Best Isekai Anime to Watch [Updated]

Isekai is a growing anime genre recently. If you are among the millions who wanted to watch isekai anime or in another world anime, you landed on the right page. On this article, we listed the most popular other world anime series.


Top 10 Isekai Anime

Lets start this list with our top 10  Isekai anime. Take note that  these anime series are completed. We did not include those that are still on-going.

1. The Rising of the Shield Hero

Year Released:  2018

No. of Seasons: 1

Anime Score:

Plot: 3/5

Characters: 3/5

Art Style: 4/5

Is it worth watching? Yes/Maybe

The sword, arrow, spear, and wand are the most popular weapons of choice in RPG games.  They are weapons which greatly help players survive by improving their offensive ability.  But what if you can’t use none of them and be restricted to only a shield?  A shield is good for defense but it’s not ideal in inflicting damage to enemies.  This is the predicament Iwatani Naofumi in The Rising of the Shield Hero faced upon being transported in a fantasy world.  Right from the start, he was told that he needs to be the hero of a kingdom and save them against invading demons.  Anyone with a right mind would say that it’s an absurd request.  Yet, everyone in the throne room where he was summoned acted like it’s expected to happen.  Naofumi objected but he was framed and bad mouthed after refusing to be the people’s savior.  He decided to live independently while the other summoned heroes who specialize on other weapons stayed after being promised with fame and riches.  How will he survive in a new world as a newcomer?  Will his shield and the skills that come with it be enough to help him live freely in a fantasy world?


2. GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There

 

Year Released:  2015

No. of Seasons: 3

Anime Score:

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 3/5

Art Style: 4/5

Is it worth watching? Yes/Maybe

What would you do if a portal to another world suddenly appears at the heart of your city?  I won’t blame you if you end up among the crowd that will surround the portal hoping to at least have a little peak of what’s found beyond.  But don’t you think this is a really reckless move?  What if the beings that created the portal appear while harboring ill intentions?  How would you react if they slaughter the people around you without even saying a word?  The protagonist of GATE, Yoji Itama, had to answer all these tricky questions and respond as soon as possible.  He had the option to run like everybody else but since he is a member of JSDF, his sworn oath to protect the citizens got the better of him and gave him enough courage to fight a mysterious primeval army that came through the portal.

So how does this isekai anime belong to this list?  Our main protagonist along with his subordinates eventually led the first expedition to the world beyond the portal.  The setup is quite unique because he was not transported without his prior permission and by force but he simply responded to his duty as a soldier.  This anime perfectly combines guns and other modern warfare equipment with magic and mythical monsters only found in a fantasy world.  Added with pretty anime girls and a little bit harem, GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There offers a complete package to cater anime lovers across different age categories and genre preferences.

 


3. Re: Zero Starting Life in another World

 

Year Released:  2016

No. of Seasons: 1

Anime Score:

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 4/5

Art Style: 4/5

Is it worth watching? Yes/Maybe

Subaru Natsuki is someone who would rather stay hut in his room than go out and hang out with friends.  In Japan, he is referred to as a hikikomori.   Yet his stagnant life spun around in an instant after being summoned to a fantasy world.  The new environment and the crowd that surrounded him almost placed Subaru in a state of panic but he endured. He befriended a silver-haired elf girl called Stella but unexpected turn of events led to Subaru along with her newfound friend dying.  He was ready to accept his unlucky fate but the phenomenon happened again.

This time around, he came back to the time when he first met the elf girl.  He retains the memory of everything that happened prior to his death which gave him clues on how to avoid the same path in the future. Can it be called a cheat skill? Of course!  Whether he can do this indefinitely is still unknown but being given another chance every time you die like game characters can literally turn you invincible!


 


4. Overlord

Year Released:  2015

No. of Seasons: 2

Anime Score:

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 4/5

Art Style: 5/5

Is it worth watching? Yes

Suzuki Satoru loves Ygdarasil.  It’s a VRMMORPG which showcases an open world which you can do almost anything through magic.  He plays the character Momonga, an Elder Lich, while being the guild leader of an all-succubus group called Ainz Ooal Gown.

They had a lot of fun exploring the fantasy world, finding rare items, and protecting their base, The Tomb of Nazarick against intruders. Nevertheless, the game’s glorious days ended after 12 long years and only Satoru was the only guild member left in the game’s last day before its servers are officially deactivated.

It was a sad moment for Satoru but what he thought was a saddening farewell turned out to an astonishing surprise when he found himself still in the game world after the announced server shutdown.  What happened? Is this a glitch or the developers decided to extend the game?

He eventually realized that he was transported to the game world with his character’s body after noticing the NPC’s exhibit facial expressions other normal gestures when talking.  It marked the start of Satoru’s adventure in the new world where magic, dangerous monsters, and warring kingdoms, are the norm. The anime Overlord is for me among the best isekai anime created.


5. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Date aired: Oct 2, 2018 to Mar 26, 2019

This isekai anime is the story of Satoru Mikami who is your typical guy who doesn't do well when it comes to getting a girlfriend. He was stabbed to death by a stranger on the street and wakes up in another world.

To his surprise, he woke up not as a human anymore but as a slime. His background when it comes to online games made it easy for him to adapt to the new world he is in.

What you need to watch out in this anime is how a small and weak looking slime became a ruler. Yes, you heard that right, the slime became known as Rimuru Tempest and became a strong and influential ruler.

I would consider Reincarnated as a Slime to be among the best isekai anime 2019.


6. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

Date aired: Jul 5, 2018 to Sep 20, 2018

In the real world, our main character comes with the name of Sakamoto Takuma. He is a well-known MMORPG player for the game called Cross Reverie the most popular MMORPG at that time. Sakamoto is known to other players as the Demon King. One day, he was suddenly summoned to another world.

This was made possible through a summoning ritual done by 2 girls. The summoned guy has to become a slave of the 2 girls but since our main character has a Magic Reflect ability, the 2 girls became his slaves instead. In this other world, Sakamoto is known as Diablo.

Since Sakamoto is an expert in MMO games, you'll see how we easily beat everyone. Those who are fun of Overpowered MC would surely love this anime.

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord is among the best isekai anime 2018.


7. In Another World with my Smartphone

Year Released:  2017

No. of Seasons: 1

Anime Score:

Plot: 3/5

Characters: 3/5

Art Style: 3/5

Is it worth watching? Yes/Maybe

Most of us nowadays can’t even spend an hour without looking at our smartphone.  It has become a necessity in our daily lives from making important calls to simply passing time.  But what if you transported to another world with it? I know you’ll say that the battery will eventually run out and it will turn out useless if there are no network providers in the new world.  Well, all of these issues can be solved in an instant with magic.  This is what happened to Touya Mochizuki.  He died from the previous world because of gods own fault so he was given a perk in the new one.  It made Touya confused at first but he simply had no choice since it was something arranged by god himself.  To his amazement, the new world he was transported to isn’t bad at all.  He met new friends and went on a journey while using his handy smartphone and its cheat-like functions to get out from dangerous situations, save his companions, and help others solve their problems.

This is like another version of Death march to the Parallel World Rhapsody. Sadly, it suffered from the same flaw as it was serialized.  The art style looks rushed and a lot of good parts in the novel were skipped.  I know the story is intended to be light and it’s designed for kids but it’s hard to overlook obvious plot holes like nobles easily acknowledging someone with no background and the main character instantly becoming a genius detective who can easily deduce complicated situations as if he is Sherlock’s apprentice.

In another world with my smartphone anime is still a good anime to watch.


8. KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!

Date aired: Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 17, 2016

Year Released:  2016

No. of Seasons: 2

Anime Score:

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Art Style: 4/5

Is it worth watching? Yes

Just when Kazume Sato thought that his life would continue to be a boring and lonely one, he was transported to another world.  He was involved in an accident after trying to safe someone and it turns out he died in the process.  Such heroic act needs to be rewarded right?  Technically, he did nothing remarkable since the person he tried to save will eventually turn out just fine even without his help.  This was explained by the god he met after dying and it hit him hard.  He was given the option to either rest eternally or be reincarnated into another world.  Obviously, like him all of us would choose reincarnation right?  In his new life, he met weird but trustworthy friends who also have their own issues to deal with.  This anime series is not the usual transported to another world story simply because its plot is nowhere to be found.  It’s simply a collection of funny stories about the adventure of Kazume Sato and his friends.  Although a slight resemblance of a grand plot is there, in the end this anime series is designed to be humorous with a few action scenes perfectly sprinkled in several episodes.  It’s hard not to love an anime series like KonoSuba: God’s Blessing in this Wonderful World that can draw out a smile in your face after watching it.

 

Our main character in this anime is a person who just wants to spend most of his time at home playing online games - Kazuma Satou. A certain accident happened which ended his life. He was faced by a Goddess to determine what he would like to do in the afterlife. Since he is a gamer, he ended up choosing to start again his life in a new game world - a real fantasy world. His goal would be to defeat the Demon King.

What you should watch out in this exciting other world anime series is what item he would choose to aid him in his new journey. You'll be surprised by his choice. KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! is a fun adventure anime which you will definitely love to watch.


9. No game no Life

Apr 9, 2014 to Jun 25, 2014

This anime follows the gaming journey of siblings Sora and Shiro. When it comes to online games and any other type of game, they are considered a genius. One day, their fantasy became a reality when they were transported to another world where everything is decided through games. 

The siblings are fed up with the real world they live in and consider it as boring. This is why they don't have much complain of being in another world where they could play games. Since Sora and Shiro are excellent games, they are on the upper hand in this world.

It is exciting to see what adventures await them in this new world and how their skills in gaming could help. It is also nice to know if they would still want to go back to the real world if the fantasy world they've been trapped with is the world they have been dreaming of to experience.


10. The devil is a Part-timer

Date aired: Apr 4, 2013 to Jun 27, 2013

In the land of Ente Esla, the Demon Lord Satan begins to conquer everything. However, his efforts were stopped by the heroes of the land. In order to escape defeat, Lord Satan used a time portal to escape and ended up in the modern world. 

This another world anime is somewhat unique since its the other way around, the main character is from a fantasy world and got transported to the real/modern world. And in here, they could not use magic. 

It is quite interesting too see how our Demon Lord Satan would survie the modern Japan - in his new name Sadao Maou. How will he cope up together with his side kick?

This anime is an excellent comedy anime with a touch of transported to another world theme. It will surely make you laugh and also think about some different aspects of life.  


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11. Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious

Date aired: Oct 2, 2019 to Dec 27, 2019

In this anime, the saying "you can never too careful" is put into practice. Our main character Seiya Ryuuguuin is someone who prepares for every situation even if it's not that necessary. He is addicted to victory that is why he always wanted to defeat his enemies.

Though being careful is necessary, considering that he has overpowered stats, its something that is quite rare. In this another world anime, our main protagonist was transported in a new world and is tasked to save it.

Even if he is battling weak enemies he still uses his full power just to make sure they are defeated. Also, he always has a good amount of supplies and potions in order to be safe at all times.

Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious is a nice comedy anime about a hero is very powerful but also very cautious.


12. High School Prodigies

Date aired: Oct 3, 2019 to Dec 19, 2019

This is another isekai anime 2019 that you should watch. It is the story of seven high school students who are known for their talent. A plane accident led them to another world where there are 2 human races - Byuma and Hyuma. Since they were rescued by Byuma people, they have pledged their loyalty and talent to them. They are willing to pay back the help they got from these people while trying to figure out how to return back home.

High School Prodigies is a nice anime of high school adventure in the medieval time. It's a fantasy isekai anime that you wouldn't want to miss.


13. Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest

Year Released: 2019

No. of Seasons: 1

Anime Score:

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 3/5

Art Style: 3/5

This another world anime is the story of Hajime Nagumo who is an everyday Otaku. Together with his classmates, they were transported to another world where they emerge as heroes with a duty to save the human race. Though its a dream for all otaku, Hajime Nagumo is quite unlucky since he got a weak power or skill. As a matter of fact, he is the weakest in their group.

When they went to a Labyrinth to train, something happened that would forever change his life. How will our main protagonist survive with his weak status? Will he ever learn something that could help him become stronger? Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest is an anime that is surely fun to watch for isekai fans. If you are looking for isekai anime 2019, this one is a good pick.


Another World Anime Worth Mentioning

These other world anime series did not make it on our top 10 however, these are still highly recommended. You should watch these if you are done watching the list above.

14. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Year Released:  2016

No. of Seasons: 1

Anime Score:

Plot: 3/5

Characters: 5/5

Art Style: 5/5

Is it worth watching? Yes/Maybe

Usually in transported to another world anime, the main protagonist gains a cheat ability which makes his life in the new world easier.  But this is not what happened in Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash.  It is a story of a group of young people who were transported to a game-like world without anything other than hazy memories of their past.  They have nothing to start with which is why they struggled to survive.  Although they managed to live on by adapting to both the unwritten and written laws of the new world, mistakes were made along the way.  The world they were forced to live in is a dangerous place.  Since they are not overpowered, the group needs to work together in perfect harmony to boost their individual strengths while hiding their weaknesses.

 

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Can they continue to survive while gathering new leads on how and why they ended up in such a dire situation?  This anime illustrates a realistic picture of what will happen when a person is transported to a strange and dangerous world.  It may not have the usual humor-filled and bright vibe of most anime series of the same genre but everyone will definitely enjoy how each of the featured characters is developed and how their perspective about life changes as they encounter hardships and losses.


15. Zero no Tsukaima

 

Year Released:  2006

No. of Seasons: 4

Anime Score:

Plot: 3/5

Characters: 4/5

Art Style: 3/5

Is it worth watching? Yes/Maybe

This is a classic anime series which features a light story filled with humorous and romantic situations.  Basically, it’s the typical rom-com anime with frills of fantasy and action here and there.  The story revolves around the chaotic love-hate relationship between Saito Hiraga and Louise de la Valliere.  Saito was summoned by Louise to her world when she used a familiar-summoning spell.  She is known as Zero because an explosion always happens if she uses magic and summoning a normal human during their most awaited event as a magician even solidified the bad impressions of many that she is a failure.  Saito was confused at first but was left with no choice but to go with what his new master wants.

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Eventually, Saito realizes that being he is the successor of a legendary mage who managed to cross worlds as he found evidences of weapons and vehicles from his world being used.  Being the only one who can use these powerful arsenals made him a strong companion for Louise and their love story progressed as they protect each other and their friends from all sorts of adversaries.

 


16. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

Year Released:  2018

No. of Seasons: 1

Anime Score:

Plot: 3/5

Characters: 5/5

Art Style: 2/5

Is it worth watching? Yes/Maybe

It was a normal work day for Ichirou Suzuki as a game developer.  Or that’s what he thought.  He was working almost 3 days straight to meet deadlines as he was working on upcoming game while fixing the issues of the already released one.  He decided to take nap to freshen up a bit but woken up in a different place.  Like any of us would think, his first guess was that everything is just part of a dream.  But then again, that hypothesis was easily disproved by how realistic the people, buildings, and the overall environment he had seen after being transported.  He also concluded that it’s not like the previous world since lizard-like warriors greeted him with flying spears right from the start.  Although he managed to eliminate an entire army of them in one hit using a skill from the game he was working on in his world, he was still cautious about the dangers of living in a world where monsters and demons exist.  Can a normal game developer strive in a fantasy world? How will he use his vast game knowledge and overpowered skills in the new world?

Although the light novel where this other world anime series is based from is pretty good, the anime adaptation is obviously rushed.  You can tell by how the fight scenes were made.  The characters seem lifeless which is why it got a very low score in the visual department.

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17. Knights & Magic

Year Released:  2017

No. of Seasons: 1

Anime Score:

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Art Style: 4/5

Is it worth watching? Yes

Tsubasa Kurata was a mecca otaku in his previous life.  He was killed in a car accident and was reincarnated in a fantasy world with all the memory from his previous world still intact.  He is now Ernesti Echavalier and he plans to use his vast knowledge about mecca anime to his full advantage.  The world where he was resurrected is a dangerous one.  It is ravaged by demon beasts that can instantly devour anything in its path through brute strength. Ernesti vowed to change everything and build his own Silhouette Knight, a huge robot-like machine that acts like the people’s hero, to save his friends, family, and the whole kingdom.  Can a simple mecca otaku take up such a heavy responsibility?  How will he exploit his previous knowledge and defeat the dangerous demon beasts that come his way?


18. Sword Art Online

This anime series is to be precise not a transported to another world anime.  But then again, it follows the concept of the MC being forced to live in another out worldly dimension. This time around, our hero, Kazuto Kirigaya was trapped in a VRMMO. He is a social outcast who prefers spending most of his free time in games which is why unlike newbies he instantly responded to the problem without being confused and clueless.

Satou, his game name, decided to play solo.  This is not because he doesn’t need anyone or he dislikes making friends but since the game became real including the dangers, he simply doesn’t want to see his newfound companions meeting their ends.  Eventually, he met Asuna and his worries and fears even heightened as he developed feelings toward her.  How can he save Asuna from the game and its dangerous elements?  Can’t both of them escape from the virtual prison and reunite in real life?

This anime series was a hit not only because it is very much relatable but it also has a lot of great anime fights. The franchise even extended to several movies which also feature Satou along with his friends as they try new VRMMOs and encounter new foes.


19. Log Horizon

MMORPGs have lost their shine thee past few years.  But then again, this sad reality should not stop us from reminiscing its golden times.  There was no better way to spend the weekend before than grinding a dungeon with friends or ambushing enemy guilds as your group rally towards being the best in the server.  This is what Log Horizon was designed to be as a game but it turned out to be a virtual prison for players.  Log Horizon is very similar to Sword Art Online but with more depth when it comes to character development and integrated game elements.  Any MMORPG enthusiast would love Log Horizon.  It even spent several episodes where the group raided a dungeon and faced a troublesome boss just to farm for rare items and treasures.

Although critics say that Log Horizon’s pace is too slow to be enjoyable, I disagree.  It’s just enough to keep us wanting for more every episode ends while satisfying our daily dose of anime action, camaraderie among characters even with various differences, and even a little bit of romance.

 

 

 


20. Restaurant To Another World

Date aired: Jul 4, 2017 to Sep 19, 2017

Restaurant To Another World is a unique anime about a certain cafeteria known as "Youshoku no Nekoya". It's a popular cafeteria located on the bottom floor of a certain building. A lot of people in the nearby area consider this a special place due to the delicious foods they offer.

However, this is not the only thing that makes this place special. Nekoya is closed on Saturdays. The reason is to make way for creatures from other worlds to get a task of their food. So during Saturdays, creatures from another world visit the cafeteria to taste their delicious foods. They are called "special guests". For this reason, the place is called Restaurant To Another World.

 


21. Monster Rancher

The new generation won’t be able to experience the excitement and frustration of waiting, watching, and wanting for more anime every day.  Monster Hunter was released when there was still no free online streaming so we have no other option than to patiently watch every episode one day after another.  But if you think about it, that’s the exciting part.  You’ll have something to look forward to everyday and there are no spoilers since internet social media back then was also non-existent.  Going back to Monster Rancher, this anime show tells the story of Genki and his adventures in a new world where monsters rule.   Some are friends while others are foes.  Genki’s mission along with his newly formed team is to defeat the Monster King and bring peace to the land. The animation may be outdated but this show is truly a must-watch.  Classic anime at its finest!

 

 

 


22. Yu Yu Hakusho

Yusuke Urameshi was your average high school delinquent student.  He skips classes and often fights with gangs for fun.  But he’s not what he seems to be.  Yusuke is in fact a kind-hearted person who frowns upon the weak being bullied and abused.  He is even willing to lay down his own life just to save a stranger in danger.  He has proven this by jumping in between a child and a car.  Yusuke died but was revived by the afterlife administrator for him to serve as an agent whose duty is to maintain

order in both the land of the living and the dead.

This anime series is one of my favorites simply because it offers everything including lessons about friendship, selfless brotherhood and sisterhood, high-intensity action scenes, and heart-warming romance.  You simply can’t ask for more!  According to trustworthy sources, Yu Yu Hakusho 2018 which makes me excited more than anything else!  This is truly an anime series the current generation would love to experience!

 

 


23. Magic Knight Rayearth

Field trips excite us above anything else when we were in high school.  But what if it would lead us to another world?  This is what happened to the three girls who are the main protagonists of Magic Knight Rayearth.  This classic anime is a must-watch especially for those who are into magic, knighthood, heroines, and romance.  The three have different personalities and gained unique powers after being transported to another world.  Although I have not completely watched this series, most of my girlfriends love it so I’m giving this one the benefit of the doubt.   Have you watched at least an episode of Magic Knight Rayearth before? How would you feel about a remake? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

 

 

 

 


24. Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

This is an old transported to another world anime but still nice to watch. Our main protagonists are Miaka and Yui who were transported to a magic world. In this world, Miyaka is considered a saviour. This anime is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a taste of love story and action. It's among the most popular anime in the 90's


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Having second thoughts about being transported to another world after reading the list?  I don’t blame you.  It’s cool that you’ll be able to see new things and places, make new friends, and start a grand adventure but the hazards will also be real.  What if you don’t have a cheat-like ability like most of MCs in transported to another world anime?  That’s truly a disaster right?  You might even experience more hardships in a fantasy world than the one we have now so I think it’s best to think about it carefully if ever you’ll be given a chance to choose.   In the end, contentment is nothing but an elusive dream regardless if you live in a normal or fantasy world.  We always want what we don’t have, it’s the sad reality so might as well enjoy what you already have to the fullest.  As always, give us a LIKE and continue SHARING the ANIME LOVE MINA! 

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