Here is everything you need to know about the five best Swordsmen in Anime, ranked.
Aki Hayakawa: Chainsaw Man
Most anime swordsmen can use their weapon of choice without any repercussions, but that is not the case for Chainsaw Man’s Aki Hayakawa. He can only use his sword as a last resort since it shortens his life span.
Aki has a contract with the Curse Devil and has a sword that resembles a nail. To use the contract, Aki has to point the nail at his target, then say “fire.” The Curse Devil’s hand will flick the nail at wherever Aki aimed the sword. After three stabs from the nail, Aki can then summon the Curse Devil to either permanently injure them or kill them.
Akame: Akame Ga Kill!
Akame is the titular, deadly assassin from Akame Ga Kill! whose special ability allows her to kill any living being with one cut. With her blade Murasame, she can inject a lethal curse that can quickly infect anyone she cuts.
However, even without said curse, her opponents still would not live to tell the tale. Akame herself is a talented, super-soldier capable of defeating all manner of beasts and weapons with her agility and decisive strikes.
Sakata Gintoki: Gintama
As much of a great comedic romp as Gintama is, viewers should not forget the legend that is Sakata Gintoki. His own “White Yaksha” moniker was earned on the battlefields of the Joi War. He singlehandedly wiped out Amanto hordes in a brutal fashion.
Though he has hung up the steel blade, Gin still manages to be incredibly powerful with his wooden, Lake Toya sword. With it, he somehow manages to take on the steel of the Shinsengumi and slash through entire, giant robots.
Mugen: Samurai Champloo
Samurai Champloo’s Mugen is someone with a savage style that is as great for evading enemy attacks as it is for dishing out unpredictable moves of his own. This greasy hero somehow manages to fuse a variety of martial arts and swordplay with hip-hop breakdancing.
Mugen constantly showcases some of the coolest moves ever seen on both the battlefield and dance floor. Combined with his nerve-racking demeanor and tendency to use a few dirty tricks, Mugen is easily one of the most dangerous samurai out there.
Ichigo Kurosaki: Bleach
Bleach’s Ichigo Kurosaki is just one of the series’ illustrious swordsmen, and very few are as skilled as him. Ichigo trained for years as a Soul Reaper and became virtually invincible by the end of the series. Ichigo’s Bankai gifted him immense agility and a serious upper hand in every battle.
Ichigo is the ultimate cool guy that most Shonen protagonists strive to become. His unparalleled swordsmanship on top of his tough-guy attitude is more than enough to make fans fall in love with him.