With the new season of anime releasing soon, let's review how the Isekai genre of anime has performed so far and any big hitters coming in the near future!
What makes a good isekai anime?
Taking ideas from the isekai anime deities, Sword Art Online, Log Horizon and Re;Zero, the best isekai anime all have a serious plot that requires the main character to use their philosophies and ideologies of their previous world to better the world that they are currently living in (in a non-comedic manner).
In this list, you'll see this sense of seriousness yet amazing story line from all of the anime mentioned, with an honorable mention at the bottom too!
Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu
Taking the anime community by storm, this series has been a heavy hitter in 2021 with both seasons coming out and showing us what a TRUE isekai anime is & how it should be translated into an anime!
With a vast setting with all sorts of hidden lore in every episode that ACTUALLY ties back into the story, this series is definitely not one to miss.
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
Following from a very successful season 1, season 2 of Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken pops off with a bang with so many crazy upgrades to Rimuru's civilisation and his journey in creating a place that he can call home!
If you haven't already joined in watching this journey, I cannot recommend watching it enough!
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Being one of the greatest pioneers to push the isekai genre, Re;Zero had a lot to live up to in order to the name that the anime has created. With the mysteries that the first season created, this sequel also had fans wanting to have those questions be answered. And boy did it deliver!!
The second season of Re;Zero brought so many answers yet so many more questions to the fan base and, much like Attack on Titan, we cannot wait to see how this anime unravels as Subaru journeys with Emilia to find the truth!
Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki
Now, I am not going to lie, this is a slow anime that builds up ever so slowly. If you hate this, I advise you to scroll down to the next recommendation. However, if you like empire building like Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken and like a slow but rewarding methdological process in story building, this anime will not disappoint!
A new release in the isekai genre that I am eagerly watching and awaiting the build up created, much like how Black Clover did early on.
Taking inspiration heavily from one of the comedy anime deities, KonoSuba, this anime is a humorous spin-off. Despite taking inspiration, it has become it's own amazing anime and is currently on-going in 2021!
Definitely worth a watch if you're looking for an anime to fill the void after KonoSuba Season 2.
Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
Having a good mix between empire building and crazy power levels that can come with isekai anime Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu has the potential to go far!
Despite this, the anime has been focusing a lot on the ecchi or harem building side of an atypical isekai anime. So take this recommendation with a pinch of salt and have it as a series to watch once all of the above are complete!