Hajime Nagumo, a seventeen-year-old otaku, is a prototypical nerd. His routine of staying up late and sleeping in class is unexpectedly shattered when he and his classmates are transported to a fantastical realm. They are hailed as heroes and tasked with preventing the end of humanity.
Hajime’s horror quickly becomes the wet dream of any otaku. Although the other class members have godlike abilities, Hajime is limited to a single transmutation talent in his chosen profession, Synergist. He is teased and picked on by his peers because they perceive him to be weak, and he eventually falls into a deep depression.
10 Anime Series Like “Arifureta
1. Rise of the Shield Hero
Rise of the Shield Hero, like Arifureta, follows a hero endowed with somewhat little ability. A few unexpected turns occur early in Shield Hero, but the tone is never dark or tense. Most female characters have enough depth to be approachable, and fan favorite Raphtalia is an exceedingly cute and likable sidekick.
It’s no surprise that, as of June 2019, there have been 22 installments in the light novel series. The current anime adaptation is set to run for 25 episodes, but a second season is certainly possible, given its success. Manga is also an option for fans.
2. Kenja no Mago
If you want to know which isekai anime was the most popular during the spring of 2019, go no further than Kenja no Mago, the season’s second most popular show behind the crossover Isekai Quartet. Even though it features many standard elements of isekai and harem stories, it presents them in a new and exciting way.
The protagonist is the grandson of a famous and skilled mage, but he seems to have inherited neither the family name nor any sense of decency. Fans may be left wanting more after only 12 episodes, but the show is still worth checking out if you’re interested in the subject.
3. Re:Zero Kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu
As a mainstay of the isekai subgenre, this anime’s love triangles are unexpectedly well-executed, bringing in viewers who might otherwise avoid fantasy anime. The protagonist is not only drawn into a fantastical realm but also into a temporal loop that ultimately leads to his death. This show isn’t as gory as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni or some of the other famous horror anime.
Imagine a combination of the best parts of Higurashi, Steins, Gate, and Madoka Magica, and you have this isekai anime. Though only one season and a few spin-off mangas have been released thus far, the second season of Re: Zero has been confirmed. A sooner rather than later arrival is desired.
4. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
A series of Japanese fantasy light novels written by Fuse and illustrated by Mitz Vah, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Japanese: Hepburn: Tensei Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken) is also known as Regarding Reincarnated to Slime and short name TenSura.
The protagonist of TenSura (or TenSura for short) is resurrected with diminished abilities, much like the protagonist of Arifureta. While other series on this list focuses more on harem shenanigans, TenSura stands out thanks to its excellent world-building. You should see this one even if you aren’t a fan of isekai shows.
The setting and characters are interesting enough to make this watchable, even if the main character gets overwhelmed by the end. In addition, season two is scheduled for 2020.
5. God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World
Perhaps a little more upbeat than Arifureta is God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World, commonly known as KonoSuba. However, the basic isekai adventure premise is the same, and there’s even some harem comedy to boot. The protagonist is clumsy without grating, and his lack of abilities is his fault for relying on a pretty woman as his only weapon. Even though many of the standard cliches of the isekai genre have been exhausted, this is nonetheless a compelling series. KonoSuba features two shows and a movie that premiered in July of this year.
6. Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online has a more formulaic premise than Arifureta, yet it is nevertheless well-liked by viewers who recognize the show for its strengths. The plot twists and new characters in the Alicization sequel elevate the quality of the story. Sword Art Online has a similar formula to Arifureta, with a male protagonist surrounded by attractive young women, but here every one of them gets a memorable moment to shine.
There are also two sequels to the original SAO anime, a film, and a spin-off series called Gun Gale Online. Because of how well-liked the SAO series is, we may expect to see many more entries in the series, both as spin-offs and as sequels.
7. Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Danmachi is a short form for the comic series that has the distinctive blend of harem shenanigans, comedy, and action that has come to define the isekai genre. Danmachi also avoids being nothing more than cheap escapism because it has much more heart than some competitors.
The protagonist is also more three-dimensional than the usual fare for works of this type. The second season of Danmachi began airing in July 2019, and the show’s success should lead to other sequels and spin-offs.
8. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
The King of Darkness: How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, The Japanese light book series Another World Story: Slave Magic (Isekai Ma to Shkan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu, literally “The Demon Lord and the Summoning Girl’s Slave Magic”) was written by Yukiya Murasaki and illustrated by Takahiro Tsurusaki. J-Novel Club is responsible for the English translation of light novels.
Despite the show’s abundance of fanservice and harem cliches, the female characters are sometimes given depth beyond the stereotypes. Moreover, it provides a believable main character with flaws and challenges. As a whole, it’s fun to watch without being shallow. This is a good option for those looking for some action and depth in their harem comedies.
The 12-episode How Not to Summon a Demon Lord is brief but delivers a conclusion that stays true to its promise. Given the nature of the show’s premise and plot, it is highly commendable to avoid the common pitfall of dragging out its story to sell more stuff.
9. In Another World With My Smartphone
Patora Fuyuhara and Eiji Usatsuka collaborated on the Japanese light novel series In Another World With My Smartphone (Isekai wa Sumtofon to Tomo ni). Before Hobby Japan obtained the rights to publish the print edition as a light novel, it was serialized online beginning in 2013 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shsetsuka ni Nar.
That’s right, harem romance fans, this is the isekai anime for you! There is almost any action in this show, which instead leans on the same comedic and romantic elements that have made dating sim adaptations so successful over the past 15 years. This will be a welcome return to (hopefully) familiar land for longtime followers.
While the main character is highly generic, the supporting cast of female characters is charming and dynamic, and they all have surprising depth. Sadly, there aren’t many episodes to explore (just 12). Yet, it will make for a substantial weekend-long binge.
10. The Irregular at Magic High School
The Irregular at Magic High School isn’t technically an isekai anime, but it does use some of the conventions of the genre while also adding its distinct touch on worldbuilding. The existence of magic users and how they are developed are central to the established order of things, rather than merely being a secret group kept at bay.
The result is an isekai vibe without needing a different setting. However, viewers who are sick of stories with flimsy world-building should give this show a shot. The 26-episode TV series and the movie adaptation of this property leave some world-building questions unanswered. But the light book series has a lot more to offer.
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