Top 10 Best Isekai Manga List (Recommendations)


The word isekai means another world. When it comes to an isekai anime, manga, or light novel, the story usually follows a main character who gets transported to a new world and is introduced to a completely different setting than the one they are used to. Over the past few years these type of anime and manga have gained a huge boost in popularity. As a result, an abundance of them have been coming out in a short amount of time. I read almost all of them just to make a list of my top 10 isekai manga recommendations. I purposely picked 10 isekai manga that are currently not adapted into anime yet so if you were wondering where Overlord, Re:Zero, or KonoSuba are, don’t worry I didn’t forget about them. Check out the top 10 isekai anime list for those.

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10. Chiyu Mahou no Machigatta Tsukaikata: Senjou wo Kakeru Kaifuku Youin

Alternate Names: The Wrong Way to use Healing Magic, 治癒魔法の間違った使い方~戦場を駆ける回復要員~
Genres: Action, Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy

In his final attempt to save his kingdom from the Demon King’s army, the king of Lyngle tries to summon heroes with aptitude from a different world. On that fateful day, three high schoolers: Suzune, Kazuki, and Ken are summoned. Suzune and Kazuki are shown to have immense magical combat abilities while Ken is only gifted with healing powers, but it seems like only two heroes were supposed to be summoned that day. Ken, our protagonist who displays no combat aptitude, was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Like the title suggests, the main character in The Wrong Way to use Healing Magic has a very unconventional way of using his healing ability. Although he can use his healing ability to heal others, he mainly uses it to constantly heal himself while training his body past the human limit. What I love about this manga is how consistent the main character’s progression is; he doesn’t just suddenly get a power boost or a new ability, you can actually see all the work he puts in to become stronger. The two other characters are more of a typical isekai protagonist than the main character as they are given overpowered abilities and proclaimed actual heroes. It’s an interesting heroes vs demons story told from the perspective of a healer.

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9. Ore to Kawazu-san no Isekai Hourouki

Alternate Names: Chronicles of my adventures in another world with Kawazu-san, 俺と蛙さんの異世界放浪記
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life

A great magician uses his remaining life to cast a final spell that summons Kouno Tarou, an ordinary university student, into his world. Upon being summoned, Tarou realizes that his magical powers exceeds 8 million (8 million times more powerful than an average magician). He then uses his overpowered magic to revive the great sage who summoned him into the closest living vessel he could find, the body of a frog.

Ore to Kawazu-san no Isekai Hourouki is a fantasy isekai manga mixed with a bit of comedy, adventure, slice of life, and action. Like the title suggests, the manga follows the adventures of the main character, Tarou, and the great sage, Kawazu. The main character is overpowered and he has no trouble overcoming any obstacles which makes the story quite mellow, but if you just want to relax and read something funny and pleasant, this manga is for you.

8. Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hourou Meshi

Alternate Names: Gourmet Adventure of Legendary Tamer, Tondemo Skill, Regarding the Display of an Outrageous Skill Which Has Incredible Powers, とんでもスキルで異世界放浪メシ
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life

When Mukouda Tsuyoshi is summoned from modern day Japan to a different world and asked to become a hero, he quickly declines. Realizing that his base stats are far lower than the other heroes he was summoned with and that the whole ordeal seems kinda shady, he leaves the castle with a small bag of gold to start his adventure not as a hero, but as a commoner.

Tsuyoshi Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hourou Meshi is an isekai cooking manga that follows the adventures of Mukouda Tsuyoshi and his familiar, Feru. Tsuyoshi is pretty weak himself so he relies on Feru to fight monsters while Feru relies on him for food. Definitely check it out if you just want to lay back and read a slow isekai manga about cooking. Currently, this manga does not feature a harem, romance, or any kind of antagonist so the story might seem slow for some people, but for others, these non-eventful adventures are relaxing. It might not seem like a top 10 isekai manga, but give it a try nonetheless, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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7. Isekai Izakaya “Nobu”

Alternate Names: Otherworldly Izakaya “Nobu”, 異世界居酒屋「のぶ」
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life
Where to Buy/Read: Amazon

A bar called ‘Izakaya Nobu’ sets shop in a medieval town and brings otherworldly cuisines to a world that’s unfamiliar with ours.

Isekai Izakaya “Nobu” is a slice of life comedy isekai with mostly episodic chapters. There are a few recurring side characters, but the main focus of this manga is on the bar, it’s staff, and their food. The manga is very light-hearted and although there isn’t much of an overarching plot or story driven drama, pacing feels just right. Because much of the story is set in the bar, world building is done through character interactions. The characters in Isekai Izakaya “Nobu” are quite wholesome, their conversations feel genuine and their personalities are kind. The anime adaption for the light novel was announced last year so look forward to the anime soon.

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6. Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu

Alternate Names: Moon-led Journey Across Another World
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life

When high schooler Makoto Misumi gets summoned to another world, the goddess in charge of that world deems him too ugly and casts him aside. As Makoto falls from heaven, he meets a different god called Tsukuyomi, who gives him some divine power and wishes him the best in his journeys to come.

In the beginning, Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu follows a very familiar isekai formula that focuses on its overpowered main character doing good deeds. However, as more characters are introduced and their backstories/motivations get revealed, the story gradually shifts away from its typical isekai plot and adapts a darker undertone. But that’s not to say that the manga becomes mature and depressing. In fact, story progression is slow because this manga mostly focuses on its character interactions. Comedy is a huge part of this series and personally, I read this manga for the fun interactions that Makoto have with the side characters.

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5. The New Gate

Alternate Names: ザ・ニュー・ゲート
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

After defeating the final boss in an online death game that trapped millions of players, the main character, Shinya Kiritani, is finally able to log out. Before he does, Shin decides to wait for all his friends to go first. After seeing all his friends offline, Shin tries to log out himself, but a mysterious door suddenly appears behind him and engulfs him in white light. He gets transported to what he believes to be a another world, but in reality, it is the same game just 500 years in the future.

The New Gate is by no means original. The story can be a bit predicable and the characters follow a generic formula, but its great execution makes the manga really enjoyable. The main character, Shin, is overpowered, but he doesn’t show it much. This means the story is a bit slow and mostly revolves around him solving small/medium conflicts well below his level. Personally, I enjoy these stories where overpowered characters do small side missions, but I understand the story might be too slow for some people.

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4. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu

Alternate Names: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, 無職転生 ~異世界行ったら本気だす~
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Where to Buy/Read: Amazon

After wasting his life away, a 34 year old NEET gets reincarnated into a fantasy world as a baby with all his past memories intact. He is very regretful of his past life so tries to live his new life, as Rudeus Greyrat, in full. Using his past knowledges, Rudeus strives to become the strongest mage in the world, but more importantly he strives to become a better person than his past self.

In Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu, Rudeus Greyrat doesn’t always make the right decisions, but he learns from his mistakes and tries to do better. It’s this constant character progression that separates him from the other overpowered isekai protagonists. And it’s not just the protagonist that has good character progressions, the side characters also have differing backgrounds and views. This makes character interactions quite dynamic as the side characters don’t just follow the protagonist blindly. Currently, this is one of the longest running and more popular isekai manga so expect an anime adaption soon.

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3. Kumo desu ga, Nani ka?

Alternate Names: So I’m a spider, what about it?, 蜘蛛ですが、なにか?
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Where to Buy/Read: Amazon

After being reincarnated into a new fantasy world as a baby spider to a child-eating cannibalistic mother, the main character escapes, only to find more monsters and enemies lurking at every turn.

Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? is a fantasy isekai manga with a focus on leveling, exploration, and action. It’s a saturated formula for isekai stories, but the two aspects of this isekai leveling manga that separates it from others are the main character’s fun personality and her smart approach to everything. She is constantly facing foes that are stronger, so her battles are mostly hard fought through wits and strategy. But despite her shortcomings as a small spider in a harsh dungeon, she makes the story quite positive and enjoyable to read with her funny and cheery narrations.

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2. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken

Alternate Names:That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Regarding Reincarnated to Slime, 転生したらスライムだった件
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Where to Buy/Read: Amazon

After dying to a stab wound from a passing robber, the main character is reincarnated into a completely new and different fantasy world as a slime with unique abilities. Once there, he meets and befriends a ‘catastrophe-level’ monster called Storm Dragon Verudora. The two give each other new names as a token of their bond and the main character adopts the name Rimaru Tempest.

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken is a fun isekai manga with an overpowered, but laid-back main character. The story isn’t too complicated and the characters are pretty simple, but the story-driven city building elements and the wholesome character developments make this manga such an enjoyable read. In the earlier arcs there isn’t really an overarching plot so if you love a good isekai with lots of potential, then check this one out.

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1. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Alternate Names:The Rising of the Shield Hero: The Manga Companion, 盾の勇者の成り上がり
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Where to Buy/Read: Amazon

Naofumi Iwatani was just reading a fantasy book at his university when suddenly, he gets transported to a new world. Naofumi, along with three others, are proclaimed heroes by the king and was asked to save the world from the impending calamity. The four heroes are each bound to a unique weapon, but Naofumi is stuck with a shield. Outcasted as the weakest hero by everyone and later deceived by an enemy, Naofumi is left with nothing but his shield.

When there’s a list about the top 10 best isekai manga, Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari is always on it. And for a good reason too. This manga strays away from the average isekai story and focuses more on a darker tale with flawed characters. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari is a manga about betrayal and revenge, but ultimately it is a story of redemption. The story starts off like a typical isekai, but it quickly changes to a darker tone when the main character gets betrayed and loses everything. The action packed story has a good flow and Naofumi’s journey towards redemption is an enjoyable read. The anime was recently announced so now is a good time to check the manga out.

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