“Some people think that life is unfair, because they said what you were given at first will decide where you will end up. The gifted and the ungifted. It’s certainly an absolute hierarchy that is decided the moment you are born. Those who are not gifted cannot beat the one who are gifted. They also must give up whatever they want to become. But does it really have to be that way?”
Cover of Single “Identity” by Sakai Mikio, featuring the main characters Stella Vermillion and Kurogane Ikki.
Rakudai Kishi no Chivalry, or known as “Chivalry of a Failed Knight” is an anime series from the light novel written by Riku Misora and illustration by Won. This anime was aired during Autumn 2015, same period as the other anime called Gakusen Toshi Asterisk.
p/s: I was impressed by the first few sentences since the starting of the Episode 1 (Which is the first paragraph of this post haha).
The story revolves about a student, Kurogane Ikki, who was forced to repeat a year because of his so-called “talent-less” and “worst one” as a Magical Knight Student, or known as “Blazers”. However, things changed when the genius from overseas, Stella Vermillion studied in the same school with Ikki and becoming his roommate. With a change in the school system, where students fight to qualify as the representatives for the Seven Sword Art Festival to determine the strongest Magical Knight, will Ikki move his way to the top?
While the content is similar to Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (Like the first episode of the anime) , there are some differences as well, which I will elaborate further in the pros and cons. Furthermore it has content: an obvious yet hidden message from the world of realities. People always tend to use a single system to evaluate an individual’s strength, the person is rendered as “useless” if they didn’t meet the requirements. However, they didn’t realise that a single ruler isn’t enough. People are unique in their own ways. Ironically, they use their own standard to judge others’ abilities.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead, read it at your own risk!
I will start with the cons:
- There are too many harem concepts in this anime, just like Gakusen Toshi Asterisk. And it turns out worse with Shizuku’s affection towards Ikki (Shizuku is Ikki’s younger sister) which has already crossed the borderline of a brother-sister relationship.
- Ending song. Personally I don’t really like Ali Project’s songs (They provided the opening for Another and ending for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion), they gave me goosebumps. Maybe their genre is not for me though.
- Inappropriate physical characteristics of a female character. For example, Stella’s exceptionally huge boobs (UGH).
- It shares similarities with Gakusen Toshi Asterisk. Without the harem concept, this anime is totally different from it.
And now the pros:
- Opening song. Featuring “Identity” by Sakai Mikio, the upbeat melody and the lyrics are immersed into the soul of the anime. The opening animation is pretty epic too.
- Nice plot. Ruling out typical harem scenes, this anime actually focuses more on the story itself- which is a good thing. Each character has their own roles, and every episode has successfully portrayed their strength and weaknesses clearly, such as the conflict facing by Ayatsuji Ayase, the resolve of Kurogane Shizuku, and the eagerness of Stella Vermillion to seek further heights and inner strengths, not wanted to be limited by her own talents.
- Life lessons. To be honest, this is the anime that I cried besides those typical sad anime like Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Clannad After Story etc. It touched me. It resonates with my mind. The main character, Ikki, was strong physically and mentally, but weak in magical abilities. However, he does not give up to be the strongest Magical Knight to impress his father. His determination, his attitude towards people is what I really need to learn from him. Furthermore this reflects the cruel reality: Those who didn’t make the cut need to give up everything, there is no fairness since the beginning. Hence, our own mindset towards the matter need to be changed, because it’s up to us to define success and failure. Besides that, one should not be confined by their own narrow mindset, and one must seek further as much as they can.
Overall, this anime is not bad. To be honest, it’s far more meaningful than Gakusen Toshi Asterisk.