3.095 out of 5 from 128 votes
Pokemon-lover Ginji fell asleep on the eve of his birthday, eager to awaken and find his presents. However, when he opened his eyes, Ginji found himself... in the body of a Torchic?! Now in the world of Pokemon, Ginji meets a week Mudkip who strives to be part of a Rescue Team, and together the two form a group to assist other furry and feathered friends. Ginji must now try to discover why he's transformed, help unravel a thousand year old legend, and support his new comrades in the process!
Fourteen-year-old Tokio Kuryuu is a gaming whiz, clearing every game he plays in no time at all. He'd like nothing more than to play The World R : X, the latest incarnation of the massive multiplayer online RPG that suddenly ended its service two years ago, but access was limited to a lottery that he didn't know to sign up for. Tokio is plagued by dreams in which he's a hero in The World, saving a beautiful princess, and his dream becomes a reality when the woman of his dreams shows up in his class one day! With a strange device, the girl named Amagi somehow transports Tokio into The World, fulfilling his dream to become a real hero. Now, Tokio must save The World and find a way home, meeting famous heroes such as Kite and Tsukasa along the way.
Now, hear me out. I know Pokemon has a certain stigma associated with it, but I believe Ginji's Rescue Team and .hack//Link are decent recs for each other (perhaps moreso Pokemon->Ginji).
Both involve an unlikely hero being swept into a strange world where he must overcome obstacles in order to save it and find his way home.
Link is a young boy who lives with his grandparents in the Hylian countryside. Since he was born with the symbol of the sacred Triforce on the back of his hand, his grandfather decides Link is destined to become a great knight. Link heads to the city to take the knight's trial, but after wandering into Hyrule castle and discovering the ancient relic, the Triforce, he is teleported to the land of Holodrum. There he finds himself joining a band of traveling performers, however not all is entirely at peace. The evil General Onox plans to find the Oracle of Seasons to steal the four seasons themselves. Can Link and his new friends rescue the Oracle of Seasons, face the General of Darkness, and save Holodrum from being thrown into chaos?
Both of these manga are from VIZ's kids collection and are perfect for young kids or fans of the video games. They are both about an unlikely hero who is magically transported to another world where they make new friends and help save the day. The dialogue and pacing of the stories are similar and I'm certain if you liked one, you'd like the other as well.