Reincarnated as a Sword (転生したら剣でした Tensei Shitara Ken Deshita, I Was a Sword When I Reincarnated), also known as TenKen, is a light novel series written by Yuu Tanaka and illustrated by Llo. The novels are licensed by Micro Magazine, who released the first volume in July 2016. The series received a manga adaptation by Tomowo Maruyama, published by Gentosha Comics. Both the light novels and manga were licensed for North American release by Seven Seas Entertainment.
When a 30-year-old salaryman and games enthusiast is suddenly killed in a car accident, he finds himself reborn into a fantasy world…but in the form of a sword! Now he’s in search of a beautiful woman to wield him, and a cat girl named Fran might be the exact adventuring partner he needs.
- Main article: Light Novel
Yuu Tanaka started the series as a web novel hosted on Shōsetsuka ni Narō. Micro Magazine acquired and published the series under their GC Novels imprint, with illustrations by Llo. Ten volumes have been published as of November 28, 2020. Seven Seas Entertainment announced their acquisition of the light novels, and began releasing from August 6, 2019.
- Main article: Manga
The manga began serialization on Gentosha Comics' Denshi Birz magazine from December 9, 2016 to January 15, 2018. After the magazine stopped, it resumed publishing on Comic Boost. The series is compiled into several tankōbon volumes, with the first volume released on April 24, 2017. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga for North American release, with the first volume releasing on December 17, 2019.
Names in Other Languages
Note: All names listed below were translated from the name I Was a Sword When I Reincarnated rather than Reincarnated as a Sword.
- J'étais une épée quand je me suis réincarné (French)
- Naging Espada Ako sa aking Pangalawang Buhay (Filipino)
- О моём перерождении в меч (O moyom pererozhdenii v mech) (Russian)
- ซวยเหลือหลายเกิดใหม่กลายเป็นดาบ (Swy h̄elụ̄xh̄lāy keid h̄ım̀ klāy pĕn dāb) (Thai)
- 전생했더니 검이었습니다 (jeonsaenghaessdeoni geom-ieossseubnida) (Korean)
- Original web novel (Japanese)
- Web novel Novel Updates
- Official light novel site (Japanese)
- Official light novel site (English)
- Official manga site (Japanese)
- Official manga site (English)