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Isekai is a sub-genre of Japanese fantasy manga, anime, and related media in which a protagonist or group of protagonists, usually people with lacking skillsets in the real world, are transported to, trapped in, or reborn in another world or universe. The genre grew to prominence in the 2010s with series such as


The genre is seen by some to have its roots in the Japanese fairy tale of Urashima Tarō, a fisherman who, after rescuing a turtle, is brought to a splendorous undersea kingdom, only to return to the surface a few days later to see that centuries have passed. Stories in which a protagonist is transported to another world also exist in the west, such as The Wizard of Oz, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and Alice in Wonderland.


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Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online is a science fiction-fantasy series created by Reki Kawahara involving Kazuto Kirigaya, a beta tester for the titular virtual reality MMORPG Sword Art Online who discovers that he, among another few thousand players, are trapped within the game, with an in-game death resulting in a death in the real world. Since its initial release, the series has received both a strong fandom and anti-fandom.



The Rising of the Shield Hero

That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime


Isekai Quartet

Isekai Quartet is a chibi-style crossover published by Kadokawa Publishing with characters from KonoSuba, Overlord, Re:Zero, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil, four prominent series within the genre. It is seen by some as a parody of the isekai genre and is very popular on the subreddit /r/Animemes.


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Edgar Weebling
Edgar Weebling

in reply to Edgar Weebling

Now there are many reasons why one may not like Isekai, but in my opinion, there is no greater reason than the fact that it single-handedly managed to take over the fantasy genre, and now almost all fantasy anime that come out every season have at least an 89% chance of being Isekai, and it has become so bad that now it's hard to even tell the difference between an Isekai fantasy anime and a normal fantasy anime because they just look so similar at first sight and share similar environments and story ideas.


in reply to Edgar Weebling

Honestly fantasy has always been this way. Chronicles of Narnia was contemporary with Lord of the Rings, so right from the start isekai has been one of sword-and-sorcery's central pillars (and let's not forget John Carter of Mars doing the same for sci-fi). Dungeons&Dragons embraced isekai as early as 1983, and in modern anime for every Naturo and One Piece you also have Bleach and YuYu Hakusho -- not technically isekai, but very much isekai-flavored right down to The Truck showing up in Hakusho


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