It’s no doubt that the Isekai genre has continued to dominate anime ever since its boom in the early 2010s. But despite its saturation, it has no plans of letting up anytime soon.
While most series have the regular character trope of ‘weakling transformed to dreamy combat god’ upon entering an unknown world, TenSura has a twist.
After succumbing to a stab wound, our protagonist Satoru Mikami was reincarnated as an overpowered and adorable Slime with the only goal of helping others around him as he explores the new world.
With two seasons already down, we’re counting the days till any news of a third one comes through. So, as we wait, let’s dive into a list of top 10 animes like it.
1The Rising of the Shield Hero
Popularly known for bringing a controversial issue to light, The Shield Hero reminds us of how quickly things can spiral out of control, especially when all the odds are stacked against you.
It revolves around the journey of Naofumi Iwatani as he struggles to survive and defend the world he’s summoned to.
After being shunned by everyone in the kingdom for being the legendary Shield Hero and having his reputation unjustly tarnished, his personality warps from a naïve and caring soul to a calculative cynic.
With protecting the world being the only way he can return home, Naofumi is forced to gather and train a team to aid him in his quest of saving the world.
2KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
KonoSuba is the ultimate parody of Isekai as it presents us with the realistic possibility of failure when venturing into a new world.
What can you do with an unbearably annoying goddess who loves to showboat, a masochistic swordswoman who can’t land a blow, and a magician with only one trick that zaps the life out of her?
Well, our show’s star, Kazuma Satō, also wonders the same thing as he desperately tries to train them to defeat the Devil King’s army. But it’s not like he’s any better.
Despite thinking he sacrificed his life to save a girl from being run over, he actually died of shock after pushing her out of the way of a slow-moving tractor.
With a shoddy team and luck being his only ally in this new world he’s thrown into, the chaos that ensues as he tries to survive is the height of comedy that everyone can enjoy.
This series prides itself with absolutely no bars on the amount of gore and violence it can showcase.
Momonga, a massive skeletal ‘Overlord’ in the game Yggdrasil, finds himself trapped when its servers are shut down.
With no way of reaching the real world, he uses his hard-core gamer skills and experience, plus the newly awakened NPC’s, to conquer his new world.
After being trapped along with 30,000 players in the MMORPG game, Elder Tale, Shiroe, and friends band together to survive the game’s challenges and coexist with its residents, the NPC’s.
As the show prioritizes tactical intelligence over clichéd moral values, Shiroe’s genius and gaming experience are matched by his lethal strategies that always assure a win.
Plus, its refreshing use of the game’s mechanics makes it an exciting watch for anime lovers and gamers.
5Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World
Taking a page out of Tom Cruise’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ Re:Zero was out to traumatize its MC Subaru Natsuki from the get-go.
After being transported to a fantasy realm, he realized that he could reset time when he died. Sure, he could pick the best situation through trial and error, but the memories of his failures forever haunt him.
However, he’s willing to put up with the pain of love as he continues to use his power to make sure Emilia, a half-elf he fell head over heels for, ascends the throne as the next queen.
6Now and Then, Here and There
This long-forgotten anime from the late 90s isn’t for the faint-hearted as it details the horrors of war and the lasting trauma it has on a person.
It follows Shuzo Matsutani’s struggle to survive after his failed attempt to rescue a strange girl resulted in him being transported into an unknown desert world and forcibly drafted to fight in a cruel dictator’s war.
But despite the horrid and brutal conditions he faced, he held on to the glimmer of hope that he would find a way for both him and the girl to escape.
7Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun
This wholesome series reassures us that kindness would never go unrewarded even in the direst of situations.
Iruma Suzuki’s life was a myriad of chores and jobs one after another while his parents lazed away on the sidelines. But despite his hard work to support them, his parents sold him to a demon named Sullivan for some quick cash.
But when he got to the demon world, it all turned out to be for the best, as not only was Sullivan planning to adopt him as his grandson, but he was also the director of Babyls School for Demons, where he was to study.
However, before Iruma could settle into his new life, he had to remember to conceal his identity if he didn’t want to end up as a tasty snack for the demons he now had to live alongside.
8The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat
Going against the norm of the Isekai genre, this show starts with an impressive MC, and amps him up even more when he’s reborn in a new world.
After being betrayed by the ‘Organization’ he worked for, a highly-skilled assassin finds himself in the company of a goddess who offers him the chance of a new life in exchange for his services one last time.
Following his reincarnation as Lugh Tuatha Dé in the World of Sword and Magic, he vows to use his new OP mystical abilities, social status, and wealth to live as a free man and not as a tool.
9 My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
Catarina Claes’s regular life of nobility is shattered when she finds out that she’s been reincarnated as a villainess in a dating sim called ‘Fortune Lover.’
After crashing head first into a pavement, memories of her previous life as an otome obsessed otaku come flooding back and she soon realizes that luck isn’t on her side, as the only two endings for her role are exile or death.
However, she’s determined to do everything to alter her fate, even if it means completely turning the game upside down.
10Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Contrary to the title, the series’ hero Bell Cranel is blissfully unaware of the girls swooning over him in the background and solely focuses on bettering himself through his adventuring quests.
Even the divine gods of the realm accompany the humans on their journey through the monster-filled labyrinths called ‘Dungeons’ with their own group of adventurers called a Familia.
Since Bell is the only member that serves goddess Hestia, both of them set out to explore the depths of the Dungeons in hopes of becoming powerful adventures and increasing the size of her Familia.
11Ascendance of a Bookworm
Urano Motosu’s avid reading days were cut short when a boatload of books crushed her to death during an earthquake.
Even though the isekai gods smiled upon her last request of being reincarnated in a world where she could read books till the end of time, she was reborn in a world where books were not only scarce, but were also only accessible to the elite.
However, this did not deter her from using the knowledge she gained in her previous life to write and publish her own books.
12Restaurant to Another World
Make way for the latest addition to isekai protagonists – Restaurant-kun!
Although The Western Restaurant Nekoya disguises itself as your typical eatery, don’t be fooled!
Situated in an unknown Tokyo Shopping district, it opens its doors to the public on the weekdays serving its novel Japanese variations of Western cuisine but closes on holidays and the weekends.
However, it secretly functions on Saturdays as well. But instead of humans, its clientele is the diverse species of the isekai genre that enter via portals opened by the restaurant to their respective worlds.
This wholesome series not only offers a display of exotic and mouth-watering food, but also focuses on the fun and light-hearted theme of bonds built over it.
Seirei Gensouki had its MC isekaied in a really unique way. After his death on Earth, Haruto Amakawa went on to inhabit the body of a boy called Rio, who resided in another world.
However, Rio already had a life of his own. Growing up in the slums of Bertram Kingdom, he witnessed his mother being brutally killed right before his eyes and hence thirsted for revenge.
But Haruto only harbored regret all his life, as he missed his chance of reuniting with his best friend before passing on.
But despite their distinct personalities, Rio’s able to alleviate his life and unlock special powers through Haruto’s intertwining memories and soul.
DOG DAYS on focuses on the theme of using sportsmanship to resolve conflicts instead of resorting to violence.
It follows the story of an athletic young boy named Shinku Izumi, who was whisked away to a world where humans were cutely adorned with animal ears and tails.
He was summoned by the dog-like princess Millhiore of the Biscotti Republic to be the kingdom’s champion in the fight against the feline-like Galette Lion Dominion.
But instead of bloodshed and gore, their battle is similar to the sports tournaments everyone plays in school, which are bound by strict rules that ensure no casualties.
In a mutual give and take, Izumi accepts the responsibility of his new role while the princess finds a way for him to return home.
15Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!
Misato Kurihara went against the grain when she preferred to be isekaied as a regular girl who could blend in with the crowd.
Initially a star student with genius-level intellect, she felt isolated and alone as everyone shunned her, believing they were nowhere in her league.
So, when she died while trying to save a girl from being run over, she requested the reincarnation gods to have her reborn with ordinary abilities.
But upon waking up as noble Adele von Ascham, she realized that the world’s meaning of ‘average’ actually made her an unbeatable tank of mystical and physical power that was second only to the realm’s most powerful mythical creature – an ancient dragon.
Irritated by the turn of events, she vows to try her best to be as normal as possible moving forward in life. Although, her efforts rarely go as planned.
16How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
This series follows the adventures of a shut-in gamer who has tremendous luck on his side.
Not only was Takuma Sakamoto fortunate enough to wind up in his favorite MMORPG game, Cross Reverie, he was also sporting the skin of his highly ranked character, Demon Lord Diablo.
Even though he was summoned in hopes of being enslaved by the Neko Invoker, Rem, and the Elf, Shera, he soon turned the tables on them with his magic ring, which bound them with collars instead.
Being a socially awkward outcast who dreaded starting a conversation, Takuma decided to adopt Diablo’s persona and travel with the girls to free them of their collars while acting as their stand-in therapist.
17Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
Arifureta is a stinging reminder that not all isekai protagonists turn out to be goody-two-shoes.
After being summoned by the mysterious god Ehit, Hajime Nagumo and his classmates find themselves trapped in the world of Tortus and forced to defend its human kingdoms from demons and monsters.
Hajime had an overnight transformation from a kind-hearted and shy otaku to a brutal killing machine set to survival mode after being betrayed and left for dead in a hellish Labyrinth crawling with monsters.
With his newfound powers and ever-growing harem, he navigates the world of Tortus with the only goal of returning home to Japan no matter the number of enemies he has to cut down.
18High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World!
Seven exceptionally gifted high school students are transported to the medieval Kingdom of Freyjagard after miraculously surviving a plane crash.
Upon arrival, they discover that the populace is divided into two major races – The Byuma, anthropomorphic humans forming the feudal class, and the Hyuma, consisting of noblemen who believe in the Byuma’s subjugation to their rule.
After being saved by a Byuma, the students use their world-renowned knowledge in politics, engineering, business, medicine, swordsmanship, journalism, and magic to modernize their rescuers’ village.
But as tensions rise between the two classes, they decide to build a democratic nation that overthrows the oppressive regime of the nobles, all while looking for a way to get them home.
19The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest
This show follows the journey of an exceptionally skilled sage who reincarnated himself thousands of years into the future as a young boy named Mathias Hildesheimr.
Set in a world where ‘Marks’ or ‘Crests’ determine the level of mystical abilities one can have, he hoped his rebirth would finally give him combat specific crest he’s always wanted.
However, he was shocked and dismayed to find out that not only was magic scarcely used in the future, but that his mark was considered the weakest of the bunch.
But this deter Mathias from sharpening his newly acquired skills to the highest degree and quickly rising to great heights in effort to prove his usefulness.
And with a dark entity threatening his world that’s now devoid of magic, it’s all up to him to save the day.
20The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?
Who knew sleeping could also be a gateway to another world? All Shingo Ichinomiya wanted to do was rest after his tiresome life of corporate work. But as he dozed off, he suddenly awoke to find himself in the body of a young boy.
Turns out, he’d been isekaied into magical realm as the eighth son of the noble Baumeister family, Wendelin von Benno Baumeister.
However, luck wasn’t on his side as the family was bankrupt thanks to them blowing their entire savings on the eldest son’s wedding. Fortunately, Wendelin discovered that he had an affinity for magic and that a zombified wizard named Alfred was prepared to teach him.
Although he became a well-known adventurer and skilled mage, his talent only got his new family in trouble.Originally Written By Epic Dope