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!
Source: Seven Seas
"Is this a good manga?" Fran: "Nh." Fran, a Black Cat beastkin, had been enslaved for several years until circumstances led to fem meeting a talking sword sticking out of the ground in the woods and being freed from feir shackles. Fe names the sword "Master." This sword has the reincarnated soul of a human from our world inside of it, but honestly the story could have progressed exactly the same if it was just a mysterious talking sword (the reincarnation detail is pointless). Anyway, Master respects Fran's goal of wanting to get stronger and evolve and wants to help fem achieve it. You see, most beastkin tribes are able to evolve to a higher form when they reach a certain power level, but there are no instances of Black Cat beastkin evolving. Fran wants to evolve in order to show that feir tribe isn't inferior and to instill hope in all of the oppressed Black Cat beastkin in the world. After the initial introductory chapters and Fran getting settled in to the adventurer guild and stuff, the story seems to have reached a comfortable pattern. Fran (and others) will enter into a dungeon and will initially breeze through it, but then an unexpectedly high level monster/threat will appear and Fran will have an epic confrontation. Each dungeon has a general theme to the types of monsters inside it. So far, there's a goblin dungeon (chs. 8-15), a spider dungeon (chs. 16-27), and an undead dungeon (chs. 28-present). [Reviewed at chapter 33]
A refreshing take on the Isekai genre, BUT still not good enough. As Isekai has gotten popular, we had so much trash Isekai coming out every year. So to stand out among them you need a gimmick. Like being Reincarnated as a Slime or a Sword. And believe it or not but the Sword gimmick actually works. We have dual Protagonists here, the Sword and the Girl, Fran. A female protagonist, shounen story. It's fun how they handle things. We have some good art, especially during fights. The shortcomings are regarding the Isekai-ness. It's still the same Isekai setting that is used in every bad story. Same "we have an Adventurers guild and a Dungeon system". We even have the Protagonists level up after gaining exp, like in a video game. A shit load of useless stats being thrown upfront that really don't mean alot. Kinda feels like a bad Gameplay because of the heavy video game elements. Rather than a story. So Far I'm up to Vol. 3 and will continue reading this manga. Even if this is just average. So far No one has started their harem, with an underage girl. Shocking considering this is an Isekai with a Cat Girl.
An 8/10 isekai that gets tactical nuked into a 5/10 because of a single character, but we'll get to that soon. SPOILERS AHEAD Our first MC is Fran, a catgirl in a fantasy world, sold into slavery at a young age with both her loving parents dead. After a small series of good luck and freak accidents, she escapes the slave caravan and comes into contact with our second MC, the sentient sword. This guy is the one who got isekai'd after getting ran over by some dirtbag in a Corvette. He has all the abilities an OP MC would have, leveling up and stealing the powers of enemies that he kills. At some point, some cursed ground he lands in sucks out all his mana, making him unable to fly around using telepathy, making him a sentient sword stranded in the wilderness. After months of forced immobility, he begs and craves to be free, even if he must become the tool of a goblin. Luckily, a cute catgirl comes into view and he whispers to her to wield him. Together they start their adventure as a couple freedom seekers and Fran becomes a mercenary. There are good guys and bad guys along the way, and the plot continues as such with Fran using Mr. Sword's knowledge to become stronger and they work together as good friends/family. Now we get to one of the worst characters to ever walk into a manga: Amanda, the A-rank Adventurer. This character rubbed me so wrong I came all the way over here to write this review and complain just to feel a little better. Amanda is a powerful warrior, and upon meeting Fran, she becomes flushed and infatuated with her, behaving similarly to how a lecherous old man would ogle a hot young woman in a bikini or maid outfit. It is not a funny trope at all, and its not even handled well for what it is. This character is constantly in Fran's personal space, picking her up without permission, hugging her between her breasts, insisting that she be called "mama" by Fran. She stalks the main character for days and 3 chapters, and when supporting characters are asked about it, they say "oh Amanda is a strange one but she's harmless and a good person I promise. She even runs her own orphanage." The author has designed her in a way that she is not to be suspected as an enemy she's just quirky like that. There is nothing to indicate that she will become hostile, she's just a freaky pedo. No one seems to care! To make it even worse she becomes like a mentor a couple chapters later and gives the reader an intense info dump! NO! NOT from you! Go away! Anyway yeah this character is creepy but is supposedly designed as a comic relief character, but I'm not laughing. The plot was taking itself seriously up to this point and then to inject this annoying pedo into the mix just killed my interest for the manga. We already have an adult mentor figure, and that's Mr. Sword. As for the info dump, the wood elf guildmaster would have done just fine for that. Read at your own discretion, if Amanda doesn't bother you then this is actually a pretty good isekai, unique with sentient sword.
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