In terms of new isekai series, Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou was the most eagerly awaited of the summer 2019 season. Because of its English light novel version, Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest, it already has a devoted following. To pass the time while you wait for more episodes of Arifureta, here are some other anime that are worth checking out!
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What Is the Meaning of Isekai in Japanese?
Isekai is a type of anime that deals with characters being transferred, trapped, or reincarnated into a parallel reality that is often a fantasy realm with magical elements.
1. “Rise of the Shield Hero”
Rise of the Shield Hero, like Arifureta, is about a hero who is given a superfluous ability. Shield Hero begins with a few unsettling twists, but it never descends into gore and despair. As a sidekick, Raphtalia is one of the most lovable characters in this series, and most of the female characters have enough depth to be relatable. As of June 2019, the light novel series had 22 volumes.
It’s highly feasible that the current anime adaptation may be resurrected for a second season, given how popular it has become. In addition, there is a manga version of the story.
2. “Kenja no Mago”
Kenja no Mago was the spring 2019 season’s most popular isekai anime, aside from the crossover Isekai Quartet. It’s chock-full of standard isekai and harem cliches, yet it does so with just enough nuance and twists to keep things interesting. Despite being resurrected as the grandson of a great and famous mage, the main character lacks common sense!
Because there are only 12 episodes planned, some fans may be disappointed, but if the show’s premise interests you, it’s well worth a try.
3. “Re:Zero Kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu”
Love triangles are a feature of isekai, and this one is performed exceptionally well, making it appealing to viewers who might otherwise shy away from fantastical fare. Not only is the main character transported into an other reality, but he is also caught in a time loop, which leads to his murder! In comparison to other legendary horror anime like Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, this one doesn’t get quite as gory. Like Higurashi, Steins;Gate, and Madoka Magica all rolled into one? Then this anime is for you!
Although only one season and a few spin-off manga of Re:Zero have been released thus far, a second season has already been confirmed. Hopefully it will arrive sooner rather than later!
4. “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime”
In TenSura, the protagonist is reincarnated with relatively weak powers, which is comparable to the premise of Arifureta. Unlike some of the other series on this list, TenSura focuses less on harem shenanigans and more on worldbuilding. Irrespective of whether or not you’re a fan of isekai anime, this is a show worth checking out. It’s worth watching despite the fact that the protagonist grows a little too powerful at the end.
5. “God’s Blessing on this Beautiful World”
KonoSuba, also known as God’s Blessing on Our Beautiful World, is likely to be more upbeat than Arifureta. Isekai adventure premise and a sprinkle of harem shenanigans, however, are the same. Without being bothersome, the protagonist’s lack of powers is due to the fact that he relies solely on an attractive female companion. Isekai clichés have been done to death, but it’s a unique enough series that it’s still worth watching.
6. “Sword Art Online”
In spite of Sword Art Online’s more formulaic plot, the series is adored by fans who can recognize its strengths. The sequel to Alicization is especially good because of the twists and new people it introduces. Each character in Sword Art Online gets an opportunity to shine, despite the presence of a male protagonist surrounded by attractive young ladies.
SAO has three sequels, a movie, and a Gun Gale Online spin-off series in addition to the original. The SAO franchise will almost certainly have many more spin-offs and sequels in the future, given how successful it is.
7. “Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?”
Known colloquially as Danmachi, this harem antics, comedy, and action serial has come to characterize the isekai subgenre. To avoid being just cheap entertainment, Danmachi also has more heart than some of its contemporaries. Compared to other dull heroes in this genre, the main character is a little more well-rounded.
Danmachi’s second season began airing in July of this year, and given how well it’s doing, there may be more spin-offs and sequels in the works.
8. “How Not to Summon a Demon Lord”
While this series is full with fanservice and harem stereotypes, it also manages to offer its female characters some good character development at certain points. Furthermore, the protagonist has believable shortcomings and hurdles to overcome in the story. While entertaining, it avoids becoming too superficial. If you’re looking for a harem comedy with some action and character development, this is a good option.
Even though How Not to Summon a Demon Lord has only 12 episodes, the show’s conclusion is surprisingly fulfilling. Because of its premise and structure, it doesn’t succumb to the temptation of dragging out its storyline for the sake of boosting sales.
9. “In Another World With My Smartphone”
Isekai fans seeking a show with a strong emphasis on harem romance will enjoy this series. Since dating sim adaptations have been so popular in the last 15 years, there is very little action in this series. Older fans will obviously recognize the setting, but in a nice manner. However, the girls are all adorable and have some really deep moments, making the main character a little boring.
In spite of the fact that there are only 12 episodes, there isn’t a lot of material to explore. But it’s a terrific weekend marathon watch!
10. “The Irregular at Magic High School”
There are elements of The Irregular at Magic High School that will be familiar to fans of the manga and anime series, but the worldbuilding is distinctive to this show, which is not an isekai. The entire global order is based on the existence and training of magic users, rather than magic users being covertly hidden away in society. This gives the anime an isekai feel without the series taking place in another world. Despite some complaints that the series is overly exposition-heavy, it’s a worthwhile viewing for those who are fed up with shoddy worldbuilding.