It takes a lot of work making readers feel for characters that have been transported to another world. There are a lot of carbon copy stories and many complain that the isekai genre has grown stale. With that said, it takes just as much work breathing life into written characters through imaginative artwork. Some artists follow trends while others pave their own way and create unforgettable imagery. Here are our picks for top 10 rising isekai artists!
10. Hasemi Ryo
The artist of the reckless isekai Kujibiki Tokushou Musou Harem-ken, Hasemi Ryo has a number of projects under his belt. Drawing spinoffs for both Re:Zero and Kore wa Zombie desu ka?, his work on his current isekai manga has definitely fit the bill. The story features a wild protagonist who wins a harem by powering up 777 times his current level, and the encounters and battles he has fit the artwork to a T. Whether it’s a cute girl or a cool fight scene, Hasemi Ryo’s drawing has range.
9. Haruno Eri
If their name sounds familiar it’s because Haruno Eri is the mangaka behind Savana Game, the supernatural death game manga. Oddly enough, they made quite a leap by working on the isekai Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life. A story about an overworked company employee running a pharmacy in another world, it stars many cute cat-eared girls helping the protagonist in his everyday work. Probably as far from a death game as you can get.
8. Okamoto Lynn
“Uh oh”, is what everyone who saw the name Okamoto Lynn entering the isekai genre with his new work Parallel Paradise. The author of the dark and mindbending Elfen Lied and Gokukoku no Brynhildr can only mean bad days ahead for any protagonist sucked into one his worlds. He has a very distinct art style, and while highly sexualized, it can be terrifying when it has to be. Let’s hope that things end within reason for his current series.
7. Baba Yasushi
Baba Yasushi owes much of his success to Vladimir Putin, at least for basing his works off the lore and myth surrounding the political figure. Taking the Golosseum protagonist Alexander Purchinov and putting him in a fantasy world has definitetly delivered high doses of quality entertainment in The Ride-On King. His artwork breathes realism into the ridiculous and makes for a very enjoyable read.
D.P is an artist with far more hentai doujins published than traditional manga he’s worked on. His most prominent series before the isekai Game of Familia: Kazoku Senki were Gun x Clover and Trash. Now even those who tend to stick to the lighter side of manga have a chance of seeing his signature artwork. His artwork in Game of Familia has definitely made him an artist to look out for in the future.
Like any good serialized mangaka, Maybe has a number of hentai doujins under his belt as well. However, his works Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e and Tasogare Otome x Amnesia have garnered him much praise for being both entertaining and emotional, while having very distinct art styles. In
Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari, we have a harem meets Lord of the Rings vibe as a young protagonist travels to another world to save it by marrying magical princesses. It’s definitely an isekai that is more than meets the eye, and Maybe deserves all the praise for it.
The artist for Mushoku Tensei, his series would be to isekai what The Godfather would be to film. With a strongly developed protagonist and expansive world, the series is what many isekai stories are aspiring to be. While Shirotaka doesn’t have much under their belt, what they do have is already a strong enough showing. Working on both the pre-serialization web novel and finalized light novel series for Mushoku Tensei, their artwork has become a central piece to the memories of everyone who’s read the series.
3. Yamato Hina
Both of Yamato Hina’s serialized manga works have so far been isekai stories. With the axed Isekai Goumon Hime and the currently serialized Kanzen Kaihi Healer no Kiseki, they have shown they definitely have a talent for drawing interesting fantasy worlds. While Isekai Goumon Hime was a dark fantasy concerning hell and torture, Kanzen Kaihi Healer no Kiseki is a more traditional comedic fantasy tale. To go from one extreme style of artwork to a more tame one shows he has a lot of depth as an artist. We’re interested in seeing how their career develops within the isekai genre.
2. Asakawa Keiji
Between Kujonin and Kouritsu Kuriya Madoushi, Asakawa Keiji has been exceedingly busy working on isekai manga. Both these works are ongoing with serializations, and if you were to look at them you might confuse them for each other. They both bear his signature character style that’s impossible to mistake. Thankfully, when it comes to isekai, two is always better than one!
1. Kazabana Fuuka
Kazabana Fuuka has a developed taste for the isekai genre. He has designed art for three isekai light novels with Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja, Tensei Kenja no Isekai Raifu, and World Strongest Rearguard. All three works currently have ongoing manga adaptations as well which are being worked on by various other artists. It doesn’t take much to see that the work Kazabana has done has definitely cemented the art style for these series though. It’s also worth noting that all three of his projects have had harems as a central focus of their storylines. He’s clearly found his niche, so perhaps we’ll see more from him in the future.
We’re definitely excited to see how these authors continue their paths in the isekai genre. They’ve worked on so many great and interesting manga and light novels already. Are there any artists you feel we missed? Shout them out in the comments so we can check them out!