Ah, the isekai genre. That blessed fantasy of being whisked away from the drudgery of our modern-day world, taken to a land of magic, new beginnings, and — most importantly — gorgeous waifus!
Let’s be honest - half the appeal of the isekai genre is the fantasy-power-trip of getting magical abilities and becoming an awesome adventurer. The other half is the dream of assembling a harem of gorgeous girls (and, sometimes, guys) along the way.
Today on Honey’s Anime, we’re shamelessly talking about the 5 Best Girls of Isekai (both in light novels and manga)! And before we get started, a quick note — we’re going to be covering some of the awesome isekai from the last few years. So while we agree that Hestia is Bestia, we’ll leave our readers to fight over Rem vs Ram; today’s spotlight is on some of the newer waifus from another world!
5. Mariabelle — Nihon e Youkoso Elf-san (Welcome to Japan, Ms. Elf!)
Nobody said that the gorgeous girls from the other world had to stay there! In Nihon e Youkoso Elf-san (Welcome to Japan, Ms. Elf!), ordinary salaryman Kazuhiro Kitase has rather fantastic dreams involving exciting adventures and a gorgeous female elf named Mariabelle. One day, he wakes up to find that very same elf in his bed!
Mariabelle - or rather, Marie — finds her way onto our waifu list thanks to her adorable nature (and tsundere moments to boot), gorgeous looks, and frequent ecchi accidents. When Kitase dreams and takes them back into the other world, Marie can kick serious butt with her sorceress powers, too!
4. Seras — Hazure Waku no Joutai Ijou Skill de Saikyou ni Natta Ore ga Subete wo Juurin Suru made (Failure Frame: I Became the Strongest and Annihilated Everything With Low-Level Spells)
Sometimes the fantasy of being summoned to another world is ... well, just a fantasy. The reality is that any god capable of forcibly summoning humans probably doesn’t have their best interests at heart. Such is the case for Mimori Touka, freshly summoned and then banished due to his supposedly abysmal skills... Now he’s out for revenge against this world’s goddess!
Enter his beautiful traveling companion, Seras Ashrain — the very definition of a modern warrior princess! Once the princess of a High Elf country, she’s also the former knight leader, and Touka’s... well, companion, but maybe something more eventually?! She’s intelligent, powerful, and seductive as well; and over the course of the series, we see her unwavering loyalty and warrior’s courage shining bright!
3. Mina — Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life: Isekai ni Tsukurou Drugstore (Drugstore in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist)
The only entry on our list that has an anime adaptation is Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life: Isekai ni Tsukurou Drugstore (Drugstore in Another World), a relatively laidback isekai about (surprise!) running a drugstore in another world!
Our waifu of choice here is the beautiful, buxom, perverted freeloader of a ghost, Mina Fleuret. She’s an adorable airhead who seems to frequently forget she’s actually dead, and usually appears only to the main character Reiji Kirio. She can be surprisingly rude and commanding at times, but she’s also quite endearing — we’d gladly be haunted by a ghost like Mina!
2. Ichika — Zettai ni Hatarakitakunai Dungeon Master ga Damin wo Musaboru made (Lazy Dungeon Master)
Lazy shut-in Keima Masuda has rather enjoyed his life of doing nothing. So when he’s summoned to another world and put in charge of running a dungeon... he decides to make a nice self-sufficient dungeon, build an inn, and sit back comfortably on the income!
Keima’s life as a lazy dungeon master brings a huge number of gorgeous gals into his life thanks to the neighboring dungeons and towns. But our best girl is Ichika, the gluttonous (but glamorous) adventurer who loves gambling and eating. She’s entirely devoted to Keima thanks to his ability to produce all types of delicious foods in his dungeon. (And honestly, we’d totally be smitten with anyone who could make delicious free food!)
Also, it seems like all the food she eats goes straight to her chest, but that’s definitely not why she’s our favorite dungeon girl...!!
1. Kaori — Isekai de Cheat Skill o Te ni Shita Ore wa, Genjitsu Sekai o mo Musou Suru - Level Up wa Jinsei o Kaeta (I Got a Cheat Ability in a Different World, and Became Extraordinary Even in the Real World)
Okay, we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves here — Isekai de Cheat Skill is out in English next month, but hey, at least you know there’s a waifu waiting for you if you pick up the series?!
In this isekai/reverse-isekai, Yuuya Tenjou — main character and class loser — can travel to and from another world, using the skills he acquires in the other world to change his life in the real world!
Honestly, we wanted to give this spot to Lexia — an illegitimate princess, and a beautiful half-High Elf with dangerous magical power. But if we’re being true to our hearts, we have to give our Waifu Award (a totally real award we didn’t just invent) to Kaori Houjou!
Kaori is the glamorous Student Council President of Ousei Gakuen school, with stunning black hair and an overwhelming aura. She’s had bullying and stalking issues in the past, but Tenjou has protected her with his newfound abilities, and ends up becoming her impromptu bodyguard after transferring schools!
There’s plenty to like about the isekai genre, but the variety of otherworldly waifus is one of the biggest attractions for readers. We’ve got no shame in admitting we also love the romance (and ecchi moments) that accompany the genre!
These are our 5 Best Girls of Isekai, but we could easily fill out the list with even more of our favorite waifus from another world! What about you? Tell us what your best girls are down in the comments below, and thanks for reading!