Isekai seems to be all the rage these days, especially in anime. For those who don't know, "Isekai works revolve around a normal person from Earth being transported to, reborn, or trapped in a parallel universe, usually a fantasy world." I think this genre works by playing on three desires: 1. The I am special complex: The protagonist is usually a down-on-his luck, average person stuck in a boring, mundane existence where he might be physically "comfortable" but mentally breaking down because his dreams aren't being fulfilled and he doesn't see any way out of it. This situation resonates with a lot of us. Then all of a sudden the protag gets whisked away to a new world where he's the "Chosen One" with all these special powers and (usually) hot babes/guys who can't keep their hands off him/her. This raises a good question: What if you suddenly tell any average person "You are the One." and "The World is depending on you!" Would that person rise to the occasion? 2. Intelligence superiority complex: With all the knowledge at our fingertips, if we were to go back in time, we could totally rule the world. Isekai is one of those What Ifs. Modern Man vs Ancient Savages superiority. 3. The Save/Load complex: What if you can save/reload your life and do everything over? Correctly this time? Enough said. Hence all the reborn isekais. However there are some things I start to not like about this genre: 1. OP protag or Mary Sue syndrome where the protag is absolute nobody in the real world and author suddenly expects audience to believe that he/she is super smart and noble just because he/she is now the Chosen One. It's not the new special powers, that's fine. It's how the protag suddenly becomes super smart in using them. 2. Cookie cutter NPCs. Where all the bartenders speak gruffly, the kings royally, and the hot babes gush uncontrollably. When you can guess what anyone will say next, it gets as tiring as playing a game on god mode. So. What do you think would make a good isekai game? A bad one?