Ahead of the Fall 2019 anime season and Sword Art Online: Alicization sequel, we’ll review the top 3 isekai anime series released so far in 2019.
For those not familiar with isekai, it is a genre where the protagonist is transported into another unknown world. Normally, the new world is filled with magic and superpowers.
1. The Rising of the Shield Hero: Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
Shield Hero ranks as one of the best isekai anime to date, which is not surprising since it is an adaptation of a light novel written by Aneko Yusagi. Many other great isekai anime were also adapted from light novels including Sword Art Online, Overlord, Konosuba, Re:Zero, and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.
The protagonist Naofumi is summoned into a parallel universe with 3 other people as legendary heroes to help fight against invading monsters. All of the summoned heroes are equipped with different weapons like a sword, spear, bow and shield. Unfortunately, Naofumi starts as the weakest hero equipped with a shield alone. The rest of the story focuses on overcoming adversity despite all of the ridicule and mistreatment he receives from his shield hero status.
I recommend checking out this anime if you haven’t already. It’s characterization and immersive fantasy setting are superior to other isekai anime released this year.
2. Demon Lord, Retry!
This anime series starts out similar to Overlord in that the protagonist Hakuto is transported to a game world (on the verge of shutdown) with his avatar. Hakuto’s game avatar is overpowered as would would expect from this type of anime. The difference from Overlord is that Hakuto doesn’t have with his support characters and base available yet. He will need to accumulate and spend skill points like in the original game to retrieve his allies and items.
While not the greatest isekai anime of all time, Demon Lord, Retry! is a watchable show with interesting world building aspects. It focuses on the parody of common isekai tropes so you get the OP protagonist and harem members along with the ultimate goal of returning to the original world.
3. Isekai Quartet
If you’ve never watched Konosuba, Overlord, Re:Zero, and Saga of Tanya the Evil, it’s best to skip this anime. It’s basically created for fans of these shows with an emphasis on the interactions between all of the main characters. In the first episode, they are transported into a modern world within a school setting. How did they get there? All of them pressed a strange button that mysteriously appeared out of nowhere.
It was entertaining to see all of the common school tropes like a talent show, class field trip to the beach, and school competition against other classes with all of your favorite characters.
Saga of Tanya the Evil: Youjo Senki (2019)
Saga of Tanya the Evil (2019) is the movie sequel to the original series that was released in 2017. The protagonist Tanya was originally a male office worker that was killed by a disgruntled employee. In the movie, she continues her fight against “Being X” by avoiding death in every battle. Tanya’s true motive is to get promoted to a safe administrative position, but will her superiors allow that? Probably not.
We’ll edit this article after the fall anime season as there are isekai anime series that are worth adding to this list.