If you like He Who Fights with Monsters books then keep reading. This article contains a great list of similar recommendations for He Who Fights with Monsters by Travis Deverell aka Shirtaloon.
Most of the recommendations are in the same genre as He Who Fights with Monsters, LitRPG, Portal Fantasy, and Progression Fantasy. Other closely related genes like cultivation/wuxia, System Apocolypse, Isekai, Reborn, VRMMO, and more.
Most of the recommendations are books similar to the He Who Fights with Monsters but we have also added a few anime suggestions.
Jason wakes up in a mysterious world of magic and monsters.
He will face off against cannibals, cultists, wizards, monsters, and that's just the first day. He's going to need courage, he's going to need wit and he's going to need some magic powers of his own. But first, he's going to need pants.
Can Jason survive the change from being an office-supplies-store middle manager to becoming a heroic interdimensional adventurer?
We follow Jason as he makes a place for himself in a world that is strange, yet sometimes strangely familiar. From somewhat familiar inhabitants to a magical interface that looks like his RPG games. He will meet everything from crime lords to nobles, monsters to gods on his adventurous path.
About the series: He Who Fights With Monsters is in the Isekai, LitRPG, Portal Fantasy, Progression Fantasy genres with some political intrigue and humor. The progression system combines cultivation and traditional LitRPG elements and plenty of loot. Jason is a laid-back Australia that gains some suspiciously evil powers.
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- Books like He Who Fights With Monsters
- Reborn: Apocalypse (Reborn: Apocalypse #1) by L. M. Kerr
- The Two Week Curse (Ten Realms #1) by Michael Chatfield
- Street Cultivation (Street Cultivation #1) by Sarah Lin
- Ritualist (Completionist Chronicles #1) by Dakota Krout
- Unsouled (Cradle #1) by Will Wight
- Into the Abyss (Demons of Astlan #1) by J. L. Langland
- The Mayor of Noobtown (Noobtown #1) by Ryan Rimmel
- You're Not Allowed to Die (Twenty-Sided Eye #1) by Kip Terrington
- Apocalypse: Generic System by Macronomicon
- Dungeon Crawler Carl by Matt Dinniman
- Defiance of the Fall by TheFirstDefier
- The Legend of Randidly Ghosthound by Noret Flood
- Oh Great! I was Reincarnated as a Farmer by Mr Benjamin Neihana Kerei
- Animes like He Who Fights With Monsters
Books like He Who Fights With Monsters
Humanity has been transported to another world where magical superpowers are real. Its a world made of seven layers and the goal is to reach the top, heaven.
Micheal is at the top layer with what little remains of the human population. 10 years has he to get to this point.
Humanity is desperately trying to win a battle against an overpowered enemy.
Humanity loose the battle. They fail.
Micheal witnesses the final moments of the human race before he also dies.
But thanks to a strange artifact that Micheal can't even remember exactly where or when he found he is resurrected. Not only is he resurrected, but time rewinds 10 years until the moment he was first transported into this world.
Micheal now has only one goal. To save humanity. He plans on doing this by using his memories and experience from his previous life.
Is Reborn: Apocalypse good?
Reborn: Apocalypse is an excellent LitRPG with some good Wuxia elements.
It does not have as strong game mechanics elements like som other LitRPG stories. But it has a mix of RPG and Wuxia character progression elements.
Humanity has some bastards taking advantage of the turmoil, but it also has lots of people trying to build a community and adapt to the new world.
The main character relay more on intelligently using his for knowledge than just on raw power.
All in all, Reborn: Apocalypse is one of the better book series in this genre.
Erik and Rugrat are both combat veterans, Erik is a combat medic and Rugrat is a Marine Recon sniper. During a mercenary trip guarding some shady copper mine owners, they are caught in an ambush and Erik ends up losing his legs and his arm.
And to top it off, they both get the Two Week Curse.
It's a strange sickness where they get a strange message saying that they have been randomly selected to join the Ten Realms. And that one may choose to ascend the Ten Realms, thereupon making a request to the Gods of the Realms.
People who get this curse dissipates in a bright flash after exactly two weeks.
As the harden veterans they are, they do their best to prepare for what is going to happen. When the two weeks are up they are teleported to a new strange world where people can rank up as in a game and cultivate their internal power.
Is Ten Realms good?
The Ten Realms Series is not the absolute best of its genre, but it is absolutely worth reading. Especially for people that are interested in the LitRPG and Cultivation/Wuxia genres.
It's interesting to see how Erik and Rugrat use their military knowledge and comradery to take on their new strange circumstances.
One of the major problems with the series is that Eric and Rugrath soon become too powerful. And the initial preparation part before they get to the new world is too long.
Rick is a young fighter. To support himself and his sister he is working as a sparring partner at a local gym. Helping people strengthen their cores in exchange for some meager coin.
He does not dream of becoming an all-powerful immortal cultivator. But he wants to be more than just a human punching bag.
The main reason Rick works as a human punching bag is for his sister. She has a deadly disease that is costly to keep at bay. Working at the gym is the only way Rick sees that can earn enough to pay for her medical needs.
Getting the treatment for her deadly spiritual disease is not easy. And being born by poor parents that have left them by themselves surrounded by scavenging relatives makes this a daunting task.
It does not help that they live in a world where power makes right. A world controlled by powerful corporations and modernized martial arts sects. A world where those at the bottom of society often find themselves at mercy by those higher up in the power chain.
Is Street Cultivation good?
Street Cultivation is a good and interesting twist on the LitRPG genre. It mixes in both elements from the Wuxia genre and cyberpunk elements.
It's a good story that also contains slice-of-life elements. It's more than just cultivation and level-ups.
Street Cultivation is a good book series that is worth checking out.
Joe is an army medic that had an accident at work and has become a quadriplegic with no chance of getting healthy again. When he is given the option to permanently transition his consciousness into a virtual world, a game, he takes it.
When he enters the game he is given the option of picking a special class, a ritualist. Its a class with huge potential, but it also has the drawback that if anyone discovers his class, he will be hunted down.
Is Completionist Chronicles good?
The Ritualist (Completionist Chronicles) is among the best LitRPG books I have read so far.
Joe does not have a typical fighting class, and he is not turned into aMary Sue character. The story is interesting, and I love the game elements and character leveling in this book.
Life energy known as madra is the basis of civilization on the world of Cradle.
Everyone has madra inside themself.
Sacred artist level up their madra by using different forms of training and ingesting elixirs and spirit-fruits.
The common stages of madra levels a person can reach are Copper to Iron, to Jade, and then to Gold. After Gold, who knows what comes next.
Wei Shi Lindon is a member of the Silverfox Clan. They live in hidden Sacred Valley isolated from the rest of the world.
Lindon is an unsouled.
Unsouled is someone unfit to harness the power of madra. Their madra core does not have an affinity for any element. Making them unlikely to advance their madra levels.
Lindon is unwilling to accept his low status. He is determined to do everything he can to prove his worth. He is willing to risk everything to become a sacred artist.
A tragic event unfolds in the valley, an event that makes a diety takes action. This diety shows Lindon a path to advancement, a path that will take him out of the Sacred Valley.
Can Lindon capable to leave the Sacred Valley, and will he, an unsouled, be able to survive outside it?
Is Cradle good?
Cradle is a fast-paced fantasy adventure series where the main characters keep growing in power. In some ways, it can resemble a shounen anime.
Cradle is a very good cultivation book series. It has most of the elements a cultivation book should have, and it presents it in a good way with a good story.
After being talked into trying the drug Demon Weed by his buddy Reggie, Tom Perkinje dies and is reborn as a demon. He is not reborn in this world or a demon world. He is reborn as he is summoned by a group of wizards in a place called Astlan.
So begins Toms's new life as a demon traveling in both the wizard realm of Astland and the demon realm called the Abyss. His life is going to be complicated by both modeling wizards and manipulative demons.
Jim has just died and something strange has happened. He is in a room where he can pick between different classes. Just like in a game.
After some intense events connected to him still having his memories and a strange trait called unbound, Jim is transferred to a dangerous and new world. A world that acts very similar to a video game.
Jim finds himself in a new player zone for low-level adventurers. Unfortunately, the zone fell out of use centuries ago, and the monsters have taken over the place. Jim is the only player around in this zone. Even the town has no friendly NPCs around, only monsters.
Joe decides to spend the remaining parts of his life in full digital immersion. This allows him to play in a virtual world with a fake but healthy body instead of the real body that is failing him.
An Evolving Intelligence will be his virtual assistant while he plays. It will take the form of someone close to him, and it goes by the name of Spooky.
As Spooky and Joe are about the enter the game world something strange happens. They are summoned to a different reality where magic is real. Because of this strange unfortunate timing, Joe believes that he is just playing a game.
What happens to the Evolving Intelligence Spooky in this world? And will Joe survive when he acts like it is just a game?
Two months after Jeb Trapper tried to kill himself he is participating in a trial to use ecstasy to treat his PTSD from his time as a soldier. Everything seemed to be going great until a message is sent to everyone in the world.
The System has Been Installed.
Everyone is given a choice of a few different tutorials to teach them about the system. The difference is the difficulty level. The levels go from easy to impossible.
There is just one problem. Jeb Trapper is high as a kite, and nothing seems Impossible.
Jeb needs to use some brains, a bit of engineering and crafting combined with some magic, and a lot of fighting with help from new companions to try to make the impossible possible.
Apocalypse: Generic System can be found on Royal Road
About the series: Apocalypse: Generic System is a System Apocolypse, LitRPG, with some cultivation-like elements.
The apocalypse will be televised!
Carl and his ex-girlfriend's cat has to survive a sadistic game show unlike anything in the universe. It's a dungeon crawl show where survival depends on killing your prey in the most entertaining way possible.
The more followers and views you get the bigger your chance of survival gets because of the loot boxes dropped upon you by the generous benefactors watching from across the galaxy. That's the only way to truly survive in this game.
They call it Dungeon Crawler World. But for Carl, it's anything but a game.
About the series: Dungeon Crawler Carl is a System Apocolyps, LitRPG series with humor and dark gory elements.
Zac was alone in the middle of the forest when the world changed.
The whole planet was introduced to the multiverse by an unfeeling System... or God. A universe where an endless number of races and civilizations fought for power and dominion.
Zac finds himself stuck in the wilderness surrounded by deadly beasts, demons, and worse. Alone, lost and without answers, he must find the means to survive and get stronger in this new cut-throat reality.
With only a hatchet for his weapon, he'll have to seek out his family before the world collapses... or die trying.
Defiance of the Fall can be found on Royal Road.
About the series: Defiance of the Fall is in the System Apocalypse, LitRPG, Wuxia, and Progression Fantasy genres. It mixes LitRPG elements with Eastern cultivation. It has class systems, skill systems, endless choices for progression, and town building. Follow Zac as he struggles to stake out a unique path to power as a mortal in a world full of cultivators.
Randidly Ghosthound felt lost and alone even before the System transformed the Earth. Before every person had to deal with the sudden presence of Levels, Skills, monsters, and the very real possibility of death.
When the world changes Randidly was walking through an underground tunnel. Because of his location, he starts in a dungeon far above his level. Luckily he meets a powerful mysterious dungeon traveler that teaches him some of what he needs to survive in this dangerous new world.
After several hellish months, Randidly is able to escape the dungeon, only to learn that just half a day has passed on Earth. Because of this time dilation, Randidly is now one of the more powerful people around.
About the series: The Legend of Randidly Ghosthound is in the System Aploclyps, LitRPG/GameLit, and Progression Fantasy genres. There are Classes, Skills, Levels, and more that are familiar to fans of these genres.
Arnold is accidentally murdered by a cleric in another universe during a botched resurrection.
As a semi-pro gamer, he is very disappointed when he finds out that he is not the chosen one who is there to save the world but just a clerical error. He is incarnated into the overweight body of a farmer who could have been his fatter twin, and certainly not a hero. He is just a farmer, he is stuck with the farming class.
Arnold must use his gaming skills to figure out how to level his farmer class to 100 and gain a second class. A class more fitting his gamer dreams. But his skills and determination are hardly tested when he learns that farmers don't gain experience from killing monsters, but only from farming-related tasks.
Follow Arnold on his hilarious journey as he stubbornly comes to grips with his new reality and tries to change his destiny from that of your typical farmer.
About the series: Oh Great! I was Reincarnated as a Farmer is a LitRPG, Isekai, Reincarnation, and Portal Fantasy with a touch of a farming simulator and Home Alone trap making.
Animes like He Who Fights With Monsters
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.
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.