Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation quickly established itself as one of the most popular Isekai series in recent memory. The series follows a man who gets a second chance at life after being reincarnated in a fantasy world. However, despite being reincarnated, he retains his old knowledge, which allows him to change the world and forge new friendships.
For fans who have finished Mushoku Tensei and are desperate for something similar to watch, here are five anime worth checking out.
That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
One of Isekai’s most popular series today, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, features unique variations of the Fantastic Tropes and Isekai. The series follows Satoru Mikami, a 37-year-old employee, who, after being murdered, wakes up in a fantasy world. However, Satoru is not a human in this new world. In fact, he’s a humble slime freak. This is a problem as the slimes are weak, blind, and deaf, which means that at first Satoru’s new life seems like a downfall. However, he quickly learns to use his new abilities to his advantage and begins to make friends and explore.
Mushoku Tensei and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime share similar storylines. Both feature sympathetic protagonists who, although their lives have been totally reset, come to terms with their new situation. They both use their newly discovered magical skills to navigate their fantasy world, encountering many different people and creatures along the way.
Written by Riichiro Inagaki and hosted by TMS Entertainment, Dr. Stone offers another story that Mushoku Tensei fans will enjoy. 3,700 years after a great flash petrified almost all human life, a young genius called Senku Ishigami was resurrected by chance. Senku quickly learns that all traces of civilization and human progress have been erased by time. But, after finding out how to restore the petrified people, Senku quickly goes to work. Senku plans to create a new science-based company. However, some people disagree with this project, and soon Senku is fighting for his ideals and his dreamed future.
While not an Isekai in the traditional sense, Dr Stone does offer a lot that Isekai fans will appreciate. Senku and Rudeus Greyrat have a lot in common, as both seek to make the most of their second chance in life. They also make many friends during their journey, which becomes crucial to the overall progression of the plot. They also have to fight for what they believe in, because despite their lofty goals, they often come across people with very different ideologies. This means that their stories are not just power fantasies.
Ascendance Of A Bookworm
Based on the novel written by Miya Kazuki, Ascendance of a Bookworm has often been described as an inverted Mushoku Tensei, and it’s not hard to see why. Urano Motosu has always dreamed of being a librarian, and after graduating she quickly began to work towards making her dream come true. However, a few weeks before she becomes a librarian, an earthquake occurs and Urano is crushed under a pile of books. She wishes to reincarnate in a world where she can read eternally until her last breath.
When Urano wakes up, she discovers that she is in another world. However, Urano quickly realizes that she has been placed in the body of a 5-year-old girl named Myne. Urano is delighted with this news, but she soon realizes that Myne lives in a medieval world where books are scarce and reserved for the rich. However, unable to live in a world without reading, Myne decides to write her own books.
Like Mushoku Tensei, Ascendance of a Bookworm features a likable protagonist who uses his modern knowledge to live the life of his dreams, while reshaping the world around him. However, Ascendance of a Bookworm is much slower and less action-oriented than Mushoku Tensei.
The Saga Of Tanya The Evil
Based on the novel written by Carlo Zen, The Saga Of Tanya the Evil follows an atheist Japanese employee. When he fires a subordinate because of his poor performance, the latter cracks and murders the employee. After his death, the salaryman meets a being who claims to be a god. This god reproaches the salaryman for not having faith, and the salaryman responds by not believing the god.
God then punishes the salaryman by reincarnating him in a world where he will have to fight, thus hoping to force him to respect the divinity. The man is put into the body of Tanya Degurechaff, an orphan who lives in an alternate version of Imperial Germany. However, the man learns that if Tanya does not die a natural death or refuse to have faith in God, their two souls will go to hell. So the new Tanya acts quickly to protect herself, regardless of who she hurts in the process.
The Tanya the Evil Saga is essentially the dark version of Mushoku Tensei, because while the two follow someone who uses their newfound youth to shape a whole new life, Mushoku Tensei follows a man who wants to make a happy new life. As Tanya follows someone willing to do anything to get ahead, no matter what the cost.
Welcome To The N.H.K.
Produced by Gonzo and based on Tatsuhiko Takimoto’s novel, Welcome to the NHK is quite a different series from anything out there. The series follows Tatsuhiro Satō, a hikikomori who rarely leaves his home. However, Takimoto is convinced that his situation is due to a grand conspiracy perpetrated by the NHK One day, Tatsuhiko meets Misaki Nakahara, a young girl who offers to help cure Tatsuhiko of his hikikomori lifestyle, on the condition that he agrees to meet her every day until her problem is resolved. Although not an Isekai, Mushoku Tensei and Welcome to the NHK both follow endearing losers as they attempt to build new lives for themselves. This forces them to find themselves in strange and unexpected situations as they try to adjust to their new circumstances.