What are the best isekai anime to watch?

Do you like the idea of going on a journey into the unknown, mysterious and surreal worlds? If yes, then you should definitely check out this isekai anime list, both new and old, wherein the characters are either summoned or trapped in a foreign world. 

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  1. 39

    #1Overlord

    Overlord

    Overlord is an isekai anime adaptation of the light novel series of the same name by Kugane Maruyama. It centers on veteran player Momonga refuses to log out on a popular MMORPG which is scheduled to be shut down. 

    TV Shows

    $7.99- 1 month

    Tony Dai
    Written on April 11, 2019
    "I'm pretty sure I've seen this stuck to a video game story arc before but the execution in OverLord and the details about Yggdrasil and the characters is what made it stand out 👍"
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    #2No Game No Life

    No Game No Life

    No Game No Life is a good isekai anime based on the Japanese manga series of the same name written by Yu Kamiya. It centers on the genius gamer siblings Sora and Shiro are known as the undefeatable. 

    TV Shows

    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Linda Zhong
    Written on April 11, 2019
    "The title of this anime says it all. They really captured the essence of the Isekai genre coz I felt like I was also introduced to the Dishboard world just like Sora and Shiro"
  3. 30

    #3That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

    That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

    That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is an isekai anime television series adaptation by Eight Bit released in 2016. It follows the life of corporate worker Mikami Satoru who is reborn to an alternate world after being stabbed. 

    TV Shows

    Free

    Xu Ding
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "This isekai anime is a surprise. I didnt really expect much from this when I started watching it but the characters, world, magic and the other aspects of this series has left me wanting more. "

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

Isekai is a Japanese term which translates to another world. So what is isekai anime? This anime is a sub-genre of Japanese media from light novels, manga, and anime. It describes a story wherein the main character is transported to, reborn or trapped in a parallel universe.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know Isekai anime's first roots can be traced back to Ouke no Monshou, also known as Crest of the Royal Family? This follows teenage girl Carol who is taken back in time to ancient Egypt after the discovery of a tomb. The series is one of the best-selling shoujo manga of all time, which helped pave the future works of isekai. But the genre didn't become well-known until the late '90s. In fact, it wasn't until InuYasha that the isekai genre became popular on a global scale. Not only that, but InuYasha also influenced a generation of creators to follow its lead. Some of isekai anime series are El Hazard, Magic Knight Rayearth, and The Vision of Escaflowne. Furthermore, isekai isn't unique to Japan. There is western literature featuring isekai stories like Alice in Wonderland, Chronicles of Narnia, and Peter Pan. Indeed, isekai is one of the most popular genres today. It looks like it will continue as long as there are people who wish to be transported into fantasy land. No wonder more people are looking for an isekai anime list

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    #4The Rising of the Shield Hero

    The Rising of the Shield Hero

    The Rising of the Shield Hero is a Japanese isekai anime television series released in 2015 based on a manga series. It follows the adventures of otaku Iwatani Naofumi who got summoned to another world.

    TV Shows

    $7.99- 1 month

    Susana Soriano
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "Suprising. Exciting. Amazing. That's how I would describe The Rising of the Shield Hero. Although let's admit that its plot sounds like your usual isekai anime but the more you get into it you'll think that this is different. "
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    #5GATE

    GATE

    GATE is an anime television series adaptation released in 2015 based on the isekai Japanese manga by Takumi Yanai. It follows the aftermath of a gate opening which allowed access to a fantasy world. 

    TV Shows

    $7.99- 1 month

    Terry Curtis
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "I know this anime has been released for quite sometime already and I recently just started watching this. So far Im on the six episode and i'm having a blast watching this. It is definitely unique on its genre. Definitely on my top isekai anime. "
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    #6Wise Man's Grandchild

    Wise Man's Grandchild

    Wise Man's Grandchild, also known as Kenja no Mago, is an anime television series adaptation in 2019. It is about a man named Shin who is reborn in a new world after he died and is taught magic by Merlin. But, common sense wasn't taught to him. 

    TV Shows

    $5.99- 1 month

    Amber Rose
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "Absolutely love this! It was so fun to watch! I really hope that there will be season 2 of this isekai. I need more!!!"
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    #7Saga 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. 

    TV Shows

    $2.99- Price per episode

    Linda Zhong
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "Great anime show, can't wait for more. Does anyone know when will be the new season released?>"
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    #8In Another World with My Smartphone

    In Another World with My Smartphone

    In Another World with My Smartphone is an anime television series based on the Japanese light novel series of the same name. It is about Touya Mochizuki who is resurrected in another world after God accidentally kills him. 

    TV Shows

    $7.99- Varies by plan

    Grace Meng
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "If u are looking for some silly lighthearted fun anime then this is for you. Because this is what i just needed. I enjoyed the banter, silly jokes and the storyline of this isekai. "
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    #9The 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.

    TV Shows

    $5.99- 1 month

    Christian Vargas
    Written on February 13, 2019
    "I recommend this anime if you want a unique kind of story. Instead of transporting you into the magical world, it deals more the realm of human reality. This is a comedy isekai so prepare yourself for some good laughs!"
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    #10Seven Deadly Sins

    Seven Deadly Sins

    The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as Nanatsu no Taizai, is a fantasy anime where a group of knights is disbanded. Ten years later,  there's a coup d'état the king is captured. The princess then starts a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins.

    TV Shows

    $8.99- Varies by plan

    Denise McCoy
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "IMO Seven Deadly Sins is one of the best isekai anime that I have watched. "
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    #11Fairy Tail

    Fairy Tail

    Fairy Tail is a Japanese animated series that takes place in a fictional world populated by wizards who coalesce into guilds. Lucy joins Fairy Tail, a guild famous for its destructive antics and her adventure begins.

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    Kathy Russell
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "Uhhhmmm....everything in this anime is great....until its final season. i dont know maybe because i expected more...since the ending *SPOILER ALERT* only showed about the power of friendship. smh"
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    #12How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

    How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

    How Not to Summon a Demon Lord is an anime television series adaptation of the Japanese manga of the same name. It is about hikikomori gamer Takuma Sakamoto who is summoned by two ladies in a world like his favorite MMORPG Cross Reverie. 

    TV Shows

    $5.99- 1 month

    Thomas Rogers
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "Enjoyed this anime way more than I thought I would. Granted, that this genre is something that I don't normally watch eh"
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    #13Mondaji

    Mondaji

    Mondaji, also known as Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they?, is 2013 anime TV adaptation series. It follows three teenagers who receive a mysterious invitation transporting them in another world called Little Garden. 

    TV Shows

    $7.99- 1 month

    Albert Fox
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "This is one of the anime that would get you engaged and at the end of each episode you'll be wanting more. "
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    #14Outbreak Company

    Outbreak Company

    Outbreak Company is one of the best isekai anime released in 2013 based on the manga of the same name written by Kiri Kajiya. It centers on otaku Shinichi Kano who is kidnapped and wakes up in an alternate world with a fantasy set-up. 

    TV Shows

    $5.99- 1 month

    Ann Song
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "For anyone who has seen the first episode don't let that stop you on continuing to watch this isekai anime. And this is not just any sexy comedy about a sad ner because it is more than that"
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    #15Drifters

    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.

    TV Shows

    $8.99- Varies by plan

    Bob Tang
    Written on March 8, 2019
    "Def recommending Drifters to anyone keen to binge watch an isekai anime that is something heavy and exciting. This is a good watch and can be finished in less than a week as it is only 12 episodes."
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    #16InuYasha

    InuYasha

    InuYasha is a feudal fantasy romance anime based on the manga series of the same name by Rumiko Takahashi. This anime was broadcasted at the Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1996 to 2008. 

    TV Shows

    $19.99

    Olivia Brown
    Written on April 11, 2019
    "This is still my favorite anime series of all time!!! It's the perfect combination of magic, action, drama, and romance 😍 I remember watching this as a kid and desperately wanting to be in Inuyasha's world with all the magical and powerful creatures. I also cried like a baby when Kagome returned to her world 😂 "
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    #17Isekai Cheat Magician

    Isekai Cheat Magician

    Isekai Cheat Magician is a Japanese anime television series adaptation by Encourage Films released in 2019. It centers on Nishimura Taichi and Azuma Rin transported into an unknown land full of monsters, beastmen, dwarves and more. 

    TV Shows

    $7.99- Varies by plan

    Tammy Romero
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "so i am gonna be honest and say that got bored throughout the first episode of this. i dont think this should be added on this list of the best isekai anime"
  15. 24

    #18Cardcaptor Sakura

    Cardcaptor Sakura

    Cardcaptor Sakura is an action fantasy adventure magic anime TV series based on a manga written by Clamp. Aired from 1998 to 2000, this anime was written by Nanase Ohkawa and directed by Morio Asaka.

    TV Shows

    $1.99- $17.99

    Elizabeth Mitchell
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "I remember when I was a kid this was my favorite anime i didn't even know what genre it was. Because of this i started watching more good isekai anime"
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    #19Death Parade

    Death Parade
    The Quindecim Bar hosts games between the recently deceased that determine the fate of their souls. Death Parade spawned from the short film Death Billiards, which was part of the Young Animator Training Project's Anime Mirai 2013.
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    Joseph Collins
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "Not all isekai anime fans out there like this. But i am telling you this anime is such a hidden gem so please do watch this. It's very emotional, yeah the story's pacing is slow but it has action-packed episodes eh"
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    #20Re: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. 

    TV Shows

    $5.99- 1 month

    Henry Barnes
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "I'm really hoping for another season of Re:ZERO. I enjoyed every episode of this even the characters too i fell inlove with them."
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    #21Re:Creators

    Re:Creators

    Re:Creators is a Japanese anime television series exclusively streamed by Amazon, which is based on the manga Re:Creators One More! by  Yuki Kumagai. It Sota Mizushino who got involved in a battle between several characters in the real world. 

    TV Shows

    $12.99- Varies by plan

    Emma Barnett
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "i dont know about you but most anime fans couldn't finish watching this. but in my case i loved it i didn't see anything that i wouldn't like here. "
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    #22Blood Lad

    Blood Lad

    Blood Lad is an anime fantasy series released in 2013. It first aired on July 7, 2013, and ended with its 10th and final episode on September 8, 2013. It features the story of Staz Charlie Blood and his vampire gang.

    TV Shows

    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Humberto Pacheco
    Written on March 8, 2019
    "Another Isekai anime that is short and sweet. It is a funny anime series and def easy to binge watch. "
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    #23Konosuba

    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.

    TV Shows

    $7.99- Varies by plan

    Joy Wang
    Written on February 13, 2019
    "What I like about this particular isekai is that I also experienced getting immersed in the video game I used to play when I was a little younger. I can totally see a great deal in Kazuma because I was also torn between pursuing my passion or having a good source of living. Great anime to include in your list!"
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    #24Log 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.

    TV Shows

    $7.99- Varies by plan

    Robert Schmidt
    Written on April 11, 2019
    "Log Horizon is probably the most unique and the best isekai anime to date. Sure, there are tons of anime featuring characters caught up in a video game fantasy world but this one takes on a different approach. It's a lot more chill and it didn't just focus on one character. It kinda focused on the political system of the fantasy world and they have a large cast of characters 👍"
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    #25Sword 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

    Evelyn Kennedy
    Written on February 13, 2019
    "Definitely one of the most popular isekai of all time. This is your type of romantic isekai that has some twist like okay i dont wanna spoil you but if you die in the game you also die in real life--that's basically the plot of the story. I am thrilled!"
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    #26Digimon Adventure

    Digimon Adventure

    Digimon Adventure, also known as Digimon: Digital Monsters, is a Japanese anime television series created by Akiyoshi Hongo. It follows the adventures of a group of children in the Digital World to save the world from evil. 

    TV Shows

    $7.99- 1 month

    Rose Warren
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "An original classic isekai anime. Yeah people would compare this to Pokemon but i dont think those anime should be compared as they are different and both have their uniqueness."
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    #27Now And Then, Here And There

    Now And Then, Here And There

    Now And Then, Here And There, also known as Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku, is a Japanese anime television series released in 1999. It is about Shuzo "Shu" Matsutaniwho is transported to another world after attempting to save an unknown girl. 

    TV Shows

    $19.99

    Olivia Little
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "Honestly, this anime is brutal and often depressing, but nonetheless engrossing that i wanted more everytime an episode ends. "
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    #28The Familiar of Zero

    The Familiar of Zero

    The Familiar of Zero is an isekai anime television series based on the Japanese light novel of the same name. It follows Saito who is suddenly summoned to the magical kingdom of Halkeginia and becomes a servant of Louise. 

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    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Moisés Peña
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "Funny and at the same time heartwarming, with just the right amount of naughtiness."
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    #29The Girl in Twilight

    The Girl in Twilight

    The Girl in Twilight (Akanesasu Shojo) is a Japanese isekai anime series released in 2018 by the Animax channel. It follows the adventures of high school student Asuka Tsuchimiya and her friends after opening a door to a parallel world. 

    TV Shows

    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Jose Jordan
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "First of all I never had any expectation on this anime. But for me this anime is a combination of Wild and Horned Hermit Reimu and Forbidden Scrollery Reimu."
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    #30Grimgar 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. 

    TV Shows

    $5.99- 1 month

    Nathan Robinson
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "This is not your usual anime as it has a cliche story and shows how it would be like in a more realistic way. "
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    #31Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

    Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

    Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody is an isekai television series released in 2018. It follows computer programmer Ichiro Suzuki who is transported into a parallel world resembling some of the fantasy RPG worlds he worked on. 

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    $5.99- 1 month

    Richard McDonald
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "Finally a good Isekai anime adaptation. This is coming from someone like me who has read the manga first before watching the anime series. "
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    #32The Twelve Kingdoms

    The Twelve Kingdoms

    The Twelve Kingdoms, also known as Record of 12 Countries, is an isekai anime released in 2002. It follows Youko Nakajima's journey in a mystic world after he was approached by a strange man claiming he is the ruler of his kingdom. 

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    $7.99- Varies by plan

    Marcela Ávalos
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "Recently just finished watching this. And I can tell that this is an absolute fantastic find. "
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    #33.hack//Sign

    .hack//Sign

    .hack//Sign is an anime television series released in 2002 by studio Bee Train and Bandai Visual. It centers on Tsukasa who is stuck in an online role-playing game The World which is full of magic and monsters after he wakes up inside it. 

    TV Shows

    $5.99- 1 month

    Rodrigo Salas
    Written on September 11, 2019
    ".hack//Sign was a very slow anime with very little action but what drew me in here is the mystery and lore. "
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    #34Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    Spirited Away is a Japanese movie written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It follows the story of yokai and the spirit world and mythology of Japan. Chihiro and her parents are traveling to their new home when they enter a magical world.

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    Jose Thompson
    Written on February 13, 2019
    "Chihiro!!!!!! Although this is not a good anime for kids who easily get scared. Tried making my little sister watch this and HE GOT SCARED. LOL. Thrilling and yet the best fantasy anime out there."
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    #35Fushigi 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

    Sun Yuan
    Written on April 11, 2019
    "I love everything about Fushigi Yuugi! The story, characters (I love each and every Suzaku Warrior) the soundtracks and of course the love triangles! No wonder why fans of this isekai anime are mostly girls! "
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    #36Magic 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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    Free

    Betty Davis
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "Magic Knight Rayearth is a mix of Sailor Moon, Fushigi Yuugi and Aura Battler Dunbine. So if you love those anime i mentioned then you'll like this one too."
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    #37Isekai Quartet

    Isekai Quartet

    Isekai Quartet is a Japanese anime series wherein the world of isekai series KonoSuba, Overlord, Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil collide and cross over resulting in chaos. This is a chibi-style anime. 

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    $7.99- 1 month

    Benito Saldaña
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!! THIS IS ONE OF A HELL CROSSOVER. I LOVED IT!"
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    #38Restaurant To Another World

    Restaurant To Another World

    Restaurant To Another World, also known as Isekai Shokudo, is an anime television series adaptation. It centers on the restaurant Western Cuisine Nekoya which opens in secrete on Saturdays for unique guests from a parallel world. 

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    $5.99- 1 month

    Harold Alvarez
    Written on September 11, 2019
    "For me this is a heartwarming version of Food Wars. It is even better than I could have imagined. "
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    #39Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

    Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

    Kaguya-sama: Love Is War or Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen is a romantic comedy school anime that premiered on Winter 2019. The psychological anime first aired on January 12, 2019, and will end on March 30, 2019.

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    $7.99- Varies by plan

    Devon Luong
    Written on May 31, 2019
    "It's a Heart throb anime making your heart splash left and right as love is war."
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    #40The 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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    Samantha Hernandez
    Written on February 13, 2019
    "I really have a thing for fortune telling and perhaps that's why I got hooked with this shoujo isekai anime. It has a touch of action and combat with a little pinch of romance!"

Summary

Best What are the best isekai anime to watch
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1OverlordTV Shows 39 Paid
2No Game No LifeTV Shows 36 Paid
3That Time I Got Reincarnated as a SlimeTV Shows 30 Free
4The Rising of the Shield HeroTV Shows 28 Paid
5GATETV Shows 27 Paid
6Wise Man's GrandchildTV Shows 26 Paid
7Saga of Tanya the EvilTV Shows 26 Paid
8In Another World with My SmartphoneTV Shows 25 Paid
9The Devil Is a Part-Timer!TV Shows 25 Paid
10Seven Deadly SinsTV Shows 25 Paid
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