Anime Swordsman Top list: Who is your favourite?

Who doesn’t love a well-equipped anime swordsman roaming the streets of Japan, cutting down any enemy he comes across? We all love actions and adventure in a good anime show and pretty sure sword fights are a staple in any action-packed anime. This will be a list or ranks of who we think are the best anime swordsman 2021.

Everyone admires Anime swordsmen because of their techniques and stance in a fight, among other reasons. The thrill and satisfaction one gets from watching these characters do so well with their swords is truly unbeatable. This top ten list is for the best anime swordsman, but perhaps you want to know the best magicians in black clover? Do check out my other list, like Captains from Black Clover or best Chibi Anime Characters.

Let’s look at some of the most talented anime swordsman and swords woman who make us feel this way. And with that, let’s delve deeper into each and everyone of them.

6. Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

Levi Ackerman from Attack on Titan is a very skilful fighter. He is swift and lethal and they consider him as “Humanity’s Strongest Soldier” in the show, and rightly so. His skills using his equipments and as an anime swordsman is unrivalled in the anime and maybe even outside the anime universe of SNK.

Don’t let his short stature fool you, because despite his petite frame, Levi showcases formidable physical strength. His physique and musculature are well developed, thanks to his extensive usage of vertical maneuvering equipment. Not only can he take down the Female Titan single-handedly, but can handle over 30 titans all by himself (War for Paradis arc).  

Visuals from the anime (c) Hajime Isayama/SNK production Committee

With his Ackerman bloodline, he possesses a superhuman power. This awakens in him a dormant power which the anime describes as simply “Knowing exactly what needs to be done”. Having an ability to quickly analyse situations and form strategies in the heat of a battle, he is a natural-born leader. Levi leads the Special Operation Squads, which is the most elite squad in the Survey Corps. His comrades fear yet respect him for his skills and strength. He is the only capable soldier of incapacitating the formidable Beast Titan. Despite his stoic expression and calm demeanour, he cares for his comrades and shows it in his own ways.

But what makes Levi a truly riveting character is his swordsmanship. His unusual fighting stance (holding his right sword backhanded with the blade facing out) allows him to spin and rotate his blades to attack. Maintaining speed and agility comes with this technique and Levi is definitely saving energy and stamina like the pro that he is.

Visuals from the anime (c) Hajime Isayama/SNK production Committee

Sword fights in Attack on Titan are really something to be in awe of. Unlike traditional sword fights fought in close contact, the characters in AOT clash mid-air with the help of ODM (Omni-directional Mobility) Gear. It is more than just swordplay! It is a combination of hooks, wires, guns and explosives, all of it controlled by a trigger housed in the hilt of the swords. Just watching the intricacies of each fight exhilarates me to no end.

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5. Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)

Erza aka “Titania” Queen of Fairies, is a member of a powerful guild in Foire. She is a master sword fighter who possesses a type of spatial magic called “Requip” which allows her to change weapons, armour, and clothes at will.

Opponents, people and even guild mates fear her exceptional power but only as a sign of respect and not hate. She is an exceptionally talented fighter and her sword skills are more than enough to take down powerful enemies. Her offensive capabilities mainly come from her swordplay, which enables her to effectively utilize different weapons and armours that her Requip provides. 

Visuals from the anime. (c) Hiro Mashima/ Fairy Tail Production Committee

Her swordsmanship is enough for her to slash through Aria’s presumably intangible airspaces. As an S-Class mage, she has tremendous magical powers. She even possesses archery skills, along with her thorough knowledge of the magic world. 

Visuals from the anime. (c) Hiro Mashima/ Fairy Tail Production Committee

Over and above all that, Erza’s physical strength, endurance and durability are not to be overlooked. Along with everything, she also has sharp reflexes and has an impressive agility and speed. Despite being severely battle-worn, she could dodge a blast from Jose Porla while balancing herself on one hand. Even in difficult situations she can Requip Heaven’s Wheel Armour with over 200 Swords.

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4. Teresa (Claymore)

Teresa is the strongest and most fearless Claymore warrior. Despite being beautiful and talented, her past is full of pain and hardships. She endured when she was forced to undergo the gruelling process of becoming a half-human and half-yoma hybrid. 

Visuals from the anime (c) Norihime Yagi/ Claymore Production Committee

Her cold exterior brings fear to her fellow warriors. She became known as Teresa of the ‘Faint Smile’ because she always has a faint smile while killing Yoma. As a Former No. 1 Female Claymore warrior, she also holds a seat as one of the “Eight Most Powerful Creature-Warriors”. Her awakened state is angelic and possibly the result of young Clare’s good nature infused in Teresa’s blood and flesh. 

Teresa’s greatest strength is her outstanding technique to sense Yoki accurately. She can detect the most minute changes in the Yoki flow of both Yoma and Claymores alike.

Visuals from the Manga (c) Norihime Yagi/ Claymore Production Committee

As far as sword technique is concerned, Teresa favors an ordinary generic technique based on Versatility. This enables a combined use of different techniques that helps her improve adaptability while increasing lethality. Her technical prowess combined with basic abilities (Yoki, Agility, Strength, Spirit) and Versatility enables her to imitate other warriors’ fighting styles with much ease.

3. Yami Sukehiro (Black Clover)

Yami, captain of the Black Bull Squad, Magic Knights in the Clover Kingdom, is ranked as an Arcade Stage Mage. He is a powerful and respected magic knight and obviously a really skilled anime swordsman. 

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Visuals from Black Clover (c) Yūki Tabata/Black Cover Production Committee

Despite being reckless and unrefined, Yami is an experienced and a perceptive warrior; picking apart his opponent’s strategies with a glance while constantly trying to come up with counters for them. 

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Yami uses a rare magic attribute that can manipulate darkness. He basically channels his magic into his katana which makes him an extremely fast and a durable fighter. Yami can even stand against Dante Zogratis’ boosted gravity magic since he possesses tremendous physical strength. He can even further increase this with his magic. He reacts quickly using “Ki” which combines with Mana Zone to anticipate the enemy’s attack. Using this skill, he can easily counter them with quick movements. 

anime swordsman Yami Sukehiro
Visuals from Black Clover (c) Yūki Tabata/Black Cover Production Committee

The slightest release of his power intimidates multiple people. Yami just has some insane stats overall and can literally strike different dimension (Dorothy’s Glamour World).

He is also featured in our other list of Strongest Magic Captains in Black Clover.

2. Giyu Tomioka (Demon Slayer)

Giyu the Water Hashira, is a masterful anime swordsman, though he does not always give himself much credit.

He always wears an emotionless expression but is protective of and caring towards those he considers close friends. He is the most powerful swordsman in the entire organisation, with incredible speed, talent, tactical intellect and wits.

anime swordsman Koyoharu from Demon Slayer
Visuals from the anime (c) Koyoharu Gotouge/ Demon Slayer Production Committee

Giyu can easily defeat the Rui, the Lower Rank 5, by cutting him in split seconds. He can even hold up against Akaza, Upper rank 3. In his awakened state, he could move so fast that Akaza could not keep up which amazes him to the point that he offers to transform the Hashira into his kind (something Akaza only asks of the most worthy of his opponents). Akaza states he has not fought a Water Hashira as skilled as Giyu in fifty years. 

anime swordsman Koyoharu from Demon Slayer
Visuals from the anime (c) Koyoharu Gotouge/ Demon Slayer Production Committee

His physical strength can hold down a berserk Nezuko Kamado with one hand and knock her unconscious with one strike. Because of his harsh training, Giyu can withstand and endure powerful blows from even Akaza. 

1. Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)

Zoro the Pirate Hunter, is a master of Santoryu which is a three styled swordsmanship. He created as a child during training in Shimotsuki Village. He will forever be remembered as one of the greatest anime swordsman in existence.

anime swordsman Zoro showing his skills
Visuals from the anime (C) Eiichiro Oda/One Piece Production Committee

His goal is to be deemed the “Greatest Swordsman in the World” and is an exemplary one at that. He overwhelms his opponents by attacking with his three swords style concurrently. His battle scars are telling of his legacy, the fierce battles he fought, and his fearless spirit. One of his scars runs from his left shoulder to his right hip. He acquired it during his fight against the current world’s greatest swordsman Dracule Mihawk at Baratie. Another scar that runs down from the left eye left him with a permanently closed eye. 

anime swordsman Zoro using his strongest attack
Visuals from the anime (C) Eiichiro Oda/One Piece Production Committee

Zoro’s physical strength is considered superhuman, which is complete with incredible speed and agility, even underwater. During battles, he showcases his endurance and durability by standing his ground and fighting back even with massive injuries. He can easily cut a mountain sized opponent made of stone, gravel and metal. And he did this many times over in a moment during the Dressora arc.

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But even with his strength and cold personality, he still cares about his goals and mostly his friends. He was ready to sacrifice his own life multiple times in order for his captain and friends to survive. Most believe he is as strong as Luffy, the captain if not stronger. But for others, it depends on the situation and the opponents. Since Luffy is an emperor of the sea, we can definitely say Zoro is one of the strongest fighters in the One Piece world.

Who do you think deserves to be on this list of anime swordsman? Comment your favourite Swordsmen/swordswomen/swordtrap.

Sources: CBR, Gamespot, Fandom, Giyu Fandom, One Piece Fandom

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4 Comments on “Anime Swordsman Top list: Who is your favourite?”

  1. I loved it..it brings me back some memories i miss these anime…nice article my dear Riri i loved it..share some more..

  2. Gotta say that swordsman/swordfighting is not my forte ( even tho I’ve seen almost all the animes in this article UWU ). But this was a really cool article n I loved it <3.

  3. Where have you been hiding all this talent? You’re becoming an expert at this. Loved reading about it. Impressive. Keep it up.

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