11. Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero)
Synopsis/Plot Summary: With the task of summoning a familiar using her magic, Louise Francoise Le Blanc de La Vallière, an amateur at casting magic and student of the prestigious Tristein Academy for magicians, summons a regular Japanese boy, Saito Hiraga. Known for her disastrous magic casting, she is deemed “Louise the Zero,” and is a prideful mage from royalty, with an extreme temper. Until Saito can find a way back to his old world, he will be Louise’s familiar, who is treated very poorly by Louise. It is soon revealed that Saito has a brand engraved on his hand, from Louise’s summoning ritual, and it is regarded as the mark of the all-powerful familiar, Gandalfr. If you’re a big fan of fantasy anime, then this is an anime that you NEED to watch. This series covers its fantasy world into a lot more depth than KonoSuba does with theirs, and will captivate you with the humorous and adored characters of Zero no Tsukaima.
12. Sword Art Online
Synopsis/Plot Summary: We follow our protagonist Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya into the virtual reality world that will soon seal his fate within the game along with 10,000 other players. Sword Art Online is an MMORPG that uses innovative virtual reality to connect players by using state of the art helmets, called Nerve Gear. To get out of the game and return to their everyday lives, Kirito, along with all the other players that were plunged into the world of Aincrad, must make sure they complete the one hundred levels of the game. This isn’t your ordinary virtual reality MMORPG; if they die within the game, they die in real life. While some players have adapted or given up on leaving the game, there are still some out there who are fighting using groups, lead by players like Klein and Asuna Yuuki, yet not all players are allies. Kirito must use the skills he has already acquired as a beta tester and defeat the final bosses, up to level 100, if he is to wake up from this ongoing nightmare. Our Sword Art Online protagonist was forced to be in this new world, Konosuba’s had a choice to go to their new parallel world. These protagonists have a distinct similarity in personalities, a cynical sense of person. Once again, we have an anime which falls into the same genre as KonoSuba, though it is a bit darker.