Gone are the days when the isekai genre used to explore the fantastical worlds and otherworldly adventures by the courtesy of a grownup protagonist. In the modern era, the reincarnated as a child trope is drawing the attention of many with its interesting premises that lead to stories filled with growth, discovery, and a fresh perspective on life in a new reality.
Whether they use their newfound abilities for good or navigate the challenges of everyday life, these stories send back viewers to the starting point where life gives the protagonist a second chance. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best isekai anime where MC reincarnated as a child. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
10. Knight’s & Magic
Although isekai anime became a trend in recent years, Knight’s & Magic already made a mark in the 2010s through its mecha anime-centered plot which was never seen before. The series follows Tsubasa Kurata, a programmer who gets reincarnated in a world where the primary method for military combat is with mecha.
Reborn into a noble family under the name of Ernesti Echevarria and bestowed with prodigious magical abilities, he begins his training to create his own fighting mech one day, a feat unheard of for several centuries. Knight’s & Magic is way different from other shows of this genre and one must definitely give it a try.
9. By The Grace Of The Gods
Not released long ago, By the Grace of the Gods takes a different approach to the genre and shows off a comforting side of the isekai world that’s too wholesome. The anime centers on Ryoma Takebayashi who’s brought into a parallel world to savor the wonders of life after years of hardships in his past incarnation.
Upon arrival, three gods take Ryoma under their wings and grant him special powers to integrate himself with society again. However, instead of boasting his abilities and creating a harem, Ryoma decides to run a laundry business and explore the vast world beyond his home.
8. Misfit Of The Demon King Academy
“Demon King of Tyranny” Anos Voldigoad ruled over the world in the Mythical Age. However, after making a deal to sacrifice his life to ensure peace between demons and humans, he awakens 2,000 years later as a baby in a world that looks much different from his own.
Finding that magic as a whole has begun to decline and his descendants have grown weaker as a result of the peace he created, Anos decides to reclaim his former title. But for that to happen, he must first graduate from the Demon King Academy, where he is labeled a total misfit.
7. The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?
Every season there are a few shows that go under the radar, the 8th Son is one of those series that is not particularly great or revolutionary but is a solid watch if given a little patience. The story is about Wendelin von Benno Baumeister who’s reincarnated into another world as the eighth son of a poor noble family.
Wendelin isn’t guaranteed an inheritance but he shows signs of being a talented mage only to be undervalued by his family. Then one day, he decides to leave his home and start a new life in the capital city, eventually working his way up in the flawed nobility system.
6. Faraway Paladin
Faraway Paladin takes heavy inspiration from its predecessor “Mushoku Tensei” and the similarities are very crystal clear upon the first watch. Nonetheless, the series is a wild ride for its weird set of characters and a protagonist who’s raised by a family comprised of a skeleton, a ghost, and a mummy.
Living in the ruins of a city long fallen, the three raise Will as their own and teach him different special skills before he sets out into a world that even his guardians don’t know the state of. Will must unravel the mysteries of the faraway land and the undead, one way or another.
5. Ascendance Of A Bookworm
Another thought-provoking and heartfelt isekai anime that delves much deeper into the perspective of life, Ascendance of a Bookworm is rooted in realism. The story revolves around Urano Motosu, a book-loving college student who on her deathbed wishes to be reincarnated in a world where she can read books forever.
As if fate had wanted, she awakes in the body of a frail five-year-old girl named Myne in a world where books are unfortunately scarce and only available to elites. Retaining her memories from the past, Myne decides to create and print her own books so she can read again.
4. Wise Man’s Grandchild
For comedic relief, Wise Man’s Grandchild can be a decent choice only if you’re ready to accept its generic plot which can be annoying and repetitive at times. The story of Wise Man’s Grandchild follows the life of Shin, a normal salaryman who is reincarnated into a world of magic.
Being raised by one of the strongest mages in the country, Shin displays unparalleled talent in both magic casting and martial arts, but he lacks social skills. So, he enrolls in the kingdom’s Magic Academy to hone his skills and mature among other teenagers.
3. Saga Of Tanya The Evil
Saga of Tanya the Evil is one of those isekai anime with op MC where the protagonist is nothing short of a maniac. Before being reincarnated as a teenage girl in the middle of magical warfare, Tanya Degurechaff was a salaryman with a harsh and self-centered personality.
Due to his poor personality, he was murdered by one of his subordinates and sent to a world by a God that Tanya calls “Being X”. Hellbent on defiance, Tanya resolves to ascend the ranks of her country’s military, propelling the mighty Empire into becoming one of the most powerful nations in mankind’s history.
2. Mushoku Tensei
Applauded for its coming-of-age story and well-written characters, Mushoku Tensei tells the story of a 34-year-old shut-in who is reincarnated into a fantasy world after getting hit by a truck. In his new life, he’s born as a gifted mage and goes by the name of Rudeus Greyrat.
As Rudeus’ second chance at life begins, he resolves to live his life without regrets and make the best of his knowledge from his previous life. He quickly learns magic and swordsmanship, and ventures on a journey to find his place in a world that’s full of surprises at each turn.
1. Eminence In Shadow
Eminence in Shadow is a dark fantasy novel turned anime series that has made quite a name since its debut in 2022. Praised for its over-the-top comedy and action, the story follows an ordinary high school student Cid Kagenou who is the incarnation of the strongest vampire to ever live, Cadis Etrama Di Raizel.
Reborn in a fantasy world with magic, he sets up a secret organization called Shadow Garden and begins to work from the shadows to influence the course of events in the world. Along the way, a harem of beautiful and busty girls join him to fight evil and protect the innocent.