How Many Volumes Does Reincarnate as a Sword Have?

This series of Japanese light novels by Yuu Tanaka and Leo is also known for its alternative titles, I Became the Sword by Transmigrating and Tenken. The story first appeared online in October 2015 as a web novel on the Shsetsuka ni Nar website. Micro Magazine turned it into a light novel, releasing the first volume in July 2016.

Tomoko Maruyama’s manga adaption was released by Gentosha, and Hinako Inoue’s spinoff was released by Micro Magazine. Seven Seas Entertainment has the rights to distribute light novels, manga, and spin-offs in North America. C2C’s anime adaptation of the show will debut in October 2022.

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 Reincarnate as a Sword Plot

After passing away in a vehicle crash, our hero discovers he has been reborn in another universe as a sword, but he has forgotten his own name. He realizes that he will always remain a sword and so he starts looking for a new owner.

While investigating, he comes upon a group of slave traders whose caravan is being attacked by a two-headed bear. Fran, a young slave who happens to be a catgirl, finds the sword and uses it to dispatch the bear. Following her liberation from servitude, she gives the blade the name “Teacher” and sets off on an adventure with it.’

Characters

Master

Master, who was formerly a person, is now reincarnated as a legendary sword despite having been a weapon of great power in a previous incarnation. But he has no choice but to stay still, so he settles in for a nap until a brave warrior comes to rescue him.

Fran

She was born a Cat-girl child into slavery and was reared as such her entire life. On the other hand, when her Caravan is attacked by a two-headed bear, she channels the warrior spirit within and wakes Master from his slumber. The pair sets off on an adventure together.

Media

Light novel

In October 2015, Yuu Tanaka began the series as a web book on Shsetsuka ni Naru. Micro Magazine purchased the light novel series, and it was published under their GC Novels banner, with artwork by Llo. As of the month of September in the year 2021, a total of twelve volumes had been released.

The limited version of the fifth book came with a drama CD featuring an original story. The light novels were acquired by Seven Seas Entertainment, and their release was set for August 6, 2019.

Reincarnated as a Sword
Reincarnated as a Sword

Manga

Tomoko Maruyamawa adapted the story into manga, which ran in the Denshi Birz magazine published by Gentosha from December 9, 2016, to January 15, 2018. After publication in the magazine ceased, new issues were made available on Comic Boost. Many tanks on volumes collect the series; the first one came out in April 2017.

The manga has been licensed for a North American publication by Seven Seas Entertainment, and the first volume is scheduled for release on December 17, 2019. Micro Magazine’s Comic Ride website began serializing a spin-off manga by Tanaka and Hinako Inoue on June 1, 2020. Seven Seas also licenses the spin-off manga.

Anime

On the back of the twelfth book of the light novel, released September 24, 2021, an anime television series adaptation was revealed. C2C produces the show under the direction of Shinji Ishihara; Takahiro Nagano writes and supervises the screenplays; Atsuki Sait designs the characters and acts as the principal animation director, and Yasuharu Takanashi provides the score.

The premiere will air on Tokyo MX, ABC, and BS Asahi on October 5, 2022. “Tensei Shitara Ken Deshita” by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets serves as the opening theme, while “more STRONGLY” by Maon Kurosaki serves as the closing theme. Sentai Filmworks revealed that they had licensed the series outside of Asia at Anime Expo 2022.

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