In the fourth volume of 白銀のソードブレイカー I found these sentences:




I thought it could mean something like しないと, I found this answer that seems to confirm my guess, and Jisho has an entry about this too, but with that meaning I'm not sure how should I understand those sentences.

I tried looking for it in my grammars, but I didn't find it, and a Google search didn't help solving my doubt.

If it's a negative form of する, I guess those sentences means something like:

  • "The Demon Sword was thrust into Durandaru's back, and without cutting her in two the blade approached", which I don't really understand: if the sword is already in the character's back (突き立てる), what does it mean that's approaching? If instead it's in the process of stabbing her and has not reached her too, why "without cutting her in two"? If the sword hasn't reached her yet, it's obvious she isn't yet cut in two.

  • "The light released by the blade wrapped her body, without controlling everything, it just overflown, everything slowed down, completely becoming dull, the Holy Sword approached Durandaru, without doubt this would hit...", which again I don't really understand: what should it mean that the light doesn't control everything?

Moreover, even reading them that way I'm not sure why せん (with the と): it doesn't look like a quotative と, nor does it seem a conditional one, so I'm not really sure about how this structure is formed.

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    Does this answer your question: japanese.stackexchange.com/q/52372/9831 / japanese.stackexchange.com/q/93422/9831
    – chocolate
    Nov 26, 2022 at 11:19
  • So it's the same as しようと(する)? Not sure what it should mean in those sentences, though: there is no verb after と, not even the て as per naruto's answer. If I were to read it as しようとする, they would be something like "The Demon Sword was thrust into Durandaru's back, and the blade trying to cut her in two was approaching" and "The light released by the blade wrapped her body, and it overflow as if trying to control everything", and while the second could kinda make sense, not really sure about the first...
    – Mauro
    Nov 26, 2022 at 15:22
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    〜せんと works on the verbs 迫る and 溢れ出す, respectively, as an adverb. The latter is used with とばかりに.
    – aguijonazo
    Nov 27, 2022 at 4:57
  • What does it mean? I tried looking on Jisho for it as adverb, but came up empty handed.
    – Mauro
    Nov 27, 2022 at 7:56

1 Answer 1


Short answer: those せんと in the question are different from the 関西弁「せんと」 and mostly the same as しようと: try to, about to.

Grammatically the difficulty comes from different instances of ん.

Those in question is a conjugation of classical む, which is similar to modern う・よう.

1 推量・予想の意を表す。…だろう。

2 意志・希望の意を表す。…う(よう)。…するつもりだ。

The ん in 関西弁「せんと」(=しないと) is a conjugation of negative auxiliary.


せ is the 未然形 of する (the same as e.g. 確認せずに). と should be the と in とする, whose exact function I'm not sure.

So せんと in question mean

  • The blade approaches, trying/willing/about to cut (it) in two.
  • The light (...) flows all over, as if trying/willing/about to rule everything

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