Chivalry of a Failed Knight – A Tale of Worst One (Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry)

(12 episodes)

What’s it about ?

Oh, just shoot me.

This is the second light novel adaptation about teenagers in magical high school, with tons of gratuitous fighting and technobabble, airing this season. At least the third one’s not out until next week.


Ikki, our male lead, is known as the Worst One in his magical academy, as his magical abilities are way below par. He overcompensates by training his physical abilities and swordsmanship, but those aren’t counted by the official grading system, so he’s still “F Rank”. His only hope of graduating resides in winning the inter-academy tournament, of course. One day, as he comes back to his dorm room, he walks into…

Stella, our tsundere female lead, in her underwear. She… has got fire powers and is an actual princess from somewhere in Europe. I swear I’m not making up how ridiculously same-y all those shows are. Anyway, the reason she’s half-naked in Ikki’s room is because the Headmistress trolled them by not telling her she’d have a roommate. Because of course this is a co-ed academy !

Cue mock duel between the two of them, which Ikki wins against all odds, of course. He’s a nice enough dude not to really take her up on her wager that the loser’d serve the winner like a dog.

There are a couple of characters with designs distinctive enough to suggest they’ll join the supporting cast, but proper introductions will have to wait.

Production Values

Decent enough ; the duel in particularly is nicely paced. I also note that there’s a degree of equal-opportunity fanservice, as we get to see Ikki’s abs quite a bit.

Overall Impression

Er… it’s better than the other one ? It does manage to get out some nice character moments along the way, and the Principal’s trolling has good comedic timing. On the other hand, it’s still a generic tournament battle show which oozes blandness and features awkward romantic comedy hijinks which should have been retired ages ago, so it’d be a stretch to actually call it good.

Yeah, no, I have better things to watch.

Source: [In Which I Review] New anime, Fall 2015 – Page 2

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