Reincarnation, also known as Second-chance, is a manga genre where the protagonist dies and is reincarnated in another world. It is very entertaining to see characters going from their mundane lives to having magic, superpowers, or cool creatures around them.
This genre has gotten extremely popular in the last few years, and many good series have been released. Here are the best 20 reincarnation manga that should be on your “must-read” list. Trust me, these manga won’t disappoint!
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20. Reincarnated as a Dragon Hatchling (Necoco, 2018 – Present)
The protagonist is sleeping peacefully in her home when she suddenly wakes up one day to feel like she’s wrapped in a bamboo sheet. It turns out she has been reincarnated as a dragon still inside an egg!
She’s trying to analyze the situation when she is suddenly attacked by a monster called “dark worm.” Despite being much smaller, she uses her wits to defeat the dark worm. The world is similar to a game where she gains “XP points” for defeating an opponent. When given the option to level up to a little or a baby monster, a divine voice talks to her in her mind, saying, “grow stronger than anyone else.”
Whose voice is this? And can she become strong and survive in a world where she is seen as nothing more than a tasty meal?
Find volume 1 of this series here on Amazon: Reincarnated as a Dragon Hatchling (Manga) Vol. 1
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19. Did I Seriously Just Get Reincarnated as My Gag Character?! (Kanade Otonashi & Azutaro, 2020 – Present)
Tōru Aikawa is an ordinary university student handling his studies and a part-time job. He only truly feels happy when he plays a VR game called “Real World Online.” One day out of the blue, he dies while protecting a girl from getting hit by a bus. When he opens his eyes, he’s reincarnated in the same game as a role-play character he made as a joke.
Tōru is now Nacht, a dragon princess that specializes in magic evasion. She’s a selfish character who has “8th-grade syndrome”. While Tōru is devastated to be her, it’s advantageous to him as he knows how to use her powers.
Soon, he’s delighted to realize he can finally live a life he would love. He/she even has a cute half-elf follower, Aisha, by her side. Is this reincarnation the beginning of an unforgettable adventure filled with battles, sweet love, and comedy?
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18. Yakuza Reincarnation (Takeshi Natsuhara, 2019 – Present)
An old yakuza man with a pure heart dies after he is killed by a group of hooligans set up by his sworn brother. Despite being an extremely skilled fighter, he can’t protect himself because of his old age. A moment before his death, he sees a god-like figure, and the next thing he knows is that he’s in a fantasy world surrounded by strange creatures.
He’s attacked, yet he beats up everyone and saves himself. Soon, he realizes that he has been reincarnated as a princess. Thanks to his young, healthy body, he has no one to fear anymore. Now, he uses his wittiness, strength, and power to fight against the wrong in his empire and turn it into a better, more just place.
With so many strong enemies against him, can he fight and create an empire with justice on his own?
Find volume 1 of Yakuza Reincarnation on Amazon here: Yakuza Reincarnation Vol. 1
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17. I Shall Survive Using Potions! (FUNA, 2017 – Present)
22-year-old Kaoru Nagase is on her way home when she dies because of a mistake made by a deity. Her soul remains and is given a chance to be reincarnated in another world.
However, she has a few demands: she can read and write their language, have a younger version of her own body, the power to “create any potion she likes,” a magic item box, and say final goodbyes to her family and friends. All of her demands are met.
As Kaoru enters the new world, she quickly understands her new surroundings. Thanks to her ability, her potions can be sold, kill someone, or even save people on the brink of death. But can young Kaoru survive as a 15-year-old in this new fantasy world?
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16. The Abandoned Reincarnation Sage (Miraijin A & Kurikaramaru, 2020 – 2022)
The world’s most excellent sage had so much knowledge about magic that people said he could “manipulate a thousand spells.” But despite his magic knowledge, he could not prevent death and died after many years had passed. However, nobody knew of the secret magic he created, the “reincarnation magic,” which allowed him to be reborn with his memories of his past life.
He’s looking forward to his second life, but unluckily, he’s abandoned by his parents in the Demon’s Forest because he’s considered talentless. His new life takes a turn when a Goblin woman adopts him. Five years later, the child named Belamus, is an intelligent human who uses his knowledge to protect the Goblin village he loves.
What will happen to Belemus and the Goblin village? There’s only one way to find out!
Volume 1 of this series can be found on Amazon: The Abandoned Reincarnation Sage Vol. 1
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15. I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince, so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability (Kenkyo na Circle, 2020 – Present)
The nobles kill a commoner in the Kingdom of Saloom. His last wish was to “study and master more magic.” Luckily, his desires are heard, and he’s reincarnated as the kingdom’s 7th prince, Lloyd de Saloom. Ten years later, Lloyd is a child who hides from everyone and tries to skip hunting or swordsmanship so he can spend all his time learning more magic from the library’s books.
Thanks to his royal blood, Lloyd now has enough magical powers to practice all the magic he pleases. He fears nothing except having his books taken away. He doesn’t care about being the heir or power; all that matters to him is mastering magic.
He learns so many spells that he can fight against those older than him. However, how long can he continue hiding and spending time only as a magic lover?
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14. In Another World with My Smartphone (Patora Fuyuhara & Soto, 2016 – Present)
Touya Mochizuki is a 15-year-old student who God accidentally kills. To compensate for this, he reincarnates him in a fantasy world with his smartphone. Touya cannot use his phone to contact those from his world, but he can view its social media content. He uses magic to charge his phone.
Touya’s life begins peacefully in his new world. He’s one of the only people who can use all six magical elements. He has stronger combat powers, too, so he doesn’t have to worry about his safety. Touya’s adventures begin as he travels all across the world, making friends, solving various problems for people, and teaching people new things such as “making ice cream” all while enjoying the harem of cute girls around him.
In this magical world with God just a phone call away from him, what new adventures await Touya?
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13. By the Grace of the Gods (Roy, 2017 – Present)
Ryoma Takebayashi is an earnest 39-year-old salaryman. But one day, he dies while sleeping. He’s awakened to see three gods in front of him.
They allow him to reincarnate as a commoner child in a world of magic.
Takebayashi is delighted and instantly accepts the offer. The gods grant him special powers and tell him to live as he wants, as they will always look after him.
He’s then sent into the forest of a friendly country. For three years, he lived alone and became an excellent magic user and slime tamer. When a group of travelers stops nearby due to an injured member, Takebayashi takes care of them. They’re surprised to see his skill level and later convince him to come to the town.
What new adventures await Takebayashi as he continues to surprise everyone with his powers and the herd of slimes he can control?
Volume 1 of By the Grace of the Gods can be found on Amazon here: By the Grace of the Gods manga volume 1
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12. The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady (Piero Karasu, 2020 – Present)
Anisphia is a princess who suddenly remembers all her memories from her previous life. She remembers being in a very different place and having a massive love for magic. Afterward, her priorities completely change. She begins spending more of her time studying magic and invents Magicology. However, she is disliked by many because of being considered a “troublemaker.”
Euphyllia is next in line to be queen. She excels in everything and tries her best to be a role model. Unfortunately, her fiancé Algard, Anisphia ‘s brother, cuts off their engagement and ridicules her in front of everyone for being selfish and abusive.
Anisphia accidentally steps into the situation, kidnaps Euphyllia, and takes her to her castle. They begin studying magicology together and attempt to regain Euphilia’s lost respect as a princess. To make things even more interesting, Euphyllia realizes she fell in love with Anisphia. What will happen on their journey to achieve their goals?
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11. The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat (Rui Tsukiyo, 2019 – Present)
An old man who dedicated his life to working as a loyal assassin was about to retire when he was sabotaged on a plane and killed. Moments before his death, he doubts his life for the first time because of being used. Afterward, he’s instantly called by a goddess and given a choice to reincarnate in the world of swords and magic because of his expertise and knowledge in assassinations.
He quickly accepts her offer, and she grants him special magical powers. His purpose is to assassinate the strongest man in this world, Hero, who will destroy the world in 18 years.
He’s reincarnated as Lugh in the prestigious family of assassins called “Tuatha Dé.” His main aim is to live as he wishes without being someone’s tool. Can Lugh fulfill his wish while also having the world’s peace dependent on his shoulders?
Volume 1 of this amazingly long titled manga can be found here on Amazon: The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat, Vol. 1
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10. Reincarnated as a Sword (Yuu Tanaka, 2016 – Present)
The members of the Black Cats tribe have been treated as enslaved people. On their way, the caravan filled with these enslaved people is attacked by a two-headed bear.
The bear ruthlessly kills the enslaved people; the last slave standing is a girl. Desperate to save her life, she suddenly hears a voice from a sword stuck in the ground. She picks up the sword and suddenly gains immense power, which allows her to kill the bear.
It turns out the sword is a man who was killed in a car accident. He was reincarnated in this fantasy world as a sword. He’s a sword with unique superpowers, allowing him to kill dangerous opponents alone.
His dream of finding a beautiful wielder finally comes true when the cat girl, Fran, becomes his wielder. Will these two become a strong force enabling Fran to take revenge on all her enemies?
You can check out the first volume of this manga on Amazon here: Reincarnated as a Sword (Manga) Vol. 1
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9. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Satoru Yamaguchi & Nami Hidaka, 2017 – Present)
Catarina Claes is a young girl belonging to a noble family. One day, she hits her head, and memories of her past life come to her. She was a 17-year-old student who stayed up all night playing an Otome game called “Fortune Lover” but couldn’t complete it. On her way to school, she dies in an accident.
Catarina realizes she is reincarnated as the villainess of the same game, Fortune Lover. Just as the title says, any path she takes will get her killed or exiled. But she doesn’t plan to give up. She decides to become stronger and more considerate than her selfish, evil personality from the past. It might be the only way she could turn things around…
However, her plans change her relationship with the other characters in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Can Catarina save herself from unfortunate fate or not?
Find volume 1 of this manga series here: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Vol. 1
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8. Parallel World Pharmacy (Liz Takayama, 2016 – Present)
When Kanji Yakutani was a child, he lost his little sister due to a brain tumor. Since then, Yakutani began working hard to develop effective medicines and became a renowned medical researcher. However, he dies at age 31 due to overwork.
Yakutani wakes up as Pharma, a 10-year-old child of the famous De Médicis family. Pharma now has a medical crest on his body, a blessing by the medicine god. Soon, he begins to practice his special powers using divine medical arts, which allow him to cure and recognize diseases.
He realizes that his new world is less technologically advanced than his world and only has affordable healthcare for the rich. Using his knowledge, Pharma begins creating effective medicines for people. He opens his pharmacy and provides effective healthcare to the rich and poor. How far will Pharma get in developing treatments in this medieval world?
Check out the first volume on Amazon here: Parallel World Pharmacy Volume 1
7. As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World (Miraijin A, 2020 – Present)
A salaryman is living an ordinary, tiring life in Japan. He comes back home from work and collapses at his apartment’s entrance. When he opens his eyes, he’s in a new place and realizes that he has been reincarnated as Ars Louvent, the child of…wait for it…aristocrats.
Ars isn’t talented in using magic or weapons. However, he possesses a talent that no one does, called “appraisal.” This ability allows him to see people’s stats.
Ars begins studying more about the world. He realizes that the government is corrupt, there is a lot of discrimination, and small battles are happening across the country, so a full-fledged war is bound to happen.
After realizing this, Ars starts recruiting talented people in his country’s army, using his gift of seeing and recognizing abilities. Will Ars be able to put his talents to use and be successful?
The first volume of this manga series can be found on Amazon here: As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World Vol. 1
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6. Ascendance of a Bookworm (Suzuka, 2015 – 2018)
Urano Motosu is a university student whose life revolves around books. All she wants to do is read books and dream of becoming a librarian. But one day, she dies when an earthquake traps her beneath a shelf of books. In her last moment, she wished to read many books if she’s ever given a second life.
God hears her prayers, and she’s reincarnated as Myne, a sickly 5-year-old daughter of commoners in another world. But sadly, this world has very few books as they are all handwritten. Only the nobles have access to books, as commoners cannot afford them.
But that isn’t enough to stop Myne’s never-ending love for books. She’s determined to write books herself if she cannot get one. Can Myne make her dream of becoming a librarian come true in this world where books are so rare?
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5. Re: Monster (Kanekiru Kogitsune, 2014 – Present)
Tomokui Kanata is on his way home from the convenience store when he is spotted by a girl whom he refers to as “little sister.” She stabs him with a knife multiple times and kills him. When he opens his eyes, he sees goblins around him and realizes he has been reincarnated as a goblin in another world.
Though he’s disappointed to be reborn as a common goblin, he is determined to make the most of his second life. Goblins are usually weak and not very smart either, but Kanata, now called “Rou,” uses his intellect from his previous life to survive in this world.
Rou has one advantage, his adsorption skill, which allows him to gain the power of whatever he consumes. Using this, he improves his hunting and combat skills to eat more and become stronger. Will Rou’s wits lead him to a having life he never could’ve imagined living?
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4. So I’m a Spider, So What? (Asahiro Kakashi, 2015 – Present)
A high school in Japan is suddenly hit by a mysterious explosion which causes everyone in the school to die. Except for one class, where everyone is reincarnated into a fantasy world. They all are reincarnated as nobles, royalty, and other elites, except our protagonist, who is reborn as a spider.
She finds herself in an eggshell, surrounded by more spiders like her. Worse, she’s in a cave filled with dangerous species, such as poisonous frogs and wolves. Every day is a “survival of the fittest” for her. Her enemies are not only these dangerous creatures but also humans. Realizing she has no way out, she decides to engage in more combat and become strong to survive in this world, even as a spider.
Will she become powerful enough to turn the tables and protect herself from these constant dangers?
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3. KonoSuba (Natsume Akatsuki, 2014 – Present)
Kazuma Satō dies at a young age due to a hilarious cause. Afterward, he meets Aqua, a goddess who allows him to reincarnate into a world similar to an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game). He can take any weapon with him. Yet, Satō decides to take Aqua with him.
When Aqua and Satō are sent to the world, he realizes Aqua is a useless goddess with no intellect and horrible luck. Their party is later joined by Megumi, a one-time-explosion archwizard, and Darkness, a perverted crusader who’s awful in combat. Together, this good-for-nothing crew goes on missions and often ends up almost dead.
Peacefully living in this world is almost impossible, thanks to eccentric enemies often coming in their way and the troublemakers in their party. Kazuma’s adventurer life is simply a nightmare.
How long can these crazy party members survive together in this harsh world ruled by the Demon King?
Check out volume 1 of KonoSuba on Amazon here: Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!, Vol. 1
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2. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Fuse, 2015 – Present)
Satoru Mikami is a 37-year-old man with a boring life and no girlfriend. One day, he gets stabbed by a stranger in the street and begins hearing a robotic voice in his head.
He realizes he has been reincarnated as a slime in a cave when he gains consciousness. While exploring the cave and his powers, he meets a Veldora, a Dragon. He befriends him, and he names the slime Rimuru Tempest.
Rimuru consumes Veldora to stay with him. As he goes outside, he realizes he must protect the species in the Forest of Jura. Starting from the village of Goblins, he offers them protection and becomes their leader. Rimuru uses his innovation, speech, and overpowered skills to earn the hearts of others. Soon, all forest creatures accept him, and Rimuru forms the Jura Tempest Federation.
But as the country’s name grows, many fear its power and plan to destroy it. Can Rimuru save the peace of his country?
Check out volume 1 of this fantastic manga here on Amazon: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime volume 1
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1. Mushoku Tensei (Rifujin na Magonote, 2014 – Present)
A 34-year-old NEET (unemployed person who is also not in school) is thrown out of his home by his siblings, and then he dies from being hit by a truck. He is reincarnated in another world as Rudeus Greyrat, a child of two adventurers. Rudeus begins to read, write, and practice magic at a young age.
Seeing his talent in magic, his parents appoint a home tutor for him, Roxy Migurdia. After teaching him for a year and a half, Roxy realizes that Rudeus is a prodigy. Realizing that he wasted his previous life by being a shut-in and not progressing in any way, he’s determined to live a fulfilling life this time by moving on from his past trauma and not repeating his mistakes.
Will Rudeus become stronger than he had ever imagined and change his life for the better?
You can find volume 1 of this spectacular manga on Amazon here: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, Vol. 1
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