6 Anime Like Maou-sama, Retry! (Demon Lord, Retry!) [Recommendations]

In a classic isekai setup, Oono Akira is mysteriously brought inside a fantasy world as his character Hakuto Kunai, who is commonly known as the “Demon Lord.” Thankfully, Kunai retains many of his administrator privileges from the game he ran, so he is able to maneuver through this new setting. After helping a young girl named Aku, Kunai begins to travel with her, attracting attention – and more women – as he goes!

Maou-sama, Retry! is not really a new premise in the isekai genre, though it does try to incorporate a few unique elements. Despite the animation and the fairly basic plot, the series entertains through sheer comedy, brought on by the situations Kunai and his companions encounter. This anime has been praised for focusing on the irony in classic tropes for isekai anime. If you’re looking for a series with a similar premise and focus on comedy, we have a few suggestions for you!

Similar Anime to Maou-sama, Retry! / Similar Anime to Demon Lord, Retry!

1. Overlord

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2015 – September 2015

Momonga is trapped inside the virtual reality game Yggdrasil. Though the game was supposed to be shut down, he finds himself still conscious within it after the time runs out. Momonga decides to take over this new world, enlisting those who serve under him to help him find out what is going on. Though this is a game he is familiar with, the NPCs seem to have developed their own personalities now. There will be plenty of challenges ahead for Momonga and his group. Yet with his dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown behind him, Momonga has everything he needs to take over the game! Will he be trapped here forever, or will he make Yggdrasil his personal kingdom?

Overlord and Maou-sama, Retry! are similar in their overall themes. A gamer at the height of his prowess is about to lose the game he enjoys when he is sucked into another world, bringing his old character with him. In both worlds, the characters surrounding our protagonist take on a life of their own. And both characters have women and power easily at their disposal. If you like Maou-sama, Retry!, Overlord follows the same style in terms of themes and comedic aspects.

Overlord Trailer

2. Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku (Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2018 – March 2018

In classic isekai fashion, Ichirou Suzuki finds himself awakening unexpectedly in a videogame world. He is now named after his old character Satou, and after destroying a group of lizardmen, he has already leveled his stats to the max, so all that’s left for him is to explore his new world!

Death March and Maou-sama, Retry! share the classic isekai tropes, and even incorporate similar protagonists in that they both work closely with games. Just as Kunai finds himself unwittingly surrounded by women, so too does Satou, though most of his harem is decidedly less crazy than Kunai’s! Both Kunai and Satou are also overpowered, using their unlimited strength to help those who follow them on their journeys.

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku PV

3. Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. (In Another World with My Smartphone)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2017 – September 2017

Touya Mochizuki is accidentally killed when he is hit by a random bolt of lightning, bringing his life to an early end. As compensation, he is allowed to live a new life in a fantasy realm, bringing his smartphone with him. Of course, the smartphone brings him a definite advantage when it comes to the magic of this new place. And it doesn’t hurt when it comes to impressing the ladies either! Touya soon finds himself with a harem of eccentric women following him on his adventures, giving him no end of grief and entertainment along the way.

Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni captures the lighthearted feeling of Maou-sama, Retry! perfectly, even if the battles in the former anime are a little more involved. Though there is a serious nature to the world and the protagonists’ personalities, both series manage to come off as entertaining and fun, with neither taking itself too seriously. The protagonists have overpowered strength in their new lands, especially when it comes to magical use that no one has ever seen before. Of course, the main characters both have harems of women drawn to them thanks to their powers. Combined, all these elements make both Maou-sama, Retry! and Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni easily fit into the isekai genre!

In Another World with My Smartphone Trailer

Any Anime Like Demon Lord, Retry! / Any Anime Like Maou-sama, Retry! ?

4. Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu (How Not to Summon a Demon Lord)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2018 – September 2018

In the MMORPG Cross Reverie, the Demon King Diablo’s power is unmatched due to the items he possesses and the high level he wields. Takuma Sakamoto is the NEET gamer who controls Diablo, spending his days online as this fearsome legend. On a day like any other, Takuma is suddenly transported into a new world, much like Cross Reverie. He also has the appearance of his character, Diablo! The two girls who summoned him, Rem Galeu and Shera L. Greenwood, are waiting for him when he arrives. When their Enslavement Ritual to control Diablo backfires, he learns that the two girls have become his slaves instead! Luckily for the girls, Diablo decides to go along with them to undo this binding of enslavement as he adjusts to the new world.

Diablo and Kunai find themselves in identical predicaments, both in a brand new world where they are seen as the villain. Though their goodhearted nature gives them away from time to time, both characters try to adjust to the role of a demon lord as best as they can. They both are overly strong, winning their respective fights easily. Maou-sama, Retry! and Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu also share the same themes of classic isekai, while being lighthearted with the level of comedy they bring to the situations.

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Trailer

5. Isekai Cheat Magician

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2019 - ongoing

Taichi and Rin teleported to a new fantasy world without warning, but they were attacked by monsters right away. The two high school students soon discover that they are both gifted with incredibly powerful magic, making them two of the strongest “cheats” in their new setting…

Yet again, Isekai Cheat Magician follows the same isekai tropes that Maou-sama, Retry! does. Though the fights are little more magic-heavy in Isekai Cheat Magician, both anime embrace the idea of having overpowered main characters, ones who were brought into the world from our own. Like the various eccentric characters of Maou-sama, Retry!, the characters in Isekai Cheat Magician are each different in terms of what they can bring to the team, as well as with their unique personalities in adding to Taichi’s personal harem.

Isekai Cheat Magician PV

6. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: October 2018 – March 2019

In this version of an isekai tale, Satoru Mikami risks his life to save his colleague from a passing thief on the street. Though he dies, he soon finds himself reborn in a strange game-like world. But he has not reincarnated as a human being – no, Satoru is now a slime! While getting used to his new absorption abilities, our slime hero encounters a dragon, the legendary Storm Dragon Veldora. The two become friends, with Veldora renaming his slime friend Rimuru Tempest and Rimuru breaking the seal on Veldora’s prison in return. Rimuru begins his new life afresh, free to help change this new world as he wishes!

While Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken does not share every aspect of Maou-sama, Retry!, the two protagonists are linked by their overpowered strength in their respective fantasy worlds. Both Kunai and Rimuru create a following completely by accident, thanks to their powers and the enigmatic personalities they radiate. Like Maou-sama, Retry!, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken has a host of eccentric characters surrounding Rimuru, with the group only continuing to grow as his village expands!

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime PV

Final Thoughts

When it comes to isekai anime, many of them often follow along with the same classic tropes. However, each anime has its own unique elements that make it stand out from the rest in some way. Maou-sama, Retry! has an interesting combination of comedy with the common isekai elements. We hope that a few of the suggestions we’ve offered might provide you with the same entertainment and laughter that Maou-sama, Retry! does!

Have you seen any of the anime on our list? Are you enjoying Maou-sama, Retry! so far? Let us know what your favorite isekai anime is in the comments section below! And stay tuned for more great articles about anime from all different genres!

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Author: Meghan May Dellinger

Konnichiwa! I'm a writer/daydreamer who gets a little lost along the path of life from time to time. I love watching anime and playing all kinds of video games - everything from RPGs to first-person shooters. I hope to be an author someday, but until then, I'll share my words with the world any way I can! I love making new friends, so don't be afraid to leave a comment!

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