- The main appeal of ridiculous isekai series like “Reincarnated as a Sword” lies in the unique bonds between the reincarnated protagonist and their humanoid counterparts.
- Unlike other isekai series, “Reincarnated as a Sword” immediately highlights the fun dynamics between the eponymous sword and his wielder, Fran.
- These types of isekai are more about human interactions, as the relationships formed between the reincarnated protagonists and other characters enhance the story and make it more compelling.
Fans flocking around some of the most ridiculous new isekai series – like Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon – need to check out the exclusive HIDIVE animeReincarnated as a Sword, but not quite for the reason most might expect. Although these series and those like them are completely outrageous, the main appeal these types of Isekai have is the unique bonds that the reincarnated protagonists have with their humanoid counterparts. It just so happens that this drawing factor is contingent on these protagonists reincarnating into applications that require some sort of humanoid interaction.
Unlike other ridiculous isekai, this adaptation of the light novel series by writer Yuu Tanaka and illustrator Llo immediately underscores the fun dynamics between the eponymous sword, referred to as Teacher, and his wielder, the catgirl named Fran.
Fran always wanted to be strong and evolve even though her species can’t, but none of this was possible before Teacher, whose absurd amount of leveling up earlier on allows her to pursue those dreams. Meanwhile, Teacher’s leveling up initially felt meaningless without having someone to wield him just like a regular sword would “feel” if one could – even though there isn’t anything normal about him. Naturally, Fran could easily provide this for him and does.
Reincarnated as a Sword Stands Out From the Competition of Ridiculous Isekai
Based on the light novel series by writer Yuu Tanaka and illustrator Llo
Similar to Reincarnated as a Sword, Reborn as a Vending Machine may have capitalized on this type of relationship with the eponymous Boxxo and his hunter companion Lammis, but viewers wouldn’t get this until later. Boxxo only obsessed about human interactions once he realized that he ran on points and couldn’t get more without customers. So, his motivations were more survival based before he relied on Lammis for other reasons. Even though Reincarnated as aSword‘s Teacher once found himself in a compromising position that required him to be wielded, he’d originally expressed a desire for an owner numerous times before then.
The same can be said of Boxxo and Teacher’s humanoid companions, Lammis and Fran, respectively. It wouldn’t be until later episodes in Reborn as a Vending Machine that viewers would learn that Boxxo’s unique weight and distribution actually improved one of Lammis’ defining qualities. This would only happen once they interacted in such a way that it would later become their ubiquitous mode of symbiotic transportation. Meanwhile, one half of Reincarnated as a Sword‘s debut episode was dedicated to exploring Fran’s own backstory, allowing viewers to quickly ascertain how she could benefit from Teacher once she wielded him.
These Types of Isekai are More About Human Interactions
Of course, fans of Reborn as a Vending Machine might just be drawn to Reincarnated as a Sword for the obvious shared allure of their protagonists getting reborn as something completely random. However, it’s not too hard to assume that what compels fans to continually seek out others like them is how these reincarnated protagonists’ unique situations are embellished by the relationships they forge. After all, the reincarnated protagonists are only truly compelling once they are being interacted with in some way.
For example, the initial “self-discovery” phase in an isekai where the reincarnated protagonist learns of their new functionalities might always be entertaining, but things don’t truly get started until they meet with the other characters who will use them. After all, every episode of Reincarnated as a Sword couldn’t just be Teacher flying around and hacking at monsters by himself or Reborn as a Vending Machine‘s Boxxo getting randomly attacked by frog creatures as they do in their respective premieres.
Reincarnated as a Sword, and other isekai like it are truly great because of the relationships these reborn protagonists forge with other characters, and these interactions are just better because they themselves are reincarnated as the most absurd objects that complement both their originating solo functionalities and future humanoid companions perfectly.
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SOURCE : screenrant.com