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The 15 Best Anime About Overpowered Swordsmen, Ranked

February 4, 2021 5.9k votes 1.1k voters 29.9k views15 items

In the world of anime, you can find characters who are proficient in just about any weapon you could possibly imagine, from umbrellas that are secretly machine guns to entire universes hurled by mecha. But what if you're more interested in seeing some good old-fashioned swordplay? Then you need to be watching anime with overpowered swordsmen. Anime like Samurai Champloo, Sword of the Stranger, and Rurouni Kenshin all feature characters who can wreck havoc with a blade. 

Love swords but want them a little more fantastical? Not to worry, shows like Bleach, which feature swords that boast a plethora of incredible supernatural powers, will provide your fantasy fix.  

Vote up your favorite anime with excellent swordsmanship to help guide your fellow fans to a show they'll love. 

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    After Fuu rescues Jin and Mugen from execution and hires them as bodyguards to help her track down the elusive 'man who smells like sunflowers' the three set out on a journey full of adventure and peril. Both men are talented swordsmen, though they have completely different approaches to the art. Where Jin is disciplined and precise, Mugen's style is rough and powerful. Both have fighting styles that reflect their personalities - and they don't exactly get along.

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  • In his former life, Kenshin Himura was a guerilla warrior known as the Hitokiri Battosai. Using the legendary fighting style Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū, he was able to annihilate just about any enemy he encountered. Despite his skill at assassination, Kenshin eventually embraces a pacifist lifestyle. Now, he only fights when he absolutely must in order to preserve innocent lives. To hold himself accountable, he reverses the blade on his sword. 

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    After Tanjiro Kamado's sister Nezuko is transformed into a demon, he sets out on a quest to figure out how to change her back. But first, he'll have to learn how to fight demons well enough to qualify as a Demon Slayer - and that requires swordsmanship. Tanjiro and the other Slayers wield Nichirin Blades, which change color depending on their user. These blades continuously absorb sunlight, making them an effective weapon against sunlight averse demons. 

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  • Virtually everyone in Bleach uses a weapon called a Zanpakutō. Also known as the Soul-Cutter Sword, this blade is the primary weapon of Shinigami, Arrancar, and Visored alike. Each Zanpakutō has a unique ability, and many are able to unlock special forms called Shikai and Bankai. Some of these powers are simply epic slashing ability, while others involve things like ice powers, healing powers, poison control, and more. If you're looking for a shonen anime with a nontraditional approach to swordsmanship, Bleach is a great choice.

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