Imagine you have a dream to live inside a fantasy game or you stuck in your favorite game and can’t log out of it. A pretty exciting and fun scenario, right ? Well that’s what overlord anime is all about and there are pretty handful of anime like overlord in anime world.
In recent years ‘isekai’ or ‘in any other world’ or ‘stuck in a virtual world’has become a pretty popular genre in anime world. Don’t ask me why i guess its a stimulating idea to live in a fantasy world with some awesome powers and magic.
Or maybe you are someone who likes main character to be overly powerful and nearly unbeatable.
19 Anime Like Overlord to Watch
Given how great this show is, I’m listing the anime like Overlord to give you recommendations on what to add to your watch list.
19. Ixion Saga DT
Plot: Hokaze Kon is an otherwise normal boy who, one day, receives an inter-dimensional summons to the world of Mirror.
He appears just in time to save the life of Princess Ecarlate, whose enemies are trying to prevent her political marriage.
Kon, who knows nothing about Mirror nor the way home, attaches himself to Ecarlate’s entourage
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: イクシオン サーガ DT
Plot : The story centers around Ry?ta Sakamoto, a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) young man and a top-ranked player in the online combat game Btoom! One day, he wakes up on a tropical island without remembering how he got there. He sees a figure in the distance and asks for help.
However, the figure responds by throwing something at Ry?ta — a “BIM” bomb. In that moment, Ry?ta comes to realize two things: one, his own life is in danger, and two, he is now in the world of Btoom!
Genre: Action, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: BTOOOM!
17. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
Plot: 29-year-old programmer Suzuki Ichirou finds himself transported into a fantasy RPG. Within the game, he’s a 15-year-old named Satou. At first he thinks he’s dreaming, but his experiences seem very real.
Due to a powerful ability he possesses with limited use, he ends up wiping out an army of lizard men and becomes a high leveled adventurer. Satou decides to hide his level, and plans to live peacefully and meet new people.
However, developments in the game’s story, such as the return of a demon king, may cause a nuisance to Satou’s plans.
Genre: Fantasy, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, デスマーチからはじまる異世界狂想曲
16. One Punch Man
Plot : In this new action-comedy, everything about a young man named Saitama screams “AVERAGE,” from his lifeless expression, to his bald head, to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking fellow doesn’t have your average problem… He’s actually a superhero that’s looking for tough opponents!
The problem is, every time he finds a promising candidate he beats the snot out of them in one punch. Can Saitama finally find an evil villain strong enough to challenge him? Follow Saitama through his hilarious romps as he searches for new bad guys to challenge!
Genre: Action, Comedy, Parody, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Super Power, Supernatural
Other name: ワンパンマン
15. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka?
Plot : Life in the bustling city of Orario is never dull, especially for Bell Cranel, a naïve young man who hopes to become the greatest adventurer in the land. After a chance encounter with the lonely goddess, Hestia, his dreams become a little closer to reality.
With her support, Bell embarks on a fantastic quest as he ventures deep within the city’s monster-filled catacombs, known only as the “Dungeon.” Death lurks around every corner in the cavernous depths of this terrifying labyrinth, and a mysterious power moves amidst the shadows.
Even on the surface, survival is a hard-earned privilege. Indeed, nothing is ever certain in a world where gods and humans live and work together, especially when they often struggle to get along. One thing is for sure, though: a myriad of blunders, triumphs and friendships awaits the dauntlessly optimistic protagonist of this herculean tale.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, DanMachi, ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか
14. Log Horizon
Plot Summary: Elder Tales is an online fantasy RPG that has become popular worldwide. But when its twelfth expansion package, “Cultivate the Noosphere,” is installed, thirty thousand players in Japan are trapped inside.
Among them is grad student Shiroe, who isn’t very good at interacting with others. But to survive in a world full of monsters, he forms a guild called “Log Horizon” with an eclectic group of other players.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Magic, Shounen, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: ログ・ホライズン
13. Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
Plot : A gate appears in Tokyo’s Ginza district sometime in the 21st century. From the gate pour out monsters, knights from middle-age Europe and other fantasy-like beings, and they kill many citizens of Tokyo. This event is known as the Ginza Incident.
The government sends a small group of soldiers from the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to the alternate world beyond the gate. Led by otaku soldier Itami Youji, they find that the villages in the world are being attacked by a dragon.
An elf girl who is a survivor from the dragon’s rampage joins the group in their travels across the dangerous new world.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Military, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: GATE, Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought There!, GATE（ゲート）自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり
12. Seiken no Blacksmith
Plot : The story takes place after an abominable war that foisted a “devil’s contract” upon a land. Cecily Campbell, a former noble’s daughter who joined a knighthood, encounters a man who dispatches some hoodlums with one sweep of a mysterious sword.
The man possesses the power of the same “devil’s contract” that has become taboo, now that peace has been restored. Cecily has been searching for a blacksmith who can repair an old sword she inherited from her father, and that mysterious young man happens to be blacksmith named Luke. This encounter launches their adventures together.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: Seiken no Blacksmith; 聖剣の刀鍛冶（ブラックスミス）; Seiken no Katanakaji
11. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
Plot : Why are we here? Why are we doing this? Before Haruhiro had realized what happened, he was surrounded by darkness. Why was he here? Where was here? Even now, he still didn’t know. Those around him were the same as him, no one remembered anything other than their own names.
And when they emerged from the darkness, the world that awaited them seemed like something out of a video game. In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with the others, learns fighting skills, and as a soldier in the reserve force, takes his first steps into the world of Grimgar. What awaits him there, he doesn’t know… This the story of an adventure born from the ashes.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions, 灰と幻想のグリムガル
10. Youjo Senki
Plot : On the front lines of the war, there is a little girl. Blond hair, blue eyes, and porcelain white skin, she commands her squad with lisping voice.
Her name is Tanya Degurechaff. But in reality, she is one of Japan’s most elite salarymen, reborn as a little girl after angering a mysterious being who calls himself God.
This little girl, who prioritizes efficiency and her own career over anything else, will become the most dangerous being amongst the sorcerers of the imperial army.
Genre: Magic, Military, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: Saga of Tanya the Evil, 幼女戦記
Plot : Taking place 2 years after the “Pluto’s Kiss” crisis. “The World” once again returns. This time being the only PC game in existence. Tsubasa a boy who started playing only a few weeks before, finds himself taken to a mysterious zone, where he meets Aura, Morganna, and a mysterious player that has the appearance of a cat.
Soon after realizing that he can’t logout, he is forced to stay in “The World”, but unlike other characters he can still feel pain, he still has his emotions. He slowly separates himself from those who try to help him, the only ones that can help him.
His friends Bear and Black Rose, constantly try to comfort him in his struggle, but he always pushes them away. He only wants to search for the answer to why he can’t logout, and to the real question of who he really is. Genre: Adventure/Mystery/Fantasy
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: .hack//SIGN
8. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Plot : After a long and treacherous journey, our Hero finally arrives at the Dark Lady’s castle only to find himself being asked for help. The Hero explains how the war that the demons have brought upon the humans have killed thousands and put more in misery.
The queen of demons however argues that this war has made the human society band together as one and showed empirical evidence how it has increased population, increased production, boosted economy and improved society overall.
Furthermore, she explains to the Hero that ending this war will result in a civil war that will produce more bloodshed than there ever was. The Hero, convinced that the only way to bring peace, relatively speaking, is to join forces with the Dark Lady, agrees to help with her plans!
Genre: Adventure, Demons, Fantasy, Romance, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: Maoyu ~ Archenemy & Hero, まおゆう魔王勇者
7. Quan Zhi Gao Shou
Plot : In the multiplayer online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad of reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the pro scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager.
When Glory launches its tenth server, he throws himself in to the game once more. Possessing ten years of experience, the memories of his past, and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins!
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Game, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: Full-Time Expert, The King’s Avatar, 全职高手
6. Hataraku Maou sama
Plot : Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo.
As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses—and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation—he must work as a freeter to pay for his living expenses!
Genre: Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Romance, Shounen
Other name: The Devil is a Part-Timer!, はたらく魔王さま!
Plot : The story takes place in an island, where a “Fractale System” is beginning to collapse. One day, Crane finds an injured girl called Phryne under a cliff.
She disappears leaving a pendant. Crane sets out for a journey with the girl-shaped avatar Nessa to look for Phryne and discovers the secret of the Fractale System.
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: フラクタル
4. Death Parade
Plot : “Welcome to Queen Dekim.” What greets two unsuspecting guests is a strange bar, Queen Dekim, and the white-haired bartender, Dekim.
“From here you two shall begin a battle where your lives hang in the balance,”
he says to introduce the Death Game. Before long the guests’ true natures become apparent. As a matter of course, at the game’s end Dekim is revealed to be the “arbiter.” Dekim’s judgement on the two guests is…
Genre: Game, Psychological, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: デス・パレード
3. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
Plot : “Rimuru Tempest” is the new name of a slime in a fantasy world taken by a former 37-year-old human Satou Mikami after he is killed by a passing robber.
Broken free from ordinary, stale past life, his fresh adventure in a fantasy world as a slime monster with unique abilities begins.
Genre: Fantasy, Anime Like Overlord
Other name: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, 転生したらスライムだった件
2. Sword Art Online
Plot : The only way to escape is to ‘clear’ the game. Death in game means actual ‘death’ —- The ten thousand who have logged onto the as of yet mysterious game ‘Sword Art Online’ using their Nerve Gear have been forced into this perilous death game and are trapped inside. Protagonist Kirito, one of the many gamers, has greeted this ‘truth’.
He plays as a solo player in the giant castle that is the stage for this game —- ‘Aincrad’. To meet the conditions of clearing the game and leaving this twisted virtual world, he must get through all 100 floors. Will Kirito have what it takes to clear the game, or will he die trying?
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance, Shounen
Other name: ソードアート・オンライン
1. No Game No Life
Plot : The story of No Game, No Life centers around Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister whose reputations as brilliant NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) hikikomori (shut-in) gamers have spawned urban legends all over the Internet.
These two gamers even consider the real world as just another “crappy game.” One day, they are summoned by a boy named “God” to an alternate world. There, God has prohibited war and declared this to be a world where “everything is decided by games” – even national borders.
Humanity has been driven back into one remaining city by the other races. Will Sora and Shiro, the good-for-nothing brother and sister, become the “Saviors of Humanity” on this alternate world? “Well, let’s start playing.”
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Game, Supernatural
Other name: ノーゲーム・ノーライフ
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