10 Anime Series Like "Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou"
Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou was one of the most hotly-anticipated anime of the summer 2019 season and the biggest new isekai series. It already has a solid fan base, thanks to its English light novel adaptation titled Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest. Here are ten similar anime you can watch while waiting for more episodes of Arifureta.
What Is Isekai?
Literally meaning "different world," isekai is an anime subgenre that revolves around the characters being transported, trapped, or reborn into a parallel universe that is typically a fantasy world with magic.
10 Anime Similar to Arifureta
- Rise of the Shield Hero
- Kenja no Mago
- Re:Zero Kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- God's Blessing on this Beautiful World
- Sword Art Online
- Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
- How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
- In Another World With My Smartphone
- The Irregular at Magic High School
1. "Rise of the Shield Hero"
Like Arifureta, Rise of the Shield Hero focuses on a hero who is granted a fairly useless power. Shield Hero has some dark twists at the very beginning, but it never becomes too grisly and angsty. Fan-favorite Raphtalia is an incredibly cute and likable sidekick, and most of the other female characters have enough depth to make them relatable as well. It's no wonder the light novel series is at 22 volumes as of June 2019!
The current anime adaptation is slated for 25 episodes, but with how popular it is, it's entirely possible it will be renewed for a second season. There's also a manga adaptation as well.
2. "Kenja no Mago"
Other than the crossover Isekai Quartet, Kenja no Mago was the spring 2019 season's biggest isekai anime. It's full of typical isekai and harem tropes, but it somehow manages to deliver them with enough twists and nuance to keep them fresh. The main character has been reincarnated as the grandson of a talented and famous mage, but unfortunately, he didn't seem to inherit any common sense!
Since the series is only slated to be 12 episodes, fans may be left wanting more, but it's worth diving into if its premise appeals to you.
3. "Re:Zero Kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu"
This classic isekai anime is a staple of the genre, and the love triangles in it are surprisingly well-executed, making it accessible to fans who normally stay away from fantasy anime. Its main character is not only sucked into a fantasy world, but also gets trapped in a time loop that ends with him being murdered! This series doesn't get as grisly as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni or other classic horror anime, though. Think of it as an isekai anime with all of the good things about Higurashi, Steins;Gate, and Madoka Magica combined!
Re:Zero has only one season and a handful of spin-off manga so far, but a second season has been confirmed. Hopefully, it will come sooner rather than later!
4. "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime"
TenSura, as it's known for short, has a similar premise to Arifureta because of how its main character gets reincarnated with relatively weak powers. TenSura has some stellar worldbuilding and isn't as heavy on the harem antics as other series on this list, though. It's definitely a series to check out even if you don't normally like isekai anime. Though the main character becomes a little overpowered in the end, the setting and characters are original enough to make this worth a watch.
To make things even better, it has a second season coming sometime in 2020!
5. "God's Blessing on this Beautiful World"
God's Blessing on this Beautiful World, also called KonoSuba, is probably a bit more cheerful than Arifureta. However, it shares the same general isekai adventure premise, with a dash of harem antics to match. The main character is inept without being annoying, and his own lack of powers is brought upon because he picked a cute girl to be his only weapon on his journey! It's a unique enough series to be worth watching, even if most isekai tropes have been overdone.
In addition to having two series, KonoSuba also has a movie that came out in July 2019.
6. "Sword Art Online"
While Sword Art Online's premise is somewhat more generic than Arifureta's, it's well-liked by fans who can appreciate what the series does well. The Alicization sequel is particularly good, thanks to its twists and new characters. Like Arifureta, Sword Art Online has a male protagonist surrounded by cute young women, but each character gets a memorable chance to shine.
In addition to the original SAO anime, there are two sequels, a movie, and the Gun Gale Online spin-off series. With how popular the SAO franchise is, it will probably have plenty more spin-offs and sequels in the future.
7. "Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?"
This hilariously named series, which is nicknamed Danmachi for short, has a blend of harem antics, comedy, and action that have defined the isekai genre. Danmachi also has a lot more heart than some of its contemporaries, and so it manages to avoid just being cheap escapism. Its main character is also a little more well-rounded than most bland protagonists in this genre.
Danmachi also has a second season that started airing July 2019, and since it's been so popular, it'll hopefully have other spin-offs and sequels in the future.
8. "How Not to Summon a Demon Lord"
While this series has ample fanservice and harem cliches, it also transcends those tropes at times to give its female characters some solid character development. It also gives its main character some believable weaknesses and obstacles to overcome. All in all, it manages to be entertaining without being overly shallow. It's a solid choice for folks who actually want action and character development to go with the harem comedy.
At just 12 episodes, How Not to Summon a Demon Lord is short, but it manages to have a surprisingly satisfying ending. It doesn't fall into the trap of drawing out its plot just to sell more merchandise, and that's definitely a good thing, considering the show's premise and plot.
9. "In Another World With My Smartphone"
If you're looking for an isekai anime that focuses heavily on harem romance, this will be right up your alley! This series has almost no action and instead relies on the comedy and romance that made dating sim adaptations popular for the last 15 years. It'll definitely feel like familiar territory to older fans—and hopefully in a good way. The main character is about as generic as they come, but the girls are cute and varied, and they all have some surprisingly deep moments.
Unfortunately, at only 12 episodes, there's not a lot of content to dive into here. It'll make a great weekend marathon watch, though!
10. "The Irregular at Magic High School"
Though not an isekai anime, The Irregular at Magic High School uses tropes that are familiar to isekai fans while also putting a unique spin on its worldbuilding. Instead of just having magic users being secretly hidden away in society, the entire world order revolves around the existence—and training—of people who can use magic. This gives the series an isekai feel without having it actually take place in another world. Though the series is sometimes criticized as being too exposition-heavy, it's a great watch for fans who are tired of weak worldbuilding.
With just a 26-episode TV series and a movie, the animated version of this series leaves some worldbuilding unexplored. However, there's a lot more to find in the light novel series.
© 2019 Ria Fritz