Alright. Every week I normally do some waifu review, and then some sort of best characters list, and anime recommendations. But for this week (and some other weeks, I guess), I am going to give you some manga suggestions that are worth reading.
Because today’s topic is about 30 best isekai manga you need to read. When it comes to Isekai, I think it is more related to light novels instead of manga. So, why would I give the manga as a recommendation instead of light novels?
Well, I have experienced reading light novels. I quite enjoyed it, but some of you might perhaps enjoy reading something that you can actually see instead of writing only. There is a slight difference of value, obviously. But for this one, I do think it is best to start off easy and simple. Besides, the light novel is a bit harder to find than the manga.
And before we really jump into the list, as usual I am only going to put the synopsis instead of giving some sort of commentary (yes, no cheeky, sassy, cringe joke). And I strongly suggest you find out what Isekai means by clicking this link so that we do not have misunderstandings.
So, with that being said, we are going to start by our number 30:
Best Isekai Manga You Need to Read
30. Seichou Cheat de Nandemo Dekiruyou ni Natta ga, Mushoku dake wa Yamerarenaiyou desu
Ichinosuke failed to get a job 100 times in a row. One day, on the way to another interview he had a truck accident and tragically died. Fortunately for him, a goddess gave him the ability to grow 400 times faster than normal before sending him into a game-like world.
Knowing that even if he continues to grow unemployed, he will strive for a job, but realizes that it is his bad luck to remain unemployed forever. Since growth and unemployment cheaters coexist in this world, a record adventure begins here that has undoubtedly been certified as a dangerous book by an employment agency.
29. Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni
Touya Mochizuki was accidentally killed and, as an excuse, God allowed him to be reborn in a fantasy world and would grant him a wish he wished for. And so, Touya decided to keep his smartphone in the next world. At the second chance of his life he befriends many important characters and discovers the secrets of the world. Heir inherited the legacy of an ancient civilization and traveled nonchalantly while wielding a power that rivaled the kings of this world.
28. How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord
An elitist but socially stunted player finds himself in another world and inhabits the body of his character, Diablo. Despite his strength, his awkwardness keeps getting in the way. So he decides to pretend to be a demon lord and soon finds himself with a pair of slaves: a well-endowed elf and a cat-girl. Together, they fight with everything from human relationships to animal fights.
27. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
A 29-year-old programmer, Suzuki Ichirou got transported in a fantasy role-playing game. In the game, he becomes a 15-year-old named Satou. At first he thought he was dreaming, but the experience seemed very real.
By using a special force (meteor shower) three times, he finally destroyed the lizardmen army and reached a very high level. He hides his level and plans to live peacefully and meet new people, although developments in the game’s history (such as the return of the Demon Lord) could get in the way.
26. This Hero is Invincible but “Too Cautious”
In the heavenly realms, Gods watch over innumerable worlds in need of help; The job of a goddess is to summon heroes and help in their quest to defeat the evil within everyone. The young goddess Ristarte, however, got bad cards: she must save Gaeabrande, a world with the difficulty level S.
While scouring the résumé of a hero, he came across a sheet listing the skills of a certain Seiya Ryuuguuin, and was of his extremely high rank Statistics surprised. The ecstatic Ristarte wasted no time in summoning Seiya to the heavenly realm and ignored the remark about his personality: too cautious.
25. The Berserker Rises to Greatness
In compensation for his transfer to another world, he loses his memory and thus the curtain rises on Kelvin’s story. As he grew stronger, he added new subordinates by mastering his skills in hopes of becoming strong enough to summon his angelic follower, whom he should have loved before he lost his memory, but when he realized it, he had already gained tremendous power.
24. Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense
After Kaede Honjou received an invitation from her friend Risa Shiromine, she started playing the VRMMO game New World Online as the character Maple. Not knowing the game, she assigns all of his stat points to defense.
As a result, her movements were slow, she could not use magic, and she was even attacked by rabbits. However, she acquired a skill called “Absolute Defense” to maximize her vitality points and a counter skill that killed with one blow.
23. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Before Haruhito realized what was happening, darkness surrounded him. Why is he here? Where was it? Even now he still has no idea. The people around him were the same as him, no one remembered anything other than their own names. And when they emerge from the dark, the world that awaits them looks like something out of a video game. To survive, Haruhito forms a group with the others, learns martial arts and takes his first steps into the world of Grimgar as a soldier in the reserve troops.
22. Accel World
Regardless of age, bullying will never go away. Overweight high school student Haruyuki is one of them. The only time he could really relax was when he was playing a game of squash on the local network that the school had set up. He likes to play this simple game because he can forget the painful moments while immersed in them.
It is autumn. This is how he spent his time until one day he met the most beautiful and sophisticated girl in school, “Snow Black”, who suddenly changed his life. Haruyuki was introduced to the software he sent and learned about the “Accel World”.
21. Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
High school student Hajime Nagumo is bullied by his classmates for his relationship with class idol Kaori. When he and the rest of his class were transported into a fantasy world, all of his classmates gained powerful magical skills, while Hajime only learned basic alchemy magic to transform solid materials, a common skill usually found in artisans and blacksmiths. During a dungeon raid, he was betrayed by one of his classmates and fell to the dungeon floor. He survived the fall and created weapons to escape the dungeon and become stronger.
20. Sword Art Online
In 2022, players are excited when Sword Art Online, a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), opens its virtual doors and allows players to take full advantage of the best gaming technology: NerveGear, a System that allows users to fully immerse themselves in the game world by manipulating their brain waves to create a completely realistic gaming experience.
But when the game goes live, gamers’ excitement quickly turns to horror when they discover that, for all its great features, SAO is missing one of the most basic features of all MMORPGs – the log-out button. Now trapped in the virtual world of Aincrad while their bodies are trapped in the real world by NerveGear, the user is faced with a terrible ultimatum: conquer all hundred floors of Aincrad to regain your freedom.
19. Log Horizon
After a mysterious incident, around 30,000 players from Japan are now forced to live their lives in the MMORPG “Ender Tales” and cannot log out. Even death meets respawn. Worse, the food there has absolutely no taste. Taken all of this together, many players in this MMO have lost the will to actually play this game, but they are never allowed to leave it. A character named Shiro will dare to reveal the secret behind the reason why he is in this game.
Souta Mizushino is a high school student and anime fan who dreams of writing his own light novels. While watching an anime for inspiration, the tablet computer he is watching stutters and pulls him into the anime world, where he fights the battle between the anime character Selesia and witnesses a mysterious girl.
Souta then discovers that other characters from various stories and media forms have also been brought into the real world.. To stop them from wreaking havoc, Souta and Selesia agree to find other characters and bring them home.
Tomokui Kanata had been reborn in the weakest goblin named Goburou after suffering an unfortunate death. However, Goburou had retained memories of his previous life, an unusual development, and had grown strong enough to get a stat boost from eating. In this alternate world of survival of the fittest, events take place with competent subordinates and companions, the case of a dog wagging its tail.
In the real world, Ryouta Sakamoto is a despicable NEET. However, in the online world, he is one of the world’s scariest players in the bomb throwing game Btooom! One day he will reach the global ranking of 10th in the game.
Unfortunately, his celebrations are cut short when he wakes up on a deserted island, far from his comfort. It quickly becomes clear that the evil party Ryouta and many others are involved in a horrific real-life game by Btooom! The bomb he carried was no longer virtual; on the contrary, they are capable of sending people to a bloody and terrible downfall.
15. Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
High school student Misumi Makoto is summoned to a fantasy world by the god Tsukuyomi to become a hero. However, other powerful people in this world are not so happy to have him there, and they kick him to the ends of the world just as Tsukuyomi explains that he must leave Makoto to find his own path. Now it’s up to Makoto to find his own path.
14. The New Gate
The New Gate, an online game that has somehow become a death game, is now freeing the tens of thousands of players who have been drawn thanks to the efforts of one of the oldest players, Shin. But after defeating the final boss and freeing everyone, he is swallowed by a strange light and is in the game world 500 years in the future.
Kagome Higurashi’s ordinary life comes to an abrupt end when a demon drags her deep into a well, taking her five hundred years into the past. In this era, Kagome quickly learns two things: demons surround people, and unwittingly she has brought a dangerous object from her world – a marble-sized ball known as the Shikon Jewel.
Kagome is an easy target for anyone determined enough to steal it. During the fight with the demon, a hasty attempt to fight it causes Kagome to accidentally destroy the gem and send countless pieces across feudal Japan. She must work with half demon Inuyasha to collect all the jewels before they fall into the wrong hands.
12. My Next Life As A Villainess: All Routes Lead To Doom!
Catarina Claes is the eight year old daughter of a duke. One day she hits her head and remembers his past life and a terrible realization occurs to her: She is in a world similar to the otome games he once played, and she is the main villain.
Worse, it ends horribly at every possible conclusion, whether exile or death. With her knowledge of the course of the game, Catarina must now do whatever it takes to change her fate. Whether she is honing her skills as a farmer or needing to befriend every character that gets in his way, nothing is too much for her.
11. Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
One day in the 21st century a gate opened in the center of Tokyo’s Ginza district. Soldiers and strange creatures burst out of the gate, and they immediately made Ginza look like an image from Hell.
The gate apparently connected Japan to another world, a world with a militant empire and many supernatural beings. The Japanese Self-Defense Force decides to send a small group led by a soldier who is also an otaku on a reconnaissance mission to another world. They must learn as much as they can about the Empire (and its plans), the world and its people.
10. The Devil Is A Part-timer!
Fear and darkness surround the lives of the citizens of Ente Isla as the Demon Lord Satan wages a war against humans for world domination. But as humanity nears defeat, its champion, the heroine Emilia, manages to stop Satan’s subjugation.
This dilemma forces him to retreat to a random world called Earth at the side of his most loyal general, Alciel. Satan vows to return one day and chooses to regain his power in this new world. Unfortunately the earth does not have priceless magic. Nevertheless, he remains unaffected by his goal of world domination.
9. So I’m a Spider, So What?
When a mysterious explosion kills an entire class of high school students, the souls of everyone in the class are transported into a fantasy world and reborn. While some students were born again as princes or child prodigies, others were not that blessed.
Our heroine, the lowest in the class, discovered that she was reborn as a spider. Now at the bottom of the food chain, he has to adapt to the current situation with the will to live. Trapped in a dangerous maze full of monsters, it is time to eat or be eaten.
8. The Rising of the Shield Hero
Twenty-year-old Otaku Naofumi Iwatani is mysteriously transported to the Kingdom of Melromarc in Another World. When they appear before the king, Naofumi and the three summoned people learn that they are each one of the four cardinal heroes who have the task of defeating the evil “wave of calamities”.
However, Naofumi only received a measly shield and was nicknamed “Hero of the Shield”, the weakest of the four cardinal heroes. For lack of strength, none of the royal mercenaries wanted to help him, except for the beautiful princess of the country, Malty Melromarc. But Naofumi soon wakes up the next day, is robbed of all of his possessions and accused of rape by Malty.
7. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Kazuma Satou is a calm 16 year old who lost his life in a tragic but ridiculous accident. After his untimely death, Kazuma stands before Aqua, the self-proclaimed water goddess, who gives him two options: to ascend to heaven or to be reborn in a real fantasy world.
Kazuma chooses the latter and must defeat the Demon King, a threat that takes place in his new world. Aqua’s provocative demeanor hit a nerve, however, and in the heat of the moment Kazuma took her. Kazuma and Aqua, who are now trapped in another world together, go on a journey.
6. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World
Subaru Natsuki was suddenly transported to another world. Without knowing who transferred him, Subaru befriends a silver-haired half-elf girl named Emilia. When he and the girl are mysteriously killed, Subaru awakens and realizes that he has the “Return by Death” ability, allowing him to return to the time before he died.
5. No Game No Life
Sora and Shiro are two hikikomori brothers known in the online gaming world as Blank, an undefeated group of players. One day, they are challenged to a game of chess by Tet, a god from another world. Both win and are offered to live in a game-centric world.
They accept the offer, but still don’t believe it until they are transported to a world known as Disboard. There is a rule called the Ten Promises to prevent the citizens of Disboard from causing harm to one another, forcing them to settle their disputes with games. Sora and Shiro settle in Elkia, a land inhabited by humans, and befriend a nobleman named Stephanie Dola.
In Overlord, Momonga is an ordinary employee who spends his spare time playing Yggdrasil, a DMMO-RPG (Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) known across Japan for its vast world and limitless customization options. Unfortunately, all good things came to an end and the Yggdrasil server closed in 2138.
After remembering his comrades and adventures, Momonga set up a server to automatically eject it when the clock strikes midnight. However, he was not pushed out of the game. Instead, he finds himself in a new world and now trapped in his avatar’s body.
3. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
A 34 year old NEET loses his life in a traffic accident when he saves a stranger, only to be reborn as baby Rudeus Greyrat in a new wizarding world. As the son of adventurers Paul and Zenith Greyrat, his innate magical talent is immediately recognized when he is two years old, and magic teacher Roxy Migurdia is brought to his home to refine him into a wizard.
With immense magical powers and a wealth of knowledge from his original world, Rudeus tries to fulfill his only wish from his previous life – not to repeat his past mistakes and die without regrets.
2. The Saga of Tanya the Evil
Attracted by the lack of trust a certain employee shows on his last breath, a god-like presence known only as “Being X” reincarnates him into a magical but war-torn world to test his courage. Under these new circumstances, Being X believed that if that person succumbed to endless suffering, he would seek help from Heaven.
The employee starts all over again as a young girl named Tanya Degurechaff, quickly falls back on her experiences and volunteers for the military in her country, the empire. Despite being a child, Tanya has tremendous potential, her extraordinary ability in strategic and magical warfare enables her to lead her nation to miraculous victories in the ongoing war.
1. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Satoru Mikami is an ordinary 37-year-old employee who is still a virgin. He died while protecting his juniors from an unknown assailant. Reborn in a fantasy world, he is reincarnated into a slime monster with superpowers due to his last wish. Living alone in a cave full of monsters, he then meets Veldora, a storm dragon who was imprisoned for 300 years because he had crushed a city to ashes.
Because Satoru sympathized with Veldora for the hardships he had been through, Satoru later befriended him and promised to help break the seal of the confinement. In return, Veldora gave Satoru a name, namely Rimuru, and Rimuru also gave a sworn name for himself and Veldora, namely Tempest.