12 Best Isekai Light Novels

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Top 12 Isekai Novels to Read

1) Mushoku Tensei

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Author:

Rifujin na Magonote

Origin:

Web Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Mature, Romance, Seinen, Tragedy

Tags:

Appearance Different from Actual Age, Character Growth, Death of Loved Ones, Fantasy World, Reincarnated in Another World

Synopsis:

After being thrown from his home by his family, a 34-year-old NEET otaku discovered that his life had come to an end. Then he realized that if he had made wiser decisions in the past, his life might have actually been much better.

Just as he was in remorse, he noticed a truck driving quickly and three high school students in its path. He used all of his strength to try to save them but was ultimately run over by the truck, ending his life in an instant.

The next time he opened his eyes, he found himself reincarnated in a world of sword and magic as Rudeus Greyrat. Rudeus made the decision to “really live my life to the fullest with no regrets” after being born into a new world and a new life. This marks the beginning of a man’s quest to restart his life.

Note:-This novel has manga and anime too.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– good world-building
– deep characters
– adventurous moments
– Interesting plot
– detailed fight scenes

Things I like about this novel:-
– slow-paced
– a lot of drama

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2) Fremd Torturchen

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Author:

Ayasato Keishi

Origin:

Light Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Fantasy, Horror, Mature, Psychological, Romance, Seinen, Supernatural, Tragedy

Tags:

Dark, Depictions of Cruelty, Gore, Serial Killers, Slow Romance, Torture, Tragic Past

Synopsis:

“I am ‘Torturchen’ Elisabeth Le Fanu, both a proud wolf and a lowly sow.”

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After passing away, Sena Kaito was reborn in a different world where he met Elisabeth, a stunning woman who had suddenly appeared in front of his eyes. She introduced herself as “Torturchen,” and ordered him to become her servant, but he refused right away. Kaito readily agreed to be Elisabeth’s butler when she gave him the option between torture and accompanying her on her mission. He did so without hesitation. Unbelievably, Torturchen’s task as a condemned sinner was revealed to be the eradication of fourteen ranked demons and their contractors!

“Yes, indeed. I shall die, as lonely as a wolf and as pitifully as a sow.”

Ayasato Keishi and Saki Ukai This fantastic partnership presents a masterpiece of dark fantasy set in an alternative world! The legend of the world’s salvation, started by the young woman who had been condemned by society, begins here.

Note:-this novel has manga too. Moreover, it is completely translated.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Interesting plot
– deep characters
– evil mc
– super dark
– nice world-building


Things I like about this novel:-
– None

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3) Youjo senki / The Saga of Tanya the Evil

The Saga of Tanya the Evil

Author:

Carlo Zen

Origin:

Light Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Fantasy, Gender Bender, Mature, Psychological, Supernatural

Tags:

Depictions of Cruelty, Evil Protagonist, Magic, Male to Female, Military, funny misunderstandings, Ruthless Protagonist, Wars

Synopsis:

A young girl is fighting on the front lines of the conflict. She leads the army with a lisping voice and has porcelain white skin, blue eyes, and blonde hair.

Tanya Degurechaff is who she is.

She angered a mysterious being X who calls himself “God,” and as a consequence, she, who is one of Japan’s most prestigious salarymen, was reborn as a young child.

And this young child will grow up to be the imperial army’s most dangerous sorcerer.

Note:-This novel has manga and anime too. On a side note, do watch anime it is quite good.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Cruel and Op MC
– Super antihero MC
– Quite a realistic plot
– awesome description of Wars

Things I like about this novel:-
– None

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4) From Common Job Class to the Strongest in the World

From Common Job Class to the Strongest in the World

Author:

Chuuni Suki, Ryo Shirakome

Origin:

Web Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Mature

Tags:

Antihero Protagonist, Betrayal, Cute Children, Demi-Humans, Depictions of Cruelty, Game Elements, Multiple Transported Individuals, Sword And Magic, Transported To Another World, Underestimated Protagonist

Synopsis:

Hajime Nagumo is a seventeen typical otaku. But his routine of staying up late and sleeping in class is abruptly upended when he and the rest of his class are summoned to a fantasy world.

They are revered as heroes and charged with preventing the extinction of the human race.

However, what should have been any otaku’s dream turned into Hajime’s nightmare very quickly. Hajime’s job, Synergist, only has one transmutation skill, in contrast to the rest of his class, which has access to godlike abilities. He soon finds himself in despair after being ridiculed and bullied by his peers for being weak.

With only the strength of a glorified blacksmith, can he survive in this hostile world filled with monsters and demons?

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Op and cool Mc
– Interesting harem characters
– fluffy moments
– funny misunderstanding
– Interesting plot


Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– Mc power makes little sense


5) Overlord

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Author:

Maruyama Kugane

Origin:

Light Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mature, Psychological

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Antihero Protagonist, Evil Protagonist, Gore, OP Protagonist, Ruthless Protagonist, Secret Identity

Synopsis:

The world entered a new stage of VR gaming in the twenty-first century… and “YGGDRASIL” is regarded as the best MMORPG… however, the online game “Yggdrasil” shut down after announcing that all of its servers would be off… or at least that was the plan; however, for some reason, a player character did not log off until the server had shut down. Then… NPCs begin to develop sentience.

A typical young person who enjoys playing video games in the real world transforms into Momonga, the strongest mage with the appearance of a skeleton as in the game, and gets transported into an alternate world along with his guild. He guides the “Ainz Ooal Gown” guild on an extraordinary legendary fantasy journey!

Note:-This novel has anime and manga too.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– a lot of details
kingdom building
– Schemes and conspiracies
– amazing world building
– well-developed characters
– evil OP MC

Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– a lot of unnecessary info dumps


6) Ascendance of a Bookworm

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Author:

Kazuki Miya

Origin:

Japanese Web Novel

Genre:

Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Tags:

Child Protagonist, Genius Protagonist, Late Romance, Reincarnated in Another World, Weak Protagonist, Weak to Strong

Synopsis:

Soon after graduating from college, a bookworm who had finally found employment as a librarian at a university tragically passed away.

In a society where literacy was low and books were scarce, she was reborn as Myne, the soldier’s daughter. There were no books nearby, despite her desire to read. Without any books, what is a bookworm to do? Make them, naturally.

Her ambition is to work as a librarian! She must begin by creating her own books in order to be surrounded by them once more.

Note:- this novel has manga and anime too.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Excellent world-building
– sweet MC
– Well developed characters
– nice balance of all genres


Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– get a little boring sometimes


7) Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki

Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki

Author:

Dojyomaru

Origin:

Web Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Harem, Romance

Tags:

Army Building, Management of Domestic Affairs, MC is king, Kingdom Building, Wars, Weak Protagonist

Synopsis:

“O, Hero!” Kazuya Souma was transported to a different world after hearing that cliché, but his adventure had not yet begun.

The king abdicates the throne to Souma after hearing his proposal to fortify the country militarily and economically, and Souma is now responsible for leading the country!

What’s more, he recently became engaged to the daughter of the king!

Souma enlists the help of the wise, talented, and gifted in order to rebuild the nation.

In front of the newly crowned Souma, five people assemble. What specific skills and talents do they have…?

How will his realist perspective affect Souma and the citizens of his nation?

Here is the beginning of a revolutionary administrative fantasy series set in another world.

Note:-This novel has manga too. Moreover, the anime of this novel is released as well.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Interesting plot
– healthy focus on political Affairs
– good kingdom Building
– easygoing
– a healthy amount of realism
– no OP MC


Things I like about this novel:-
– kind of childish
– a lot of usual JP trope
– somewhat lack Common Sense
– Unnecessary Harem


8) Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria

Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria

Author:

Mikage Eiji

Origin:

Light Novel

Genre:

Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Seinen, Supernatural, Tragedy

Tags:

Dark, Non-linear Storytelling, Strategic Battles, Time Loop, Time Paradox, Tragic Past, Unreliable Narrator, Weak to Strong

Synopsis:

The Empty Box and The Zeroth Maria, also known as Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, tells the sinister tale of Kazuki Hoshino, a man who is almost obsessively attached to his daily routine, and Aya Otonashi, his antagonist, who unexpectedly transfers into his class for the 13,118th time. Without taking into account anyone else in the area, she majestically declares that she will “break” him.

This is only the beginning of a terrifying roller coaster ride that will pit the two individuals against one another, the people around them, and a potential deity. Continue reading to see how their relationship gradually changes as they defy their core principles in their fight against the universe.

Note:- The novel has a heavy focus on Mystery.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Very well written
– Interesting and deep Characters
– Superb character development
– Awesome plot

Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– None


9) Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Author:

ANEKO Yusagi

Origin:

Web Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Harem, Romance

Tags:

Antihero Protagonist, Betrayal, Discrimination, Distrustful Protagonist, Hated Protagonist,

Synopsis:

Typical Otaku Naofumi Iwatani, who spends his days reading manga and playing video games, is unexpectedly transported to a parallel universe! He learns that he is one of four heroes who have been given legendary weapons and are tasked with preventing the end of the world as it is predicted to occur.

All is not as it seems, especially for the Shield Hero, the weakest of the heroes. Soon, Naofumi is abandoned, destitute, and betrayed. He is left with nothing but his shield because he has nowhere to flee and no one to turn to. Naofumi must now ascend in order to become the epic Shield Hero and save the world!

Note:-This novel has both anime and manga.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– good character development
– well written
– Interesting plot
– Interesting characters
– politics, schemes, and conspiracies

Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– lacking world building


10) Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?

Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?

Author:

Baba Okina

Origin:

Web Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Seinen

Tags:

Cannibalism, Fantasy World, Female Protagonist, Game Elements, demon king and Heroes, Multiple Reincarnated Individuals

Synopsis:

The powerful magic of the Hero and the Demon King crossed worlds and erupted in a particular high school classroom.

The students who perished in the explosion will have a new life in another dimension. The protagonist, who ranked last in the class, underwent reincarnation and became a spider. Nevertheless, she had a strong will and quickly adjusted to the situation.

This is the tale of a girl who turned into a spider and did everything in her power to survive.

Note:-This story has manga and anime too. Moreover, the story starts getting really good after chapter 250.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– loveable mc
– unpredictable plot
– unusual story settings
– unique story
– Lot of Schemes And Conspiracies
– deep character

Things I like about this novel:-
– a lot of monologues


11) The Evolution Fruit – Conquering Life Unknowingly

The Evolution Fruit – Conquering Life Unknowingly

Author:

Miku

Origin:

light novel

Genre:

Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Tags:

Battle Academy, Anti-Magic, Betrayal, Bullying, Caring Protagonist, Discrimination, Fantasy World, Fat to Fit, Friendship, Game Elements, Human-Nonhuman Relationship, Magic, Magical Space, Multiple Transported Individuals, Slow Growth at Start, Spatial Manipulation, Transported to Another World

Synopsis:

Seiichi Hiiragi was so repulsive looking that he was constantly being called “ugly,” “unpleasant,” “dirty,” and “smelly.” Seiichi endured daily bullying at school and simply waited to leave each day. One day, a voice on the broadcast speaker abruptly announced that he would be transported to a different world; the voice was that of God.

That would affect not just Seiichi, but his entire school. They would enter a make-believe world with standings, skills, levels, and other similar concepts, as in a video game. God, however, refrained from acting on its own initiative because people from the other world were engaging in summoning rites to call brave men and women to their world. Seiichi was the only one of his classmates to be rejected and sent somewhere completely different while the rest of the classes were forming a group and waiting to be transferred. Once there, he would consume the “Evolution Fruit” for the first time in his life. Seiichi’s life would be significantly altered by that event.

In this tale, Seiichi experiences rejection from his peers. At the final result of the fairy tale, his efforts are rewarded; he makes it through that new world and ultimately succeeds.

Note:- This novel has manga too.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– interesting characters
– Silly plot
– sweet romance
– funny moments

Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– MC Cowarly nature


12) About the Reckless Girl Who Kept Challenging a Reborn Man Like Me

About the Reckless Girl Who Kept Challenging a Reborn Man Like Me

Author:

Kohigashi Nora

Origin:

Light Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Romance, School Life, Seinen, Slice of Life

Tags:

Clingy Lover, Heartwarming, Marriage, Tomboyish Female Lead

Synopsis:

A prodigy at age 10, a genius at age 15, and a common man past age 20.

This is the tale of the conflict between a normal guy like me, a “reincarnator,” and a wild, talented girl, a “genius.”

This story also has one shot. Additionally, both this novel and its one-shot comes highly recommended. You won’t regret reading it, I assure you.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– a heartwarming and emotional story
– realistic plot
– well written

Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– absolutely None


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1 thought on “12 Best Isekai Light Novels”

  1. Mushoku tensei is a pos. Don’t waste the precious hours of your life

    MAJOR SPOILER AND HATE WARNING!!(edited by admin) to hear about a depressed guy feeling sorry for himself because a girl ditched him and made him impotent for years, then reading about how the bitch gets the guy that she made hate himself, but the amazing, perfect wife who gives birth to several of the worthless guys kids gets ignored, cheated on and neglected for an obsession with his teachers panties, AND his desire to be with the aforementioned bitch.

    I hate that the series gets so much attention when it is, by far, the worst isekai I’ve ever read or will read.

    I hope I spoiled it for you. You’re welcome.

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