Reincarnated as a Sword

Alt title: Tensei Shitara Ken deshita

TV (12 eps)
Fall 2022
4.021 out of 5 from 5,604 votes
Rank #887

Reincarnated as a sentient weapon with memories of his past life, but not his name, a magical sword saves a young beastgirl from a life of slavery. Fran, the cat-eared girl, becomes his wielder, and wants only to grow stronger, while the sword wants to know why he is here. Together, the strange duo’s journey has only just begun! 

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Hello folks! I have to say, that this anime surprised me. But what surprised me more, is the comments from people I don't know... who have no means of being charmed ... unless the story contains gore, unreasonable amounts of murder, and excessive sexual references. I have nothing against any of the above, in watching anime... after all, most of it is made from somebody's imagination, and some people have no sense of reality. Just like some viewers. --- So now let's look at this anime, with a slightly more critical view of the world and people of 'Reincarnated as a Sword'. A girl is enslaved, and prepared for sale, and the group that captured her is getting ready to go to a town, to sell the slaves they have captured. A 'fine' days' work. This girl will bring a high price... she is part cat, has high intelligence, and will live quite a while, because of her youth. A melee breaks out, as these slave-traders are attacked, and the girl, not quite in the transport wagon, runs off, knowing if she can't get rid of the magic collar, she will soon die of the magic. In her panic, she runs headlong, into a sword unlike any she has seen. A conversation ensues, the Sword frees the girl from the collar, and she calls the Sword 'Master. From here, they become an inseparable pair. This pairs' fame, slowly at first, grows to the point that people with problems seek our young lady out, in an effort to free themselves of serious problems... usually dealing with militant villains who use large amounts of magic to pursue or make lives problematic... intentionally. Our young girl with the super-sword, takes on these tasks, and with each victory; she grows stronger, more capable, and more understanding about the world she lives in, and the numerous evils that need to be shown that not everybody can be destroyed at a whim of evil-doers. In other words, ethics stand as the basic theme of the story. And this alternate world has little use for ethics, until a sword becomes the friend of a cat-girl who refuses to surrender to her own lesser nature, or the lesser natures of people who have no use for honorable conduct. --- This is such boring stuff, for some. It's horrendously boring because our young cat-girl talks little, fights much, initiates no fighting... but ends fights quite well. She tortures nobody, pays for things honestly, and speaks well of everybody, when she does talk. This is not the stuff of exciting debauchery, hatred, piecemeal agrivations and/or loss of all priciples and ethics. For some folks, a direct symbol of all things boring. But for me, a strong message of hope, charming scenes of friendship and honor, beautiful notions that lead to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. No one but me notices... but I strongly reccomend this anime. It's a good one. The graphics are a bit staid, the music is mildly boring, but the story and characters are about things that matter in any world. And we need to see them a little more often. Congratulations to the authors of 'Reincarnated as a Sword'!


I’ve been following manga way before this series got adapted as anime. I didn’t expect much. The reason is despite being somewhat enjoyable adventure journey story there isn’t nothing much special about it. However, I have to say this adaptation is really good. The animation is solid and fights are nice. Another reason is I think, because the beginning is stronger part of the storyline. Some later chapters feel just as more of the same. It helps the anime to take off properly. I have to warn you do not expect intricated mechanics or exceptionally original isekai about a man, who is reincarnated as a sword. He is reincarnated into magical sword with ability to gain more power from defeated monsters, which he does quickly in the very first episode. The story is better described as this familial relationship between the overpowered intelligent sword and cute cat girl Fran as they are going together on adventure of their lifetime. What I enjoy the most about the adaptation is great atmosphere. This is thanks to good balance between dramatic action adventure and wholesome moments. What anime adaptation brings to the table is great soundtrack and really good voice acting – I’m talking about Japanese dub of course. I think the performance of main characters of the sword aka teacher and Fran, including also side character of Amanda, really brings forth the appeal the story aims for. I had good time watching this anime. It’s very undemanding and easy to digest series, which some people may find boring. The first season ends just at the end of the first arc and teases beginning of the next adventure. I’d recommend to check the first episode, then decide.


Overall a generic anime, if it wasn't for the relationship between Fran and Teacher with Fran being obnoxiously cute the anime would fail.  That ending cat suit raised my rating another half point.  In general the story is average with a twist, the Isekaied character is the Main character's side kick so its not really an isekai.  We are following Fran a black cat that is trying to evolve.  Teacher the isekaied character is her teacher.  The battles are average, all the other characters are average and the story is generic but the rifiling between Fran and teacher is great and Fran can hold her own against others as well.  It is especially weak when Fran and teacher aren't togther.  If you want a broad world building character developing anime this is not for you.  If you want a cute wholesome anime with some fun dialog give it a try.  You can skip episode 1 without losing much. UPDATE:With spoilers After reading the Light Novel, I need to give more credit to the Story development of the anime.  The anime has more character development, comedy, less pervy and focus's more on Fran.  The light novel's main character is the sword and Fran is a background character.  Some examples Light Novel Fran meets Amanda and they both like and respect each other, they do battle an Fran gets a deeper respect of Amanda. Anime Fran dislikes Amanda immediately, Amanda is overprotective and wants Fran to call her Mommy.  The whole chase scene and the mommy aspect is not in the Novel.  After the fight Fran's respect and friendship to Amanda Deepens. In the Anime Fran and Teacher have more conversation's about what to do and teacher is more of a caring parent.  The light novel teacher is more of a strict parent and Fran gets to make less decision's

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