Fans of The Misfit of Demon King Academy may want to check out the following light novels.
- The Misfit of Demon King Academy is a popular light novel that has been turned into a manga and anime.
- Other light novels with similar premises include Classroom for Heroes, King’s Proposal, and Magician’s Academy.
- These light novels feature themes such as magic, reincarnation, and protagonists overcoming challenges to become heroes.
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One of the more popular light novels around is The Misfit of Demon King Academy. Created by Shu and Yoshinori Shizuma for the Shōsetsuka Ni Narō self-publishing website in 2017, it later got republished in Dengeki Bunko in 2018, turned into a manga for Square Enix by Kayaharuka, and then into an anime by Studio Link in 2020. Needless to say, it rose to fame pretty quickly.
It was about the demon king Anos Voldigoad, who’s resurrected 2,000 years after he sacrificed himself to bring peace to the world. In an ironic twist, he now lives as a demon hybrid in a world that only values his pureblood descendants. The new Anos, now a delinquent student at a magic academy, has to work hard to reclaim his old title. But he’s not the only magical misfit, as fans of The Misfit of Demon King Academy may also love these light novels.
7 Classroom For Heroes
Shin Araki and Haruyuki Morikawa’s fantasy light novel series made its debut in Dash X Bunko before getting a manga spinoff in Ultra Jump, a full adaptation in Monthly Shōnen Gangan, and an anime that’s currently running on Crunchyroll as of this writing. The original light novel predates Misfit of Demon King Academy by two years, though their premises are similar. The difference is that it has two leads instead of one.
After saving humanity from the demon lord, a hero set up Rosewood Academy to create the next generation of heroes. Its top student is Arnest Flaming, whose skills earned her the nickname “Empress of Flames.” But then she has to play guide to Blade, whose carefree attitude is almost as annoying to her as his inexplicable ability to be her match as a warrior. But they have to work together if they want to become true heroes.
6 King’s Proposal
King’s Proposal is one of the newer light novels. Written by Kōshi Tachibana and illustrated by Tsunako, it began running in Fujimi Fantasia Bunko in 2021, with an official English translation available through Yen Press. There’s also a manga adaptation that only just began back on February 2023 on Gangan Online.
In it, the world is under threat of being destroyed every 300 hours. Saika, its most powerful mage, is able to stop it every time. But after she’s mortally wounded, she has no choice but to bequeath her powers to Kuga Mushiki, an ordinary boy. Now he has to disguise himself as Saika and attend an academy to learn more about her magic just to give the world a fighting chance.
5 Magician’s Academy
Better known as Macademi Wasshoi, Ichirō Sakaki and Blade originally created their light novel for Famitsu Bunko in 2003 before ending it in 2007. Then it got a short-lived manga for Monthly Comic Alive in 2008, and an anime in the same year. All of these adaptations take the magic academy setting, but tweak it with a harem premise as its fate depends on the hero’s love life.
Magician’s Academy‘s world consists of Heaven, Earth, and the Demon Realm, with the former and the latter keeping the peace because they find humanity entertaining. But then magic student Takuto accidentally summons Tanarotte, a being strong enough to destroy whole towns, but professes undying loyalty to her “creator.” So, Takuto has to keep her happy, despite having other suitors, or all hell could literally break loose.
4 The Second Life Cheat Reincarnation Mage
Shikiso Utsuzawa and Rīchu’s work is a little trickier to track down as it hasn’t received an official English translation yet. But it may be worth getting a head start on it as it resembles Misfit of Demon King Academy a lot. Their leads also opt to resurrect themselves centuries into the future, only Second Life’s Kurt is a mage, and he did it because he was bored.
Having become the strongest magic user in the world, a certain mage got bored and decided to switch things up by reincarnating himself 1,000 years later. As Kurt, his new form, he’s noticed the power of magic has declined, and his “Gold Magic” is now considered “defective.” To find out why this came to pass, he enrolls at the Royal Capital’s Magic Academy to rise back to the top of the magic world.
3 From Overshadowed To Overpowered: Second Reincarnation Of A Talentless Sage
Fans might prefer this work by Arata Shiraishi and Uodenim, as it’s kind of like a reverse-order version of Second Life Cheat Reincarnation Mage. Originally, Ephthal reincarnated into a fantasy world in typical isekai fashion and spent all of his new life studying magic. Unfortunately, he struggled to exceed his limits and died before he could achieve his dream of being the best mage in the world.
But then he finds himself resurrected in the same world 400 years later under the same name with all his magic skills intact. Since the use of magic has declined over the past few centuries, he’s now one of the strongest mages around by default! But will his new OP status last? The original light novel is harder to find in English, but the manga adaptation by Kentarō can be found in English on Comikey.
2 Tales Of Reincarnation In Maydare: This World’s Worst Witch
Aside from Classroom for Heroes’ Arnest, there haven’t been a lot of women protagonists mentioned. Originally a web novel written for Shōsetsuka Ni Narō, writer Midori Yūma reworked its premise into Tales of Reincarnation in Maydare with illustrations by Esora Amaichi. Like OS to OP, the manga version by Nana Natsunishi is easier to find than the light novel, as it’s available in English on Kobo and Penguin Random House.
In the magical land of Maydare, Makia resolved to reconnect with her sweetheart Thor by studying magic at Maydare’s most prominent school. This became a cause for concern as she’s a descendant of the Scarlet Witch (not that one), the world’s wickedest witch. Yet she also has memories of living a different life in another world, a sign she may be Maydare’s “savior girl.” Depending on her choices, she could be the land’s greatest hero or its worst witch.
1 The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn As A Typical Nobody
Last but not least, Myōjin Katō’s work with Sao Mizuno caught on as quickly as Misfit of Demon King Academy. It also went from being a web novel on Shōsetsuka Ni Narō to an anime by Silver Link. However, its premise is close to Second Life Cheat Reincarnation Mage, which it predates by a year. It’s also easier to find in English officially as it’s been licensed by Yen Press.
Varvatos, having reached the pinnacle of human potential, became revered and feared as the “Demon Lord.” But this fearsome reputation left him feeling isolated from humanity. So, he decided to reincarnate himself 3,000 years later to live a new life. As Ard Meteor, he’s still strong enough to scare people, but he has no social skills, nor the noble status to take the easy route in life. His quest to reconnect with humanity may be harder than he thought.