What are the best isekai mangas?

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    #1Tensei 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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    Huang Shi
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "This is your typical iyashikei-style plot manga but it delivers well. I can see why a lot of people enjoy this one. The story is nice and the message that they want to convey comes out naturally and easily."
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    #2The Rising of the Shield Hero

    The Rising of the Shield Hero

    The Rising of the Shield Hero or Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari is a fantasy, isekai manga written by Aiya Kyu and published by Media Factory. It was first published in 2014 and has 12 volumes.


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    Howard Kelley
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "This is probably one of the best isekai manga that I've read, graphic is good, and I also like how its story developed. Definitely a must read."
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    #3Mushoku Tensei - Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu

    Mushoku Tensei - Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu

    Mushoku Tensei - Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu or Jobless Reincarnation is a Japanese adventure, fantasy manga written by Rifujin na Magonote and illustrated by Yuka Fujikawa. It was first published in May 2014 and has 9 volumes.


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    Megan Lane
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "This is defintiely my favorite reincarnation story, Rudy's personality is really cheeky and you can tell that he's trying to be a better person than he was in his past life. I also loved the setting of the manga and the pacing as well."


Did you know that there is a rising genre for stories set in an alternate universe? In Japanese manga, isekai is this genre. Isekai is where usually, ordinary teenagers get transported to an alternate universe. This universe is most likely a fantasy or sci-fi universe. Among the most popular isekai anime titles is Sword Art Online, a role-playing game (RPG) manga and anime. From a 2017 Geode poll in Japan, among the fave isekai animes were: Sword Art Online, Pop in Q, World Trigger, Magic Knight Rayearth, Spirited Away, The Twelve Kingdoms, KonoSuba, Kyo Kara Maoh!, Re:Zero, and Gate.

Isekai's popularity grew that many isekai mangas got into bookstores for selling. The genre is particularly appealing to teens or even nostalgic adults. With isekai, a NEET, gamer or a shut-in gains fictional powers. They use these powers to overcome challenges in their fantasy world.

Despite this genre's fame, a Japanese publishing house banned entries with isekai. Kadokawa did not want pieces with teenage protagonists. It wanted light novel entries featuring "the lifestyle of cool adults." Furthermore, Western classics might fall into isekai genre although not yet known at the time. Centuries old stories such as Wizard of Oz, Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan are some notable examples.

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    #4Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

    Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

    Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody or Desu Māchi Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku is a fantasy-harem manga written by Ayamegumu and published by Fujimi Shobo.


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    Yu Cai
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "This is definitely a story that works better in novel format - the isekai manga feels too much like an info-dump. I felt like there is too much text and not enough action which is a downer since this one is a good read too."
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    #5Saihate no Paladin

    Saihate no Paladin

    Saihate no Paladin or more commonly known as The Faraway Paladin is an adventure-fantasy light novel series by Kanata Yanagino and illustrated by Kususaga Rin. The first volumes were released on March 24, 2016.



    Rogelio Vega
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "This one defintiely has a lot of potential, story is plain good. It is a very unique Isekai story in my opinion. I also loved the setting, it felt like it came right out of an RPG game."
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    #6Log 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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    Douglas Crawford
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "Log Horizon is a pretty good manga but the link here is going to the anime. I think there is something wrong."
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    Re:Monster is a paranormal, young adult fiction manga written by Kanekiru Kogitsune and illustrated by Haruyoshi Kobayakawa. It was originally published on November 8, 2016. 



    Yu Cai
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "Pretty decent isekai series with almost the same concept as That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime. It's enjoyable to read if you don't over-analyze it but in terms of critiques, it's severely lacking. The art also has a lot of potentials."
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    #8Tales of Demons and Gods

    Tales of Demons and Gods

    Tales of Demons and Gods is a Chinese fantasy manga written by Mad Snail. It revolves around the deities, immortals, and monsters of Chinese mythology.



    Xie Fu
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "This one is actually a chinese manga but don’t mind cause it’s pretty good. It's a fun read about an overpowered kid. It's a generic overpowered underdog story where he proves everyone wrong. It starts to go downhill after chapter 300 ish."
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    #9Tsuyokute New Saga

    Tsuyokute New Saga

    Tsuyokute New Saga is an action-adventure shonen comedy-drama isekai romance manga authored by Abe Masayuki and Miura Jun. This manga tells the story of the hero, Kail, and his struggle with the Demon King.


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    Rosario Covarrubias
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "So this started off pretty good, and things actually happened in the first volume which is always nice for a change. It's a if I could do it all over again kind of time travel RPG story thing, pretty enjoyable."
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    Btooom! is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Junya Inoue and published by Shincosha. It was first published in June 2009 and has a total of 26 volumes.


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    Felipe Nava
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "Honestly, this is gonna be the top isekai manga if i am going to rank it. It has a lot of realisitc events and tragedies. Art style is reallyyyy good and the characters are nice too."
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    #11Ragna Crimson

    Ragna Crimson

    Ragna Crimson is a Japanese fantasy shounen manga written by Kobayashi and Daiki. It was first published on March 22, 2017, and is serialized by Gangan Joker.



    Russell Williamson
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "It was a good read but I wont say the best isekai manga, there are a lot of better out there, Jobless Reincarnation is a great example."
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    #12Sword Art Online (1) [Japan Import]

    Sword Art Online (1) [Japan Import]

    Sword Art Online (1) [Japan Import] is a book written by Reki Kawahara. Sword Art Online (1) [Japan Import] was published on March 12, 2015, by Ofelbe Editions.


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    Kathryn Vargas
    Written on May 17, 2019
    "This manga is something that is really nice to read. I love the story, it’s always been so fascinating to me. I was entertained all throughout the time that I'm reading this."


Best What are the best isekai mangas
1Tensei Shitara Slime Datta kenBooks 14 Free
2The Rising of the Shield HeroBooks 13 Free
3Mushoku Tensei - Isekai Ittara Honki DasuBooks 11 Free
4Death March to the Parallel World RhapsodyBooks 9 Free
5Saihate no PaladinBooks 7 Free
6Log HorizonTV Shows 5 Paid
7Re:MonsterBooks 4 Free
8Tales of Demons and GodsBooks 4 Free
9Tsuyokute New SagaBooks 3 Free
10Btooom!Books 2 Free

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