12 best anime based on light novels

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In the same way that Hollywood pulls from comics và novels (and old films) for their films today, anime pulls from manga & light novels.

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khổng lồ be into anime is to lớn at some point watch a series that"s based on a light novel, novels typically aimed at young adults in Japan. In the same way that Hollywood pulls from comics and novels (and old films) for their films today, anime pulls from manga and light novels.

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This has especially been true in the last two decades, as the popularity of certain light novel adaptations has led to studios rushing to grab any remaining series in the hopes of stumbling on the next major hit. Some of these biggest & best anime based on light novels were popular not only for their overall quality but their huge impact on the genre.

Updated On November 10th, 2021 by Claris Lam: Though this danh sách contained many notable anime adaptations of light novels, there are more that are certainly of note. Five more entries have been added khổng lồ make this danh sách more complete.


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The one-season anime adaptation of Monster Girl Doctor involved the main protagonist, Glenn Litbeit, running a clinic along with Sapphee. Both of them tended to lớn many trùm cuối girls featured throughout the series for medical reasons, & this series gave an interesting yet realistic look at boss anatomy. Fans were intrigued by the medical aspect, but some also enjoyed this series for the fanservice involved. Despite the unique & serious takes on the medical aspect of the series, however, some fans felt that it got a bit too lighthearted later on.


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Drugstore In Another World is another one-season anime adaptation of the light novel series of the same name, featuring the isekai protagonist Reiji running a pharmacy with Noela và Mina. Chaos ensued as the trio tended lớn their clients" needs by making medicines and other helpful items. Together, they made beast repellent; tea that helped the consumer reduce anxiety and get better sleep; and energy potions. Many viewers enjoyed this series thanks to the slice-of-life aspect on đứng top of the concept of there being a normal, non-overpowered pharmacist in an isekai setting rather than an active fighter or warrior.


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Is It Wrong khổng lồ Try to lớn Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon!? was so popular that the series gained three seasons, with a fourth one coming up in 2022. This series followed Bell Cranel, who lives in a world where all the adventuring parties are organized into Familias led by the gods & goddesses themselves.

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Though Bell started as one of the weakest adventurers best known for running away from trouble, he slowly became a fine warrior through his hard work & determination. Many viewers loved seeing Bell"s growth, as well as the other characters that eventually joined his Familia.


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Restaurant to lớn Another World is a slice-of-life anime that featured a restaurant serving guests from a fantasy world every Saturday. This led to all sorts of guests, ranging from literal dragons to lớn elves checking out the restaurant whenever the door lớn said restaurant appeared weekly. Many doors appeared in all sorts of places in the fantasy world, giving access to a wide variety of new characters. Even as the cast increased with each new episode, so did the delicious dishes. Many fans enjoyed checking out this heartwarming series, & it got so popular that a second season is currently airing.


The Devil Is A Part-Timer! had the anh hùng (Emilia) & the villain (Maou) go up against each other, only to end up in Japan. While Emilia initially took on a job at a điện thoại tư vấn center, Maou had to lớn work at the fast-food chain Mg Ronalds. Maou struggled to lớn survive on his meager budget along with Ashiya, and things devolved further when the cast realized that their magic powers were dwindling in the world of Tokyo và had no choice but to lớn assimilate into modern society. Fans loved this take on what happened after the supposed final battle between the anh hùng and villain figures. They also enjoyed watching the cast giảm giá khuyến mãi with relatable issues such as budgeting, debt, & just generally trying lớn survive.


Goblin Slayer has its giới thiệu of haters due to lớn some of its…controversial earlier moments. Having said that, there’s no denying its absurd popularity, as it became the most-watched anime during the season it aired. A large part of that comes down khổng lồ its’ simplistic, but familiar high fantasy roots that feel reminiscent of countless games of Pen và Paper RPGs.

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The other half of it is its likable protagonist: a stoic man only stirred to action for the cause of slaying goblins, he’s easy lớn relate to like a character that’s great at one thing but pretty terrible at everything else.


Before the isekai genre became completely oversaturated but after everyone realized it wasn’t going away anytime soon, No trò chơi No Life hit the airwaves in 2014. It featured Sora & Shino, an agoraphobic brother-sister duo who exist in the gaming world as Blank, an undefeated being. When the two defeat the gaming god Tet, they’re transported khổng lồ an alternate world known as Disboard, where all conflict is solved with types of games. But No game No Life’s story takes a backseat lớn its enigmatic lead characters and breathtaking world brought khổng lồ life by Madhouse. Over half a decade later, fans are still begging to lớn see more of this series.

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By the time Grimgar hit the scene, the isekai genre was already packed with tons of characters being sent khổng lồ other worlds and becoming incredibly overpowered. Grimgar manages to lớn turn these expected tropes onto their heads, by focusing on a group of young teenagers who…weren’t powerful at all. The series saw them struggling against low-level monsters & just trying to lớn make enough money lớn buy clothes and food. It saw them try lớn figure out the mystery of how they got to this new world, and their changing emotions while dealing with puberty. The series manages khổng lồ carve its place in the isekai world by perfectly mixing RPG fantasy with coming-of-age tropes.


This series is almost a requirement khổng lồ be on this list. It started by doing the unlikely và being one of the few light novel adaptations that aren’t immediately canceled after its first season. Instead, it’s been chugging along pretty steadily since it first aired in 2012.

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Plus for better or for worse, Sword Art Online transformed the anime industry by making the isekai sub-genre a major one for the industry. Though they existed before the series came along, it wasn’t until Sword Art that a proliferation began — this season alone there are four isekai anime airing, & they all owe it khổng lồ Sword Art’s popularity.


Gamers! is probably the only series on this danh sách that doesn’t have its roots in some sort of fantasy world. The series follows Keita Amano, a young boy who finds himself invited lớn his high school’s đoạn clip game club by Karen Tendo, the most beautiful girl at his school. When he finds out the club is about competitive gaming, he turns her down, which topples over a series of dominos that sets this comedy into play. The series manages khổng lồ balance humor with some pretty insightful (and often incisive) comments about gaming as a whole, helping it khổng lồ worm its way into the hearts of anime/gamer fans everywhere.


If Fate/Stay Night isn’t one of the best light novel anime series, it’s certainly one of the most popular ones on this list. It got its first adaptation back in 2005, but the popularity of the franchise dictated that this wasn’t nearly enough, leading lớn the series getting not only a prequel in 2011 but a remake in 2014. Since then, the franchise has continued khổng lồ chug along, giving us plenty of new clip games, manga, light novels, and multiple animated versions of the universe’s fabled, ever-occurring Holy Grail War, even spinoffs featuring popular characters from the franchise.


About a year after Sword Art Online mix the anime world ablaze, the “trapped in a video game” subgenre of isekai got a big contender in Log Horizon. When everyone finds themselves unable khổng lồ log out of the MMO Elder Tale & were then forced lớn try and survive in their favorite game.

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Where Sword Art focused on surviving in a world where death was the end, Log Horizon took the other direction. With death meaning respawn, the characters are forced khổng lồ learn everything from how to cook actual meals lớn how lớn create a working economy. But what makes the series stand out is its usage of actual, in-depth MMO mechanics và strategy for its combat scenarios, lending a truer life feel that Sword Art never even tried to lớn aim for.


Re: Zero is basically if Groundhog’s Day somehow became an anime. Its lead character Subaru is a guy from the real world who enters an alternate, fantasy-like universe with one unfortunate ability: he can come back lớn life after he’s killed. An ability dubbed Return from Death, Subaru gets lớn utilize this ability khổng lồ help not only himself but those around him, as coming back lớn life reverses time, often going back khổng lồ right before a situation goes for the worst. The series gained massive popularity for its gorgeous animation courtesy of trắng Fox, but also its likable cast và the quality way each new scenario unfolds. It was even popular enough khổng lồ survive its first season, with the second coming in 2020.


Takaya Kagami’s Legend of the Legendary Heroes novel series was such a massive epic he needed two dozen novels just to lớn set the stage for the story he wanted to tell. The story follows Ryner Lute, a soldier cursed with a magical eye power nguồn known as the Alpha Stigma, allowing him lớn copy any spell he wishes.

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Ryner works alongside his partner Ferris to lớn recover powerful items known as anh hùng Relics for their country. It’s a straightforward enough premise, but Kagami sets up such a compelling world filled with political intrigue và magical powers that it’s almost criminal it ended after a single season, và pretty consistently makes Most Wanted Sequels lists.


Reincarnated as a Slime takes the isekai genre & has fun with some of its tropes. Its main character is Satoru Mikami, a salaryman who dies as a 37-year-old virgin & is reincarnated as an invincible slime known as Rimuru, capable of consuming anything.

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In this new world, Rimuru works lớn carve out happiness for him & his newfound quái nhân friends. In Reincarnated as a Slime, fights are just as likely khổng lồ be resolved by cooler heads discussing diplomacy as they are battles to the death. Having one of the most genuinely affable leads in anime, it’s no surprise the series was renewed for a second season.