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In the modern anime scene, “isekai” is one of the most popular genres out there. As many of you know, these stories are about normal humans being transported to a completely different world or reincarnated into a completely different world (usually from the medieval fantasy variety). Parameters can also be expanded to include “Trapped in a Video Game” tales like Sword Art Online and even “Trapped in the Past/Future” animations like Inuyasha. However, our favorite variety of this type is “Reverse Isakai” – when a character from their own fantasy world ends up in ours and has to deal with the consequences. The actual plot could be anything from cute antics in a slice of life to major battles that determine the fate of all of humanity, but we always find it fun. On that note, here are the top 5 reverse anime from Isekai!
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5. Amagi Brilliant Park
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The amusement park known as Amagi Brilliant Park is no ordinary tourist attraction: its staff actually come from the fantasy world of Maple Land and rely on energy from humans’ pleasure to live. Faced with impending foreclosure, they recruit narcissistic but passionate high school student Seiya Kanie as their new manager to breathe new life into their death garden. We really like how this anime constantly subverts our expectations, like revealing that giant mascot characters are really just fairies that always look like that, even though one of them is stealing Punta-Con from Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (Another series from the same original author). Don’t miss this!
4. Re: the creators
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Here’s a concept for you: what if fictional characters from all kinds of different mediums and genres suddenly appeared in our world to search for the people who made them? This is how Re: Creators begins, exploring everything that could happen in such a scenario, from the hilarious moments of comedy (including a truly majestic recap episode that breaks the fourth wall at every opportunity) to the senseless tragedies of conflicting ideals. While watching, try to identify the real-world inspirations for each fictional character; Some of them are even elsewhere on this list.
3. Fate / Zero
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The Fate series focuses less on the nitty-gritty of the amorphous beings coming into our world and more on the kick of seeing major figures like King Arthur, Alexander the Great and Gilgamesh, a duke in a no-holds-barred battle royal. We recommend Fate/Zero in particular because of the great animation and storytelling, as well as being (arguably) the best place for newcomers to jump into this huge franchise. It also has some interesting roles around historical and mythical characters, greatly developing their relationships with each other and with the modern human masters they serve. But beware – once you invest in the world of Fate, it may not let you go…
2. Paripi Koumei (Ya Boy Kongming!)
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From this particular season comes Ya Boy Kongming, a delightfully small show about the power of music and also ancient Chinese war tactics. Kong Ming, a brilliant tactician from the Three Kingdoms era in China, is embodied in modern Shibuya and instantly fascinated by the culture of dance music – particularly the song style of the struggling artist Aiko, whose sweet voice and resolute personality inspire him to meticulously dedicate a strategic genius to ensure she becomes the star she deserves. It’s so sweet and helpful, with the occasional dose of gloom to remind us that Kongming has been forever removed from the comrades he once knew. However, this celebration of the song is something anyone would enjoy.
1. Hataraku Maou-sama! (The devil is temporary!)
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Every salute to the reverse isekai king, the devil is partial temp! This iconic and very funny anime tells the adventures of Demon Lord Sadao Mao, who suddenly ends up in Tokyo with no way to return home. Along the way, he takes a job at “MgRonald’s” he’s so excited about, meets fellow similarly displaced Alciel and Lucifer (who act as a neurotic house husband and a lazy freestyler, respectively), and occasionally faces off against his rival Emilia – the hero he is destined to defeat. In their original world, but who these days tends to act more as a lying friend than a mortal enemy. Don’t forget to catch up on Season 2, which is finally coming in July this year!
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If you’re looking for more reverse isekai to fill your mind, check out Hinamatsuri, Digimon Tamers, or even Zombieland Saga and Dr. Stone (variables of the “Past/Future Trapped” subtype). But what is your favorite reverse isekai anime? Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!
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