Ikki doesn’t fit with their plans so they’ve held him back, but things have changed. With the help of Princess, he has the chance to prove once and for all how flawed their system is. This is the tale of the Worst One!
Ikki goes to a Mage-Knight school for Blazers, people with magical potential, however, he has the worst rank they’ve ever seen. That’s not going to stop him from trying to prove them all wrong. In reality, the rankings only measure one aspect, and Ikki more than excels in many others. After an awkward meeting with his new roommate, Stella, a foreign Princess, he sets out to show everyone what he’s capable of and how they have been deceived as to what really matters.
There are two key elements to the story in Chivalry of a Failed Knight. The first is Ikki going against the organisation that his family runs as they try to maintain order within the Mage-Knight society. If it got out that someone with low potential could rise to the upper ranks, it would break their stranglehold on power. Then, there’s the relationship between Ikki and Stella, which if I’m honest is great. It feels so real and many of the things they go through are completely relatable. Overall, the story is great. It’s by no means perfect, but I would love for another season.
Ikki Kurogane has spent his entire life being looked down at. His entire family disowned him and pretty much tried to forget that he even existed because of his low Blazer rating. The only person that gave him a chance was his grandfather. Now, however, it’s up to him to prove everyone wrong as the restrictions placed on him at the school have been lifted. He was forced to miss an entire year, but even so, he continued to train alone, focusing on getting stronger.
Stella Vermillion is a Princess from another country who has come to Hagun Academy to become a Mage-Knight. After Ikki walked in on her changing, she challenged him to a duel with the loser becoming the other’s servant for ever. Unfortunately for Stella, she lost. Of course, Ikki doesn’t really do anything about her being his servant. Over time, they fall in love with one another, although Stella is determined to win and promised to meet him in the battle again some day.
Shizuku Kurogane is Ikki’s little sister and the only over family member to acknowledge his existence. She is furious at how he’s been treated and as such is quite over-protective. This has manifested itself in some sort of infatuation posing as love, which is not something a sister should be pursuing. She’s a very powerful Blazer but lacks the fighting skills of Ikki.
Ayase Ayatsuji is the daughter of a legendary swordsman but is struggling to use his techniques. After some training with Ikki, it starts to come together. But then, they find themselves facing one another in the tournament and neither can afford to lose. Ayase’s father is also in a coma after losing the family dojo to a fighter known as the Swordeater. She hopes to one day win it back and restore her father’s honour.
Touka Toudou is student council president and top-ranked fighter at the school. She shows an interest in Ikki and Stella and hopes they can help her with her personal mission to empower orphans. She fights Shizuku in the tournament and then is picked to be Ikki’s final opponent. It’s a fight that he cannot afford to lose and Touka has no interest in losing either.
The fan-service in Chivalry of a Failed Knight is good without being over the top. It works perfectly for the type of story it’s trying to be. Would I have liked to see more of Stella, Ayase, or Touka? You better believe it, but I’m not about to complain about it either. There was more of the classic feel to it with awkward situations, panty shots, and the occasional bikini. Overall the series was a lot of fun and if there wasn’t much fan-service, it usually meant that there was a fight, and they were awesome.
Story Rating: Great
I really enjoyed the story, especially how Ikki started off as an overpowered protagonist, but was limited by society and the rules place on him. That was an interesting twist on the usual type of story. The darker elements were interesting and warranted further exploration. It’s a fascinating world with lots of potential and I’ve not found myself so wrapped up in a romance for a long time.
Ecchi Rating: Hot
I’m going to give it the hot rating as it didn’t do enough to get up to smoking as hot as some of the girls were. That said, I really enjoyed all the aspects of it and wouldn’t have a problem watching other shows with similar levels.
Chivalry of a Failed Knight is a very good series with lots of interesting ideas and some darker elements that are reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984. On top of that, there is the relationship between Ikki and Stella that is absolutely captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and would love a second season. Failing that, I may have to dive into the books, because there’s a lot more to this story than we got in this season.
If you still want some more, there are more images and highlights on the episode reviews below.
- Season One
- Episode 1 – The Worst One I
- Episode 2 – The Worst One II
- Episode 3 – The Worst One III
- Episode 4 – The Worst One IV
- Episode 5 – The Experience of the Princess
- Episode 6 – Sword Eater I
- Episode 7 – Sword Eater II
- Episode 8 – Sword Eater III
- Episode 9 – Princess’ Vacation
- Episode 10 – Witch of the Deep Ocean V.S. Raikiri
- Episode 11 – Another One: The Uncrowned Sword King I
- Episode 12 – Another One: The Uncrowned Sword King II