9+ Best Anime Like Danmachi Worth Watching!

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Written by Theo J Ellis

Danmachi is an anime series I started out not liking too much, to then enjoying it with the 2nd and 3rd season. The anime is about Bell Cranel, a white haired protagonist who almost gets “sent to the next dimension”.

Ais Wallenstein, a stunning and powerful swordswoman saves his ass and he starts to simp for her a bit. Idolizing Ais for her power, looks, and the fact he owes his life to her.

But the story does get GOOD despite these cliche sounding events and characteristics.

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Since season 4 will start airing today, here’s some anime shows just like Danmachi.

 

1. The Rising Of The Shield Hero

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The Rising Of The Shield Hero is an anime that not long finished airing from Spring 2022. The anime has been in so much controversy that everyone knows about it.

Naofumi Iwatani finds himself in another world as a Cardinal hero made to protect the new land. And he’s accused of a false r*pe accusation which makes his life hell for a good portion of his journey.

After finally getting justice eventually in the story of season 1, season 2 continues his journey as he starts to build the respect he deserves.

The world of Shield Hero and everything surrounding it (visuals as well) is similar to Danmachi, especially when considering female characters.

 

2. Problem Children Are Coming From Another World Aren’t They?

Problem Children (for short) is actually an Isekai anime series. Normal characters end up in another world and end up, in some cases, with extreme powers and abilities.

This is the case with Izayoi, the anime’s most powerful and OP character. And that’s the kind of anime this is (fantasy with OP protagonist).

You have the “black rabbit” as she’s called who’s an important character, but is usually teased and made fun of by other characters. And the support characters add to the anime’s comedic episodes.

The setup is different to Danmachi but everything else is similar on the surface.

 

3. Log Horizon

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Log Horizon is an anime that’s been going for years, but with its 3rd season coming out during the pandemic, it seemed to let down a lot of fans. But this is subjective.

The anime is about Shiroe and others who are locked in a game called Elder Tales. They’d decide to make peace with their circumstances and decide to live there as if it’s the real world.

A council, a system, food, water, and a functioning society – these are some of the first things discussed among the mages, swordsman, and players of this world.

A lot of people prefer it as an alternative to SAO, but it’s similar to Danmachi as well.

 

4. Fairy Tail

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Fairy Tail is an anime we all know too well. Some criticize it for the fanservice, others for a select amount of its character designs, while many praise and love the series for its emotional appeal and writing.

The anime focuses on Lucy Heartfilia, a mage who joins up with Fairy Tail after meeting Nstsu Dragneel, another important MC.

The Fairy Tail guild takes on quests and missions (more like jobs) for money around the city of Magnolia, and sometimes this leads them facing off with villains, criminals, or situations that makes for comedy gold.

The world building in Fairy Tail and the adventurous aspects of it is something Danmachi fans will love, along with the similarities with magic and fantasy in general.

 

5. The Legend Of The Legendary Heroes

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The Legend Of The Legendary Heroes is a bit of an old school anime of sorts. It’s a fantasy series with military aspects and plenty of violence, especially in the first episode.

Ryner Lute is the lazy, laid back main character with a hidden ability and a lot of power. His inner ability is a bit like Ichigo’s “hollow”.

He travels with a blonde swordswoman so there’s a lot of adventuring and seeing new places, things, characters, and of course – action along the way.

 

6. Land Of Leadale

Land Of Leadale is like a more comedic, OP version of Danmachi with the exception that it’s a female lead anime show. Cayna is the main character.

She wakes up in the world of a game she plays, and finds out how long its been since time has passed. She retains her powers and is one of the most powerful mages in the series.

She also has a daughter and son, both of which are responsible for the comedy and funny episodes in Land Of Leadale.

If you want a change of pace in the fantasy genre, and something with magic, but also wholesome, Land Of Leadale is a good anime to transition to.

 

7. Re:Zero

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Re:Zero is an anime about SUbaru Natsuki, a 17+ year old who loves wearing tracksuits. And is a character with more drip than others.

He’s thrown into a fantasy world full of demons, devils, witches, humans, elves, and ultimately dangerous assassins and bible bashers in some cases.

He meets Emilia, the love of his life in the first episode and she becomes the “cushion” for all the depressing outcomes, trials, tribulations, and PAIN Subaru has to go through just to survive and be happy.

He’s a real character, a little too much for some people.

 

8. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online is a classic choice when talking about Danmachi. It starts out as a death game when all the players are trapped in the game, forced to play to survive.

Anyone who dies in the game dies in real life as their VR headset will send an electric shock to the brain, killing them on the spot.

This evolves into romance between Kirito and Asuna, and other girls who start to become associated with Kirito. As well as male characters like Klein.

The 2nd season is where things get emotional, but the 3rd season is where the anime truly shines as an Isekai/action and fantasy series.

 

9. Goblin Slayer

Goblin Slayer shares a lot of similarities to Danmachi when talking about the main characters. Onna Shinkan (Presiestess) is almost killed and r*[e d by goblins in the first episode. She’s saved by Goblin Slayer himself.

This is similar to how Bell Cranel is almost killed in the cave before Ais Wallenstein saves his life, leaving both characters in both anime traumatized. But they both deal with and overcome their trauma.

Onna and Goblin Slayer’s interactions and relationship are unmatched, and it’s one of the highlights of this adventure/bloody action series with some surprisingly wholesome moments.

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