The isekai subgenre of anime is notorious for its formulaic, predictable conventions, from self-inserting protagonists like Kirito to wish-granting harems and a symbolic demon king. Even if some anime fans don’t like isekai, maybe they like the best characters in isekai anime and imagine those characters in another series.
Some of isekai’s anime characters have the right personality, skills, or emotional state to be an ideal romantic comedy protagonist or side character. Those isekai characters are defined less by their magical powers or alien nature and more defined by their emotions and their friendship with others. Many of them are ready to fall in love if they can get isekai’d in a romcom title.
10/10 Darkness The Crusader gets so shy sometimes
the most of KonosubaThe main characters are humorously dysfunctional, from the dowdy Kazuma Sato to the sassy goddess Aqua and the reckless Megumin. Then there’s Darkness, a mad crusader who loves two things: standing up for justice and getting beat up.
Darkness may be a terrible fighter, but she is a truly good person with lofty ideals and a big heart. In a romcom fantasy anime, Darkness would be an excellent shojo-style heroine who crashes right into the handsome prince’s open arms.
9/10 Taiju Oki works hard for friends and love
dr. stone is an edutainment isekai anime series set 3700 years in the future during a new stone age. Brilliant scientist Senku Ishigami sets out to reinvigorate humanity with the power of science, while his old classmate Taiju Oki takes on the manual labor in Senku’s lab.
Taiju is smitten, has a huge crush on the beautiful Yuzuriha, and he would do anything for her. If Taiju had never become petrified, he could have starred in a rom-com anime series where he would happily carry any physical burden or do any job to impress Yuzuriha.
8/10 Alan Stuart is a handsome Tsundere prince
My next life as a villain
My next life as a villain has some romcom elements, but it is mainly a shojo isekai anime series. The main character is the reborn Katarina Claes, the villain who strives to make everyone best friends so that the plot of the original game will never end.
No one fell in love the way Katrina intended, but characters like the male tsundere Alan Stuart still have potential. In a pure rom-com fantasy title, Alan would make a fine love interest for any amorous heroine who wants to see this moody, insecure prince’s kinder side.
7/10 Angelica Redgrave is a sweet Himedere
Caught in a dating sim
Caught in a dating sim is another isekai anime with rom-com aspects as the game world in the universe is an otome game. However, protagonist Leon Bartfort has no time for love; he has to fight hard to survive in a world that wants to see him fail.
Ideal, Dating SimThe main characters would get a typical high school rom-com anime where they can be themselves freely. An example is Angelica Redgrave, a sweet himedere who may be pretentious, but she also has a good heart and a strong will that would make her fit for a typical rom-com.
6/10 Kagome Higurashi loves all her friends in feudal Japan
The isekai anime from the 2000s InuYasha there were several romantic couples, such as Miroku/Sango and especially Kagome and InuYasha herself. In general, the InuYasha anime was many things at once with romance not the primary focus.
Kagome has everything to become a great rom-com heroine, from her good-hearted personality to her funny tsundere ways and her incredible courage. Whether in feudal Japan or in a modern Japanese setting, Kagome is a very compelling protagonist who has a lot of love to give.
5/10 Demon Lord Claude has an incredible passion for Aileen
I’m the villain, so I tame the final boss
I am the Villainess is yet another isekai anime with rom-com features, centering on the isekai storyline. This is the story of Aileen d’Autriche who, like Katarina Claes, was reborn as an otome game villainess, and she must prevent her own demise. That means courting the colder demon king, Claude.
In an ideal fantasy world, everyone would get along better and Aileen wouldn’t have to worry about her demise. A pure rom-com version of I am the Villainess would give Claude a chance to shine as a truly great kuudere aficionado for Aileen, someone for whom fans can cheer to the very end.
4/10 Asuna Yuukis is everyone’s hero
Sword art online
Asuna Yuuki, the co-lead of Sword art online, looks a lot like Kagome Higurashi. They are both brave, noble and strong-willed girls who will gladly defend the people they care about against powerful villains. However, they are more than just fighters as these girls put love and friendship first.
In a rom-com anime series, Asuna Yuuki would bravely fight punks and bullies with cartoon-like action scenes, which would amaze and delight the male lead. It wouldn’t be easy for that boy to win Asuna’s heart, but it would be worth a try.
3/10 Subaru Natsuki risks his life for love
In the story of Re: Zero, the underdog isekai protagonist Subaru Natsuki used all his brainpower to negotiate with everyone and find peaceful solutions to any conflict. Subaru is now an experienced mediator and diplomat and also has experience with girls.
If Subaru never got isekai’d, he could go back to school and have a different kind of adventure there. Ram, Rem and Emilia could be his classmates, and Subaru could try to make his way through this funny harem to keep everyone happy.
2/10 Raphtalia is a sweet Tanuki girl
The Rising Of The Shield Hero
In The Rise of the Shield Herooriginal storyline, the cheerful tanuki girl Raphtalia suffered a terrible fate before joining Naofumi’s party. She lost her entire village to robbers and slavers, but in a rom-com version of Shield HeroRaphtalia’s adventure would be different.
As a romcom fantasy heroine, Raphtalia would be fun to watch as a brave, kind and helpful person and love interest. With no war and monsters to worry about, Raphtalia would also try something more constructive, like running a store with her friends or her new lover.
1/10 Shion is a great fighter and a better friend
That time I was reincarnated as slime
Shion is one of the best friends of Rimuru Tempest in That time I was reincarnated as slime, and even if she’s not romantically in love with him, she still seems like a big potential love interest. This is another anime series that would do well as a romcom adventure.
Shion’s appeal is enormous, from her naturally good looks to her cheerful, friendly personality and her remarkable skills and courage as a warrior. She would become so shy if a love interest came along, and Rimuru and Shuna would serve as her matchmakers to make this romance possible.
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