It seems the concept of MMORPG is the anime industry’s new favorite. When we hear the word MMORPG, the first anime that comes to mind is Sword Art Online, the anime that set the trend for other such anime. Set in future (in 2022) people can control their game avatars through their thoughts with the help of new equipment called “NerveGear.” Things take a drastic turn when the players realize that they are trapped by the creator and the protagonist Kirito must figure out a way to get back to the real world. The show has been really popular and has received praise from fans across the world. With that said, here’s the list of best anime similar to Sword Art Online that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these anime like Sword Art Online on Netflix, Crunchyroll or Hulu.
16. Digimon Adventure
‘Digimon Adventure’ is one of the oldest isekai anime. The series is really entertaining. It came around at a time when ‘Pokemon’ had started garnering a huge fan following. I remember watching the show as a kid. The anime revolves around a group of kids who just want to have fun in a summer camp. But when it begins to snow, they are surprised. The kids then receive strange devices. These devices end up sending them to a digital world where there are strange monster-like digital creatures. The kids are the DigiDestined and are each paired with a Digimon. Together, they must train and fight to evolve into better fighters to save the digital world from the evil force which is corrupting all the Digimon. This is a fun anime for kids. It has a total of 54 episodes with each episode being around 24 minutes in length.
15. Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
‘Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku’ is another anime which is set in a game-like world. Most of the anime on this list is going to be quite similar in feel. The protagonist of the anime is Ichirou Suzuki, who is a programmer. His job is to beta test games and find out bugs. His job is quite taxing and he has not been getting any sleep. But one day, he does get to relax and he falls into a deep slumber only to wake up later and realize that he is in a completely different world now. This is a game-like world which is sort of a mix of all the worlds from the games he has been beta testing. His physical features have changed to a younger version of himself and his name is Satou, which is the name he used for testing the games. Before he could grasp his situation, an army of lizardmen attacks him and he ends up casting a powerful spell to dispel them. This maximizes his stats and his level boosts up to 310, making him a powerful being. With this, he sets out to explore this new world since he does not know how to get out of this world.