Recommendations Realistic/Grimdark Isekai Novels

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  1. TheMoonStain

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    Part of the reason I joined this forum was because I am looking for Isekai Light Novels that dont suck. Specifically books that deal with the concept of an Isekai Protagonist in a more realistic light that doesn't rely so much on tropes and pandering. It's probably a suckers bet but I'd like to see what

    I have a bit of an obsession with darker more sinister Isekai. But I'm not talking about like modern day 'dark' Isekai like Grimgar or Overlord or RE: Zero. Those (maybe lesso than RE Zero) are mostly lighthearted works with the occasional dark moment in them or else they have enough 'Otaku tropes' in them to make up for the dark tones.

    I'm looking for new works that are more in the vein of older Isekai works (Examples include 12 Kingdoms, Escaflowne, and the nightmare inducing trauma fest that is Now And Then Here And There), . Stuff like the older Isekai works. Stuff that is genuinely scary, traumatizing, and deals with some of the more realistic implications of a person being transported and/or abducted to another world out of the blue. Language Barriers, Cultural differences, main characters suffering Slavery and abuse. There does not see to be a lot of that in the Light Novel Isekai Genre. If possible does anybody here know of such titles?
     
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    How about Kuro no Maou and also author have similar novel too
     
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    I liked InuYasha and Fushigi Yuugi.
     
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    I think Grimgal is already depressing enough that I stopped watching it's anime after 4 episodes.
    Overlord is dark with a gap moe comedy.
    I really can't comment much about Re Zero.

    Serious question though, are you looking for "Dark" story or you meant "Tragedy"?
     
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    Also I really like Gate The JSDF (if you couldn't tell by my Avatar) while not a 'dark' show by any means it had quite a few really dark elements in it that I liked that dont show up in your 'normal' Isekai Show or novel or manga.
     
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    Either or.
     
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    I didnt find it THAT dark personally. 12 Kingdoms (both the book and the anime) were considerably darker.
     
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    Looks interesting. I'll have to check it out. This seems close to what I'm looking for but not completely.
     
  9. MrLLama

    MrLLama Just a Fancy Llama.

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    If you want dark stuff check fanfics, for example naruto got some absolutely brutal stuff
     
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    Part of the reason I'm here is because a lot of the Fanfics aren't doing it for me. Also I want to read something that isn't fanfic.
     
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    Do any of these have the main character suffering or being horribly traumatized?
     
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    I think Dungeon Defense would fit what you're looking for.

    It's one of the better light novels on the site and has an excellent translation.

    The MC had an effed up family life and has to survive in a world as the weakest Demon Lord out of 72.

    He's a lot like Lelouch from Code Geass because his powers are his intelligence and his words.

    It's gets more twisted and darker as it goes on, but at the same time in some sick way it's also wholesome.

    It's a twisted story about power, politics, and demons vying for power.
     
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    While that takes place in the typical Isekai setting. It itself is not Isekai.
     
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    perspherspley Apink - I.O.I - Loona - IZ*ONE - fromis_9

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    Master of Monster
     
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