OUR 10 BEST WEIRD ISEKAI
Posted Dec 9th
Isekai comes from the Japanese word meaning different world or another. An Isekai follows a protagonist who has died and is transported to a new magical world. The Isekai genre was oversaturated with overpowered characters, bland protagonists, and a series of tropes that were better left in the past. The Isekai genre is filled with an array of wonderfully weird stories that parody their bland ancestors.
1. REINCARNATED AS A SWORD
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be reincarnated in another world as an inanimate object? No, me neither. Reincarnated as a sword has the protagonist, well… reincarnated as a sword (Isekai isn’t big on subtlety). They are helped along by a telekinetic power that lets them move around and an ability that lets them absorb the skills of their enemies and gain points to level themselves up. It's a fun, and comedic story as the protagonist finds a wielder and takes on this new fantasy world.
2. SO I’M A SPIDER, SO WHAT?
So I’m a spider, so what? It is a story about someone being sent to a fantasy world and reincarnating as a spider. The series follows Kumoko as they struggle to survive a hostile new world. The story splits between Kumoko and Shun, another student who has reincarnated into this new world.
3. RE: ZERO
What Re: Zero does better than anything else on this list is torture the protagonist. In the story, our protagonist Subaru is given the ability “Return by Death”, giving him the ability to respawn at an earlier point. This is a great sound, right? Endlessly come back from the dead with all the knowledge of what happened before. Except Subaru has to die, over and over again, struggling every moment to get the future he wants, and he suffers from it. He doesn’t always handle it with the same unbreakable willpower we see from some other protagonists.
Konosuba is a delightful story that brings a cast of characters straight out of absurdity. Our protagonist Kazuma Satou is transported to a fantasy world and brings the goddess who sent him there with him, kicking and screaming. Kazuma is joined by the masochistic paladin, Darkness and the explosion-obsessed mage Megumin. Konosuba brings a wonderful take to the Isekai genre with a light comedic feel and wonderfully parodies the Isekai tropes.
5. CAUTIOUS HERO
Cautious Hero follows a protagonist who is a little too… well, cautious; see what I mean about Isekais and subtlety. Cautious hero plays on the trope of the training arc by having the protagonist Seiya Ryuuguuin, train for his next battle at every possible opportunity. It's a fun take on the genre that makes fun of itself and the tropes of the genre.
6. THE SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL
The saga of Tanya the Evil is set in an alternate WW1 where soldiers battle with magic and rifles. It follows the titular Tanya as she battles the omnipotent Being X, who attempts to make life difficult for our protagonist. The Saga of Tanya the Evil is filled with action and premodern battles that will leave you wanting more.
7. I’VE BEEN KILLING SLIMES FOR 300 YEARS.
If you want an Isekai that is just a chilled-out adventure, this might be the anime for you. It follows Azusa Aizawa, a witch who is given immortality so she can spend her time doing whatever she wants, but then after 300 years, her life is transformed by a growing cast of characters who help her bring some meaning to her chilled-out life.
8. REINCARNATED WITH AN ORDINARY GUY WHO REINCARNATED INTO A TOTAL FANTASY KNOCKOUT
This series takes brings best friends Tachibana Hinata, and Jinguji Tsukasa to a fantasy world, except Hinata, has been transformed into a beautiful blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl. It takes a unique perspective in a fantastical world and builds an unexpectedly touching romance with some great comedy. This might be your show if you are looking for romance in your Isekai.
9. MY NEXT LIFE AS A VILLAINESS
Did you ever obsess over one video game to the point you knew every secret, every ending and every possibility? Well, that's the plot of My Next Life as a Villainess. Our protagonist finds herself inside her favourite game as the villain, Catarina Claes. Catarina needs to do everything she can to avoid banishment or death. The series hilariously presents Catarina’s thoughts by having five mini Catarina debate issues.
10. THAT TIME I GOT REINCARNATED AS A SLIME
I couldn’t make a list without mentioning That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime. The series parodies the overpowered protagonist trope by making the protagonist Rimuru a slime. The series shows the protagonist’s evolution throughout the series, gaining new skills and new levels of power and expanding the world wonderfully around this single perspective.
TOP 10 ANIME FOR FANTASY FANS
Posted Dec 9th
We all love a little escapism. There's something about fantasy which takes us away from our everyday world and submerges us in a world more magical than ours. Here is TRZNSTUDIOS list of top anime for fantasy fans. This list is in no particular order and is purely based on TRZNSTUDIOS opinions.
1. THE RISING OF THE SHIELD HERO
Rising of the Shield hero isn’t for the faint of heart. It drops you right into the horrific reality of this fantasy world. Don’t get me wrong; this fantasy world is filled with magic, giant birds, and animal people. But it hits you where it hurts as you see the protagonist Naofumi Iwatani struggle to make it through this fantasy world.
2. NANATSU NO TAIZAI
So this might be one of the few entries on this list with a fully adapted story. With four excellent seasons and two movies (and a third on the way), Nanatsu no Taizai takes you to a world of giants, fairies, demons and angels while bringing you the action and magic you crave from a show like this. The first season is centred on Meliodas, Elisabeth and Hawk as they search for Meliodas’ Holy Knight group, the Seven Deadly Sins. Then once you finish with that, you can read the follow-up manga, the Four Knights of the Apocalypse.
3. MUSHOKU TENSEI: JOBLESS REINCARNATION
Mushoku Tensei is another Isekai, where our protagonist reincarnates into the body of Rudeus Greyrat, a spellcasting protege. Despite its controversies, Mushoku Tensei builds a massive and textured world that we, viewers, only get a taste of. Mushoku Tensei treats its worldbuilding like a labour of love, with a layered history, fanatical detail to the different kinds of magic and fighting styles and clues to a history I want to see more of.
4. DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA
Demon Slayer is one of the few entries on this list that isn’t set in a fantasy world of dragons and magic. Demon Slayer is a story set in an almost pre-industrial era of Japan, where the magic of the old is at odds with the future technology. Demon Slayer is set in a world where blood-sucking demons plague the world, and Tanjiro Kamado is one of the people tasked to exterminate these demons. With films like Mugen Train and stunning animation, Demon Slayer has skyrocketed in popularity and is perfect for someone looking for an action-filled story with a great cast of characters.
5. BOFURI: I’LL MAX OUT MY DEFENCE
Bofuri is a cheat on this list; it brings us a story set in the world of an MMORPG. The protagonist, Maple, is a charmingly oblivious character who begins her journey into the game world by maxing out her defence and quickly becomes one of the most powerful characters in the game world. Bofuri is a comedic adventure into overpowered characters and just how crazy they can become.
Overlord is an Isekai with a twist. Our protagonist, Ainz Ooal Gown, reincarnates into a new world with the tomb of Nazarick, a dungeon filled with an army of completely loyal NPCs. But one of the biggest twists with Overlord is that it brings you the story of the world, told from the perspective of the people living in it. The second season of Overlord is told from the perspective of a tribe of lizardmen. Overlord works hard to present a world faced with the danger of a new powerful force. Overlord doesn’t shy away from the dark side either, the forces of Nazarick are truly evil while being directed by the titular Overlord.
7. BLACK CLOVER
Black Clover is a shonen that puts the magicless Asta in a world of action and adventure. We see Asta take on a cast of magical characters to reach his goal of becoming the Wizard King. It's a standard shonen story that brings you characters with unique personalities and magic. I’d recommend Black Clover to anyone looking for a new shonen to invest in.
8. ATTACK ON TITAN
Attack on Titan is another story with a fairly unique setting, with a pre-modern level of technology where our protagonists take on giant beings known as titans with cannons and 3D manoeuvre gear. Attack on Titan brings us a world of mystery and politics, paired with action-filled scenes of people sailing through the air and taking on threats bigger than themselves. Attack on Titan has four seasons, with the final part of the series being released in 2023.
9. THAT TIME I GOT REINCARNATED AS A SLIME
Coming from the world of Isekai, That Time I got reincarnated as slime is a light-hearted adventure where the protagonist Rimuru, goes from salaryman to slime. With a cast of goblins, oni, dwarves and demon lords, That Time I got reincarnated as a slime brings you a charming adventure in a sorcery world. Don’t expect Rimuru to struggle through every fight, but That Time I got reincarnated as a Slime brings us a beautiful and lively world framed in an entertaining premise.
10. FULL METAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD
Full Metal Alchemist is a world that beautifully mixes magic and technology. The story follows Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse trying to find the philosopher’s stone. The world of Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood brings us a world with a magical force called Alchemy, which lets people transform one thing into another of equivalent value; this is mixed with the world's technology, like Automail, which is a mechanical prosthetic.