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The Best Anime Like Philosopher's Grandson  

Anna Lindwasser
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Philosopher's Grandson, also known as Kenja no Mago or Wiseman's Grandchild, is one of the latest additions to the isekai genre. A bored and exhausted young office employee is struck by a car and passes away, but is reincarnated into a magical world. Though he retains the memories of his former life, he grows up as Shin Wolford, a young boy being raised by a mage named Merlin. Though Shin possesses unrivaled magical potential, he has a problem - Merlin never taught him any basic life skills. With so much power and so little common sense, how will he manage?

Are there other anime like Philosopher's Grandson? Of course! Anime like KonoSuba, Re:ZERO, and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime all follow the same basic premise - a person loses their life, but is reincarnated into a magical world where they possess powers they never could have dreamed of. There are also shows like No Game No Life where the characters don't reincarnate, they just travel - but the overall feel of the shows is similar. 

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That Time I Got Reincarnated a... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Like Philosopher's Grandson
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If you're looking for another anime about an ordinary person who is reincarnated into a fantasy world, The Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a particularly enjoyable example of the trope. After middle-aged salaryman Satoru Mikami is stabbed on the street, he's reincarnated into a fantasy world - but not as a human. Instead, he's reincarnated into an exceptionally powerful slime. Though he remembers his old life, he quickly acclimates to his new one and starts gathering friends and allies, all of which he'll need to take on powerful enemies like the orc lord. 

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Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
Death March to the Parallel Wo... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Like Philosopher's Grandson
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Ichirou Suzuki is a computer programmer in his late twenties who is totally burned out and exhausted. After he gets through a particularly grueling stretch of work, he goes to sleep and wakes up in a world that combines the games he's been working on into one bizarre RPG. Not only that, but he's a younger version of himself with a new name, Satou. After an encounter with an army of marauding lizardmen, his stats are maxed out and his powers are seemingly infinite. Just like Shin Wolford, Satou is starting his new life as one of the most powerful beings around.

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In Another World with My Smart... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Like Philosopher's Grandson
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In Another World with My Smartphone is another isekai anime in which the protagonist passes away and is reincarnated into a fantasy world. In this case, the protagonist is a teenager who God accidentally hit with a lightning bolt. To make up for his mistake, God agrees to give him a new life, one where he possesses exceptional magical powers that are beyond what most people in his world possess. What's more, he gets to keep his cell phone, a form of technology that no one else in his world has access to. 

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No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Like Philosopher's Grandson
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Shin Wolford's first life is a pretty lackluster one. He worked a job that brought him no pleasure and didn't have anything resembling a social life. When he's reincarnated into a new world, his aptitude for magic exceeds anything that he ever experienced in the real world, and he's able to flourish. The same thing happens to Sora and Shiro, two shut-in gamers who win every competition they enter but have no real-world accomplishments or relationships to speak of. When they get transported to Disboard, they're able to put their gaming skills to good use - in fact, they use them to become leaders of the world. 

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