Isekai is the term used to define the genre of anime, manga, games and light novels where the protagonist gets stuck in another world or dimension. Isekai [異世界] means just that, “different world” or “parallel universe”. A Western example of this genre is the famous work Alice in Wonderland of 1865.
Usually the universe or parallel dimension is unknown by the protagonist. There is an immense diversity of worlds, many of these, 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 are released in this style. Let’s then meet some of these anime, from the oldest to the most recent. I will divide into two basic categories, world or parallel dimensions and virtual world.
List of Anime Isekai – WORLD OR PARALLEL DIMENSIONS
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. Because of his answers in this QUIZ, a company calls him for a “service”.
Upon arriving the company he is doped and sending to another reality. In this reality or parallel world there are elves, dwarves, dragons and various mixtures of race. He was sent there with a purposeful, spreading and spreading 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 begins his life from scratch in a different world. One day he is torn from his everyday life and transported to another world, quite different from his own.
But in this world, he gains a certain skill. Every time he dies in this world he comes back from where he left again last time. Only, only he remembers what happened before, already the people around him do not. So until something happens to break this infinite cycle, it will continue in this dilemma.
No game no life
No game no life – 2014 (12 episodes) Here we have a duo of protagonist, Sora and her younger sister named Shiro. The two are great experts in all kinds of games. This leads them to get quite bored and consider the real world as a bad game.
But all this changes after receiving an email, where they were challenged for a game of chess in another world. They beat the challenger and discover that he’s 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 predicted) Iwatani Naofumi is a young otaku who is suddenly invoked 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 regarded as the weakest. This leads him to be betrayed and charged with 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 samurai Toyohisa, who was fighting in a great war of the year 1600. In this battle he is seriously wounded, only before he dies and transported to another world, where ocrs, dwarves, elves, humans and other races live.
Warriors of 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.
Other isekai anime of parallel worlds or dimensions
- 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 in Tsukaima: the relative 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 or 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 at Kamikakushi;
- Dog Days;
- Mondaiji-Tachi Ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?
Isekai – VIRTUAL World anime / DIGITAL
Some claim that anime of the isekai genre may not be anime from virtual worlds. There’s no rule about it. We still separate for a better understanding. Also remembering that an anime is not necessary to pass in the parallel world, just involve elements of parallel worlds.
Digimon -1999 : When I started writing about isekai anime the first I thought was those of the Digimon saga. The story of all the anime in this saga is basically the same, a group of children on Earth will end up in Digi Mundo, a digital world. In this world there is a whole society of distinct creatures.
The protagonists of these stories always join the digimons to stop fighting evil forces, which affect both Digi Mundo and the real world. There are several versions/seasons of this anime, both epic.
Sword art online
Sword art online – 2012 ( season 1 – 25 episodes) In 2022 the VRMMORPG, Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer RPG Online. 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 virtual characters with their minds. Kazuto Kirigaya, known as Kirito, is one of 10,000 players who managed to buy the game.
But something unexpected happens, all players can’t get it out. They are told they can only move if they win the 100 floors of the game. But something worse is announced, death in the game means death in real life. Seeing himself in this desperate situation, Kirito decides to get stronger to get as soon as possible to get out of the game and save everyone.
Log Horizon – 2013 (25 episodes) 30,000 MMORPG players named Elder Tale are transported into the game during the release 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 aim of facing the difficulties of that world and find a way to return to their real life.
Overlord – 2015 (13 episodes-1st season) The protagonist of this story is called Momonga, and he is a player assiduous of a popular online game called Yggdrasil . But soon the game would be closed. So Momonga decides to spend the last few minutes playing him. But even after the game is turned off, it remains logged in.
He realizes that NPCs are much more realistic than normal. Then he realizes that somehow he got stuck inside the game. Not knowing how to get back to the real world, he decides to get stronger and stand out more and more in this new universe.
Other ISEKAI anmes – VIRTUAL MUNDOs
- Accel World – 2012 (24 eps + 2 Ovas);
- Ixion saga DT – 2012 (25 eps);
- .hack//SIGN – 2002 (26 eps);
- Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody – 2018 (12 eps);
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