In most reincarnation manga and light novels, the MC is reincarnated as a human with either some kind of cheat ability or a super-powerful system. But, sometimes you want to see something different like a non-human protagonist. You might be familiar with this concept from watching That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime.
There are some great reincarnation manga where the MC isn’t reincarnated as a human. In some of these manga, the MC gets reincarnated as a creature like a dragon or a wolf, but I’ve also included manga where MC is reincarnated as an object like a sword.
There’s even a manga where the MC is reincarnated as a Vending Machine, like WTF!!!
So, today, let’s look at the 10 Best Manga Where MC is Reincarnated as a Different Species.
Tomokui Kanata, a normal office worker, was one day invited to drinks by a female co-worker. After a while, she passed out and he had to bring her to his home. As he still hadn’t drunk enough, he decided to go buy some alcohol but on the way, he noticed a girl who always stalked him, and the next moment, she stabbed him in the stomach.
He died but was reincarnated and the first thing he saw was a green-skinned old man with an ugly face. He had been reincarnated as a Goblin, the weakest race of monsters.
Now, renamed “Rou”, he must become strong enough to protect himself from not just other races but also other goblins. Fortunately, he possesses a powerful ability using which he can get stronger by eating other creatures.
Will he become the hero or the villain of this world?
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
37-year-old Satoru Mikami was living a mundane life stuck in a dead-end job earning the minimum and to add to his bad luck, he ends up dying while protecting his friend from a robber.
So when he awakens in another world, he’s determined to live his new life to the fullest. But, he wasn’t reborn as a powerful knight or a wizard, he wasn’t even a human. He was reincarnated as a slime, one of the weakest and easiest-to-kill creatures.
Fortunately, he finds out that he can gain powerful abilities by eating and absorbing things. Soon, he starts his adventure in another world by creating a monster village that would later become the strongest nation in the world.
His exploits start to set off a chain of events that would affect the entire world.
So I’m a Spider, So What?
She used to be an average high school girl but then suddenly one day, her entire class was summoned to a fantasy world and while everyone else was summoned as either a knight or a wizard, she ended up being reborn as a spider.
To make matters worse, she was reborn in a big scary dungeon filled with powerful creatures. Using her human knowledge, she must somehow survive by using spiderwebs and setting up traps.
So, begins the survival story of a high school girl reborn as a spider. Will she be able to get out of the dungeon? Why were they all summoned to this world?
Reincarnated as a Sword
A 30-year-old man was killed in a car accident and was reborn in another world. But, unfortunately, he was reborn as a sword.
He wants to find someone who can use him but he only wants a beautiful woman to wield him instead of some old geezer. So, he searches for a cute girl who will be his master.
Fran comes from a tribe of cat demi-humans. Slave traders ravaged her entire village, killed many, and captured the rest to be sold as slaves.
While being transported through a forest, their carriages were attacked by a monster and she finally got a chance to escape. But, the slave trader caught up to her, and just as she was about to die, she heard a voice.
The voice came from a sword that asked her to wield it. Using the sword, she was able to kill the slave trader as well as the monster. So starts the journey of the odd pair of a demi-human and a talking sword.
Reincarnated as a Dragon Hatchling
One night, robbers entered our protagonist’s house to ransack the place, tied him up in a bamboo mat, and threw him in the river.
When he came to, he was surrounded by darkness. As he tried to move, he realized that he was is some sort of a shell. He somehow managed to break some of the shell and look outside.
He was in a forest and soon, realized that he had been reincarnated in another world as a powerless egg that still hasn’t hatched. Even getting out of the egg would require him to level up.
To level up he would need to defeat monsters but how can he do that while being just an egg? But, he’s determined to become the most powerful creature ever with the help of the strange voice in his head.
Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon
A middle-aged man living in modern-day Japan had a weird love for Vending machines. New models, weird novelty ones, he’ll always check them out and buy whatever he could afford.
So, maybe there was no better way for him to die than being crushed while trying to protect an exclusive vending machine after a truck crash.
Liking them is one thing but isn’t it a little weird to get reincarnated as one? After dying, he was reborn in a fantasy world as a vending machine. He couldn’t move or speak, the only thing he could do was wait for someone to come.
After a few days, a girl finally came. Will he be able to survive in dungeons while being a vending machine?
I’m a Behemoth, an S-Ranked Monster, but Mistaken for a Cat, I Live as an Elf Girl’s Pet
He used to be a powerful knight who spent his entire life fighting the forces of evil. During one such fight, he sadly passed away. After dying, he was reincarnated into another world as the most powerful monster in the world – a behemoth.
The only problem was that being a baby behemoth, he looked more like a cute kitten than a powerful monster, and he had to grow up first before strutting his stuff.
Fortunately, he was picked up by an Elf adventurer who had gone to the dungeon on a quest and found him. She takes him in believing him to be an ordinary cat.
Follow the adventures of the strongest fluffy cat and his beautiful elf master. She needs him as much as he needs her.
Woof Woof Story: I Told You to Turn Me Into a Pampered Pooch, Not Fenrir!
Routa Okami worked to death as a corporate slave working for a black company. As he died from overworking, he made a final wish to be reborn as some rich family’s pet so that he can live a comfortable life.
A compassionate goddess decides to fulfill his wish and reincarnates him as the pet dog of a rich family in a fantasy world. So, he committed himself to the lazy lifestyle of a pampered puppy with a kind and beautiful master.
But as his body grows, he realizes that something is wrong. From his sharp teeth that could rip a human apart to his enormous body, everything about him said that he was not a dog.
He realizes that he was reincarnated as the legendary wolf king Fenrir, known as one of the most powerful beasts ever. What troubles await him and his master with this shocking revelation?
He was killed in a truck accident because the damn truck driver was busy kissing his girlfriend while driving. After dying, he was reincarnated into a world of magic as a powerful dragon. Even amongst the dragons, he was at the pinnacle.
After living his past life working tirelessly as a corporate slave, he was happy to live as a dragon since he wouldn’t need to work again. Now, he was the strongest creature that even the demon king and the hero wouldn’t be able to defeat.
So, he decided to live a leisurely life. But, many powerful people found out about his existence and challenged him to prove their might. He ended up becoming friends with a peculiar girl who never gave up and kept coming back even after losing multiple times.
Der Werwolf: The Annals of Veight
Veight was reincarnated as a werewolf demon who can transform from a human to a powerful wolf demon. He used his abilities to become the vice-commander of the Demon Lord’s army’s third regiment.
After conquering a trading city called Ryunheit, he is tasked to govern it. But, a city with a mixed population of humans and demons is bound to have problems on a daily basis.
Since he used to be a human before reincarnating as a demon, he understands the sentiments and mindset of both races. Using his understanding of both species, he tries to stop the regular fights between the violent demons and the disruptive humans.
Will he be able to bring balance and peace to this chaotic city?