In a time and place where one's soul can be morphed into a weapon, there are modern-day magicians called Mage Knights. Although Kurogane Ikki is a student at an institution that trains Mage Knights, he has no particular talent in magic and is labeled the Failure Knight or the Worst One. Getting way less than average marks, he is forced to repeat a year. But with the arrival of a new head of the institution, a new rule is created: knights whose abilities are compatible, as decided by the board, must share rooms and train together throughout their school years to maximize their abilities.
Ikki's room-mate turns out to be Stella Vermillion — a princess from a foreign country and a rank A knight: the type of genius in magic that only appears once a decade. When Ikki walks into the room while she is changing her clothes, it causes a huge misunderstanding that eventually leads to a duel between the two. The punishment for the losing side is the Eternal Submission to the winner.
Forced to live the same room and practice magic together in the upcoming school years, how will Stella and Ikki's relationship evolve?
– Chivalry of a Failed Knight
– The Heroic Tales of the Failure Knight
– Rakudai Kishi no Kyabarurii
– 落第騎士の英雄譚[キャバルリィ] A TALE OF WORST ONE
– Доблесть Рыцаря-Неудачника
– Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan
– Доблестните рицари-неудачници
– Доблестният рицар-неудачник
– A Tale of Worst One
– L’epopea del cavaliere ripetente
Chivalry of a Failed Knight surprised me. I was expecting a cheap ecchi series but it turned out to be quite good.
The animation looks generic at first glance. Once you get to the action scenes, this series makes up for its shortcoming with impressive combat sequences. You can tell how much care is put into the swordplay art from the opening theme. There was very minimal 3D CGI, a couple of scenes at most that I can tell.
The series uses two pieces of theme music. The opening theme, titled “Identity” (アイデンティティ Aidentiti), is performed by Mikio Sakai. The ending theme is “Haramitsu Renge” (波羅蜜恋華, lit. “Pāramitā Love Blossom”) performed by the rock band Ali Project. Honestly, they aren’t very good, especially the opening.
The characters are likable and well written. It’s not a masterpiece by any mean, but a decently written story with somewhat believable character motivation. For an ecchi anime, it’s deeper than it needs to be.
If you liked How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, you’ll likely will like this series.
I would only recommend this series if you are fine with ecchi anime. This anime contains a moderate amount of graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.
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Chivalry of a Failed Knight
A collection of notable music and song from this series.
- “Identity” by Sakai Mikio (eps 2-3, 5-11)
- “Identity” by Sakai Mikio (ep 1)
- “Haramitsu Koika” by Ali Project (eps 2-11)
- “Identity” by Sakai Mikio (ep 12)
- “Kakusei no Muishiki” by Sakai Mikio (ep 12)
Chivalry of a Failed Knight
A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.
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