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.
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