27 Best Sword Animes of All Time [Epic Swordplay Battles]

Best Sword Animes

Sword Anime entails battles, fights, and having a goal to achieve. These action-packed anime will boost your imagination as you immerse in the different realities.

Anime is exciting to watch especially action-filled movies and series. They have a way of raising our adrenaline as we await what will happen next. The unique characters in individual anime will make you more courageous in your day-to-day activities as they battle against different phenomena.

We have compiled some of the best sword anime of all time that we think are worth watching. They all have a unique storyline that you can easily follow to understand the primary goal of the anime.

How many will you manage to follow? Fortunately, some also have similar video games that you can play.

1. Hakuouki


In the Anime, the character Yakimura is searching for the father but comes across some group of ronin Samurai that want to harass her. She hides from them, but sadly a non-human character kills the ronin.

She is caught in the process and taken into custody. They later learn that her father is the person they are looking for. Over time a bond grows between the captains of the Shinsengumi and Yukimura. She later comes to realize her dad has a darker purpose. How well will she accept the new reality?

2. Samurai 7

Samurai 7

Samurai 7 revolves around the Kanna Village, which has faced many issues from bandits who often come to steal their rice harvest. Things escalate when they start to take the women and children too forcefully.

The villagers collaborate with some samurai to defend their region against bandits. Once the motive is achieved, the samurai launches an attack upon the capital to defeat the power-hungry emperor. Will they succeed? Watch the exciting anime to be part of the action.

3. Claymore


Claymore is another excellent anime about Clare, a  Claymore, half-human and half – Yoma breed. The anime is about how she and her comrades fight for survival in a world filled with Yoma or demons.

It has over 24 episodes which start when Raki witnesses his family’s death by a Roma, who Clare later comes to kill. The Yoma and Claymore are on different sides, each with different motives. The anime is based on how the two subtribes rival each other in the battle of doing good and bad.

4. Sengoku Basara

Sengoku Basara

Sengoku Basara has a wide variety of anime adaptations based on the series. It has some epic stylish moves and appearances. One of the main characters is Date Masamune, one of the protagonists in the series.

He is an energetic and fearless ruler of the Date Clan. It is worth watching because with some great epic moments, like when Masamune fights with 6 swords. The series has pure absurdity and is so natural.

5. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

The setting is a huge castle made of stone and steel floating in the sky. Artisans took a month to survey the place. It is an incredible castle with a couple of large cities, small towns, villages, and other natural features.

The stairway is the link between all the floors in the dungeons, where there are numerous monsters. The castle had been conquered for over two years. Watch the series to get the best out of it.

6. Bleach


The story starts with Ichigo Kurosaki, an average high school student. However, when his family gets attacked by a Hollow, an evil spirit, he meets a soul reaper, Rukia, who is trying to protect the Ichigos family.

To save the family, Ichigo accepts Rukia’s offer to take her powers. Unfortunately, Rukia cannot regain her powers, and now Ichigo needs to hunt down the Hollows. His friends later join him in the search. Will they manage to conquer them?

7. Noragami


Norragami is based on the character Yato, a minor deity who dreams of having a massive following of worshippers. He is ambitious to meet his goal even though not even a shrine is dedicated to his name at the moment.

He does off jobs for a living, and his weapon partner ends up leaving him. One day a middle school girl saves Yato from a car accident. She gets hit, making her soul leave her body even though she survives. She now wants Yato to return her to normal. Will her request be granted?

8. Blade Of The Immortal

Blade Of The Immortal

In this anime, Manji has an immortality curse. To break the curse, he will need to kill 1000 evil men. There is no other way that he can break the curse.

He is approached by a girl seeking revenge for those who killed her mother and father. Will Manji rise to the task and kill the evil people who made the girl an orphan? His quest is challenging, but he needs to adhere to be on the safe side.

9. Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll is another amazing anime that entails Jubei Kibagami. He is a ninja who hires services from those with valuable causes.

Unfortunately, plans are underway to end his life and overthrow the government. As the storyline proceeds, when a small village succumbs to a plaque, a team of ninjas is sent to investigate.

However, they are ambushed and wiped out by Kagero, a fearsome man-monster who kills with a simple touch. However, he is assigned one of the biggest challenges to destroy Jubei’s world. Will Kagero manage the quest?

10. Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai

Afro is a talented swordsman whose father was decapitated in front of his eyes as a child. The traumatic experience made him want to seek revenge.

Therefore, he grew into a cold-blooded killer. With time, he got to kill many in defense and in revenge for avenging the father. Watch as the anime unfolds in his quest for revenge. Will he manage?

11. Sword Of The Stranger

Sword Of The Stranger

The anime movie “Sword of the Stranger” has Nanashi as the main hero. In his ventures, he meets an orphan Kotaro and his dog and saves them from a squad that is after them.

He then takes them to the temple for safety. Nanashi is the only survivor of a sinking ship. One day he was ordered to execute two children while in military service. He becomes close to Kotaro in repentance for killing the two children. Will he be free of the guilt?

12. Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

This is a historical adventure anime series that aired from the year 2004 to 2005. The story involves a waitress, Fuu, who rescues two sworders from their execution and helps her seek the Samurai who smells of sunflowers.

This results from the promise the sworders made when Fuu was rescuing them. The language used in this anime is Japanese. This anime is best suited for Cowboy Bebop fans.

13. Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin aired from January 1996 to September 1998. The anime involves a legendary assassin, Hitokiri Battosai, who was feared all over people. He later on, disappeared at the peak of the Japanese Revolution.

This was something that the people could not understand. It was later known that the legendary assassin was starting a new life after repenting and leaving his old ways, dedicating his life to protecting the weak.

14. Kimetsu No Yaba

Kimetsu No Yaba

People popularly know this anime by “Demon Slayer.” The story is in the Taisho era, where a secret society is known as the Demon Slayer Corps.

Note that these demons are more like humans who were transformed to mean creatures by a villain. These demons are enemies and must be defeated to maintain peace in the community.

This is where the Demon Slayers come in, as they have superhuman strength and increased resistance to fight these demons.

15. Gintama


The anime’s story is set in the late Edo Period. People in this era are being attacked by aliens known as Amanto. The aliens have more power than Edo, Japan’s samurai. The aliens and the samurai devise a contract that bans swords and allows outsiders in the country.

Gintama focuses on a samurai who helps a teenager save his sister from an alien group that wants to enroll her in a brothel. Will his good deeds go unrewarded?

16. Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion

Angolmois- Record of Mongol Invasion

This anime narrates how the people of Tsushima struggled and eventually rose against their enemies. The Mongolian empire rapidly grew across the globe.

A group of prisoners is exiled to Tsushima Island to help defend the state against the first Mongol invasion of Japan in the late 13th century. Will they manage to stop the invasion?

17. The Heroic Legend of Arslan

The Heroic Legend of Arslan

The storyline is set in an era of over a thousand years of ancient Persia and other neighboring countries.

There is an occurrence of monsters and lots of magic as the series continues. The anime mainly focuses on the story of the exploits of Arslan. Slavery and religion are highly shown in this anime, which explains how it was back in the day. If you love historical events, it is the perfect anime for you.

18. The Twelve Kingdoms

The Twelve Kingdoms

The story involves a dull high school girl who meets a stranger who swears allegiance to her. After a battle, this man takes the girl with her other two classmates to another world. Funny enough, the girl’s appearance changes, and she can understand the language spoken in the world they are taken to.

The fact that they came from Earth makes them wanted persons. The girls have to explore 13 lands in this strange world as they figure out why they were taken there.

19. Katanagatari


The main focus of this anime is following up on how a certain swordsmith crafted the twelve district’s weapons. These twelve weapons are said to be made by other mystical means that make them unique.

The twelve weapons have different names and are obtained by other people in the story. People claim that the craftsman planned to develop an ultimate blade that would become a fighting style.

20. Drifters


Drifters’ anime is based on the era of the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. The land has different types of strange creatures and warriors from different generations and ages. Toyohisa Shimazu is the rearguard for his troops and is rivals with a stoic man called Murasaki.

He is taken to the land with strange creatures, where he tries to explore as he understands what is happening.

21. Berserk


In this anime, Griffith rules the reborn Band of the Hawk. Griffith has always had a strong sense of ambition since he was young.

On the other hand, Guts is the “Black Swordsman” who was taken in by a group called Band of the Hawk. Guts sacrificed his followers to get the chance to rule a kingdom. The story highlights how greed and power may destroy someone.

22. Brave 10

Brave 10

This is a manga series that is based on the Warring States period. It could be considered a year before the Battle of Sekigahara.

Luckily, a character called Isanami survived the burning of the Temple by the enemies. He later travels to seek sanctuary in Shinshuu. As the battles go on, a mysterious power hidden within Isanami will awaken, and the people will be shocked.

23. Mushibugyou


The story’s setting is based on an alternate Edo period in Japan. Some giant insects start appearing and attacking people, leading to many deaths in the country. A new samurai called Jinbei Tsukishima comes in as the latest member of the City patrol.

He takes the role of protecting the people from the giant insects attacking and terrorizing them people.

24. Basilisk


In the Basilik anime, two rival ninja clans participate in a bitter blood feud that has lasted for centuries. The two clans, Iga and Kouga, have been enemies for a long without hope of reconciliation.

Luckily, Lesayu, a Shogun, was able to sort out some issues between the two clans. He devised a solution of getting ten of each clan’s best ninjas to go to a tough battle to solve it all. When Lesayu passes away, his son takes over the role after some years. Will the two clans ever reconcile?

25. Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

Fate-Stay Night- Unlimited Blade Works

This sword anime is featured in Fuyuki City, surrounded by beautiful mountains and a breathtaking ocean. To realize the mythical Holy Grail claimed to grant the wishes of any processors, seven masters are given heroic spirits.

Each of the masters enters into a contract with their assigned servants. Now it becomes a battle between the masters and servants until a pair remains. Who will emerge as the winner?

26. Shigurui


In the anime, one of the characters Tokugawa, Lord of the Castle, has been sentenced to commit Seppuku for atrocities and immoral conduct.

After a while, he orders a tournament inside the castle with 21 contestants with real swords. He is warned that shedding blood would be interpreted as rebellion. How will the fight unfold? How many contestants will survive the battle?

Jumpstart Your Imagination Through the Different Realities.

How imaginative are you? Well, these sword anime of all time have different realities that will make you feel like you are in the series or film. The other characters have unique abilities to help them in their foreign conquest. Therefore, you can learn some tactics that you can even use when playing video games.

So, what are you waiting for? Watch the best anime of all time.  All these anime titles are exciting and suitable for every anime lover.

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