In a time and place where one's soul can be morphed into a weapon, there are modern-day magicians called Mage-Knights. Although Kurogane Ikki is a student at an institution that trains Mage-Knights, he has no particular talent in magic and is labeled the "Failure Knight" or "Worst One." Getting way less than average marks in the scorings, he was forced to repeat a year. But with the arrival of a new head of the institution, a new rule was created: knights whose abilities are compatible, as decided by the board, must share rooms and attend practice and training together throughout their school years to bring up their abilities to the max. It is a rule to implement the absolute verdict of ability.
Ikki's roommate, Stella Vermillion, turns out to be a princess of another foreign country. Stella is a Rank A knight: the type of genius in magic who only appears once a decade. When Ikki walked in on her while she was changing her clothes, it caused a huge misunderstanding, which eventually ended up in a duel between the two of them. The punishment for the losing side is Eternal Submission to the winning side.
Forced to live the same room and practice magic together throughout all their school years, how will Stella and Ikki's relationship evolve?
This is only the second review ive ever written, so bear with me-
Story: 6. Honestly, this type of story is getting annoyingly common. VERY common. There's a battle school where people fight with their supernatural "powers"/a manifestation of their soul. The MC acts weak, but is actually stupidly strong, etc.
Characters: 8. Kurogane Ikki, the protagonist is your typical "people look down on me even though im stronger than them" character. Even after that's said, the delving into dealings with his family is more than enough to make up for it.
Stella is your typical princess heroine, but this time hates being labeled as a "prodigy".
also a cast of side characters, but I wont go into them,
Yeah, even though the story is incredibly generic, this is still a great Light Novel. That's probably just me, though.
The main reason that I hate other LN's like this one is that they all have "dodgy harem ending". This one differs from that. Anyone who enjoyed Absolute Duo or Gakusen Toshi, this novel is right up your alley.
Now that an anime adaptation is currently airing, first three volumes which it will cover calls for a review! Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan is a slightly mediocre light novel that actually manages to be a more enjoyable read than most of the other similar LNs with a "Magical High School" setting that has been written more than enough.
Story starts when our newest contender of the plot device "I'm secretly very strong" character archetype Kurogane Ikki becomes roommates with the eccentric himedere heroine Stella Vermillion. The presented fictional world is a place where magic is a part of science, and they intertwine together. You know, when
what we call magic gains some scientific background, it isn't "magic" anymore, but hey, it makes a good setting for blending the coolness of magic and a modern feel.
In a high school that raises people with magical abilities, rank them based on their potential and calls them Blazers, Ikki has no place he belongs to. With his very weak magical capabilities, he is the "Worst One," honored with a rank F, lowest among the school and regarded as a disgrace to the knighthood. Instead of this burden making him suffer, with the help of a wise old man he accepts the challenge, trains himself physically to close the gap and becomes a deadly warrior with a chivalrous heart. It is inevitable that such a modest hero would capture the hearts of girls, and yes, his relationship with Stella develops into something romantic as the story progresses.
That's right. In spite of looking like a typical harem, Rakudai Kishi is a romance with decent action you can look forward to. The heroine Stella is such a splendid character that she takes the story slowly heading into the harem direction, and overthrows it to make a romance. Ikki is interested in getting stronger, and Stella is interested in Ikki. Although Ikki doesn't have the guts to date with the princess of a whole kingdom, with the help of Stella, romance develops. Now that's something you don't see in Light Novels every day. Other characters include Ikki's blood related sister with incestuous intent, a feminine male called Alice, skilled student council members and various decent antagonists.
Coming to the illustrations, most of them are ably drawn. Though, instead of emphasizing fights and important moments, it focuses on the ecchi part and shows you some breasts and butts. You know what type of reader the LN aims to reach, there's nothing to do about it. The good part of the illustrations are the ones showing the statistics of the characters, and telling their fight style from the eyes of a third party. The English translation at the BT didn't typesetted and translated most of the info, but it expresses the characters with pretty complicated kanji so to learn more about the characters you need to learn more about their vernacular language.
The enjoyment from reading this LN, like I said before, is great. The story isn't complicated, and pleasant to read through. Descriptions flows, and fights get your blood pumped to an extent. All that's left to discuss is to check if this LN also falls to the pit of "plot not being resolved." To be honest, after the first Seven Stars Sword-Art Festival Qualification arc is over there is a feel of the story being complete, but not at the same time. After this point, if you liked the novel, you would want more and wait for the volume four and onwards to get translated. If you didn't, you'll cut ties with it and and consider it complete. In both cases, I can give my guarantee that you won't be dissatisfied with the overall story. Not at the caliber of delicate pieces such as Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, this one is also a damn good LN, and deserves the very good rating of 8 even though I don't like overrating.
Rakudai is an ongoing series I'll Focus on vol 1-12(Selection Battle arc, Seven Stars Sword Art Festival arc, part of the Vermillion Empire arc).
At its core, Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan is an excellent light novel series. Following the formula of a typical "teenagers in a battle high school", the series has much more to offer than what is initially seen. Past the ever-present fan service and......uh...."profound" pictures, where Rakudai really stands out( in my opinion) is in its characters of all things.
Take the main male lead, Ikki. Unlike that of the sterotypical, Ikki isn't unbeatable simply cause he's the mc, rather he trains(and continues to)
through a past of negligence and disgrace. Determined as "the worst one" due to a low magic count, he trains himself in the ways of swordsmanship. His general progression does seem absolutley ridiculous at times and yet its through these moments that he grows as a character the most.
Stella Vermillion, the bratty love interest, mainly for fan service, was also somewhat likable.(Kinda spoilers) Thought to have the highest magic potential, she is utterly devastated through a loss by our mc. This ultimately drives her to become better whether it be intensive training or for others. This drive even more present in the later volumes.
Most of the characters, along with their fighting styles and weapons, are probably the most ridiculous things ever( though this is japan). Whether they sound stupid or are severely overpowered, they are all unique in their own way. Because of this uniqueness, battles don't seem the exact same as any other even if a battle seems obvious as to who is going to win.
And just about every single character has something they fight for. Whether they're an enemy/blockade or an all, they all have some form of view on the code of chivalry. Respect is the one thing I would have never have expected from an enemy and thus this aspect quickly became my favorite part of the series. In fact the english translation of the title is litterly "Chivalry of a Failed Knight".
Truthfully there is much more to this series after the 3rd volume, which is a real shame considering that this is the one part where the anime finished with no chance of a season 2. Overall I enjoyed, and continue to, this series.
Btw, Edelweiss is best girl. Volume 12 is all I really have to say.
One of the major themes in Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry is that the blazer system used to rank the students is heavily flawed. In this analysis, we’ll take a look at just what these flaws are, and how they can affect other aspiring blazers in the future.