5 Most Anticipated New Isekai Manga of 2022

Does starting life fresh in a new world appeal to you? What if you could get magical abilities, become an adventurer, and take down the villain with a group of powerful companions?! The isekai – ‘other world’ – genre has been overwhelmingly dominant in the past few years, and thankfully for fans, its growth doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

In 2022, there are lots of new isekai titles releasing, ranging from traditional ‘fantasy adventure’ isekai to some more unique entries (such as becoming a virus?!). If you’re looking for new stories to whisk you away from the real world, then you’ve come to the right place!

Join us today as we look at our Top 5 New Isekai manga in 2022!


5. Ninkyou Tensei: Isekai no Yakuzahime (Yakuza Reincarnation)

  • Mangaka: Natsuhara Takeshi (Story) & Miyashita Hiroki (Art)
  • Genres: Isekai, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Gender Bender, Seinen
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: March 2022

Let’s start our list with something a little different from the average reincarnation story. Ryu is an aging yakuza gangster determined to follow the honorable code of his gang despite his fragile body. When he’s ambushed by young thugs and meets his demise, he awakens in a fantasy world… and in the body of this world’s princess!

Out of place in more ways than one, this yakuza has a new lease on life, and he’s determined to teach this new world the meaning of honor. Ninkyou Tensei: Isekai no Yakuzahime (Yakuza Reincarnation) is a gender-bent twist with an interesting main character and a great setup. We’re excited to see how an aging gangster can bring his old creed to this new world, and tackle an ancient prophecy foretelling his arrival…!

Keep an eye out for Yakuza Reincarnation in March 2022.


4. 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 Skill in Another World and Became Unrivaled in The Real World, Too)

  • Mangaka: Miku (Story) & Kuwashima Rein (Art)
  • Genres: Isekai, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, School Life
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: May 2022

Reincarnation is usually a one-way trip. Lose your life in the real world, awaken in another world with magical powers… but what if you could travel freely between the two dimensions?! That idea becomes reality for Yuuya Tenjou of 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 Skill in Another World and Became Unrivaled in The Real World, Too).

Yuuya has been bullied his whole life, but when he finds a doorway to another world, he gains access to cheat skills that give him unrivaled abilities! And not only that; the doorway lets him back into the ordinary world, too… Armed with newfound powers that make him powerful no matter which world he’s in, Yuuya now has a chance to turn his life around!

Cheat Skill in Another World has an interesting premise and breaks the unspoken rule that you can’t return from being isekai’d – so we’re really interested to see what else it’ll shake up when it releases in May this year!



3. Tensei Kenja no Isekai Life - Daini no Shokugyou o Ete, Sekai Saikyou ni Narimashita (My Isekai Life)

  • Mangaka: Shinkou Shotou (Story) & Ponjea (Art)
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Isekai, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: January 2022

There are plenty of office workers who’d love nothing more than to be spirited away from their desk and into a world without paperwork and computers… but for workaholic Yuji, accidentally being summoned to a fantasy world is a recipe for disaster. After all, who’s going to do that paperwork now?!

Tensei Kenja no Isekai Life - Daini no Shokugyou o Ete, Sekai Saikyou ni Narimashita is being released as My Isekai Life in English, but you might also know it by the title Life as a Reincarnated Sage in Another World - Gaining a Second Profession and Becoming the Strongest in the World. Just like the title suggests, Yuji quickly becomes one of the strongest ‘classes’ in the world – a Sage – along with his original class ability to befriend and control slime monsters!

The first volume of the manga is already out, and readers can look forward to the anime adaptation later this year, courtesy of studio Revoroot!


2. Virus Tensei kara Isekai Kansen Monogatari (It’s That Reincarnated-as-a-Virus Story)

  • Mangaka: Yuki Kalaku (Story) & Pirota (Art)
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Isekai, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: January 2022

We’ll be honest – this is a brilliantly timed take on the current state of the world, and any author brave enough to tackle a virus-related story right now deserves your attention. The main character of Virus Tensei kara Isekai Kansen Monogatari (It’s That Reincarnated-as-a-Virus Story) meets his end at the hands of the infamous isekai truck, and reincarnates via a roulette wheel… rebirthing him as a virus, currently infecting a rat.

With every new body that our character infects, he rapidly gets new abilities – and before long he’s meeting new people and using his viral powers to defeat slavers, kill bad guys, and build an adventuring party to take on the evil infecting this world… pun intended?!

If you want to read about a sentient virus trying to do something good in a fantasy world, then you’re in luck, because It’s That Reincarnated-as-a-Virus Story already has its first volume out on shelves now!


1. Ookami wa Nemuranai (The Wolf Never Sleeps)

  • Mangaka: Shien Bis (Story) & Shinkawa Gonbe
  • Genres: Isekai, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Seinen
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: April 2022

Usually, the main character of an isekai is an ordinary Earth-born person without any skills. A regular, boring person, given a new chance to prove themselves and start all over again. That idea is turned on its head in Ookami wa Nemuranai (The Wolf Never Sleeps), which stars a seasoned fantasy adventurer named Lecan. Already a powerful and strong fighter, Lecan is questing for even grander conquests – and purposefully falls into another world to seek new strength.

This one-eyed wolf studies magic and medicine under a new teacher before beginning his dungeon exploration in this new world. The Wolf Never Sleeps sets itself apart in the isekai genre by starring a competent adventurer who must face newer and greater challenges than ever! The first volume of this manga adaptation will be released in April 2022.


Final Thoughts

These are just five of the many titles releasing in 2022, and we don’t have much information on releases in the back half of the year – but there are plenty of new series to start reading in just these first six months! No matter what type of otherworldly escape you’re looking for, the isekai genre is sure to satisfy all your magical adventuring needs!

Are you interested in any of these titles? Let us know down in the comments below, and as always, thank you for reading!

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Author: Brett Michael Orr

I'm a writer, gamer, and reviewer of manga & light novels, from Melbourne, Australia. When I'm not creating a new world, I'll be absorbed in a good JRPG, watching some anime, or reading up a storm!

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