You could even call Isekai the “new” Shounen.
The definition of Isekai is “different world”, and the
There aren’t too many
3 girls are transported to another world from Tokyo Tower, and turned into magic knights.
Their mission is to restore the world of Cephiro and help master mage clef who’s in danger.
Nobody cared about Isekai in the 1990s though because we all kissed up to Shounen more than anything else.
That’s the genre that dominated at the time.
anime in the early 2000’s
Not the best name for an
Even to this day it’s a respected
While it’s true the relatively small fan base of this
I can’t comment on the quality of Hack//Sign compared to modern Isekai, but I put its “failure” down to its timing.
Isekai still wasn’t popular in the early or even mid 2000’s because nobody gave a sh*t.
Death Note. Naruto. One Piece.
- Eureka Seven.
Romance, Shounen, Mecha and action
Isekai types of
Timing played an important role here. It’s the #1 reason for Isekai not “catching” on in that decade.
It wasn’t Isekai’s time to shine.
anime from 2006-2010+
The Familiar Of Zero (2006).
This anime aired from 2006, a harem, romance fantasy where the male character is summoned to another world. And essentially becomes a man-slave for Louise de la Vallière (a princess).
But it still wasn’t enough to make “Isekai” trendy
As you can see – the trend line for Isekai from 2004-2010+ barely moved an inch.
Nobody cared enough because it didn’t have enough appeal. And
But then – “
Sword Art Online” happened in 2012
And before the trolls claim
Here’s an accurate snippet from Wikipedia:
“The .hack franchise (2002 debut) was one of the first to present the concept of isekai as an actual virtual world, with
Sword Art Online(also 2002 debut) following in its footsteps.”
Nobody wants to admit it because they love bashing Sword Art Online. But feelings aside –
Ever since the release of this massive
Google Trends proves it
Source: Google Trends.
When you pay attention to the line and the red arrow – this is the point when
Not long after this event – you can see the insane growth of the term “Isekai” according to Google.
The steep upward trend ever since is undeniable and it’s all thanks to
Sword Art Online played an important role
The HYPE for this
The dark atmosphere, the cold concept of “dying” in real life if you die within a game, and the dangers of that… These are the few elements that pushed
In fact – it’s the reason it went beyond the mainstream and is now synonymous with Isekai.
Since then – we’ve had:
- Season 2.
- Alternative Gungale Online.
Sword Art Online‘s success gave birth to MORE Isekai
- Log Horizon.
- The Devil Is A Part Timer.
- Shield Hero.
- No Game No Life.
All 7 of these
Re:Zero, Konosuba and No Game No Life are the most popular of all 7 series (in general).
The granddaddy of Isekai
But as far as where the Isekai trend will lead to next in 2020 and beyond, who knows.
The popularity is there, so it’s only a matter of time until we see a “new” Isekai blow up to keep the trend moving forward.