The Definitive Isekai List

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

Sorted from Best to Worst with the ratings being pretty biased.

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

THE LIST NOW HAS A SECOND PART IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW: https://www.novelupdates.com/viewlist/8455/
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Created: Apr 13th, 2020, Updated: Jul 21st, 2021
Created Apr 13th, 2020
Updated Jul 21st, 2021
JP (4.6)
183 Chapters Every 96.5 Day(s) 10731 Readers 38 Reviews 09-19-2020
S Tier. Review coming soon.
KR (4.2)
345 Chapters Every 1.1 Day(s) 9880 Readers 57 Reviews 04-17-2024
S Tier. Annoying, tr*shtalking version of Metal Bat from One Punch Man gets sent to a fantasy world where he lives his life and eventually... more>>
JP (4.2)
355 Chapters Every 33.4 Day(s) 13985 Readers 215 Reviews 04-14-2024
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)
163 Chapters Every 94.4 Day(s) 18509 Readers 126 Reviews 09-20-2022
S Tier. A must read.
JP (4.5)
0 Chapters Every 220.3 Day(s) 3081 Readers 5 Reviews N/A
S Tier. ANIME WATCHERS RISE UP
JP (4.4)
764 Chapters Every 77.7 Day(s) 27219 Readers 210 Reviews 01-30-2022
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 343.2 Day(s) 6597 Readers 27 Reviews 04-04-2017
S Tier.
JP (4.3)
86 Chapters Every 150.7 Day(s) 12297 Readers 43 Reviews 07-24-2018
S Tier. Very fun read. The sequel, however, is not.
KR (4.4)
105 Chapters Every 118.8 Day(s) 23467 Readers 463 Reviews 07-09-2019
S Tier. From manhwa reader's perspective. (I've read the first 100 chapters but I've forgotten it all.)
JP (4.2)
69 Chapters Every 151.7 Day(s) 20171 Readers 154 Reviews 09-15-2018
S Tier. Kingdom Building AND Isekai? I'll take it yes sir.
KR (4.1)
488 Chapters Every 1.6 Day(s) 14880 Readers 192 Reviews 04-17-2024
S Tier.
JP (4.3)
26 Chapters Every 219 Day(s) 12700 Readers 126 Reviews 11-14-2021
{??/5} not sure.
JP (4.5)
29 Chapters Every 126.9 Day(s) 5578 Readers 14 Reviews 05-21-2022
{4.75/5} You probably already know this.
JP (4)
29 Chapters Every 118.9 Day(s) 5625 Readers 21 Reviews 01-08-2022
{4.7/5} You probably already know this.
JP (3.7)
368 Chapters Every 18.6 Day(s) 7262 Readers 34 Reviews 10-16-2023
{4.7/5} Fun read. Heard it goes R18 but it has an R15 version lol also cool LN thing 3 versions cool
KR (4.3)
198 Chapters Every 72.3 Day(s) 19770 Readers 174 Reviews 06-16-2021
{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 187.6 Day(s) 3991 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 (4.5)
975 Chapters Every 3.5 Day(s) 37690 Readers 583 Reviews 04-16-2024
{4.6/5} I like it.
JP (4)
105 Chapters Every 232.9 Day(s) 9422 Readers 50 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)
0 Chapters Every 2644 Day(s) 8488 Readers 134 Reviews 10-07-2018
{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 (4.3)
24 Chapters Every 138.3 Day(s) 4077 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)
0 Chapters Every 2810 Day(s) 29910 Readers 379 Reviews 08-09-2016
{4.45/5} It's pretty good, had a lot of fun reading it.
JP (4)
118 Chapters Every 6.1 Day(s) 5854 Readers 8 Reviews 03-01-2024
{4.42/5} From manga reader's perspective.
JP (4)
127 Chapters Every 14 Day(s) 16921 Readers 184 Reviews 04-16-2024
{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 88.4 Day(s) 8859 Readers 40 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. Miraclebreaker
    Miraclebreaker· Jun 4, 2023 04:26 AM
    Not sure if I missed it, but have you tried Reincarnated as a Sword (Personal Fav of mine) or Reincqrnated as a Vending Machine?
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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