The Definitive Isekai List

The Definitive Isekai List
Isekais are fun reads when done right, cringey when generic, and horrible when done wrong.

Sorted: Best to Worst; each individual rating is not sorted in any way. | RATING COMING SOON = Haven't read an adaptation or the novel yet.

Honorable Mentions: The Beginning after the End (NOT ON NU) {4.35/5} It's cool, that's all I can really say.

Notes: Not coming back. At least for now. I'm taking a break from binge reading novels, but I might come back soon in the future. As always, there are basically no chinese novels since I don't read them or like them that much. I'll change up a few reviews here and there if I find them too cringey or not really descriptive of my current thoughts.
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Created: Apr 13th, 2020, Updated: May 22nd, 2020
Created Apr 13th, 2020
Updated May 22nd, 2020
JP (4.6)
183 Chapters Every 22.9 Day(s) 9755 Readers 35 Reviews 09-19-2020
S Tier. Pretty good comedy isekai.
KR (4.4)
160 Chapters Every 8.3 Day(s) 8055 Readers 53 Reviews 03-04-2021
S Tier. Very fun read with a protagonist who spits the maximum amount of bull each time his mouth opens. It does not feel like... more>>
JP (4.3)
263 Chapters Every 1.5 Day(s) 10294 Readers 105 Reviews 04-09-2021
S Tier. Lots of tropes, but manages to make it good. Solid semi-dense MC with no common sense of the world he now inhabits.
JP (4.5)
154 Chapters Every 22.9 Day(s) 16206 Readers 117 Reviews 06-08-2020
S Tier. A must read.
JP (4.5)
0 Chapters Every 2724 Day(s) 2802 Readers 6 Reviews 11-05-2013
S Tier. ANIME WATCHERS RISE UP
JP (4.5)
753 Chapters Every 5.3 Day(s) 23421 Readers 168 Reviews 02-12-2021
S Tier. The better RE:Monster. A story that has too much complexity to take in just one day, so I suggest reading it step by step with breaks after each step. Sometimes it fails in its complexity and the other times it absolutely slaps with it. A weak to stronger story.... more>>
JP (4.7)
9 Chapters Every 220.6 Day(s) 5672 Readers 23 Reviews 04-04-2017
S Tier.
JP (4.4)
86 Chapters Every 77.1 Day(s) 10948 Readers 33 Reviews 07-24-2018
S Tier. Very fun read. The sequel, however, is not.
KR (4.4)
550 Chapters Every 6.9 Day(s) 21260 Readers 388 Reviews 01-11-2021
S Tier. From manhwa reader's perspective. (I've read the first 100 chapters but I've forgotten it all.)
JP (4.3)
69 Chapters Every 78.1 Day(s) 19556 Readers 135 Reviews 09-15-2018
S Tier. Kingdom Building AND Isekai? I'll take it yes sir.
KR (4.1)
133 Chapters Every 118.3 Day(s) 13235 Readers 167 Reviews 06-19-2016
S Tier.
JP (4.4)
6 Chapters Every 359.5 Day(s) 11375 Readers 115 Reviews 12-24-2017
{??/5} It's good, but it's just not to my liking. I know I am a hypocrite, but...
JP (4.5)
25 Chapters Every 55.5 Day(s) 4920 Readers 14 Reviews 03-30-2020
{4.75/5} You probably already know this.
JP (4)
20 Chapters Every 142.3 Day(s) 4106 Readers 11 Reviews 07-31-2020
{4.7/5} You probably already know this.
JP (3.8)
132 Chapters Every 3.2 Day(s) 5071 Readers 14 Reviews 04-11-2021
{4.7/5} Fun read. Heard it goes R18 but it has an R15 version lol also cool LN thing 3 versions cool
KR (4.5)
178 Chapters Every 3.3 Day(s) 14560 Readers 92 Reviews 04-10-2021
{4.65/5} It's good. Lots of fluff, it makes you feel like you're eating cotton candy. Amazing translation quality btw
JP (3.7)
35 Chapters Every 113.9 Day(s) 4007 Readers 17 Reviews 10-21-2018
{4.65/5} Z A W A R U D O T O K I W A T O M A R E... more>>
KR (4.4)
664 Chapters Every 5.3 Day(s) 24770 Readers 354 Reviews 04-09-2021
{4.6/5} I like it.
JP (4.1)
387 Chapters Every 19.7 Day(s) 8670 Readers 49 Reviews 12-01-2014
{4.5/5} If you're a manga reader, I suggest re-reading it all... the manga diverged from the WN a long time ago.
KR (4)
111 Chapters Every 23.9 Day(s) 6578 Readers 90 Reviews 03-30-2021
{4.5/5} After reading 50 chapters, I have fallen in love with it. This is a New Game+ but the MC is a speedrunner or something like that. Amazing stuff. Cool edgiest in the world MC.... more>>
JP (4.4)
24 Chapters Every 64.7 Day(s) 3475 Readers 16 Reviews 04-17-2020
{4.45/5} Yandere, mmmm yes. MC's slowly going insane from all the bull that his sister is pulling out of her rear.
KR (4.3)
379 Chapters Every 8.5 Day(s) 27256 Readers 344 Reviews 02-01-2021
{4.45/5} It's pretty good, had a lot of fun reading it.
JP (4.1)
37 Chapters Every 62.7 Day(s) 5457 Readers 8 Reviews 11-25-2019
{4.42/5} From manga reader's perspective.
JP (4.2)
14 Chapters Every 3.5 Day(s) 13823 Readers 136 Reviews 03-21-2021
{4.4/5} Very fun to read, MC lives in a feminist world. Yes. I know, it's amazing.
JP (4.1)
202 Chapters Every 14.8 Day(s) 8129 Readers 33 Reviews 02-21-2021
{4.4/5} From manga reader's perspective.
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  1. Thousand Vangs
    Thousand Vangs· Apr 15, 2020 01:31 PM

    Really good list bro, i really need one that gives a lot of free adventure, just going around exploring the world.

    Also try to read Kimi to no Saikai Nagai Koto wa Nagai Koto please. It's reincarnated to another world and the translation for it has stopped but i plan to continue the translation for it... Slowly lol

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    • memed
      memed· Author · Apr 15, 2020 01:55 PM
      Thanks, I'll look into the novel you recommend. GL on the translation journey lol.
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  2. sol.arin
    sol.arin· Apr 14, 2020 04:39 AM

    Hi~~~~ love your list!!! XD

    Here are some of my favourites that I would love to recommend:

    - Running away from the hero (isekaied, there’s the original and the remake, both good, it’s so damn funny)

    - The Man Picked Up By God (isekaied, there’s the original and the remake, remake is better, more slice of life like, might be too calm for your taste)

    - Tales of The Reincarnated Lord (isekaied, a lot of kingdom and military building, mmm got chopped tho sad)

    - Return of the 8th Class Mage (reincarnated, interesting story but translation is quite bad...)

    - Kingdom’s Bloodline (isekaied + reincarnated, mmmm how to explain... it’s kinda insane is all I can say)

    - Parallel World Pharmacy (isekaied, medical related (duh) XD)

    History’s Strongest Senior Brother (isekaied + reincarnated, a fun read)

    - Came Back but the World is Still A Fantasy (isekaied then returned, story starts when he returned, isekai elements are still strong tho)

    - Everyone Else is a Returnee (everyone got isekaied except for MC haha, isekai elements are still going strong)

    - The Beginning After the End (isekaied, can’t find on NU... not bad tho)

    Mmm that’s it for now I guess... but please read tr*sh of the Count’s Family it’s so damn good <3

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    • sol.arin
      sol.arin· Apr 14, 2020 04:43 AM

      Ah one more...

      - Death Mage That Doesn’t Want A Fourth Time (isekaied, interesting story)

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    • memed
      memed· Author · Apr 14, 2020 01:04 PM
      Hey, thanks for the recommendations! Will be reading them soon if I have time c: (probably gonna re-read spider isekai rn, i forgot which chapter i was in lol)
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    • sol.arin
      sol.arin· May 5, 2020 10:31 AM
      @memed is that spider isekai worth reading? Cause many ppl recommended it but I’m always put off by the spider aspect of it...
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    • memed
      memed· Author · May 8, 2020 10:59 AM

      @sol.arin Hmm, it's worth reading at least in my opinion. IDK why you're put off by the spider aspect (unless you're scared of them, I am a bit too) but it's a good read. Sadly there haven't been any new chapters in a long time.

      Also, beginning after the end is an English novel, I think.

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  3. memed
    memed· Author · Apr 13, 2020 11:27 PM
    Have any Isekai recommendations? (REQ: Must have tag Reincarnated/Transported to Another World and all that pazazz)
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    • memed
      memed· Author · Apr 18, 2020 03:01 PM
      The list now has a continuation since I've reached the maximum: https://www.novelupdates.com/viewlist/8455/?ft=yes
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    • memed
      memed· Author · Apr 28, 2020 11:12 PM
      Won't be updating as much as I've been bombarded with homework. I wish you all luck on finding good Isekai novels in the future!
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    • memed
      memed· Author · May 30, 2020 10:30 PM
      @memed haha 69 followers funny funny
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  4. Thousand Vangs
    Thousand Vangs· Jul 11, 2020 10:34 AM
    You dude... know really well that Death March is the standard setter gahaha. man I'm completely agree with you
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  5. IcyShaft
    IcyShaft· Jun 18, 2020 04:55 PM

    Here for the sole reason being, The Beginning After The End is included as a honorable mention. Love that novel, comic as well, imo one of the best works I've ever read. Has its quirks, but its still worth it by a large margin.

    Great list by the way, why is it separated into two lists? (Is there a limit on how many entries can be on a single list?)

    EDIT: Nevermind, found the answer to my question.

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  6. Kuroky
    Kuroky· Apr 17, 2020 02:18 PM

    Pretty nice list, considering you making this in a rush.

    Yes, Arifureta is also the reason I started reading LN. I'll follow your list because of this one.

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    • memed
      memed· Author · Apr 17, 2020 03:08 PM
      oh, hello fellow arifureta reader :v
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    • sol.arin
      sol.arin· May 5, 2020 10:24 AM

      @memed Ayyyyy arifureta~~ I liked the after story so much more and I fell in love with Lord Aby because of it haha

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    • memed
      memed· Author · May 9, 2020 04:23 PM
      @sol.arin Lord Aby is the best character. Kousuke is second.
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    • Kix_ito
      Kix_ito· Mar 12, 2021 06:53 AM
      @memed wow i am a fellow arifureta reader its also what got me hooked into reading novels
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  7. Nelots
    Nelots· Apr 14, 2020 07:03 PM
    Hm... a 4.5/5 is only decent?
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    • memed
      memed· Author · Apr 14, 2020 08:26 PM
      well, no, but i was making this in a rush. i'll be fleshing out the reviews sooner or later.
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