10 Isekai Anime That Bombed But Became Cult Classics
Isekai is one of the most popular anime genres nowadays. Each season, several new isekai that look shockingly similar to last season’s lineup appear. Some of them are good, some of them are terrible, and most of them are mediocre. But, no matter how popular the genre is right now, not all of them can find a home.
Some isekai series never quite get the audience they need to continue. These shows often end after one or two seasons, but that doesn’t mean fans forget about them. They become cult classics in the years following their release, causing a legend to spread about their quality.
ten Knight’s & Magic found its way into Super Robot Wars
These days, every isekai gets a second season, even ones that haven’t been very well received. knight and magic went unnoticed after its release. In a sea of largely identical isekai, knight and magic does something new with the genre.
knight and magic The protagonist was a giant robot-loving former programmer who is transported to a world where the primary method of military combat is mecha. Although the series never got a sequel, the series recently reappeared in Super Robot Wars 30 for the game’s anniversary title. It’s one of the best mecha anime of the 2010s, and better than anyone could have expected.
9 Escaflowne’s vision became a worldwide success
Created by Shoji Kawamori, Escaflowne’s Vision went in a different direction than his first creation, the space opera Macross. This series was an isekai before the genre was popular, the story of a high school girl sent to another world. There she meets Van, a man who will become king.
Escaflowne balanced romance, giant robots and epic action to create a series popular with boys and girls. But in Japan, the series has never been so successful. Instead, it was worldwide popularity that turned the show into a hit.
8 No Game No Life is the anime everyone wants a sequel
No game no life was released in the early 2010s as one of the previous isekai series. It featured a pair of siblings who had never been defeated in games and were transported to the world of Disboard. Their only way back is to challenge the god of the world, Tet, to a game, which they can only do after defeating all the other races.
With beautiful animation and great world building, No game no life finished after one season. Although the light novel has been going on for years, fans have only received a prequel film and no news of a sequel. Years without a new season have caused No game no life go down in legend.
seven Cautious Hero is a great parody of the Isekai genre
Every isekai fan has seen a series where the protagonist is constantly “holding back” his true power. But inside cautious hero, the protagonist Seiya never holds back. He always uses his strongest spells and makes sure he is at full strength in every fight, no matter how weak his enemy.
Although the goddess Ristarte is happy that her chosen warrior is taking things seriously, she also finds herself exhausted by his caution. cautious hero ran for just one season in 2020, but White Fox’s gorgeous animation and series parody of isekai tropes made it a classic for fans.
6 By the Grace of the Gods shows fantastic laundromat
While most isekai show how dangerous their world is, By the Grace of the Gods has a comforting world in comparison. Ryoma Takebayashi was brought to an alternate world where he grew up alone for years.
But when Ryoma helps a group of soldiers, they introduce him to a noble family who take him in. From there, Ryoma learns to fit back into society. But at the end of By the Grace of the GodsRyoma isn’t an unstoppable monster – he’s just a humble business owner who runs a laundry cleaning operation.
5 Re:Creators has creations that meet their creators
In Re:Creators, one day, a collection of different people from different worlds find themselves in the real world. One thing ties them all together: their worlds were all created by authors who exist in the “real” world. Souta, an aspiring creator, befriends one of these creations and tries to find out what brought them to the real world.
But as Souta learns how fiction and reality have blurred the lines, many creatives aren’t so happy to discover that their worlds were created by someone else. Re:Creators poses a number of questions regarding the fiction that humans create. In the process, the series became an isekai that never quite met with the same success as some of its contemporaries.
4 Kemono Michi combines wrestling with Isekai
Kemono Michi begins with an amazing premise for a story: the protagonist is a former professional wrestler who wants to run a pet store. In his old life, Genzou was the masked wrestler Animal Mask before being transported to a new world. There, a princess asks him to help her country deal with the dangerous monster epidemic.
But rather than agree to help, Genzou suplexes Princess Altina and escapes to the rest of the world. Freed from his old responsibilities, Genzou teams up with monster girls and begins doing odd jobs to fund the life he always wanted. There are not many anime for wrestling fans, but Kemono Michi is one of the best.
3 Grimgar shows what teenagers would look like in an Isekai
Grimgar was never able to get another season, but fans are still talking about it half a decade after its premiere. The series focuses on a group of teenagers who enter a high fantasy world where they are supposed to kill monsters to fund their own lives. But without any skills, they struggle to beat the base monsters, which means they’re so broke they can’t even afford new clothes and weapons.
Most of the isekai series have the same idea behind them: a teenager travels to another world where he becomes the most powerful being. The power fantasy inherent in the genre makes it unsurprising that a series like Grimgarwhich broke with expectations, became popular.
2 Tsukimichi shows that it’s not always the monsters who are the bad guys
Tsukimichi is a unique isekai to give viewers a protagonist who is not identical to all the other protagonists in the light novel. Makoto is considered so ugly that he is shunned by the World Goddess. Although invoked by the goddess, she sends him to the land of monsters.
There, Makoto gradually grows in power to become powerful enough to amass an entire village of monsters behind him. But in this world, monsters aren’t evil; they are just misunderstood and abused by humans. Tsukimichi is notable, but the series never found a large following in the United States.
1 Amatsuki opens the door to Japanese fairy tales
Amatsuki was one of the last isekai to be released in the 2000s, long before the genre took over anime pop culture. In the future, high school student Tokidoki is assigned to do a makeup job that requires him to visit an advanced history museum. The museum is supposed to show him a VR version of Edo to allow him to complete his work.
But while working, Tokidoki is trapped inside where supernatural creatures appear everywhere. This series was launched at the end of 2008 and went through a single season. Based on a quality josei series, Amatsuki ran for 15 years in manga, but never achieved the same success as an anime.
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