The base concept of player gets stuck into a video game is now a common theme in isekai genre. But anime like Overlord takes a different approach to this theme. In a roleplaying game, a player has an option to either take the good or the bad route and sometimes the route to do whatever you feel like doing. Overlord’s main character decides to take the route to do whatever he feels like without worrying about anything. The actions the character takes in the world makes him come out as antagonist from a third-person’s perspective , but in reality, he is playing a game the way it was supposed to. It feels like a breath of fresh air when seeing an actual representation of a player in an MMORPG instead of the generic good guy version helping everyone.
Synopsis: The popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil is about to shut down in an hour. Momonga, the leader of Ainz Ooal Gown, the most powerful guild in the game decides to spend his time inside the virtual world until the servers shut down. But to his surprise, the game continues to work even after it’s designated ending period. He is still able to operate his character but is not able to log out. It’s like he got stuck in this virtual world. Furthermore, the NPCs in his guild have started to develop personalities. Like any veteran player, Momonga orders his NPC servants to investigate this abnormal situation while thinking about what should be his next step in the hopes of solving what caused this development.
It’s good to watch an anime about a hero saving the world, but sometimes it gets too repetitive and loses its touch. During this time, an anti-hero like Momonga from Overlord makes you once again love anime as a medium. If you are looking for anime like Overlord with the main character acting like a villain instead of a hero, then look no further. Here are some good anime similar to Overlord.
Anime Similar To Overlord
01. Youjo Senki (The Saga of Tanya the Evil)
When an atheist Japanese salaryman dies in hand of an angry subordinate, a god-like being called Being X appears in front of him. For not having faith in God, the Being X sentences the man to be reborn as Tanya Degurechaff in a magical world which is in the middle of a war. If Tanya doesn’t die off naturally or rejects to have faith in Being X, the chain of reincarnation will break, and she will be sent to hell for eternity. To escape the punishment, Tanya becomes ruthlessness soldier in the army to rank high enough and live her remaining life peacefully.
02. Maou-sama, Retry! (Demon Lord, Retry!)
Akira Oono is an average adult who manages an MMORPG called Infinity Game. After running the game for 15 years, Akira decides to shut it down. But strangely, when the clock hits the scheduled time of shutdown, Akira somehow finds himself in his in-game character in a fantasy world. Right after getting transported, he encounters a demon attacking a girl named Aku. After saving the girl, he realizes that while his appearance is similar to Infinity game, all the other parts are different, including Aku and the demon. Now Akira has to figure out who summoned him in this world and takes Aku has his new companion for the journey.
03. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
Holy Empire of Britannia has established itself as a dominant military nation and was swiftly able to conquer Japan and rename it as Area 11. Lelouch Lamperouge is a student from Britannia with a grudge against the ruler of the empire. One day he finds himself in the middle of the crossfire between Area 11 rebel and empire army. Luckily, a mysterious girl named C.C’s appearance saves him when she bestows the power of Geass to him. The power of Geass allows him to have total control of any human who looks into his eyes. Lelouch takes the identity of the vigilante known as Zero and sets to take revenge against Britannia even if it causes a massive war.
04. No Game No Life
The sibling duo Sora and Shiro are shut-in NEETS who spend their time playing any game in existence and winning it under the name of Blank. When they receive a strange email challenging them to chess, everything changes for this sibling duo. The email transports them to a fantasy world where they meet Tet, the God of Games. Tet introduces Sora and Shiro to the world where conflicts are solved with a game. From a war between, two countries or small squabble are settled with high stake reward through any game. Finally, the siblings have found a new fun way to keep playing games, and this time, their opponents are sixteen races of Disboard with the final opponent being Tet himself.
05. Goblin Slayer
Goblins are the pest of frontier lands due to their rapid reproduction and savagery. But adventurers ignore them for being the lowest level of monsters. Onna Shinkan is a young priestess who on her first day as adventurer sets to investigate goblin nest that captured several village women. She has banded with other rookie but enthusiastic adventurers. But due to their inexperience, the band quickly gets ambushed by Goblin. After every member was down or injured the terrified priestess accepts her fate until the Goblin Slayer shows up and saves her. The Goblin Slayer allows Onna to be his new companion and sets on a journey to kill every single Goblin in the frontier land.
Ryouta Sakamoto is a shut-in who lives with his parents. The only real achievement he has is being the Japan’s top player of the popular online video game called Btooom! But one day his peaceful life changes when he wakes up on a stranded island in the middle of nowhere. He also finds a strange green crystal embedded on his left hand with no memory of how it got there. After exploring and meeting a few hostile humans with the same green crystal on their hand, Ryouta learns that someone had recreated the Btooom! game. The only difference is this time the stake is real life and death.