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15 Best Isekai Manga That Are Better Than You’d Expect

Isekai manga series are some of the most popular manga in recent years. They depict a character being transported to an alternate world where they take on a completely different personality and life, often with a focus on a job or profession that is typical in their own world.

So with no further ado, we’ll be listing the best isekai manga series to read, if you like stories that usually have a protagonist who’s transported to another world.

15. Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Is Utterly Adorable

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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear is agood isekai manga to read, set in an RPG world. After playing too many games and reading too many mangas, a little otaku girl called Kuma ends up in an RPG universe and meets an adopted bear named Bear.

In the process of exploring this new world, Kuma and Bear become friends with all sorts of people they meet along the way. The series is great for readers looking for a heartwarming, relaxing story.

This manga is not just an ordinary Japanese comic book, it’s also famous among English-speaking audiences who like to read manga in translation.

14. How To Not Summon A Demon Lord

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The story of How To Not Summon A Demon Lord is a good read. This manga has it all: comedy, action, and the best fanservice you can find in an isekai world.

The manga is hilarious. The Demon Lord, Takuma, is trying to be his character in social situations, but always screws it up because he’s socially nervous.

Rem and Shera both summoned him so that they could become familiars of his- but the spell goes wrong and only he became their familiar instead.

You’ll have a blast with this one, so just give it a try!

13. OVERLORD

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Overlord is a Japanese dark isekai manga series written by Kugane Maruyama with illustrations by so-bin.

The story takes place in a fictional MMORPG game called Yggdrasil. Momonga, who is the leader of Ainz Ooal Gown (a powerful guild), decides to end his video game life by logging off from the game.

However, he is then sucked into the world of Yggdrasil and transformed into an NPC (Non-Player Character). As the newly created NPC’s name “Momonga” can be translated as “Demon Lord”.

He decides to explore this new world, in which he has godlike power since he is a GM (Game Master) and can do anything that comes to his mind.

12. Restaurant To Another World

12. Restaurant To Another World

This pretty good isekai manga is one of my favorites. “Restaurant to Another World” is about a young chef who opens a modest restaurant in Japan that secretly links to another dimension.

This portal opens on Saturdays, allowing diverse interspecies of the other realm to feast at the restaurant. This show presents the lives of restaurant patrons and enables people to understand their relationship dynamics with each other and their owners.

11. Chillin’ In Another World With Level 2 Super Cheat Powers

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Chilling in Another World With Level 2 Super Cheat Powers is what many manga fans are looking for. The story provides a detailed description of the protagonist’s life after he is summoned to another world. As a hero individual, he is urged to defeat the Demon Lord’s army.

Not long after applying to be a hero candidate, he was rejected and told to go home. Shortly after, something went wrong, and he’s now stuck in a world that despises him.

There are many reasons why this is considered one of the best isekai manga to read: for its story and details, but also the art style and how easy it is to read.

10. Konosuba: god’s blessing on this wonderful world

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Konosuba is a comedy isekai manga about a character who was reincarnated in another fantasy world.

Kazuma Sato, the protagonist of the story, is a hikikomori gamer who spends his days playing games and doing everything he can to avoid work. One day, he dies and finds himself in front of a gate where there is a beautiful goddess! He is then told that he has been given the opportunity to join this world’s inhabitants in exchange for completing this world’s quests.

He becomes popular in this world after defeating the demon king who had been terrorizing these lands for 500 years This is a light-hearted isekai series that is good for those who just want a light-hearted story without too many action scenes or complicated plots.

9. Outbreak Company

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Outbreak Company is a Japanese isekai manga series written and illustrated by Inio Asano. The story follows the life of Shinichi Izumi, a young man who becomes an owner of a struggling video game company over the span of four days.

Shinichi was an otaku and had fantasized about owning his own company ever since he was young. It all started when he came up with the idea to create a video game that featured him as the protagonist and hero after losing to his friend in another RPG game.

The story is quite lighthearted, even though there are dark themes woven throughout. For example, it depicts how labor laws sometimes don’t apply in this fantasy world and how unfair that can be for those working for the protagonist’s company.

8. Tales Of Wedding Rings

Tales Of Wedding Rings

Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari is a Japanese romance, fantasy, and isekai manga series illustrated and written by, Maybe. The Story follows a girl who had to marry a heroic man because they’re childhood friends. One day, when Hime said “goodbye” and left, he chased after her and found himself in a fantasy world!? There, he married his childhood friend Hime (who was now his wife).

7.  High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World!

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This manga follows the exploits of seven brilliant people. Each of them is the world’s leading expert in his or her field. One major in economics, another in business, one in media, and another in science…

While heading to a conference those geniuses got into a plane crash, due to an air disturbance. However, the crash didn’t happen on Earth but in a different parallel world.

When any other person would panic, they keep their cool and figure out a solution. This is clear when you think about the challenges they have managed to overcome on Earth or anywhere else. As a group, each of them can do just about everything with little to no difficulty – especially if they work together.

6. The World’s Finest Assassin

The World’s Finest Assassin

The World’s Finest Assassin is an isekai manga with a story of a young man who leaves his previous life and starts a career as an assassin. He ends up working for one of the most powerful families in the mafia world. His goal is to find an enigmatic criminal mastermind and take him down.

In this manga, the protagonist has unreal abilities which give him the upper hand in combat against his opponents. The protagonist has superhuman strength, agility, and reflexes. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat and give you an adrenaline rush like never before! Unfortunately For him, when the mafia stopped needing his services they dropped him away. However, This person received a second chance from a goddess. They have the choice to die in a different world or be reincarnated in this world and do what she asks. This might not seem like much of a choice but he, the assassin, will have to kill the hero of this new world.

5. Gate

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A gate appears in modern-day Japan, suddenly spawning hostile creatures that attack without warning – these turn out to be nothing more than transplanted persons with no memory of their previous life or identity. An elite force must venture into this strange new world.

The story of this awesome isekai manga follows the protagonist, Itami Youji, as he is conscripted to work for the Japanese Self-Defense Force from his previous post at the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force because he was in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Overall this manga is phenomenal. If you’re looking for realistic battles, grittier combat, and a smart main character who’s not invincible – this manga series may be just what you need!

4. Knight’s & Magic

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Our Protagonist, Tsubasa Kurata has died in a car accident and has been reborn in the world of Fremmevilla – which is the same but very different from modern-day Japan. Here, mecha called Silhouette Knights are used to fight monsters called Demons and Horrors.

Tsubasa was reborn into an esteemed noble family and as a result, was given exceptional magical skills & abilities. The Royal Laihaila Academy then accepted him to train to become a Silhouette Knight. However, his final goal is not just to become a pilot. He hopes to create an original Silhouette Knight and make his own mark in history.

3. Death March To The Parallel World Rhapsody

Death March To The Parallel World Rhapsody

Imagine you are working until you are worn out, and that leads you to a big sleep mode while working. Suzuki Ichirous here is a programmer almost 30 years old, who sleeps while working until he wakes up and finds himself in a fantasy RPG game world.

However, just as he got to the village, he was attacked by an endless horde of lizardmen. Without even thinking, he used his skill Meteor Shower, and took them all out in one fell swoop. He made sure to maximize all his stats before taking a breath.

In the new spot, we see him become a younger version of himself and his name suddenly changes to Satou. He used that name while testing games

2. The New Gate

The New Gate

In this new world, the protagonist is a hero. As the hero, he must defeat the last boss, and return peace to the land. A video game that was popular until it turned into a deadly trap? Sounds like the infamous “Sword Art Online”. But thanks to Shin, the game’s oldest and most powerful player, they managed to complete all the missions and get out. However, after rescuing everyone from the deadly game trap, our Protagonist “Shin” was swallowed by a mysterious light and finds himself 500 years in the future inside the gaming world.

1. The Rising Of The Shield Hero

The Rising Of The Shield HeroThe Rising of the Shield Hero is a top-notch isekai manga series created by Aneko Yusagi. The story tells the journey of a young man (Naofumi) who was summoned to another world along with 3 other people to become one of 4 legendary Heroes, only to find that he’s the lowest-ranked one.

Naofumi eventually becomes surrounded by enemies but manages to make friends and starts building up his army.

The Rising of the Shield Hero is one of the most popular manga works that has gained huge popularity among manga fans in just a few amount of time after its release.

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