Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
You must be so entranced by Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation that you’re now seeking more anime shows like it, am I correct? Don’t even try to hide it because it shows!
If left to your own devices, you’ll probably want to get yourself hit by a truck just to get another experience of real “isekai” goodness. Well, thank heavens you don’t have to, because I’ve got you covered for five more shows.
This collection covers five anime that are quite similar to Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation. They’re all fantastic, in my opinion, 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 I surmise should have ascended to prominence when it came out rather than just remained a hidden gem. Perhaps you haven’t heard about it as well, but it goes by the title—Ascendance of a Bookworm.
When a female librarian who's obsessed with books meets her untimely demise, she fervently wishes of being able to continue reading books in her next life. Then she wakes up in the little body of a peasant girl named Myne in a world that is novel yet also primeval. Much to her dismay, books don’t seem to be a "thing" yet in this world. And thus, she takes it upon herself to realize her dream of living a life surrounded by book by using her knowledge from her previous life and working hard despite her frail new body.
As a hidden gem of the isekai anime repository, it’s a sad truth that Ascendance of a Bookworm is irreverently underrated. Its plot is unique, and it is also slow-paced, but it's a charming show nonetheless. This show is nothing too fancy, but it has compelling world-building, character development, and substance. Just like a “good” book, it pulls you in until your imagination takes care of the rest, taking you into breathtaking places that you’ve never been 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 what’s always happening in many isekai anime nowadays. And Kenja no Mago is no different!
In Kenja no Mago, we have an orphan named Shin who remembers everything from his past life. He got hit by a truck in his previous life, but for some reason, he’s now living in a world where magic exists. He’s even got a doting “hero” grandpa to boot!
Due to the knowledge he has gained from his previous life, Shin is capable of refining his magic and combat skills to new dimensions. But even though he is incredibly powerful, he is somewhat lacking in common sense and social aptitude, which prompts his grandpa to send him to a magic academy where he can learn about the world and how it works.
It’s probably fair to warn you that Kenja no Mago is no phenomenal and earth-shaking show. It’s pretty much “average,” if I must say so. It’s best watched casually for the habitual dose of isekai tropes and some chuckles. But still, even though the quality of this show is a far cry from that of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, I urge you to not take it seriously and watch it for its simplicity and spareness. 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 quite a "fun" watch, but what if I told you there's a similar anime that has "fun" set to the highest level and disregards all classes of seriousness? Well, the "fun" show in question is none other than—KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!
There's nothing quite like a hikikomori N.E.E.T. dying a ridiculous death, only to be sent by a klutzy goddess into an RPG-like world and bringing 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, live with him through both wacky adventures and zany misadventures, and ultimately help him defeat the demon lord no matter what crazy antic it takes.
Now that you know KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonder World!, it's time to prepare your belly for the serious fits of laughter you're about to experience. 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 “human” sound like to you? Would you mind turning into, say...a slime? Reincarnation into a “lowly” slime might not appeal to you (or anyone), but save your opinion for after you watch Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken.
In Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken, a middle-aged man unceremoniously gets stabbed and dies, but finds himself in an odd state that is nothing like death. He wakes up in an unfamiliar world, sensing that something has changed in him in many aspects. 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, and grow with limitless 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 stuff, 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. Yet, only a few of them can actually pull off being serious when they direly need to be serious. A good representative of these few special shows is Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation. Another one is Youjo Senki.
Similar to Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, 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 into 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 not only pursue a comfortable new life but also seek 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 made her name as the “Devil of the Rhine”—she’s Tanya Degurechaff!
Even in the isekai department, there’s barely any show that comes close to the ingeniousness of Youjo Senki. There’s a few playful moments, but this show is generally explicit, consequential, and grim. If you want an eccentric yet superlative change of pace and atmosphere with your isekai anime, then this show is for you!