I am a man of my word.
For months, well over a year now I have said that I would do it. That I would put aside my deeply personal and rather insane reasons for not watching this show. That I would suck it up and just watch what I’ve heard is a decent anime romance. Well…that day has finally come. Join me after the cut as I dive into the series that has dogged my footsteps and haunted my thoughts. This is Chivalry of a Failed Knight.
The series follows main leads Ikki Kurogane, a skilled but somehow failing member of the Blazers, a group of humans with *checks wikipedia* the ability to form weapons or something. Anyway, when Ikki who has been bullied and push down accidentally walked in on star pupil Stella Vermillion in the middle of undressing, the situation ends up in a duel where, through happenstance, Ikki ends up the victor, and he and Stella become roommates.
Failed Knight is at its heart a love story, but what makes it stand out is that the entire anime is dominated by a “will they, won’t they” romance where the two leads circle around each other for 12 to 24 episodes before finally admitting they are in love. Failed Knight instead has the two leads get together rather early in the story, and the anime focuses on them working out their emotions, dealing with the increasing sexual tension between the two, and preparing their abilities for the *looks at wikipedia again* Seven Star Mage knight tournament. Of course that doesn’t stop the show from being a semi-harem, and despite being the supposed worst one of the school, Ikki soon gathers an assortment of girls all vying for his affections, though the show is clear that Stella is the main girl.
Now aside from all of that, Failed Knight is a overall decent show with passable action, fun characters, and more time spent on character development than what would be expected. The heart of the anime though is how much you are invested in the relationship between the two leads, and again, it is pleasantly surprising that Failed Knight just comes right out and makes the two leads a couple, which allows the show to go into new and interesting directions (and sexual when you get into the Light Novels apparently). Despite my hesitation to get into this series, and the vague, strange personal reasons preventing me, I have to admit that I ended up quite-
Wait..hold on…someone is talking to me. What is it dude?
Yeah…yeah…hold on what?
This isn’t Chivalry of a Failed Knight? Are you sure? Cause I’m looking at it and it all checks out.
Black Haired Guy, Pink Hair Girl. Relationship involves one of them walking in on the other changing. They end up having a battle because of that, Plenty of swords and fighting. Set in an academy with a multi-academy tournament?
Wait this is the OTHER show? There were two shows with almost the exact same plot and set up? Well that’s fucking weird, it would be so easy to get that shit confused. Oh well, I doubt anyone will notice.
Anyway, Chivalry of a Failed Knight is a pretty decent show, centered on a relationship that goes above and beyond what you’d expect a disposable light novel series like this would do. Many people love it, and I can see why. Check it out for yourself if you are so keen!