Overlord is one of the better Isekai anime shows, and if you want more like it then this article has the ultimate list for you.
We have created a list of recommendations similar to Overlord. We have many anime suggestions like Overlord, but we have also added some book and tv-shows suggestions in the mix.
If you want more Isekai anime recommendations then check out our article with the Best Isekai Anime Recommendations. Or if you want to read some books in the closely related LitRPG genre then check out our LitRPG, what is it, and where to start? article.
Momonga is a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown int the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil.
The final hour before the game shuts down for god has come and he decides to stay logged in during this event.
To his surprise, despite the clock having struck midnight, and all the servers should have been shut down, Momonga is still fully conscious inside his game character.
What's even more strange is that all the NPCs appear to suddenly have developed personalities of their own.
Surprised by this strange occurrence, Momonga decides to investigate and take control of this new world to figure out the cause and to see if there are others like him.
Table of Context
- Animes like Overlord
- Log Horizon
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- The Saga of Tanya the Evil
- Sword Art Online
- Death Note
- Code Geass
- The Rising of the Shield Hero
- Wise Man's Grandchild
- No Game No Life
- Books like Overlord
- Awaken Online: Catharsis (Awaken Online #1) by Travis Bagwell
- Life Reset (New Era Online #1) by Shemer Kuznits
- The Land: Founding (Chaos Seeds #1)
- Survival Quest (Way of the Shaman #1) by Vasily Mahanenko
- Morningwood (Everybody Loves Large Chests #1) by Neven Iliev
- Dungeon Born (The Divine Dungeon #1) by Dakota Krout
- Nightlord: Sunset (Nightlord #1) by Garon Whited
- TV-Show like Overlord
Animes like Overlord
MMORPG gamers find themself transported into the game they play.
Shiroe and the others in Log Horizon attempt to live their lives out in the new world they find themselves trapped in.
They form governments, deal with NPCs and other players.
Is Log Horizon good?
Log Horizon is a very good anime. It`s about more than simple fighting.
Why is Log Horizon recommended?
Both shows are Isekais of the stuck in a game variety.
Log Horizon has many players that are stuck and focus on building a player society to bind them together while cooperating with the now more sentient NPCs. All while they try to figure out how to get back home.
Satoru Mikami s a typical Thirty-seven-year-old corporate worker. The only thing he misses in his life is a girlfriend, otherwise he is is perfectly content with his monotonous lifestyle in Tokyo.
During a regular encounter on the street with a coworker, Satoru is suddenly stabbed by a random assailant. While he is dying he hears a voice in his mind reciting a bunch of commands that he can make any sense of.
When Satoru awakens he discovers that he has reincarnated as a goop of slime in an unfamiliar world. It's a game-like world with skills and stats and Satoru has gained the power to devour anything and mimic its appearance and abilities.
Satoru meats the sealed Catastrophe-Level monster Storm Dragon Veldora who had been sealed away for the past 300 years. Satoru befriends him and promising to assist in destroying the seal. In return, Veldora gives Satoru the name Rimuru Tempest to grant him divine protection. In this world name has power.
Rimuru starts his journey in the world and as he grows accustomed to his new life his actions ripple throughout the world and gradually alter his fate.
Is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime good?
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a good Isakai anime.
Rimuru becomes somewhat overpowered but he is a fine central character. It a decent story where Rimuru meats interesting friends and build a community.
Why is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime recommended?
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is more lighthearted than Overlord, but both have an overpowered main character and lots of world-building.
If you like Overlord then you will most likely enjoy this one too.
A cynical Japanese salaryman challenges Being X, a supposed god, to a battle of wits. This resulted in him being reincarnated as Tanya Degurechaff, a little girl in a world of magic and constant warfare.
Hellbent on defiance, Tanya resolves to ascend the ranks of her country's military. She soon becomes infamous for predatorial-like ruthlessness and an uncanny, tactical aptitude, earning her the nickname of the "Devil of the Rhine".
Is The Saga of Tanya the Evil good?
The Saga of Tanya the Evil, (Youjo Senki), is a very good anime, one of the better in the Isekai genre.
It's an unusual anime that stands out from most of the others in its genre.
Why is The Saga of Tanya the Evil recommended?
Both shows have overpowered main characters that are of the anti-hero variety.
If you like Momonga then you will most likely also like Tanya.
Sword Art Online (SAO), a massive online role-playing game, is launched.
It uses "NerveGear" technology, a technology that lets players control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.
Kazuto Kirigaya is one player among ten-thousand others that logs on to SAO as it launches. He was a beta tester for the game, so he has a leg up over most of the others.
The players soon realize they cannot log out. The game’s creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.
Is Sword Art Online good?
The animation and sound work is good. Sword Art Online worth watching, but only if you like this kind of animes.
Why is Sword Art Online recommended?
The first season on SOA also features the stuck in a game Isekai theme. The main difference is that the players can return if they complete the game.
Yagami Light is a 17-year-old genius from Japan.
One day he stumbles upon a notebook with the words "Death Note" written on the front. Unbeknownst to Light, this book used to belong to a Shinigami called Ryuk.
Shinigami are Death Gods.
The first sentence in this book states that anyone whose name is written inside will die.
Light falls for his all too human curiosity, and try to write in the book. Discovering that those whom he writes into the book actually dies, Light decides to use this power to change the world.
Light will change the world in his image and become God of the New World.
Light soon meats resistance from another genius known as L. He is working against Light's beliefs and Light himself.
Is Death Note good?
Death Note is a really good anime.
This might be a good starting point if you never have watched animes before. If you have experience with animes then you probably already have watched this show.
Why is Death Note recommended?
The main reason Death Note is recommended is because both have intellectual anti-heroes as main characters.
Lelouch Lamperouge is an abandoned prince of the Holy Britannian Empire. He hides his true identity as a student in the colonized territory of Area 11, formerly known as Japan.
He acquires the power of "Geass" from the mysterious girl named C.C., which enables him to command anyone to obey his orders.
After obtaining the "Geass" he starts to wear the mask of Zero and begins his rebellion against his own father's empire. He wants to take revenge for his assassinated mother.
Is Code Geass good?
Code Geass is an excellent anime. It is one of the better animes I have ever watched.
Why is Code Geass recommended?
Naofumi Iwatani is an otaku from Japan. He and three other Japanese people are summoned to another world to become The Four Cardinal Heroes.
The Four Cardinal Heroes are respectively given a sword, spear, bow, and shield. They are each called the Sword Hero, the Spear Hero, the Bow Hero, and lastly the Shield Hero.
Their task is to vanquish Waves of monsters. The Waves are monsters summoned from another plane to attack and destroy everything. They are summoned in regular waves.
Naofumi is cursed with the fate of becoming the Shield Hero.
Armed with only a measly shield, Naofumi is belittled and ridiculed by his fellow heroes and the kingdom's people due to his weak offensive capabilities. His lackluster personality does also not help his case.
They were summoned by the kingdom of Melromarc. The kingdom provides the heroes with some recourses and comrades to train with to prepare for the Waves.
The only person willing to help Naofumi, the Shield Hero, is Malty Melromarc, a princess of the kingdom. However, she soon betrays him by stealing his resources and falsy causing him of taking advantage of her.
This causes Naofumi to be discriminated against and hated by the people of Melromarc for something he didn't do.
Full of hurt and mistrust Naofumi begins his journey of strengthening himself. He buys the demi-human Raphtalia, a slave on the verge of death. He wants her to accompany him on his travels.
Raphtaliathe is the sword to Naofumis shield.
Is The Rising of the Shield Hero good?
The Rising of the Shield Hero is a good anime. It's interesting to watch the main character dealing with having everyone against him and growing stronger.
It has an interesting gamelike progression and a decent story and characters.
This anime is not a masterpiece, it's not among the best. It's only recommended if you like anime or like these kinds of Isekai/LitRPG kind of stories.
Merlin Walford was once regarded as a national hero in the kingdom of Earlshide. But preferring a quiet life, he secludes himself deep in the rural woods on his older age and dedicating his time to raising an orphan that he saved.
This orphan is Shin. He used to be a normal salaryman in modern-day Japan but he died and reincarnated into Merlin's world. Shin displays unparalleled talent in both magic casting and martial arts, much to Merlin's constant amazement.
But it becomes apparent that Shin only developed his magical skills and nothing else. He is seriously lacking common sense and is very socially awkward. To solve this Merlin enrolled Shin in the kingdom's Magic Academy so he can be with people his own age.
However, living a normal life is impossible, as he is established as a local celebrity almost as soon as he arrives.
Is Wise Man's Grandchild good?
Wise Man's Grandchild is a decent Isekai, transported to a game-like world, anime.
The main character is totally overpowered, but that's not unusual for this genre. But the characters are interesting and the story is decent.
Two siblings with social problems and gigantic gaming addiction are selected and sent into an alternate universe.
This universe is about gaming. All conflict and problems are solved by games. No murder or violence is possible.
They set out to get enough power and influence by winning games so they can play against the god of this universe, the god of gaming.
Is No Game No Life good?
The premise of this anime sounds a little silly, but the anime turns out to be really good.
If you like anime and gaming, then this is a must-watch.
Books like Overlord
Jason attends a prestigious private school and his parents are reasonably well off. But his parents are never home, and he is bullied by both students and faculty at this prestigious school.
Frustrated with his life, Jason escapes into the newly released full immersion VRMMORPG game Awaken Online.
Jason quickly finds himself on the path to be one of the game's greater villains. With his powerful necromantic power and newly won leadership of a new playable race, he becomes a target for all the rest.
Jason constantly logs on to the game for the freedom and power he gets in it. Something that he lacks in real life.
One of the reasons for Jasons growing power in the game is that one of the major AIs in Awaken Online has taken an interest in him, and in humanity.
Is Awaken Online good?
Awaken Online online is one of the best LitRPG series.
Usually, I don't like LitRPG books that are too much in the real world. But in this case, Travis Bagwell has managed to keep that part interesting too.
Awaken Online has interesting game mechanics, and I like how the AI overlords interact with the game.
Awaken Online is an amazing book series that is absolutely worth reading, especially if you like LitRPG books.
Why is Awaken Online recommended?
Both Overlord and Awaken Online have an anti-hero as the main character and they both focus on empire building. Awaken Online has more character leveling focus.
If you like the Overlord anime then the Awaken Online books are highly recommended.
New Era Online, NEO, is a full immersion virtual reality game.
Oren Berman is among the most powerful and influential players. He is the guild leader of one of the most power full guilds. In NEO the first person to discover a skill gives you the exclusive right to teach others the skill. Oren has some really good exclusive right, and together with being the guild leader he easily lives of what he makes in-game.
But all these changes when he is betrayed by his own guild commanders.
They use a rare item that transforms your character into a monster, permanently. Oren ends up as a level one goblin far into the uncharted monster territory. If Oren starts a new character he will loose his exclusive skills to the guild that betrayed him. What will he do?
Is New Era Online good?
Life Reset is an excellent LitRPG book. It has interesting game mechanics and character development.
It's fascinating to follow the main character. A person that starts out among the most powerful players, but then he is betrayed, changed to a monster race, and stuck in the game.
Why is New Era Online recommended?
New Era Online also has a stuck in a game theme, and the main character is in a non-human character. It has focused on character progression and town building.
James and his friends were among the top teams on the newest and greatest VRMMORPG game, The Land. When they were riding a new dungeon he was separated from his friends.
A game boss, or so hi thinks, asks him a question.
After answering the same question three times he is suddenly transferred to the real planet that the game was based on.
James still has access to his character sheets and delves into this real game, where he now is called Richter.
Richter quickly finds himself dragged into an age-old war. A war between forest sprites and goblins. At the same time, he also ends up in control of his own village that he has to grow.
Is Chaos Seeds good?
The Chaos Seeds books are so far among the best LitRPG books I have read, atlas among the LitRPG book that goes all-in with the game mechanic.
Richter's story is captivating, funny, and a little addictive. I feel like I'm playing the adventure I'm reading and it's always interesting when Richter levels up or finds new loot.
The only thing I hate about this series is the author, he has been attempting to trademark the LitRPG genre. He's a greedy bastard, but his books are good.
Why is Chaos Seeds recommended?
Chaos Seeds has the transported to a game like work theme. It has a heavy focus on character leveling, gear, and empire-building.
Daniel Mahan is unjustly sentenced to prison for eight years. Like most other criminals he has to serve his sentence in a full immersion chamber put in a prison work camp in the VRMMORPG game Barliona.
Barliona is a medieval-like virtual world with monsters and other players.
The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online at a time without returning to the real world.
In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, or just get a regular medieval job if you like. The only rule is that no player is allowed to feel actual pain.
But there's an exception to every rule.
People in Daniel Mahan's position, prisoners, feel just as much pain as they do in real life. For them, Barliona has become their personal hell.
Is Way of the Shaman good?
Way of the Shaman is one of the best LitRPG series I have read, it's also one of the first, so that might affect my judgment.
It has both well-developed characters and a good story. The LitRPG elements are also done in a very good way, which is important.
Why is Way of the Shaman recommended?
Way of the Shaman has a stuck in a game theme, but the main character is only stuck util his prison time is over.
Mr. Morningwood, or Boxy, is a mimic, a monster in the shape of a chest. For some reason, he has gained consciousness.
After gaining consciousness Boxy ventured out of the dungeon he was born in hunting for shiny and tasty stuff.
This starts Boxy's continent-spanning journey.
During his travels, Boxy acquires a few useful companions to help him to find shiny stuff. One of his companions also happens to also be especially tasty.
Is Everybody Loves Large Chests good?
Everybody Loves Large Chests is a good and funny story about a monster without any kind of moral compass.
If it only had less sexual content it would be excellent instead of just good.
If you want a funny LitRPG book from the side of a monster, a true monster, then Everybody Loves Large Chests is a must-read.
Cal is a Dungeon Heart, a soul forced into a magical stone against his will.
After several years of only instinctive living, he was able to regain his sentience. This allowed him to form new memories again, and to slowly start growing a dungeon around himself.
With help from a small friend, Cal learned to create monsters and traps and how to use treasures to grow his dungeon. His main goal is to lure in brave adventures to eat so he can grow in both power and size.
Is The Divine Dungeon good?
Dungeon Born is one of the best books I have read in a while. This book is written in a light and funny way. For me it was new and fresh, it was the first Dungeon Core type books I read.
Eric had a peaceful life as a physic teacher, but then he ended up as a vampire. And if that was not enough, he has hunters from another dimension hunting him.
Eric escapes into this other medieval dimension that the hunters come from and struggles with growing as a vampire, surviving the hunters, and fitting into this new world.
Luckily he is not alone, he has his trusty steed that he created with magic and a flaming sword that is inhabited by a dragon soul.
Is Nightlord good?
The Nightlord books are a highly recommended series.
I love the way he thinks and explain his decisions and magical constructs.
TV-Show like Overlord
The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.
It follows the travels and exploits of a lone bounty hunter known as The Mandalorian, a member of the nearly extinct ancient martial order Mandalorian.
But one day a job changes his life drastically.
Is The Mandalorian good?
So far The Mandalorian is the Star Wars story and atmosphere I have been waiting for. I like many of the existing movies, but they are all about grand galaxy-wide consequences. The Mandalorian is a more small scale and on the outskirts and lawless parts of the galaxy. Probably why I liked the Solo: A Star Wars Story so much.
Why is The Mandalorian recommended?
The Mandalorian is not really that similar to Overlord. It does have a kind of anti-hero like main character, but it was mainly added to give a recommendation to something good but a little different.