Best Isekai Anime to Watch!

What are some good isekai anime shows to watch? That's a good question, as there are so many to talk about! From popular isekai anime series like Overlord, No Game No Life and Log Horizon, to less known and new isekai anime shows like My Next Life as a Villainess, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear and Drifters, there are so many best isekai series to recommend, it's almost impossible to compose a list. I feel like everyone likes a bit of friendly escapism, and isekai easily fills that void, including a fusion of aspects from all different cultures, Western and Eastern. Definitely give all of these a watch!

Popular Isekai Anime Series


Sword Art Online anime

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With the aid of NerveGear technology, video game players can now experience their playable worlds like never before – in virtual reality. For Kazuto Kirigaya, his game of choice is Sword Art Online. After beta testing the game, he logs into the launch and finds himself, as well as ten thousand other players, trapped in the game world. We follow Kazuto Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki as they explore various virtual reality MMORPG worlds through playing the massive multiplayer online role playing game, a world where fiction and reality are blurred. This series is so expansive and gripping, it's a real fantasy gaming adventure to explore and get lost in!


Log Horizon isekai anime

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Like in Sword Art Online, Log Horizon starts off with thirty thousand Japanese players of the popular Elder Tale game being unable to log out of the game with the latest update. The story focuses on the socially awkward college student Shiroe, a master strategist in-game, and his friends as they try to navigate their new reality. Another epic and gripping anime where multiple characters find themselves transported to a game world. Without exposing any more spoilers, this is a really interesting twist on standard isekai anime series with extremely clever plot points and it gives us an insight in to the perspective of the NPCs too. Overall it is a really fun adventure for video game lovers!

Gate anime

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Japanese Self-Defense Force solider and otaku Youji Itami is in the Ginza district of Tokyo feeding his hobby one afternoon when a gate to another world opens and medieval soldiers flood modern day Japan. While Itami, in conjunction with the local police, manage to save many civilian lives, his hero status forces him to go beyond the gate with his fellow soldiers to explore a mysterious new world filled with swords, magic, elves, and dragons.

Overlord isekai anime

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A prime dark fantasy work, it begins with the shutdown of the virtual reality game Yggdrasil. In the last hour of closing, a player called Momonga decides to stay until the end - however, instead of shutting down, Momonga becomes his avatar and the the NPC characters have come alive with their own unique personalities. A new world envelopes them and the quest begins, to get through the game until the end. Confronted with this abnormal situation, Momonga commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world, with the hopes of figuring out what has caused this development and if there may be others in the same predicament. This is such a unique fantasy series and one that gamers will adore! 

Konosuba anime

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Another reincarnation plot anime (if you like this style definitely check out these Best Anime with OP MC!), Kazuma Satou is on his way back from buying a new game when he is struck down and killed, however, he awakens before the Goddess Aqua who gives him two choices: go to heaven or reincarnate into an actual fantasy world. Naturally, the gamer picks the fantasy world. Now Kazuma must deal with defeating an evil demon king, useless party members, and paying living expenses. A really fun anime to try!

Re:Zero anime

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Featuring one of the Best Cats in Anime, the adorable artificial spirit cat Puck, this is an anime of myth and a time of magic, when the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of... Subaru Natsuki as he goes out for a midnight snack run and suddenly finds himself transported to another world. Anime will do that to you, guys. As a bewildered teen in a land of swords and magic, he wanders around and ends up attacked by thugs. After being saved by a mysterious woman, he agrees to help her get back something that was stolen. Unfortunately, it ends in both their deaths. With his dying breath, he finds that he possesses the power of revival, escaping his death by the repeating the last few hours. One of the best Isekai anime all round!

No Game No Life isekai

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In the real world, siblings Shiro and Sora are NEET shut-ins. However, in the virtual world, they are the legendary gaming duo. One day, after a strange email, they find themselves transported into a universe made entirely of games ruled by Tet, the god of games. Even though the siblings managed to defeat every human player online, it means the only enemy left is a literal god. Despite her intelligence, Shiro finds it difficult to read the moves of real people and read their emotions and behaviour, it is a whole language of its own and she finds their spontaneity confusing and must rely on Sora for help. Their goal is to subdue all the civilizations in Tet’s world so they can challenge him one more time.

The Rising of the Shield Hero anime

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The stories tell of four heroes summoned from another world – the sword, spear, bow, and shield heroes who will prevent calamity. With darkness bearing down on them, the Kingdom of Melromarc summons these heroes from modern day Japan. For otaku Naofumi Iwatani, unfortunately he is labeled the shield hero, the weakest of the group. Worse yet, betrayal sees him labeled as a criminal and outcasted. With hatred and vengeance consuming him, he sets forth to grow strong.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime

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Anime never fail to be quirky and this fantasy anime show with op mc is certainly one of the quirkiest! Thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is a typical corporate worker, happily minding his own business, when, in the midst of a casual encounter with his colleague, he falls victim to a random assailant on the streets and is stabbed. However, while succumbing to his injuries, he hears a perculiar voice echoing in his mind... when he eventually awakens, he discovers that he now takes the form of a reincarnated goop of slime in an unfamiliar realm. Not only does he have to grow accustomed to his new physique, he must adapt to his newfound skills - pretty much, the power to devour anything and mimic its appearance and abilities. Befriending the sealed Catastrophe-level monster "Storm Dragon" Veldora who had been sealed away for the past 300 years for devastating a town to ashes (why not!) Satoru promises to assist in destroying the seal and in return, Veldora bestows upon him the name Rimuru Tempest to grant him divine protection. Now, that's what I call a good deal!

Isekai Quartet anime

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One day, a mysterious switch appears - if they press it, these isekai characters were transported to yet another alternative world! It is a normal day; everyone from deranged military girl Tanya Degurechaff and 16-year-old isekai protagonist Satou Kazuma to expansionist overlord Ainz Ooal Gown and demon sisters Rem and Ram go on with their daily lives. Suddenly, a conspicuous red button begging to be pressed appears before them. Overcome by curiosity, the otherworldly characters push the button, sending them to an unfamiliar world (but at least it's a pretty familiar process by now!). With no way of escaping, the characters must lead a normal school life and make acquaintances with the others. One thing is certain: the classroom full of fan-favorite eccentric personalities never gets boring! This anime series is essentially anime characters taken from many of the above series, sent to another-another world, and put in a classroom. A must watch if you love a good crossover anime or looking for the best crossover anime to watch!

Lesser Known, Unheard or New Isekai Anime Series

Restaurant to Another World anime

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Western Restaurant Youshoku no Nekoya is a popular cafe or eatery that has been in business for 50 years, located on a street corner in a Tokyo shopping district. Serving both traditional Japanese fare as well as Western dishes, this eating establishment is popular among Tokyo's residents, especially salarymen and other workers for most of the week. But this seemingly ordinary restaurant is also popular with another type of clientele... While the restaurant is thought to be closed on Saturdays, the truth is that on this special day each week, its doors are instead opened to the mythical inhabitants of other worlds looking for comforting cuisine. From dragons and elves to fairies and mages, this restaurant has no shortage of strange customers. Nevertheless, the enigmatic chef known only as "Master" will be waiting to serve up their favorite dishes with a kind smile and keep them coming back for many more Saturdays to come. Kind of, I guess, like Big Cook Little Cook, the premise is pretty much the same! This is very much a food anime, but with the added twist of various fantasy patrons coming to out world to eat delicious human food.

Isekai Izakaya

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There is a bar located in Kyoto called Nobu. However, its front door leads to another world. In Nobu, they bring Japanese food and drink to the residents of another world. Very similar to Restaurant to Another World, but as a short-episode series, things progress much faster. Still, a fun mix of isekai and food. 

The Ambition of Oda Nobuna anime

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High schooler Sagara Yoshiharu has the misfortune one day to time travel back to the Sengoku time period, finding himself in the middle of a raging Sengoku period battle. He is saved by the legendary Hideyoshi Toyotomi, but at the cost of the hero's life. With his dying breath, the warrior pleads for Yoshiharu to become a feudal lord in his place. Now that the course of history has been changed, Yoshiharu pledges to keep the timeline from diverging any further. However, all the powerful feudal lords are actually cute girls. On chance, he happens across Oda Nobuna, and begins to serve her in the place of recently deceased Kinoshita Tokichiro. To set things right and find a way back home, Yoshiharu agrees to become one of Nobuna's retainers and assist her in a conquest of Japan. As Nobuna initiates her campaign, Yoshiharu discovers that the history he learned from playing the video game "Nobunaga's Ambition" allows him to predict future events and turn the tide of war. This series explore that common historical fantasy of “what if your favorite Feudal Japanese lords were hot ladies?” It’s even more fun if you know your Japanese history, if only from the Samurai Warriors version of Dynasty Warriors.

Nobunaga Concerto anime

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Saburou is a carefree student who is jarringly thrown back in time to the Sengoku era. He lands directly in front of Oda Nobunaga who, is unexpectedly frail and fleeing his retainers. As the two look similar, Nobunaga proposes that they switch places in order to go relax. Very similar to The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, this series keeps the genders true to history, but a modern dude switching places with Nobunaga. It is, if nothing else, an interesting historical series to ponder.

Drifters anime

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At the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Toyohisa Shimazu is the rearguard for his retreating troops, and is critically wounded when he suddenly finds himself in a modern, gleaming white hallway. Faced with only a stoic man named Murasaki and hundreds of doors on both sides, Toyohisa is pulled into the nearest door and into a world completely unlike his own. The strange land is populated by all manner of fantastical creatures, as well as warriors from different eras of Toyohisa's world who were thought to be dead. Quickly befriending the infamous warlord Nobunaga Oda and the ancient archer Yoichi Suketaka Nasu, Toyohisa learns of the political unrest tearing through the continent. Furthermore, they have been summoned as "Drifters" to fight against the "Ends," people who are responsible for the creation of the Orte Empire and are trying to annihilate the Drifters. As the Ends grow more powerful, so does the Empire's persecution of elves and other demihumans. It is up to Toyohisa and his group of unconventional heroes to battle in a brand-new world war to help the Empire's subjects, while protecting the land to claim for themselves and challenging the Ends.

Ascendance of a Bookworm

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Who knew books could be lethal? Motosu Urano is a lover of books and passionate about reading and curating beautiful book collections, having recently got her librarian certification and was about to enter her dream job when an earthquake caused her to be crushed by her collection of books. She is reincarnated into a new world as the five year old daughter of a soldier. As a frail five-year-old girl living in a medieval era but retaining the passions and memories of her previous life form, what immediately comes to her mind is books. She tries to find something to read, only to become frustrated by the lack of books at her disposal. Without the printing press, books have to be written and copied by hand, making them very expensive; as such, only a few nobles can afford them—but this won't stop Myne. She will prove that her will to read is unbreakable, and if there are no books around, she will make them herself! This is a lower key story that focuses on a character passionate about something. It isn’t really a battler, which allows it to focus on building out the world and the characters.

My Next Life as a Villainess

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A different kind of perspective in this isekai anime as eight year old Catarina Claes, the young daughter of a noble family, one day bumps her head and regains memories of her past life as an otaku. It is then that she realizes she has been reborn into the world of the otome game Fortune Lover, reincarnated as not the heroine but the game's villainess who, regardless of what route the player took in the original game, is doomed to be either exiled or killed. In order to avoid these routes that lead to doom, Catarina begins taking countermeasures. As such, she endeavors to change her fate and avoid all doom flags. Imagine an isekai in which a female main character not only charms her entire man harem, but collects a female harem as well. Furthermore, she is not even focused on her romance, which is refreshing. This anime carries such an interesting and fascinating perspective, it's such an amazing watch!

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

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Suzuki Ichirou is a programmer for a game company, and in order to keep up with demands, he frequently sets his work pace to “death march” in which he works for days straight with little sleep and without going home. During one of these death marches, he falls asleep and when he wakes up, he is somehow transported inside of one of his games. This is one of those anime series that tends to blend in with all the others. Honestly, aside from the interesting MMO system, there is not a lot of unique highlights to it. It is an alright show and more of what some people are looking for.

Hataage! Kemono Michi

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The story follows masked wrestler Genzou Shibata, who likes all kinds of animals and creatures. One day he is summoned to another world, where a princess asks him to help kill magical beasts, but he gets mad and puts her in a German suplex. Instead, he begins life as a pet shop owner in the other world.

Kamigami no Asobi

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After discovering a mysterious sword in her family's storehouse, high school student Yui Kusanagi is suddenly transported to a new and unfamiliar world. There she meets five strange yet handsome men before finding herself face to face with Zeus: the king of the gods. In order to repair the deteriorating relationship between gods and humans, Zeus has created an academy for young deities and chose Yui to be the human instructor of it. She has only a year to educate the young gods - including the five strangers she met earlier - on what it means to be human or risk being trapped in Zeus' realm forever. A difficult task as she is still learning about the gods herself! Perfect for fans of reverse harem anime shows or otherwise just beautiful anime boys, then this is an isekai for you.

The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?

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One of the most disconcerting starts to an anime, imagine waking up in a new world and suddenly realising that you are in the body of a six-year-old. 25-year-old Shingo Ichinomiya has exactly this experience! Whilst he retains memories of his adult life, working at a firm company, Shingo learns that the person he is occupying is Wendelin Von Benno Baumeister, the eighth son of a poor noble family living in the countryside. Due to his family being poor, Wendelin is unlikely to inherit anything from his father as the family's noble title, wealth and possessions will go to his eldest brother Kurt while the rest of his brothers leave the succession to find income by other means. He looks through his father's library and finds a magic testing orb which glows with rainbow colours when he activates it, proving he has an ability to use magic Awoken to his bizarre situation, Wendelin strives to change his financial and social status for the better. His newly discovered great magical aptitude may prove to be just what he needs to achieve that goal.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar

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Yuuto Suoh and his childhood friend set out to prove an urban legend one day at a nearby shrine. However, when he does, he is transported to another world called Yggdrasil. In this land of constant war, he is taken in by the Wolf Clan who struggle due to their inferior tactics. However, using his knowledge of tactics (and his smartphone) he gains the affection of both the patriarch of the clan and a group of warrior maidens known as the Einherjar. The most notable thing about this series is that it is a Norse-inspired isekai. That’s pretty rare, but outside of that, it has all your usual isekai earmarks. He’s good at strategy because he can google it, which of course earns him the love of some strong ladies.

Demon Lord Retry

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Another game set op mc anime follows Akira Oono, an ordinary working adult who's job is to manage the MMORPG Infinity Game. After fifteen years of this, Oono decides to shut the servers down once and for all. However, as the clock strikes midnight, he somehow finds himself in the body of middle-aged Hakuto Kunai, Infinity Game's Demon Lord! Soon after his transportation and trying to grapple with this familiar yet oh so unfamiliar world, he begins to witness creatures and characters within the game he does not even remember creating! Is he truly in the world of his creation or something else? This is an anime that is gripping and intriguing and definitely worth a watch!

Didn’t I Tell You to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life

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Having stood out from others most of her life due to her exceptional character, Misato Kurihara finds it very difficult to hide her overpowering potential, having lived without neither the joy of having close friends nor the experience of having a regular life. However, after suddenly dying, she is transported to a divine realm to be reincarnated - only in anime! - and granted one wish to top it off. Longing for an ordinary life that she always dreamed about, where she could fit in unnoticed, she used her wish to request to be born as a normal person, with abilities that are no more than average for the world she will resurrect in. But she is reborn as Adele von Ascham, the daughter of a noble, who possesses magic powers completely exceeding what one might think of as average. OP indeed! Still longing for her normal life, she leaves her home and enlists at a hunter school in a faraway kingdom using "Mile" as an alias. However, she finds it almost impossible to hide her true self and fade in to the background, especially when faced against the crazy situations that ensue!

Arifureta

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Otaku Hajime Nagumo has a pretty ordinary life being a typical 17 year old, that is considerably disrupted when he and his classmates are summoned to a fantasy world and tasked with saving mankind. While his classmates are gifted with impressive abilities useful in combat, Hajime doesn't receive his op transformation until later and at first is actually belittled for only gaining an inferior transmutation skill that lacks any real offensive power. But it's the small (and less op) mc you have to look out for! During an expedition in the Great Orcus Labyrinth, one of his classmates tricks Hajime, plummeting him to the bottom of an abyss. Somehow surviving the fall, Hajime finds himself in an actual nightmare, faced with menacing monsters and misfortunes that only make him more desperate to survive and return home one day. He resolves to fight for his survival and teams up with an imprisoned vampire he meets there and names Yue, who is also seeking to escape the labyrinth. As Hajime continues on his journey to find a way back home, we see him steadily transform from ordinary mc to the world's strongest and most overpowered. Arifureta has the type of plot that could have easily made it a popular isekai series, but somehow squandered its potential. It is still a pretty good isekai series if you like early betrayal like The Rising of the Shield Hero, but it was widely overlooked because it didn’t take many risks.

Endride

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Young middle school student Shun finds himself suddenly transported to the unknown world under the Earth known as Endrais, after touching a mysterious crystal that belongs to his father. In this new and unfamiliar place he meets recently captured Prince Emilio and sets off into a new world of adventure. This one has an interesting story of character conflict - trying to get home, but also feeling compelled to help another character get his revenge.

Tweeny Witches

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An isekai anime series with witches, main character Arusu believes in magic and that it can be used for good deeds. One day, she finds herself transported to a new world ruled by witches. Unfortunately, they use magic for power and little else by forcing the residents in the world into slavery. Arusu sets out to change this. Silly name, but solid anime! Tweeny Witches, though different from the standard definition of isekai, is a surprisingly dark fantasy story that really capitalizes on its interesting new world.

Arata the Legend

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In the land of Amawakumi, the kingdom is passed down every 30 years to a daughter of the Hime Clan. In any case, without any females to offer, they send their child Arata who strolls into a snare that sees him framed for the homicide of the past princess. Meanwhile on Earth, Hinohara is feeling a similar sting of betrayal from his classmates. Upon wishing that he would just disappear, he switches bodies with Arata. Now faced with each other’s problems, the pair try to return to their own bodies and lives.

The Familiar of Zero

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Louise is an anime character that is a little similar to Mildred in The Worst Witch, a mage at the prestigious Tristain Academy that can't quite do magic right, resulting in things often going wrong. Due to this her classmates call her Louise the Zero. One day during a summoning ritual, Louise accidentally looses her grip on the spell and ends up mistakenly summoning a boy named Saito. He serves as her slave, that is until she discovers a powerful brand on him, the sign of a legendary familiar known as Gandalfr. Now we are embarking in to standard shounen series territory. A guy from our world is summoned to help a protagonist who is struggling and in need of character development, he turns out to be really strong and super op, and they endure battles together. It has that classic mix of comedy, action, romance, and harem that you are familiar with!

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

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A survival anime where a group of strangers must learn to survive in a brutal world filled with dangerous monsters. Thrown into a foreign land with no memory of their previous life and few resources, it's kind of an experiment to see who comes out on top. While the strong quickly band together, the weak are left to make a patchwork group of their own. Gradually they grow in strength, learn to fight and must adapt to the strange and unfamiliar world around them, finally earning enough to survive each day. Interestingly the main characters suck at everything, but not in a parody Konosuba sort of way. They legitimately have to work hard, and often fail at battle, making them incredibly relatable (unlike these super op mc in anime!) and is super refreshing to see in an isekai anime show!

High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World

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After their plane goes down, seven prodigal children wake up to find themselves in another world. However, as none of them are just normal students, they set out to improve and take over this world through the use of their specialties. The characters themselves are each prodigies at something, which is usually the only interesting thing they have about their character. However, it is fun to watch what sort of effect they have on the fantasy world.

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

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This op mc anime documents the fantasy MMORPG Cross Reverie and the virtual life of protagonist Takuma Sakamoto, who's secret online identity is the irrefutably powerful Demon King Diablo. Possessing the game's rarest artifacts and an unrivaled player level, he overpowers all foolish enough to confront him. However, Takuma's real life form is a shut-in gamer who is socially awkward and devoid of any social skills, so basically me. Completely wrapped up in gaming and his virtual life, slaying and defeating hopeless opponents every day (me) Takuma cares little about the world outside - that is, until a summoning spell suddenly transports him to a whole other world where he appears as his virtual character Diablo! If this is what happens when you play too many games, count me in and I will become a fluffy Minecraft... thing.

Anyhow, trapped in this new world that resembles his favourite game, Takuma meets the two girls who summoned him: Rem Galeu, a petite Pantherian adventurer, and Shera L. Greenwood, a busty Elf summoner. Although they attempt to subjugate him by performing a powerful Enslavement Ritual, the spell accidentally backfires, making them his slaves. Attempting to adapt to his now real life demon form, Takuma must attempt to resolve the awkward situation and find a way to unbind their contract. Only in anime folks!

In Another World With My Smart Phone

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Main protagonist Touya Mochizuki is just happily minding his own business, that is until he is zapped and struck down by a stray bolt of lightening! As an apology, God offers him one wish and the chance to live again in a magical fantasy world. Touya happily accepts and uses his one wish to request to keep his smartphone in to the new and mysterious realm. As he grows accustomed to his new world, Touya discovers it to be filled with magic and cute girls vying for his attention! Could it be more perfect for Touya? The girls consist of twins Linze and Elze Silhoueska, Yumina Urnea Belfast, Leen, and Yae Kokonoe and aid Touya as he continues on his journey, providing Touya with friendship, companionship and no end of romantic frustrations! This is an op mc anime that pretty much does what it says on the tin - I mean, what else could you name it? This is a series that premiered early on in the “isekai, but” trend where isekai series started to manifest twists. Quick summary: in this one, he gets to keep his smart phone. It is super useful… In attracting his harem.

The Devil is a Part-Timer

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This reverse isekai has a demon lord brought to our world without his great powers, who ends up working as a fast food worker to pay the bills! Right on the verge of taking over the world, evil Demon Lord Satan is defeated by the hero Emilia and as a result, is forced to retreat through a dimensional portal along with his loyal general Alsiel. The demon finds himself stranded in modern-day Tokyo and vows to return and complete his subjugation of Ente Isla - that is, if they can find a way back! Powerless in a world without magic, Satan assumes the guise of a human named Sadao Maou and begins working at MgRonald's - a local fast-food restaurant - to make ends meet. He soon realizes that his goal of conquering Ente Isla is just not enough as he grows determined to climb the corporate ladder and become the ruler of Earth, one satisfied customer at a time! The concept is just hilarious, this is definitely one of those “must watch” comedy anime series because it has some great jokes and characters!

Wise Man’s Grandchild

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A “isekai, but” series where, after being killed in a hit and run, a young salaryman in Japan is reincarnated into a new world as a baby. Happening to be found and raised by a legendary sage named Merlin, he is given the name Shin. As time goes by, Shin begins to display unparalleled talent in both magic casting and martial arts, much to Merlin's constant amazement. On his 15th birthday however, it becomes apparent that Shin only developed his combat skills and nothing else, leaving him with an unsure and nervous composition. As a result, he is very timid, socially awkward and carries a middling sense of responsibility. In the coming of age anime with op mc, Shin enrolls in the kingdom's Magic Academy to hone his skills and mature among other teenagers. However, living a normal life is impossible, as he is enshrined as a local celebrity almost as soon as he arrives. This fun, overpowered and action packed op mc anime follows Shin Walford's high school life as he makes new friends, learns about the world, and fights off the various forces of evil surrounding him and his city.

Isekai Cheat Magicians

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This anime with op mc sees regular high schooler Taichi Nishimura and his childhood friend, Rin Azuma, transported suddenly to an unfamiliar fantasy world teaming with magical creatures, a bit like anime Narnia. Upon their arrival, Taichi and Rin are saved by a bunch of adventurers after finding themselves threatened by a beast. Warning the pair against traveling unarmed and inexperienced, due to the recently increasing monster attacks, Taichi and Rin are directed to the Guild, where they can determine their magical aptitude and register as adventurers. However, on taking the test they discover something remarkable, Taichi and Rin possess extraordinary powers that far surpass the standard mage, instantly transforming them from typical high school students to the ultimate cheat magicians. OP MC much! We follow Taichi and Rin as they discover the true extent of their powers and learn to wield their ultimate power, all whilst trying to get to grips with their new world around them.

Knights & Magic

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A mecha otaku has died and reincarnated into another world as Eru. In this world, he discovers massive humanoid weapons, and as an otaku in another life, simply must pilot them. Thus begins his quest to become a Knight Runner, the elite few who pilot these giant mech weapons. For as popular as isekai is, you don’t see it mixed with mecha very often. Due to this, it is a nice twist. It is the best of isekai and mecha tropes.

Outbreak Company

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A fantasy anime with elves and dragons, otaku Kanou Shinichi is transported to the world of his dreams, filled with magical creatures. But he not compelled to fight monsters, oh no, in this unfamiliar world he is given a quest to become a moe missionary to teach everyone on the finer points of being an otaku. It progresses in to a lewd comedy that isn’t very ecchi because it is very moe. That is appealing to a very specific sect, but if you enjoy lewd humor, then this anime is just right for you!

Sengoku Night Blood

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A fantasy anime with sword fighting, set in the flourishing world of Jinga that was formerly a prosperous and peaceful realm, the female protagonist Himemiko is deemed to be the key to bring back order and to rule this world. Chaos started when people, specifically soldiers, who have special powers like turning into a vampire and a man-wolf, called the Getsugazoku, fight for their land. These soldiers of different species would put their life on the line and fight as they follow their own thoughts and ideals. Yuzuki ends up in this new land suddenly and finds that her blood has the ability to heal and empower these men, making her a target of all. This is an isekai for the ladies, and by that, I mean it has that standard otome game plot where a bunch of handsome men are all trying to hit on the protagonist. A bit like Twilight, all flirty vampires and werewolves that are also samurai for your entertainment. A story of love and war, healing and strength. With a sprinkling of vampires from Twilight.

Problem Children are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They?

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An isekai anime that is a little similar to the anime No Game No Life, but perhaps is not as clever or visually pretty, it sees three extraordinary teenagers blessed with psychic abilities become bored and tired of their mundane lives. Of course, they are invited to be magicked to a mysterious new place in order to take part in a high-stakes game using their abilities. If you like interesting games and competitive themes in your isekai, it is a good anime that is like No Game No Life for you to watch and enjoy!

The Sage of Tanya the Evil

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A really unique isekai anime show where an elite salaryman in Japan gets hilariously reborn as a little girl with porcelain skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes, after angering God. Retaining the memories from her past life, the young girl is pretty much still an elite salaryman trapped inside little girl form! Now she uses the memories and experience from her past life to spread terror on the front lines of war, becoming one of the most dangerous people in the imperial army. The contrasts and depth of character in this anime is so interesting, gripping and hilarious to watch. It may not your standard high fantasy isekai, but it ends up being really great as out of the box, unique isekai anime often are! Definitely an unforgettable one.

Gibiate

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A little bit of a reverse anime, in the year 2030, Earth has been overrun by a disease that turns humans into freakish monsters. Joining a small group searching for a cure are a samurai and ninja transported from the Edo period. Their skills in battle turn the tide for this struggling small group. Essentially samurai from the past are taken to the future to fight monsters that have forced an apocalyptic scenario. Gibiate has a shining pedigree of creative talent, but unfortunately it wants to do too many different things, so feels a bit stretched!

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense

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Another in game journey starts after a reluctant Kaede Honjou is persuaded by her friend to join New World Online: a very popular VRMMO played by thousands of people across Japan. She decides to name her in-game character Maple and very cautiously begins her journey in to the virtual realm, allocating all of her stat points into vitality, desiring to not get hurt. Because of this, she ends up without a single point in any other stat, but with an extraordinarily high defense. She can't move quickly or hit hard and her character is pretty feeble in most respects - except that, due to her high defense, Maple is able to acquire overpowered skills such as Total Defense, Poison Immunity, and Devour. These skills, along with the incredibly powerful items she obtains, actually allows her to obliterate most enemies in a single hit, rising to be one of the most powerful in the game! After only a few days of playing the game, Maple claims third place in a server-wide event, gaining a reputation as a player who is both unkillable and absurdly powerful. But despite her overpowered character, Kaede has much to learn. As she continues on her virtual journey, she grows in strength in every way, meets new friends to help her on her way and ends up with all kinds of crazy skills!

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

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This is a very wholesome, slice of life anime where we follow dedicated otaku girl Yuna, who's favourite thing to do instead of going to school is to stay at home and play her favourite VRMMO for hours on end. During a game update, however, a strange and powerful bear outfit is given to her. Although it comes with super op qualities, she finds it too embarrassing to wear in-game. However, on suddenly being transported in to the game, she quickly learns that her bear suit becomes her best chance of surviving. Can you imagine if this happened to you with your ugly jumper at Christmas! It's a really cute anime show to watch, more pure and girly than your standard isekai, set in a world where a bear onesie is your only chance of survival.

I’m Standing on a Million Lives

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Here we follow a solitary and lonely character Yotsuya who feels his life is stagnant and is bored with the world that surrounds him. Sounds like the perfect recipe for an isekai right! Too right bro as one day he finds himself transported to a new and unfamiliar world, inhabited by mythological creatures, along with two girls from his class. As soon as they arrive, they meet somebody calling himself the Game Master who then grants them a time-limited quest. To aid them in this quest, he also bestows Shindou and Hakozaki with the roles of a Magician and a Warrior while Yotsuya is randomly granted the role of... a Farmer?! The three students now have no choice but to complete random quests for several phases in the fantasy world if they want to stay alive and protect the real world from the demons and monsters they encounter. Together, they struggle to survive and move forward or face certain death. This series attempts to do a few new things with the isekai genre, for one, allowing them to return to the normal world, whereas another is making the main character particularly uncaring to his teammates, as they are very much pawns to him in the anime.

By the Grace of the Gods

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This isekai anime series follows Ryouma Takebayashi, as he is reincarnated from his old life as a deeply miserable 39 year old, to a new one where he gets born into a fantasy world with an aptitude for magic. Telling him to enjoy life and that they will always watch out for him, three deities that took pity on him and provided this second chance for him leave him to his newfound existence. Spending it studying slimes, amassing a slime army, and learning some magic, Ryouma is happy but he misses humanity. Being persuaded to join a group of travelers, Ryouma’s new world opens up for him. Continuing in the brave tradition of being isekai, but cute in order to mix things up, by the Grace of the Gods is just that. The main character is a young-ish child, which makes his harem less sexy and more maternal.

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

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Despite being bullied, scorned, and oppressed all of his life, a thirty-four-year-old shut-in still found the resolve to attempt something heroic—only for it to end in a tragic accident. But in a twist of fate, he awakens in another world as Rudeus Greyrat, starting life again as a baby born to two loving parents. Preserving his memories and knowledge from his previous life, Rudeus quickly adapts to his new environment. With the mind of a grown adult, he starts to display magical talent that exceeds all expectations, honing his skill with the help of a mage named Roxy Migurdia. Rudeus learns swordplay from his father, Paul, and meets Sylphiette, a girl his age who quickly becomes his closest friend. As Rudeus' second chance at life begins, he tries to make the most of his new opportunity while conquering his traumatic past. And perhaps, one day, he may find the one thing he could not find in his old world—love.

So I’m a Spider, So What?

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A anime that is similar to That Time I Was Reincarnated as a Slime in many ways, it follows the deaths and subsequent reincarnations of multiple students at high school. Some were reincarnated as nobles or strong heroes and others found themselves reincarnated as magical fantasy creatures. However, one girl finds herself reincarnated as a lowly cave spider. No stranger to hardship, given her difficult school life, she vows to not give up, and through an RPG system, grows stronger each day. A really satisfying anime to watch, it's so much fun to watch a lowly or weak character learn to overcome their obstacles to thrive in every way!

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