If you found yourself addicted to Overlord, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn many other anime based on massive multiplayer online role-playing games exist for you to try. Anime similar to Overlord follow similar premises, with protagonists immersed within fantasy realms markedly different from the "real world."
Loads of anime like Overlord build upon the fantasy video game setting and take it in completely new directions. Some fully embrace the RPG themes, while others juxtapose them with real-world politics. Though most Overlord-like titles are video game-inspired anime, many titles even portray their fantasy world as the "authentic" world, meaning characters may not even realize they live in a simulation. Should you be looking for a series you can really immerse yourself in, these anime offer entire worlds that both you, and the series' protagonists, may escape to.
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Just like Overlord, Log Horizon tells the story of a video game that traps players in its virtual reality. What's different is that Log Horizon isn't primarily focused on the heroes trying to escape their RPG world. Instead, it explores every aspect of online gaming while prioritizing the game mechanics of its world, and does so with a little more lightness than Overlord.
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Sword Art Online is the easiest anime to recommend to anyone who loves Overlord. Much like Momonga, Kirito from Sword Art Online is the strongest player in the VMMORPG he happens to be trapped in. Instead of a menacing skeleton wizard, Kirito is a handsome young swordsman supported by his friends who exist outside the game.
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There's more to Overlord than just its virtual reality premise. At its heart, Overlord follows an everyday businessman who found the perfect escapism to craft his ideal persona. That's why Overlord fans should check out One-Punch Man, which also tells the story of an everyday man who trained his body for years to become the all-powerful superhero of his dreams.
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Drifters features the epic, adventure style of Overlord and adds a political and ultra-violent twist to it. Historical figures from all over the globe arrive to a fantasy world to fight in an epic war that will determine the fate of the world.
Overlord fans aren't the only one who will enjoy this show, as Drifters is the brainchild of Hellsing author Kouta Hirano.