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 fist 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.


Light Novel

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. Seven volumes have been published as of March 29, 2019. Seven Seas Entertainment announced their acquisition of the light novels, and began releasing from August 6, 2019.[1]


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.[2]


  1. Seven Seas Licenses Kimi ni Nare, Our Wonderful Days, How to Train Your Devil Manga, Reincarnated as a Sword Light Novels
  2. Seven Seas Licenses Dungeon Builder, Our Dining Room, Reincarnated as a Sword Manga

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