6 Anime Like Overlord [Updated Recommendations]

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Overlord takes the usual trope of being stuck in a video game to a whole new level. This time, our protagonist finds himself the most overpowered character in the new world, hence the name Overlord. The entire story details his plans for the conquest of the new world with his powers. If you're tired of the 'I'm stuck in a video game and must slowly work my way up to be someone that is recognized' trope, perhaps our updated list of these new anime will interest you. From overpowered characters dominating every single character to being stuck in a new world or adapting to a new environment, these anime are in some aspects similar to Overlord should you not have gotten your feel for Overlord yet.

This is an updated list! If you want to check out the older one, keep scrolling below.

Similar Anime to Overlord

1. One Punch Man

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct 5, 2015 to Dec 21, 2015

Saitama trained hard to be where he is today. 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups and a 10 kilometer run to end it off every single day. It may sound unimpressive, but he is able to win with just a single punch. Today, he is bored of always ending every fight with one punch. That changes when he meets Genos, whom he made disciple. Together, these 2 sets off in an eccentric action-comedy life learning and teaching each other.

How does it feel to win every single battle and having not a single worthy opponent stand in your way? That was the thought that afflicts Saitama. Strong to the point of dominating his opponents with a single punch, Saitaima is starting to lose the drive of being a hero simply due to the fact of being overpowered. Even talented individuals will have to face problems in their own class, as is demonstrated between the 2 anime where Momonga has to decide where to use his insane magic skills appropriately and Saitama on finding an opponent that doesn't end with a single punch.

2. Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 7, 2016 to Jun 23, 2016

Jaded and scarred after being rejected by a girl online, Rusian vows never to trust another online girl. That was to change when he meets his current guild members. After deciding on an offline meet up, he was quite shocked to find out that all of them are females. Further, one of them has a crush on him and has even agreed to marry him. However, Ako seems to have a hard time differentiating the online world and the real world and it is up to the once jaded Rusian to guide her along.

The characters of Netoge are given the freedom to traverse between the online world and the real world. Unlike the usual trapped in a video game trope, these characters lives are more or less fixated on the video game. Most of the anime highlights their journey in the video game realm. Their aim is to be the best guild in order to have their club recognised in school. If they trapped in a video game trope and the interactions between the characters are what interests you, this anime will not disappoint you!

3. Log Horizon

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Oct 5, 2013 to Mar 22, 2014

When the online community of Elder Tale is suddenly trapped in their game, they are left bewildered and shocked. Except for Shiroe, who takes it in calmly. After the initial shock, he calmly analyses his surroundings. He learns to adapt to the new environment and negotiate with the NPCs to rebuild the city. When he is joined by other members of the game, he too must step up as a leader and lead them on during fights and raids as well.

Log Horizon was one of the earlier animes to introduce the trope of being stuck in a video game. Now, the trope of being trapped in a video game is a commonly used trope that spawns many different varieties and variations with Overlord being one of them. Certain characteristics between these 2 animes are common as well such as the threat of actual death and surviving in a new world. Both characters will have to rely on their video gaming skills and disregard the world that they had left behind (or forced away from). So, if you are into the premise of being trapped in a video game, you can't get any further from Log Horizon!

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4. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

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

A group of individuals not known to each other happens to be trapped in a new land. Without any knowledge or memories except for their name, they try to make heads and tails of their bearings. Left with little choice, they joined the Reserve Army as a soldier. These unlikely fighters have little time to learn to fight as a team. Either that, or they face the threat of death from anywhere and anytime.

Both animes really highlights the desperation of being trapped in a foreign land. Both have characters the uses the skill of charisma to rally their troops. The stories of both animes have the themes of fantasy surrounding them as well. Although in Overlord, while Momonga is overpowered, the fighters from Grimgar have to start from rock bottom. Grimgar is essentially the reversal of Overlord in this way.

5. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

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

The Demon King and the Hero has always been heads on with each other since history. So it was quite a shock for the Hero when he found out that the Demon King is actually a female. Not only that, she is requesting the Hero for his assistance in something unprecedented - uniting both the societies of the demons and humans. With her vast knowledge, she explains that both sides have benefitted economically from the war much to the Hero's confusion. Nevertheless, he eventually succumbed and agreed to aid his former nemesis.

Maoyuu Maou explores the concept of economics, bringing the ancient medieval world, a plot where the dynamics of trade and finances are heavily relied upon. Both main characters have just about the same goal in mind - to build an empire from scratch. In the case of Overlord however, it is through eliminating all threats from the new realm while in Maoyuu Maou, it is through the marketplace and foreign affairs. Both animes highlight a talented main character that is able to shape the future through sheer ability alone.

6. Hataraku Maou sama

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Apr 4, 2013 to Jun 27, 2013

The name Demon Lord Satan is enough to strike fear into the hearts of men. With his vast amount of infantry, he was close to taking over the human world before being foiled by the hero Emillia. As he escapes into a portal, he never knew he was going to be transported into the very heart of Tokyo. Not before long, Emillia travelled to Tokyo too in order to finish her quest. She was shocked that the Demon Lord is now a fast food worker and living a very simple life. Whatever has happened to the once all powerful Demon Lord?

The Devil is a Part Timer follows a unique story where the King of the Demons was wrongfully sent to Earth and had to subsequently work in a fast food restaurant in order to survive. There, he realizes that the new world is unlike his own and he has to adapt to the new environment in order to survive. Eventually, the new world changes his viewpoints such that his rival was even able to recognize him. Similarly to Overlord, Momonga was confined to the video game realm and was forced to live a life of the game that he had been playing. Slowly but surely however, he grew accustomed to the new place and even made plans for supremacy. Both animes shows the resilience a main character will take once they are suddenly transported into a new realm.


After watching Overlord, do you still fantasize about being trapped in a video game? Does the concept appeal to you? What character would you like to be should you ever be stuck in a video game? Do you agree with the 6 new anime titles or have you watched anyone of them already? Leave us a comment on which of these anime you would like to try first and we will see you next time!

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Writing from a little island known as Singapore. It is through my articles that I want to show that the world of anime reaches out beyond the boundaries of Japan. From different age groups to individuals coming from different walks of life, everyone and anyone can be a lover of anime. To quote from Kingdom Hearts, 'There are many worlds out there, but they share the same sky.'

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One thing a lot of anime fans have in common is they like to dabble in a few different nerd-eries. This so often includes some kind of gaming, which is why any anime that involves some kind of gaming premise usually does so well! Often times it’s channeling our inner desires as hardcore fans through being in an actual video game world, either where it’s brought to life or through a virtual reality device.

Overlord is a prime example of that and quite possibly one of the best virtual reality game-based anime out there yet! Enter with Momonga in the most intense get up we’ve seen in a main character like his. He’s spent a lot of time in this hit virtual reality game with a hugely powerful guild but the game is getting shut down for good. He stays, alone, until the very last second---but wait! He doesn’t log out!? He stays and suddenly the logout button isn’t there anymore and the NPCs can suddenly talk a lot and show emotion! (Coincidently, he was just playing around with his closest beautiful woman attendant’s configuration and made her be in love with him)

After watching Overlord it’s only natural to want more. Below are some of the top video game themed anime that can quench your thirst!

Similar Anime to Overlord

1. Btooom!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2012 - December 2012

A lot of us wish that we could step into our video games for real and play like there’s no tomorrow; but how many of us would actually survive? Aside from survival, it’d be a tough world. That’s exactly what Ryouta in Btooom!’s situation is. He was playing his favorite violent video game and suddenly finds himself transported on an island with some equipment.

A day’s worth of provisions, a bag of bombs, and a crystal embedded into his hand. The next person he sees, instead of answering his questions, tries to kill him! It captures more of the fighting and tactical side of Overlord, as well as the deeper undertones.

As it turns out, he is in real life Btooom! with 7 other players who are all fighting for survival. They must kill until there’s only one left standing. Being a top player, Ryouta would normally have no problem but playing in real life is a little bit different when you don’t have any resets on life.

2. No Game No Life

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2014 - June 2014

If we’re talking about a world of games then we can’t go without mentioning No Game No Life. Sora and Shiro are famous NEET shut ins who are the source of famous legends on the internet. There is no game they can’t beat and one day are summoned to a world where war is forbidden and in its place everything is decided by games. In this world, Humanity is being pushed into a corner by other races and it’s up to the brother and sister duo to save this world’s humanity!

Although completely opposite in colors, disposition and violence level from Overlord, there’s no mistaking the similarities. Everything is at stake here and it’s no game (ha, ha). Both must fight, in their own ways as well as causing the viewer to laugh themselves to tears.

3. Sword Art Online

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: July 2012 – December 2012

Surely there isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of the famous Sword Art Online by now! With fame comes some hate because nothing can please everybody but really, this series came pretty darn close. It answered fans’ wishes to turn a video game into reality with a little less bloody violence than Btooom! and incorporates some of the humor in Overlord.

Kirito, a nobody in real life, goes into the game and becomes a somebody. He becomes the most powerful player in the game, due to his dual sword skill that no one’s ever heard of, and literally beats the game, saving everybody in the process. Well, everyone that was left anyway. But he sure got the girl in the process!

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4. .hack//Sign

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2002-September 2002

.hack//Sign is basically where it all began. It was one of the first successful anime centered around a virtual reality MMO and spawned many sequels and spinoffs. Enter in Tsukasa, a wavemaster who wakes up in The World. He is unaware of why he can’t logout, like Momonga, but also doesn’t remember who he is. He eventually meets Subaru, the leader of the Crimson Knights, who helps him find out why he can’t log out.

A tale of adventure, mystery, and a wonderful cast, watch this series as it started the era of video game themed anime of years to come.

5. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: April 2015 - June 2015

Bell Cranel is a beginner adventurer who really, really desperately wants to become a legend with his Goddess Hestia, who supports him wonderfully. After an embarrassing fail in the dungeons and being saved by Aiz Wallenstein, a famous adventurer, he develops a unique trait that he’s able to grow extremely quickly because of his desire to catch up to Aiz. With a heart of gold, his familia grows and the adventures continue.

This wonderfully longed titled series, which can be shortened to DanMachi, got a lot of attention as soon as it came out. Whether that’s because of Hestia’s appearance or the actual plot is beside the point but it’s a big hit amongst video game fans. Although it is not specifically about a game, it incorporates a lot of the typical gaming points, ie. magic, leveling up, items, etc. There’s definitely some similarities between the main girls of Overlord and DanMachi, being head over heels for their heroes!

6. Accel World

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: April 2012 - September 2012

A lot of video game themed anime start with it being 20-50 years in the future due to the lack of virtual reality technology of today. Accel World is no exception as it starts with Haruyuki Arita in the year 2046. As he struggles with being at the end of the social ladder, he spends most of his time in virtual games. One day, the most popular girl in school introduces him to new a new virtual reality game and the adventures start from there.

Action, romance, humor, what doesn’t it have? Accel World was a big hit and, like Overlord, has a really in-depth, thought-provoking virtual world.

So there’s a compilation of anime similar to Overlord in their relation to the video game theme, some humor, and a whole mess of dream come trues. What would life be like if it were a video game? Watch these anime and find out!

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Author: Kari

Born and raised small town Minnesotan, USA who moved to the nearest metro and thought it wasn't big enough, so she decided to pursue her dream of moving to Tokyo with her husband. Likes to binge watch anime, American cartoons, draw, paint, or do anything creative, including having picked up the violin recently! Has a lot of dreams, ideas, and half done projects but is slowly but surely continuing each one, mainly her writing career!

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