.
And then you have something worse than that, the dreaded "open ending" where the protagonist doesn't pick anyone and you just end up feeling like an idiot for even having wasted your time on such garbage.
even it's not erotica I think.
It could be called the anti-erotica. While many harem stories tend to have the protagonist stumble upon the heroines in various states of undress, or fall on them and accidentally touch their boobs, Rokujouma eschews these infantile cliches for some honest-to-God character development, and the developing bonds between the protagonist and the girls and even between the girls themselves.
>Yeah, but there is a difference between not making it too lewd, and making a super bland settings with uninteresting mc and uninteresting harem members without anything going on.
That's a rarity :)
Not as rare as you'd think. And not only is he an actual individual, but he's no stuttering virgin either.
I've tried to read Chinese stories for a change ("wuxia" stuff), but their characters tend to be genocidal maniacs, so it's not really better.
Yeah, Chinese novels are not only carbon copies of each other, but also feature protagonists that are straight up psychopaths. There are a few good ones like "These Dangerous Girls Placed Me Into Jeopardy" featuring the holy grail of harem stories, a yandere harem, that doesn't deal with cultivation bullshit. It's just an unlucky sod that got a spell cast on him that attracts females to him with the problem being that all the girls are batshit insane and want to kill, eat or maim him. Sadly, the translation stopped since the author put the raws behind a paywall.
There's also Duke of Mount Deer (alternatively known as Deer and the Cauldron) which was deliberately written as deconstruction of a wuxia novel. The protagonist is not some noble orphan with a mysterious past, he's the son of a prostitute in some random brothel, he's illiterate, cowardly, amoral, corrupt, never actually manages to properly learn martial arts and spends his time scheming how to get more wealth and power. That being said, he is a somewhat lovable rogue that stays loyal to his friends (even though he might cheat them out of money) and uses underhanded means to keep his (future) wives around him. The whole story is already translated or you can just watch the various live action interpretations (there's 5 of them IIRC).
but there is a difference between not making it too lewd, and making a super bland settings
By "too lewd" I mean straight up pornography, which Shinmai actually turns into at the end. IIRC the last volume is pretty much the protagonist just sleeping with all his girls. And it really is a revolutionary moment because it is the first LN of its kind that managed to get published with such explicit material.
A great example of how authors usually go around the rating restrictions is Campione! (another fun one), where the protagonist has a power called "Youth" that when used basically translates into sex. The anime makes it even more plain in the last episode, with the heroine even biting her mouth and drawing blood as a nod towards her being "deflowered".
Also, does anyone know how to quote multiple posts in the same post? I feel kind of silly making three entries one after the other.