Many factors inspire anime trends. One of the most significant modern trends to permanently affect anime is the moe culture. While the recent biggest trend is coming to be that of Isekai anime. Isekai is beginning to become a great field-changer in the anime world. This genre has a giant fan base and has grown so much over the years in the manga and light novel industries as well, that it has various sub-genres of its own. In this list, we’ll be taking a look at the top 10 best isekai anime.
You will be lost in the vast and beautiful worlds of these isekai anime, forgetting the real world itself. The charm of isekai animes comes from escapism. Fans like to lose themselves in these worlds, away from the hectic duties and troubles of day-to-day life. The often overpowered protagonists are fun to view, as they impress friends, women, and other creatures. Moreover, the uniqueness of the stories gives the viewers many questions, and the curiosity simply attracts viewers to these shows. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at the best Isekai anime list.
Youji Itami is an off-duty Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) officer. While on his way to a doujinshi convention, he comes across a strange, gate-like portal. From the gate, various supernatural creatures and warriors charge into the city, killing many people. Youji saves many lives in this incident while the JSDF arrive and try to stop the invasion.
Three months later, Youji is called upon to lead a special force that will enter into the “world beyond the gate.” They must learn more about the locals and help create peace between the two worlds. If they fail, a brutal war will be at hand. This isekai anime delivers a great comparison between the real and fantasy world and shows how the clashing of the two can bring disaster.
9. The Devil Is A Part-Timer!
This anime is different from the rest; it’s more of a reverse isekai. The Demon Lord Satan is on a quest to conquer the land of Ente Isla. However, he faces defeat by the Hero Emilia, who attacks his forces with a strong rebellion. As a result, he is forced to retrieve into a dimensional portal with Alsiel, his loyal general, which lands him in the human world. Here, he learns the ways of the modern man, and with a new name, Sadao Maou begins to work in a local fast-food restaurant.
However, it isn’t going to be easy to survive here. Maou will have to work hard, and please his managers, pay his rent on time, handle groceries and housework. He now plans to become the ruler of the earth as he climbs up the corporate ladder. This Isekai anime is a fascinating representation of the most mundane daily tasks.
8. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
Takuma Sakamoto, a shut-in, is unbeatable in the MMORPG Cross Reverie. He goes by the name Demon King Diablo. He spends his entire days playing the game, defeating all the players foolish enough to challenge him. Takuma has the rarest artifacts and strongest powers in the game. However, in the real world, he is pretty much useless.
One day, he finds himself summoned into a new world with the appearance of his character Diablo. He discovers that two girls tried to summon him to make him their slaves, but the spell backfires, and they end up becoming his slaves instead. He must now try to dissolve the Enslavement Spell while keeping his appearance as a Demon King and facing the challenges the world has to offer.
7. Sword Art Online
With the help of the “NerveGear” technology, gamers can now control their characters simply by using their thoughts. Kirito is lucky enough to be one of the few people who got a copy of the new game- Sword Art Online’s first shipment. The game is based on a beautiful world called Aincrad, filled with medieval weapons and monsters.
The story takes a turn for the sinister when the players realize that they cannot log out from the game, as the creator has trapped them, and they can only exit upon completing all the 100 levels. We follow his adventures as he tries to survive in this world, striving to make it out of the game. Along the way, he makes many friends and foes. Sword Art Online gave birth to one of the most famous couples in anime- Kirito and Asuna.
6. No Game No Life
This anime follows the story of two shut-in, NEET siblings that are utterly useless in the real world. However, they are incredible gamers and owners of the legendary username “Blank.” Their life completely changes when they receive an email challenging them to a game of chess. Accepting the offer transports them to another dimension. Here, they meet Tet, the God of games.
In this world, the siblings find a reason to continue gaming. The world itself functions on the idea of gaming. All issues and even the future of whole countries are decided on the basis of high stake gaming, using wagers of equal values from both parties. The siblings must now use their skills to help this world by uniting the sixteen races, defeating Tet and, becoming the Gods of Gaming themselves.
Momonga is an ardent fan of the MMORPG, Yggdrasil. The game is coming to an end, and he wishes to see the game up to its final moments. He is in the game, waiting for the servers to be shut down, but instead, he finds himself trapped in the body of his extremely powerful character, Ainz Ooal Gown. What’s more, the NPC’s of the game seem to have developed personalities of their own.
Now, Momonga must investigate this strange event. With the help of his loyal servants, he travels forth to take control of this world, while searching for others like him. The main character is very overpowered; however, the story still manages to be interesting. The interactions between the characters are hilarious, and it’s satisfying to watch Ainz’s power.
4. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
Subaru is wrenched out of his normal daily life as he exits a grocery store. He finds himself in a fantasy world and is soon attacked by thugs, unable to fight back. However, he is rescued by a mysterious and beautiful witch, Satella. To thank her, he promises to help her find what she is searching for- her insignia. That night, he discovers its whereabouts, and the two go to get it.
However, unknown to them, they’re being followed by some dark forces, and before the two can reach the insignia, both of them are murdered. However, Subaru opens his eyes again and finds himself in a familiar scenario. He is surrounded by the thugs, getting beaten to pulp. He is saved by Satella again, and the events seem to be repeating themselves. How will Subaru make use of his mysterious power to survive in this dark and brutal world?
3. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Kazuma Satou, an avid gamer and NEET, dies on his way back from buying a video game. In the afterlife, he meets the Goddess Aqua, who offers him two choices- Go to heaven, or live in a fantasy world closely resembling the world from Satou’s game. He is confident about his chances in the game, and is very passionate about it. Thus, he decides to spend a life in the fantasy world. Upon entering, he is tasked with defeating the Demon Lord and is allowed to choose one weapon on his journey. He chooses Aqua.
What follows next is a hilarious misadventure in a world filled with uncertainty. Satou finds out that Aqua has no abilities. That the game wouldn’t simply be an adventure-filled quest, but he would have to gather resources. The two must now work to earn money for their expenses. This anime has a hilarious story of the challenges a gamer faces in a world he thought he knew.
2. The Rising of the Shield Hero
Naofumi Iwatani finds himself in the world of Melromarc, a fantasy world plagued by a disaster called the Waves of Catastrophe. He is tasked, along with three other men from modern-day Japan, to protect the world of Melromarc. The four men together are called The Four Cardinal Heroes and are bestowed a sword, spear, bow, and shield- one for each. Naofumi is cursed with the shield, leading to much mocking and ridicule from his fellow heroes and the kingdom’s people.
When the heroes are to be trained, only one person steps out to help Naofumi, Malty Melromarc, who quickly turns against him, saying that he took advantage of her. The people of Melromarc now hate him. He sets off on his own to improve himself and his reputation, buying a demi-human slave along the way to help him. The two fight together, hoping to protect the people of Melromarc from the devastating fate of the Waves.
1. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Satoru Mikami has a mundane life, and at age 37, hasn’t dated once. He is tired of his dead-end job. One day, he is stabbed in the middle of the street and finds himself in another world, as the title suggests, in the body of a slime. He befriends a dragon and is named Rimuru Tempest, granting him divine protection. Rimuru discovers that he can devour anything, gaining its appearance and abilities.
With his old life behind him, he has clear goals in his new life and using his new gooey existence, he plans to do greater things. His actions will change not only his, but also the fate of the whole world.
Viewers usually love isekai anime, fall into a rabbit hole completely, or hate the fantasy worlds and harems and constant fan service. There’s rarely a middle ground. But there’s no denying the fact that a well-made isekai is very lucrative for the industry. And thus, there are many isekai anime. Here are some Honorable Mentions-
- The Philosopher’s Grandson
- Log Horizon
- Saga Of Tanya The Evil
- In Another World with My Smartphone
- Restaurant To Another World
- Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
- Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious
- Ascendance of a Bookworm