Reincarnated as a Sword aired its twelfth and final episode late last December and fans have already been clamoring for more.
The Isekai anime series saw some exciting adventure in its debut season, and although fans were satiated by its magic system, world-building, and character development, most have been wondering about the romantic aspect of the show – or the lack of it.
The protagonist of the series, Shishou or Master/Teacher isn’t exactly in a position to form any romantic relationships. He is a sentient magical sword, so love for him is out of the question – unless it’s with a sheath. But what about deuteragonist Fran? Does she end up with anyone?
As of the latest chapter of the Reincarnated as a Sword light novel, Fran does not end up with anyone. She is merely 13 and is quite oblivious to love. But anime fans would adore a budding romance involving Fran, so finding love for the Black Lightning Princess isn’t impossible.
Will Fran end up with Teacher?
Fran and Teacher have what is very explicitly a father and daughter relationship. It is for this reason that Fran can never romantically end up with him, even if he does get a human incarnation.
In the beginning, Teacher wished for someone attractive to become his wielder, but when it was just Fran, a Black Cat slave girl who was able to hear his voice, it became apparent that the bond between these two characters was going to be most certainly platonic.
Teacher saves Fran from slavery and becomes excessively protective of her, much like a dad. He cooks her food, screens anyone who might have an interest in her, and teaches her different techniques to become stronger so she can evolve.
Fran, in turn, is full of love and gratitude towards him, looking to him for advice, help, and livelihood.
Teacher is Fran’s companion, her mentor and her guide, her weapon and her savior. He will always be with her, and in this respect, Fran might actually just end up with Teacher – not in a romantic relationship, but in the most wholesome way possible.
Who else can Fran end up with?
The Reincarnated as a Sword fandom, of course, ships Fran and the Princess. She would be everyone’s first choice if Fran at all must end up with someone.
Fran and the elf receptionist take a bath together in a public bathhouse, which doesn’t mean anything at all, but fans of the spin-off manga got some explicit content from that scene, which they loved. There is a possibility that Fran ends up with a female for the sake of fan service.
Some people also thought Fran could end up with a Blue Cat Tribe member since it would create a good storyline for someone from a tribe that killed her parents to fall in love with her.
On the other hand, fans are wishing for a male member of her own tribe species who Fran might form a relationship with.
She might also fall in love with a human adventurer, just like Thunder Empress Murellia. Maybe Fran is actually Isekai-d to Teacher’s world where she can find someone.
But as of now, it doesn’t look too likely that Fran will end up with any of the characters in the novels, anime, or manga.
Why Fran Might Not End Up with Anyone
Fran’s parents were murdered by a rival tribe. She escaped the killers, only to be captured by a human who enslaved her for 4 full years. She was just 8 years old. Reincarnation as a Sword is a fantasy anime that can get extremely dark and heavy. It deals with race discrimination, violence, abuse, and slavery. Romance isn’t really on the table.
Ever since it was established that Teacher would have a paternal and not a romantic relationship with Fran, the idea of Fran ending up with anyone was greatly diminished.
The Reincarnated as a Sword light novel, especially, more than the anime and manga, strives to focus on adventure and does away with romance altogether.
The primary factor that is an obstacle to Fran’s romantic life – other than Teachers – is the fact that Fran’s a kid. However, in the web novel, it seems like quite some time has passed since the beginning of Fran’s adventure.
Guess we’ll just have to wait and see whether there’s any development on the love front for Fran.
About Reincarnated as a Sword
Also known as TenKen, it is a Japanese light novel series written by Yuu Tanaka and illustrated by Llo. It started as a web novel on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website in October 2015.
The plot revolves around a person who finds himself in another world reincarnated as a sword after dying in the human world. He has no recollection of his name but weirdly remembers everything else from his life as a human. Accepting his fate, he looks for someone who can own him.
A catgirl slave named Fran soon discovers the sword, uses it to kill a two-headed bear, and gives it the name “Teacher”. The duo then embarks on an adventure.