I Was a Sword When I Reincarnated (LN)

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When I noticed it, I was in a different world.

I had become a sword… what, I don’t get it! The place I woke up was a great plain crowded with monsters. I fly in search of a partner (women only) to be equipped with. Magic stone? I get the skills I absorb? This has become fun! Hyahha, give me magic stones! Yes, that was a joke. But I’ll take a magic stone.

This is how I became a sword and went to another world, a story of an ordinary minor character otaku.

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Reincarnated as a Sword
TenKen
Tensei Shitara Ken Deshita
転生したら剣でした
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I Was a Sword When I Reincarnated (WN) (Web Novel)
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BadassPanda34
New BadassPanda34 rated it
March 13, 2020
Status: v5c5
This is mostly copy-pasted from my review in the WN thread. If you are to read one of them, read the LN; it's only 2 or 3 volumes off the current state of WN translation, and the translation quality has dipped noticeably since the past WN translator. dropped the series following it's licensing. Regarding the quality of Seven Seas' translation; it's good. No noticeable errors, and the vibrancy us is still captured in good quality. Most volumes are the same, although Vol. 3 and only Vol. 3 was almost entirely... more>> new material.

Onto the real review:

The state of isekai is, frankly, a garbage fire. Everywhere you turn you bump into either a) a power trip fantasy with absolutely no tension with violence and edge for its own sake, b) an misogynistic oversexualizing fantasy featuring 1 male lead and multiple cardboard cutout women with 0-dimensional development, or c) both at once.

In this hellfire landscape, TenKen is a beautiful breath of fresh air. It is not incredibly original, drawing heavily from standardized Japanified Tolkein tropes, and playing very much into the conventions of the modern isekai genre. However, the story uses the tropes in a respectable manner, and while omnipresent, they don't detract from the quality of the story itself.

Speaking of which, the story itself is a fusion between slice-of-life and traditional shounen. Something slightly different it brings to the table is the protagonist design; while the eponymous sword is our perspective character, the actually active character responsible for driving the plot forward is the secondary protagonist, Fran, the girl who appears on the cover. That isn't to say that our point-of-view character is not compelling; he asserts at the end of vol. 1 that
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"I actually felt more alive in those five days than I ever had in my previous life... It'd only been five days, but I didn't even want to think of leaving Fran alone. If someone offered to send me back to earth, I would reject it.

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This particular scene illustrated in the manga is authentically well-crafted emotional storytelling, which is impressive coming from a genre as campy as light-novel isekai.

The relationship between these two characters is very much paternal-filial, and in a good way. (Not like some of these incredibly creepy semi-pedophilic grooming stories. As a side note to authors, if you ever describe the relationship between two characters as father-daughter, you are disallowed from ever making it romantic.) One important point to note is that their relationship, despite being generationally divided, is very much equal. Our protagonist states early that
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"I saved her from slavery and she saved me from the magical forest."

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They aren't a lopsided duo where the man solves every problem, but actual partners.

Primarily, though, this story is fun and enjoyable in a healthy way; it is simply a fun ride to watch two lovable protagonist stumble their way through a traditional fantasy world. You won't find melodrama or romance (which is good because the secondary protagonist is a 12-yr-old girl), and the overarching narrative is minimal at best. Crucially, there are no toxic polygamous relationships, as the male protagonist is an inanimate object with no s*x drive.

Furthermore, despite being slice-of-life, there are real moments of tension. Though our duo grows at a tremendous rate, they are never the most powerful group in the world. One thing the story establishes very well is that there is always a bigger fish; after every victory, and every defeat, we meet another character even stronger. And there are defeats, too; this is important, because it demonstrates that despite being the protagonist, they can still lose. They have plot armour protecting their lives, like literally every story in existence, but they lose a lot, or at least don't quite win, compared to most genre isekai.

All in all, I would highly recommend reading this; it is an infusion of fun into our dreary times. <<less
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Sanatoga
Sanatoga rated it
November 8, 2018
Status: v1c2 part2
This light novel is no better than the web novel on which it is based.

The storyline is (from what I've seen) identical to the original, complete with all of the original's pacing and sequencing issues.

The prose itself is... different, but not actually better than the web novel. And not distinct from it in any interesting way.

Just read the web novel.
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hevensdragon
hevensdragon rated it
January 29, 2019
Status: v2c2 part2
ive read both this and all of the WL till it was discontinued. As the LN is no were near as far will only compare events up till as far as the LN goes but will mention some WL events that will have to change. I notice three changes of note between WL and LN. One is mild but the other two will have effects... more>>
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the first and mild one. After useing skill taker and taking the lie detection ability and the courtly etiquette abilities in the WL Fran uses the etiquette abillity and tells a lie to the barron to taunt him. in the LN she just silently takes them and lets him go. This may have slight effects as the guildmaster probably noted it in the WL. This leades too the second change. When the guildmaster pays them cores to take the quest to pover there abilty, and clear him of being accused of being a lolicon. In the WL master used appraisal and they specifically grabbed the rarest cores from the ones on the table. this busted them on being able to appraise. And the event even came up again later. In the LN appraisal didn’t work so the obviously didn’t get found out. The third was a knew event that wasnt in the WL. Master had a dream about becoming a sword. Several new details were given that were never so much as hinted in the WL. Likebefore he was merged with the sword it had angel based designs on the hilt, instead of wolf based. As the wolf bases was always one of the biggest details of the sword in the WL and so far all those details have held up in the LN they are a big deal. Now what do these differences meen? A few things. One fran and master are being more taktfull about secrets and already avoided two slip ups in front of the guildmaster. And two while the WL gave a few hints about masters origins it never realy got to it story wise, the story really was all about fran. But to add foreshadowing so early that may be very different in the LN

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now this is on a different note. The WL is no longer bing translated, it gets far yes but it is dropped do to the LN being licensed. It will take the LN quite a wile to catch up but I would advise sticking to it at this point unless you are ok with a story just stoping... in the middle of a major battle at that. <<less
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