6 Anime Like Log Horizon [Updated Recommendations]

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Log Horizon incorporates the theory of gaming with its fantasy setting such as strategizing and skills management. It can be said to be the pioneer of the stuck-in-a-video game concept. Since then, numerous other animes have followed the concept of leaving players stuck in a video game and starting a new life in the video game. Video-gaming has also been synonymous with the otaku lifestyle and as such, Log Horizon became quite popular during it’s time. If you’re into fantasy, magic and adventure just like Log Horizon, we bring you an updated list today of the 6 animes like Log Horizon. If you want to check out the old list, it will be listed below.

Similar Anime to Log Horizon

1. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016

When a bunch of ragtag fighters band together to survive, who knows what are the consequences and their future. Whisked away into a foreign land, they are act primarily on an instinct to survive, relying on their primal emotion to push them on – fear. They have no recollection of their name and only have their fragmented memories as their keepsake. This bunch of fighters signed up for the only job available to them – soldiers of the Reserve Army. Between trying to understand where they are at and trying to survive in this new world – a new adventure awaits these bold individuals!

The similarity between both animes lies in their stuck in a fantasy game concept. Both showcases the main protagonists will to survive in this new world. However, both explored different concepts. Log Horizon focuses more on structure of the world and dealing with politics whereas Grimgar deals primarily in surviving day to day and coming from rock bottom. Both also discuss typical MMORPG tactics such as skills, party system and battle strategies. Grimgar is pretty much like an extension story to Log Horizon, exploring another side to the stuck in a game world concept and is a must watch if you liked Log Horizon!

2. Accel World

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr 7, 2012 to Sep 22, 2012

Bullied and unpopular, Haruyuki Arita escapes into the virtual realm in order to forget the reality that he is in. This goes on until one day; he discovers that his high scores have all been beaten by a player known as Kuroyukihime. In reality, she is actually the vice president of the student council. Taking note of his talents, she invites him to the student council to play an augmented reality game through a headset known as Brain Burst. Through Arita, she hopes to discover the reason for the Burst’s existence. To repay her for saving him from the bullies, this duo vowed to reach the very top and eventually meet the creator of the Brain Burst and the truth behind it.

With a similar concept, the premise of Accel World is also set within a video game. Planning strategies and working towards every side goal are also common in both animes. While Log Horizon features a situation that is forced upon the characters, Accel World gives its characters the privilege of entering the virtual world as and when as they like. However, both animes features the protagonists assimilating the virtual world as their new world. Battle sequences wise, both shares common action sequence that is reminiscent of MMORPG.

3. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machiagatteiru Darou Ka

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Apr 4, 2015 to Jun 27, 2015

Orario is the only known city in the world to possess a Dungeon. Known throughout as the ‘Dungeon’, this strange and obvious name attracts much excitement. Teeming with monsters, it takes an adventurer party 5 days to reach the 50th floor. Hopeful adventurer Bell Cranel was one such adventurer to venture into the dungeons where he finds not gold nor treasures but a tiny God called Hestia. One thing led to another and Hestia eventually tagged along with Bell. Now the story can start as Bell fulfils his ambition of being the greatest adventurer and Hestia – just your typical goddess who don’t have any followers and is trying to find one.

While DanMachi is not a player being confined to the virtual world, it shares the similarity of an adventure MMO in which dungeons and monster kills are important. However, Bell seeks to improve himself as an adventurer instead of trying to improve the world in Log Horizon. Both animes emanates the same kind of vibe, being that both are reminiscent of playing a video game. Whereas Log Horizon emphasizes on strategizing and tactical play, DanMachi emphasizes on being high levelled and powerful skills. Skills and dungeon raids are present in DanMachi as well, with loots being used to further improve Bell.

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4. No Game No Life

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 9, 2014 to Jun 25, 2014

Sora and Shiro are two brilliant siblings with a penchant for video games. Their reputation is splashed all across the high score boards and top player ranks amongst the various MMORPGs in their world. A strange email that they received one day however will soon change their lives. Tet – the God of Games has invited them to participate in a world known as Disboard whereby all conflicts and actions are to be resolved by way of games. These games are all high risk games in which both players must stake something of equitable value to their opponents. This strange tale where games are the pivotal point of the story is now put in motion as genius siblings Sora and Shiro sets off to become the overall ruler of Disboard.

If intellectual gaming is your thing, you might want to give No Game No Life a chance as well. Log Horizon prides itself to be an anime of strategy and unorthodox methods that are both unique and interesting. Likewise, the methods that are employed by Sora are highly unconventional and unpredictable as well. Both animes are set in a reality that is forced upon the protagonists as well. In Log Horizon, the world status and its politics are discussed. Similarly, the plot of No Game No Life is mainly on the taking over of the world and managing the race of humanity as well its relations with the other races. As such, both animes share very common themes and concepts.

5. Overlord

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jul 7, 2015 to Sep 29, 2015

At the closing of the game servers of Yggdrasil, Momonga decides to wait until the final moment where the game shuts down as he recalls the numerous memories he has with his guild-members and the game. As he awakes, he found himself in a familiar environment – the game. Astonishingly, he did not log off automatically as the game shuts down and was instead trapped within the game itself! What’s even weirder is that the NPCs in the game are now sentient and can communicate with him freely. Quickly understanding his situation, Momonga has decided to further investigate this new world and hopefully, take control of it.

Momonga unlike Shiroe of Log Horizon is vastly overpowered. However that does not stop him from using his intellects once in awhile as he was shown to be quite perceptive as well- fitting for his overlord title. In both animes, the protagonists are stuck within a game and now live by the rules of the new world. Both protagonists seek to improve the current world that they are now bound to instead of seeking for a way to escape it. Both also feature high paced action sequence to spice up the story. So if you liked Log Horizon, do remember to give Overlord a try!

TV Anime ‘Overlord’ PV 1

6. Sword Art Online

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Jul 8, 2012 to Dec 23, 2012

Virtual Reality Gaming has finally been made available to the general public. In the current year, NerveGear can control their avatars in an almost lifelike manner and in a total immersive manner. Kazuto Kirigaya alias Kirito is one of the few lucky beta testers of a new game called Sword Art Online. It wasn’t long however before him and all the other online gamers found out that the moderators have removed the log off button, forcing them to be in the game forever. In order to escape, they will have to defeat the game’s hundred level dungeon and death within the game equates to actual physical death. Together with Asuna Yuuki, Kirito aims to break free from this virtual prison.

Of course you would expect Sword Art Online to be in this list! The concept of being stuck in a videogame is made popular by SAO. However, Log Horizon sets the benchmark for this concept. In retrospect, Log Horizon and SAO are quite similar to each other, both having gaming characteristics such as guilds, skills, party members and alliance. Both also feature life or death situations and the protagonist’s desperation to get out of that situation. While the SAO’s popularity is quite overwhelming, Log Horizon is a little bit underrated so if you’ve missed either anime’s, you can watch them both sequentially.

Sword Art Online Trailer


With that, we’ve come to the end of our updated list. Does the concept of being stuck in a video game appeal to you? If you are a gamer yourself, you would appreciate the efforts the creators and animators take to emulate video gaming into anime. To top it up a notch, they even model it to suit the ideal of any video gamer, to be trapped in the video game itself. Which of the characteristics of this concept appeal to you, the party system, the battle system, the skills system and which of these 7 animes did you enjoy most? Leave a comment below and we will see you next time.

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Log Horizon is a unique series that has great elements of action, adventure, fantasy, and magic in a shounen style anime. Many fans in the anime community have come to love this series, even though it has a rough start, it leaves you happy and excited till the very end.

If you are a fan of Log Horizon, and want to know if there is any other anime series much like it, then look no further than the list below. Hopefully, the list will come as a surprise for many, but I know for sure, one will be unsurprisingly expected. And we all know which one, right?!

So, without further ado, here are “6 Anime Like Log Horizon”!

Similar Anime to Log Horizon

1. Maoyu Maou Yusha (Maoyu - Archenemy & Hero)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 5, 2013 - Mar 30, 2013

Maoyu - Archenemy & Hero is similar to Log Horizon in ways that are obvious. They both have the fantasy setting in them, along with both being very intellectual but in a different way. Both series are also from the same creator, so there are many more elements expected to be the same.

This begins after a long and deceptive journey where the hero is approached and asked for help. He had just come from a war with demons who have killed thousands, bringing humans misery. But the queen of the demons says otherwise, the war has united the humans as they increase their number, production, and economy.

And if the war were to end, it will only bring about another war, a civil war, among the humans where bloodshed continues. The hero must now choose to help the demon queen with her plans of stopping the bloodshed once and for all, or let the course of man take its toll.

Maoyu Trailer HD

2. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Oct 6, 2006 - Jul 28, 2007

Code Geass isn't to similar to Log Horizon as far as intensity, setting, or theme but they both have important characters to the story. They also have a main character that is a complete genius and a strategic individual leading others to a better tomorrow. There are also some fantasy elements that are similar as well.

The story of this anime begins in the year 2010, where Japan has been stripped of its right and identity from mobile humanoid armor vehicles known as Knightmare Frames. The country is now called Area 11, with Britannian ruling over them, and the citizens forced to make ends meets while living in a hell hole.

That's until the resistance appears and the mastermind leading them, Lelouch, works tirelessly towards independence for Japan.

3. Accel World

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr 7, 2012 - Sep 22, 2012

Both Accel World and Log Horizon take place in a virtual world with fantasy elements of avatars, weapons, and combat fighting. Although, the setting is quite different, it still posses great similarities.

The series follows a young boy, Haruyuki, who suddenly finds himself in a situation of being the lowest individual in his school. Ashamed of his life, he frequently escapes to the virtual world of games.

That changes when the most popular girl in school introduces him to a mysterious gaming program called Brain Burst, while placing him in a world known as Accel World.

ACCEL WORLD - Official English Trailer

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4. Ookami to Koushinryou (Spice and Wolf)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jan 8, 2008 - May 30, 2008

Both Spice and Wolf and Log Horizon explore a world filled with the dynamics and economics of a medieval, fantasy realm, filled with action. Spice and Wolf and Log Horizon also have many similarities to the anime series that is #1 on this list.

Spice and Wolf begins with the story of a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence. Kraft travels in search of means to make money, instead he find a beautiful naked girl with ears and a tail of a wolf in his cart. She is a harvest goddess named Holo, who has an inner beast inside her, and only wants to return home.

Together, they journey through the countryside where they soon find that the path before them leads to riches of happiness, while exposing their saddened hearts.

Spice & Wolf Season 1 Trailer

5. No Game, No Life (NGNL)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 9, 2014 - Jun 25, 2014

No Game, No Life has to be the second closest series to Log Horizon. Both anime have great similarities with the main characters, the fantasy worlds, unorthodox thinking, and a virtual world around games.

The story of this anime centers around two characters in the series, Shiro and Sora, who are brother and sister and are both intelligent NEETs. They are also hikikomori gamers who are living urban legends all over the internet, and they consider the world they live in as just another crappy game.

That's until they're brought into a world where humanity is cornered in one city by all other races. Humanity seeks the help from Shiro and Sora to become their saviors in the alternate world.

6. Sword Art Online (SAO)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Jul 8, 2012 - Dec 23, 2012

Sword Art Online has to be one of the closest and most similar series to Log Horizon, other than Spice and Wolf. That's my opinion. Both are set in a virtual world of gaming where they must find their way out by all means.

They both have great use of guilds and combat fighting, as well as, tactical and strategic skills of leading others among them. There are many more similarities, but I will limit them so you can enjoy the series if any of you haven't seen it yet.

In short, SAO is about Kirito and his experience, along with others, of being trapped in a virtual game. If you die in the game, you die in real life. The only way to leave and save each other is to fight your way to the 100th level and beat the boss. Defeating him will end the game and set everyone free from the virtual world.

Friendships, love and losses are encountered in the intense series where everyday is a struggle to survive.

Sword Art Online Trailer (English Dubbed)

That's it for this segment of 6 Anime Like Log Horizon. I hope you all found it entertaining and useful as you search for more anime like it Log horizon. I know a lot of you have already seen Sword Art online, but for those who haven't, I recommend you start with SAO, first!

Is there another anime out there you think is similar to Log Horizon? Let us know in the comments below!

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