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Light Novel 'Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry' Receives Anime Adaptation

by arsonal
Mar 9, 2015 2:08 AM | 281 Comments
A scan of Shounen Gangan magazine's upcoming issue, which will be released on March 12, reveals that the light novel series Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (A Chivalry of the Failed Knight) will receive an anime adaptation.

Riku Misora started the series in 2013, and it is illustrated by Won. It is published by SoftBank Creative under the GA Bunko label and has six volumes in print.

The series revolves around Mage-Knights, humans with supernatural powers who can materialize a weapon from their souls. Ikki Kurogane, dubbed as the "Failure Knight" for having no talent in modern-day magic, is a repeating student in an institution for Mage-Knights because of his failing grades. With the installation of a new head of the institution, a new rule was stated: knights with compatible abilities must share rooms and train together for the whole school year to maximize their abilities.

One day, Ikki encounters a half-naked girl, Stella Vermillion, who was changing in his room. It turns out that she is a princess of a foreign country and a Rank A Mage-Knight to boot. Stella challenges Ikki to a duel where the loser must be obedient to the winner. This fateful meeting changes Ikki's life as he strives to become a real Mage-Knight.

Source: Scan via ANN

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry on MAL

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I just read all the translated volumes, it's really good. It's not a harem, has good fight scenes, great character development, and has plot that I'm interested in. Idk if the anime will be good only because I think they'll turn into a huge echo harem but we will see

Apr 2, 2015 7:35 PM by Kajeki

Dont even care about this just liked seeing Nozaki-kun and barakamon on the same page, season 2 when??

Mar 31, 2015 10:04 PM by katsu044

Looks too generic like most recent anime... need more information.

Mar 31, 2015 9:42 PM by MineGames

Read the frist 2 volumes end of last year and frankly it was a really sub par novel.

Mar 31, 2015 7:52 PM by Newhopes

enginesofdemise said:
"It's not a harem guys, really! The main character gets the girl really early in like in SAO, and that wasn't a...wait.."IS different after all.

Might as well address this :(
Yes, he does get the girl early, the whole series is about his relationship with the redhead, and the other girls are to test his relationship with her, they accepted he's taken (except for one) and they just tease him .
GG, next time don't talk out of your ass.

PS. prove sao is a harem.

Mar 31, 2015 7:34 PM by ichii_1

I can't wait to see the result of this adaptation. I really enjoy reading the LN, it has something unique and it's probably my favorite series.

Mar 31, 2015 6:56 PM by Equa

I really hope it will be animated and please dont judge an ln by its anime adaptation.
Read at least till vol 5 i reallt hate people who just judge an ln just from the anime and people who judge an abime by its synopsis or first episode
Seirei tsukai blade dance is a good exemple it gets better after but people just think it will be the same things all over again well fuck them
The concept of ony male got femakes power, male sucks but have a secret power and things like that can be the same but the it doesnt necessarly mean tht tje story is the same
Oh and those who think that because somethong is harem anime or got a tsundere or have a similar synopsis that anpther anime its gonna be the same shit
Then tell me what do you even know about the story you only care about the bad sides of the anime and not on the goods sides

Mar 20, 2015 3:54 PM by lordekomy

Okay to start off, I'm really happy that Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan is gonna get an anime adaptation. First of all, after reading a few chapters of the manga, it immediately starts breaking the norms of 'generic harem manga/anime', in a much faster rate than Blade Dance.

Speaking of Blade Dance, I really want a season 2 for this, since the real story starts in volume 4, which the anime only adapted to volume 3. And it get better since Claire starts to mellow down, slowly, but surely, as each volume passes, for those of you out there who hate her(and pretty much her tsun: dere ratio slowly becomes similar to Stella in the next paragraph.) Oh, and the more you know about her past, the less you can hate her, especially once you see just how sweet young Claire is.(never hated Claire though. Since I know that these kinds of tsunderes have dark and troubled pasts.) Kamito on the other hand, opens up a little bit at a time, and is actually becomes more impressive as the novels go on.

Going back to Rakudai, Stella is not your typical tsundere. unlike the usual 70%tsun: 30%dere ratio, Stella's ratio is the other way around, 30%tsun: 70%dere, and oh, even Ikki's not the typical 'dense and spineless protagonist.' He still is a bit dense, but isn't spineless to not speak out his feelings. Just try reading the manga or the LN, especially chapter 10 in the manga or the epilogue for volume 1. I still can't speak much for Rakudai since the novel isn't fully translated, unlike Blade Dance.

Mar 17, 2015 9:09 AM by albertrojas

orario said:
Oh I would have been happier if Gakusen Toshi Asterisk would have gotten an adaptation.
These novels are both quite similar, but Gakusen Toshi Asterisk is better and more interesting.
Despite having a generic starting premise, what's coming next really hooks you up.

Anyway, I should be grateful for Rakudai Kishi...

I'll watch it, but I don't have too high hopes. I've read those few chapters of manga scanlated, there nothing extraordinary.

I hope at least the artwork to be good. If they screw up even with this (like others did with Absolute Duo) then... fuck them and their families


I started reading Gakusen Toshi Asterisk and I am just about finished with volume 2. While I think that it is a decent LN, it's about on the level of Blade Dance of the Elementalists, maybe a little higher.

Rakudai Kishi, on the other hand, I found to be very refreshing since it isn't another god damn harem anime.

Mar 16, 2015 8:27 PM by alexanderyou

Oh I would have been happier if Gakusen Toshi Asterisk would have gotten an adaptation.
These novels are both quite similar, but Gakusen Toshi Asterisk is better and more interesting.
Despite having a generic starting premise, what's coming next really hooks you up.

Anyway, I should be grateful for Rakudai Kishi...

I'll watch it, but I don't have too high hopes. I've read those few chapters of manga scanlated, there nothing extraordinary.

I hope at least the artwork to be good. If they screw up even with this (like others did with Absolute Duo) then... fuck them and their families

Mar 15, 2015 10:26 AM by koinzell_

TheNaturalPerm said:
How to light novel adaptation:

Step 1: Choose any of the 100 magical highschool light novels

Step 2: Copy paste synopsis and change character names.

Step 3: Be sure to include phrases like "naked girl" in order to let the lowbrow audience know that this tragedy is being cattered to them.

Great work.
Spot on! The current anime industry is just sad.

Miyazaki was right all along!

Mar 15, 2015 3:35 AM by who_dat_ninja

Shitposta said:
Praying for Arms to adapt this so I can instantly avoid this.

Yeah, it looks like something I'll rate on the lower side. Pass. I honestly pity those who feel that this is 10/10 material. Hilarious. You should watch a real SOL that's consistent and doesn't contain overwhelmingly amounts of fantasy ecchi elements and not marketed towards Western teens and man-teens permanently stuck in high school. Can't wait for this show to be dubbed at least!


Are you sure you are refering to Rakudai and not to "LN-template" here?

Mar 14, 2015 9:22 PM by Grey-Zone

Praying for Arms to adapt this so I can instantly avoid this.

Yeah, it looks like something I'll rate on the lower side. Pass. I honestly pity those who feel that this is 10/10 material. Hilarious. You should watch a real SOL that's consistent and doesn't contain overwhelmingly amounts of fantasy ecchi elements and not marketed towards Western teens and man-teens permanently stuck in high school. Can't wait for this show to be dubbed at least!

Mar 14, 2015 3:07 PM by SuperIdolNico

I am approximately 2 minutes away from wreaking havoc on my nipples

Mar 13, 2015 5:46 PM by zetsu_shoren

loneywizard said:
nice,it works...thanks man...
Anytime bro.

Mar 13, 2015 8:29 AM by Okashi

nice,it works...thanks man...

Mar 13, 2015 8:22 AM by LoneWizzy

Tomino said:
What a dysfunctional head-of-institution, I smell someone that's going to be out of a job soon.
I blame no child left behind

Mar 13, 2015 8:13 AM by JizzyHitler

Okashi_sama said:
loneywizard said:
If there was an option to filter posts on MAL!...with filtering just 10 same whiner at least the news discussions would be so peaceful

There is. It's called user script.
wtf?i asked for it for a long time,nobody said anything...Thanks,will try...

Mar 13, 2015 8:07 AM by LoneWizzy

loneywizard said:
If there was an option to filter posts on MAL!...with filtering just 10 same whiner at least the news discussions would be so peaceful

There is. It's called user script.

Mar 13, 2015 7:30 AM by Okashi

Grey-Zone said:

So, do you have any ACTUAL complains? Or can I disregard your "humble opinion" as a "generic hater comment"? Well, your signature "everyone has shit taste" seeems a good indicator for that...
that's why you should give up,he don't even give a fuck to what a filthy casual like you think...So trying to reason with him is stupid...

If there was an option to filter posts on MAL!...with filtering just 10 same whiner at least the news discussions would be so peaceful

Mar 13, 2015 7:23 AM by LoneWizzy

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