This concept of reincarnation often appears in Isekai anime, where the main characters are reborn in magical or parallel worlds. This new life becomes a way for them to chase dreams they missed, find lost love, or experience things they couldn’t before. Popular anime shows like Tensura, Mushoku Tensei, and Konosuba show how exciting these new lives can be. They let characters explore different paths and experiences, showing viewers the variety of life.
Reincarnation is a deep belief that says when someone dies, their soul is born again in a different body. Even though it might sound unbelievable, this idea is widely used in entertainment, especially in anime. People love the idea of getting a fresh start in a magical world full of endless possibilities. In anime stories, many characters get to live more than one life, giving them a second chance to make things better.
In these stories, beloved characters from well-known anime find themselves reborn, showing the cycle of life, death, and rebirth in a captivating way.
1) Inglis Eucus (Reborn To Master The Blade)
In ‘Reborn to Master Blade,’ Inglis Eucus, the main character, is portrayed as an apprentice knight. This anime revolves around Inglis being given a second chance at life to acquire a new skill. In a previous life, Inglis was a man known as the Hero King, also named Inglis, who emerged from an orphaned upbringing. He was chosen by the goddess and became a respected mercenary, eventually establishing his own kingdom. As he neared the end of his life due to old age and illness, the hero-king Inglis harbored a desire to continue honing his warrior skills, a passion he had dedicated his youth to. On his deathbed, he expressed no regrets about his selfless life but wished for a chance to pursue his dream in his next life. In response, his patron goddess, Alistia, granted his wish for reincarnation, allowing him the opportunity to master the art of swordsmanship as a reward for his service in defending humanity from evil forces.
A century later, Inglis, once the heroic king of Silvare, was reborn as a daughter in the Eucus family. Although initially taken aback, Inglis embraces her new identity with grace and determination. Despite retaining blessings from her past life and natural talents, Inglis faced a significant challenge. The world had evolved, and her knowledge of magic from her previous life was lost, making her ability to control aether unheard of. Undeterred, Inglis focused on intense training, mastering new ways of wielding aether, and becoming stronger than most skilled knights, even in her role as a squire.
Inglis’ thirst for combat led her to seek powerful opponents and magical creatures, a pursuit considered strange by those around her. This battle-ready spirit sometimes caused friction, especially when she insisted on fighting, even when she was capable of defending herself. Despite this, Inglis remained determined to refine her warrior skills, a dream she had cherished since her past life as a hero-king. Her strength and beauty were undeniable, but her penchant for challenging the strong, whether magical beasts or human adversaries, made her a magnet for trouble.
Yet, it was precisely this relentless pursuit that made Inglis an exceptional squire. Her soul, once that of a warlord, resided within the body of an angel, creating a unique and formidable blend of strength and grace. Despite the challenges she faced, Inglis remained singularly focused on her goal, making her an extraordinary and determined warrior.
2) Elizabeth Liones (Seven Deadly Sins)
Elizabeth Liones, the third princess of the Kingdom of Liones, was the adopted daughter of King Bartra Liones. She was the reincarnation of the Supreme Deity’s daughter, who loved Meliodas, captain of the Seven Deadly Sins. She was originally a Goddess who stood against her own mother and the Demon King in an attempt to stop the war. Along the way, she fell in love with Meliodas, the captain of the Seven Deadly Sins, who happened to be the successor of the Demon King and the leader of the Ten Commandments.
Their love story was amazing, but they faced a huge challenge as they were from different races. Even though they knew it was risky, they tried to make peace between their races. Sadly, everyone disagreed, and there was a big war called The Holy War. Meliodas and Elizabeth couldn’t go against their families as a powerful Demon King cursed Elizabeth to live many lives and die each time. Meliodas, on the other hand, was cursed with immortality. Every time they met, Elizabeth would die, forget Meliodas, and then remember him again before she died once more. This happened 106 times, making their love story very sad and difficult. Whenever Meliodas mourned Elizabeth’s death, he lost his emotions. The Demon Lord kept these emotions captive because he believed emotions were a hindrance for a demon.
Elizabeth, who was the Supreme God’s daughter, had been reincarnated 107 times. In her latest life, she was born as a baby after her previous life as Liz ended tragically. Meliodas, her lover, took care of her after her mother entrusted her to him. Eventually, they were found by King Bartra Liones and Great Holy Knight Zaratras, who adopted her as their own child. Meliodas was determined to break the curse and save Elizabeth. With Merlin’s help, they found the curse’s source. Meliodas fought the Demon King, breaking the curse binding him and Elizabeth. However, Merlin secretly reactivated the curse as part of her plan. The Seven Deadly Sins defeated the Ten Commandments and the Demon Kings, finally ending the cycle of reincarnation.
3) Lugh Tuatha Dé (The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat)
Lugh Tuatha Dé is the main character in the anime “The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat.” He was originally known as Allen Smith and was raised by an organization that turned him into a deadly killer. Lugh was loyal to the organization that took him as a child; however, as he grew old, he expected to retire after one final mission, but the organization, fearing his power, betrayed him and caused his death in a planned plane crash.
Fortunately for Lugh, his skills impressed a goddess in the afterlife who offered him a chance to be reborn with a new life and a mission: to assassinate the world’s hero, who threatened the magical world’s existence. Despite wanting to live for himself, Lugh accepted the offer. He was reborn as Lugh Tuatha Dé, the son of a noble family of assassins in the Alvan Kingdom. In his previous life, he was an average-height man in his 40s or 50s, with white hair and a beard, wearing a black coat, red suit, and grey tie.
In his new life, Lugh is a 14-year-old teenage boy with silver spiky hair and eyes. He learns new assassination techniques from his father, gains sorcery skills, and charms allies with his charisma. With his knowledge from his previous life and the magical abilities of his new world, he could become the most unstoppable assassin. However, this time, Lugh is determined to live his life to the fullest as a human being, not just as a tool.
4) Shin Wolford (Kenja no Mago)
Shin Wolford is the main character in “Kenja no Mago.” He leads the Ultimate Magic Research Society and is the top student in the first-year S-Class. He used to be an ordinary Japanese office worker, but he died in a car accident. After his death, he was reborn as a baby in a different world. In this new world, his new parents were killed by a demon while they were traveling in a chariot. Luckily, he was found by Merlin Wolford, who raised him as his grandson with the help of his ex-wife, Melinda.
Shin grew up to be an amazing mage, but when he turned 15, Merlin realized he forgot to teach him basic life skills. Shin didn’t know much about the world, only how to hunt and use magic. He didn’t even understand the value of money. To learn about the world and make friends his own age, Shin joined a magic academy in his kingdom. He struggled with social situations because he mostly knew older people like Chris and Sieg. Despite his lack of common sense, Dis’s son Aug and other students formed the Ultimate Magic Study Group, where Shin taught them how to improve their magic skills. They later became known as the Ultimate Magicians, fighting against demonoids created by a powerful demonoid named Strom.
5) Kazuma Sato (KonoSuba)
Kazuma Satou, the main character in the isekai anime series KonoSuba, used to be a student in Japan who preferred staying home, playing video games, and avoiding people. He died trying to save a high schooler from an accident caused by a truck. After his death, he met a goddess named Aqua in the afterlife, who offered to bring him back to life in a parallel world with MMORPG elements, where he could go on adventures and fight monsters.
Despite having the choice of powerful items or abilities, Kazuma decided to bring Aqua herself along with him to the town of Axel. They were both reincarnated in this new world to defeat the Devil King, who wanted to oppress the free people of the fantasy world.
In this new world, Kazuma realized how strange it was. He didn’t have special powers or cool weapons after he died. He ended up in a strange team with a water goddess who cried a lot, a wizard who just blew things up, and a perverted crusader. Despite their weird abilities, Kazuma became a skilled tactician, defeating many of the Demon King’s generals with his team. He even became friends with Iris, the First Princess of the nation he now lived in. Although Kazuma initially gave up on defeating the Devil King due to his team’s quirks, they ended up facing the Devil King’s generals in their daily lives.
6) Anos Voldigoad (The Misfit of Demon King Academy)
Anos Voldigoad was once a mighty demon king in ancient times. He ruled the Infernal Realm 2,000 years ago, making him the first and most powerful demon king. He was an orphan whose mother was killed by humans while she was pregnant with him. He was born from her lifeless body, a haunting memory he could never forget. He faced battles against foes like the hero Kanon and defeated many enemies. As years passed and conflicts continued between humans, spirits, gods, and demons, Anos grew weary of the ceaseless fighting.
In his quest for peace, Anos decided that separating the four races with walls might help them forget their grudges over a thousand years. To make this happen, he struck a deal with the human hero Kanon, the Great Spirit Reno, and the Goddess of Creation Militia. Anos agreed to sacrifice his own life in the hope that peace would finally flourish among the races.
Two millennia later, Anos was set to reincarnate in a dying unborn child. His mother, Izabella, prayed desperately for her baby’s survival. Miraculously, the child’s heart started beating again, thanks to her unwavering will. As Anos grew within the child, he discovered a society where royal demons mistreated hybrid demons. Magic declined, and Anos, now a hybrid, aimed to reclaim his Demon King title. However, he had to graduate from the Demon King Academy, where he faced challenges due to being a misfit.
7) Kagome Higurashi (Inuyasha)
Kagome Higurashi is a middle school student from Tokyo, and she’s the modern-day version of a priestess named Kikyo who protected the Shikon Jewel 50 years ago. Kagome, belonging to a family of shrine-keepers, was born with the powerful Shikon no Tama inside her without her knowledge. On her 15th birthday, a yōkai dragged her through her family’s sacred well, sending her back in time 500 years. There, the yōkai extracted the newly reborn jewel from her, but Kagome accidentally broke it into many pieces that scattered across Japan. Alongside the half-demon Inuyasha, Kagome must collect all the jewel shards to prevent them from falling into the hands of the villain Naraku.
In the past, humans and demons fought over the powerful Shikon Jewel, said to grant any wish. Kikyo, the priestess guarding the jewel, loved Inuyasha, a half-demon. But they were deceived, leading to betrayal. Inuyasha took the jewel, and Kikyo, dying, sealed him to a tree with a sacred arrow. Kikyo passed away, and the jewel vanished. Before her death, she wished to be with Inuyasha using the jewel. Five hundred years later, Kagome Higurashi, Kikyo’s reincarnation, was meant to carry Kikyo’s soul so they could reunite with Inuyasha.
8) Katarina Claes (My Next Life as a Villainess)
Katarina Claes, a young girl from a noble family, suddenly remembers her past life as a 17-year-old high school student named Emika Yuhikari after a childhood accident. In her previous life, she had a typical family with a mother who was a part-time housewife, a salaryman father, and two older brothers. She was often teased by classmates for her quirks, like climbing trees and forgetting homework. She relied on her best friend, Acchan, for help. Katarina also enjoyed romantic games and once played a game called Fortune Lover until late at night, making her late for school the next day, which eventually contributed to her death.
After being reborn, Katarina Claes was very arrogant and easily angered. For example, she once got bored of a ribbon she had just chosen and threatened to fire the maids who helped her put it on. Despite her own behavior, she would criticize others and say things like ‘how rude.’ When she met Geordo, she quickly became possessive of him and had a crush on him even before hitting her head.
It then dawned on her that she was in the world of Fortune Lover, reincarnated as the villainess who was destined for either exile or death, regardless of the choices players made in the original game. This realization made her anxious about the various ways her life could go wrong, leading to her death or exile. Determined not to meet the same fate as the character she was supposed to be, Katarina resolved to focus on staying alive and avoiding her tragic destiny. Surprisingly, her efforts led her to form positive relationships with the game’s love interests and other ‘villains’, helping her avoid the bad endings she faced in the game.
9) Tamahome (Fushigi Yuugi)
Tamahome is the first warrior Miaka meets from the Suzaku group. He has an “Ogre” symbol on his forehead and initially seems money-minded, but it is later revealed that he is the sole provider of his family.
As a child, he was bullied due to his symbol until Tokaki, another warrior, trained him. To reunite with his love, Miaka, he seeks Taiitsukun’s help. Using Jewels of Memory, he reincarnated as Taka Sukunami but lost his Tamahome memories. Reincarnated as Taka, he and Miaka face challenges. In OVA 2, Taka, unaware of his past, protects Miaka. When trapped, Taka saves Miaka, triggering a return to the book. In OVA 3, Taka/Tamahome marries Miaka, but challenges arise with Mayo’s entry, prompting Taka to return to save her.
10) Ernesti Echevalier (Knight’s & Magic)
Ernesti Echevalier, also known as Eru, was a brilliant programmer who loved building model robots. He died in a traffic accident in Japan. But he got a second chance as he was reborn in the Fremmevilla Kingdom, a medieval world where powerful mechs called Silhouette Knights fight against terrifying creatures known as Demon Beasts.
In his new life as Ernesti “Eru” Echavalier, he is the son of Knight Runner Mathias Echevalier and his wife Celestine. Gifted with magical abilities and memories from his past life, he attends the Royal Laihiala Academy, a school where pilots of Silhouette Knights, called Knight Runners, are trained to protect the kingdom from threats. Eru teams up with Adeltrud “Addy” Olter and her twin brother, Archid “Kid” Olter, aiming to pilot a Silhouette Knight of his own creation.