Experiencing a virtual world can be intriguing. But what will happen when virtual reality becomes your life?

From Sword art online to serial experiments lain, VR is a genre that was introduced in the early 90s with shows like serial experimental lain and ghost in the shell.

otakusmart brings you the Top 10 virtual reality anime you need to watch right now.

Top 8 virtual reality anime to binge-watch today (January 2023)


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Overlord is one of the most underrated anime on our list. The plot talks about the story of the show’s protagonist Momonga, an average salaryman living a common life in the city of Tokyo.

Apart from working a 9 to 5 job, he spends most of his time playing online games. One day he suddenly gets transported to the game itself.

There are 13 arcs spread across 3 seasons. The anime is highly recommended for all the SAO fans out there.

Sword Art Online

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Sword Art Online is one of the highest-selling and most popular anime of all time.

The story takes place in a futuristic world where Virtual reality exists as a part of everyday life. One day 10,000 players log into SAO’s cyberspace for the first time.

Only to find out they are unable to log out from the game. The game’s moderator announces that if the player dies here, he/she will also die in real life.

Serial Experimental lain

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A 90’s anime that was way ahead of its time. Directed by Ryūtarō Nakamura and written by Chiaki J. Konaka, Serial Experimental lain revolves around reality, philosophy, and conspiracy theories.

The show’s protagonist Lain Iwakura is an awkward, anti-social teenage girl that falls prey to an online spam email of a dead student. Lain receives the message from the dead girl and asks her to join the Wired network.

Ghost in the Shell

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Ghost in the shell is the ultimate cyberpunk anime that gave rise to the popular cyberpunk anime and video games we see today.

Written by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the shell was first serialized as a manga in 1989 with the same name.

Several years later, Rupert Sanders directed the Hollywood version of the movie starring Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han, and Juliette Binoche.

Shichiei no subaru

Shichisei no Subaru | Trailer | TV Anime PV-2 2018 (Full version)Shichisei no Subaru | Trailer | TV Anime PV-2 2018 (Full version)

A rather unusual entry on our list of top 10 virtual reality anime you need to watch.

Shichiei no Subaru revolves around an online RPG game – Union. After an unusual death of of the players in the Subaru group.

Several years later, the story protagonist Haruto logs into the game to find out, Asahi is still alive and inside the game. Following this, the former team members unite and find their way back to Asahi.

Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

At Saiga Academy, most of the students are familiar with Phantasy Star Online. But things are not similar for Itsuki Tachibana.

Itsuki is your perfect student who doesn’t play Phantasy Star Online. One day, he meets the student council president Rina Izumi who is working in favor of the game at Saiga Academy.

After some unprecedented events, Itsuki joins the student council as the vice president and unwillingly starts playing Phantasy Star Online.

Accel world

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“Haru” is your eccentric overweight boy. He often found himself in bad situations where bullies pick on him on a regular basis.

Frustrated from the everyday torture, Haru joins “Brain Burst.” A game that allows users to transcend reality and live in a virtual reality world.

Accompanied by Kuroyukihime(Vice president of the student council), Haru overcomes his bullies and in return, he must help Kuroyukihime to find the creator of the game.

Log Horizon

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After a sudden glitch in the game, 30,000 Japanese players were whisked from their daily life into the online RPG game- Elder tale.

In the story “Shiroe,” the protagonist is an avid gamer and knows the game’s quirks. He must find a way to adjust to his new life and collaborate with other players and NPCs in the Elder tale.

This was our take on the Top 8 virtual reality anime you need to watch. we are otakusmart and we regularly try to update our viewers with the best information about anime, manga, Kpop, and more. Subscribe to use all the exclusive content.


Ashish Khaitan is a content writer based out of New Delhi. He usually writes content for business owners, websites, and filmmakers. He likes anime, mangas, and Kdramas and often spends a lot of time reading books. He enjoys his own company and rarely goes outside unless there is a sale in the local clothing stores.


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