Best Isekai Animes 2021: Top 10 Greatest Isekai Animes to Watch This Year
Here's a list of top 10 greatest Isekai Anime.
Isekai Animes have witnessed a tremendous content boom over time. For the unversed, Isekai is a genre of fantasy anime in which characters travel from one world to another. Isekai Anime will make you feel like you are in a magical realm of fantasy or terror while sometimes it happens vice versa.
There are multiple Isekai Animes such as Sword Art Online and Log Horizon that take place in virtual worlds of MMORPGs, while others feature real worlds with real people living in them. If you are looking for the list of best and top Isekai Anime to take you from one world to another, these will surely help you out.
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Top 10 Best Isekai Animes – (January 2021)
1. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Tensei Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken is one of the best and recent Isekai Animes. The story begins when a middle-aged man Satoru Mikami gets stabbed in a broad daylight but he reincarnated into another as a Slime.
He gets a new name, Rimuru Tempest. He is not just a common slime. He has an ability to absorb new skills from his environment and from his foes which give him an array of abilities. Instead of using his powers to inflict harm, he decides to build the community and help others.
2. Sword Art Online SAO
Sword Art Online is arguably one of the best-selling Isekai Animes of all time. The series focuses on a protagonist named Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki as they play through virtual reality MMORPG worlds.
Sword Art Online received an overwhelming response from the audience with 20 million copies sold globally.
3. RE: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Re: Zero − Starting Life in Another World aka Hepburn: Ri: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu is a Japanese light novel series written by Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrated by Shin’ichirō Ōtsuka. The story focuses on Subaru Natsuki, a hikikomori who suddenly realizes that he has been transported to another world with an ability to come back to life if he dies.
He soon befriends a silver-haired half-elf girl named Satella and companion Puck. Satella informs Subaru that is it Felt who stole her Insignia. Both Subaru and Satella get mysteriously killed. Will Satella ever get her Insignia back?
When Momonga’s favorite MMORPG named Yggdrasil was supposed to go offline, he decides to wait till the last moment and stay logged in for as long as he can. But when the video game was supposed to close but it does not.
Realizing that game has not vanished yet, it appears as if YGGDRASIL has been recreated as its own reality along with its various NPCs having been brought to life.
5. Log Horizon
Long Horizon showcases what happens when tons of people get trapped in a fantasy MMOPRG called Elder Tale. This Isekai Anime has an ensemble cast of interesting characters with varying magical abilities.
In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer named Shiroe along with his friends named Naotsugu and Akatsuki decided to collaborate so that they may face this world, which unfortunately has now become their reality, along with the challenges and obstacles ahead of them.
6. No Game No Life
No Game No Life is undoubtedly one of the best Isekami Animes. The siblings Sora and Shiro are amazing gamers but they lack the skills to accomplish anything meaningful in their current world. They are taken to a world where every battle of the fight is decided by a game and that’s the reason why no one can defeat them.
7. Gate Jieitai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
GATE is a two-way Isekai. This anime explores the protagonist Youji Itami, a member of the Japan Self Defence Forces, who is sent to explore a new world. Their only aim in sending Itami to the new realm is to broker peace, if their intention fails, they could trigger the biggest war that either world has ever witnessed.
8. The Rising of the Shield Hero
This might be a typical Isekai Anime, where Naofumi Iwatami was transported with three other men to the world of Melromarc to fulfill a mission. His only aim is to destroy the Waves of Catastrophe that are creating havoc on the world.
Unfortunately for Naofumi, he’s the Shield Hero, which means that he’s looked down on from the start. Sadly, the one person who appears to be a friend of Naofumi betrays him and destroys his reputation, which forces him to complete his mission alone if he ever wants to see his home again.
9. Isekai Wa Smartphone To Mo Ni: In Another World with my Smartphone
The story of this Isekai Anime revolves around Fifteen-year-old Touya Mochizuki, who is accidentally killed by God. Apologizing for his sudden demise, God allows him to be resurrected, but since he cannot send him back to his old world, he instead reincarnates him into a fantasy world along with a single special request.
Tousya requests to bring his smartphone back to this new world. He might be given his smartphone but he is unable to contact people from his old world with it. Soon he makes a lot of friends and begins traveling from one country to another solving political disputes, minor quests, and nonchalantly enjoying himself with his newfound allies.
10. Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
This is one of the most recent Isekai Anime on the list. The story follows high-schooler Hajime Nagumo, a boy who is bullied by his classmates for his relationship with the class idol, Kaori. When he along with the rest of the classmates is summoned to a fantasy world, all of his classmates get powerful magical abilities, while Hajime is given basic alchemical magic to transmute solid materials.
During a dungeon raid, one of his classmates drops him to the bottom of the dungeons. Fortunately, he manages to escape safely and becomes stronger than ever before. On his journey, he gets to meet with the imprisoned vampire Yue, and later is joined by the bunny-eared Shea, the perverted dragon Tio, and others.
11. Ascendance of a Bookworm
The story follows Urano Mototsu, a book-loving post-secondary student and soon-to-be librarian who ends up crushed to death beneath a pile of books during an earthquake. She is now Maine, the sickly five-year-old daughter of a poor soldier. To make things worse, the world she’s been reborn in has a very low literacy rate and books mostly don’t exist. Her love for reading sets her off on a new adventure of making paper and obtaining books.
12. The Misfit of Demon King Academy
After 2000 years have passed, the ruthless demon lord reincarnates into the body of his descendant hoping to find an era where he can have some peace. However, what awaited him after his reincarnation is a world too used to peace that his descendants became too weak due to a huge weakening in magical powers. After seeing this devastating state he sets on to make his descendants know about his return.
These are the top 10 best Isekai Animes of all time. The list was updated on January 1, 2021, we will keep it updating every week.