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Written by Theo J Ellis

Isekai is an anime genre… that’s not even a genre (according to sites like MAL). So it’s difficult to “narrow down” a specific list of Isekai shows.

So I’ve come up with a list of both old school Isekai. The type of anime that inspired modern-day anime as we know it.

Plus a list of the latest and greatest Isekai shows that have kept the genre alive and kicking.

Let’s get started.

 

Best Isekai Anime:

 

1. The Rising Of The Shield Hero

best isekai anime

The Rising Of The Shield Hero is still airing in January 2019. So it’s one of the “new” Isekai anime series worth checking out.

The main character: Noafumi is thrown into another world to “save” it from destruction.

Every month there’s a type of calamity that happens, and this “threat” is why the Shield Hero, alongside 3 other warriors are summoned by the king.

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Diving into the first episode is similar to an anime like Re:Zero. It’s twice as long as your average first episode, and the main character goes through some harsh life lessons.

Like “who” he’s able to trust, and what it means to live the life of a shield hero. A type of hero who can only defend in a battle.

This is what sets the anime in motion, along with the new and improved version of the main characters ambitions and drive to succeed.

 

2. Magic Knight Rayearth

magic knight rayearth main characters

If you’re looking for an original Isekai series that gave birth to Isekai as we know it…. Magic Knight Rayearth is one of those anime.

Aired in the early 1990’s, 3 female characters are transported to another world at the top of Tokyo Tower.

Once they arrive, similar to the Rising Of The Shield Hero, the world is in danger. So they turn the 3 girls into the legendary magic knights to make a difference.

It might sound cliche in 2019, but this anime is about as “original” as it gets for Isekai.

Relevant: The REAL Definition Of Isekai That Fans Outside Japan Don’t Understand

 

3. The Devil Is A Part Timer

the devil is a part timer emi chio and satan

This is what I’d call a “reverse Isekai” but not quite. Because the main characters, a devil and an angel, end up being transported to earth.

Satan himself and his followers are forced to live as citizens in a society they don’t understand. While attempting to learn the language, get passports, and work part time as Mc Ronalds.

sadao maou mc ronalds with emi yusa

This a comedy series like no other. With fresh concepts and ideas the Isekai genre has never seen before.

If you’re into supernatural shows and comedy, this is the best blend you’ll ever come across.

The anime deserves all the praise it gets.

 

4. Log Horizon

log horizon anime screenshot

Log Horizon is an MMORPG at its core. And unlike SAO, the main characters lives aren’t hanging off the edge of a cliff.

The story is more chilled than that, with the main characters ending up stuck inside a video game called: Elder Tales.

So instead of sitting around doodling, they do something about it and build a new world within Elder Tales. Forming a functioning society for everyone to live peaceful, equal lives.

If you’ve watched Goblin Slayer, imagine a “toned down” version of that anime. Without the sheer violence.

That’s what Log Horizon is like.

 

5. How Not To Summon A Demon Lord

how not to summon a demon lord anime harem

The demon lord: Diablo (who’s really an awkward teenager) is transported into his favorite video game. He even becomes the same character he’s used to playing in the game.

What separates this Isekai series from others, is the Ecchi elements that isn’t too far off from being “X rated” or close to it.

But it’s not all about fan-service, big boobs and sexual references.

How Not To Summon A Demon Lord is an enjoyable series for its action, designs, comedy and battle scenes.

It’s one of the decent Ecchi anime I’ve been able to bear with, without wanting to bash my head off the wall in disappoint.

 

6. Kono Subarashii

kono subarashii darkness aqua kazuma and megumin

You know the cliche’s by now – the main character, Kazuma, dies a hilarious (not horrible) death. And is given another chance at life by the Goddess: Aqua

I had a strange experience with this anime.

I watched the subbed version because I couldn’t wait for the dub any longer. And It felt too “forced” for its comedy and entertainment.

But my mind changed after diving into the dub and feeling refreshed after hearing it.

The one stand-out trait of Konosuba is the unique designs of each character (especially Megumin).

If you do watch it, keep that in mind.

The dub and the sub will give you drastically different experiences, depending on what your preferences are.

Related: 35 Of The Best Quotes From Kono Subarashii That Will Make Your Day

 

7. That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

rimuru tempest and ronga tensei slime

Tensei Slime has the potential to dominate the Isekai genre for years to come.

The beginning is cliché, sure. Where the main character is transported to another world…. after saving another person’s life and dying.

But once Rimuru wakes up and finds out he’s a slime monster, this is the beginning of what makes Tensei Slime so unique and fresh.

As long as you can get through the first 5-ish episodes, what comes next is why this anime shines as an Isekai series.

And the ratings seem to speak for themselves.

 

8. Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World

subaru natsuki subtitles re zero anime

I avoided Re:Zero until 2018, because I have a habit of ignoring mainstream shows with too much hype behind them.

But I’m glad I got into Re:Zero.

Like Konosuba, the main character dies a boring death. Only to end up in a random world where nothing makes sense.

But the MAIN difference with Re:Zero as an Isekai series, is the sheer violence, psychological tricks, and dark nature of Subaru Natsuki’s journey.

This anime is produced by White Fox, the same studio behind Akame Ga Kill and Jormungand.

So it’s no surprise why it’s so ruthless carrying tons of depth in the story.

 

9. Outbreak Company

outbreak company harem anime

This is the second anime on this list that’s a harem (How Not To Summon A Demon Lord). But you won’t find any nudity or Ecchi with Outbreak Company.

Kano Shinichi is an Otaku from Japan. Who’s eventually transported to another world to fill this new world with Otaku culture.

This element is what separates this Isekai series from any other you’ll watch.

It’s not a personal favorite, but it’s a decent series you shouldn’t miss if you want something different.

 

10. Sword Art Online

sword art online kirito and asuna yuuki

You knew I had to mention SAO eventually. Sword Art Online is the MOST successful Isekai of all time, after all.

In the first season it’s all about the death survival game. 100’s of players die needlessly.

Some die because of greed. Others because of arrogance. While others is out of fear and not having the strength to keep on living.

The 2nd season changes this. Taking a different approach all together.

No anime does it like SAO. So it’s no surprise why I recommend it.

 

11. In Another World With My Smartphone

in another world with my smartphone main characters

Like Konosuba – the main character: Mochizuki Touya dies and appears before a god.

The joke is – after being reborn into a new world, Mochizuki is allowed to keep his smartphone. Which gets upgraded with a “Google Maps” system of the entire world.

Not to mention God gives Touya his phone number to call him whenever he needs something.

This is a harem/adventure series like How Not To Summon A Demon Lord, but for the most part – fan-service isn’t shoved down your throat. And it’s more entertaining than it is bearable.

Related: 15 Of The Best Adventure Anime Series

 

12. Restaurant To Another World

restaurant to another world anime screenshot

If you love the anime Food Wars, then you can think of this as “a supernatural” version with Isekai elements.

In this anime, dragons, demons, monsters and creatures travel from their world to the world where restaurants exist.

They have one purpose in mind: and that’s to eat the best, most delicious food these restaurants have to offer.

Some visitors even take some of the food back home with them, to share with others in their “home” world.

 

13. Inuyasha

inuyasha and kagome together anime screenshot

Just like Magic Knight Rayearth, Inuyasha is an absolute classic in the Isekai genre.

It’s easily one of the more famous anime shows on the planet, never mind a famous Isekai.

Kagome Higurashi slips into a well that takes her to another world, 500 years into the past (Sengoku period of Japan).

And that’s where the sweet romance, action, comedy and demons come into play.

It’s a well-rounded series that most fans should have no problem getting into.

 

14. The Twelve Kingdoms

the twelve kingdoms anime

The Twelve Kingdoms is about Yoko Nakijima. A weak, naive and clueless young girl… who ends up becoming the king of another world by accident.

What I enjoyed most about The Twelve Kingdoms is the transformation of the main character.

The moment she becomes king and takes on responsibility, Yoko becomes a new person incomparable to her past-self.

And the storytelling in this anime is one of its strongest points.

Keep that in mind if you’re expecting tons of action, because there’s isn’t much.

 

15. GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There!

gate thus the jsdf fought there anime screenshot

And then there’s GATE. An anime cantered on Japan, the military, and a mysterious gate that opens up. Connecting Japan to another world.

Yoji Itami is a soldier who takes the lead in “creating peace” between both worlds to minimize violence and bloodshed.

But the story turns out to be more brutal and bloody than the intent suggests.

You can expect “harem” and “Loli” characters in this series.

Post: 15+ Anime Characters Who Are Straight Up Otaku

 

16. Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average

didnt i say to make my abilities average characters

Released in late 2019 by Project No.9, this an Isekai series with a familiar trope: an overpowered main character.

She wished for average abilities, but that “average” is a lot higher than expected in the world the MC is now part of. And so she’s unusually strong.

Other than the fact that Adele (the MC) has a goal to be completely average, the anime doesn’t have a specific plot.

Most episodes are adventure based with battles, comedy, and a few episodes that get a little dark as it digs into a character’s past.

It’s like a female Isekai version of One Punch Man I guess.

 

17. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

My Next Life as a Villainess All Routes Lead to Doom anime MC

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! is a 2020 Isekai anime series.

Katarina, the main character is born into the world of a game she used to play. And ends up being unlucky because of it.

Knowing the rules of the game and how things will play out, she does everything she can to avoid setting off “death” flags and what not.

This anime is received well and is better than most would expect.

 

18. Cautious Hero

cautious hero anime characters

Cautious Herois a legit Isekai that changes things up a bit. And tries not to follow the usual cliches and plot.

The main character: Seiya is a literal cautious hero who takes preparation to a new level of insanity.

Even if he’s strong enough to crush an enemy, he’ll overtrain to the point where there’s no room for failure. Even if an opponent gets “lucky” or something out the blue happens.

This is the main theme that stands out in Cautious Hero and makes this Isekai more comedic and sometimes unpredictable.

Plus Seiya is a man who’s all about gender equality, just like Kazuma and Touma.

 

19. The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna

the ambiton of oda nobuna episode

The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna is an underrated Isekai series, and one people don’t think of.

It’s made by one of the best anime studios: Madhouse.

The main character Yoshiharu is transported to the era where Nobunaga (a real Japanese historic legend) united Japan. And changed the country going forward.

Here though the male historic figures in real life are changed into female characters for the most part.

So it’s not just an Isekai, but a realistic military series that documents the events of Nobunaga’s ambitions in Japanese history.

Read: 12 Of The Greatest Anime About Japanese Culture

 

20. Ascendance Of A Bookworm

ascendance of a bookworm anime myne

Ascendance Of A Bookworm is one of the highest quality Isekai I’ve seen in recent years.

The main characters is a girl who’s transported into another world… as a 6-7 year old kid.

The kid’s body is frail and she has to learn to adapt to it (she real self is much older).

As a book lover, her desire is to read books. And so she sets out on a journey of making money and becoming wealthy enough to do it in this new, old-school world she finds herself in.

Spice And Wolf fans will fall in love with this show.

 

21. I’m standing on 1,000,000 lives

yotsuya kun im standing on a million lives

I’m standing on 1,000,000 lives is an Isekai that dropped in 2020. By the same studio as “If It’s For My Daughter”.

The studio only has a few anime to their name so far.

One thing I appreciate about this Isekai is the protagonist isn’t cliche and doesn’t follow the protagonist blueprint.

He’s different. You could even say he’s a prick at times.

Unlike other Isekai, this anime drags 4 characters into a game-like world where the game master spins a roulette which decides their fate. And the impact it has on their lives.

 

22. Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

yuna kuma kuma kuma bear episode 1

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear might not be greatest title you’ve ever heard, but the anime is enjoyable.

It’s about a girl called Yuna, who like Kirito from SAO, plays virtual reality games and has a headset.

In Yuna’s case, after logging in there’s a special event where she’s offered a choice of random items. And the item she receives is a bear suit.

She’s then transported into the game and has no way to return to the “real world. It’s now her new home.

It’s a wholesome slice of life (not just Isekai), and has a good mix of comedy, feels, and tons of adventure.

 

23. Mushoku Tensei

mushoku tensei smile wallpaper anime

Mushoku Tensei, or “Jobless Reincarnation” is another Isekai of late.

The anime is about a 40 year old loser (literally) who reincarnates into another world. And he’s a bit of a pervert.

Growing up in his new household with both a mother and father, his father tries to train him in swordsmanship, but magic is where Rudeus (the MC) excels.

The animation is gorgeous in this anime, and there is a charm to it no other Isekai seems to have.

It comes from a successful light novel series, and the anime is planned to have multiple seasons. Similar to SAO. So expect a lot of adventures and material in the future.

 

24. I’ve Been Killing Slimes For 300 Years, And Maxed Out My Level

isekai anime

I’ve Been Killing Slimes For 300 Years is an anime by Revoroot studios. It’s a new studio with only a handful or so of anime.

Adapted from a light novel series, it’s about Asuza. She was a “corporate slave” who died from exhaustion.

She’s given the chance to reincarnate as whatever she wants, and so she becomes powerful a witch.

The anime focuses on her life, the relationships she builds, and the community she supports around her.

It’s a lot better than I would have thought, judging from the title alone.

 

25. Drugstore In Another World

noella and kirio drugstore in another world isekai

Drugstore In Another World is one of the latest Isekai to hit summer 2021.  And it’s a wholesome one.

Kirio, the pharmacist owner, died and is reborn in a new world where pharmacy is his talent. A sort of magic.

He makes all kinds of items for customers like Moisturizers infused with scents, Perfume, pain relief, and other things.

It’s written in a laid back, comical style alongside characters like Noella who make it more wholesome. And Mina, the blonde Ghost who helps out in the pharmacy business.

 

26. Spirit Chronicles

Spirit Chronicles characters scenee

Spirit Chronicles starts out with the main character on the right, a kid, who wakes up in a room with barrels. He’s wearing a brown coat, appears dirty, and in their world is poor.

Later on after running into royalty by mistake, and after almost being killed for something he didn’t do, be becomes royalty himself.

It’s a way of saying thanks for saving someone from the royal family who’s kidnapped.

Magic is common here, and the MC has a lot of magic potential according to a royal magic user.

 

Other Isekai Anime:

  • Spirited Away.
  • Overlord.
  • No Game No Life.
  • Youjo Senki.
  • Drifters.
  • Re:Creators.
  • Knights & Magic.
  • Wise mans Grandchild.
  • Isekai Quartlet.

Featured image source: Re:Zero Wallpaper

 

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isekai_lover3000
isekai_lover3000

i thought i would find new interesting anime but 90% of the list i’ve already finished them. i am isekai fan and i’ve watched most of the list. hope there’s more

fhdry
fhdry

same its the same anime’s on every list

Randoman
Randoman
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

Saga of Tanya the Evil got bottom of the honorable mentions? Come on, man! It at least deserves higher up in those mentions. Though I will say this list was awesome in helping me find new Isekais to watch, so big thanks!

Some guy
Some guy
Reply to  Randoman

Not to mention, Youjo Senki is the 4th honorable mention, even though it’s literally just the Japanese name of that show.

thatoneguy
thatoneguy
Reply to  Randoman

not to mention but youjo senki is also there

Petersmoke
Petersmoke

I loved almost all the anime on this list, but its missing the best isekai of them all:Arifureta(in my opinion)

i can't pick a name
i can't pick a name
Reply to  Petersmoke

yes

Mary
Mary
Reply to  Petersmoke

Well, I’d say Arifureta was an okay anime. Wasn’t really all that revolutionary, and followed all the common tropes. He had a pretty cool backstory though. However, this list certainly seems a bit out of order. I far preferred Cautious Hero to In another world with my Cellphone, which also follows every trope. (I like Cautious Hero because of the end. Reestablished my entire view of their world.) The author seems to be very partial to the common isekai tropes, and less open to new ideas and spins on them.

Saessss
Saessss
Reply to  Petersmoke

bruh…Arifureta was f*cking horrible, the worst isekai i’ve watched cant belive you like it

soul
soul
Reply to  Saessss

dont hate on it like that

Spoononk
Spoononk
Reply to  Saessss

Your actually dumb if you think arifureta is bad. It’s the best isekai atm my guy

AnimeFan3702
AnimeFan3702
Reply to  Saessss

Please don’t act like a toxic ten year old that thinks the skin somebody else bought on fortnite is trash because that is exactly what you are doing so just let others have their opinions and you have your opinions just don’t be surprised at other people for having different opinions than you

asta
asta
Reply to  Saessss

u suck bruuhh, arifureta was so good tho

just watching
just watching
Reply to  asta

doesnt matter about your opinion. it was soo good. your just trash.i know cause its sad that i have nearly 400gb of anime on my hard drive yes i have no life but i dont care… anime better than life

soul
soul
Reply to  just watching

nah i loooooooove anime but its not better in life dont get so stuck to it that you think youll be dying and taking it with you dont get too attached

fhdry
fhdry
Reply to  just watching

yep

david
david

Overlord is am honorable mention? lol.. i reject this list

Weebbb
Weebbb
Reply to  david

also jobless reincarnation at the bottom hello its absolutely amaizng

Weebbb
Weebbb
Reply to  david

i agree omgg overlord knights and magic and no game no life are amazing, so much better then others on the list cause in knights and magic and no game no life the protagonists actually have a goal and are not doing anything just randomly

Weebo
Weebo
Reply to  david

overlod is a honorable mention because the author of this list does not watch mainstream animes. I’ve been surprised when i saw SAO being put in (not that i don’t like it) and overlod, SOTTE (youjo senki) being ONLY mentions

Generic
Generic
Reply to  david

Wow i have a different opinion witch means that he is wrong and overlord f*cking sucks the character never develops and every side character is more 2 dimensional than a nes game

Mary
Mary
Reply to  Generic

how do you have negative likes? I don’t see a dislike button lol, must’ve pissed off a mod

actual anime fan
actual anime fan
Reply to  Generic

If you think Overlord sucks then you probably aren’t a fan of anime at all. Isekai as a genre doesn’t have much character development as that is not the focus of the show. You probably think In Another World With My Smartphone is top tier lmao.

soul
soul

tbh i thought overlord was a bit boring i just didnt wanna watch it anymore not my taste smartphone was good tho
not too top tier but good enough

Emerald
Emerald

overlord is sucky like the mail character is a skeleton for god sake. I DONT like it at all

Weebbb
Weebbb

i agree in another with my smartphone isn’t top tier but its fun to watch non the less

Random person just scrolling by
Random person just scrolling by

I get where you are coming from, but they could still be a fan of anime I think that the Isekai that have character development are the ones that I label as the really good Isekai, being ones that can do it all with interesting plot, good character development, and world building. It’s sad that there are only so few but some outstanding examples would be Re:Zero and Rise of the Shield Hero(I love when this genre plays with the characters mentality and how both the world affects the character and how the character also affects the world they are… Read more »

just watching
just watching

how dare you. you piece of trash. generic. you dont deserved to be an anime watcher

Just a bystander
Just a bystander

Isekai is a genre that normally focuses on how the mc can change the world around them and not how they change. Of course, the mc will have to learn and adapt or it can get repetitive but that is not the focus of the story.

Soul White
Soul White

Hey, hey, no slandering… Don’t be like one of those emoji movie haters…

RemRem
RemRem
Reply to  david

I’m sayin

jake
jake

i love that you put how not to summon a demon lord..

Adison
Adison

In my opinion KONOSUBA is the best isekai anime of all time, hoping it’s third season comes out soon.

just watching
just watching
Reply to  Adison

i agree with the great reasoning of you.

Brothers are best!
Brothers are best!

As a brother, i’m proud of ya…

Lil Weeb
Lil Weeb

Thank you soo much for making this for the public i really appreciate your generosity 🙂

Grim
Grim

The father of isekai is coming soon -“Mushoku tensei”

soul
soul
Reply to  Grim

its not the father of isekai .hack is

Joyek
Joyek
Reply to  Grim

I love that show. Wanting for it weekly

Animechills
Animechills

I was looking for new isekai anime
This list helped me a lot.
Thanks !

Lynxx
Lynxx
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

Please make more list ASAP

Cole
Cole

I’ve looked at many isekai anime lists and this is the most accurate In my opinion yet its on the 2nd page of search?

Nand
Nand
Reply to  Cole

I Agree

Apllen
Apllen

Well it seems most posting comments just come here to say how the list should be. You should be thankful this list has some of the lesser rated Isekai anime here. I can tell you this as an acid anime fan for over 20 years it gets harder and harder to find those little gems that buy time for the next season of popular anime or the development of a new one. Instead of saying how a list should be ranked focus on the ones you haven’t seen yet and less on the personal opinion of the list rankings. Overlord… Read more »

Scooter
Scooter

Awsome ^_^

Genious
Genious

can i just say that konosuba is best re sero is ass

Suleyma
Suleyma

Can you do anime we haven’t watched

Muhammad the Lust prophet
Muhammad the Lust prophet

Re:zero and arifureta the most stupid isekai I’ve watched! I’ve been watching animes in the 70s so I’m kinda picky. Shield hero, reincarnated as a slime this are the best isekai in this era.

Madao
Madao

When You talk about stupid anime than SAO is the king, but You may not watched it yet and I advise againt it.As for Re:zero there are a lot of titles that are worse than it for example: No game no life(every game is stupid except the one with pidgeon), In another world with my smartphone(only tropes just plain awful), 8th son are you kidding me(similar to Wise mans child and awful), How not to summon a demon lord, milf isekai… You may try: 12 kingdoms. It’s on this list. It’s quite old and it’s kinda weird from the start… Read more »

Muhammad the Lust prophet
Muhammad the Lust prophet
Reply to  Madao

I’ve watched that all! Only people who have started watching anime in 2000 will say that SOA is bad, SAO revive the isekai genre but with a mmorpg settings. Isekai back in the days is not the the same as today, Escaflowne, Inuyasha and Fushigi Yuugi are just examples. Weebs today should appreciate the makers of SAO, if not for them we wouldn’t have the opportunity to watch are own prefered isekai!

Anonymus
Anonymus

This reply changed my mind about SAO
thanks

Yoshi-Mochi
Yoshi-Mochi

I thought Youjo Senki and Saga of Tanya the Evil, is the same anime, also Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear is nice isekai, aswell as By the grace of the gods would be consider a Isekai.

Kelnor
Kelnor

jesus this list is a joke its missing so many good ones and you put some of the better like drifters and no game no life on “honorable mention” when you have SAO on the list which isn’t even isekai at all no grimgar of fantasy and ash no demon lord retry and so many others missed ugh

Ezzio
Ezzio
Reply to  Kelnor

HELL YES! GRIMGAR OF FANTASY AND ASH! One of my all time favourites tbh. Slow storry progression but completely caught me off-guard. It might be my gate way drug into isekai tbh

Saessss
Saessss
Reply to  Kelnor

you expect the author to watch every isekai in existence, just because the list is missinga couple of isekai anime’s it’s a joke? dafuq

Sa=ah-erdid=d
Sa=ah-erdid=d

really i got like 15 of themName+=gamer on .>my=54+=5 ducments/free/ so thank you so much so ya bye.

anon
anon

you missed TENCHI MUYO! WAR ON GEMINAR and DEATH MARCH TO THE PARALLEL WORLD RHAPSODY but all in all decent list

don't wanna
don't wanna

Not to argue with your taste, I don’t care enough, but I when I read your reasoning for liking KonoSuba I had to smile. You say the main reason to watch are for the character designs which are just SO unique. It’s funny because like the show the character designs are purposefully NOT unique as they are parodies of long establish tropes. Megumin more so than all the others is a mismatch of every witch/magicalbadass girl out there. From having bandages on one leg and leggings on the other, to an eyepatch she doesn’t need, to a pointy wizard hat… Read more »

Tjay
Tjay

Hgdf is a good number one of the

Lance K
Lance K

I got bored watching my life as a villainess after a few episodes and just skipped to the ending. I’m disappointed it was the exact same ending as pretty much every other generic harem anime out there, i was expecting something different. The ambition of oda nobuna was awesome though. Good balance of action romance and comedy.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What about Overlord.???

SatchPangit
SatchPangit

You only included the better ones than SAO as special mentions….jeez. SAO is good but Overlord, Drifters, and Youjo Senki are definitely better as me and my friends won’t get tired rewatching them unlike SAO which is only good w/ one time watching aside from season 1.

KARtheWOLF
KARtheWOLF
Reply to  SatchPangit

So why don’t you go make your own list with your own opinions then?

bruh
bruh
Reply to  KARtheWOLF

is he not allowed to give criticism based on his personal taste? sao is widely regarded as a joke so i can see why some people are confused on how it wasnt in honorable mentions instead of the ones that were listed

Bruh 3
Bruh 3

The genre is just getting better, i love how more and more isekai anime are coming out, and this list really shows the better ones that are out (although some not to my liking).

Hasyidan Paramananda
Hasyidan Paramananda

SAO is not ISEKAI, PLEASE.

Madao
Madao

SAO is considered and commonly known as Isekai. There is no sense to argue.

AnimeFan3702
AnimeFan3702
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

Let me first say I do not intend to be rude. I do not want this to be an argument. I am merely debating and giving my opinion on whether SAO is an isekai or not. Thanks. The first thing I found in your comment is that you said “You’re confusing your dislike for SAO with it not being an Isekai, but that’s nonsense in reality.”. I only saw one comment that was unrelated to the person you replied to saying they did not like SAO but they also did not say it wasn’t an isekai nor did they say it… Read more »

AnimeFan3702
AnimeFan3702
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

I didn’t mean to send two comments but I also wanted to say that what you said right here “The problem is many try to “explain” SAO out of being an Isekai with the equivalent of mental gymnastics.” is true but in some situations if you really need evidence you sometimes need to use a little bit of it but I do admit to overusing it in my last comment. Both of our points are valid so I think that SAO is an isekai in the points you made but it is also not an isekai in the points that… Read more »

don't wanna
don't wanna
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

That moment you realize Super Mario Bro’s 2 was an isekai…

don't wanna
don't wanna
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

I agree with you that SAO is an isekai (a bad one), but it’s not because of the definition of isekai. It’s because the definition has expanded as new scenarios are created. By your strict definition of “different world” it’s not, as Kiri (can’t be bothered to remember his name) and company are all still in their world, in their beds. By your interpretation of the definition any dream related story would be an isekai, like the original Wizard of Oz story was supposed to be (it was originally just supposed to be a dream), or Through the Looking Glass… Read more »

just watching
just watching
Reply to  don't wanna

pathetic sao a bad anime surely your mistake your a disgrace

Crip
Crip

Not sure when this list was made and i was too lazy to read a lot of your opinions on the shows but one thing i noticed was that under Re:Zero’s synopsis that you gave, Subaru never died, he was summoned. Its nitpicking but I thought i should let you know

I don't care
I don't care
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

Bruh, I was concentrating and thinking for like 10 minutes why it said that, then I scroll down and see this

Dan
Dan

No Fushigi Yugi? It’s like 12 Kingdoms, but more melodramatic.

iQ50
iQ50

Hmm. Did you really watch twelve kingdoms? Yoko didnt become king by accident. Thats a fact. Her kirin cannot bow to anyone except for his/her chosen king. Thats why she is the true and chosen king from the start and not by accident.

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