One of the most popular trends in manga and anime is Isekaior “otherworldly” story, in which a character is transported to or reincarnated into another world very different from reality, but one of the newest works in the genre is taking a decisive step. In the opposite direction.
According to trusted X (Twitter) user @MangaMoguraRE, a new comedy series titled “Morino Wants To Stop Isogai From Going To Another World” by mangaka Ai Sakai will soon start in “Manga Action” magazine. The series’ premise involves an Elf girl, Morino, trying to prevent her space classmate Isogai from joining Isekai’s adventures. Given how many series are all about Isekai these days, it’s kind of like an industry satire by doing the exact opposite of what everyone else does. Very little is known about the series at the moment, other than the title and premise, but the first chapter will premiere in the upcoming issue.
The new series looks set to topple the Isekai genre
Isekai series like That Time I Got Reborn as a Slime, Overlord and The Rising of Shield Hero have been hugely popular in recent years, and that popularity has led to a wave of copycats of the series. The anime and manga market in particular is flooded with Isekai, which naturally leads some to try to buck the trend by doing something out of the ordinary with it, like Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon, strangely its protagonist reincarnated as a vending machine, but still within the classic Isekai fantasy setting. Morino Wants To Stop Isogai Going To Another World from standing out by doing the opposite—stop Isekai’s plot before it even begins.
Interestingly, Morino is clearly an elf girl, hinting that the series took place in a fantasy world, but Isogai for some reason still dreams of being swept into another world. Since Isekai are inherently escapist fantasies, Morino’s desire to prevent Isogai from going to another world may aim to do the opposite by pulling Isogai back to reality and forcing him to face reality. its own and its problems. It’s hard to give a review of the series that is too little to go on, but the possibilities this premise offers are certainly intriguing, especially for those who have grown bored with the stereotypical Isekai script. .
Isekai needs to reinvent himself
Whether this new series is good or not will have to wait until it comes out, but for now, it stands out on the good side. The magazine it publishes is for the seinen series, aimed at an older audience than the shounen series, so it’s likely that this story will be geared towards the more mature Isekai genre, though is a comedy. What a deconstruction of the genre’s tiresome antics could be exactly Isekai manga needs to be fresh again, and with any luck, Morino Wants To Stop Isogai From Going To Another World will be the one to do it.
Source: @MangaMoguraRE (X/Twitter)