Mushoku Tensei is an Isekai anime based on a light noveland manga series of the same name, about a man who gets reincarnated as a child in a magical world. The first 11-episode part of Season 1 will finish airing soon and while a second season might be on the cards you might want series with a similar vibe in the meantime. Here are some Isekai or Fantasy series that will keep you company after Mushoku Tensei.
1. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
The premise of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, which is currently ongoing on Crunchyroll, is very similar to Mushoku Tensei. A man in his thirties dies and gets reincarnated in a fantasy world. Only, in this case, our protagonist, Rimuru, gets reincarnated not as a human, but as a slime with the ability to devour anything and assume its form.
While the fantasy world depicted in this anime is different from that of Mushoku Tensei both are about the adventures of a man who is given a second chance in life and gets to go on magical adventures very different from his mundane life.
2. The Misfit of Demon King Academy
A summer 2020 season release by studio Silver Link, The Misfit of Demon King Academy is also a story about reincarnation, but with an important difference: rather than starting off as a human living a mundane life, our main character here is Anos, a demon king who sacrificed his life in hopes of ending a violent conflict between humans and demons, and being reincarnated in a more peaceful world.
When he is finally reincarnated, Anos is still in his own world, but he finds it much changed. Magic is not as powerful as it used to be, his people have created an institution tasked with recognizing the demon king when he comes back to life, and, most importantly, his deeds and past life are remembered differently from what Anos would have wanted.
In Mushoku Tensei, Rudy's past life is remembered but his identity as an unemployed 34-year-old is not thoroughly explored since his second life is treated as a chance to begin anew. It will definitely be interesting to see a character reincarnating with his memories intact and having the additional burden of facing the legacy his previous self left behind.
3. Ascendance of a Bookworm
Ascendance of a Bookworm starts with a bookworm's fear; dying without having read enough. In true Isekai fashion, this is amended soon enough, but with a twist; when a librarian dies in an earthquake she makes the wish to be able to read more books in the next life.
When she gets reincarnated as a young girl in a medieval world, she realizes this is not the best era when it comes to books – so she decides to make her own. This is an anime my Aija-do Animation works, also home to the currently ongoing Kemono Jihen.
4. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
There seems to be a pattern with Isekai and long titles. In the Silver Link anime, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! a gamer dies and gets reincarnated in the world of one of her games.
Now, all of us have wished we could live in our favorite fantasy world at some point in our lives, but things aren't that easy for our main character. As if dying wasn't enough, her new position in the game world is predetermined: she's to be the villain, a role she resents and fights to avoid at all cost. Will she succeed?
5. KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!
In this 2016 anime by Studio Deen, a student dies a pathetic death on his way back from buying a game. As you probably guessed, he gets a second chance in life: only, in this case, he is the one who makes the choice of getting reincarnated in a fantasy world instead of moving on.
It seems, however, that those of us who have dreamed of living in magical worlds should be careful what we wish for. Along with goddess Aqua, who is less helpful than you would expect a goddess to be, Kazuma must navigate not only epic adventures but also mundane tasks – such as working to make a living.
6. Wise Man's Grandchild
It seems that Studio Silver Link really likes Isekai. In Wise Man's Grandchild, Merlin, a retired magician, brings up an orphan and teaches him magic. This child, however, is in truth the reincarnation of an adult who retains all memories of his previous life.
Video games apparently make good Isekai settings. When a game that had run for 12 years is scheduled to shut permanently, a dedicated gamer decides to stay until the last moment. However, the moment the servers shut, he finds himself trapped in the game and sets out to find if any other humans from his world had the same thing happen to them.
Judging from the trailer, this looks a bit more stressful than Rudy's reincarnated life, but the Isekai elements are still there.
8. Ancient Magus' Bride
The only one in the list that does not feature a reincarnation as such, but Ancient Magus' Bride made it to this list because its design and enchanting atmosphere match that of Mushoku Tensei.
It follows Chise, a Japanese orphan who is taken in by an ancient magus and moves to rural England with him. There, she meets fairies and other mythical beings and discovers magic – including her own. While Chise is not literally reincarnated, she definitely finds herself in a fantasy world and in a new life with purpose.
From the synopses of these anime alone, it seems that escaping in a fantasy world is difficult and complicated in ways we wouldn't have imagined. Still, getting to see this world from the safety of our homes is bound to be fun. And who knows? After the success of Mushoku Tensei, even more, similar anime might hit our screens soon!