A few years ago on Time of the Season, I made my first impression of an anime that had the basic Light Novel magical high school academy that has a bunch of students fighting for the title of being the strongest and best in there and of course, you got the one male lead who at first is a nobody but one fight and suddenly, he’s the instant badass out there that can defeat an opponent flawlessly…..it just lacks style, charisma, and also not being a challenge.
But anyway, Chivalry of a Failed Knight is the other show that premiered in Fall 2015 exclusively on Hulu (yeah, there was a time when Sentai Filmworks had that deal) and around that time, some were getting sick of the blase magical high school light novel series and this show did get compared to that other show but we’ll get into that later.
The story is set in an Alternate Earth world where humans called “Blazers” have supernatural abilities. These Blazers can materialize weapons known as “Device” which are made through a person’s soul. At Hagun Academy (破軍学園 Hagun Gakuen), Blazers are selected as representatives for the Seven Star Sword Art Festival, an annual tournament event held by the seven Mage Knight Academies in Japan to determine the strongest Apprentice Knight. Hagun’s performance ranking in the festival is falling and academy director Kurono Shinguji is determined to find a solution. Ikki Kurogane is the academy’s F-Rank Blazer and is considered “The Worst One” for his low magical abilities, but Stella Vermillion, the princess of the European country Vermillion, is one of the top A-Rank Blazers.
On Stella’s first day at Hagun, she is arranged to share a room with Ikki as a transfer student of the academy. When Ikki inadvertently discovers Stella half-dressed, he is challenged to duel where the loser has to be obedient to the winner for life. She ends up losing the duel, but they agree to become roommates. The series follows their adventures as they train to qualify as the school’s representatives for the festival.
So yeah, this aired at the same time as The Asterisk War and you already know from my past review that I find that show to be dull trash with zero personality and I admit I did watch the first episode of this on Hulu in Japanese and decided to pass on it because I had enough shows to deal with that season and after a few years of hearing that this is slightly better than that other show, I decided to check it out and…..
Well, it is better than Asterisk. However, how it started did got me to not check the rest for 3 years….
I mean, it started out the basic “walked in a girl in her underwear” trope and that manages to intensify it for the guy to strip himself so she won’t feel humiliated….that doesn’t help. That makes it worse!! Also, the school did a crappy job on notifying them that they got roommates.
Now with the dynamic between Ikki and Stella, it does have the usual romance feel with them bickering at first, especially Stella with in her tsundere mode but as the show goes along, their relationship actually develops and it is refreshing to say that I really liked our two leads here. Ikki here is known for being the “Worst One” as his magical abilities are trash levels and he can’t go any higher and even his own family don’t give much of a shit about him (except one person, but we’ll get to that later on). Oh, and the guy actually shows some effort in overcoming this in these tournament fights although those aren’t really anything special as that whole plot line never seem to go any further. Oh, and Stella definitely progressed better on as well as she wasn’t just a full-on tsundere stereotype and she can be a convincing force to be reckon with.
Now with the main characters actually being decent, the side characters……they are one big ball of meh and I will say as a plus that they didn’t stick a harem in here or go full blown with it. Example being Shizuku, being a love rival to Stella for Ikki’s affection…….did I forget to mention that Shizuku is his SISTER!? Yeah, aside from that, she has nothing else to offer in the show and the same can be said with Alice other than doing being catty sometimes. Yeah, they are pretty forgettable and not worth mentioning here because I either forgot or their significance was very minimal.
The animation and artwork ranges from being mostly competent to good from where you get a lot of bright colors and palettes and mostly the usual I’ve seen from SILVER LINK. Score-wise, the music is also very basic battle ready music and the opening and ending themes (OP: “Identity (アイデンティティ)” by Mikio Sakai; ED: “Haramitsu Renka (波羅蜜恋華)” by ALI PROJECT) are…..well, they’re good themes although I like the ED a bit more in my opinion. English dub is also good with Clint Bickham and Luci Christian as our leads and they made some good performances out of those characters.
FINAL VERDICT: Yeah, this review has gone a bit quick but there isn’t all that much to say about this except that Chivalry of a Failed Knight it’s not as bad as I originally thought it was going to be. Granted, it still got its hang-ups like blah tournament arcs (or just arc) or the show’s bad first impression that drove me away from it in the first place but still had some decent main characters and their solo arcs have been what kept me watching the show aside from completion. I’d still say while this show isn’t trash, I just stream it before you buy unless you really loved this show, then this is for you.
CHIVALRY OF A FAILED KNIGHT is available to own on Blu-ray and DVD via Sentai Filmworks. Streaming-wise, it’s still on Hulu and now on HiDive in both sub and dub.
I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and don’t motherfuckers knock anymore or notify people if they got a roommate?
CHIVALRY OF A FAILED KNIGHT – animated by SILVER LINK/LEXUS // licensed by SENTAI FILMWORKS