• Popular subgenre of anime, Isekai, bridges gap between fantasy and real world
  • The protagonist is often transported to another world
  • The shows are available on popular anime streaming platforms

Isekai genre of anime is a great escape into the world of fantasy because the possibilities are endless. The protagonist can reincarnate into anything, take for instance – a slime or the king or queen of a massive kingdom!

There is often a stark shift in the personality of the protagonist as the creators usually change an introvert or a regular office worker into something vastly different.

Here are the 10 best Isekai anime exploring otherworldly adventures.

  • "Sword Art Online" – Considered one of the finest Isekai anime series, "Sword Art Online" revolves around the lives of players of virtual reality MMORPG, who get trapped in a game called "Sword Art Online." They have no choice but to fight the evil forces. The players learn that the only way out is beating the game. Kirito, an extremely powerful swordsman, teams up with his friends inside the game and vows to free all minds stuck in Aincrad.
  • "Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation" – A 34-year-old man, who was a victim of bullying his entire life, attempts to do something heroic but ends up dying in a horrific accident. He wakes up in another world as Rudeus Greyrat and starts his life as a baby with two caring parents. Interestingly, Rudeus is able to preserve his past-life memories and adapt to this new magical world. Baby Rudeus with the mind of a grown adult trains with a mage named Roxy Migurdia and starts his journey.
  • "The Devil Is A Part-Timer!" – Imagine a devil working in a local burger joint. This hilarious anime places a fearsome Demon Lord Satan into a fast-food joint named Mg Ronald's. After escaping from the hero Emilia, Satan is forced to enter a portal and arrive powerless in a world full of humans. Satan takes the form of a human named Sado Maou and works at Mg Ronald's to make ends meet.
  • "That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime" – A regular corporate worker, 37-year-old Satoru Mikami is happy with his mundane life. But, one day, he ends up dead in a random act of violence. While dying, he hears a voice echoing in his mind and he cannot make any sense of it. Satoru wakes up to find himself reincarnated as a slime. However, he is no ordinary slime, he is blessed with intense powers and the ability to unlock more as he journeys in this another world with his allies.
  • "Overlord" Running its fourth season, "Overlord" has turned out to be a fan favorite. It is the final hour of Yggdrasil, a virtual reality game. But Momonga, a legendary wizard and head of the dark guild Ains Ooal Gown, wants to spend some more time before the servers shut down. He is shocked when he sees he is awake despite the servers being inactive. He finds himself in an unusual situation and commands his loyal followers to help find out more about this new world.
  • "Log Horizon" – Like "Sword Art Online," "Log Horizon" has a similar premise but is equally popular among Isekai enthusiasts. Suddenly, 35000 Japanese gamers find themselves inside an MMORPG named "Elder Tale." One of the gamers is a socially awkward college student Shiroe. In this fantasy world, Shiroe decides to learn the ways the world functions and starts negotiating with natives or NPCs. Shiroe strives to bring order to the city of Akihabara.
  • "Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious" – A comedy Isekai series that sees Seiya Ryuuguuin being summoned by goddess Ristarte who wants him to save the world of Gaeabrande from annihilation. The hero is ready but believes in overpreparation. He spends a lot of time training and fighting against weak enemies and Ristarte starts to get annoyed by his attitude. However, his training comes in handy when he faces powerful evil forces who want to take over Gaeabrande.
  • "Ya Boy Kongming!" – A strategist from the Three Kingdoms Period in China reincarnates as Kongming in modern-day Tokyo to become the manager of an up-and-coming singer, Eiko Tsukimi. The story is wholesome and filled with positive vibes as Eiko and her new manager Kongming win venue after venue.
  • "Welcome To Demon School! Iruma-kun" – 14-year-old Iruma Suzuki gets the shock of his life when his irresponsible parents sell him to a demon name Sullivan. Fortunately, Sullivan is a kind-hearted demon who only wants a grandchild. He starts taking care of Iruma and enrolls him into demon school Babyls. However, Iruma is a human being and now he has to hide his true identity.
  • "Re:Zero - Starting Life In Another World" – An absolute classic with a top-notch plot, "Re:Zero," follows the life of Subaru who meets a mysterious girl Satella and a group of bad guys. His life changes when he finds he can reawaken to the same scene again and again.

Most of these shows are available for streaming on Crunchyroll, Hidive, Netflix, and other streaming platforms.

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