Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Alt title: Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry

TV (12 eps)
Fall 2015
4.078 out of 5 from 21,640 votes
Rank #1,250
Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Ikki Kurogane may have come from a long line of Blazers, people with the ability to create weapons or devices manifested from their souls, but as far as the Hagun Academy is concerned, he's been a major disappointment in the magical powers department. He is so disappointing, in fact, that he's earned the unfortunate nickname of the "Worst One". However, things change for Ikki in the most surprising way when Princess Stella Vermillion, the most promising Rank-A Blazer to come along in many years, decides to transfer to Hagun. When she challenges him to a duel where the loser must obey the winner for the rest of their life, the last thing anyone expects is that the Worst One might prove to be a match for the Crimson Princess… and the unforeseen consequences will push the boundaries of society itself!

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This review contains some spoilers. Please be aware of that. This is my first review ever, and I hope that you guys will find it helpful. I just want to say something about my rating criteria, I gave 10/10 for every category for this anime because it is one of the few anime that i actually could not stop watching, even though on my profile most of the anime are rated 5/5 that does not mean that they have an overall rating of 10/10, it's just because I enjoyed them a lot. At first when I read the premise of that anime on anime-planet i was like ''Oh... another absolute duo, asterik war  anime"" and decided to put it on hold, however it was a mistake: This anime was absolutely fantastic, so much that I could not stop watching.  Story (10/10): The story is about Ikki Kurogane, a magic user who has no talent in terms of magic and because of that was never acknowledged by his family and the people around him. He enrolls in this magic academy in order to prove that he is not weak, and the only way he can graduate is that he takes part of a magic festival and win. What I loved about this anime is that the MC(main character) is not your typical weak character that cannot do anything.  The story develops very well, contrary to other anime, the characters are open to their feelings and somewhat honest. I was so glad that the anime had a decisive MC and that relationships were not dragged, at episode 5 Stella and Ikki were already dating. Towards the last episodes I understood that the relationship that was formed early on the anime was very important for the character development, Ikki was struggling really hard and the most important thing that kept him going was the strong bond and the love he had for Stella and the love she had for him. The anime touched important points about the struggles of life and the expectations that people have for each others which made the anime that much more impacting.  What I loved about Chivalry is that the story focused on Ikki and never wavered, it kept focusing on character development. What set this anime apart for the asterik war and other simalar anime is how well this story handles its themes and characters.  One would think that romance would be hard to make work in an anime like this, however the anime made it work flawlessly. The relationship that was built around ikki and stella and even ikki and his sister shizuku was  a lot more impacting that one could have thought. Even though a lot of people associate the relationship between ikki and his sister as incest, shizuku was the image of the love ikki never got from his family. A lot of people  thought that the fan service was a bit degrading to the anime, however I thought that it was a good relief of the intensity of the plot. The fan service was not ''asbused'', meaning there was not THAT much of it, episode 2 was probably the most of fan service you will ever see in it.  The ending was absolutely well made, the character development was so well made that i just wanted to hug the main character after all the torture he endured in the last two episode, that guy deserves a hug if you ask me. These episodes were mind breaking for the main character, but he endured it.. it was very sad, I really wanted to punch that father of his but that's what made the ending that much more satisfying when he won that fight. I literally screamed "YES" when he won. The plot really built well for the climax of the story, a masterpiece if you ask me. Animation (10/10): Silver Link has not made a lot of fantastic anime, however I gotta hand it to them.. fantastic job on animating Chivalry.  That studio is not one I particularly keep up with but after watching this I have high hopes that they will continue making such excellent animation. I am a big fan of cute anime girls and the more beautifully drawn the more pleased I am, but whew not only were the girls extermely cute and well drawn the main character was awesome looking in my opinion . What i loved was also the diversity of how the charcters looked, it was just so well made. Great job Silver Link. I was so moved by the imagery and the art towards the last few eps, in some part the drawings were only in black and grey or black and red that symbolize the blood and the suffering of the main character. This is probably why the last fight made me so happy, the animation was only in grey and red and added so much intensity to the fight and was just marvelous to watch. God damn Silver Link, Well done! Sound (10/10): I love music, music is one of the things I look for in anime. Probably why I loved fairy tail and SAO so much. They made such a great job at choosing the right notes and combination of them for specific moment in the anime to bring out it's feelings and intense'ness to its maximum potential.  I also love the voice of the characters, in these kind if anime genres I sometimes get annoyed by their voice.. But god damn, the opening of that anime cpatured my heart. The Opening is called "identity" by Sakai Mikio. The Ending Theme is "Haramitsu Renka" by ALI PROJECT and it is also very good. Holy freaking shit.. Easily one of my most favourite opening of all times. Characters (10/10): Ikki Kurogane Ikki is now officially my favourite anime character along side Tatsuya shiba from "the irregular at magic high school" Ikki is a failed Knight ranked F and looked down upon by everyone around him, except a few. He decided to accept his weakness and become strong. He created his art of sword play and won every single duel. He suffered a lot throughout his childhood and his family is still out to make him fail. Ikki pushes himself to the edge determined to overcome his weakness, he is a very capable Main character. Stella Vermillion Oh man Oh man, what to say what to say... First of all she is very cute.. very.. At first, when we see her for the first time I was like "Oh god, another tsundere who challenges a weak character to become her servant" but man was i wrong, no typical tsundere confesses to a main character at ep 3 let alone start dating him.  Contrary to ikki, she is an A rank knight that was naturally born with immense power. She was such a well developped character. What i loved about her is how passionate she was with ikki and how supportive she was. I was especially happy in episode 4 where both of them were honest about their thought on their relationship and how to overcome the problem.  Shizuku Kurogane: The little sister type that gets jealous of anyone that gets close to their ''Onii-sama'', I love her so much, she is so cute. People get creeped out by the fact that she is in love with her brother and by the fact that she kissed him.. but I thought that the incest was extremly important in showing the love she has for him, in showing that she is the person that cared for him when no one cared about him. All she wants is the happiness of her brother, and is suprisingly mature sometimes.  Nagi Arisuin: That character deserved so  much more screentime, Alice is a very capable and powerful knight that helped all the character throughout the anime with their struggles and emotions. He is so cool. Overall 10/10 Anime Suggestion that you might like if you enjoyed Cavalry: - The Irregular at magic highschool - Asterik War - Absolute duo (...maybe) - Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

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