Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
For the past few years, people have started equating isekai anime shows with grubby, generic harem anime shows. Boy, I’m glad the gimcrack situation didn’t persist. That’s because anime shows like Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (also known as The Rising of the Shield Hero) saved the day!
I’ve actually read Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari in its manga form. As soon as I got hooked on it, I knew it was bound for greatness. Then, it received its anime adaptation. I was overjoyed! It always brings me delight when the manga I read become full-fledged anime shows.
So now, let me show you some titles that are on par with Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari. These are shows that are highly acclaimed and recommended. Watch them all and enjoy the experience!
Anime Like Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
- Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
- Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash)
- Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Starting Life in Another World from Zero)
- Goblin Slayer
1. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
I can’t help but think of Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken whenever I see Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari. After all, they’re both of the same quality and breed. Furthermore, they’re both from the same generation. If you forced me to pick just one of these shows, I’m going to revolt because I’m picking both no matter what!
Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken is a phenomenal isekai wonder. All this time, we’ve been fed isekai shows that are not worth more than those low-quality harem shows that are chock full of genericism and overused tropes. To put everything in simple terms, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken is one of those novel shows that have the power to mold the world of anime itself.
I believe that Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken is one of the trailblazers in our current generation of mainstream anime shows. If in the past decade/s we had Naruto, Dragon Ball, One Piece, and other mainstream shounen anime shows, then now we have Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken and various other shows from a wide range of genres, catching up and redefining the essence of the world of mainstream anime. I urge you to watch this show. Trust me, it’s for your own good!
2. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash)
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar is another anime that is on the quirky side of the isekai spectrum. It’s unlike any other, I tell you.
Despite the fact that Hai to Gensou no Grimgar has taken the slice-of-life trail, it’s overtones are quite serious and hyperrealistic. It’s not just about battling otherworldly creatures and making full use of supernatural ‘RPG’ skills. It’s also about survival. Its main characters don’t just wake up in another world, pick up some arms, and join the fray as adventurers. They try their best to survive by learning about their newfangled circumstances, adapting to the dire conditions, and inching their way up little by little.
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar may have a quirky plot and a questionable story direction, but watching it unfold before your very eyes is well worth everything. Its color palette, as well as its watercolor backgrounds, are superb. There’s a lot of artistic value in this anime. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar may seem indefensible and dubitable, but I guarantee you—this show has a lot of raw potential!
3. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Starting Life in Another World from Zero)
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu and Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari are kindred in spirit with regards to their concepts, themes, and nuances. Additionally, both anime shows possess main characters that never did anything wrong yet are at the mercy of the curse of unwarranted misery and ill fate.
There’s no need to think about it. I wholeheartedly recommend Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu for you to watch. At first glance, it may look like the usual isekai anime fluff. But fortunately, it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to get really invested in this show. I do not wish to spoil, so seek the answer for yourself.
Even if you miraculously find a way to relive your life over and over again, I’m certain that you’ll always pick this show in every lifetime you get to live out of your adoration for it!
4. Goblin Slayer
Goblin Slayer came out just one season ahead of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari. While it’s not a denizen of the isekai genre, it’s set in a brutal fantasy world where the cruel conditions of reality persist. Moreover, this show has a main character—the Goblin Slayer—that sort of mirrors the Shield Hero. In fact, if the Shield Hero and the Goblin Slayer were put together in a single world, I’m pretty sure they’d be the best of buddies.
Goblin Slayer is true to its name. It’s a show where goblins are superbly evil, warranting their extermination in the most vicious of ways. This anime starts off in a controversial way. Then, it's a roller coaster ride from there. It’s bloody, savage, and ingenious. This show doesn’t know how to hold back!
Mind you, Goblin Slayer is a show that is definitely not for everyone. It reeks of gore and violence. It’s something you watch just for the kick of it. But, if I must say so myself, this show is as intuitive as it is stimulating. It's actually well-done and intelligent.
If Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari has an anti-hero as its main character, then Overlord has an actual villain as its main character! It may sound crazy, but protagonists of this generation aren’t just one-sided and goody-two-shoes characters anymore. As a result, they’ve become much more nuanced and fleshed out.
If you fancy the idea of wielding overwhelming power and being able to bend the world just because you can, then Overlord will surely humor you. This show is a dark comedy that is riddled with machinations of mayhem. Ainz Ooal Gown may just be acting the role of the almighty overlord, but his role is nothing to joke about. His very existence has the power to determine the fate of the world he is currently in.
Overlord is very interesting to watch. Though its main character is unorthodox, it works well since he’s also the villain. Now, aren’t you intrigued? I suggest you catch this anime as soon as possible, unless you want to incur the wrath of the all-powerful overlord!