My concern was with females with longswords in their hands... Any similar anime or anything that can be clubbed under fantasy but with female knight/warrior.
Probably a longshot, but I read this book years ago and I'm trying to remember the title so I can add it to my goodreads list.
The Dancers at the End of Time by Michael Moorcock. Quite funny in a satirical, farcical way. I would rate it a 3.5, especially if you're looking for
You know, Westsiyeed, that was exactly my reaction: I went off and read some more 'old stuff' from the series.
I find that when I need
That's really just a metaphor - I don't know when other authors say they 'hear' their character what they mean exactly. I certainly don't hear them speaking