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Top 10 Isekai Anime


Alex Crilly-Mckean, New world, new dangers. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Isekai Anime. For this list, we’ll be looking at the best examples of the anime subgenre that involves an average joe being transported into a vast fantasy world. Get ready for some fish out of water stories where they’re just many laughs as there are deaths. Keep in mind, we won’t be including any reverse-isekai anime, so sorry to say you won’t be seeing Re:Creators or The Devil is a Part-Timer on here.
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Top 10 Isekai Anime
New world, new dangers. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Isekai Anime.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the best examples of the anime subgenre that involves an average joe being transported into a vast fantasy world. Get ready for some fish out of water stories where they’re just many laughs as there are deaths. Keep in mind, we won’t be including any reverse-isekai anime, so sorry to say you won’t be seeing Re:Creators or The Devil is a Part-Timer on here.

#10: “Gate” (2015-16)

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a modern military took on the might of an empire made of dragons, elves and magic? Well wonder no longer. After the titular gate opens up and invaders attack Tokyo, Japan sends in its task force in order to retaliate and occupy the foreign territory. If you like your characters smart, precise and open to employing a little thing called strategy, then this is the one for you. Don’t get us wrong, you’ll still get to see a dragon taken out by a rocket launcher, but the sensibleness that comes from the soldiers is still a breath of fresh air.

#9: “Sword Art Online” (2012; 2014)

Yes, yes, everyone has their opinion about this anime. What can’t be denied, however, is that its polarizing status has also made it one of the most popular isekai series out there. After finding themselves trapped inside a virtual reality video game, future lovebirds Kirito and Asuna must band together to dungeon crawl their way to freedom, all the while taking down other players, monsters and each other between the sheets. Revelling in the OP’ness of its characters and some admittedly sweet fight scenes, you’d do well to check out this series for yourself before deciding whether its infamy is warranted or not.

#8: “Digimon Adventure” (1999)

Each iteration of this beloved franchise gives us a new band of Digidestined along with their digital partners, but to our mind, there’s no beating the original group of kids who first stepped foot onto the shores of the Digital World. With the power of friendship and some badass Digivolutions, Tai and company have to battle against the forces of darkness in order to protect both of their homes from facing deletion. The action scenes are awesome, the dynamic between the kids is engrossing, and there’s a surprising amount of heart at its core.

#7: “The Saga of Tanya the Evil” (2017)

A Japanese salary-man gets reincarnated as a nine year old girl and forced to fight in a magical war on behalf of pseudo-Germany…because they pissed off God. Welcome to Tanya’s world. The crazy premise doesn’t even begin to quantify just how ridiculous this series is, thankfully for all the right reasons. With a trigger finger that can drop enemy soldiers like flies and the scariest smile ever put to animation, Tanya’s new life as a squadron commander is a bombastic ride for beginning to end. We honestly can’t wait to see where the war takes her next.

#6: “Log Horizon” (2013-15)

Another day, another anime about a guild of players trapped inside a video game. It may be a familiar premise but trust us when we say this one perfects the basics to the point where even the traditional storyline is given new life. With a delightful cast including master enchanter Shiroe at the helm, this series gives you everything you could possible want from a classic fantasy tale…if the protagonists just happened to be veteran MMORPG players. As such, expect to seem plenty of upper-tier spells lighting up the screen.

#5: “Drifters” (2016)

From the beautifully, batshit mind that brought us Hellsing, this unorthodox gorefest sees prominent historical figures brought together by an omnipotent being in order to fight against some of time’s deadliest villains. One moment you’ll see famed swordsman Toyohisa Shimazu slicing through guards to protect a group of elves, and the next you’ll have Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid gunning down all orcs while escaping from a burning city. Oh, and they’re main foe is someone who could potentially be Jesus Christ. You have to experience this incredible insanity for yourself.

#4: “No Game No Life” (2014)

Unable to be apart for a single moment without breaking down, spending every hour of every day owning people at video games, siblings Sora and Shiro really didn’t have that many career prospects going their way. That is, until they find themselves transported to a fantasy world where gaming literally decides everything. With their unparalleled skills, the two soon find themselves leading the remnants of humanity to reclaiming its former glory as its new monarchs. Guess NEETS do have it in them to change the world.

#3: “Overlord” (2015; 2018)

Make no mistake, this isn’t the story of a hero. This is the rise of the most powerful villain in all of creation. After finding himself trapped inside his in-game Avatar, player turned unbeatable undead Ainz Ooal Gown decides to employ his overwhelming power in the best way possible; rule over everything and anything. Watching him employ his unbeatable power and a host of dynamic monster guardians, Ainz’s conquest is beyond the pale of entertaining. He may be far from hateable, but the Ruler of Nazarick would rather see humanity bend the knee to his will than protect the innocent. Yet we still love him for it.

#2: “KonoSuba” (2016-17)

The world is vibrant. The lore is entrancing. It looks like it would be an adventurer’s paradise. At least it would…just so long as you don’t end up joining this particular party. After suffering a less-than dignified death, resident lovable douche Kazuma finds himself being transported to an RPG World, where he soon finds himself embroiled with three ladies who are more hindering than helpful. A goddess who is all but useless. A knight with an extreme masochistic edge. A mage who only knows how to make things blow up. Needless to say, this is the antithesis of your average fantasy anime, and it is bloody hilarious.

#1: “Re;Zero ~Starting Life in Another World~” (2016)

Death may not be the end of everything, but that doesn’t make it any less unpleasant. Stranded in a world with danger literally around every turn, our unfortunate hero Subaru finds himself intrinsically intertwined with the fate of the land and its inhabitants. Just one little problem. Every time he dies, he is brought back in time right to the moment where he first arrived. Spoilers, he dies a lot. While the medley of gruesome deaths aren’t exactly pleasant to witness, seeing Subaru overcome his suffering in order to save his new friends still makes for one hell of a watch. Plus, this show has Rem, what more do you need?
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