Anime Review

Chivalry of a Failed Knight Spoiler-Free Review

Japanese Title: Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
Year: 2015
Episodes: 12
Studios: SILVER LINK., Nexus
Adaptation: Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
Genre: Action, Romance, Ecchi, Fantasy, School

Chivalry of a Failed Knight Review

Great anime with likable and attractive characters and a solid storyline.


Ikki Kurogane was born in a clan of prestigious Mage-Knights known to produce powerful Blazers (humans born with magic). Despite this, he has no talent in magic which has led to him being subject to years of prejudice and discrimination. Ikki wants to prove that he can become powerful in a world where others believe him to be the weakest.

I was put off from the magical high school harem genre for a long time because of the countless cheap replicas with soulless, generic storylines and incredibly annoying and unlikable character personality traits however, Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry managed to draw me in. There are characters here, and likable ones at that too. No more of the violent bitchy characters who add nothing of value to the story other than to be used for repetitive gags such as misunderstanding common sense situations and abusing the protagonist. God I can’t even begin to explain how frustrating that is. The series manages to create authentic characters with at least some level of intelligence that are able to depict actual human beings. They have goals and aspirations you want to root for and flaws that make them relatable and vulnerable. It does nothing to make itself stand out and revolutionary but instead, simply just tells a great, solid story which is something worthy of praise in itself.

The fan service is exciting and erotic, assisted by some very attractive girls with sexy and provocative outfits, but in no way does it ever supersede or distract you from the storyline. It finds its own time to shine and is timed perfectly.

Recommendations: If you enjoyed this anime series, consider watching “The Irregular at Magic High School” where both protagonists are unjustly assumed to be the weakest.

I rate this anime 7/10.

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