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The 15 Best Isekai Romance Anime

Updated September 13, 2021 50.6k votes 10.8k voters 257.8k views15 items

Isekai - a genre in which a character is transported from one world to another, and must get used to life in a completely new and often magical community - one of the most popular anime genres out there. It's also a genre that easily crosses over with other genres - including romance. Whether you're a lover of all things romantic who also appreciates the sense of adventure that isekai provides, or need a show that will please romance fans and isekai fans alike, isekai romance anime are a great place to satisfy your desires. 

There are plenty of great isekai romance anime out there. One of the most famous is probably Sword Art Online, a show where thousands of people get trapped in an online world - and find love in the process of escaping. Looking for something a little more classic? Try Fushigi Yugi, an isekai that's so romantic it's practically a soap opera. There's plenty to choose from, so let this list be your guide. 

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    RE:Zero is a wildly popular 2016 isekai romance that's considered one of the best shows in the genre - though of course, it has plenty of haters, too. Subaru Natsuki's entry into a fantasy world is a violent one - he loses his life almost instantly while attempting to help a mysterious woman. He finds that he's able to rewind history and avoid tragic outcomes like this. This proves to be horrifically traumatic for him, so it's a good thing that he ends up meeting some friends in the new world - including a sweet girl named Rem who falls in love with him, and a half-elf named Emilia who Subaru finds his heart drawn to. 

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    No Game No Life: Zero

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    No Game No Life isn't really a romance - Sora and Shiro are nowhere near ready for romantic connections when they first come to the world of Disboard. However, No Game No Life: ZERO, which focuses on how Disboard came to exist in its current state. Riku is a furious young warrior who wants to help save humanity from being overpowered by the other races. He finds potential hope in Schwi, an artificial being called an Exmachina who has been ousted from her society for her attempts to understand the human heart. Together, the two of them work to save humanity from extinction - and fall in love in the process. 

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    Angel Beats is an unusual isekai in that the new world is a form of purgatory. Teenagers who pass away before they were able to achieve peace and happiness in their real lives are given a chance to do so in the afterlife - but what they're doing isn't fully explained, so half of the show is about trying to avoid "disappearing" into yet another unknown world. Though Otonashi is on board with this at first, he eventually becomes friends with Tachibana, the "destroying angel" in charge of sending people to the next world. When he finds out that his connection with her runs much deeper than he ever thought it did, his affection turns into love. 

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    After wealthy heiress Katarina Claes hits her head on a rock, she suddenly remembers memories of her past life as a Japanese teen girl. It turns out that she was reincarnated into the world of Fortune Lover - an otome game she used to play. And much to her horror, she's been reincarnated as the game's villainess where the only outcome that awaits her character is exile or death. In order to escape her doomed fate, she must use her knowledge of the game to find herself a happy ending. 

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