The popularity of MMO-themed isekai anime series has grown stale due to their rehashed plotlines. The vast majority of anime based on video games are blatant rip-offs that make no significant changes to the formula. In a year full of isekai anime, shows like Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered But Overly Cautious are a breath of fresh air. As opposed to following the typical fantasy adventure path, Cautious Hero adopts a satirical tone and goes meta.
When the world of Gairbrunde is in danger, the goddess Listarte is tasked with finding a way to save it. She chooses Seiya Ryuuguuin from a list of heroes, and he proves to be surprisingly adept for someone of his level. His high level of expertise is a result of his overly cautious personality. He’s so meticulous that he’ll buy three sets of armor: one for himself, one as a backup, and one just in case the backup needs to be used. He’s that paranoid. To be safe, he even goes all out against a week slime with his full might. Join a Cautious Hero and his goddess companion on their quest.
Cautious Hero is an anime series that plays on the conventions of being an isekai anime by dressing up as one. And that’s not a bad thing, as long as the humor is used sparingly. If you enjoy isekai comedies like the one in Cautious Heror, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few other anime that you might enjoy if you like Cautious Hero. Despite being outclassed, the hero exhibits excessive caution.
01. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!)
On his way to the afterlife, Kazuma Satou encounters the beautiful goddess Aqua after he dies pathetically from a shock. She offers him two options while trying to contain her laughter at Kazuma’s demise. Either he’ll go to heaven or he’ll become an intrepid explorer in a fantastical setting. Any wish he has for his journey in the fantasy world can be granted if he chooses to reincarnate. Because he’s tired of being made fun of, he appoints Aqua as his sidekick.
Upon reflection, it appears he made a grave error. Aqua is a pointless water deity with no influence in human affairs. It’s also difficult to make money while also slaying monsters in the real magical world, which differs from a video game. Keep up with Kazuma and Aqua as they go on an adventure to earn enough money to live.
02. Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu (How Not to Summon a Demon Lord)
Cross Reverie’s top player, Takuma Sakamoto, is known as Demon King Diablo. Nothing can stand in his way because he has the most coveted items in the game and skill levels to match. When it comes to real life, Takuma is just another NEET addicted to video games and spending his days annihilating other players. However, one day while playing, he is teleported to a different dimension by his in-game avatar.
He’s greeted by an elf and a chained catgirl after opening his eyes in a new world. They attempted to enslave Sakamoto using magic, but the spell was thwarted by the rare magic item he possessed. Sakamoto decides to help them after learning the reason for their summoning him, all the while attempting to keep things as amicable as possible.
03. Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
The powerful demon lord Satan sets out to conquer Ente Isla with the assistance of his legions of demons. But Emilia, the hero, stands in his way, and he is forced to flee with the help of his trusted general Alsiel through a dimensional portal. A modern Tokyo where his magic is really weak would have been a disaster for the demon lord.
Powerless Satan assumes the identity of Sadao Maou, a human, and begins working at the local McRonald’s. At work, Satan comes to the realization that he prefers conquering Ente Isla to climbing the corporate ladder. Keep an eye on Satan as he adjusts to his new part-time job and a studio apartment.
04. Outbreak Company
In order to alter his current way of life, otaku Shinichi Kanou applies for a job. He is kidnapped one day and ends up in Eldant Empire, a fantasy land populated by elves, dragons, and dwarves. There, he discovers that the Japanese government has entrusted him with spreading the love of anime and manga throughout this strange new environment.
The Japanese government, as well as the princess of the Eldant Empire, are behind him in this mission. In his quest to promote otaku culture while also overcoming politics and ethnic discrimination, he is joined by a half-elf maid.
05. Ixion Saga DT
While Kon Hokaze is immersed in an MMORPG, a request comes in from a female player. Kon, who is overjoyed at the prospect of finally meeting a woman online, accepts the invitation without hesitation. Upon doing so, however, it takes him to another world, where, thanks to his rotating chair, he accidentally saves a princess.
Eventually, Kon joins the princess’ honor guard as a result of a series of events. He now has the responsibility of defending the princess from a military faction within her own country intent on undoing their arranged marriage. Kon, who has no idea where he is or how he got there, agrees to the job despite his ignorance.
06. Hataage! Kemono Michi (Kemono Michi: Rise Up)
Japanese professional wrestler Shibata Genzo, also known as Animal Mask in the ring as Shibata Genzo, is also a boxer. The world champion is suddenly transported to a fantasy world during his final match, where the princess and royal priest greet him with open arms. The princess explains that she summoned him in order to rid the world of evil beasts and defeat the demon lord once and for all. He rejects her right away and finishes her with a German suplex for the submission.
Genzo adores animals and will not stand for anything cruel that is said about them. He’d always wanted to open a pet store and he’s still determined to do so, even if the animals he sells are vicious demons and demon lords. Genzo rescues Shigure, a wolf girl, and teams up with her in the local guild to track down monsters for his fictitious pet shop.