Let’s be honest, anime has some of the badass katanas, and with them comes some even more interesting backstory and lore. Here, we will look at some of the coolest anime katanas and their legendary backstories!
- Nichirin Blade – Demon Slayer
Forged with special ore and sand, nichirin blades are the special weapons wielded by the Demon Slayer Corps in the fan-favorite anime series “Demon Slayer”. The blade has the unique ability to absorb sunlight and is the only weapon that can kill a demon.
Only after passing the final selection can the Demon Slayer Corps candidates get their katana. The blade’s color changes the first time the wielder draws out the katana and the color indicates the true strength of the wielder.
- Sakabato – Rurouni Kenshin
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Sakabato, a katana so memorable and cool that outclasses many of the powerful swords in this list. This unique reverse blade katana is a weapon that was designed not to kill.
The man who wielded the katana sought much more than his brutal history. This katana is a significant part of “Rurouni Kenshin” and makes the show unique and special. Certainly makes you want to build your own katana based on Sakabato doesn’t it?
- Wado Ichimonji – One Piece
Wado Ichimonji is among the greatest 33 swords in One Piece and certainly worth mentioning. This is the longest-living katana of Roronoa Zoro, its wielder and tough enough to bear Dracula Mihawk’s Yoru – an ability that makes mincemeat of ships and icebergs with ease!
Because of the katana’s devastating power, Zoro is always striving to protect it from the hands of those who want to take it for themselves or worse, a pirate. The katana is a significant part of him not only because of its power but also because it once belonged to his childhood buddy Kuina.
- Sekki – Noragami
In Studio Bones’ one of the greatest anime “Noragami”, no weapon compares to a god’s regalia when fighting phantoms or other gods. The delivery god Yato’s latest regalia is Yukina who can transform into a katana when the name “Sekki” is called.
This katana is one of the sharpest and more elegant swords mentioned in this list. Because of Yukine’s loyalty to Yato, he later evolves into a blessed regalia that only a few Regalias have ever achieved.
- Zangetsu – Bleach
In the famous anime series “Bleach” Ichigo Kurosaki wields the Zanpakuto ‘’Zangetsu”. It resembles a giant chef’s knife in its initial form. But in Bankai form, it later appears as a long black katana with cross guards making a Manji.
Zangetsu’s soul made Ichigo face countless fights simply to show he was truly worthy of wielding the katana until he finally unleashes the Final “Getsuga Tensho” in the epic fight against Aizen.
Anime katanas are not more popular than ever and certainly look super badass. But after knowing their epic backstories, I hope now you find them even cooler than before!