Log Horizon is a story about Shiroe, a socially awkward student getting stuck inside a popular MMORPG game, Elder Tale, along with his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki.
This is a story about a master strategist going on an adventure of politics in a fantasy world. Some stories resemble Log Horizon quite a lot.
So let’s begin the top 10 list of anime like Log Horizon.
10Maoyu- Archenemy & Hero
Maoyu- Archenemy & Hero attempts to display a different side of a war.
Maoyu- Archenemy & HeroAir Date: January 2013Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 12
After getting dissatisfied with the slow progress in the humans and demons war, the Hero abandons his comrades and forges ahead himself towards the Demon Queen’s Castle.
There he discovers that the demon queen needs his help. She explains that if the war ends, thousands will die in the Southern Nations without food supplies for the war.
The Hero, after getting convinced, joins the demon queen in her quest to solve this worldwide crisis.
Accel World breaks the bounds of reality to test your potential in the virtual world.
Accel WorldAir Date: April 2012Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 24
After losing all high scores in online games by Kuroyukihime, the vice president of the student council, Haruyuki Arita, was asked to come to the student lounge. There Kuroyukihime shows him Brain Burst. This program can accelerate brain waves.
She asks him to help her find the reason behind creating Brain Burst by finding its creator, which can’t be done unless they defeat the “Six Kings of Pure Color,” following which he agrees to help.
Btooom! Depicts a world where killing is the key to survival.
Btooom!Air Date: October 2012Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 12
Ryouta Sakamoto, Japan’s top player of the popular online video game Btooom, finds himself stranded on an island with no memory and a green crystal embedded in his left hand.
Soon he realized that someone deciding to recreate the game has made this a game of life and death.
Accompanied by Himiko, a fellow player, Ryouta is on a mission to collect the green crystals from other participants to return home.
7Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online motivates you to face any difficulties with calm.
Sword Art OnlineAir Date: July 2012Status: Season 5 UpcomingNo. of Seasons: 5No. of Episodes: 85
Kazuto Kirigaya enters the online RPG game called Sword Art Online, which runs on their thoughts using “NerveGear” technology.
Upon entering the game as “Kirito,” he finds out that every player has been locked in the game by the creator, and they have to clear a hundred levels to escape.
To escape, they will have to cooperate with fellow players, because if they die in this game, they will die in real life too.
GATE enlights us on how to fight against aliens if they suddenly invade our earth.
GATEAir Date: July 2015Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 24
After the invasion of supernatural creatures from a gate shaped portal in Ginza, Youji Itami, a self-defense force officer, saves as many lives as he could while the rest of JSDF tries to stop the invasion.
After three months of the attack, Youji was assigned with a special recon team to the gate known as “Special Region” to befriend the locals to create peaceful ties with the ruling empire. A war will break out upon their failure.
5Spice and Wolf
Spice and Wolf take you on a delightful journey of a human and a deity.
Spice and WolfAir Date: July 2009Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 25
Holo, after becoming a mere folk tale from a renowned powerful wolf deity in Pasloe, offers a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence to be his business partner if he eventually takes her to the northern home of Yoitsu.
Lawrence, after recognizing her ability to evaluate a person’s character, accepts her proposition while inching close to the dream of opening his shop.
4Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
Grimgar has much more realism than any other Isekais around.
Grimgar: Ashes and IllusionsAir Date: January 2016Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 12
A group of strangers was thrown into a foreign land with nothing but only names to remember. Having no choice, they join as soldiers in the army of Grimgar to protect it from any possible threat.
Those left behind have joined together in a party to survive in this foreign land. Despite the resemblance to a game, there are no redos or respawns, it is to kill or be killed.
Overlord portrays an evil protagonist in the best way possible.
OverlordAir Date: July 2015Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 3No. of Episodes: 39
Deciding to spend the last moments in the game, Momonga gets stuck in the virtual reality world Yggdrasil where he is still fully conscious as his character. In contrast, the other characters developed their personalities of their own.
Confronted by the abnormal situation, Momonga commands his servants to take control of this new world and investigate if there is any other player who has stuck in the game like him.
2The King’s Avatar
The King’s Avatar reminds us that sometimes it’s good to start anew from the beginning.
The King’s AvatarAir Date: April 2017Status: Season 2 UpcomingNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 12
Ye Xiu, a top-tier professional player in online multiplayer game Glory, after getting kicked out of the team, finds work at a nearby cafe.
But when Glory launches its tenth server, he starts afresh with a new character named “Lord Grim” and soon catches the attention of others due to his exceptional skills.
Without a sponsor or a team, Ye Xiu dedicates himself to traversing the path to Glory’s summit along with his talented new comrades.
1No Game, No Life
No Game, No Life is a siblings’ journey to becoming the best gamers in the world.
No Game, No LifeAir Date: April 2014Status: FinishedNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 12
Sora and Shin are shut-in NEET siblings who play online games using the legendary username “Blank’.
After getting a challenge for a chess match through a mysterious email, they were sucked into Disboard by the God of Games, Tet, to a world where conflicts are settled through games.
Upon entering Disboard, Shin and Nora decide to unite the sixteen races of Disboard. After that, they will beat Tet to become the new God of Games.
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