Top 10 Isekai Manga with Unique Plots/Stories [Best Recommendations]

The isekai genre has spread like wildfire throughout Japanese novels, manga, and even anime. However, one chief complaint is that the setups are generally the same and that the genre is full of carbon copies. While there are a lot of similar isekai manga, a lot of them standout amongst the rest for being incredibly unique and sometimes very strange. Here are our top 10 picks for isekai manga with unique plots and stories.

10. Ponkotsu ga Tensei Shitara Zongai Saikyou

  • Authors: Umitsuki, Reona
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: 2018 - Ongoing

A spin-off of the rather hilarious romantic comedy Ponko Tsundere na Osananajimi, this series stars the main characters of that manga after being reincarnated in a fantasy world. Each one of them has a different ability based off their personality. For instance, clumsy female main character Sanae has the ability to split the earth by accidentally tripping herself, which has both saved and doomed them in certain situations. Fans of Konosuba might enjoy a more comedic and unreserved isekai that has no intentions of taking itself seriously at all.

9. Wanwan Monogatari: Kanemochi no Inu ni Shite to wa Itta ga, Fenrir ni Shiro to wa Itte Nee!

  • Authors: Inumajin
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: 2018 - Ongoing

Dying from exhaustion, an overworked salary man wishes to be reincarnated as rich person’s dog. His wish is granted by a goddess, and he finds himself as Routa, the young Fenrir of a rich girl named Mary. While all he wants to do is eat and laze around, he isn’t a normal dog by any stretch. Against his base desires, he finds himself in a whole host of situations he more than likely would have declined had he known before making his wish.

8. Benriya Saitou san, Isekai ni Iku (Handyman Saitou In Another World)

  • Authors: Ichitomo, Kazutomo
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: 2018 - Ongoing

Everything changed for the unremarkable handyman Saitou after he was transported to a fantasy world. Now he’s in a party of adventurers helping his companions complete quests. Whether it’s picking locks, refurbishing armor, or being monster bait, he’s excelling in every task he’s given. While endearing, it is a bit sad to see someone have to risk their life in order to finally be appreciated.

7. Boku no Heya ga Dungeon no Kyuukeijo ni Natteshimatta Ken (About My Room Leads to Dungeon)

  • Authors: Tougoku, Fudou
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Slice of Life
  • Volumes: 2
  • Published: May 2017 - Ongoing

Tooru thought he got the deal of a century on a two-bedroom apartment in the heart of Tokyo, but shortly after arriving he got an idea of why it might have been vacant. His door connects to a dungeon in another world, a frightening fact he discovers after rescuing a female knight he finds inside. Believing him to be a magical sage, she thinks that the unfamiliar conveniences of Japan are high level magical items. Thus begin Tooru’s days of contending with a dungeon right outside of his front door.

6. Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil Is A Part-timer!)

  • Authors: Wagahara, Satoshi
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
  • Volumes: 14
  • Published: December 2011 - Ongoing

Maou Sadao was formerly a demon lord of another world, but now he’s a fast food assistant manager in modern Japan. Unfortunately, the hero who vanquished him also followed him, but she has her own 9 to 5 job too so she can’t prioritize his defeat. One would be hard pressed to find job applicants that don’t match the qualifications any more than these two, but that’s what makes this series all the more special.

5. Elf-san wa Yaserarenai. (Plus-Sized Elf)

  • Authors: Synecdoche
  • Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Slice of Life, Fantasy
  • Volumes: 5
  • Published: December 2016 - Ongoing

Attention all fantasy beings of the female gender: Naoe Tomoaki will now be catering to all your fitness and dietary needs. It seems that coming from another world and enjoying the sedentary lifestyle along with such delicious food is leaving some visitors a little rounder in some places, as Tomoaki’s clients can attest. Elves, ogres, and all other kinds of fantasy world inhabitants are making their way to his clinic in order to shed some extra pounds. This manga explores one aspect of isekai that nobody really thinks about!

4. Isekai Onsen ni Tensei shita Ore no Kounou ga Tondemosugiru

  • Authors: Nanaumi, Sou
  • Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Fantasy
  • Volumes: 3
  • Published: June 2017 - Ongoing

Sure, Atami Kusatsu loved onsens and was excited to go to one for his school trip before he died, but that didn’t mean he wanted to become one himself. Yes, he is now a Japanese style bath existing in a fantasy world, and animal eared girls, elves and female mages are all using his restorative waters to increase their vitality. Things get weird when they notice the soul of a naked guy rising up out of nowhere, but believe us, they get even weirder than that. This is one isekai manga that doesn’t care if you believe if its setup is even plausible in any sense.

3. Dungeon Nursery

  • Authors: Ouma, Kurou
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: 2017 - 2019

Koizumi Takashi died slipping on a banana peel and wound up as a nursery caretaker in another world’s dungeon. Sure, he didn’t want to end up babysitting a bunch of weak monsters, but they’re his summons, and he needs them to help him fight so he can avoid going to hell. Takashi is actually more overpowered than you’d expect, channeling his frustration at the situation to defeat bosses and monsters all on his own. This series was 24 eyebrow raising chapters that ended on a strange yet final conclusion, but ultimately a satisfying read.

2. Teisou Gyakuten Sekai (Chastity Reverse World)

  • Authors: Amahara
  • Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, School
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: April 2018 - Ongoing

Our society is built upon foundational norms and gender roles we’ve established for centuries, but what if they were fundamentally inverted? Ichikawa is a normal high school girl from our world who somehow finds herself waking up in one where gender roles have been flipped. Ads cater to women by showing attractive men, girls collect and trade dirty magazines, and boys try desperately to cover up when their chests are exposed. It’s all very strange to her, but she seems equally strange to her friends who don’t realize she somehow switched minds with her parallel self. All this begs the question, what’s happening to her other self during all this?

1.Ride-On King

  • Authors: Baba, Yasushi
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Volumes: 2
  • Published: May 2018 - Ongoing

President of Pursia Alexander Purchinov (definitely not Putin) is a strong willed man who leads a singular existence: to ride. He mounts strong animals, rides fast cars, and seeks to conquer the unconquerable. When he finds himself sent to another world by Truck-kun, he is overcome by the urge to ride when witnessing a dragon. How many more things in this new fantasy world can Puti- Purchinov ride before he’s satisfied?

Final Thoughts

We’ve probably been left more speechless by isekai plots than any other manga genre. One just never knows what it is they’re gonna get reading these stories! Do you know of any other isekai manga with unique plots? Let us know in the comments!

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Author: Hercule SSJ

What happens when you give a Crunchyroll trial to a former Toonami kid who hasn't watched anime since Cowboy Bebop got dubbed? You get Hercule SSJ. Thanks to that, he's spent the last two years catching up on dozens of shows and manga he's neglected over the years. Has probably watched 60% of all harem ecchi in existence. Currently seeking series to fill the void left by Konosuba and One-Punch Man. Accepts NisiOisiN quotes as payment.

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