this is the list of my favorites isekai... feel free to suggest some others isekai if I'm missing out... this list groups animes with most similarities together...
it's been said that watching isekai anime is like going downward spiral into a rabbit hole of darkness and some depravity ecchi stuff... folks, people are being over dramatic because some isekai are lewd doesn't mean theres any decent isekai that don't rely on lewdness or other hentai stuff... I'm here to demythify that... at least argue against that false premise...
on this list you will find family friendly isekai that are healthy and wholesome...
just to update that for now but if take your time you will find what are marked family friendly isekai that will get you straight out of the world depravity... is not given but yeah just want to let people know that is not completely a dark path... those who went to the dark side did by choice... so do you rather not go to the dark side?
for those insisting that isekai genre is whatever because of repeating classical trope is like arguing that romance genre is bs because you for sure will know that the stuff usually is the lovey dovey and kissing or some whatever tragedy and sadness... every genre is known for its quirks is totally normal, do people really have its expectations in the right place?
my short recommendation if you like Mushoku Tensei meanwhile waiting for the second season then watch:
-The 8th son? Are you kidding me?
this anime should a be good pick...It does share many elements it got the good stuff as expected of nicely done isekai with all its tropes... cough cough a harem...
-Isekai cheat magician
I liked how was explained ideas about magic from this anime perspective but also how and why they could do better magic by some logical explanation similar how Rudeus did to make a cumulous nimbus when he was taught. at the current time of writing this I guess these ideas does applies in many more isekai animes and ideas related to magic in this one also happens in ReZero. but in ReZero guess the viewer already understands the ideas behind the logic of magic and others crazy ideas existing in Isekai genre. after watching this one would be easier to watch ReZero and Seirei Gensuki.
is very bloody is not very advisable if you can't handle gore...this anime helps expand on the goblins topic that was barely covered in Mushoku.
some may wonder why goblin slayer is on the list if the mc isn't reincarnated or teleported to a fantasy world...my answer to this is... to think about it this way, the main difference between an isekai in contrast to a straight forward fantasy, is the Mc origin backstory, so in the end it doesn't even matter whether isekai or non-isekai the fantasy world setting is the same for both... capiche? in simple terms this is being used as reference material...
put it bluntly if we have Rudeus Greyrat and the goblin slayer...the latter have a backstory usually in Japan being hit by truck-kun... this being said the main point is that after watching Eris the goblin slayer FYI the Mushoku Tensei OVA ...I got curious and then... yeah after that you want more goblin slaying action in a longer series...what else?
-Skeleton Knight in Another World
even though this anime is of somebody who suddenly woke up in the game... it seems more of that sub-genre of games world isekai... like the fact this one doesn't have the game interface and pop-up menu that's been seen in these others isekai.
-That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime aka Tensura
I highly recommend it... this anime will share and borrow narrative elements from different isekai I consider it a rich and very elaborate and wholesome anime...
ok... I like this one because it doesn't have a game user interface in which is a good thing ... instead it has the better idea of having an ai voice assistant... the reason behind why I'm recommending skeleton knight and Tensura, I saw it has fast travel and teleportation in which is a big deal of a topic in Mushoku for the future so folks watch more isekai with Teleportation and fast travel really a big deal and is interesting... there's some others anime that has it not mentioned for now maybe later or ahead down below keep an eye peel...
-The Faraway Paladin
some says that this anime did took inspiration in Mushoku Tensei... seems it does it also have its own thing... maybe its cover more on the Paladin sides of things, truly is really well done in that sense I did enjoy the concept of paladin that's not very often seen in the genre, as we know mostly the protagonist usually is a mage... the paladin thing did blew my mind what is the middle ground between an mage and a warrior .... ta-da! a Paladin...
basically these are the recommended watch order just to be a more enriching experience on isekai that got ideas that are more elaborate in different story... people complain that isekai are generic but I think is an evolution so it may happen that some ideas are repeated but we can see that it works better than other I think that Mushoku Tensei was able to wrap a lot of ideas pretty well some others too, so I consider it a masterpiece...
if you are looking for something similar to the Shield hero...a Hero Merchant Mc with a lot of ladies' companions, then I recommend watching:
1-Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
yeah, as I this one does follow our Shield Hero foots, going around with a lot of ladies in a cart like any proper gentleman... seriously my role model!
another of our fellow Shield Hero friend Bought a slave to fight too... Nice!
some trends and ideas in the isekai animes has been argue that summoner is the strongest form of a mage because they rely on the spirit as a source of power, that's why suddenly summoner concept is becoming more common and more animes are working around on that idea.
summoning abilities is something that the top names isekai use it is a very a powerful spell...
3-Parallel World Pharmacy
this anime shares some similarities between Shield hero and seijo... what they have in common is the healing and crafting potion abilities...
4-The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent
this anime shares similar vibe introduction both were summoned from a ritual to fight some calamity ...and was treated poorly upon arrival ... but Naofumi had it rougher in comparison...
5- Seirei Gensuki
Our protagonist in this anime is pretty Op and also follows Shield Heros footstep to have demi human slave companion with nightmares during night sleeps... does it sound familiar?
6-Meikyuu Black Company
both mc are the boss... does business in a shady way, both have an Op female bodyguard that are always hungry...
7- Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World
in this anime the Mc bought a slave too... the same way Naofumi did, certainly but the main difference is that this anime went much much further than Shield Hero...
8-I'm Standing on a Million Lives
on this anime the mc has similar restriction on weapon that can be equipped by the hero following certain rules...
- Log Horizon is an recommend anime to watch at some point in time because is like the grandfather to some recent isekai anime. if you enjoy anime related to be isekai in a mmorpg game world.
***if you are looking for anime similar to konosuba in the premise of non-handsome Mc
you may watch...
1- isekai ojisan
2- Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy-
***Guide to watch for people with busy schedule
Considering time is limited the usual must watch based on people recommendations,
is to start out with Mushoku Tensei, then go for Tensura and lastly Shield Hero...if you were able to chew on these 3... after that it should be easy to look for the next thing to watch... this list center around those 3 primary top tier isekai... you may notice that whats up and below share the most similarities between them...
the pasture is greener in the dark side.... sooo you my puritan friend... is corruption enticing? are you avoiding the so-called dark side, or do you only watch family friendly isekai?
Shousetsuka ni Narou, “Let’s become a novelist!”, is Japan's novel publishing website where anyone can publish and read novels free of charge. These animes are the anime of Shousetsuka ni Narou origin, in which some of them are popular series.
Part 1 is here -> https://myanimelist.net/stacks/5026
Part 3 is here -> https://myanimelist.net/stacks/5032
Just some isekai to waste your time with sometimes. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t watch isekai to be disappointed sometimes with the overused trope of "Trashy/Normal MC > Reincarnates Into OP MC > Beats Up All Enemies." However, despite what I've said, there are some decent isekai you could check out.
3 Opening most views for each Season on YT Music & Spotify
Fuyu(冬)/Winter: SnK S4 part2 | KnY S2 | Tensai Ouji
Haru(春)/Spring: Spy x Family | Shikimori | Gaikotsu kishi
Natsu(夏)/Summer: Youjitsu S2 | Yofukashi | Kuro no Shoukanshi
Main character is either OP from the get go or becomes OP as the series progresses (Will mention if it's the latter)
1. If I don't like it, I'll mention it with an "X"
2. No animes where MC is OP but we don't get enough action (EX: I've been killing slimes for 300 years and Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?)