Blacksmiths are normally side characters in most fantasy anime series and are responsible for the main character’s weapons. If you are looking for the best swordsmithing males and females in anime, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we will be taking a look at some of the greatest in their craft. Some of these characters are well known for their works, while others are up-and-coming artists.
So, without further ado, let’s jump into the listing!
List of the Best Female Blacksmith Characters in Anime
- Hephaestus from Danmachi
- Mitsuru Osafune from Orient
- Lisbeth from Sword Art Online
- Iz from Bofuri
- Tetsuko Murata from Gintama
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1. Hephaestus, the Goddess of Blacksmithing (Danmachi)
Hephaestus is one of the gods in the world of Danmachi. She is the goddess of smithing, as such she is the most talented female blacksmith character in all of anime.
She is one a friendly relationship with Hestia, the main character’s goddess. Which is why, she accepted Hestia’s request to forge a powerful dagger for the MC.
Of course, she did not readily accept it because the gods have their own status and ranking. Since Hestia was a poor goddess she didn’t have much to offer in return.
Regardless, the fact that Hephaestus helped makes her one of the good gods in the series.
2. Mitsuru Osafune, Head of Swordsmiths (Orient)
Mitsuru Osafune is one of the hottest female characters from Orient who is a blacksmith. She is a Bushi and the Head of Swordsmiths band who make special Kitetsu Blades for the Bushi members.
At a merchant gathering, the main characters choose their Kitetsu Blades and Mitsuru explains the color of their souls and the minerals in the blade match the soul color. However, the blades will choose its users, and not the other way around.
As a person Mitsuru is strong willed. She is very manly, which you can guess from her dressing style. Osafune only wears bands to cover her breasts and a loincloth for her lower part. She carries herself as a strong, bold and confident woman.
3. Lisbeth, Cutest Anime Blacksmith (Sword Art Online)
Lisbeth is one of the cutest female blacksmith characters in anime. She a young girl with a big heart from the epic isekai series, Sword Art Online. She is a good friend of Kirito and has always been kind and loyal to him.
Inside the game world of Aincard, Lisbeth was a blacksmith character. She forges and sells high-quality weapons and armor. As one of the best in her profession, she makes strong and durable weapons and items.
After escaping from the world of Sword Art Online, she starts a new playing a new MMORPG game, Alfheim Online, where she once again choses to be a blacksmith. This shows her love for the job.
Although she is just a side character, Lisbeth has constantly supported the main characters in their adventure. Not to mention, she even comes to save them whenever they are in trouble.
After the Sword Art Online incident, she became good friends with Kirito, Asuna and others in the real world as well.
4. Iz, the Master Craftswomen (Bofuri)
Iz is one of the first characters to be introduced in the Bofuri anime series.
She is one of the players who chose the crafter build in the NewWorld Online VR MMORPG. She is also one of the best crafters in the entire game world.
After the main character created the Maple Tree guild, the MC invited Iz to join them.
Iz is a hard working person who is skilled at her hands, both in the game and in real life. Despite being so good at her craft, she does not look down on others. She is a kind and caring person which makes her one of the best waifu materials in the show.
5. Tetsuko Murata, the Shy Swordsmith (Gintama)
Murata Tetsuko is a swordsmith in Edo, the daughter of Murata Jintetsu, a famous blacksmith in town. She also has an older brother, Murata Tetsuya.
As a person, she is shy and withdrawn, but is a goodhearted women overall. She always speaks in a low voice, despite the fact that her brother has hearing problems.
Ever since she was a child, she has been fascinated with forging swords. Her dream is to forge the kind of sword that protects people, rather than killing people.
Her father saw her good nature and spirit, however, he had to break it down that her skills as a swordsmith were only so-so. Despite that, he encourages her before his death.
While she does not play a very big role in the series as a whole, she is a vital part of the Benizakura arc.
List of the Best Male Blacksmith Characters in Anime
- Oetsu Nimaiya (Bleach)
- Welf Crozzo from Danmachi
- Hotaru Haganezuka from Demon Slayer
- Kaijin from That time I got reincarnated as a Slime
- Giryou from Ushio & Tora
- Gallus from Reincarnated as a Sword
- Mosuke from Shaman King
- Beren from Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy
- Totosai from Inuyasha
1. Oetsu Nimaiya, the Creator of Zanpakuto (Bleach)
Nimaiya is one of the latest characters introduced in Bleach TYBW arc. He is an eccentric man with very odd hobby.
He has his own floating island above the shinigami realm, and he is one of the protectors of the Soul King. Because of this status, he is not normally allowed to help the shinigami even when they’re in deep trouble.
But let’s get back into the topic. Nimaiya is listed here because he is one hell of a blacksmith character who can create sentient weapons. He is responsible for creating zanpakuto.
He loves his zanpakuto’s so much that he always keeps them around him. Since they are sentient, they also help him in forging swords.
After Ichigo’s sword is shattered, Nimaiya trains him and makes him a new zanpakuto sword.
2. Totosai, the Demonic Blacksmith (Inuyasha)
Totosai is an elderly humanoid ykai swordsmith who forged Tessaiga and Tenseiga from the fangs of his old friend, Tga. He is eccentric, insane, and senile, and is protective of his blades. He is concerned for his life and refuses to do anything immoral, but has a strong sense of honor.
Totosai is able to craft blades, lock/unlock powers, and repair other weapons, but cannot repair poisonous weapons. He can only restore them to their original appearance, but it would become brittle due to the poison.
He was able to communicate with blades and sense changes in their wielders, suggesting he could communicate with the swords. Totosai is also capable of breathing fire which helps him forge blades. He also uses it to escape from threats.
Totosai had a lack of confidence in Inuyasha’s ability to understand Tessaiga, but assisted when necessary and secretly saw Inuyasha’s potential for greatness.
3. Kaijin, the Master Craftsman (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
Kaijin is one of the most skilled blacksmith characters from That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime. He is one of the Dwarfs from the Dwarven Kingdom who became Rimuru Tempest’s subordinate. He played a mojor role in building the Monster City “Tempest”, at the command of Rimuru.
Since Rimuru was once a human from the modern world, he used to ask Kaijin to make items similar to the ones that he used to have in modern soceity. And the fact that Kaijin was able to meet these demands and create items that don’t exist in his world shows his true capability.
I mean, imagine someone asking you to forge an item that you’ve never seen, that never existed in the world. That’s practially an impossible and very frustrating task. But Kaijin, as he loves such seemingly impossible endevours, he managed to create them.
Sadly though, he was banished from Dwargon because they did not realize his skills nor the value of Dwarven forged items. The good this is, this lead him to work under Rimuru instead. Becase of letting him do his craft, he respects Rimuru Tempest as a friend and ally.
4. Beren, the Energetic Dwarf With Serious Skills (Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy)
Apparantly, Dwarfs are the best blacksmiths in all of fiction. It is the same in the case of Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy. Beren is an elder dwarf who currently one of the blacksmiths in the world. He is loyal to Makoto, the MC, and wants to be relied on by him.
What makes Beren special is that he has two skills. One is “Blacksmith” and the other is “Appraisal”.
The Blacksmith skill allows him to forge high quality items and equipments. The Appraisal skill allows him to analyze the quality of an equipment at the first sight.
Besides his role as a craftsman, he is also a semi-decent fighter. His fighting style is to use a variety of equipment’s and tools with effects and aim for a decisive strike with his axe.
His greatest creation is the Storage ring that acts as a magical storage device, which is a pretty wild concept even it his magical world.
5. Gallus, the Divine Blacksmith (Reincarnated as a Sword)
Gallus is a famous blacksmith character from the Reincarnated as a Sword anime series. He is considered one of the best in the world when it comes to his smithing skills. However, he does not forge swords and armors for just about anyone. He has infamously turned down hundreds of adventurers, despite them offering good money.
This shows that he values his work more than money. He only cares about his work being in the good, skillful hands, used for the good of people.
He also posesses special eyes that allow him to see the information about any swords and armors. This is how he identified that the MC is a sentient being, despite him pretending to be a regular sword.
Throughout the series, he has been making quality armors for the main female character. He clearly thinks that she is worthy of the items that he makes.
6. Hotaru Haganezuka, a Dedicated Swordsmith (Demon Slayer)
Hotaru Haganezuka is a young blacksmith who runs his family’s forge in the Demon Slayer anime series. He is working with the demon slayer corps and is responsible for creating the swords for its members.
What makes these sword special is the fact that it is made specifically to kill demons. It is made out of ores that have been soaked in the sun’s heat for years. This gives them the power to cut through and kill the demons.
In the beginning of the series, we see him as a passionate man who loves the items that he forged. This is evident when he gets mad at Tanjiro whenever he breaks the sword.
Like every other Blacksmith in the series, he normally wears a mask to hide his identity. However, beneath that mask is an unbelievably handsome 37 year old man.
Despite his gruff exterior, he is kind-hearted and cares deeply for his friends and fellow Demon Slayers.
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7. Giryou Used His Body to Forge a Spear (Ushio & Tora)
Giryou from Ushio & Tora is a crazy blacksmith character who sacrificed his life to create a spear.
Not only that, he also sacrificed the life of his sister to make it. That is how much he was devoted to the art of smithing. But that his pride as a blacksmith is not what drove him to create the weapon that was forged from human sacrifice.
He lived in ancient time in China where a yokai called the “Hakumen no Mono” emerged from. The yokai caused a lot of bloodshed and killed Giryou’s parents.
It was trying to end the world and was an enemy to both the demons and humans. What’s more terrifying is that none of the human weapons can slay the monster.
This is why Giryou used the forbidden blacksmithing technique to sacrifice human souls to create a weapon blessed by the gods.
At the end, Giryou’s body became a part of the spear and his maddening lust for revenge made the spear powerful. His sister became a spirit whose body was also used as a material for the spear.
8. Welf Crozzo Forges the Best Magic Swords (Danmachi)
Welf is one of the most badass blacksmith characters in anime who specializes in forging magic items, He is a character from the series, “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?”
With amber eyes and a fiery red hair, he is one of the most handsome man in the series who is passionate about blacksmithing.
Welf’s family was popular blacksmiths, as they made the toughest and the most powerful items. However, they had a rule to never mage magic swords.
But curious young Welf broke the rule and made a magic sword which ended with him being kicked out from the family.
Without the resources to forge what he wants Welf was in a pickle. This is when he met the protagonist of the series and ends up forging a new weapon.
Welf’s allegiance to his profession and friends is tested throughout the series, resulting in character growth. Welf Crozzo is a fan favorite in Danmachi because to his rich past and multidimensional attitude.
9. Mosuke Gave His Life for the Art of Smithing (Shaman King)
Mosuke was a legendary swordsmith who created the invincible “Harusame” blade for his master. However, at the start of the series, he is just a spirit who possesses a sword.
Later, he becomes one of Yoh Asakura’s allies. Back in the days, he was very close with his friend Amidamaru. They grew up together, honed their skills together and were very loyal to each other.
One day, they presented their sword and services to a local lord, who hired them. Everything was going well, and Mosuke made the strongest blade for his new lord. However, the lord did not want him to make another sword with the same level of excellence. So, he asked Amidamaru to kill him.
On the other hand, Mosuke had gotten the Harusame back to reforge it, make it even better, and give it to Amidamaru.
Since they were close friends, Amidamaru ignored the lords request. So the lord sent men to kill them. After his death, Mosuke’s spirit refused to leave Harusame’s side until he could return the sword to Amidamru.
That’s it for this post! These are the most skilled blacksmith male and female characters in anime.
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