God Damn this has to be one of the most entertaining “worst to first” story I’ve ever seen. Coming in as the low hanging fruit of its season with many people I know dropping it after the first episode. I, for one, am glad I finished it. I watched the first 4 episodes while it was airing and due to classes picking up speed and being in a transition of employment, I put this show on hold. There is something about this show that really kept me engaged and excited to watch the next episode though.
Ikki Kurogane is a student at Hagun Academy, he is diligently working to become a world class Mage-knight. Slight problem though, he is a F-rank blazer wielder. Meaning he is in the weakest blazer class at the school, earning him the nickname “worst one”. In this world, certain people harness the ability to conjure up their soul as a weapon. These people are called blazers. The academy that Ikki is in teaches students how to use them for good to become Mage-knights.
This story begins with a fated encounter of the perverted kind. Our main male character meets our main female character, Stella Vermillion, undressing. What does he decide to do? He decides to start stripping too! He’s trying to “call it even” by letting her see him naked, not the smoothest way to get in a girls pants. Obviously this leads into Stella wanting to fight Ikki. They make a bet where the loser has to be the winners slave. On the surface Stella looks a lot stronger than Ikki. But of course, that’s not what happens. Ikki manages to win the duel and the bet.
Stella Vermillion is an A-class Blazer and a visiting princess. As the episodes progress, she gains an attraction to Ikki. This, in my mind, is what sets chivalry of a failed knight apart from the others in its genre. The two main male and female characters actually get together. They become a couple early on in the story too. The rest of the episodes documents their relationship.
There are a couple of different arcs in the season. In the first one we are introduced to Ikki’s sister, Shizuku Kurogane, who isn’t actually his sister (shocker). During this time we learn a little about Ikki’s past and where he grew up. As a typical protagonist, he had a horrible upbringing with his foster parents. At the risk of giving out too much information about the plot, more characters are introduced, all female. Which is something I will never complain about.
In the last arc of the series all of the characters are thrust into a huge tournament. Consisting of 20 or so duels spanned over a month or so. Ikki’s foster father has one of his henchmen try and sabotage Ikki’s chances of winning the tournament. In a way that I was not expecting either. Since the plot is rather different and unique, I don’t want to give any of it away. So I’m just going to give a good rundown of the characters and their role in the story.
We are introduced to Ayase Ayatsuji, a third year at the academy and daughter of the famous swordsman Kaito Ayatsuji. She begins to take lessons from Ikki in order to better herself so she can take back her dojo that was taken from her and her father, she also wants to win the tournament as well. Her father is currently in a coma.
Touka Toudou, the current student council president. She is considered the strongest blazer in the school. She is also in the tournament and in the same bracket as Ikki. She came 2nd in last years tournament and she barely lost. Her special power is considered unbeatable.
Nagi Arisuin is Shizuku’s partner and roommate. Honestly he was my favorite character that got absolutely no development or real screen time. He was one of the best characters for this kind of show. He was another male that brought a little more balance so it wasn’t a full blown harem. He had a lot of potential to be a really memorable character but was never brought to fruition.
The show was very enjoyable to me. The plot, albeit very generic, had a lot of good points. The fan service was pretty tasteless at times but at others I felt like it worked. What really brought this show to another level for me was the relationship between Ikki and Stella. The fact that they became a couple and went through what a normal couple would go through (for the most part) is what really made this show stand out to me. Most shows with a story like this one and predominately female cast, usually becomes a harem where no girl is picked and we are left to guess. This show does not do that to us. That is a big boost in my eyes.
The other big thing is that it ended on a good note. It didn’t end with a cliffhanger, leaving us hoping to get a second season so we can see what happens. It brings a conclusion to the main plot point and a few side plot points. So overall I would give this a 7/10. It was enjoyable to watch but there were a lot of things that could have been done better or executed better.
I hope you all enjoyed! Have a wonderful day!