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The only thing Satoru Mikami has never had in his life is a relationship; otherwise, he’s lived a respectful life for 37 years. Unfortunately, his simple life is brought to a sudden halt when he’s stabbed on a sidewalk while saving a friend of his. When he regains consciousness, he’s inside the body of a slime in a fantasy world that works very much like a game. He befriends a legendary dragon who bestows upon him the name Rimuru Tempest. Rimuru then starts to explore his new world with hopes of finding his place in it while helping those he encounters off the goodwill that characterized his past life.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime features a lot of the characteristics we’ve come to appreciate from isekai anime, and that’s what we looked for when finding similar anime to it. Satoru follows the trend of characters transported into a fantasy world after an untimely death in the real world. Furthermore, while Satoru’s new world isn’t officially an RPG world, it takes a lot of elements from it like skills and monster races. These RPG elements tend to give the main character a big advantage over everyone else and sometimes, the main character actually ends up being a monster. Finally, these main characters, like Satoru, use their incredible power to help out everyone they meet since they usually don’t have a specific goal of their own. These are just a few of the many connections you'll find between That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and these 6 anime.
Similar Anime to Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken / Similar Anime to That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
Yggdrasil, a VRMMORPG, is finally having all of its servers shut down. Momonga, a member of the powerful guild Ainz Ooal Gown, spends the last moments of the game in his base. He’s shocked to find that he’s still conscious as his character when the clock strikes midnight and the servers are officially closed. When he discovers that all of the NPCs in his base have gained a personality of their own, it only furthers his confusion. Momonga decides to take over the world of Yggdrasil and to try and find out if anyone else is living here under similar circumstances.
Overlord and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime both deal with characters trapped in a world that works very much like an RPG, and in the case of Overlord, it is an RPG. Furthermore, both protagonists are trapped in bodies of stereotypically villainous figures in video games: a skeleton and a slime. Despite being in the bodies of stock enemies, they’ve gained incredible power and tend to be more than a match for anybody they encounter. As a result of their immense power, they gain rabid followings and the plot tends to loosely focus on why they’ve been trapped and if anyone else has been trapped in this world.
2. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2015 – June 2015
Bell Cranel is an adventurer and the only member of the Goddess Hestia’s family. While venturing a dungeon to gain experience and level up, he encounters a minotaur that nearly kills him. Thanks to the interference of Ais Wallenstein, another adventurer, he survives the deadly situation. His strong feelings for Ais awakens a unique ability that lets him rapidly level up based on the strength of his feelings, but Hestia keeps it a secret in order to hide him from the eyes of other gods. Nevertheless, Bell’s growing power will make it hard to keep him under the radar for long.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? mimics That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime in the way both worlds work very much like RPGs even if they aren’t explicitly RPGs. They have levels and skills that govern the abilities of characters and magical creatures. Bell Cranel is also gifted with a unique ability in the same way that Rimuru has unique skills that no one else, human or slime, has. Furthermore, Rimuru gains the favor of a powerful being at the start of the series in a dragon, and Bell has the sole favor of Hestia. The big difference between Rimuru and Bell aside from one being a slime and the other a human, is that Bell has a greater learning curve in overcoming his enemies.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka PV
3. Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku (Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2018 – March 2018
Ichirou Suzuki is an overworked programmer who debugs games for a living. When he eventually finds the time to relax and sleep, he finds himself waking up in a world combining the many games he had been working on. In this world, he is no longer 30 years old and he goes by the name of Satou. After quickly wiping out an army of lizardmen, his stats all become maxed out. Satou gains a following as he explores the world he’ll be living in from now on.
Ichirou, like Satoru, isn’t an exceptional man in the real world. Through unknown circumstances, they end up in RPG-like worlds where they are much stronger than anyone else. Their good morals from their previous lives carry on in this alternate reality and they do their best to use their powers for good and help the people they meet. Although Rimuru is looking for other people like him in his world, he’s still somewhat aimless in the same way that Satou is and they both end up spending their time simply enjoying and absorbing every facet of their new world.
Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku PV
Any Anime Like That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime / Any Anime Like Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken ?
4. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!)
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: January 2016 – March 2016
Kazuma Satou is a NEET who dies from an acute stress reaction on his way back from buying a game. When he comes to, he stands in front of the goddess Aqua, and she offers him a chance to either go to heaven or reincarnate in a fantasy world. He chooses the latter and is given the option of having one item to bring with him to this new world in his quest to defeat the Demon King. Kazuma settles on bringing in the useless Aqua with him on his journey and quickly realizes that life in this fantasy world might be a lot more mundane than he expected.
Suffering an unexpected death, Kazuma is transported into a fantasy world like Satoru was. This fantasy world works very much like an RPG as well but the way both worlds treat it tends to differ. KonoSuba is a good recommendation for people who want to see a show play with the tropes and clichés of the isekai genre. In this case, Kazuma isn’t as powerful a protagonist as Rimuru is, and KonoSuba ends up becoming a slice of life as opposed to the immediate adventures Rimuru embarks on. KonoSuba is a great show to watch after you’ve gotten a few more traditional isekai shows under your belt.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! PV
5. Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. (In Another World With My Smartphone)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2017 – September 2017
Touya Mochizuki’s life comes to a sudden end when God accidentally strikes him down with a bolt of lightning. God offers Touya a chance to be reborn in a fantasy world and gives him a wish as he starts a new life; Touya wishes to bring with him his cellphone. In this new world, Touya finds that he has a talent for magic and quickly gathers a group of friends to journey along with him.
Touya may have the unluckiest death of any character we’ve mentioned so far, Satoru included. Fortunately, Touya’s new life is much better than his old one, he’s got a knack for magic in ways no one else in his new world does. Like Rimuru, he gains a following before too long as he sets out to solve the problems of the people he meets on his journey across the world. Touya is a straightforward isekai that should satisfy fans of the genre but does not do anything new in the way that That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime does.
Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. PV
6. Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu (How Not to Summon a Demon Lord)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2018 – September 2018
Sakamoto Takuma role played as an overwhelmingly strong character called Diablo and recognized as the Demon King in the MMORPG Cross Reverie. When he wakes up in front of two girls and in the body of Diablo, he immediately resorts to adopting the personality of Diablo to make up for his lack of social skills. The two girls argue that he is one of their slaves, but which specifically, they can’t agree. It turns out, neither of them is his summoning master because his ability “Magic Reflection” activated and they have now become his slaves.
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord follows many of the standard isekai footsteps: Sakamoto is transported into a fantasy world that works like a game and he is skilled in ways no one else in the world is. Sakamoto is somewhat similar to Satoru in that Sakamoto has no social skills and Satoru has never had any sort of relationship with a girl. There’s also the fact that they’ve been transported into the bodies of typically villainous characters but neither of them acts immorally and they actually want to help the people they meet.
Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu PV
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime doesn’t reinvent the isekai genre, but having the main character be a slime is enough of a twist to freshen it up. Nevertheless, if you enjoy the show, then you’ll be able to find plenty of isekai that also alter the formula in similarly small ways to make them worthwhile watches on their own. Do you think there are other shows like That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime that fans should check out? Don’t hesitate to let Honey’s Anime know in the comments below.