The Japanese term Isekai refers to the transportation of a person from one world to another world or realm. It can take place either after the death of a character or during a certain phase in their life.
For the past two decades, animations are largely being crafted around this particular theme. And with each production, Isekai anime is growing massively in popularity among fans. Let’s discuss some of the best-animated series in this genre.
The 10 Most Popular Isekai Anime Of All Time
That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
‘The Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime’ is a 2018 Isekai anime series. The plot narrates the difficult and adventurous journey of a former office worker Mikami Satoru who is murdered by an assassin. Following his death, he finds himself reincarnated in a world where he is a blob of slime. The storyline is interesting to follow as it portrays an underlying message of promoting peace among all creatures on the planet wrapped in the adventurous trials and errors of Satoru who is trying to fit into his new life.
No Game No Life
‘No Game No Life’ is a popular 2014 animated series that follows the journey of two step-siblings – Shiro and Sora who in the human world are competitive online gamers. With the advancement of the plot, the siblings are transported into the realm of games where everything is under the control of games. Will they be able to survive in such a foreign land? The best part about the series is the anticipation it builds in the viewers to see the outcome of it all and the developing bond between the two siblings.
Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World
‘Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World’ is a 2016 Japanese animation series. It revolves around the protagonist Subaru who is suddenly transported from the human world to a different realm. There he joins hands with an elf called Satella and fights evil forces, bandits, and more to learn only that everything about Satella was a lie. Will he be able to uncover the truth about his transportation? It is a noteworthy anime due to the on-point visuals, character developments, and various adventurous action scenes.
‘Overlord’ is a 2015 Isekai anime series. It narrates how an online role-playing game becomes a reality for its sole player Suzuki Satoru. The twist of it all is that the protagonist is a villain character in the world of the game and therefore, has to navigate his journey with the identity of a malicious skeleton-like wizard to escape the gaming world. It is an interesting anime as viewers are torn between the development of the plot as good and bad personas of Suzuki in the two distinct realms.
‘Log Horizon’ is a notable 2013 animated series. It narrates how 30 thousand gamers along with the protagonist Shiroe get transported into the realm of an online game. To return to the human world, the players have to compete in various tough tasks and survive till the last level of the game. It is a nerve-wracking and anticipatory series that keeps the audience at the edge of their seat to learn the fate of Shiroe with the advancement of the plot.
The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated In Another World As An Aristocrat
‘The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated In Another World As An Aristocrat’ is a 2019 Japanese animation series. The protagonist of the series is a famous assassin who gets murdered as a result of betrayal. He is then reincarnated after his death into an aristocratic family in a different world. His creator has assigned him the task of assassinating the hero of the new world in which he is reincarnated. The condition implied by the creator makes the storyline even more fun and attention-grabbing along with splendid visuals and characters.
The Saga Of Tanya The Evil
‘The Saga Of Tanya The Evil’ is a 2017 Isekai anime series. It brings to life the story of a common man who after his death gets reincarnated as a 9-year-old girl called Tanya during World War I. However, this realm is different from his previous abode since magic is a reality in this world. Tanya is an ambitious being who is on a mission to create her own massive empire. It is a must-watch anime of the Isekai genre because of the cross-gender elements involved. Watching a man evolve into a female body is quite unusual and rare in animations.
Ascendance Of A Bookworm
‘Ascendance Of A Bookworm’ is a heartwarming 2019 Japanese animation for all those book lovers out there. The plot narrates the journey of a student who gets killed in a library due to an earthquake and is reincarnated into a body of a young girl called Myne at a different time. It is an era where books are luxurious liberties and scarcely found. Myne has always been an avid reader and book lover. Therefore, she sets out on a journey to create and even write books that are easily available to everyone. This anime is a soul-soothing treat for a viewer.
How Not To Summon A Demon Lord
‘How Not To Summon A Demon Lord’ is notable 2018 animated series that narrates the story of a teenage boy called Sakamoto. He is a skilled and master gamer who gets transported inside the world of a game. The viewers embark on a journey along with Sakamoto to find a way to adjust to his new life and eventually return to his old one if possible. It is a must-watch eye candy for all the gamers out there.
The Vision Of Escaflowne
‘The Vision Of Escaflowne’ is a beloved 1996 Japanese anime that is considered to be one of the oldest Isekai animations. Hitomi has an uncanny talent for predicting the future and it was her prediction that summoned a man called Van into her world. Van and Hitomi are then transported into an unknown land where Van is a prince. With the help of Hitomi, Van fights against dark forces to defend his kingdom. It is an underrated animation that for sure deserves much more attention and love.
These were the best 10 anime series that encompass the Isekai genre.