There are plenty of isekai anime and manga out there, each one bringing its own style and flavor to the genre. Whether it’s getting trapped in a game or transported to an alternate world, isekai can adapt to any theme or motif and present a truly unique adventure.

However, the things that make an isekai great can also be overwhelming. Introducing something familiar can help the audience adjust to the story’s setting and rules. A school or academy, for example, is great because it comes with inherent goals for characters to pursue, and it’s an environment most people know.


6 Best Slice Of Life Isekai Manga, Ranked

Fans of isekai manga with slice-of-life elements may want to give the following examples a shot if they haven’t already.

9 Wise Man’s Grandchild

MyAnimeList Score: 6.95

Shin Wolford in Wise Man's Grandchild

  • Author: Tsuyoshi Yoshioka
  • Illustrator: Ogata Shunsuke
  • Published: 2016 to Present
  • Genres/Themes: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Isekai, Reincarnation

Having overpowered characters is nothing new in isekai, but it’s always interesting to see how different authors balance that power with other flaws or traits. The protagonist of Wise Man’s Grandchild, Shin, is blessed with great magic power. After being raised by the strongest sage, Merlin, he has the power to destroy nations.

Why would a powerul mage need to attend a magic academy? Shin has been raised alone for his entire life, and going to school is the best way for him to socialize and meet new people. The academy is just an excuse for Shin to grow up like a regular teenager.

8 Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles

MyAnimeList Score: 7.06

Seirei Gensouki Spirit Chronicles

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: 2021 to 2021
  • Studios: TMS Entertainment
  • Genres/Themes: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Harem, Isekai, Reincarnation

Most transmigration stories play out the same way: the protagonist assumes the identity of the host body despite being a completely different person. But in Spirit Chronicles, the protagonist’s identity fuses with the original person, Rio.

This struggle follows him even as he is taken to the Royal Academy. Despite having saved the princess, Rio is met with scorn and prejudice from the surrounding nobility, and it only gets worse when the memories of his past life threaten his identity. Yet, it’s those memories that help him excel in his studies.

7 Knight’s & Magic

MyAnimeList Score: 7.07

Knight's & Magic

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: 2017 to 2017
  • Studios: 8bit
  • Genres/Themes: Action, Fantasy, Isekai, Mecha, Reincarnation, School

For fans of mecha and giant robots battling each other, Knight’s & Magic is perfect, because that’s all this anime is. With an isekai setup for the story, this anime was meant to highlight the models and animations of mechas, so the plot is rather simple.


7 Best Isekai Mecha Anime & Manga

These anime and manga feature a perfect mix of the escapism of isekai storylines and the futurism of mecha narratives.

The mechs in this anime are called Silhouette Knights, and are piloted by Knight Runners. In order to become a Knight Runner, students must go to special schools to learn magic and swordsmanship. The show mostly focuses on knights fighting in their mechs, but the school is an essential part of the setting and the story.

6 The Reincarnation of the Strongest Exorcist in Another World

MyAnimeList Score: 7.16

The Reincarnation of the Strongest Exorcist in Another World

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: 2023 to 2023
  • Studios: Studio Blanc.
  • Genres/Themes: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Isekai, Reincarnation

Most isekai tend to be set in a vaguely medieval European time period, complete with castles and a court of nobility. This one is the same, but offers a unique quality in its main character. The protagonist in this anime is a renowned Japanese exorcist who dies and is reincarnated in this medieval fantasy world.

Seika’s interest in the magic academy only stemmed from a curiosity about the world’s magic. However, in his pursuit of higher power, he ends up making friends and connecting with people — something he never did in his past life. Soon, all he wants to do is live as a normal student.

5 The Familiar of Zero

MyAnimeList Score: 7.22

familiar of zero characters saito hiraga louise anime

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: 2006 to 2006
  • Studios: J.C. Staff
  • Genres/Themes: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Ecchi, Harem, Isekai, School

Characters isekai’d through a summoning ritual are usually meant to be a hero or some type of savior. Instead, Saito Hiraga is summoned as a mage’s familiar. That mage is known as “Louise the Zero” at the academy, because of her lack of talent.


13 Anime Protagonists Who Have Ridiculously Huge Harems

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Tristain Academy is a typical magical anime school full of talented nobility and upper class. Saito’s presence there only serves to stir up gossip and fan the flames of rivalry between Louise and Kirche von Zerbst. However, as all schools are, it’s the perfect place to showcase the growth of each character.

4 My Next Life As A Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

MyAnimeList Score: 7.46

My Next Life As A Villainess - Main Cast Sitting At Table All Gathered Around Katarina

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: 2020 to 2020
  • Studios: SILVER LINK.
  • Genres/Themes: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Isekai, Reincarnation, Reverse Harem, School

Villainess stories and isekais have gotten much more popular in the last few years, and My Next Life as a Villainess was one of the reasons for that popularity. This isekai comedy follows Katarina Claes after she remembers her past life and realizes she is the villainess from the game Fortune Lover.

The Magic Academy is one of the most important settings in the anime, since that is where Katarina interacts with most of the characters. It’s where the audience sees her best qualities: her care for her friends, her willingness to stand up for others, and her ability to befriend anyone.

3 Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs

MyAnimeList Score: 7.61

Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games Is Tough for Mobs

  • Author: Yomu Mishima
  • Illustrator: Jun Shiosato
  • Published: 2018 to Present
  • Genres/Themes: Fantasy, Romance, Harem, Isekai, Mecha, Reincarnation, School

Getting isekai’d into otome games usually involves a girl becoming a villainess or a scorned sister, but what happens when it’s a regular office worker? He becomes a background character stripped of his rights in a world dominated by women and handsome men.


13 Isekai Anime & Manga Protagonists Who Are Reincarnated As Background Characters

The number of isekai stories about protagonists turned into the hero in some game/book is staggering, but what if they were a side character instead?

For otomo games, schools are the primary setting, usually filled with meet-cutes and romance events. However, for a mob, they might as well be dungeons filled with threats of encountering the main story. That won’t stop Leon from messing up the main characters anyway.

2 Eminence In Shadow

MyAnimeList Score: 8.30

Cid Kagenou

  • Episodes: 20
  • Aired: 2022 to 20223​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Studios: Nexus
  • Genres/Themes: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Isekai, Reincarnation

When it comes to self-insert fantasies, Eminence in Shadow is at the peak of manga and anime. The protagonist, Minoru Kagenou, is obsessed with being strong but inconspicuous at the same time. When he gets isekai’d, that doesn’t change. Except, it gets out of hand in the new world.

In the magic academy, he pretends to be one of the weakest students, while holding overpowered abilities and also being the leader of an elite assassin organization. The school is meant to serve as his facade as he continues to work in the shadows. It feels nonsensical and random, but that’s what makes it so fun to watch.

1 Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun

MyAnimeList Score: 8.34

Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun

  • Author: Osamu Nishi
  • Illustrator: Osamu Nishi
  • Published: 2017 to Present
  • Genres/Themes: Comedy, Fantasy, Isekai, Mythology

Other than the overpowered genius character, the goofy, clumsy kid is another popular character type, usually seen in comedy manga and anime. That perfectly describes Iruma Suzuki, weak-willed and unlucky. When his parents offer his soul to a demon, he gets taken to demon school where he must hide his identity as a human.

Of course, Iruma gets into a fight right away, somehow fumbling his way into a victory and earning himself a lifelong servant.


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