10 Badass Anime Swords

5. Okada Nizou’s “Benizakura” from Gintama

What it Can Do – Beginning as a normal-looking, if distinctly pink katana, the Benizakura is actually a parasitic blade that gradually takes hold of it’s user’s mind and body. It grotesquely attaches to and infiltrates their bodies with vein-like tubes that make the wielder as well as the weapon grow in size and ferocity as time wears on.

(it is damn near impossible to find images of this sword, because the arc it comes from shares it’s name and isnt particularly know for the blade being in it. You can see it some in this AMV… plus it’s an ANDREW WK AND GINTAMA AMV OMGWTG. Does a great job of making Gintama look WAY more violent than it is, hehehe.)

Why it’s Badass – Benizakura is definite proof that something pink can still look totally badass, and the sword’s constantly changing form keeps it fresh and cool at all times. The sword even has it’s own pulse, which adds to it’s creepiness, and the grotesque attachment it has to foolhardy wielder Okada Nizou just serves to make it that much more memorably unsettling. Besides, the blade is strong enough to break the Lake Toya in half, even though it can supposedly cut trough anything!

4. Otonashi Saya’s 2 Unnamed Katana from Blood+

What it Can Do – Saya’s blade would look like your average katana, except it’s base has an odd shape, and there is a big red jewel embedded in it, as well as an indented line that travels from the hilt down the blade. It so happens that the jutted part of the blade is for Saya to cut her hand on, and for the blood to travel down the indented track. Saya’s blood is the only thing that can kill chiropterans, so the specialized blade makes her job much easier.

Why it’s Badass – Although Saya’s blood essentially supercharges the blade, it is mostly used as a normal katana, so the really cool part rests with the design. Both versions of the sword are excellent examples of how a small change on a classic look can make all the difference. The original blade (pictured up top) has a cool zig-zag shape, with the smaller blade on the top part for Saya to cut her hand with. The later version’s blade isn’t quite as cool, but it’s an interesting second take on the design, and the gleaming red jewel looks great, especially in combination with the simple but cool red and black sheathe. I’d say Saya’s blade is the best combination of ‘practical’ and ‘badass’ in anime sword design.

3. Mikoto Minagi’s “Miroku” from Mai-HiME

What it Can Do – Miroku is an enormous black claymore with the strength and sharpness to make quick mincemeat of things like, oh, fucking boats. Because the sword is so large and Mikoto is not, it is usually dragged along the ground behind her as she walks, causing sparks to fly everywhere, but she also uses it’s weight and size to gain momentum as she swings it around, allowing her to make quicker and more powerful attacks. The black color and the fact that the ‘child’ version of Miroku is also known as Obsidian Lord leads me to believe that the sword is made of none other than (herp derp) obsidian.

So full of WANT

Why it’s Badass – Did I mention the whole cutting boats in half thing? Strength aside, though, what really makes Miroku great is it’s design. Claymores are always cool-looking swords thanks to their very elegant appearance, and Miroku’s sleek black shine adds to the sexyness of the blade. The simple hilt and the red cloth wrapped around the handle add to the elegant but instantly recognizable effect. Topping it all off with a bow is the red ornaments decorating the blade that perfectly counteract with the color of the handle. The result is a sleek but powerful-looking claymore that I am very glad to know is actually being manufactured by some online sword shops~

2. Chrona’s “Ragnarok” from Soul Eater

Can do, MahOokami

What it Can Do – In the world of Soul Eater, ‘weapons’ are actually human beings who can transform their bodies into weaponry to be used by a seperate ‘meister.’ However, Ragnarok is less a human and more a demonic torso thing that sprouts from Chrona’s back and antagonizes her when it’s not working as a sword. The blade is apparently composed of Chrona’s own black blood, which is unbelievably strong, thought by many to be impenetrable. What’s more, the sword can vibrate at hyper-sonic speed to increase it’s carving power, and the mouth attached to it can emit high-frequency wails that basically fuck with the opponent’s head. Ragnarok is also an evolving weapon, and was most recently seen split into a total of 4 separate blades (in the manga.)

Chrona's black blood provides a number of powers, but it's difficult to say which ones can be credited to the sword itself

Why it’s Badass – Unlike most transforming weapons, Ragnarok’s ‘human’ form has nothing to do with it’s awesomeness, seeing as it is actually pretty damn annoying. Ragnarok is a great-looking blade, shaped I believe as a bastard sword and devilishly black and white, with gray straps and spikes attached that give it a flashy and unique appearance without going too overboard with it. The pair of lips may look ridiculous at first, but they quickly become highly unsettling when used in action, as they add to the vibrant insanity of both the sword and it’s wielder, and can be used to make creepy-as-fuck attacks.

1. Signum’s “Laevatein” from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A’s

What it Can Do – Aside from being a generally great sword and, like all of the weapons in Nanoha, sort-of alive, Laevetein’s powers come from it’s ability to transform and use special attacks with the supplement of various ‘cartiges’ being loaded into it. Some of it’s other forms include ‘Schlangenform’, which transforms it into a chain-link blade, and ‘Bogenform’, which combines the sword and scabbard to form a longbow. It’s attacks include the ‘Rising Phoenix Flash’ (Hiryuu Issen) which forms a fiery tornado to be launched at enemies, ‘Fire Phoenix Flash’ (Karyuu Issen) which forms a shaft of flames to be thrown at enemies, ‘Violet Lightning Flash’ (Shiden Issen) which is used in regular sword-form to coat the blade in flames, ‘Storm Falcon’, which is the attack used in Bogenform, and finally, the defensive force-field maneuver ‘Panzergeist’ (Tank Spirit).

snake form

bow form

Why it’s Badass – The damn thing is so powerful and badass that it apparently needs a damn exhaust pipe, man! Laevatein is a pretty cool-looking sword, being well-decorated and stopping just short of crossing over into ridiculousness, with the fact that it can transform into different forms and use so many different powers being a definite plus. I didn’t really think about this while organizing the list, but this sword probably has the greatest destructive power out of the whole bunch. However, while the cool powers and great design might have put this blade on the list, there is one clear reason that this sword came out at number one: it’s voice. Tetsuya Kakihara, an apparently German-born seiyuu, voices the blade, calling out it’s attacks and commands with such fervor and awesomeness that it even puts Kamen Rider Decade’s utility belt to shame. I can safely say that just hearing this thing yell ‘PANZERGEIST!’ is enough to make it one of my favorite vocal performances and also my favorite anime blade of all time.

Notable Exclusions:

Inu-Yasha’s “Tetsusaiga” – Back when I was a kid, Tetsusaiga was always my favorite blade. It transformed from a rusty katana into an enormous ass-kicker with some cool design aspects, however I literally could not bring myself to put it on the list because it’s attacks are so lame. ‘Wind Scar’ and ‘Backlash Wave’ are both completely boring, and make the sword less interesting as a result.

Roronoa Zoro’s “Wadou Ichimonji,” “Sandai Kitetsu,” “Yubashiri,” and “Shuusui” from One Piece – all of Zoro’s swords are pretty badass and have their own unique traits, however, in the end they all look like regular katana, and the real badassery is less in the individual powers of the swords, but in the fact that Zoro can use three of them at once!

Well, that’s all I’ve got. One of your favorite swords go unmentioned? Talk about it in the comments, and be sure to let us know what makes it badass!

44 thoughts on “10 Badass Anime Swords

  1. I like your reasons for making this post…namely discovery of the second page feature. XD I can’t say I have any swords to contribute. They’re awesome, but I don’t analyze them.

    • Hahaha~ I’d actually had the post idea for around a week after I’d been rewatching some of Nanoha A’s and thinking about how badass Laevantine is, but when I found out about page breaking I simply HAD to do it. I really wish I had known about this for past list posts >_<

  2. I am pretty sure this will come eventually so might as well get it over with…WHAT about the Buster sword(or plethora of other swords) from advent children…unless thats technically an anime…idk

    • I’m considering the Final Fantasy 7 swords to be game-related regardless of Advent Children. If we got into video games, this list would never end.

      • That is true. Just want it out there so we were clear.

        would consider hei’s weapon a sword? more of a sweet knife but still BadA? Kamina’s sword just because it is kamina’s? Taiga’s wooden sword? mhm though its more how she uses it…mhm. Liang Qi’s swords…

        • Heis’ is oh-so-close. It’s a dagger at best, and if this were a list of general anime weapons, I’d never disclude it, but alas, it is not a sword. Kamina and Taiga is, of course, more on the character than the weapon. Liang Qi’s sword is a pretty normal scimitar, but it might have even been included if she ever had a chance to use it ROFL.

  3. Eh, I guess these were kinda cool. A little disappointed Soul Crusher from Lodoss wasn’t mentioned. Always thought that looked pretty cool as far as fantasy anime swords went.

    • Now see, I did remember there being some cool looking blades in Lodoss, but I couldn’t remembr if they were special at all. I only saw the show once, about 7 years ago, and I remember jack shit about it. But once again, that’s why you’re supposed to add your own favorites, lol.

      • Tsubsasa Chronicle is kindof old so I can see you not watching that. But Chaos Head and Ga-Rei Zero…imo those are right up your ally.

        • Lol Tsubasa is not ‘old’ considering I watch shows from the 70s, but anyway I dropped Tsubasa and Shaos Head early on. Ga-Rei I actually have been meaning to watch, though. Seen the first 2 eps.

  4. You had a difficult time deciding whether to use any swords from Bleach but you used something from Soul Eater??
    I can only guess that Soul Eater gets better and incredibly awesome with time because the first chapters are terrible.

    • Soul Eater is probably one of my three favorite manga of all time. Bleach might be in the top 10, but it doesn’t even touch Soul Eater. Really, little does.

      • If I’d made this list 7 years ago, there’s no way I would have forgotten the Ten Commandments. I’m actually kind of mad that I did, even though it would have been a real bitch to write about and show images of all 10 swords LOL

  5. I’m kinda surprised that the top four great swords belong to female characters. I like Saya’s sword but it’s a pity that Saya can rarely put it into good use in Blood+

  6. Kenshin, Mugen, and Kira’s swords stick out to me as awesome. Kira definitely has the coolest sword in Bleach.

    If you’ve ever read Until Death Do Us Part, the sword of the main character is pretty badass, considering that it can cut through literally anything. I kinda stopped reading that manga though.

    I also have a shitty, rusted samurai sword, and still would prefer a sword in a fight to any other weapon. They’re fucking awesome.

  7. I’m not sure what my favorite anime sword would be. Since I’m an Inuyasha fan, I guess Tetsusaiga stands out to me. It’s actually gotten more powers since Backlash Wave – Adamant Barrage (shoots off diamond daggers), dragon scales (can absorb demon energy), and a few other. I would say Soul Eater but I can’t think of any weapons that are swords (mostly scythes, etc). There probably are, I just can’t think of them at the moment.

    I like Zoro’s swords too but I agree that they’re not that interesting by themselves and are only cool because of how Zoro uses them. Many of the zanpakuto in Bleach are cool…can’t really think of one in particular I like the best. Perhaps Byakuya’s or Hitsugaya’s.

    I personally like swords a lot more than guns. Guns just seem like cold, one-sided weapons that only hurt and kill, while swords often have things like honor, duty, loyalty and the yearning to protect others and prove oneself attached to them.

    • Actually, what you’ve said about guns and swords are precisely the reasons I like each of them. Guns I love for the harsh, sudden, cold, and powerless death they bring. Swords are more for the passionate badassery.

  8. While we’re on the subject of mecha, Dann of Thursday is awesome because it is a sword itself.

    I actually like the Grungust Type-0’s Zankantou than the Dygenguard’s, but the SRW TV anime didn’t look as well as the OVA. (so instead take a look at the game animation)

    I’m also a fan of those gaudy swords the old-school super robots use, like Gravion’s. Godannar has a really sweet one that is also a major plot point in the second season.

  9. Hazuki’s practice wooden sword in DtB2 is pretty badass because it’s her ability which turns it into a fukken light sabre!

    I’m generally a fan of practice wood swords, including Taiga’s, and Shu’s (from Now and Then Here and There)

    I would like to see you do a list of 10 gayass anime swords including Ichigo’s zangetsu (totally gay) and Archer’s Double Faggot Blades (really really gay).

  10. As mentioned earlier, I’m a fan of Michael 14 from Ga-Rei Zero. The sword that uses shotgun shells to increase slicing speed. Or as I consider it, a pneumatic sword. :P

  11. See, I thought about this, I like all of your choices but I feel like you forgot to look into some Amerime as I call America’s version of anime, Zuko from Avatar wields a kind of cutlas that splits into two blades and of course there is Jet’s hook swords that are really cool. I had another one from another anime, but I all of a sudden can’t remember it.

    • I don’t watch any ‘amerime,’ seeing as I only watch anime, but I don’t doubt there could be some cool swords.

  12. I also feel like I should point out Zabuza’s, Throat Cleaver from Naruto, which is a pretty badass sword just for it’s sheer brute strength, the thing can cut through a 6 inch steel door like it is paper.

    • Yeah, I like his a lot, too. I don’t remember if I thought about it while making this post, but it’s cool as hell.

  13. and one more reply that I just remembered, how about Haru’s sword from Rave Master, that is a badass sword no matter what you say lol.

  14. I honestly think the number one bad ass sword should be mihawks sword from one piece. Obviosuly its bad ass power and beauty are second to none.

  15. I was under the impression that the infomertial at the end of the hoshikudai chapter was an indication that Gin’s sword was/is in fact not the hoshikudai, what with the hoshikudai being one of a kind, and capable of cutting STARS in half, not something i would expect to be sold on an infomertial, even in gintama world (even if it was there is no way gin would be able to afford it) and that the amanto seeking it out only thought it was because he didn’t realize that it’s weilder at the time (Kagura) was Yato. Well that’s a run on sentence if I’ve ever seen one…

  16. Sounga anyone? Can summon a 100 undead in a single stroke? The drangom twister which requires both then tensaiga and the tessaiga to defeat it!

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