In this article we will see a complete list of all isekai anime. We will recommend the best of the genre, we will also mention virtual reality animes, inverse isekai animes, novels, manga and others. Ready to go to another parallel world?
Isekai anime takes place in a universe or parallel dimension that is unknown to the protagonist. There is an immense diversity of worlds, many of which are different from reality. Some are worlds of non-human creatures, while others are virtual worlds.
Today this genre is very popular, and every year anime in this style is released. So let's get to know some of these animes, from the oldest to the most recent. I’ll divide it into two basic categories, parallel world or dimensions and virtual worlds.
What does Isekai mean?
Isekai [異世界] means "different world" or "parallel universe". Isekai is the term used to define the genre of anime, manga, games and light novels where the protagonist is trapped in another world or dimension. A western example of this genre is the famous work Alice in Wonderland of 1865.
Generally the protagonists of this genre are NEET, hikikomori or a gamer, who is transported to a parallel universe after dying, being summoned or finding some kind of portal. In this new world, the protagonist will be able to acquire skills.
Generally isekai anime take place in a fantasy world with magic, elves, monsters, angels, witches or anything that does not exist in our world.
In recent years, the genre has become popular, with the emergence of successful titles such as Re: Zero and KonoSuba. As of 2016, this has generated an unprecedented gigantic amount of anime and light novels with the same kind of history.
Due to giant popularity, a Japanese light novels went so far as to forbid any stories of isekai. There are even subgenres of isekai anime such as:
- isekai ten'i [異世界転移] - Transition to another world;
- isekai tensei [異世界転生] - Reincarnation to another world;
The concept of isekai originates in ancient Japanese literature, particularly in the history of Urashima Tarō, a popular tale widely known in Japan that isekai writers grew up with.
What is the First Anime Isekai?
The first anime and manga titles that can be classified as isekai include Aura Battler Dunbine (1983), Mashin Hero Wataru (1988) NG Knight Ramune & 40 (1990) Fushigi Yûgi (1992) and El-Hazard (1995).
Other 1990s titles identified as isekai include the drama and anime series The Twelve Kingdoms (1992), Magic Knight Rayearth (1993), the visual game of romance YU-NO (1996), the manga and anime series InuYasha (1996).
The anime movie Chihiro's trip (2001) was one of the first isekai anime films known worldwide, although the term was not used. Digimon (1999) and .hack (2002) were among the first to present the concept of isekai as a virtual world.
The Best Isekai Anime - Parallel Dimensions and Worlds
Isekai is a fantasy genre in which a person from Earth is transported, reborn or trapped in a parallel universe or fantasy world. The anime below does not include cases of interception in a video game, but both subgenres are included in the Person in a Strange World tag.
Outbreak Company - 2013 (12 episodes) Our protagonist is called Kanou Shinichi, and he is an otaku fanatic. The anime begins with him doing a QUIZ about anime and manga. Due to his answers in this QUIZ, a company calls him for a “service”.
Upon arriving at the company, he is doped and sent to another reality. In this reality or parallel world there are elves, dwarves, dragons and different mixtures of race. He was sent there with a purpose, to spread and propagate the otaku culture in this world.
Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - 2016 (25 episodes) In this anime we have the protagonist named Natsuki Subaru, who starts his life from scratch in a different world. One day he is pulled out of his daily life and transported to another world, quite different from his own.
But in this world, he gains a certain ability. Every time he dies in this world he goes back to where he left off the last time. Only, only he remembers what happened before, not the people around him. So, until something happens to break this infinite cycle, he will continue in this dilemma.
No game No life
No game No life - 2014 (12 episodes) Here we have a protagonist duo, Sora and her younger sister named Shiro. Both are great experts in all types of games. This leads them to be quite bored and to consider the real world as a bad game.
But all that changes after receiving an email, where they were challenged to a game of chess in another world. They beat the challenger and discover that he is called Ted, the “god” of this world. The brothers are invited to live in this new world, where violence is totally banned and all kinds of problems and conflicts are solved with games.
Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari
Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari 2019 (25 episodes planned) Iwatani Naofumi is a young otaku who is suddenly summoned along with 3 other young people in a parallel world. The four are considered the heroes predestined to save that world from great threats.
Each of them receives a weapon, spear, sword, bow and shield. Naofumi receives the shield, and is soon considered to be the weakest. This leads him to be betrayed and accused of theft by his colleagues. This causes him to be despised and avoided by everyone. So, Naofumi strives to evolve and prove to everyone that they were wrong.
Drifters - 2016 (12 episodes) The anime tells the story of the samurai Toyohisa, who was fighting a great war in the year 1600. In this battle he is seriously injured, only before he died and transported to another world, where ocrs, dwarves, elves, humans and other races live.
Warriors from all ages and worlds are transported to this dimension. These warriors are known as Drifters, each with a different ability to help maintain the balance of this world.
A simple comedy anime that mixes characters from Re: ZERO, Overlord, Konosuba and other isekai anime in a classroom. Although it looks like a generic anime that uses the fame of others, it was quite successful and has already won two seasons.
Other isekai anime from worlds or parallel dimensions
Below we will leave some recommendations from other isekai anime, but at the end of the article you will find a complete list ordered by the most popular and with their year of production. There you will also find films and OVAs.
- Youjo Senki - 2017 (12 eps);
- Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! - 2016 (10 eps);
- Hataraku Maou-sama! - 2013 (13 eps);
- Re: Creators- 2017 (22 eps);
- Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken - 2018 (24 eps);
- Zero no Tsukaima: the familiar of zero - 2006 (13 eps);
- Gate Jieitai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri - 2015 (12 eps);
- Isekai wa smartphone tomo ni;
- Hai To Gensou at Grimgar;
- Knights and Magic;
- Death March;
- Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo at Dorei Majutsu;
- Hyakuren No Haou To Seryaku No Valkyria;
- Blood Lab;
- Mon to Chihiro no Kamikakushi;
- Dog Days;
- Mondaiji-Tachi Ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?
Isekai - Anime of Virtual and Digital Worlds
Some argue that isekai anime cannot be virtual world anime. There is no rule regarding this. Still we separate for better understanding. Also remembering that it is not necessary for an anime to take place in the parallel world, it is enough to involve elements from parallel worlds.
In these anime, the characters are trapped in a video game or in a virtual reality world. It is usually a high stakes game in which players cannot leave until they win the game and, in extreme cases, dying in the game means that they die in real life.
Digimon -1999: When I started writing about isekai animes, the first one I thought of was the Digimon saga. The story of all the anime in this saga is basically the same, a group of children from Earth end up in Digi Mundo, a digital world. In this world there is a whole society of different creatures.
The protagonists of these stories always join the digimon to fight the evil forces, which affect both the Digi World and the real world. There are several versions / seasons of this anime, both epic.
Sword art online
Sword art online - 2012 (1st season - 25 episodes) In 2022 VRMMORPG, Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer RPG Online is launched. With the help of a virtual reality helmet called Nerve Gear, which stimulates the player's five senses through the brain. This allows users to control the virtual characters with their minds. Kazuto Kirigaya, known as Kirito, is one of the 10,000 players who managed to buy the game.
But something unexpected happens, all players are unable to log out. They are told that they can only log out if they win the 100 floors of the game. But something worse is announced, death in the game means death in real life. Finding himself in this desperate situation, Kirito decides to become stronger in order to get out of the game as quickly as possible and save everyone.
Log Horizon - 2013 (25 episodes) 30,000 MMORPG players called Elder Tale are transported into the game during the launch of the 12th expansion pack, with the appearance of their avatars.
Shiroe, the protagonist of this story, joins Akatsuki and Naotsugu. Together, they form a group with the objective of facing the difficulties of that world and finding a way to return to their real life.
Overlord - 2015 (13 episodes-season 1) The protagonist of this story is called Momonga, and he is a frequent player in a popular online game called Yggdrasil. But the game would soon be over. So Momonga decides to spend the last few minutes playing him. But even after the game is turned off, he remains logged in.
He realizes that NPCs are much more realistic than normal. Then he realizes that somehow he got stuck inside the game. Without knowing how to return to the real world, he decides to become stronger and stand out more and more in this new universe.
Other anek isekai - Virtual Worlds
- Accel World - 2012 (24 eps + 2 Roe);
- Ixion saga DT - 2012 (25 eps);
- .hack // SIGN - 2002 (26 eps);
- Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody - 2018 (12 eps);
Below is a complete list of Virtual World Anime in order of most popular with their year of production:
|Virtual World Anime Name||Year|
|Log Horizon 2||2014|
|Overlord: Shikkoku no Senshi||2017|
|Overlord: Fushisha no Ou||2017|
|Sword Art Online||2012|
|How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord||2018|
|Demon Lord, Retry!||2019|
|.hack // SIGN||2002|
|Log Horizon Recap||2013|
|Sword Art Online: Alicization - Recollection||2019|
|Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?||2019|
|Kenja no Deshi wo Nanoru Kenja|
|How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord: Omega||2021|
|Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai||2021|
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Reverse or Reverse Isekai Anime
Unlike typical Isekai titles, where a person from Earth is transported, reborn or trapped in a parallel universe or fantasy world, these anime characters from another world meet on Earth by similar means.
I will not talk much about these animes, but we can quote briefly Hinamatsuri, a very hilarious and obligatory comedy. Re: Creators, a great reversed isekai anime with a incredible soundtrack by Hiroyuki Sawano.
Another very popular Inverted Isekai comedy is Kobayashi Dragon Maid, which has spawned countless memes on the internet. GATE also deserves a little mention. I do not know the rest, but the list is ordered by the most popular:
|Anime Name Inverted Isekai||Year|
|Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid||2017|
|The Devil is a Part-Timer!||2013|
|Restaurant to Another World||2017|
|Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World||2018|
List of Novels and Manga Isekai
First we will share a list of isekai manga that are available for purchase in Brazil through Amazon. Then we will share a list of popular isekai manga according to the ranking of BAD and Anime-Planet.
|Manga Name Isekai||Year|
|The Beginning After the End||2018|
|Who Made Me a Princess||2017|
|Who Made Me a Princess (Novel)||2017|
|That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime||2015|
|Overlord (Light Novel)||2012|
|Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil (Light Novel)||2013|
|Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the Lamp||2017|
|The Boy and The Beast (Light Novel)||2015|
|That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Light Novel)||2014|
|The Legendary Mechanic (Novel)||2017|
|Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint||2020|
|Fuguushoku to Baka ni Saremashita ga, Jissai wa Sorehodo Waruku Arimasen? (Light Novel)||2018|
|Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the Lamp (Novel)||2016|
|Accomplishments of the Duke's Daughter (Light Novel)||2015|
|Trash of the Count's Family (Novel)||2018|
|The Faraway Paladin (Light Novel)||2016|
|Ascendance of a Bookworm (Light Novel)||2015|
|Release that Witch (Novel)||2016|
|The Eminence in Shadow (Light Novel)||2018|
|Ascendance of a Bookworm - Part 3||2018|
|Fushigi Yugi: Byakko Senki||2017|
|Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Light Novel)||2014|
|GATE: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakeri (Light Novel)||2010|
|The Twelve Kingdoms (Light Novel)||1992|
|So I'm a Spider, So What?||2015|
|I Belong to House Castielo||2018|
|So I'm a Spider, So What? (Light Novel)||2015|
|Ai wo Ataeru Kemonotachi||2020|
|Mesmerizing Ghost Doctor (Novel)||2016|
|Ascendance of a Bookworm - Part 2||2018|
|No Game No Life (Light Novel)||2012|
|Survive as the Hero's Wife||2018|
|My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!||2017|
|I'm Only a Stepmother, But My Daughter is Just So Cute! (Novel)||2019|
|KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! (Light Novel)||2013|
|My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Light Novel)||2015|
|The Obsessive Second Male Lead Has Gone Wild||2020|
|By the Grace of the Gods||2017|
|The Boy and The Beast||2015|
|Akuyaku Reijou Level 99: Watashi wa Urabosu Desu ga Maou de wa Arimasen||2020|
|The Twin Siblings' New Life||2020|
|The New Gate||2014|
|Jishou Akuyaku Reijou na Konyakusha no Kansatsu Kiroku||2018|
|Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou desu (Light Novel)||2017|
|Daughter of the Emperor||2015|
|Log Horizon (Light Novel)||2011|
|The Eminence in Shadow||2018|
|Rettoujin no Maken Tsukai: Skill Board wo Kushishite Saikyou ni Itaru||2020|
|Tensei Shitanode Tsugi Koso wa Shiawasena Jinsei wo Tsukande Misemashou (Light Novel)||2015|
|Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (Light Novel)||2014|
|Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil||2016|
|The Rising of the Shield Hero||2014|
|Tilea no Nayamigoto (Light Novel)||2015|
|The Faraway Paladin||2017|
|Maseki Gourmet: Mamono no Chikara wo Tabeta Ore wa Saikyou!||2019|
|Tate no Yuusha no Oshi Nagaki||2019|
|GATE: Where the JSDF Fought||2011|
|Isekai by Cheat Skill wo Te ni Shita Ore wa, Genjitsu Sekai wo mo Musou Suru: Level Up wa Jinsei wo Kaeta (Light Novel)||2018|
|The New Gate (Light Novel)||2013|
|Fukushuu wo Chikatta Shironeko wa Ryuuou no Hiza no Eu de Damin wo Musaboru||2017|
|My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Comic Anthology||2020|
|Rekishi ni Nokoru Akujo ni Naru zo: Akuyaku Reijou ni naru hodo Ouji no Dekiai wa Kasoku suru you desu!||2020|
|Accomplishments of the Duke's Daughter||2015|
|Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear (Light Novel)||2015|
|Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Chapter 3: Truth of Zero||2015|
|Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu||2015|
List with All Isekai Anime
Below we will share a complete list with all Isekai anime, organized in order of popularity, along with their sequences and new seasons and year of production. Hope you like it:
|Anime Name Isekai||Year|
|Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part II||2020|
|That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime||2018|
|Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2||2020|
|The Rising of the Shield Hero||2019|
|No game No life||2014|
|Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-||2016|
|KonoSuba - God's blessing on this wonderful world! two||2017|
|Ascendance of a Bookworm||2019|
|Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil||2017|
|KonoSuba - God's blessing on this wonderful world!||2016|
|Log Horizon 2||2014|
|My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!||2020|
|Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They?||2013|
|Kyo Kara Maoh! 3rd Series||2008|
|Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits||2018|
|Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash||2016|
|The Twelve Kingdoms||2002|
|The Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Twin Moons||2007|
|The Familiar of Zero F||2012|
|Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious||2019|
|The Familiar of Zero: “Rondo” of Princesses||2008|
|Zero at Tsukaima||2006|
|Knight's & Magic||2017|
|The Vision of Escaflowne||1996|
|Kyo Kara Maoh!||2004|
|Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play||1995|
|Wise Man's Grandchild||2019|
|Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World||2018|
|Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest||2019|
|Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody||2018|
|Dog Days ”||2015|
|Those Who Hunt Elves II||1997|
|Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life ?!||2019|
|Magic Knight Rayearth||1994|
|Kemono Michi: Rise Up||2019|
|In Another World With My Smartphone||2017|
|Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu||2004|
|Those Who Hunt Elves||1996|
|El-Hazard: The Alternative World||1998|
|High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World!||2019|
|El-Hazard: The Wanderers||1995|
|Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time - A Tale of the Eight Guardians||2004|
|Ixion Saga: Dimension Transfer||2012|
|The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?||2020|
|Aura Battler Dunbine||1983|
|Arata the Legend||2013|
|Super Dimension Century Orguss||1983|
|The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar||2018|
|The Titan's Bride||2020|
|Isekai Cheat Magician||2019|
|Sengoku Night Blood||2017|
|Final Fantasy: Unlimited||2001|
|Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part III||-|
|The Dungeon of the Black Company||-|
|My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Season 2||2021|
|Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2: Part II||2021|
|Kenja no Deshi wo Nanoru Kenja||-|
|How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom||-|
|How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord: Omega||2021|
|The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime||2021|
|That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2: Part II||2021|
|By the Grace of the Gods||2020|
|Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai||2021|
|That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2||2021|
|Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation||2021|
|Kumo desu ga, Nanika?||2021|
Isekai Film List
|Movie Name Isekai||Year|
|KonoSuba - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Movie: Legend of Crimson||2019|
|The Boy and the Beast||2015|
|Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil Movie||2019|
|Children Who Chase Lost Voices||2011|
|Re: ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Memory Snow||2018|
|The Vision of Escaflowne: The Movie||2000|
|Tobira the Akete (1986)||1986|
Lists of OVAs and Isekai Specials
Now let's share a list of Isekai Specials and OVAs. The order are also one of the most popular:
|Dog Days ”: Limone Resort Tenbou Onsen!||2015|
|Arata the Legend Picture Drama||2013|
|Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest - Prologue||2020|
|KonoSuba - God's blessing on this wonderful world! 2 OVA||2017|
|Ascendance of a Bookworm OVA||2020|
|That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime OVA||2019|
|KonoSuba - God's blessing on this wonderful world! OVA||2016|
|Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They? OVA||2013|
|Kyo Kara Maoh! R||2007|
|El-Hazard: The Magnificent World||1995|
|Fushigi Yugi OVA: Dai Ni Bu||1997|
|El-Hazard: The Magnificent World 2||1997|
|Fushigi Yugi OVA||1996|
|Fushigi Yugi OVA: Eikoden||2001|
|Mahou Shoujo Tai: The Adventure||2007|
|~ Ajisai Yumegatari Harukanaru Toki no Naka ~||2002|
|Wings of Rean||2005|
|Choujikuu Romanesque Samy: Missing 99||1986|
|That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Veldora's Journal||2019|
|Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest - Omnibus: The Great Orcus Labyrinth||2019|
|Xie Wang Zhui Qi||2019|