Isekai Musume To Marriage Isekai Bride Hunting ...
When it comes to picking the best isekai anime where a main character enjoys adventures in another world, chances are good that if you like one isekai anime series, you will like a large bulk of the isekai anime genre.
Isekai Musume to Marriage Isekai Bride Hunting ...
Everyone likes a little friendly escapism, and I think isekai anime fills that void in a big way. As such, there are a lot of isekai anime series out there now, and it grows with each new anime season.
However, there are several that stretch that defintion. Some are reverse isekai anime where the characters have come back from a fantasy world to our world. Some are VRMMO anime, though in those the characters are still trapped in the game. Some have the characters able to go to a different world, but return to their own world. In those, they still have many of the traditional isekai anime themes.
If you are specifically looking for more isekai anime to enjoy, perhaps you should give some of these isekai-themed lists a read through so you can hone in on isekai anime recommendations that fit your tastes.
While it is really just the same isekai formula, this series is pretty likable due to the amount of interesting beings he can summon over time. Even if some of the bigger battles have this jarring shift between animation and CGI.
However, what makes The Reincarnation of the Strongest Onmyouji in Another World really interesting to watch is that it shows you standard isekai situations where the characters often gain acclaim by the sheer luck of both being powerful and being there at that exact time, but it makes it clear that Seika was using his cunning to create and manipulate the situation to the conclusion he wants.
Admittedly, this barely counts as an isekai. The main character is transported to a new world, but he is silent for 98% of the series because this is based on a gacha game and he is a literal avatar for you.
They legitimately have to work hard, and often fail at battle anyway. Sometimes, heart-breakingly so. It was an easy way to make something different and likable, yet still a standard isekai adventure anime.
The main character is a Mary Sue, for sure. It has strong reverse harem vibes, but I appreciate the older, mature female protagonist. Female-led isekai anime is growing in popularity, but not always done well.
What I most enjoy about Handyman Saitou in Another World is that isekai often trudges through setting up a same-y fantasy world and a same-y adventuring party, and a same-y adventuring plot as part of linear storytelling. Handyman Saitou is told in short skits instead of one linear plot.
However, it is actually an isekai anime that is very dedicated to its plot. He ends up trying to save elves sold into slavery and gets pulled into a surprisingly complex series of political intrigues.
Through its raw, emotional, sometimes-frustrating narrative, Fushigi Yugi uses isekai trappings and the relationship between Miaka and Yui to explore common sources of desire and anxiety for teenage girls along with their potential consequences, both positive and negative. By tapping into the mentality of its audience and providing reassurance in its conclusion, Fushigi Yugi serves the function of a modern fable or fairy tale.
The show is rough around the edges visually, complete with big hair and wonky eye-to-face ratios straight out of 2004, but the isekai story is fresh air after season after seasons of noxious incel pandering and slavery apologism.
Accidental Marriage: To Illuna. He was unaware that letting her drink his blood is a sacred marriage covenant among the vampire race, until Leficious spells it out for him much later. Illuna, who asked permission, did know, but refused to enlighten him...
Accidental Pervert: Teleporting home from the Demon Kingdom, he comes face to face with Nell, topless, because she's changing in his throne room, a public place. Awkward doesn't even begin to cover the aftermath.
Achievements in Ignorance: Most of his accomplishments are a direct result of a lucky (or unlucky) accident.
Anything but That!: He is terrified of swarms of large bugs, and it's justified. Although he can easily beat any of the bugs of Haunted Forest in a one on one fight, or even when considerably outnumbered, these bugs terrify him because of their single-minded dedication to eliminate him on each and every encounter, and just keep coming until either something else catches their attention, or their entire nest is destroyed, caring not a whit about how many of their kin they have to sacrifice in the process.
Awesome by Analysis: Played with. While he does occasionally have keen insight regarding his abilities and environment, his successes and failures are either due to having things explained to him or the result of pure accident. The best straight example is during his first encounter with Leficious, where he could smell honey on her breath, so he inferred that she had a powerful sweet tooth and he could use chocolate to persuade her not to attack him for trespassing in her territory.
Badass Pacifist: He prefers the peaceful solution whenever possible, as he hates gore and bloodshed. Provoke him, and consider yourself lucky if there's enough left of you to bury.
Bathtub Bonding: When he fashions a spa, both Illuna and Leficious barge in on him and join him in its use.
Berserk Button: Even if he's well aware that she can defend herself just fine, so much as the threat of harm to one of the ladies in his sphere of influence will make him flip his shit. This goes doubly so for Illuna. The last time some yahoos threatened her, he was only stopped from utterly annihilating the city where it occurred by Leficious pinning him to the ground and making him stop with a Cooldown Hug. If you're a pervert who gets off on brutalizing little kids, keep it to yourself when he's around, because if he catches you in the act, he will see red and kill you.
Big Brother Instinct: Mess with Illuna, and your life is forfeit.
Bodyguarding a Badass: Though no slouch himself, anybody who threatens Lefi will get him angry enough to go totally postal on the threat.
Born Unlucky: At level 1, all of his stats are 500+ except his luck, which is 70. Everybody else has better luck than that, including a slime he summons.
Bullying a Dragon: It doesn't take long, after Leficious moves into his home, that he starts treating her like a Bratty Half-Pint. She lets him do it because she finds it amusing.
Combat Pragmatist: It doesn't happen often, but when he faces someone stronger, more skilled, or both, he won't hesitate to fight dirty.
Contagious Heroism: Though he adamantly insists that he's not a "hero" and doesn't want to be known as one, his heroic virtues will rub off on you if you're around him long enough.
Dark Is Not Evil: He's a Demon Lord, loves to decorate everything from his weapons and clothes to his buildings in dark, especially jet-black colors, and is an inherently good and noble individual.
Deliberate Injury Gambit: In chapter 102, he takes a sword strike to his arm to avoid one to his head. While the sword is stuck, he uses his other arm to deal a fatal blow.
Dramatic Irony: Nell, the human "Hero", trained from a very young age to fight Demon Lords, sees Yuki, The Demon Lord, as the perfect template upon which to model her idea of heroics. Many people lampshade this, though Yuki himself remains unaware.
Fantastic Arousal: He learns that his demon's wings are erogenous zones when Leficious starts to rub them...
Fish out of Water: It takes him a great deal of time and effort to learn how to live in this new world.
Flat-Earth Atheist: Played with. While he was an Atheist on Earth, as he mentions in chapter 93, the moment he sets foot in a church "safe house" where the goddess is worshiped, and feels all the holy magic involved in the murals, he not only looks on in awe, but is quite willing to accept that said goddess might actually exist.
Friend to All Children: As is revealed in chapters 94 and 95, while visiting an orphanage run by the same church that raised Nell, the children absolutely adore him, especially when he roleplays "The Demon Lord". The fact that he shared the meat of monsters he hunted earlier for them during a famine deliberately instigated by Prince Ryuit in his bid for power didn't hurt.
Genre Savvy: To the point of Leaning on the Fourth Wall. He was an avid troper in his life on Earth, and speaks of tropes all the time concerning his situation, to the confusion of those around him.
Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Downplayed. He can understand that criminals are scum. He can comprehend why knights under Prince Ryuit would try to provoke the church so he can publicly brand them rebels and hunt them down, but when said "knights" draw a sword and attempt to strike down a hungry orphan child for the "crime" of accidentally bumping into them with the very stew they're trying to confiscate, Yuki is offended into attacking.
Good Feels Good: He does heroic things because he enjoys it.
Good is Not Nice: He's actually not that bad by western standards. But the standards of Japan, where the story is written, he's supposed to be extremely rude, crude, vulgar, and "an internet pedophile," even if he is actually quite decent and kind in person.
Good Is Not Soft: If he's given just cause to anger and violence, he will respond with maximum force and brutality, and he won't stop until the target(s) of his rage are Ludicrous Gibs, if they're lucky.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Subtle, but present. Yuki is usually really fun to be around, but he has a very low "asshole threshold." While he will sincerely strive to get along with others, if you're the kind of dork who likes to go around looking for trouble, throw your weight around, give people grief to amuse yourself, or refuse to be "satisfied" unless you have responded to any offense against you, real, imagined, or entirely accidental, with violence, he will completely flip his shit, even if he's the one at fault, and do whatever it takes to beat you down.
Hero with Bad Publicity: As a Demon Lord, he certainly inherited a bad reputation, but he is a good and noble character, and if you don't intentionally antagonize him, you've got nothing to worry about.
Hot-Blooded: He throws his entire passion into everything he does, to wild and unpredictable effect.
Humans Are Insects: When he's asked why he was giving an invading human army fair warning instead of simply slaughtering them, he equated the humans to insects. In truth, he thinks the invading human army was weaker than insects, and when comparing to the insects in Haunted Forest, he's right.
Ideal Hero: Though he would adamantly insist otherwise, he is this. He acts in a heroic manner, purely for its own sake, not because he's expecting a reward, although he certainly wouldn't turn a reward down, and does act heroically because he enjoys doing so, or benefits from it.
Ignorant of His Own Ignorance: From the other end. Not only is he so powerful that he has problems relating to the "common sense" of this new world, but for most of volume 1, his entire basis for comparison is the one being even stronger than himself, the Supreme Dragon Leficious.
I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: He hates "heroes", especially those who boast of their selflessness, and pointedly does not want to be one.
I Warned You: When a hodge-podge army of mercenaries and various "noble" houses intrudes in his territory, seeking to "avenge their country's honor" as a direct result of him hunting down a slaver cartel, to rescue Illuna, while said cartel was operating (illegally) in their country, he goes to what he thinks is the top commander and warns him. Said commander warned his superiors, but was ignored. The warned commander wisely withdrew his squad. That squad survived. The rest? They got to help Yuki test out his new dungeon traps.
Kirk Summation: To Nell, an official "Hero" of the human kingdom. With just a couple of well phrased sentences, he made her realize her actions were hardly heroic, and she was just an Unwitting Pawn. She gets better.
Magic Eye: As a result of being a demon lord, he has a red eye that allows him to check the Dungeon "menu" at any time. He can also see the flow of magic, letting him predict an enemy's spells before they even finish casting.
Manchild: He may look like a full-grown adult, but he has a very childish temperament. This is the aspect of his character Lefi loves and is annoyed by the most. It's also what makes him beloved by children as he can relate to them.
Mistaken for Pedophile: All the time. Leficious only looks like a pre-teen, but is Really 700 Years Old, and due to a cultural misunderstanding he's accidentally married to Illuna who actually is a pre-teen.
Morality Chain: His very existence is the primary reason Leficious isn't currently going on rampages to slake her boredom.
Mundane Utility: Remember that majestic castle? In times of peace, it's a massive theme park where the kids living in his dungeon can laugh and play, without a care in the world.
The Nicknamer: He's fond of giving people amusing little nicknames in his head. He's not above making profane and vulgar nick-names for people he does not like. A certain black dragon gets the dubious honor of "Douche-lord."
One-Man Army: Thinking he's entirely reliant on his dungeon to deal with armies is a suicidal mistake. A group of mass-murdering fiends that were attacking the winged demon clan, including the women and helpless children, and threatened Nell with rape, dismemberment, and death, ran across him. The moment Nell's unconscious form was sent off to safety... the aftermath was so horrific, the survivors slit their own throats in abject despair, save one, the leader, who wound up questioned by Yuki.
Right for the Wrong Reasons: After he's spent days designing the perfect castle, purely to awe the world with his magnificence as a Demon Lord, and then invested a massive amount of DP to actually build it, it proves way too large and unwieldy to actually live in. In any other time and place, this would have been a monumental boondoggle. In this story? It proves the perfect decoy, because armies, enemy scouts, and adventurers would presume that the Demon Lord, and his treasures, would be inside. As showcased when Nell invades the dungeon...
Roaring Rampage of Rescue: When he chases down Illuna's scent, tracking her back to the slaver cartel who kidnapped her, said cartel foolishly attacked him. Say hello to a pile of corpses and entrails splashed on the walls.
Rule of Cool: In universe. He does strange (and often impractical) things because he's fascinated with projecting a "cool" image of himself.
Secretly Selfish: Although he would adamantly insist otherwise, he is heroic in word, act, and mindset, but he internally admits that he does heroic things purely because he either benefits from doing so or actively enjoys it. This does not stop him from being an Ideal Hero.
Showy Invincible Hero: Invoked. Not only is it extremely gratifying to watch him obliterate armies of enemies like they're nothing, he goes out of his way to make sure this is the case.
Sudden Game Interface: Discussed, Invoked, and Lampshaded. When he touches the dungeon-core, it scans his mind and tools a "menu" interface styled off the RPG games he's familiar with. He's then forced to see the world that way, especially when he uses the newly acquired "analysis" skill.
Tastes Like Friendship: He "tames" Leficious, the Supreme Dragon, by offering her chocolate and other sweets that wouldn't otherwise be obtainable in this world.
The Unfettered: He lives by his own rules, on his own schedule, and only does things, or listens to people, that he wants to.
Unskilled, but Strong: Being a demon-lord, he can, and does, overpower most of his foes with sheer brute force. He's trying to become Strong and Skilled so that he doesn't get overwhelmed by those who can gobsmack him with pure skill.
Unstoppable Rage: Yuki is usually pretty chill. When he gets pissed, he gets pissed, and he won't stop until he's physically restrained, or his targets are dead.
What's Up, King Dude?: Yuki cares not a whit about official titles or ranks. His opening greeting to the king of Alyssa is the trope, by name. The fact that he's a friendly Demon Lord, and there are few who could fight him on equal footing, and fewer still who would want to, helps him get away with it.
Weirdness Magnet: There is never a dull moment around him. Not only because he's prone to getting into fights, but because he as almost no concept of the local "common sense." The ladies in his life actually appreciate this as much as it also annoys them.
Wild Card: Despite being an Ideal Hero, he's not going to intervene in affairs that don't directly impact him. For example, the ongoing human/beast-kin war. Either army tries to pass through his territory? The other side just won itself a powerful ally.
Would Not Hit a Girl: Slapstick on Leficious aside, he prefers to avoid hurting women, but if she's a serious threat and refuses to stand down... so be it.
Would Not Hurt A Child: While it has yet to crop up much, seeing how remote his dungeon is, he does not like hurting children, and if he finds those who do, he tends to be quite... upset.
You Are What You Hate: He loathes heroes to the point of revulsion, seeing himself as a Villain Protagonist. Paradoxically, this is the trait that keeps him as an Ideal Hero... Which his internal dialog states is the kind that disgusts him most.