[Isekai Anime Winter 2018] Like Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni (In Another World with my Smartphone)? Watch This!

Haven’t you ever wanted to escape from the boring world around you? Isekai is a great way to watch how it would unfold. There is something very entertaining about seeing new world charm meet old world style. Furthermore, if it’s a quality production, the end result is an exciting and rich landscape for the main character (and by extension, the viewer) to enjoy exploring. In Another World with my Smartphone certainly incorporates a few fantastical elements in its story, placing an overpowered main character in an environment where using magic is the norm. Are you craving to see another world yet? Let’s take a look at two Winter 2018 anime that will take you there!

About Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni (In Another World with my Smartphone)

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

When the humorously irresponsible God accidentally drops a lightning bolt in the wrong place, fifteen-year-old Touya Mochizuki dies prematurely. As an apology, God promises to resurrect him so that he can continue living. The catch is that Touya’s resurrection needs to take place in a world different from the one he was born into. The world chosen for him by God contains fantastical elements such as magic and Demi-Humans. Additionally, God endows Touya with a natural talent for using magic, and he is also allowed to keep using his smartphone. With these gifts, Touya Mochizuki sets off to enjoy his second chance at life.

Liked Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni? Watch Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku (Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody)!

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

Twenty-nine-year-old programmer Suzuki Ichirou, also known as Satou while in-game, is consumed in his work debugging and checking code for some yet unreleased games. After more than just a hard day’s work, Suzuki falls asleep at the office only to awaken inside of one of the games that he was working on! What’s more, he has reverted back to his fifteen-year-old self. He finds that he is somehow trapped within the game, with no log-out option. While this is concerning, he finds this new fantasy world to be way more exciting than work and enthusiastically sets out on a journey to find a way back home.

Three Major Similarities Between Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni and Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku

1. A harem of beautiful young women.

During their travels, both Satou and Touya unintentionally build a harem of attractive female admirers. In the first episode, Satou, the main character in Death March, saves a military mage named Zena Marientail from a nasty fall during her battle with a Wyvern. Next, he becomes the new owner of three demi-human slave girls whom he christens Liza, Pochi, and Tama. Shortly after that, he buys two more slave girls, Arisa and Lulu, from a slave merchant. In a later incident, he meets Mia, a young (looking) elf, and Nana, a homunculus. This amounts to a total of seven beautiful girls who all follow Satou around.

In the first episode, Touya, the main character in Smartphone, saves two twins sisters named Elize and Linze Silhoueska from being robbed by thugs. Next, he assists a samurai girl named Yae, who becomes a travel companion of his. Shortly after that, he meets Princess Yumina Belfast, who becomes enamored with him and decides to accompany him on his adventures until they reach the proper age to marry. Later, while in the Kingdom of Mismede, he becomes acquainted with Leen, a young (looking) fairy, who joins his group after he impresses her with his magical talent. This amounts to a total of seven beautiful girls who all follow Touya around, the same number of girls as Satou (even though Touya has many more to come).

2. They stop evil plots.

Both main characters use their newfound abilities to foil the plans of the bad guys. In Death March, Boido, Head Priest of the Zaicuon Temple, riles up a crowd into purchasing his “divine” rocks and then throwing said rocks at Liza, Pochi, and Tama under the guise of conducting acts of divine will. While Zena intercepts any projectiles thrown at the slave girls, Satou scouts around for the girls’ master, Urs. He discovers that Urs is using a network of Sewer Rat people hidden within the crowd to create a dangerously aggressive groupthink which, in turn, will drive the crowd to buy more stones. If everything goes according to plan, the nefarious organizers will make a nice profit. Satou quietly disposes of the aggravators within the crowd, and then confronts the mastermind behind the violence, Urs. Satou exposes the deception to the angry crowd, and by using a false accusation, effectively redirects their wrath toward Urs, saving the slave girls from any further harm.

When someone attempts to poison the King of Belfast, Touya lends his magical abilities to help find the culprit. The King collapsed from poisoning after drinking wine which was presented as a gift from the Kingdom of Mismede. Even though the main suspect is the ambassador from Mismede, Olga Strand, the very person who presented the wine to King Belfast, Touya is pretty skeptical of her guilt and conducts a thorough investigation of his own. He uses his Null Magic, Search, to locate the source of the poison, which he finds originates from the wine glass, instead of the actual wine. With this in mind, he baits the corrupt Count Balsa into a partial confession, which is all the proof they need that Ambassador Strand is innocent.

3. Want to become more powerful? Just tap a few buttons.

In Death March, Satou is able to use his in-game context menu to select which skills he wants to learn in seconds, which is incredibly useful for some of the situations that he finds himself in. Even better, sometimes he will auto-learn spells and skills when he needs them, such as when Satou auto-learns Psychic Resistance to counter Arisa when she uses her Psychic powers to try and seduce him in his sleep.

Touya also possess a very similar talent for skill acquisition; however, instead of using a smartphone, he uses a book of spells that he can page through until he has found a desired spell. He can even learn spells from just by watching other people perform them. Much like Satou, learning this magic is pretty much instantaneous for Touya, and he can use this to his advantage when in the heat of battle (such as when he spars with the King of Mismede and learns Accel). Additionally, his Programming skill, which he learned from mimicking Leen, has become most useful for amalgamating magic and technology. With his smartphone, Touya can selectively target multiple enemies in one attack, thusly saving him the time it would take to recast that spell.


Liked Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni? Watch Overlord II!

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: January 2018 - Currently Airing

Yggdrasil, a popular VR MMORPG game, is shutting down its servers. As the final hour approaches, a hardcore player, Momonga, stays in-game and reminisces about the time he spent playing with his friends; they were once part of a legendary and very powerful guild, one of the toughest in the whole game. Momonga then finds himself stuck in the game post-shutdown. With the assistance of his old guild’s NPC servants, he decides to rule Yggdrasil as a fearsome mage called Ainz Ooal Gown and find out more about why and how he is trapped here. Overlord 2, the second season of Overlord, continues the story of his world domination.

Three Major Similarities Between Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni and Overlord II

1. Building influence.

In their new world, both Ainz and Touya gather allies wherever they go. In Overlord, the main character doesn’t exactly have a harem, but he does have NPC assistants. Ainz and other members of his guild hall may be a pretty scary bunch (not only in personality, but looks as well), but even so, they have managed to make allies. In the first season of Overlord, Ainz became an ally to the residents of Carne Village. Furthermore, he now commands the Wise King of the Forest. In the second season, Ainz managed to implement a plan so that the Lizard people would be subservient to him, and eventually, they would even warm up to his rule.

Touya obviously has made good with both the King and Duke of Belfast and the King of Mismede. In fact, both the King and the Duke have offered their young daughters’ hands in marriage, something that Touya usually avoids talking about at all costs; which is fine, seeing as how neither one of the girls are in their teenage years yet! As it stands, Touya is on very friendly terms with the King and the Duke but if he were to marry into the royal family, he would be related to the most powerful family in the entire Kingdom of Belfast. Not too shabby, especially for a fifteen year old. He has also earned the respect of Jamukha Blau Mismede, ruler of the Kingdom of Mismede.

2. Overpowered main characters.

If there is one thing that these vastly different main characters share, it is their obscene power level! Since all of his data from the previous incarnation of Yggdrasil has successfully carried over, Momonga can defeat a high majority of opponents with ease. Ainz Ooal Gown is known for his terrifying power and currently goes unmatched. His enemies quake before him in battle, and he commonly has to downscale his power level when he is incognito as Momonga.

Touya’s magical affinity is quite astounding to the inhabitants of this new world. He is one of very few known individuals who can use all types of magic. He also possesses the ability to instantaneously learn any type of magic and any spell on the spot, whereas some magic users endure years of practice until they can use it. This, of course, is due to God’s enhancements that he bestowed upon Touya in order to make up for killing Touya with an accidental bolt of lightning.

3. Magic exists in both worlds.

Ainz is one of the only people in Yggdrasil who can use Tenth Tier magic. Most people are familiar with the use of magic, but not familiar with it in practice. Some of the most skillful NPC mages can only use up to Fourth Tier magic. Magical items are also a rare, yet not unheard of, part of the game.

After being reborn into another world, Touya finds that God has given him the natural talent to use magic. So far, Touya can use every type of magic that he has encountered! It seems that many different spells exist in this world but that only a minority of them are actually useful in combat. The other ones can be used in everyday life to assist in tasks such as cleaning.

Final Thoughts

One of the best things about these particular isekai anime is the sense of creativity rooted in the plot. Their new worlds may be very similar in a way, but each one definitely has its own feel to it. Also interesting is the way that each main character approaches their situation uniquely. Will they fabricate a complex backstory to disguise themselves, like Satou? Or perhaps will they come clean about their origins, like Touya? The approach chosen by the character can have drastic effects on the events to come and can make an impression on fans. Which isekai anime is your favorite? What other isekai anime do you like?

KYLE

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Author: KYLE

Mid-twenties Japanese-American guy. Gamer, geeky nerd, cinephile, music snob, isekai lover, and dystopian cyberpunk enthusiast. Pretty much born and raised in Southern California, I currently live near L.A. I guess you could say that I’m an artist. I make a lot of stuff: movie props, digital effects, sound effects, motion graphics, animation, music, concept art, etc. I plan on becoming a cinematic director/screenwriter someday soon.

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