Reincarnated as a Sword

Alt title: Tensei Shitara Ken deshita

Vol: 13+; Ch: 71+
2016 - ?
4.039 out of 5 from 1,808 votes
Rank #2,905
Reincarnated as a Sword

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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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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