Tensei shitara Ken deshita

Reincarnated as a Sword

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Synonyms: I became the sword by transmigrating, TenKen
Japanese: 転生したら剣でした
English: Reincarnated as a Sword
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2022 to Dec 21, 2022
Premiered: Fall 2022
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 23:00 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: C2C
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Themes: IsekaiIsekai, ReincarnationReincarnation
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.531 (scored by 134069134,069 users)
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Ranked: #18932
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Popularity: #901
Members: 271,055
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A nameless sword wakes up to discover he has been reincarnated from his former life as a human. With his power of telekinesis, he moves around this new world, acquiring several skills and abilities. When the sword comes upon a forest filled with monsters, he meets a young girl fleeing from a beast. Grabbing the sword, the girl easily defeats the monster. After introducing herself as Fran, she names the sword "Shishou" and officially becomes his wielder.

The two set out to become adventurers, but unfortunately for Fran, she is a member of the Black Cat Tribe—a Beastkin group with a bad reputation. No member of this tribe has ever evolved into a mightier beast, but Fran plans to be the first and achieve her parents' dream. As Shishou promises to remain her sword until she attains her goal, they form an unstoppable partnership of impressive strength.

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Opening Theme

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"Tensei Shitara Ken deshita (転生したら剣でした)" by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets

Ending Theme

"more<STRONGLY" by Maon Kurosaki (黒崎真音)


Dec 14, 2022
Isekais are a dime a dozen these days, and it’s not every day you find a really special one. I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend this one, but what I will say is, it’s above average by isekai standards for sure, with good animation and lovable characters that make this show very chill and easy to watch. It has some good concepts, but the overarching video game aspects do hold it back a little. There are also some very unnecessary aspects of the show other than the game mechanics, such as the telepathy, which I’ll highlight below.


It’s pretty basic, but it doesn’t ...
Dec 14, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken a.k.a That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. That's quite innovative for its time, plus Ranga as a huge but lovable doggo.

Jidou Hanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyuu wo Samayou a.k.a Reborn as a Vending Machine, Now I Wander the Dungeon. Though the anime adaptation is coming soon, it's unironically the pinnacle of fiction that I'm so awaiting its eventual arrival.

Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? a.k.a So I'm a Spider, So What?. Despite Millepensee's horrid-but-tolerable CGI, I can understand why the LN is highly praised for its originality.

But what about Tensei shitara Ken Deshita a.k.a Reincarnated as a Sword? ...
Dec 29, 2022
Imortant points:

-Not an Isekai (the story goes - The gods took a soul from another world, wiped his memories and made him into a sword. If you remove the "another world" part, everything stays exactly the same because his memories were wiped clean anyway)
- No fanservice, harem, echhi. At all. Fans of aforementioned genres should skip the title and head to the garbage dump where they belong.
- Generic RPG fantasy world - elfs, gnomes, magic, skills, classes etc.
- Extremely poor/dumb/lazy writing. The worldbuilding, characters, motivations, dialogue, well... everything really is just dumb.
The core ideas are not bad, their execution is.
- It ...

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