Anime with swords and the Swordsmen (and women) are an iconic staple of the shonen genre. These are some of the finest anime with a blade or swords wielders ever animated.
Among the various fighting style, swords fighting style is perhaps one of the most difficult to master. The reason being that a character will often need to fight against external threats in a fantasy setting to achieve their goals.
Keeping this in mind, we have put together an updated list of the best anime with swords. We hope you find each anime on the list unique and worthy of your watching. Please enjoy.
17. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
Starting our list with Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry that has a bit more modern setting for an anime with swords.
The plot follows our protagonist Ikki Kurogane who lacks the magical ability and to maintain balance he equipped himself with a rigorous training regimen, and martial prowess to fight in the school’s tournament to determine the top-ranked candidate at the academy.
It’s an ideal anime series to start off their day.
16. Brave 10
Brave 10 is a samurai ninja-based anime with swords that is set in the Warring States period.
The plot follows Saizou and Isanami’s journey in search of brave warriors who can serve under Yukimura’s banner. Each one of the brave possesses powerful skills of its own.
It’s a short anime series but definitely worth the shot.
A “Claymore,” can be defined as a being that is half-human and half-youma, for the purpose of exterminating monsters.
The story follows Raki whose family is killed and is saved by a Claymore called Clare. He then decides to follow her on her journey.
If you like anime fights with swords and a lot of blood, this anime is for you.
Another anime, Mushibugyou is full of sword fighting and action scenes occupied with a little drama.
The plot follows Jinbee Tsukishima, a young samurai aiming to be a master swordsman like his father and to atone for the incident that occurred at his fault.
This anime is quite light-hearted and fun to watch. A good treat to the eyes.
13. Afro Samurai
Afro Samurai as being the number 2, goes on a mission to hunt for revenge on the man who killed his father and ranked above him.
He is a brilliant and vengeful samurai looking to avenge his father and become the best fighter in the world and to do so he has to fight his way through a myriad of foes and obstacles to reach number one and claim vengeance once and for all.
12. Sword Of The Stranger
Sword of the Stranger follows the story of a swordsman, who finds himself caught up in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion.
The story picks up when he saves the helpless boy and his dog from their pursuers and the three set out on a perilous journey.
11. Sword Art Online
The theme of Sword Art Online is depicted in the Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game ( VRMMORPG) where sword rules and magic flies.
The plot follows Kirito who is trapped in Aincrad with other players who can’t even log out from the game. And if they die in the game, it’s game over for them in real life too.
Hence, Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.
10. Arslan Senki
This anime is also inspired by history. Arslan Senki is set in a fantasy world reminiscent of the Middle East during the Dark Ages.
The plot follows Arslan and his adventure for survival when king Andragoras falls victim to a sinister plot carried out by some of his most trusted advisors
The Heroic Legend of Arslan is a show that has plenty to offer fans of multiple genres, fantastical, magical setting, cultural imperialism, and freedom.
9. Akatsuki No Yona
Akatsuki No Yona follows the female protagonist Yona after her father was killed by her childhood sweetheart, Soo-won, and declares himself the new ruler.
While Yona and Hak flee to Hak’s hometown and begin a quest to reclaim her kingdom by seeking out the power of reincarnated dragons of legend.
Akatsuki no Yona is a story of adventure with peril and battle, enough to keep any fan of the genre on the edge of their seat throughout the series’ run.
8. Samurai Champloo
Samurai Champloo is yet another masterpiece anime with swords, rap, and comedy.
The plot follows two protagonists Mugen, a fierce, wild, ruthless warrior with a unique sword fighting style, and Jin who has a more traditional style.
The story kicks in when Fuu (a girl) asks the two swordsmen to come with her in search of a mysterious samurai that smells like sunflowers.
Berserk is the dark fantasy story of Guts, a brave, orphaned mercenary who wants revenge from his best friend Griffith who activates Behelit, and murdering his whole former troupe, the Band of the Hawk.
It is a brutal, sweeping epic adventure that is a must-watch for fans of the genre, especially for those who like dark and gore themes.
Noragami depicts the story of Yato, a minor deity and a self-proclaimed “Delivery God,” who dreams of having millions of worshipers.
But his fortune changes when he met Hiyori Iki, and their journey starts to fix Hiyori’s soul to her body.
This might be looking like a fun-loving anime but this series has much more to offer. A romantic touch with an evil past accompanied by misfortune has all the elements.
Bleach is a great superpower, and sword fighting anime series.
The story follows Ichigo Kurosaki who dedicated his whole life to protects and saves the innocent and helping the tortured spirits. Though he never asked to be a Soul Reaper.
This is one of the masterpiece anime that could drive you crazy with all its plot and fight scenes.
4. Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
Fate/stay night follows Shirou as he summons a Servant of his own when he is caught in the middle of a deadly encounter between Servants.
This anime depicts the story of Shirou as he struggles to find the fine line between a hero and a killer clashing with the harsh reality around him.
The flashy combat and the complicated warriors are the assets of this anime which makes it wholesome.
3. Akame Ga Kill
Perhaps a show that needs no introduction. The themes of the story are expectedly weighty and tell a moving tale of revenge and self-sacrifice.
The plot follows Tatsumi a young villager who travels to the Capital to raise money for his home only to discover strong corruption in the area. Tatsumi joins the assassin group known as Night Raid in their fight against the corrupt Empire.
Most of the emphasis of this show is on brutal, frantic combat and supernatural abilities.
Welcome to the world of the Gintama anime series where The Amanto, have prohibited the use of swords, and now the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard.
The story follows Gintoki as he assists victims of the Amanto’s invasion by fighting with the Shinsengumi and the aliens.
1. Kimetsu No Yaba
In the first position, we have Kimetsu no Yaba, one of the biggest hits of 2019. This anime has derived a new sword fighting style, which is set in the Taisho Period in Japan.
The story follows Tanjiro, a kind boy whose whole family was slaughtered by a demon leaving his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor who has transformed into a demon herself.
Now, Tanjiro resolves to become a “demon slayer” so that he can turn his sister back into a human, and kill the demon that massacred his family.