One common characteristic of isekai light novel and anime series is extremely long titles that practically reveal the entire synopsis of the story. These isekai titles usually reveal the persona of the main character, the setting of the story, and a unique component that separates this isekai story from others. Here’s a list of some of the most ridiculously title isekai series that you should check out.
Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World and I Think They've Got the Wrong Idea!
Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World and I Think They've Got the Wrong Idea! is a sci-fi comedy series written by Nyun and illustrated by Sakana. Kouki is reincarnated into an alternate version of Japan. He ends up being labeled a “genius” when his random scribbles led his mom to discover a hidden formula. As a result, he is sent to attend a school for prodigies. He befriends a girl named Alice and a robot engineer, Shingo. This series focuses on the adventures and misunderstandings that Kouki gets himself into. Our protagonist is labeled a genius even though he isn’t one, which leads to some wacky moments of being misunderstood by others.
WATARU!!! The Hot-Blooded Fighting Teen & His Epic Adventures After Stopping a Truck with His Bare Hands!
WATARU!!! The Hot-Blooded Fighting Teen & His Epic Adventures After Stopping a Truck with His Bare Hands! is an isekai series written by Simotti and illustrated by RELUCY. Wataru Ito, a high school student and skilled martial artist, gets hit by a large truck and then transported into another world. In this new world, Wataru partakes in tough quests and fights the Demon Lord who is trying to erase humanity. Out of all the series on this list, the title of this series best summarizes the entire plot.
Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?
Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? is a light novel series written by Dachima Inaka and illustrated by Pochi Iida, adapted into an anime in 2019 by J.C. Staff. The story follows the familial relationship between a teenage boy named Masato Oosuki and his overly doting mother Mamako. The two are sent into a fantasy game, and while Masato is well-versed in fantasy-themed video games, he is unable to showcase his knowledge because his stats aren’t as high in comparison to his mom. Mamako can easily defeat enemies using her twin swords. As they continue going on quests, Mamako and Masato eventually learn that the original purpose of the game is to strengthen the bonds between parents and their kids.
The title is amusing because usually when you picture a "mom," you don't associate her with an interest in violent fantasy games. The title also implies that this series will focus on the relationship dynamics between a parent and a child.
JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World
JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World is written by Ko Hiratori. The story is told from the perspective of Haru, who was hit by a runaway truck alongside her classmate, Chiba. Chiba and Haru get sent to another world where Chiba has incredible “cheat” abilities as an adventurer while Haru doesn’t have any special powers. As a result, Haru lives as a sex worker at a brothel so that she can survive in this misogynistic society.
This series looks into the life of a sex worker, which is different from other series that focuses on a protagonist who is a hero or adventurer. Haru must deal with the misogyny in this world, and so to empower herself, she strives to be the best sex worker out there. The work has graphic sexual content that may be uncomfortable for readers and can be seen as triggering. However, the graphic content is mindfully used to expose the misogyny within the society Haru resides in.
The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World
The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World is a light novel written by Kaya Kizaki and illustrated by Shiso. Kaito gets run over by a pizza delivery guy on his moped and dies. He gets sent to another world where a goddess gives him three reincarnation options: a swordsman, a magician, or a pizzaiolo. Unfortunately, Kaito took too long to decide and ends up becoming a pizzaiolo. In this new world, he is greeted by elves and marries the head elf’s daughter. Now Kaito begins his journey to save the world through pizza!
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a wacky fantasy light novel series written by Fuse and illustrated by Mitz Vah, adapted into an anime series by Eight Bit in 2018 with a second season set for next year. Satoru Mikami is a 37-year-old corporate worker who lives a mundane life. Unfortunately, he dies after getting stabbed and then ends up getting reincarnated as a Slime with the ability to devour any object and imitate its abilities and appearances. In this new world, Satoru befriends a dragon named Veldora who was sealed away for destroying a town. Satoru promises to destroy the seal on Veldora and in return, Veldora grants Satoru divine protection and renames Satoru as Rimuru Tempest. Rimuru goes on quests to demonstrate his strength and worthiness.
Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon
Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon is a light novel series written by Hirukuma and illustrated by Ituwa Kato. Its unnamed protagonist dies being crushed by a falling vending machine and is reincarnated into a vending machine. He can hear and see like a person, but is immobile and is limited in speech. However, he’s able to sell and dispense items, allowing him to gain points and upgrade his vending machine features. Soon after, he meets Lammis, a young female hunter. She names him “Boxxo” and carries him around her back. The two go on adventures as they explore the dungeon in this world. From the title alone, you can tell this is a distinctly weird take on the isekai genre.