11 Epic Anime like Overlord You Must Watch!

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There is nothing more exciting than to watch an anime like Overlord where the concept of a virtual game or the main character getting transported to another world is the main preference.

Just imagine getting stuck in your favorite game with insane abilities. What would you do? Isn’t it a pretty exciting scenario? That’s how exciting Overlord has been and so are the anime shows we’re going to recommend now.

With a lot of similarities to Overlord, these anime shows provide the exact experience you had while watching Overlord anime. And also you’re going to witness some exclusive concepts along with endless action.

So, are you ready to explore the list of similar anime like Overlord? Of course, you are, because that’s exactly why you’re here, right? Let’s get into the business then.

Best Anime like Overlord!

1. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online- anime like overlord

In terms of concept and animation, Sword Art Online can easily compete with Overlord. Just like Ainz Ooal Gown, Kirito is OP in this anime and he always surprises you. Though both the anime shows revolve around the ‘stuck in a game’ concept, SAO has more romance in it.

The main difference here is that the characters know a way out of the situation whereas, in Overlord, he doesn’t know a way out. Despite the comparisons, both have some amazing moments to remember and will keep you entertained until the very end.

Sword Art Online, an MMORPG game with utmost popularity comes out with a nerve gear system. On the day it gets launched, over 10,000 players join it and discover that they’re unable to log out. Soon they find that the only way out is to clear the game by reaching the final level and killing the boss.

Kirito is one of the players among them, but he is a beta tester and very skilled in gaming. Along with Asuna and other players, he tries to clear the game before they die for real. Watch this amazing anime like Overlord to get a similar and phenomenal experience.

2. No Game No Life

No Game No Life- anime like overlord

The above title seems like the motto of Gamers who live their lives by playing games all the time. In this anime, both the main characters (siblings) are gamers and well-known as “Blank.”

They receive a challenge to a game of chess from a god known as Tet, in return, they get to live in a world where everything is decided by games. As they challenge various races, Sora and Shiro (main characters) face new obstacles. But is there any other motive to summon them into this world? Find it out after watching this fascinating anime.

The animation of this anime is so unique from any other anime I’ve watched till now. Madhouse sure knows how to make it more effective and lovable. It is made to become a blockbuster and too bad there isn’t season 2 yet. However, it still gives you vibes like Overlord in lots of instants.

In terms of entertainment, action, and visuals, this anime is second to none. So, we consider it as one of the best anime like Overlord, and make sure you add it to your watchlist right now.

3. The Ancient Magus’ Bride

The Ancient Magus' Bride- anime like overlord

The Ancient Magus’ Bride is not for everyone but for the people who appreciate a good story and the way it’s been told. It gives you a unique feel, and it is more like a character-driven one with some passionate scenes. Of course, you’ll get to watch some amazing action scenes too.

Just like Overlord, it has an OP main character and there are a couple of OVAs that are as good as the original anime. So, if you’ve gotten across this anime and didn’t watch it yet, at least give it a try for a couple of episodes.

Chise Hatori was abandoned at a young age and when she turned fifteen, she was sold in an auction for a gentleman with a mask. She’s sick of her life and ready to give herself away so that she gets to live a life at the least. However, the masked gentleman takes her to a study room and teleports her to a place in rural England.

But what’s more surprising is, she witnesses fairies and some wonderful beings. Soon she realizes that she’s going to be the bride of Elias Ainsworth. It feels like an anime like Overlord in many aspects and moments.

4. Log Horizon

Log Horizon- anime like overlord

What would you do if you suddenly got summoned into a game from your daily normal life? Well, we think you should watch Log Horizon just in case something like that happens someday. Log Horizon is a lot like Overlord except for a minor change in the premises. It is an anime like Overlord when it comes to both the setting and survival.

You get to see NPCs, people using their gaming abilities wisely in this show except that the main character isn’t as badass as Ainz Ooal Gown. But it is an amazing anime like Overlord to watch if you like action-fantasy concepts.

A normal and peaceful day in Japan but suddenly thirty thousand Japanese gamers have been summoned into Elder’s Tale game after an update. Since they can’t log out manually, they had to adjust themselves to the new world.

Among them, a socially awkward college student sets out to experience the world along with his unluckiest friend who doesn’t have any gaming knowledge. How will they manage to survive in this world? Watch it if you want to have a witness an epic adventure as you did with Overlord.

5. Drifters

Drifters- anime like overlord

“Drifters” is a type of anime that you can easily get into and not at all complicated. Right from the beginning, you’ll know what’s going on but it does build up anxiety in you. If you liked Hellsing (who doesn’t), then you get a similar vibe with this one too.

If you’re into a fantasy setting and some fascinating action scenes, then you’re in for a treat. So, make sure to add this anime to your watchlist. After all, it is one of the best anime like Overlord out there.

Toyohisa Shimazu used to be a rearguard for his troops at the battle of Sekigahara until he found himself in a different world after deeply wounded. This new world surprises him with all types of creatures and warriors from different eras who were supposed to be dead.

After a brief encounter with a warlord and an archer, he learns the situation of the world. Furthermore, the reason he was summoned is to fight against the ‘Ends,’ who are trying to destroy the world’s order. It is an epic anime like Overlord and you’ll love it too.

6. Gate

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Youji Itami, an Otaku is on his way to a doujin convention in Ginza with a JSDF (Japan Self-Defense Force) officer. But suddenly a mysterious portal opens in the middle of the city and some supernatural creatures, knights emerge through it by destroying everything in their way.

With his basic knowledge, Youji saves as many people as he can while JSDF stops their invasion. After three months, Youji is assigned to lead a special team through the portal to find out the true aim of this unknown world and negotiate with them to maintain peace between the two worlds.

While the plot is quite different, it resembles Overlord in many instances. ‘Gate’ is not so gloomy as Overlord but both have good pace and action. They both include strong elements like making allies, politics, and dealing with powerful opponents. This anime has a good quality of animation and it all gives one more reason to try it.

It might not be as good as Overlord or probably we shouldn’t compare these both but Gate is a pretty good anime like Overlord. So, make sure to add it to the watchlist right away. This anime is meant for you.

7. Btoom!

Btoom!- anime like overlord

Probably the most intense anime on the list and one of the anime like Overlord which provides you a survival setting in a game. While Overlord has been about exploring the world he loved even though it was unexpected. But in the anime, the characters lose the sense of justice and are forced to fight each other for survival.

Action scenes are pretty good and even though the premise wasn’t executed perfectly, it still is a great watch for the people who loved Overlord anime. So, we suggest you try this one out and have a great watch.

Ryouta Sakamoto lives with his mother and unemployed but he is the top player in a popular game named “Btoom.” To make his life harder, one day, he finds himself on an island with a green crystal embedded in his hand. Soon he realizes that he is in the game that he used to play, and he isn’t alone.

What’s more surprising is that the players are tasked with eliminating others to escape from the island. Ryouta teams up with Himiko, a fellow gamer, and tries to chase after the truth behind this trial. Watch this exciting anime like Overlord as it takes you on a thriller journey.

8. Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions- anime like overlord

Though Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions didn’t have a positive response from the audience; it deserves a little more attention. Unlike some other anime where characters are given sudden character development, this anime focuses on the natural growth of the characters.

For the people who haven’t read the light novel related to this anime, they’ll surely love it. Since you’re looking for an anime like Overlord, why don’t you try giving it a shot? We think you’ll like it and it might lack in a few aspects like plot development, but it is still a great anime to watch.

The story follows a group of strangers who find themselves in a fantasy world without any memories. They got no other choice but to join the Reserve Army to survive in this world. And that would be because this fantasy world Grimgar is full of threats where the strong survive and the weak perish.

When all of the strong candidates form a team, the rest form a party to survive. Surprisingly, this party includes people with unique personalities who later become die-hard mates. Isn’t the story pretty exciting and what would you expect from an anime like Overlord?

9. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?- anime like overlord

‘Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon’ or ‘Danmachi’ is an anime based on a hit light novel with the same name (Danmachi). Just like Overlord, it is adventurous, dark, and more importantly, an ability-based setting. The world of Danmachi seems like one in the MMORPG games but it actually isn’t. However, the thrill and experience are so similar.

It has a good story, great characters, and some pretty decent action scenes. So, overall, it entertains you to the point where you want to watch a similar anime like this one. Well, doesn’t this make one more similarity to Overlord?

Bell Cranel lives in Orario City and always dreamt of becoming the greatest adventurer in his city. He gets a bit closer to his dream as he meets a goddess named Hestia. Along with her, he goes on a journey to slay the monsters which bring harm to humanity.

But these dungeons aren’t such easy places as anyone could enter. Even on the surface of the dungeons, it is hard to survive. Can Bell Cranel accomplish the impossible with all these obstacles in front of him? Watch this amazing anime like Overlord to explore a new and unique world.

10. Accel World

Accel World- anime like overlord

Accel World is rather unique compared to Overlord, but it definitely resembles the portraiture of the story. The way these both anime shows are executed is so similar and when you watch Accel World, you’ll know why it is unique and similar at the same time. There are a lot of characters involved in the series, but it never fails to show the character development of the main characters.

In addition to this, its animation is pretty good, and the story is decent. So, if you’re looking for an anime like Overlord and at the same time, a little change of pace, then this is the right option for you.

Haruyuki Arata is a gamer but also overweighted and always gets bullied by others. But one day, his high scores in all the games have been topped by the vice president of the student council, Kuroyukihime. Later she invites him to show a program named “Brain Burst” that allows the user to enhance their brains.

But if the user can’t satisfy its conditions, they lose the program forever. And she also tells him the reason for showing it and asks for his help in finding the creator of “Brain Burst.” Watch this exciting anime like Overlord that constantly makes the viewer wonder what’ll happen next.

11. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody- anime like overlord

“Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody” has an overpowered main character just like Ainz Ooal Gown in Overlord. The story follows Ichirou Suzuki, a programmer who finds himself in a world that seems like a mashed version of the games he has debugged until now.

But before he gets adjusted to the new world, a huge army of lizardmen launch a full-scale attack on him. Without knowing, he wipes out the entire army only to max out his abilities to level 300. Well, what’s left for him is to explore this new and exciting world.

Everything that makes this anime worthwhile is the MC and the way he deals with the situations in this new world is truly amusing. However, there are some minor flaws in the anime like it shows downfall in a few episodes and fails to execute the plot well.

But still, if you’re seeking a good isekai anime like Overlord, then you must try it out because it will entertain you thoroughly. So, even if it has a few flaws, it also has its own merits. And since it gives a similar experience to Overlord, make sure to add it to your watchlist.


Well, it is time to end our list with a good conclusion. All of the above (anime like Overlord) recommendations take place in a completely different world and shows you a fantasy setting in various ways.

If you’re to explore different types of isekai anime, this list might even work as an alternative. While Overlord has been fantastic anime, these shows are great as well. By inspiring similar concepts, these still executed them uniquely and wonderfully.

If you’ve watched any of the series mentioned above and didn’t actually like it, then we’re sure the remaining ones will give you a much better experience. But before choosing one, make sure you read the post completely because the detailed view of our page might help you in selecting a better one.

Overall, all the above-mentioned titles are worthy of at least a single watch and we loved watching every one of them. We hope you’ll have a good time too and what are your thoughts on our post? Feel free to drop them (your thoughts) in the comment section below.

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Hanumanth Reddy

Hanumanth is an enthusiastic author who enjoys writing about anime, movies, and TV shows and aims to share his optimistic views with his readers. His favorite franchise is Star Wars, and he aspires to be a Jedi in the future, but he vows not to fall on the dark side.