What are the best anime like Overlord?

Generally, we are the ones who control our favorite player characters whenever we play a role-playing game or any other video game. But have you ever imagined yourself living the life of your own favorite character?

For those who are not familiar with this TV show, the Overlord anime is about an online player named Momonga who finds himself immersed in a famous online game called Yggdrasil. So, whether you are a gamer who is into massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), or you are into watching anime movies and television shows, the Overlord anime series is perfect for you! But in case you've already seen this dark fantasy anime and you are looking for something similar or as good as Overlord (or even better), you might want to go through our list of best anime like Overlord. Feel free to discover some other anime shows with stories just like the anime series, Overlord! Who knows, your next favorite Overlord-like anime is right on this list!


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    #1Log Horizon

    Log Horizon

    Log Horizon is a 25-episode anime adaptation of a novel of the same name. It is produced by Satelight. It follows Shiroe and friends as they are trapped in the popular Virtual MMORPG, Elder Tale, after the game's latest update.

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    $7.99- Varies by plan

    Yan Fu
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "I love both Overlord and Log Horizon. The concept of these anime themes that get people trapped in video games seems just so enjoyable and a good mix and of reality and fantasy. The perfect blend of anime that I like. I just like Log Horizon a bit more because it's a bit lighter"
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    #2No Game No Life

    No Game No Life

    No Game No Life is a Japanese anime television series directed by Atsuko Ishizuka. It first aired on April 9, 2014, until June 24, 2014 closing with 12 episodes. It is based on a light novel series by Yū Kamiya.

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    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Sara Hansen
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "You can say this is the same as overlord when it comes to genius protagonists. Also love madhouse work with this gaming anime. "
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    #3Sword Art Online

    Sword Art Online

    Sword Art Online is a fantasy romance anime series that tells a story about 10.000 VR players including Kirito and Asuna that are imprisoned on a game without the chance to return to real life. The anime was first released in 2012.

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    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Rebecca Hoffman
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "Kirito has been my favorite anime character since I've watched Sword Art Online. just like Momonga! So similar to Overlord for sure. The way Kirito's friends help him in the game is so inspiring for me"

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that dark fantasy anime in Japan is not uncommon? Overlord was adapted into an anime series by Madhouse films. It is the same company that has created anime like Death Note and Hunter X Hunter. Madhouse films have won a total of two Japan Academy Prizes, four Grand Prizes in the Animation Division at Japan Media Arts Festival, two Gertie Awards, six Mainichi Film Awards, two Tokyo Anime Awards for Animation of the Year, and five Animation Kobe Feature Film Awards. This shows that this company knows what it does in creating anime even though they are the darker types. Japan's anime has some of the heaviest themes in cinema. Japanese culture is repressive compared to other societies. Repressed feelings and opinions are expressed in the outlet of artistic creation. This is why a lot of their anime is heavy yet artistic.

Anime in Japan is highly respected too as an art form. In 2016 alone, overseas sales of the Japanese anime industry hit a record amount of approximately 768 billion Japanese yen. A lot of Japanese anime is also appreciated abroad and there are various resources for download anime. Despite some of the dark themes involved in these anime, just like Overlord, there are a lot of avid fans that like them. There are now websites where you can watch dubbed anime, as well as subbed anime. Indeed, anime fans all around the world can explore any anime genre they prefer. 

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    #4Drifters

    Drifters

    Drifters is a 12-episode anime series created by Kohta Hirano. Various historical fighters are summoned from across time to wage war on each other, with the fate of the world in the balance.

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    $8.99- Varies by plan

    Marcy Tang
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "Amazing concept of heroes trying to battle each other out. What more can i ask for? Definitely my type of anime as it did just like what Overlord did for me"
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    #5The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

    The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

    The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, also known as Hataraku Maou-sama!, is a 13-episode Japanese comedy anime produced by Sotsu and voiced by  Ryota Osaka, Yoko Hikasa, and Nao Toyama. The pilot episode premiered on Spring 2013.

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    $5.99- 1 month

    Annie Hao
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "Love this anime! Great story and great fantasy elements that are fun and just right. I actually like it better than Overlord tbh"
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    #6Saga of Tanya the Evil

    Saga of Tanya the Evil

    An office worker is resurrected in an alternate world by Being X as a girl. As Tanya Degurechaff, she joins the country's military and applies the same ruthless performance from his previous life to her military career. 

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    $2.99- Price per episode

    Chen Cui
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "Tanya creeps me out in a good way. She brings that same evil vibe as the skeleton overlord. just want more wands and swords without the world war 1 guns."
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    #7Magic Knight Rayearth

    Magic Knight Rayearth

    Magic Knight Rayearth is a Japanese anime series wherein three schoolgirls from Tokyo were transported to the magical land of the Rune-Gods. With their guide Mokona, the three went on a quest to rescue the princess and return home.

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    José Angel Reséndiz
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "People from our world got blackholed to a fantasy one: check. RPG world with magic: check. Cute pokemon mascot: check. Badass hero: nope."
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    #8One-Punch Man

    One-Punch Man

    This anime is a story of Saitama, a hero who is a hero just for fun. Saitama can also defeat his enemies with a single punch. One Punch Man is based on Yusuke Murata's manga remake of ONE's original webcomic.

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    Sara Salazar
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "Overpower guys like saitama does make this anime like overlord but without the dungeons and dragon theme that I love."
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    #9Tensei Shitara Slime Datta ken

    Tensei Shitara Slime Datta ken

    That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime or Tensei Shitara Slime Datta ken is a Japanese fantasy-isekai manga written by Fuse and illustrated by Taiki Kawakami. It was first published in 2015 and has 10 volumes.

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    Paridhi Sen
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "The anime adoptation does make it count as a show like overlord. We also get cute monster guys, but none are as charming as sebas."
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    #10The Vision of Escaflowne

    The Vision of Escaflowne

    The Vision of Escaflowne is a fantasy romance anime directed by Kazuki Akane and written by Shoji Kawamori released in 1996. It follows the adventures of Hitomi Kanzaki after she is transported to the world of Gaea. 

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    Parakram Mehra
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "Watched this on Animax and I'm a fan. Didn't get bored even though story is kind of similar to other animes I've seen. Not exactly like Overlord though"
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    #11Konosuba

    Konosuba

    Konosuba is about Kazuma Sato’s brief life that was over due to a traffic accident, but he wakes up to see a girl before him. She claims to be a goddess and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only one thing with him.

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    $7.99- Varies by plan

    Nathan Wood
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "My poor stomach has been hurting as I went through the first season of konosuba. Its not as action packed as overlord, but it is much funnier along with a smug hero."
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    #12Fushigi Yuugi

    Fushigi Yuugi

    Fushigi Yuugi, also known as The Mysterious Play or Curious Play, is a Japanese animated series based on the manga of the same name. It centers on Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo who were taken into the book called The Universe of the Four Gods. 

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    $7.99- 1 month

    Jasmine Zhang
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "A lot of anime are like this these days. They get sucked into another dimension and they are the chosen ones to fix the problems of this so-called dimension. So it makes sense that all of these are kinda similar to Overlord I guess?"
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    #13Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

    Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

    Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is an adventure romance anime that aired in Spring 2015 with 13 episodes. DanMachi for short is an action fantasy anime is based on the first 5 volumes of Fujino Omori's light novel series.

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    $5.99- Varies by plan

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    #14GATE

    GATE

    GATE, also known as Gate: Jieitai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri, is an anime series. It centers on the aftermath of a gate appearing in Tokyo allowing access to another world where monsters, medieval knights and other fantasy beings live. 

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    #15Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, also known as Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions is an isekai anime based on a manga of the same name. It follows the adventures of Haruhiro in a fantastic world called Grimgar after he wakes up with no memories. 

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    $5.99- 1 month

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    #16Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World

    Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World

    Re:ZERO − Starting Life in Another World is an anime television series adaptation released in 2015 by Kadokawa. It focuses on Natsuki Subaru who finds out he can't die after being suddenly transported to another world. 

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    #17The Ancient Magus' Bride

    The Ancient Magus' Bride

    The Ancient Magus' Bride is an anime series based on the manga by the same name. It tells the story of young Chise Hatori, who is bought by a non-human mage named Elias to be his apprentice and future wife. 

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    #18Accel World

    Accel World

    Accel World is a sci-fi game-themed anime which is adapted from the first four volumes of Reki Kawahara's series of the same name. The action romance anime set in school began to air in Spring 2012 with 24 episodes.

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Summary

Best What are the best anime like Overlord
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Log HorizonTV Shows 22 Paid
2No Game No LifeTV Shows 13 Paid
3Sword Art OnlineTV Shows 8 Paid
4DriftersTV Shows 7 Paid
5The Devil Is a Part-Timer!TV Shows 6 Paid
6Saga of Tanya the EvilTV Shows 6 Paid
7Magic Knight RayearthTV Shows 6 Free
8One-Punch ManTV Shows 5 Paid
9Tensei Shitara Slime Datta kenBooks 5 Free
10The Vision of EscaflowneTV Shows 4 Paid
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