Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
You loved Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation so much that you’re now seeking more anime shows like it, am I correct? You are definitely not alone.
If left to your own devices, you’ll probably want to get yourself hit by a truck just to get another experience of isekai goodness. Well, thank heavens you don’t have to, because I’ve got you covered for five more shows.
This article covers five anime that are quite similar to Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation. They’re all fantastic, so you better watch them as soon as possible!
Anime Similar to Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
- Ascendance of a Bookworm
- Kenja no Mago (Wise Man's Grandchild)
- KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World
- Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
- Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil)
1. Ascendance of a Bookworm
There is one anime that should have ascended to prominence when it came out. Unfortunately, it remains to be a hidden gem. Perhaps you haven’t heard about it as well. It's Ascendance of a Bookworm.
When a female librarian who's obsessed with books meets her untimely demise, she fervently wishes to continue reading books in her next life. Then she wakes up in a medieval world as a peasant girl named Myne. Much to her dismay, books are a rare luxury this world. She takes it upon herself to realize her dream of living a life surrounded by books by using her knowledge from her previous life and working hard to overcome the limitations of her frail new body.
As a hidden gem of the isekai genre, it’s sad that Ascendance of a Bookworm is underrated. Its plot is unique, and while the pace may be slow, it's a charming show nonetheless. This show is not groundbreaking, but it has compelling world building, character development, and substance. Just like a good book, it pulls you in as your imagination takes care of the rest, taking you into breathtaking places that you’ve never seen before.
2. Kenja no Mago (Wise Man's Grandchild)
I’m starting to believe that all it takes to get “isekai’d” is to get yourself hit by a truck and die. It is the traditional setup for isekai anime nowadays. Kenja no Mago is no different!
In Kenja no Mago, we have an orphan named Shin who remembers everything from his past life. He was hit by a truck in his previous life, and now he is living in a world where magic exists. He’s even got a doting grandpa to boot!
Thanks to the knowledge he has from his previous life, Shin is capable of refining his magic and combat skills to his advantage. But even though he is incredibly powerful, he still lacks in common sense and social aptitude. This prompts his grandpa to send him to a magic academy where he can learn about the world and how it works.
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It’s probably fair to warn you that Kenja no Mago is not quite a top-tier show. It’s admittedly kind of average. It’s best watched casually for a habitual dose of isekai tropes and some chuckles. Even though the quality of this show is a far cry from that of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, I urge you to not take this one too seriously and watch it for its simplicity. I believe that this show is a true representative of what a bare bones isekai anime is.
3. KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!
It's true that Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation can be a fun watch, but what if I told you there's a similar anime that disregards all seriousness? Well, that show in question is none other than KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!
A hikikomori N.E.E.T. dies a ridiculous death and is sent by a klutzy goddess into an RPG-like world. He can bring any one thing of his choice. Of course, Kazuma chooses to bring the goddess along with him, much to her disbelief and chagrin. But she has no choice. She has to accompany him into the new world and join him on his wacky adventures and zany misadventures. She must help him defeat the demon lord, no matter how crazy his antics are.
KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonder World! is one of the most iconic comedy series to come out in the past few years. I guarantee you that this is one of the funniest shows in the isekai multiverse!
4. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
How does reincarnating into something other than a human sound? Would you mind turning into a slime? Reincarnating as a lowly slime might not appeal to you (or anyone), but save your opinion until after you watch Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken.
In Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken, a middle-aged man unceremoniously gets stabbed and dies, but he finds himself in an odd state that is nothing like death. He wakes up in an unfamiliar world. He senses that something about him has changed. Squish, glob, goop, splat—he’s no longer a human! He has become a slime, but not just any kind of slime. He has reincarnated into a slime that can devour anything and everything. He has limitless growth potential!
Are you paying attention now? Well, after hearing all about the slime stuff, you probably are. Just like how the great slime of Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken devours and absorbs everything, you are about to take in a grand and fantastic adventure like no other!
5. Youjo Senki (The Saga of Tanya the Evil)
Anime shows from the isekai genre are all the rage nowadays. However, only a few of them can actually pull off being serious. A good representative of these few special shows is Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation. Another one is Youjo Senki.
Youjo Senki begins with the “abrupt death in the real world and reincarnation in an alternate world” trope. This time, however, we have a middle-aged man reincarnating as a girl who is born in a world of war and turmoil. As she is forced into this situation by a self-proclaimed God who she patronizingly calls Being X, she makes it her goal to pursue a comfortable new life. She also seeks vengeance on the God that reincarnated her.
She’s cold and calculating. She’s villainous and psychopathic. She’s hell bent on defying and opposing the self-proclaimed God. She’s a little girl who has earned the name “Devil of the Rhine”—she’s Tanya Degurechaff!
Even in the isekai department, there are barely any shows that come close to the ingeniousness of Youjo Senki. There are a few playful moments, but this show is fairly dark and grim. If you want a change of pace and atmosphere with your isekai anime, then this show is for you!