Top 20 Isekai Animes (2019 Updated)
So, What is Isekai Anime?
In recent years have been a boom of Isekai Animes, with around 1 to 2 per season or even more, some have wonder why is isekai so popular? some people like these animes while other ones don’t, this is very subjective to everyone, you might think something is a piece of art while for others will say is a piece of trash. Anyway, first what is Isekai? well, we can define it or refers to like the genre of anime, manga, light novels, Video games etc. In which the protagonist is sent or trapped into a parallel universe like a video game that he was playing or was summoned by magic. Somehow the main characters are disconnected from their reality. And though is not the rule these characters are usually are gamers, NEETs, hikikomori aside from that is typical that protagonists have some kind of abilities that help them to survive in the new universe like high level of knowledge, magical abilities or in the case of issekai animes with video games stories, stats that surpass other players.
Anyway, without further ado here is presented a list or better saying the Top Isekai Animes that are quite recent and some are not so much but are quite interesting and famous; the list is not ranked because as said before this is subjective and anyone can think their favorite anime is the best isekai anime. At the end of the list you will find a little gift for lovers of this genre.
1 That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Tensei Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken: One of the most recent animes of the list, the story starts when Satoru Mikami an office worker is murdered, while dying he was thinking many things that another being misunderstood by abilities that he gets when he reincarnates as a slime in a fantasy world, one of the abilities that becmes very useful is predator which allow him to devour other creatures and obtain their abilities, after meeting veldora a dragon that is in a magical trap, he promised to release him from that trap, and that´s how the adventures of Rimuru Tempest begin, on the way he meet new monsters, humans etc and some of them become his allies. Roughly saying is a typical isekai with the protagonist having surpassing the ones that exist in the fantasy world but the story is enthralling, is a nice isekai to watch.
2 Sword Art Online SAO
Sword Art Online or the shortened way of saying it, SAO, is one of the best selling light novels of all times and is one of the most popular animes in the last decade, the story of Kirito, Asuna and friends trapped in Aincrad and with the possibility of die in real life if you die in the video game then it came many other arcs and came to the controversy of people who love it and who don’t, personally I like the first 25 episodes then it was not interesting anymore, maybe with the Alicization arc will get thins better apart from that SAO is one of the most representative animes of this genre.
3 RE: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu or RE: Zero Starting Life in another world
Talking about repetitiveness 🙂 but in a good way this time, focus on Natsuki Subaru who finds himself in another world with the ability to come back to life if he dies but has to come back to a certain saved point in time, of course, no human can withstand that without any mind breaking luckily for him he has many people surrounding him so to help him and give him a goal like Rem and Ram, and his love Emilia. It becomes repetitive and maddening at a certain point but if you have enough patience is a great anime.
Momonga the protagonist also known as Ainz Ooal Gown later on the anime cannot log out from Yggdrasil. Another anime of the protagonist trapped in a video game, but this one has a nice story that captures you since the beginning, some even say it addresses the issue of being in a video game even better than SAO.
5 Log Horizon
The story of Shiroe who is inside the video game Elder Tale, and how is impossible for him and many other players to log out, what it is impressive in this series is the intellect of the protagonist and plus a turn in the plot that if you die in the video game you won’t die in real life but with the continuous dying and reviving you will lose your memory of the real world.
6 No Game No Life
The siblings Sora and Shiro are transported to a world where every battle or fight is decided by a game, but games can become quite challenging and twisted, but these siblings have such an intellect and they remain undefeatable, just loosing against each other.
7 Gate Jieitai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
When a portal to other world opens in Japan, the protagonist Yōji Itami a member of the Japan Self Defense Forces is sent to explore the new world that has open to this one with a lot of creatures and things that didn’t exist before like elves, dragons, magic but not so developed as the current Japan.
Although this anime begins as a typical isekai anime, where Naofumi Iwatami was summoned with other three young men to be the heros that will save this new world, suddenly Naofumi is accused of committing a crime and is rejected by the whole kingdom, so Naofumi commits to end the waves that the monsters that destroy the world bring so he can return to his world. On the way he join forces with Raphtalia a demi-human who got it from the slave trader and “Filo” a filiolal (bird like monster from an egg). Is an interesting isekai to watch.
9 Isekai wa Smartphone To Mo Ni: In Another World with my Smartphone
Well in this anime even in the title there is the word Isekai, Touya Mochizuki died accidentally and to compensate that mistake God resurrect him in a world with magic and so on, God asks him if there is anything he can do for him and he just ask if he is able to keep his phone with him in this other world and that’s why the name of the anime, quite simple.
10 Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
Well, maybe this anime is the most recent on the list, the story is about Hajime Nagumo, a boy who along with the rest of his class is transported to a fantasy world, all his classmates get powerful magical abilities, while that Hajime only gains the ability to transmute solid materials, which is very common among artisans and blacksmiths, so the group is treated as a weak member who is not respected. During a mission, Hajime is betrayed and falls into the depths of the dungeon, survives and promises to get out of there alive, on the way he gets new skills and meets new allies such as the vampire Yue, Shea with rabbit ears and other characters that are added to the story.
11 Knights and Magic
An Isekai Mecha anime where Tsubasa Kurata, a mecha otaku dies and reincarnates in a parallel world as Ernesti Echevalier. In this world exist giant robots called Silhouette Knights to fight against demon beasts, so the protagonist spends the story trying to create his perfect robot.
12 Hai To Gensou no Grimgar or Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
In this world, no ones remember but their own names, no one knows how did they get here, Haruhiro the main character somehow have feelings that he comes from other world but cannot remember how this other world was. The anime is about Haruhiro and his group of friends and how they adapt to this new place having no memories of where they come from is a complete drama story.
13 KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!
Is a funny and comic anime about Kazuma Satou who dies in an embarrassing way and goddess Aqua who was in charge of reincarnating him in a world similar to video games, she offers him a wish but after many provocations, he wishes that Aqua come with her, after many comic situations happened and they form a group with Megumi and Darkness and the situation gets more crazy and hilarious.
14 Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
Suzuki is a programmer that was working on some games for the company he works for but he took a nap and suddenly he finds himself in video game world, he takes the name of Satou Pendragon, after a fight with an army of lizard men his level goes really high and become rich, after he decides he wants to explore and enjoy that world either being a dream or a parallel world.
15 Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu
How not to summon a demon lord in English, is about a hikikomori Takuma Sakamoto who usually plays a game named Cross Reverie, with the character of the Demon Lord Diablo. Suddenly he is summoned by Rem and Shera that when they wanted to put on him the necklace of a servant he reflected that magic with his ring of magical reflection. Because he lacks social ability he starts to act like his character in the video game but agrees to find a way to release Rem and Shera from the spell of the servant necklaces, so many funny situations come ahead.
16 Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?: Mondaiji-Tachi Ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?
An anime with some similarity to No Game No Life. Sakamaki Izayoi, Kudou Asuka, and Kasukabe You are three children that live boring lives due to the fact that they have special powers one they are transported to Little Garden when they received an envelope, in Little Garden, the people play games and bet usually for prestige and wealth. So Sakamaki, Kudou and Kasukabe join the No Name community and decide to help the community to regain its opulence.
17 Youjo Senki: The Saga of Tanya the Evil
Tanya Degurechov used to be a salaryman who don’t believe in God before he died he was faced by a being he called being X who argued was God, Being X got angry and made the salaryman reincarnate in Tanya Degurechov a tiny girl with a shrill voice and told her that if she dies she will not reincarnate anymore and will go to hell, Tanya joins the army to become a high ranked official and find a life without the fear of dying.
After the restoration of the network because of a virus named Pluto’s Kiss two years ago, there is the launch of the online game The World, Tsukasa the main character wakes up in The World without the chance to log out, he doesn’t remember his life in the real world and some people think he is a hacker, he will look for a way to log out from the game. Some people say this anime is a precursor of SAO.
19 Fushigi Yuugi
Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo are two girls that are transported to a magical world based on a book called The Universe of the Four Gods. Yui comes back to the real world but then she tries to come back to the parallel universe to help Miaka but then both end up being priestesses of different Gods and have to face each other. Is an Anime from 1995 and even though might not be the first isekai anime for sure is one of the firsts to be in this genre and is a must-see for fans of the isekai genre.
20 Digimon Adventures
For many of us is part of our childhood, the story of the DigiDestined Kids who were transported to another world, the digital world where they suddenly get a Digimon companion to each one, so far at least for me the best Digimon of all and one of the most popular Isekai Animes out there.
Although the list is a top 20, here there are many other famous isekai animes that deserve to be mentioned.
A. Zero no Tsukaima: The Familiar of Zero
Louise the zero named like that by her inability in the use of magic on a ceremony of summoning their familiar, she summons a Japanese boy Saito Hiraga she was expecting an amazing familiar like a dragon or something like that since then starts the stories of these two.
B. Hyakuren No Haou To Seryaku No Valkyria
Yuuto Suou is a normal boy who accidentally falls into another world he has the chance to have his smartphone with him, so in a world where many factions are in a war to be the supreme leader, he reaches to be the leader of the wolves with the knowledge he gets from his phone on the way to unify the whole land without intention he creates a harem of beautiful girls that follow him.
This is an interesting anime in the genre because the protagonist is not from the present, Shimazu Toyohisa is a samurai from the sixteenth century who is transported to a world where exist many races elves, humans, dwarves. He finds out he is not alone and that are many warriors from different periods in time that were also summoned there and these warriors are named drifters but there is a counterpart the “ends” that in some way can be seeing as the bad ones.
The protagonists, nine men and women, are locked in Mobius, a virtual world in which humans become high school students and spend the days repeating their three years of student. Although all the people who are in Mobius have forgotten the real world, for different reasons, each of the protagonists realize the truth about Mobius and form the “Go Home Club” with the desire to return to their homes, and begin to look for ways to return. While they try to find a way to escape they have to oppose the “Ostinato Musicians” a group that supports “μ” (Mu) the software/god that keeps mobius running.
E. Isekai Cheat Magician
I can understand why some people like this genre the majority of people would like to restart their own lives for the better, restart since the beginning and do things they didn’t do and on the other hand, we have that stories of this genre are so repetitive video games, magic, medieval times etc. Some of these animes are well developed and are able to create good stories and good characters but some just fall in the repetitiveness.
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