Welcome to the Chivalry of a Failed Knight (Alias: Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry) review, and it's spoiler free. This anime adaptation is based on Riku Misora and Won's light novel series published by SB Creative.
Every season, we have a lots of fantasy series with a high school setting. This show distinguishes itself from the flock of generic shows of its type. It has a deceiving poster artwork that resemble a harem. I actually watched this show under the impression of it being a harem show. I felt a bit dumb. We had 3 similar shows, 2 of them being harem titles for fall 2015 anime season. These were The Asterisk War and Anti-Magic Academy.
For Ikki Kurogane, graduating as a Magical Knight is nigh impossible. Among Blazers, he’s considered the worst; he can materialize his soul into a weapon, but his magical power is extremely low. To add insult to injury, an unfortunate encounter with the talented and beautiful Princess Stella Vermillion slashes his already slim odds and alters the course of his life forever. Via HULU
Where to Watch this Show?
You can watch this show legally on HULU (if you are in USA or Canada), Viewster (if you are in the UK and other European countries specific for this show), or AnimeLab (Australia and New Zealand). Viewster is like Crunchyroll where territories vary by shows.
For more information, stop on by the Fall 2015 Simulcast guide. Here's the wiki page as well. I only completed the list of episodes and volumes. Don't have a lot of free time. I should try to promote Anime Vice Wikia because our community (in the old site) had a wiki, blogs, forums, and reviews all in one package.
While the pilot episode is roughly the same as The Asterisk War in what occurred, it still deliver a fresh and amusing take. How often do you see a guy strip naked when he walks in a girl dressing for anime shows? It has a strong pilot.
A small cast means more focus on those characters instead of splitting the spotlight on characters.
Despite not knowing the light novel and how the anime follows the show faithfully or not, it has a good pacing. The story is fairly straightforward. It goes by matches and builds upon Stella and Ikki whose relationship evolves. Eventually, their relationship gets tested at the end.
Animation for the fight scenes are great especially towards the end where the contrast of black, grey, and white against one color makes it quite interesting.
Its cover and synopsis can be a deterrent and wouldn't attract older folks especially those who are sick of the generic harem/or fantasy high school based setting anime titles. Looks are deceiving and can kill this show's luck.
Powers: Depends on if you're a battle person or not. I find the powers in the show hard to understand especially Ikki's.
Music: Personally, I didn't like the theme songs especially the ending theme song and animation sequence. The animation sequence shows a bunch of naked girls on a thorny rose vine. It looks uncomfortable. This is one of the deceiving things since it has sort of harem aspect to it. I can't show you the image due to proboards' strict image policy. Here's a link.
Thanks everyone for reading. If you are used to the generic anime cliches, this one is definitely worth a try. Its looks are deceiving, but the small cast of characters and the romance are a strong part of the show.
Depends on your preferences. Asterisk War has more diversity in battles meaning you have different characters fighting. Chivalry of a Failed Knight tends to focus more on Ikki. Stella's fight doesn't do much besides roasting folks. We never got to see Alice fight. He was my favorite character. Though, we did have a good, long match for Shizuku.
For Asterisk War, I actually like Kirin and Saya's fight the most. It's a draw for me in terms of the two's battles.
Taka, I would say I liked Chivalry of a Failed Knight for the intensity and Asterisk War for the diversity, but if it came down to which I would prefer, then I would say Asterisk War. I like how they showed the different teams and the unique powers that they had.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
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