Isekai is a kind of fantasy anime where a protagonist transported or reborn from the realm they know to an unknown one. Typically, the isekai series will place a character in a magical realm of fantasy, though hardly it appears in reverse.
In current years, there has been a huge influence of isekai anime, somewhat due to the worldwide fame of Sword Art Online. However, this isekai anime list will not cover SAO. Rather, we will concentrate on other fantasy anime that is, dare we say, more enjoyable than SAO.
Here are 26 isekai anime titles that approach the isekai genre in unique and innovative ways.
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Best Isekai Anime
The Devil Is A Part-Timer!
The Devil Is A Part-Timer!! After watching the first episode, you will quickly realise why this is one of the Most Addictive Isekai Anime on this list.
The Demon Lord Satan wants to take the world of Ente Isla by annexing its four districts with the assistance of his demon generals Alciel, Lucifer, Malacoda, and Adramelech in The Devil Is A Part-Timer! After being confronted by Emilia and her companions and killing Malacoda and Adramelech, Satan and Alciel flee the planet of Ente Isla through a portal to modern-day Tokyo, Japan.
After coming in Tokyo, Demon Lord Satan struggles to adjust to the new environment; nevertheless, due to a lack of magic in the modern world, both Satan and Alciel transform into human-like shapes. To make ends meet, Satan works part-time at MgRonald, a fast-food restaurant, while Alciel acts as his housekeeper.
Subaru Natsuki is a NEET who just plays video games. He is suddenly transported to another realm after visiting a store late one night. With no clue of who summoned him, he quickly helps Satella, a silver-haired half-elf girl, and her buddy Puck. Stella states that a thief named Felt took her emblem.
Subaru awakens after he and “Satella” are unexpectedly killed and realises that he has gained the power to “Return by Death,” which allows him to travel back in time by dying.
A doorway from another dimension forms in modern-day Ginza, Tokyo, and an army of soldiers and monsters come to attack the city. The Japan Self-Defense Forces easily defeat the enemy and cross through the Gate, establishing a forward operating base and initiating peace discussions with the Empire of the other world, thanks to more modern weaponry and tactics.
Other nations of the globe, however, envious of Japan’s exclusive access to the Gate, desire to use the Special Region (, Tokuchi) (Japan’s term for the other world) for their own ends. Furthermore, the JSDF’s operations are tightly controlled by its government, which is hesitant to become further involved in the Special Region’s affairs for fear of public backlash.
The Rising of the Shield Hero
Because of the nature of its storey, The Rising of the Shield Hero is one of the most spine-chilling isekai anime on this list.
Naofumi Iwatani, a young student, was summoned into a parallel planet alongside three other young men from other worlds to battle inter-dimensional hordes of monsters known as Waves as the world’s Cardinal Heroes. When the heroes were called, they were all wearing their legendary gear.
The Legendary Shield was given to Naofumi as the only defensive weapon, while the other heroes were given a sword, a spear, and a bow, all of which were attack weapons.
Unlike the other heroes, who are fully supported by the kingdom and gain plenty of powerful allies, Naofumi’s luck runs out after his single companion, revealed to be the kingdom’s Princess, fools him, steals all of his belongings, and abandons him after falsely accusing him of sexually assaulting her.
The Familiar of Zero
Louise is a nobility member who is bad at magic, since her attempts almost always result in an explosion. Due to her inability to use any of the four magical elements, she is called “Louise the Zero” by her classmates.
The second-year students at the Tristain Academy of Magic perform an unique ritual early in the school year in which they summon their familiar, who acts as their permanent companion, guardian, and is generally some type of magical entity. But Louise summons Saito Hiraga, a typical Japanese teenager, humiliating her completely.
YGGDRASIL, a Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game or MMORPG, was released in the year 2126, and the game servers are going to be shut down after an intensive twelve-year run. Ainz Ooal Gown was previously one of the strongest guilds in the game, with 41 members.
Only four members remain, with the other 37 having left the game, and only one, a skeletal “Overlord” persona named Momonga, remains to rule the guild, with its headquarters in The Great Tomb of Nazarick. He welcomes the remaining guild members minutes before the shutdown.
When the game’s timer runs out, Momonga discovers that the game hasn’t gone; instead, it looks that YGGDRASIL has been rebuilt as its reality, complete with its various NPCs.
The 8th Son? Are you kidding?
Shingo Ichinomiya, 25, wakes up in a strange universe and discovers that he is in the body of a six-year-old. Shingo finds that the person he is possessing is Wendelin Von Benno Baumeister, the eighth son of a poor noble family living in the countryside, from his difficult life working at a company.
In Another World with My Smartphone
Fifteen-year-old Touya Mochizuki is unintentionally killed by God. As an excuse, God lets him be resurrected, but since he cannot send him back to his old world, he instead reincarnates him into a fantasy world along with a single special request.
Touya makes use of his request to bring his smartphone into the new world, which God changes. As a result, while Touya cannot use it to contact his old world, it can be easily recharged by magic and can perform other functions such as accessing data from the old world and using relevant features for his new world such as the GPS function to locate locations that are comprehensively identified on it.
God also greatly amplifies Touya’s physical, magical, and cognitive abilities to a certain degree as a further apology for the inconvenience of killing him.
Wise Man’s Grandchild
A young salaryman who died in an accident was reborn in another world filled with magic and demons. As a baby, he was picked up by the patriot hero “Sage” Merlin Wolford and was given the name Shin.
He was raised as a grandson and soaked up Merlin’s teachings, earning him some irresistible powers.
However, when Shin reached the age of 15, Merlin realised, “I forgot to teach him common sense!” Museum, King of the Earlshide Kingdom, recommends Shin attend his Magic Academy on the condition that he not be used in political warfare. Shin saves two girls, Maria and Sizilien, from thugs in the capital, and later establishes a club with him and others.
No Game No Life
Sora and Shiro are two hikikomori step-siblings who are known as Blank, an unbeaten group of gamers, in the online gaming world. Tet, a god from another reality, challenges them to a game of chess one day. The two are successful and are given the opportunity to live in a world centred on games.
They accept, thinking it’s a joke, and are transported to a reality known as Disboard. There, a spell known as the Ten Pledges prevents the citizens of Disboard from causing harm to one another, forcing them to settle their differences by playing games with magically enforced rules and rewards.
By the Grace of the Gods
A child named Ryouma Takebayashi lives deep in the forest, far from human contact. He has a strange hobby of keeping various types of slimes as pets. Furthermore, despite his youth, he has a strong physique and a good affinity for magic. All of this is because, after enduring much hardships in his previous life, three gods give upon Ryouma a second chance to pursue one goal: to enjoy the wonders of life.
Ryouma meets people who will change his current life forever after three years of comfortable solitude. When he meets and assists some soldiers in tending to a wounded comrade, the group persuades him to accompany them to the nearby town’s ducal family. Ryouma agrees and soon sets out to explore the vast world beyond his home.
Despite being bullied, scorned, and oppressed his entire life, a thirty-four-year-old shut-in mustered the courage to attempt something heroic—only for it to end tragically. But, in an unexpected turn of events, he awakens in another world as Rudeus Greyrat, resuming his life as a baby born to two adoring parents.
Rudeus quickly adapts to his new environment by maintaining his memories and knowledge from his previous life. With the mind of an adult, he begins to demonstrate magical talent that exceeds all expectations, honing his skill with the assistance of a mage named Roxy Migurdia. Rudeus learns swordplay from his father, Paul, and meets Sylphiette, a young girl who quickly becomes his best 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.
Kazuma Satou, a high school student and recluse, finds himself sitting before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua after dying a laughable and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game.
She gives the NEET two options: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s fantasy world! Kazuma, who has chosen to start a new life, is quickly tasked with defeating a Demon King who is terrorising villages. But before he leaves, he can choose one item of any type to help him in his quest, and the future hero chooses Aqua. But Kazuma has made a critical error—Aqua is completely useless!
Unfortunately, their problems do not end there; it turns out that living in such a world is nothing like how it appears in a game. Instead of embarking on an exciting adventure, the pair must first work to cover their living expenses. Their misfortunes have only recently begun!
After the game’s latest update, thirty thousand baffled Japanese gamers are swept from their everyday lives into the world of the popular MMORPG, Elder Tale—unable to log out. Shiroe, a socially awkward college student, is among them. His confusion and shock last only a moment as, as a veteran of the game, he immediately sets out to explore the boundaries of his new reality.
Shiroe must learn to live in this new world, leading others and negotiating with the NPC “natives” in order to bring stability to Akihabara, the virtual city. He is joined by his unlucky friend Naotsugu, who has logged in for the first time in years only to find himself trapped, and Akatsuki, a petite but fierce assassin who refers to Shiroe as her master.
Log Horizon is a fantasy, adventure, and political storey that explores the elements of gaming through the eyes of a master strategist attempting to make the best of a perplexing situation.
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
Nobody can match the power of the Demon King Diablo in the fantasy MMORPG Cross Reverie. With the game’s rarest artefacts and an unrivalled player level, he easily defeats anyone foolish enough to stand in his way. Despite his terrifying reputation, Diablo’s true identity is Takuma Sakamoto, a reclusive gamer with no social skills.
Takuma cares about nothing but his virtual life as he defeats hopeless challengers day after day—that is, until a summoning spell suddenly transports him to another world where he has Diablo’s appearance!
Takuma is greeted in this new world that resembles his favourite game by the two girls who summoned him: Rem Galeu, a petite Pantherian adventurer, and Shera L. Greenwood, a busty Elf summoner.
In an attempt to subjugate him, they perform an Enslavement Ritual, but the spell backfires and turns them into his slaves instead. Takuma decides to accompany the girls in finding a way to unbind their contract while learning to adapt to his new life as the menacing Demon King, as the situation becomes more awkward than ever.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Satoru Mikami, 37, is a typical corporate worker who is perfectly content with his monotonous lifestyle in Tokyo, save for the fact that he has never had a girlfriend. In the midst of a casual encounter with a colleague, he is stabbed by an unidentified person on the streets. However, as he succumbs to his injuries, a strange voice echoes in his mind and recites a series of commands that the dying man cannot understand.
When Satoru regains consciousness, he discovers that he has been reincarnated as a slimy goop in an unknown realm. As a result, he gains new abilities, most notably the ability to devour anything and mimic its appearance and abilities.
He then comes across the sealed Catastrophe-level monster “Storm Dragon” Veldora, who has been imprisoned for the past 300 years for destroying a town. Satoru befriends him, sympathising with his predicament and promising to help him destroy the seal. In exchange, Veldora bestows the name Rimuru Tempest on him in order to grant him divine protection.
Rimuru, now free of the monotony of his previous life, embarks on a new journey with a specific goal in mind. As he adjusts to his new body, his gooey antics spread throughout the world, gradually changing his fate.
So I’m a Spider, So What?
The day is as normal as it can be in high school, with students going about their daily activities peacefully until an unprecedented disaster strikes the school, killing everyone in its path. A few students are fortunate enough to be reincarnated into another world as nobles, princes, and other people with prestigious backgrounds, thanks to what appears to be a miracle.
One girl, on the other hand, is not so fortunate. She is reborn as a spider of the weakest kind, and she is immediately confronted with the difficulties of her situation. Nonetheless, she must keep persevering in order to survive the numerous threats to her life.
When she discovers that her new world has a system similar to that of an RPG, she tries her hardest to hunt prey and defeat monsters in order to level up and evolve. She hopes that as she grows stronger, her efforts will be recognised and she will be granted a better life.
I’m standing on 1,000,000
Yotsuya Yuusuke and his classmates Shindou Iu and Hakozaki Kusue have been transported to a strange and unknown world populated by mythological creatures.
As soon as they arrive, they are greeted by a man who introduces himself as the Game Master and grants them a time-limited quest. To aid them in their quest, he bestows the roles of a Magician and a Warrior on Shindou and Hakozaki, respectively, while Yotsuya is given the role of… a Farmer?!
This is how a hectic life of adventuring began for three students who now have no choice but to complete random quests in the fantasy world for several phases if they want to stay alive and protect the real world from the demons and monsters they encounter.
Toyohisa Shimazu is the rearguard for his retreating troops during the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, and he is critically wounded when he finds himself in a modern, gleaming white hallway. Faced with nothing but a stoic man named Murasaki and hundreds of doors on both sides, Toyohisa is drawn into the nearest door and into a world unlike his own.
The strange land is inhabited by all manner of fantastical creatures, as well as warriors thought to be dead from various eras of Toyohisa’s world. Toyohisa quickly befriends the infamous warlord Nobunaga Oda and the ancient archer Yoichi Suketaka Nasu, and learns of the continent’s political unrest.
Moreover, they have been summoned as “Drifters” to fight the “Ends,” people who are responsible for the Orte Empire’s creation and are attempting to exterminate the Drifters. As the Ends become more powerful, the Empire’s persecution of elves and other demihumans intensifies. It is up to Toyohisa and his band of outlandish heroes to fight in a brand-new world war to aid the Empire’s subjects while also defending the land they have claimed for themselves and challenging the Ends.
SPIRIT CHRONICLES is a 2021 anime that is currently airing. The plot revolves around Amakawa Haruto, a young guy who died before reuniting with his childhood friend who went missing five years ago. Rio is a slum boy out for vengeance after his mother was murdered in front of him when he was five years old.
Earth and another world. Two people with diametrically opposed backgrounds and values. For some reason, Haruto’s memories and personality, which should have died, are resurrected in Rio’s body. Rio (Haruto) decides to live in this new world as the two are confused by their memories and personalities fusing together. Rio, along with Haruto’s memories, awakens an unknown “special power,” and it appears that if he uses it correctly, he will be able to live a better life.
HOW A REALIST HERO REBUILT THE KINGDOM
When Kazuya Souma is unexpectedly transported to another world, he realises the people are expecting him to be a hero. But Souma’s definition of heroism is more rational than most: he wants to rebuild the flagging economy of the new land he’s found himself in! Betrothed to the princess and unexpectedly installed on the throne, this realist hero must assemble a talented team to assist him in reestablishing the country’s footing—not through war or adventure, but through administrative reform!
TSUKIMICHI -MOONLIT FANTASY
Misumi Makoto, a high school student, is summoned to a fantasy world by the god Tsukuyomi in order to become a hero. However, powerful people in this world aren’t as thrilled to have him there, and they kick him off the world just as Tsukuyomi declares that he must leave Makoto to find his own way. Makoto must now forge his own path!
CHEAT PHARMACIST’S SLOW LIFE
Reiji, a corporate slave, was unexpectedly transported to another world one day. He used his skills to make better potions, which earned him a lot of money, and he used that money to open a drugstore! An Elf who has difficulty aiming his bow? Please give him some eyedrops! A dragon who unintentionally breathes out fire? Don’t worry, we’ve got cough medicine! Reiji’s new, exciting, and leisurely life as a pharmacist in a village drugstore begins right now!!
The Dungeon of Black Company
Kinji Ninomiya is a NEET who has amassed enough money through real estate investment to fund a penthouse lifestyle without ever working. This changes when a portal unexpectedly transports him to a fantasy world, where he is quickly enslaved to a mining company extracting crystals from a dungeon.
Kinji, desperate for a way out of this new poverty, tries to regain financial stability by any means possible, amassing an unusual adventuring party – the titular black company – in the process.
Demon Lord, Retry!
After an unexplained event, Akira Ono finds himself in the body of his character, Demon Lord Hakuto Kunai, as he prepares to shut down the servers of his creation, the MMORPG Infinity Game. The new world he awakens in appears to be set within Infinity Game, but there are some differences.
He meets and summons various companions who accompany him on his journey, and his reputation as the “Demon Lord” spreads throughout the land, making him a target. As he continues to pursue his mission of discovering why and how he was summoned, Ono/Kunai finds himself dealing with the sociological problems of the Kingdom of Holy Light and the Satanist cult that opposes it.
The Evolution Fruit
This series involves Seiichi’s journey from being tormented by his classmates and neglected as a companion to his hard work, positive attitude, and survival in this new world. As a result, before he realises it, he finds himself among the champions.
Only one episode has been released so far, but it appears to be promising; you should certainly check out this new anime.