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There are seemingly an endless number of horror stories surrounding the difficulties of working a modern office job in Japan. But as luck would have it, the exciting Isekai tale of Knight’s & Magic begins there. Just at the end of a brutal coding crunch, a talented programmer leaves the office to browse his favorite model robot shop. He is a hardcore mecha otaku, so much so that all of his coworkers think of him more for his hobby than his incredible programming skills. However, before he can get home and enjoy his hard-earned purchase, he dies. Reincarnated into the Kingdom of Fremmevira in another world, the young Ernesti Echevarria learns that his favorite hobby has become real life.
As far as Isekai stories go, it’s very rare to get everything you want out of your next life or happenchance summoning. It usually boils down to a tough-as-nails protagonist making the best out of a bad situation, or being gifted with a super cheat ability from the get go. Ernesti has nothing really outstanding to his name, and as a young boy, is at a disadvantage compared to others. With that said, his earnest nature drives him to learn and outperform everyone of his era, far outshining those decades older. His otherworldly programming skills give him an advanced understanding of magic that modern mages cannot comprehend, and he focuses on becoming a Knight Runner to achieve his dreams.
Giant robots, or Knights as they are called in Knight’s & Magic, are the world’s foremost tool of modern warfare and every country is out to possess the best. Seeing Ernesti come to embrace life in this world without a second thought to his previous life demonstrates just how much he loves mechs, a sentiment numerous viewers probably share. Today, we’re going to take a look at 6 anime like Knight’s & Magic, and you can bet they’ll be worlds with just as much excitement and wonder as well.
Similar Anime to Knight’s & Magic
1. IS: Infinite Stratos (Infinite Stratos)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2011 - Apr. 2011
Infinite Stratos refers to the exoskeleton mech suits developed by Japan in this anime set in the near future. With the rise of IS as the most powerful weapon system in the world, it has become a society where only women are adept at piloting such devices. Orimura Ichika, however, is the only male in the world who can pilot one, and at 15 years old, he has been enrolled in an all-girls high school to learn how. There, he meets old and new friends and discovers just how sought after his capabilities are, but unfortunately not only by groups with good intentions. He and the other female pilots band together to improve their piloting skills while aiming to become the best IS pilots in the world.
As a harem ecchi comedy, a lot of the focus is on the various girls and their attempts to gain Ichika’s attention. Ernesti as well has to contend with sometimes overly aggressive affection from the girls in his life, with Addy and her step sister Stefania constantly competing for him. Although Ernesti is a far more capable pilot than Ichika, they are both resolved to become masters in their field, despite the world underestimating them. Ichika is a male in a world where only females can become pilots, while Ernesti is a very young child not even out of middle school. Both shows have a large amount of CGI mech fighting, and fans of the battles in Knight’s & Magic will enjoy those found in Infinite Stratos.
Infinite Stratos Trailer
2. Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari (Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: May 2009 - May 2010
After he finds himself transported to another world, 15-year-old Masaki Kenshi gets involved in an assassination plot by a group of mysterious terrorists. They outfit him with a Sacred Mechanoid, a giant robot which he seems more than capable of piloting, and tell him to kill young Princess Lashara or he’ll never return home. After failing his mission, he is instead rescued by Lashara upon succumbing to a sickness caused by his body adjusting to the new environment. Afterwards, he pays off his debt, using his advanced piloting skills to protect and serve Lashara as her attendant and bodyguard.
Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari is a spinoff to the long running Tenchi Muyo! franchise, and as you may have guessed, he is the younger brother of the show’s hero, Masaki Tenchi. Both Ernesti and Kenshi have a talent for piloting their new worlds’ weapon of choice and are attending schools to improve their skills. Although Geminar is more of a harem show and has more romance, both shows contain a good deal of fighting between giant robots. If you enjoy seeing a protagonist that astonishes his peers and everyone he meets with his abilities both in and outside of a mech, just like Ernesti, this is a show you have to watch.
Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar Trailer
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul. 2015 - Sept. 2015
Momonga is the username of the guild master of Ainz Ooal Gown, as well as the only remaining active member. The virtual reality MMO Yggdrasil that he and his friends poured countless hours into is coming to an end. He has opted to remain signed in until the very end and bask in their guild’s former glory. However, as the last second of the game’s life ticks by, he finds that everything is just as it was. In fact, things are more real than they’ve ever been. Realizing that he has been transported into a world based on the MMO, Momonga uses his vast experience as a guild master to lead his followers in discovering their reason for being there.
Like Ernesti, Momonga was brought against his will into the absolute best case world for him to be in. As one of the only remaining players left, it’s hard to imagine Momonga still playing if he didn’t enjoy it. His aptitude for keeping in stride with new developments is similar to how Ernesti continues on his own quest despite multiple obstacles. Whether it’s your favorite game brought to life or a world with giant robots, some Isekai stories give you just what you’ve always wanted.
Any Anime Like Knight’s & Magic?
4. Break Blade (Broken Blade)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2014 - Jun. 2014
In the world of Break Blade, everyone from the most common citizen to the advanced military is capable of manipulating quartz. The inhabitants of this world use quartz to power household objects, use large machinery, and fight in colossal robots known as Golems. Rygart Arrow, however, is known as an “un-sorcerer”, one of an incredibly small minority of individuals who cannot use quartz and face a depressingly difficult life because of it. When his old friend Hodr, the King of Krishna, summons him to meet after years apart, he learns that his country and Athens are about to enter open conflict. However, Hodr has found a mysterious relic of the past, a Golem that only Rygart can pilot due to his un-sorcerer nature. Using this “Broken Blade”, Rygart attempts to defend his homeland and friends as the vastly superior Athens plots to overthrow the kingdom.
Quartz is a vital part of the inhabitants of Break Blade’s world’s lives, just like magic is in Knight’s & Magic’s. Those who wield Golems are soldiers, and some live by a code and strict military protocol that Rygart, being a normal civilian, is unaware of. He himself has only been able to do anything extraordinary since he stepped into the Broken Blade, so it’s to be expected. The adversity he faces is similar to Ernesti’s as he is met with disapproval simply by becoming noticed. If you enjoyed the battles so far in Knight’s & Magic, Break Blade has some of the most incredible fight scenes in any mech anime, which is definitely worth a watch.
Broken Blade PV
5. Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2017 - Mar. 2017
Not everyone who reincarnates into another world is a paragon of justice, or even a halfway decent human being. A ruthless salaryman who constantly threw others under the bus for his own advancement learned this the hard way. After firing a co-worker, he was pushed by the man into an oncoming train. About to meet his fate, a being referring to itself as God happened to intervene, and displeased by his lack of faith, reincarnated him into another world to teach him a lesson. Now, as the young orphan girl Tanya Degurechaff, he rises through the military ranks of a WWI era in a parallel European society. She uses her ruthless nature from her previous life to wield magic given to her by demonstrations of her reverence to God, and annihilates her enemies on the battlefield.
Like Ernesti, Tanya looks absolutely nothing like the former him he was before reincarnating. Everyone around them takes them at face value at first, but quickly become aware that there is far more than meets the eye to their nature. In Tanya’s case, many come to fear her, and she quickly becomes recognized as a tactical genius. Both Ernesti and Tanya are becoming more engrained in the politics of their nations and their war efforts, making them become more sought after by certain groups. While one is a cute, girlish-looking young boy and the other is a loli, if you want to see some kawaii main characters in combat, both of these shows could scratch that itch.
Youjo Senki PV
6. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2014 - Sept. 2014
In the world of Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, magic isn’t the kind from fairytales and fantasy worlds, it’s a real form of technology that individuals learn to specialize in. Shiba Tatsuya and his little sister Miyuki are both enrolling in a new high school, but are divided in course material due to their differences in abilities. Miyuki is tested to be an exceptional mage, while Tatsuya is deemed below average. In reality, he is an exceptional magician who tests poorly technically, but is an elite agent for the government, whose abilities exceed the knowledge of but a handful of people. Enrolled at their new school, the two contend with the classism that separates them and shadowy forces that use magic for their own agenda.
As a student, Ernesti longs to be able to take classes for more advanced students, but is denied because of his age. In a similar fashion, Tatsuya is met with the elitist prejudice of his fellow students. After proving himself to be a capable mage, he doesn’t only earn their respect, he saves their lives as well. Overcoming adversity in a school setting is something both shows share, and if seeing magic being a dominant force in society interests you, you will enjoy Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei.
The Irregular at Magic High School Trailer
With a strong focus on mechs, a number of Isekai elements, and a cute trap-looking MC, Knight’s & Magic has shown audiences that some parallel worlds are places out of our wildest dreams. As Ernesti works hard to accomplish his goal of being a Knight Runner, his passion reminds us of other hardworking, genius protagonists we’ve seen in anime. Do you have any favorite Isekai anime that remind you of Knight’s & Magic or Ernesti? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear them!