The Top 20 Best Anime Swordswomen Ever!

From warriors and zombie slayers to guardians and protectors of the weak. In this category, we list the best 20 anime swordswoman.

While you may be used to seeing men wielding swords in anime series and films, we all know that if a woman decides to pick up a blade she is going to become a force to be reckoned with.

Some of the characters in this list use their combination of knowledge and sword skills to devastating their enemies, some use their raw power to enhance their swordplay to get the win. Some have magic in swordsmanship, others, there is just normal swordsmanship combined with skill and speed or inhuman strength.

Top 20 Best Anime Swordswomen

1. Kirin Toudou

2. Rukia Kuchiki Bleach

3. Cal (Kar) Shekar

4. Casca

5. Shana

6. Shiki Ryougi

7. Artoria Pendragonv

8. Clare

9. Mikasa Ackerman

10. Satsuki Kiryuuin

11. Akame

12. Saeko Busujima

13. Makie Otono-Tachibana

14. Youko Nakajima

15. Shura Kirigakure

16. Lina Inverse

17. Balsa Yonsa

18. Asuna Yuuki

19. Kuina

20. Maka Albarn


20 / 20. Maka Albarn

anime swords woman

Anime: Soul Eater

We kick off with the protagonist of the anime series Soul Eater. Maka is a teenage girl with white hair who loves slaying evil monsters and witches. She’s a beast on the battlefield and is deadly with a scythe.

However, Maka is also a sensitive cute anime girl with temper issues. She has a strong moral compose and always trying to do the right thing.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Maka is a skilled swordswoman, although she’s using a huge scythe in combat. She trained to use multiple advanced battle techniques, but her best secret weapon is her brain. She’s a clever anime girl who uses her brains to defeat her enemies.

19 / 20. Kuina

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#19. Kuina, One Piece

Anime: One Piece

Kuina from the anime series One Piece was Zoror’s master daughter and childhood friend. Her goal was to become the greatest swordswoman but she died at an early age falling down some stairs.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Despite her young age and cute looks, Kuina was stronger than most of the adults in her dojo. She has exceptional sword skills, her sword “Wado Ichimonji” is one of the 21 great grade swords.

When Zoro, one of the best sword fighters in anime, challenged Kuina to a duel with real swords he lost for the 2000th time!

18 / 20. Asuna Yuuki

anime swordswoman

Anime: Sword Art Online

On top of being a drop-dead gorgeous fantasy anime girl, Asuna is an extremely skilled anime swordswoman. The female lead of SAO is the sub-leader of the frontline guild “Knights of Blood.”

Asuna has worked hard for her strength. She’s supersonic fast to the point she has earned the title “The Lightning Flash.”

Sword Skills and Abilities

While Asuna is super fast, she cannot think fast enough. She needs to coordinate her next counterattack which lets her opponent escape easily.

17 / 20. Balsa Yonsa

Anime: Guardian Of The Sacred Spirit

The main protagonist of the anime series Guardian Of The Sacred Spirit. Her character is full of depth, beauty, tough personality, and a sense of pride like no other.

Sword Skills and Abilities

This woman is a trained warrior who makes a living as a bodyguard for different people. She takes on the role of being a prince’s “bodyguard” after his own family and people threaten to kill him.

Her skills and experience, her matureness, and her resolve would be the advantage in hand-to-hand combat. She is the most badass swordswoman.

16 / 20. Lina Inverse

anime swordswoman

Anime: Slayers

Our number seventeen on this list is Lina Inverse from the anime series Slayers. She’s among the most powerful sorcerers in the world and she’s a well-versed swordswoman.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Lina carries a sword, though her magical power far exceeds her swordplay abilities. She has super strength for her size. Lina’s favorite spells are Black Magic spells, White Magic, Fireball, Flame Arrow, and Fire Shamanism.

15 / 20. Shura Kirigakure

anime swordswoman

Anime: Blue Exorcist

Shura is an exorcist swordswoman and mentor. She was raised by the demon Hachirotaro and trained to obtain the title Meister as a Knight. Her ancestor Tatsuko was a member of the Iga ninja clan who later started her own.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Her demon sword was passed down from mother to child through the ages by Hachiro. She fights using the Demon Blade Technique. She only uses weapons that she can easily conceal.

14 / 20. Youko Nakajima

Anime: The Twelve Kingdoms

At number fourteen we have Youko from the anime The Twelve Kingdom. She is an average shy Japanese girl who lives in an extremely conservative, repressive home. She’s not permitted to play sports, disagree with her parents or compete in any way.

That abruptly changes as she gets dragged into an alternate realm of the “Twelve Kingdom” where she transforms into a 16 years old queen who has to fight to survive.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Youko grows as a person and ruler, she’s strong, compassionate, and she listens to her citizens. She’s at her best as a swordswoman who slices demons for breakfast.

She’s also smart, which makes her politically powerful as well. Her transformation into a badass anime swordswoman is truly compelling.

13 / 20. Makie Otono-Tachibana

anime swordswoman

Anime: Blade of the Immortal

Born into a samurai family Makie Otono-Tachibana inherited the family’s famed talent. She always wanted to be a swordswoman from a young age, but her mother convinced her otherwise. She finally chooses the path of the sword to avenge her mother’s disgrace.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Makie is the undisputed master swordswoman and probably the best duelist in the anime series. Her swordsmanship is so perfect that not a single drop of blood lands on her.

Her weapon of choice is a double-bladed three-section staff named “Haru-no-Okina” (Old Man of Spring.) She is incredibly fast and skilled with her sword.

12 / 20. Saeko Busujima

Anime: Highschool of the Dead

She is a teenage student at Fujimi “High School”. She follows the Samurai code and belongs to the generation of “Guardian of Japan”.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Saeko is an athletic warrior and one of the most lethally efficient members of Takashi’s group. She’s a perfect swordswoman for any zombie apocalypse.

Saeko uses a bokken wooden sword. Her skills with a sword are matched by her calm and collected manner during combat.

She’s disciplined, smart,  sharp, brave, Saeko is a true fighter. She’s also kind, however, she has a dark side. Saeko loves killing bad people, she wants to kill more and more of them.

11 / 20. Akame

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Anime: Akame ga Kill!

Akame is one of the best swordswoman in anime, and she has a dark past.

Akame has known massive pain, struggles, and sadness. She was sold to the Empire along with her sister Kurome to be trained as an assassin, and since childhood, she’s been a well-experienced swordswoman who killed many people.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Akame’s sword Murasame is called the “One-Cut Killer”, anyone scratched by it will die from the poison that kills the victim in seconds.

She is much faster and much smarter than her opponents. Akame is an overall power machine in terms of quick strikes in swordsmanship.

While she does rely heavily on her speed in matches, she is also a composed tactical fighter who incorporates evasive and jumping attacks as well.

10 / 20. Satsuki Kiryuuin

anime swordswoman

Anime: Kill la Kill

At number ten best anime swordswoman is The icy blue eyes cold-hearted anime girl and the student council president of “Honnouji Academy.” Her goal: To rule the world through the superpower-endowing “Goku Uniforms” which grant the wearer unique superhuman abilities. She forcefully rules with the iron-fisted control.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Her sword, “Bakuzan” which means “to cut one’s eyes” is enough to withstand powerful blows. It can cut Life Fibers. Satsuki is a skilled swordswoman and a master in Junketsu’s advanced abilities.

During the battle, she is composed and calculated. However, she has an unusual monstrous physical strength.

9 / 20. Mikasa Ackerman

anime swordswoman

Anime: Attack on Titan

Mikasa is almost a superhuman in AOT, and a very skilled swordswoman. She is also a natural military wiz and a soldier of the “Survey Corps”, the most elite branch of the military on Paradis Island. As such her job involves leaving the walls and go out to fight titans and reclaim territory and protect her family.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Mikasa Ackerman is not just a pretty face, She has incredible physical strength as the Ackerman clan have Titan’s power in their human body.

Mikasa is well versed in the art of wielding a sword. She has the disposition of a well-trained veteran soldier ready to face any situation.

8 / 20. Clare

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Clare. Claymore

Anime: Claymore

She’s a badass swordswoman mercenary. Clare is one of the “Claymores” forms, a group of hybrid warriors who are half-human and half yoma (kind of a monster) created to exterminate yomas.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Clare is an enhanced human and a powerful warrior that can take on strong demons. Moreover, she possesses superior speed, strength, and reflexes. When she is using the quick sword her speed is just too much for any opponent.

Her attacks move at incredible speeds. On top of that, she has a variety of superhuman physically impossible techniques with her blades.

Clare learned deadly sword skills and techniques which helped her defeat other enhanced humans like her.

7 / 20 Artoria Pendragonv

anime swordswoman

Anime: Saber Fate/Stay Night

At number seven we have Astoria from the epic anime knights series Fate. The anime series has this weird fetish where it turns male historical figures into females. Artoria was born with the magical energy of a dragon!

Sword Skills and Abilities

She is the holder of the Element of the Red Dragon, which grants Astoria magical energy, simply through breathing like dragons. In addition, Artoria has sharp Instincts that have won her many battles. Surprise attacks tactics are useless against her.

Artoria’s swordsmanship and power are based on her Mana Burst ability which makes her one of the most skilled sword fighters in anime. It basically inserts magical energy into her weapon and body. She uses Mana Burst freely for her sword techniques, guarding, and movement. Her armor is significantly strong, but it reduces her speed and maneuverability.

Astoria can step beyond her physical form and freely use the Excalibur sword, one of the most powerful of the Fate series. It is the most powerful magical and holy sword that symbolizes King Arthur. The sword transfers her magical energy into light by accelerating it with her factor of the dragon.

6 / 20. Shiki Ryougi

anime swordswoman

Anime: The Garden of Sinners (Kara no Kyoukai)

Just missing the top five is Shiki. She is a very strong anime swordswoman and she is the heiress of a family “Demon Hunter Organization.” She trained all her life to fighting supernatural beings.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Shiki has a magical prosthetic arm that allows her to catch things from a distance. She hypnotizes herself to enhance her physical abilities.

Shiki also possesses “Eye of the Mind.” This allows her to see the “lines of a target’s death” and she can cut them. If she cuts the correct one she can kill the target.

She has a natural talent to foresee / sense and avoid danger on the basis of an innate sixth sense, intuition, or prescience. On top of that Shiki has a high tolerance for pain. That makes her a monstrous warrior.

Shiki wields a Japanese katana “Kanesada Kuji:” a five-hundred-year-old sword that has gained a large amount of Mystery due to its old age. She’s extremely skilled in swordsmanship – her strike range with a knife is 3 meters, ~9 feet, and with a katana, this triples to 9 meters, ~27feet.

Unfortunately for Shiki’s opponents, it would be an extremely one-sided fight.

5 / 20. Shana

anime swordswoman

Anime: Shakugan no Shana

At number five we have the anime swordswoman, Shana, the leading character of Shakugan no Shana. She may look like a cute anime girl and petite anime girl, but she’s endowed with enough preternatural strength to save the entire universe.

Actually, she’s not even human. She’s a Flame Haze, a being who crosses into our dimension from another. Plus, she’s got a really big sword!

The Flame Haze has no name, she is given the name “Shana” after her special sword, the “Nietono No Shana.” She is known as the sword-wielding “Flame-Haired Red-Hot-Eyed Hunter”. Shana is hinted to be the most powerful Flame Haze to ever existed.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Shana has super strength, speed, durability, and endurance. She engulfs Nietono no Shana with her flame and releases such flame forward, burning everything to ashes along its trajectory.

With the Power of the “Existence spell,” Shana can increase her powers and mobility. The movement-enhancing spell, which takes the form of a pair of fiery wings, allowing her to fly.

She also has the ability to stop time until she tells it to continue, and the creation of fire-based constructs and weapons, small-scale matter/reality manipulation.

She can turn anything that is living into energy and absorb its energy or use it to fix something that was damaged.

4 / 20. Casca

anime swordswoman

Anime: Berserk

She’s tough and wears male clothing and she’s the only woman soldier who led her own platoon. Casca from the epic medieval series Berserk will always search for direct contact with the enemy constantly putting herself in danger. She has her share of battle scars.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Casca is one of the best swordswomen in the world, and the only female warrior in a brutal medieval world. She is a better fighter than most men. This badass swordswoman performs amazing displays of skills, such as swordsmanship, and horsemanship. Casca uses a light sword and armor enabling her to fight more gracefully than her male comrades.

She will never surrender, no matter what. Casca is blessed with leadership skills and commanded an army by herself. She has proven it time and time again.

3 / 20. Cal (Kar) Shekar

anime swordswoman

Anime: Taboo Tattoo

Cal Shekar from Taboo Tatoo is at number four. She is a well-versed swordswoman samurai. She is one of the strongest female swordswoman anime characters. Cal is in her own league.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Cal has a powerful unique ability that cancels and deflects back at her opponent in any form of attack, whether it’s physical or magic. It’s called: “Absolute Boundary.”

Cal is super-fast and is able to seemingly teleport herself. Aside from her speed, her sword fighting skills are unmatched. Cal is a skilled anime swordswoman who knows how to use a sword.

She doesn’t need to be close to her opponent to strike. Making it both short and long-range deadly weapons. She can use her sword from distance and can cut through dimensions!

Thanks to the power of taboo tattoos she’s able to produce very strong barriers capable of repelling strong attacks and also giving her great offensive power against her enemies.

One of the most impressive anime swordswomen on this list. Most skilled swordswoman going head to head with Cal would check out pretty fast.

2 / 20. Rukia Kuchiki Bleach

anime swordswoman

Anime: Bleach

Coming in at number two is Rukia Kuchiki! She is the captain of the 13th division and “Soul Reaper,” an occupation that includes killing hollows and helping souls pass on to the afterlife. Her sword, “Sode no Shirayuki” is said to be the most beautiful in the entire series.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Rukis is an expert swordswoman with a century and a half old experience fighting for survival and training as a soldier. She’s a master of the “Kidou” hand-to-hand fight.

Rukia is incredibly fast and her intelligence is very high. Her attacks can destroy a town and her Bankai can destroy mountains.

Her Bankai, Hakka no Togame, allows her to lower the temperature of her body at will and unleash a powerful, blinding white explosion that freezes everything she touches.

Rukia’s sword and power are based on the legend of the yuki-onna, the ghostly ‘snow woman’. She transforms into a snow-woman legend. She becomes a cold and detached mystical being.

1 / 20. Kirin Toudou

anime swordswoman

Anime: Asterisk War

If we take into consideration pure swordswoman skills, Kirin Toudou from Asterisk War is no doubt the world’s best.

She is a “child prodigy” who has gone through rigorous training since a very young age as a swordsman. She’s one of the most powerful and skilled anime swordswoman just based on pure swordsmanship skills and talent.

Sword Skills and Abilities

Kiran Toudou’s skills are beyond human, but without the need for inhuman abilities to make it possible. She would be able to beat her opponents who have supernatural powers in one on one scenarios with just her katana called “Senbakiri” as her weapon.

Kirin’s one downfall is that since she’s always fought alone, team fights are not her specialty. She is the only child of the Toudou family, Kirin is very proficient in her family’s sword fighting style, the “Toudouryuu,” a type of martial arts.

The essence of the Toudouryuu is to trick the opponent through the use of gaze, breathing, and slight movements. The Toudouryuu has 49 techniques. A combination of the techniques creates fluid attacks.

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