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 131927131,927 users)
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Ranked: #17712
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Popularity: #906
Members: 267,492
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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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"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)


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Title: "Reincarnated as a Sword: A Furry's In-Depth Analysis and Personal Journey"

As the Alpha Ice Wolf of the HowlStrom world, I, Kiba Snowpaw, have ventured through myriad realms and encountered countless tales. Among these, "Reincarnated as a Sword," known in the original vernacular as "Tensei shitara Ken deshita," stands out as a peculiar narrative that intertwines the fantastical elements of isekai with the tender companionship between a sword and a cat girl, Fran. My spirit, a blend of human and wolf, perceives this anime through a lens of gaming experience and a life deeply rooted in mystical adventures alongside my trusted companion, Hiro Blazeheart.

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Apr 15, 2024
Mixed Feelings
The premise and execution are surprisingly good; the fight scenes are quite good, the jokes land well and the animation is gorgeous. In general Tensei shitara Ken deshita is a lighthearted fun experience, something to turn your brain off and enjoy some action + comedy, and I find the comedy notably funny.

That being said, Tensei is not perfect. There are lots of expositive dialogues, and the presentation is very lacking. What I mean by that is that the story is fun and interesting, but it is presented quite poorly in regards to the storyboarding.

1st example of poor presentation: The show starts with a scene that, ...
Jan 10, 2024
Another generic isekai in a JRPG video game world. In this case, the protagonist is the sword itself while the deuteragonist is its wielder, a catgirl child named Fran.

Most of the JRPG isekai tropes are there, like the video game world, the disembodied voice of the all-knowing tutorial, cheat OP abilities, blatant racism and classism, cartoonish levels of discrimination and slavery, medieval european fantasy setting, you get the point.

The sword is the standard level of isekai OP, being able to unfailingly obtain any magic ability and skill from anyone, equip and use any skill and magic unencumbered, gather enormous amounts of experience from simple encounters ...

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