I am pretty sure that you know what isekai anime is because you are looking for recommendations of the best titles to watch. However, for those who are still confused with the term, “isekai” basically means getting transported to another world, virtual reality or other dimensions. There are several anime titles where the characters are plucked from their everyday lives and transported into completely different worlds where they have to show extreme adaptability and try to find a way back into the real world, back to their homes.
Over the years, the isekai trope has become extremely popular as you can find tons of titles already available for you to watch. And it won’t be a stretch to say that there will be a lot more titles released in the future within the genre. You might argue that most of the isekai anime follow a clichéd story, offering a fairly simple plot device; but the trope is still an entertaining one to watch provided that the story’s handled well. Since there are tons of titles out there, we’ve made it easy for you by picking the best anime titles in the isekai genre that you can watch, and not feel that it’s all the same! So, let’s begin with the list:
The Best Isekai Anime to Watch!
12. Restaurant to Another World
Let’s begin out list with a slice of life anime where people don’t get trapped on another world! Restaurant to Another World, or Isekai Shokudou, focuses on a western restaurant named Nekoya which has been in business for over 50 years. The restaurant serves all sorts of customers, mostly the salarymen from nearby offices; but there’s a secret about this restaurant that nobody, not even the most faithful customers, has any idea about!
The restaurant is always closed on Saturdays, that is for the regular customers; because on this day, the doors are opened to customers from other worlds. The chef, only known as Master, serves exotic dishes to the elves, fairies, dragons, mages and other beings from alien worlds and keep them coming back for more every Saturday.
11. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
What happens when you wake up in a strange new world with no memories, but your name and the feelings of fear and survival resonating from within you. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash is one of the isekai anime that deals with this plot, and does so quite beautifully.
When a group of strangers are thrown into a foreign land, they have the choice of accepting the job in the Reserve Army and eliminate anything that may pose a threat to the peace of the new world. However, when the stronger people of the group join forces, the rest of them are forced to band together as well and start exploring this new world and find out what it has to offer!
10. GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There!
Youji Itami, an off-duty Japan Self Defense Forces officer, is on his way to a convention when a mysterious portal, in the shape of a gate, suddenly appears. Supernatural creatures and medieval warriors appear from this gate and go on a rampage, killing everything on sight. Youji is able act swiftly and saves as many lives as he can.
However, months after the incident and the appearance of the “gate”, Youji is tasked with leading a special recon team to travel to the other side of the gate, into the new world, and find out more about it and befriend the locals who stay there in the hopes of establishing friendly ties with them. However, the consequences will be dire if they fail to do so!
In this awesome isekai anime, the humans are creators who are responsible of creating countless worlds, each born from the unique imagination of the creators. Souta Mizushino, a high school student, aspires to be one such creator and hopes of writing his own light novel one day. He watches anime for inspiration; but one day he’s briefly transported into a fight scene and when he’s back in his world, he realizes that the anime’s heroine has come with him to the real world as well.
However, that’s not the end, as more and more fictional characters keep appearing in the real world and crowd the streets of Japan. However, one mystery women, clad in full military regalia and dubbed as “Gunpuku no Himegimi”, who knows far more about the real world then she should be knowing also appears. Souta, along with other characters, start investigating the meaning behind these unnatural events and how it will affect the creators and the worlds they have created.
Drifters is one of the best isekai anime that I have ever watched, and everyone who loves this genre should watch it as well. The action, the amazing animation, and the unconventional story line all make it a worth-watching title.
The show begins with Toyohisa Shimazu as he gets critically wounded in the battlefield; however he soon finds himself transported to a gleaming white hallways with hundreds of doors on either side. He is soon pulled in one of the doors, and end up on an alien land. There he finds the infamous warlord, Oda Nobunaga and the ancient archer, Yoichi Suketaka Nasu and befriends them and learns that they have been summoned as “Drifters” in this new world in order to fight against the “Ends” who have created a powerful empire and are executing not only the Drifters but are also persecuting the Elves and other demihumans who reside in this strange, new world.
7. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World
This anime doesn’t just belong to the isekai genre, because you can add it to the parody and comedy genre as well. The anime focuses on Satou Kazuma, a high school student, who after dying a pathetic death finds himself in front of a beautiful goddess named Aqua who gives him two options – ascend to heaven or reincarnate in a real fantasy world.
Kazuma chooses to begin his life anew in a new world, and when he learns that he can choose one thing to accompany him on his journey, he chooses Aqua and soon learns that this beautiful goddess is, in fact, absolutely useless. Moreover, his troubles don’t end there as the duo need to work to pay off their living expenses, something he never imagined would happen in a fantasy world, and is also tasked with defeating the Demon King who’s been terrorizing the villagers.
6. The Devil is a Part Timer
Any story with the Demon Lord Satan as the protagonist is bound to be filled with action and a lot of tense moments, but not in this case as this one belongs to the comedy genre more than the action one! In The Devil is a Part Timer, Satan along with his demonic forces embarks on a quest to conquer the land of Ente Isla. However, his plans are foiled by the hero Emilia and he is forced to make a swift retreat through a dimensional portal that transports him to the human world.
The all-powerful Satan finds himself in the human world, a world with no magic, and assumes the identity of Sadao Maou and begins working at a local fast-food joint to make ends meet. However, his ambitions of conquering the world hasn’t changed, only the location, as he now plans to climb the corporate ladder and become the ruler of Earth, by satisfying one customer’s needs at a time!
Overlord is another take on the story of Sword Art Online, the trapped in a virtual reality game genre; however there’s no trapping involved here as staying with consent. The story focuses on a virtual reality game called Yggdrasil who’s about to be shut down and the final hours have come. Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend the last few moments within the game.
However, as the time for the game to shut down has already passed, he is still fully conscious and all the non-playing characters in the game seem to have developed personalities of their own. He gathers his loyal servants and starts investigating this strange new situation, hoping to find others in the same predicament as he is, and also planning on making this new world his empire.
4. Sword Art Online
The most popular isekai anime of all time, Sword Art Online, is a title that you’d have absolutely heard of! The story takes place in the year 2022 where virtual reality has made tremendous progress. A new technology has come up, known as NerveGear, and it allows users to control their avatars in the virtual world with just their thoughts.
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Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed Kirito, is among the lucky few who gets to enter the new virtual reality game called “Sword Art Online” only to find out that there’s no log out option and they are all trapped in the game. The only way to escape the game and get back to the real world is to complete all the levels and defeat the final boss. However, stakes are high in this new world because if the players die here, then they die in real life too!
3. Re:ZERO – Starting Life in Another World
When Subaru Natsuki is done with his shopping, he is unexpectedly transported into a fantasy world, where he is soon confronted by a band of thugs and beaten to a pulp. He’s saved by a kind-hearted girl named Satella who’s in pursuit of the one who stole her insignia. To thank her for saving him, he offers his help in locating her insignia. They find the stolen items and the person they were seeking, but both of them are killed just moments later.
However, Subaru soon wakes up to a familiar scene as he is confronted by the same pair of thugs, getting saved by Satella and every event happening again. This isn’t one of the light-hearted isekai anime because the main lead keeps experiencing his death again and again, which changes his personality and thought-process throughout the show, making it one of the titles that are totally worth your time!
2. Log Horizon
The story of Log Horizon begins with around thirty thousands Japanese teenagers being transported from their daily lives to the world of the popular MMORPG, Elder’s Tale, after it’s latest update and find out that they are unable to log out of the game. One of the teenagers is a college student, Shiroe, who after the initial shock, sets out to explore this new reality as he is one of the veterans of the game.
He is soon joined by other players, among whom is an unfortunate friend who logs in to the game after years only to find himself trapped. He takes command of leading these players, and interacts with the non-playing characters, in order to find out the reality of the situation and survive in this new fantasy world.
1. No Game No Life
No Game No Life is not just one of the best isekai anime to watch, but also dabbles in the ecchi genre. The show focuses on a brother-sister duo, Sora and Shiro, who are an online gamer duo behind the username “Blank”. However, after receiving an email that challenges them to an online chess match, they are transported to another world where they meet the God of Games, Tet.
Faced with this strange new world, where everything is controlled and all the conflicts are resolved by high-stake games, the duo finds new purpose, a sense of belonging and a real reason to keep playing games. The duo then decides to unite the sixteen races of Disboard, this new world of games, defeat Tet and become the gods of this new world themselves.
Which is Your Favorite Isekai Anime?
These, according to us, are the best anime titles following the isekai trope and the ones that we absolutely recommend everyone to watch. If you were looking for recommendations, then you’ve now got them. So go ahead and watch these shows and let us know if you enjoyed them via the comments section below.
However, if you feel that we missed out some of the really good titles, as chances of that are quite high considering all the shows in the genre, then please do let us know. Your comments may highlight some new titles that we may have been completely oblivious to at the time of writing this article, and we’d definitely update the list in the future with new isekai anime as needed!