Anime Taste Testing: Reincarnated as a Sword

For a series that seemed to get a decent amount of hype, this first episode is exceptional only in its dullness.

Are you too chomping at the bit to see yet another isekai anime with yet another overpowered protagonist that references typical JRPG-style skill levels and abilities for roughly 90% of its runtime? But do you also want moe catgirls that you can feel super protective over (while claiming, at least to yourself, that the relationship is fatherly rather than weirdly sexual) – plus, like, probably a hot elf girl or whatever later on just to help round things out? Then congratulations, because Reincarnated as a Sword (or if you prefer, Tensei shitara Ken Deshita) is definitely for you. Revel in its utter genericism while pretending that the series is unique and innovative because the main character is a sword, guys. Isn’t that totally groundbreaking?

In all seriousness, I’d only recommend people watch this if they’re serious isekai fans and/or have a very high tolerance for dialogue-driven shows. While it may bill itself as a fantasy action piece (and for all I know, it might actually get there sometime), Reincarnated’s premiere was nearly all talking, broken up mostly by training montage-style ‘action’ sequences that were as generic and predictable as any B or C-list isekai title I happen to have glimpsed previously. And while Fran’s character isn’t explicit fanservice-fodder per se, it sure didn’t take long for our main character to comment, “She’ll attract a lot of attention when she grows up.” Thanks, Sword-kun, strictly parental/teacher-like observation, I’m sure.

Score: 3/10

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5 thoughts on “Anime Taste Testing: Reincarnated as a Sword

  1. Awe, that’s too bad! I was kind of looking forward to this one because the trailers made it seem like it was going to be really different. I think I’ll watch a few episodes of this one to see if it gets better. Thanks for the heads up! I’ll lower my expectations for this series.

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  2. Meh. I hate sword. He’s annoying and unlikable. And the show doesn’t even bother to tell us why its okay to just slaughter goblins. It’s Rpg-flavour, so goblins being goblins is the reason. I’ve watched two episodes now, and goblins get killed for stealing (?) farm produce, insulting the sword, and hunting. As long as they’re goblins, they’re supposed to die. That, by the way, is a problem with the entire show, not with the sword character. Even correcting for that, I still find him unlikable and annoying.

    I like the catgirl, but then I tend to like the taciturn type. I’ll see how far I get with this show.

    Something about the direction of show appeals to me: it’s easy to watch (when it’s not annoying me with either the sword or its goblins-must-die attitude).


    1. This whole just gave me a borderline creepy feeling, and I tend to trust my instinct as far as these things go. Definitely won’t be going back for more (and yeah, the goblin thing for sure struck me as well).



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