What if you could reincarnate in a magical world or parallel universe? If the idea of reincarnation fascinates you, this ranked list of anime about reincarnation will undoubtedly have some good recommendations for you. As long as the subject is about a character being reincarnated, the best reincarnation anime on this list can be a TV series, film, or OVA.
In Another World With My Smartphone, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation are examples of popular anime in which the MC (or main character) is reincarnated. The majority of these anime series are available on streaming services such as Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Hulu.
1. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Satoru Mikami, 37, is a typical corporate worker who is perfectly content with his monotonous lifestyle in Tokyo, save for the fact that he has never had a girlfriend. In the midst of a casual encounter with a colleague, he is stabbed by an unknown assailant on the streets. However, as he succumbs to his injuries, a strange voice echoes in his mind and recites a series of commands that the dying man cannot understand.
When Satoru regains consciousness, he discovers that he has been reincarnated as a slimy goop in an unknown realm. As a result, he gains new abilities, most notably the ability to devour anything and mimic its appearance and abilities.
He then comes across the sealed Catastrophe-level monster “Storm Dragon” Veldora, who has been imprisoned for the past 300 years for destroying a town. Satoru befriends him, sympathising with his predicament and promising to help him destroy the seal. In exchange, Veldora bestows the name Rimuru Tempest on him in order to grant him divine protection.
Rimuru, now free of the monotony of his previous life, embarks on a new journey with a specific goal in mind. As he adjusts to his new body, his gooey antics spread throughout the world, gradually changing his fate.
2. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Despite being bullied, scorned, and oppressed his entire life, a 34-year-old shut-in mustered the courage to attempt something heroic—only for it to end tragically. In an unexpected turn of events, he awakens in another world as Rudeus Greyrat, resuming his life as a baby born to two loving parents.
Rudeus quickly adapts to his new environment by retaining his memories and knowledge from his previous life.
He begins to demonstrate magical talent that exceeds all expectations, honing his skill with the assistance of a mage named Roxy Migurdia. Rudeus is taught swordplay by his father, Paul, and meets Sylphiette, a young girl who quickly becomes his best friend.
As Rudeus’ second chance at life begins, he strives to make the most of his newfound freedom while overcoming his traumatic past. And maybe one day he’ll find the one thing he couldn’t find in his previous life: love.
3. Saga of Tanya the Evil
Tanya Degurechaff is a young soldier known for her predatory ruthlessness and uncanny tactical ability, earning her the moniker “Devil of the Rhine.” However, beneath her innocent appearance lies the soul of a man who challenged Being X, the self-proclaimed God, to a battle of wits, which resulted in him being reincarnated as a little girl into a world of magical warfare.
Tanya, hellbent on defiance, resolves to rise through the ranks of her country’s military as it slowly descends into world war, with only Being X standing in her way of resuming the peaceful life she once knew. However, her foresight and combat initiative have an unintended consequence: propelling the mighty Empire to become one of the most powerful nations in human history.
4. Ascendance of a Bookworm
Urano Motosu adores books and has an insatiable desire to read literature of all genres. She is on her way to becoming a librarian, but her life is cut short by an accident. As she takes her final breath, she wishes she could read more books in her next life.
As if fate had heard her prayer, she awakens as Myne, a frail five-year-old girl from the mediaeval era. Her passion is the first thing that comes to mind. She tries to find something to read but is frustrated by the lack of books available to her.
Books must be written and copied by hand without the printing press, making them very expensive; as a result, only a few nobles can afford them—but this will not deter Myne. She will demonstrate that her desire to read is unbreakable, and if there are no books available, she will create them herself!
5. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
Most people would prefer to be the protagonist of an adventure-filled world, whether in a game or in another world. Unfortunately, one particular girl is not so fortunate. As she recalls her previous life, she realises she was reborn in the world of Fortune Lover, one of the games she used to play.
Unfortunately, the character she was reincarnated into—Catarina Claes—is the game’s main antagonist, facing certain death in each ending. She uses her extensive knowledge of the game to free herself from the bonds of this cursed destiny.
This will not be an easy task, especially since she must be cautious not to set off death alarms that will hasten the impending doom she is attempting to avoid. Nonetheless, she strives as the villainess rather than the heroine to effect change in the lives of those around her.
6. So I’m a Spider, So What?
The day is as normal as it can be in high school, with students going about their daily activities peacefully until an unprecedented disaster strikes the school, killing everyone in its path. A few students are fortunate enough to be reincarnated into another world as nobles, princes, and other people with prestigious backgrounds, thanks to what appears to be a miracle.
One girl, however, is not so fortunate. She is reborn as a spider of the weakest kind, and she immediately faces the difficulties of her predicament. Nonetheless, she must persevere in order to survive the numerous threats to her life. When she discovers that her new world has a system similar to that of an RPG, she tries her hardest to hunt prey and defeat monsters in order to level up and evolve. She hopes that as she grows stronger, her efforts will be recognised and she will be granted a better life.
7. The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat
The world’s most lethal assassin had sworn lifelong loyalty to the organisation that had raised him. Despite his devotion, the organisation takes action to silence him, ultimately leading to his demise. Drowning in frustration and regrets he can no longer suppress, he finds himself in front of a goddess who is drawn to his exceptional abilities. The goddess offers him reincarnation into a magnificent world of swords and magic in order for him to complete a critical mission: slay that world’s hero and prevent its destruction.
Accepting the goddess’ request, he is reborn as Lugh Tuatha Dé, the son of an illustrious family of assassins serving the Alvan Kingdom. Lugh learns new assassination techniques from his father, which differ significantly from the cold-blooded and unsympathetic killing style of his previous life. His other talents also blossom, allowing him to meet new allies and acquaintances. Even so, Lugh realises that his efforts are insufficient, because a titanic foe like the hero can only be defeated with perfection.
8. Wise Man’s Grandchild
Merlin Wolford was once regarded as a national hero in the kingdom of Earlshide, lauded for both his power and achievements. He prefers a quiet life, so he retreats deep into the rural woods, devoting his time to raising an orphan he rescued. This orphan is Shin, a regular salaryman from modern-day Japan who was reincarnated into Merlin’s world while retaining his previous memories. Shin continues to amaze Merlin with his unparalleled talent in both magic casting and martial arts as the years pass.
However, by his 15th birthday, it is clear that Shin has only developed his combat skills and nothing else, leaving him with obvious social awkwardness, a lack of common sense, and a mediocre sense of responsibility. Shin enrols in the kingdom’s Magic Academy to hone his skills and mature alongside other teenagers. However, living a normal life is impossible because he becomes a local celebrity almost immediately after arriving.
9. The Faraway Paladin
Will awakens in a new world after a life of stagnancy to the faces of a skeleton, a ghost, and a mummy. The three raise Will as their own in the ruins of a long-lost city. Blood, the skeleton, teaches him to fight; Gus, the ghost, teaches him magic; and Mary, the mummy, teaches him religion and responsibility. Above all, they teach him to love.
Will prepares for the day when he must finally set out on his own as he grows up and learns about the world into which he was born. This journey includes a lifelong promise for Will. Every adult is required to swear an oath to the god of their choice at their coming-of-age, with the strength of the pledge affecting the degree of their sworn god’s blessing.
Will must prepare to accept the truth of his undead guardians and embark on a journey into a world that even they don’t know the state of. Will discovers, however, that every oath must be fulfilled in some way.
10. Fushigi Yugi
Junior-high students Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo are transported into the world of “The Universe of The Four Gods,” a mysterious book set in ancient China, while visiting the National Library. Miaka is suddenly thrust into the role of Suzaku’s priestess, and she must locate all of her celestial warriors in order to summon Suzaku for three wishes. The enemy nation of the god Seiryuu, on the other hand, has duped Yui into becoming the priestess of Seiryuu. The former best friends, now enemies, begin their long battle to summon their respective gods and obtain their wishes…
11. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Kazuma Satou, a high school student and recluse, finds himself sitting before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua after dying a laughable and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game. She gives the NEET two choices: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s fantasy world! Kazuma, who has chosen to start a new life, is quickly tasked with defeating a Demon King who is terrorising villages. But before he leaves, he can choose one item of any type to help him in his quest, and the future hero chooses Aqua. But Kazuma has made a critical error: Aqua is completely useless!
Unfortunately, their problems do not end there; it turns out that living in such a world is nothing like how it appears in a game. Instead of embarking on an exciting adventure, the pair must first work to cover their living expenses. Their misfortunes have only recently begun!
12. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
Ichirou Suzuki, a programmer in his thirties, is overburdened with work. Worn out, he eventually has a chance to catch up on sleep, only to wake up in a fantasy RPG world that is a mash-up of the games he was debugging in reality. In this new location, he notices that not only has his appearance changed to that of a younger version of himself, but his name has also changed to Satou, a nickname he used while running game beta tests.
However, before Satou can fully comprehend his situation, an army of lizardmen attacks him. Satou is forced to cast a powerful spell in retaliation, and his level is increased to 310, effectively maximising his stats. Satou sets out to explore this magical new world as a high-leveled adventurer armed with a plethora of skills and no way to return to reality.
13. In Another World With My Smartphone
God, in an unthinking blunder, accidentally kills Touya Mochizuki with a stray bolt of lightning! As an apology, God grants him one wish and the opportunity to relive his life in a magical fantasy world. Touya gladly accepts the offer and asks for only one wish: to keep his smartphone with him as he embarks on his journey into this mysterious world.
Starting over in this new world, Touya discovers it is full of magic, which he enjoys, and cute girls vying for his attention. These girls—the twins Linze and Elze Silhoueska, Yumina Urnea Belfast, Leen, and Yae Kokonoe—provide Touya with endless romantic frustrations as he discovers the secrets of this new world.
14. Dog & Scissors
A ridiculous comical mystery. Harumi Kazuhito is a high school student who enjoys reading and admires novelist Natsuno Kirihime. One day, he comes across Kirihime, who is writing in a cafe and is about to be shot by a robber. He shields her from the attack but is killed in the process. He is reincarnated as a dachshund dog thanks to the supernatural power of a bookworm. Kazuhito (as a dog) writhes in a painful life without books when a sadistic woman carrying a pair of scissors offers him assistance. She is Kirihime in person.
15. Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!
Misato Kurihara has spent most of her life standing out from the crowd due to her exceptional personality, so she has never known the joy of having close friends or the experience of living a normal life. However, following her untimely death, she was transported to a divine realm to be reincarnated—and was granted one wish to top it all off. Thinking about the ordinary life she had always desired, she wished to be born as a normal person with average abilities for the world she would resurrect in.
Reborn as Adele von Ascham, the daughter of a nobleman, she possesses magical abilities far beyond the average. Still wanting to live the life she desired, she leaves her home and enrols in a hunter school in a distant kingdom under the alias “Mile.” However, no matter how hard she tries to conceal her overwhelming power, achieving her goal will be difficult—especially when confronted with the crazy situations that ensue!
16. Knight’s & Magic
Tsubasa Kurata, an otaku from modern Japan, is reborn in the Fremmevilla Kingdom, a mediaeval world where powerful mechs called Silhouette Knights fight horrific demonic beasts.
Ernesti Echevarria, born into a noble family and endowed with prodigious magical abilities, enrols in Royal Laihaila Academy. This magical school teaches young men and women how to pilot the Silhouette Knights, preparing them to protect the kingdom from demonic and human threats. Ernesti teams up with the twins Adeltrud and Archid Olter with the goal of one day creating his own Silhouette Knight, a feat unheard of for centuries.
17. The Misfit of Demon King Academy
A long time ago, a war between humans and demons caused widespread chaos and bloodshed. Demon King Anos Voldigoad willingly sacrificed his life to end this seemingly endless conflict, hoping to be reborn in a peaceful future.
In preparation for the return of their king, the demons established the Demon King Academy, an elite institution tasked with determining Anos’ identity when he reawakens. He reincarnates two millennia later, only to discover that the world’s level of magic has dwindled dramatically during his absence.
Furthermore, when he enrols at the academy to reclaim his rightful title, he discovers that demonkind has a different memory of him. His personality, his actions, and even his legacy have all been fabricated—masked beneath the name of an impostor. Because of this “lack” of common knowledge, he is the academy’s outlier—a misfit never seen before in history.
Despite these disadvantages, Anos is unfazed. As he sets out to find those who are changing his glorious past, he takes it upon himself to convince his descendants that their ruler has finally returned.
18. Yona of the Dawn
The kingdom of Kouka is blessed with a lovely princess whose childlike innocence enchants everyone who meets her. Yona, as she is known, has grown up in the royal palace, safe from any harm. All good things, however, must come to an end.
Yona’s perfect world is shattered when a heinous act of treason threatens to erase everything she holds dear, including her birthright as Princess of Kouka. She is forced to flee the palace because she has no one to trust but her childhood friend and loyal bodyguard Son Hak.
Yona realises that her kingdom is no longer the safe haven it once was when she is faced with the perils of surviving in the wild with a target on her back.
Yona vows to do everything in her power to overcome her naivety and become strong enough to crush her enemies. With Hak by her side, she must piece together the fragments of an ancient legend that may hold the key to reclaiming her kingdom from those who plotted to steal it from her.
Toyohisa Shimazu is the rearguard for his retreating troops during the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, and he is critically wounded when he finds himself in a modern, gleaming white hallway. Faced with nothing but a stoic man named Murasaki and hundreds of doors on both sides, Toyohisa is drawn into the nearest door and into a world unlike his own.
The strange land is inhabited by all manner of fantastical creatures, as well as warriors thought to be dead from various eras of Toyohisa’s world. Toyohisa quickly befriends the infamous warlord Nobunaga Oda and the ancient archer Yoichi Suketaka Nasu, and learns of the continent’s political unrest.Furthermore, they have been summoned as “Drifters” to fight the “Ends,” people who are responsible for the Orte Empire’s creation and are attempting to exterminate the Drifters. As the Ends become more powerful, the Empire’s persecution of elves and other demihumans intensifies. It is up to Toyohisa and his band of outlandish heroes to fight in a brand-new world war to aid the Empire’s subjects while also defending the land they have claimed for themselves and challenging the Ends.
20. Princess Connect! Re:Dive
A man falls from the sky on the continent of Astraea, with no memories other than his name, Yuuki. An elf named Kokkoro approaches him and introduces herself as his guide through the world they are about to enter. Yuuki is able to learn how the world works with Kokkoro’s help, from battling monsters to handling currency.
Yuuki and Kokkoro decide to go to a nearby guild association and accept a simple quest to earn money for their journey. During their journey, they meet Pecorine, a gluttonous but charming battle expert. The following day, they meet Karyl, a cat girl who specialises in magic.After some time, they form a bond of friendship and camaraderie, and the four decide to form their own guild. They will explore the world, meet new people, and possibly solve the mysteries surrounding Yuuki’s missing memories as their adventures continue.
21. Restaurant to Another World
Nekoya Western Restaurant is a popular eatery on a street corner in a Tokyo shopping district. This eatery is popular among Tokyo residents because it serves both traditional Japanese fare and Western dishes. However, this seemingly ordinary restaurant is also popular with a different type of customer…
While it is commonly assumed that the restaurant is closed on Saturdays, the truth is that on this special day each week, its doors are open to visitors from other worlds. This restaurant has a diverse clientele, ranging from dragons and elves to fairies and mages. Nonetheless, the mysterious chef known only as “Master” will be waiting to serve their favourite dishes with a friendly smile and keep them coming back for many more Saturdays.
22. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
Nobody can match the power of the Demon King Diablo in the fantasy MMORPG Cross Reverie. He overpowers all who are foolish enough to confront him, as he possesses the game’s rarest artefacts and an unrivalled player level. Despite his terrifying reputation, Diablo’s true identity is Takuma Sakamoto, a reclusive gamer with no social skills. Takuma cares about nothing but his virtual life, defeating hopeless challengers day after day—that is, until a summoning spell suddenly transports him to another world where he has Diablo’s appearance!
Takuma is greeted in this new world that resembles his favourite game by the two girls who summoned him: Rem Galeu, a petite Pantherian adventurer, and Shera L. Greenwood, a busty Elf summoner. In an attempt to subjugate him, they perform an Enslavement Ritual, but the spell backfires, and they become his slaves instead. Takuma decides to accompany the girls in finding a way to unbind their contract while learning to adapt to his new life as the menacing Demon King, as the situation becomes more awkward than ever.
23. Log Horizon
After the game’s latest update, thirty thousand befuddled Japanese gamers are whisked from their everyday lives into the world of the popular MMORPG, Elder Tale—unable to log out. Among them is Shiroe, a socially awkward college student whose confusion and shock last only a moment before he, a veteran of the game, sets out to explore the limits of his new reality.
Shiroe must learn to live in this new world, leading others and negotiating with the NPC “natives” in order to bring stability to Akihabara, the virtual city. He is accompanied by his unfortunate friend Naotsugu, who has logged in for the first time in years only to find himself trapped, and Akatsuki, a petite but fierce assassin who refers to Shiroe as her master. Log Horizon is a fantasy, adventure, and political story that examines the elements of gaming through the eyes of a master strategist attempting to make the best of a perplexing situation.
24. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
When Subaru Natsuki walks out of the convenience store, the last thing he expects is to be ripped from his everyday life and thrust into a fantasy world. Things aren’t looking good for the befuddled teen, who is attacked by some thugs not long after his arrival. He is quickly beaten to a pulp, armed only with a bag of groceries and a now-ineffective cell phone. Fortunately, a mysterious beauty named Satella, who is on the hunt for the person who stole her insignia, comes across Subaru and saves him.
Subaru offers to assist in her search to thank the honest and kindhearted girl, and later that night, he discovers the location of what she seeks. But, unbeknownst to them, a much darker force stalks the pair from the shadows, and Subaru and Satella are brutally murdered just minutes after discovering the insignia.
However, when Subaru awakens to a familiar scene—confronted by the same gang of thugs, meeting Satella all over again—the mystery deepens as history inexplicably repeats itself.
The end of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has arrived. Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, however, decides to spend his final moments in the game as the servers begin to shut down. Despite the fact that the clock has struck midnight, Momonga remains fully conscious as his character, and the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own!
When confronted with this unusual situation, Momonga orders his loyal servants to assist him in investigating and taking control of this new world, in the hopes of determining what has caused this development and if there are others in the same situation.
26. Mirage of Blaze
Takaya Ougi is a typical high school student who only wants to protect his best friend and live a normal life. Nobutsuna Naoe, an older man, appears and informs Takaya that he is the reincarnation of Lord Kagetora. Takaya’s abilities to exorcise evil spirits and fight the Fuedal Underworld are awakened by Naoe, who is also a possessor. Takaya, unlike most possessors, does not recall their previous lives before being reincarnated. Naoe is grateful for this, given his passionate and abusive relationship with his Lord Kagetora. Takaya’s abilities improve, and he begins to recall what Naoe did out of love for him. Meanwhile, as the Fuedal Underworld descends upon the Hojo and Fuma clans, the dark forces of the Hojo and Fuma clans launch their attack.
Once upon a time, a race known as the Shadow Angels attacked Earth in order to harvest the life force of everyone who lived there. The Shadow Angels went dormant as a result of some incredible miracle, and humanity was able to live another 12,000 years without fear of their presence. However, 11 years after a disaster known as the Holy Genesis wreaked havoc on the Earth, the Shadow Angels were roused from their slumber and resumed their attacks.
To give humanity a fighting chance, an organisation called DEAVA was formed, and the use of a robotic weapon called Aquarion was authorised. To bring the Aquarion to full power, three pilots must merge their hearts, bodies, and souls into one—a feat few can hope to achieve. As a result, the search for so-called ‘Element Users’ was prioritised in the hopes of ensuring humanity’s future.
Sousei no Aquarion tells the story of Apollo, a near-feral young man raised in poverty who is thought to be a reincarnation of a legendary hero. Apollo decides to become an Aquarion pilot after his best friend is kidnapped by the Shadow Angels. Will he be able to turn the tide of the war and rid humanity of the Shadow Angels once and for all?
28. I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
Slimes are usually the easiest monsters to kill in role-playing games, and as a result, they yield few experience points. But what if you live long enough to keep defeating them for the next 300 years?
Azusa Aizawa dies suddenly from severe exhaustion after many years as a corporate slave. She appears to be on her way to the afterlife when she meets a goddess who grants her immortality as well as a peaceful life in another world. Azusa spends her days tending to her farm, protecting the nearby village, and killing about 25 slimes per day—a routine that has been going on for at least three centuries.
This rather monotonous cycle, however, begins to change when Azusa discovers that she has reached level 99—the highest possible level—through slimes alone. Despite her best efforts to conceal this fact for fear of jeopardising her slow life, rumours of her strength spread. Soon, people from all over the continent, including the dragon Laika and the elf Halkara, begin to appear at her door, some seeking a fight, others seeking her assistance. Azusa discovers that she can live a far better life with others than she could alone, after meeting friends and acquaintances who quickly become family.
29. Seirei Gensouki
Haruto Amakawa, a 20-year-old college student, does not expect to wake up in an unfamiliar world in the body of a young boy named Rio after dying in a traffic accident. Rio realises he now has magical powers as their memories and personas merge. Despite his new identity, he is relieved to discover that his burning desire for vengeance against his mother’s murderers has not subsided.
Soon after, Rio comes across the kidnapped Bertram Kingdom princess and immediately saves her. To show his appreciation, the king grants him admission to the Bertram Royal Academy. He is excited to study at this prestigious academy, believing it will be a new chapter in his life, but life here proves difficult for him, a slum-dweller surrounded by the majestic children of nobles.
30. By the Grace of the Gods
A child named Ryouma Takebayashi lives deep in the forest, far from human contact. He has a strange hobby of keeping various types of slimes as pets. Furthermore, despite his youth, he has a strong physique and a good affinity for magic. All of this is because, after enduring much adversity in his previous life, three gods bestow upon Ryouma a second chance to pursue one goal: to savour the wonders of life.
Ryouma meets people who will change his current life forever after three years of comfortable solitude. When he meets and assists some soldiers in tending to a wounded comrade, the group persuades him to accompany them to the nearby town’s ducal family. Ryouma agrees and sets out to explore the vast world beyond his home.