Top 10 smallest swords in anime, ranked
Weapons are a staple in any fighting anime. From uniquely designed blades to traditional katanas, the clash of swords is a familiar sight for anime fans. Most often, strong warriors in cartoons have equally powerful weapons. Heroes and adventurers wield swords with large blades that reflect their own immense power.
Size alone does not determine the strength of a weapon. Despite the allure of larger-than-life weapons, even the smallest blade can deal unimaginable damage to its opponent. The following swords are all blades on the smaller side of the anime sword spectrum. However, each is an intimidating and powerful weapon when used by the right wearer.
ten Goblin Slayer’s Shortsword
The Goblin Slayer is a strong, silent and mysterious adventurer who never takes off his armor in the public eye. His most defining trait is his obsession with stalking and killing every goblin to a ruthless degree. One of his most notable weapons is his shortsword, a weapon optimized for small spaces.
The Goblin Slayer uses these blades to hunt and kill goblins when his knives aren’t enough. In the process of hunting these creatures, Goblin Slayer has repeatedly shattered his short swords and they are regularly repaired throughout the series.
9 Rit’s Twin Blades (Banned from Heroes’ Day, I decided to live a quiet country life)
In the anime, Banned from the Heroes’ Day, I decided to live a quiet life in the countryside, Rit is currently a resident at Red Pharmacy. However, she is still a B-rank adventurer and a skilled swordsman.
Her blade choice consists of two curved short swords that she attached to her waist. After being trained by Lord Gaius, protecting his realm from demons, and traveling with the hero’s party, her sword skills are top notch. The short twin blades give Rit a unique fighting style of his own.
8 The White Fang Chakra Saber (Naruto)
In the world of Naruto, Kakashi is known for his Sharingan and Raikiri, but he also wielded a shortsword as a jōnin. The blade once belonged to his father, Sakumoto, and was the origin of his title of “White Fang of Konoha”. The blade was then passed on to Kakashi.
The sword, named “White Chakra Saber,” was a straight-bladed tantō with a small circular handguard. Kakashi used it in various battles during World War III Shinobi. However, it was ultimately destroyed during Kakashi’s battle with Kakko to protect Obito and Rin.
7 Tsubaki’s Ninja Sword Form (Soul Eater)
Tsubaki, partner of Black Star in Soul eater, is a demonic weapon that has many forms. She can transform into a Smoke Bomb, Shuriken, Chain Scythe, and Strange Sword. But most notable on this list is his ability to transform into a Ninja Sword.
This transformation allows his master, Black Star, to focus on his speed, while allowing him to use the “Speed Star” technique. It’s a technique that allows Black Star to move at extreme speeds, hiding him from the naked eye and allowing him to engage in close quarters combat.
6 Maple Shortsword (Bofuri: I don’t want to hurt myself, so I’ll maximize my defense)
In Bofuri: I don’t want to hurt myself, so I’m going to maximize my defense, Maple is known to be a monster and boss-like character due to his strength and unique playstyle. His shield, “Black Knight Replica” with his “Devourer Skill” may be Maple’s signature move due to his focus on defense.
However, his shortsword is just as powerful, allowing Maple to use the skills “Hydra”, “Shout Pay” and many others. With this shortsword paired with her shield, Maple becomes the power that fans know her.
5 Kento Nanami’s Cursed Item (Jujutsu Kaisen)
In the world of Jujutsu Kaisen, when engaged in a battle with cursed spirits, Nanami Kento leans on a dull blade. A cursed tool that allows him to use his own cursed technique in combat. The tool Nanami uses is a blunt sword with a wooden handle, wrapped in cloth.
The blade of the sword is blunt and almost looks like a cleaver. With this blunt blade, sorcerer Jujutsu Nanami Kento is able to use his cursed techniques, “rapport technique” and “collapse” to locate his opponent’s weak spots and cut them with a slice of his blade.
4 Demon Sword Lostvayne (The Seven Deadly Sins)
The demonic sword Lostvayne is a sacred treasure in the world of The seven deadly sins. The sword belongs to Meliodas, a member of the Seven Deadly Sins. Demon Sword Lostvayne is a curved shortsword with its blade split in half. The sharper edge is silver and the blunt side is moss green.
Meliodas can activate the blade’s abilities by saying the command “Activate Sacred Treasure”, which then allows the blade to create clones of Meliodas. Each individual clone is also able to use the reflecting power of Meliodas “Full Counter”, thus making the blade a powerful weapon in Meliodas’ arsenal.
3 Sharp Wind Emperor (Black Clover)
Black clover has many wizarding knights who use swords in one way or another. However, Fanzell Kruegar’s swords don’t even have blades. The former commander of the Diamond Kingdom army is able to create a malleable sword out of the wind. The spell called “Emperor of the Sharp Wind” allows him to take even a twig found on the ground and transform it into a formidable sword.
Due to the fact that the sword does not exist until Fanzell creates it with his magic, it can be one of the more powerful of the smaller swords.
2 Arthur Boyle’s Excalibur (Fire Force)
firefighters Arthur Boyle is not the brightest member of Company 8, believing himself to be a medieval knight. However, his Excalibur sword lives up to its namesake despite being only a handful. Using his ignition ability, Arthur is able to heat his flames and direct them through the hilt of Excalibur, the blade burning a bright blue color.
When wielded by Arthur, Excalibur’s plasma blade can cut through metal and generate electricity. The blade will even change in size, depending on how chivalrous Arthur feels in battle.
1 Dragon Handle (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Dragon Handle is the first sword fans see Meliodas use when introduced in The Seven capital sins. A broken blade with a handle that looks like a crooked dragon with three points on the head and on the back. The handle is a casket fragment from Eternal Darkness and has ties to the Demon Clan that have been sealed.
Even without a blade, when wielded by Meliodas, Dragon Handle is capable of slicing through even the most intimidating opponents. It’s a mighty blade with an even greater evil purpose.
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