What is it with the recent Sentai releases and the story set-up of the male protagonist just accidentally dropping in on princess in a state of undress? Yeah, that happened in Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle and it happened here in Chivalry of a Failed Knight.
The Film: 3/5
“Really, anime, it is like you are even trying anymore!” That is the thought that I had as I watched the first few minutes of this show. The show starts off with Ikki walking into a room and stumbling upon a half-naked princess, Stella. It may have been an overreaction, but when I saw this scene, I felt like they weren’t even trying to find an excuse to shove some ecchi into the show. I was afraid there would be no substance to the show. Thankfully, I was proven wrong.
Yeah, the beginning of the show is absurd to say the least. It just so happens that Stella was for some reason in Ikki’s dorm room and that is why he walked in on her. And for some reason the headmaster informs them that she is to be his roommate from now on. Now, they shouldn’t even really be interacting much. Stella is an A-rank, the strongest of the blazers and Ikki is an F-rank, the weakest. The blazers are those who are capable of manifesting weapons as an extension of their souls.
The main story that is told through Chivalry of a Failed Knight is the time leading up to year’s final battles. Both Ikki and Stella plan to compete and represent the school in the annual Seven Star Sword Art Festival. This makes total sense for Stella as she is an A-ranked student, but not for the F-ranked Ikki. But we find out through the course of the show that Ikki is more capable than his rank would indicate. Somehow he seems to be able to figure out and counter every opponent that he meets and develops a following of students that desire to learn from him. But as each battle approaches, each opponent brings new difficulties.
Now, the obvious part is that Stella and Ikki will fall for each other and that doesn’t take too much time to start to show. Fortunately, the dialog and interactions between the two aren’t overtly silly and nonsensical, aside from in the beginning. The story of their getting together is relatively enjoyable. Also, Ikki has a deeper story outside of his relationship with Stella. We find that there is a very standoffish relationship between Ikki and his father. And this adds some depth to the overall story and some significant difficulty to Ikki’s end goal.
Overall, Chivalry of a Failed Knight isn’t anything special and won’t stick around in my memory for too long, but it was a fun watch for those 12 episodes. Still unless you are an established fan, see if you can catch it on Hulu or Crunchyroll. I don’t think there is a ton of replay value.
Technical Side: 4/5
Chivalry of a Failed Knight comes with both an English and a Japanese track. Both are presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and sound very good. All of the battles sound very nice and dialog is always clear, even the typical overdramatized yelling of the characters. The video looks solid as well. The image stays sharp and the colors stay true and vibrant. The battle scenes can be quite the treat with this animation.
Special Features and Packaging: 2/5
Clean Opening and Closing Animations: Somebody must like these, but they really just do nothing for me.
Chivalry of a Failed Knight comes on two discs in a standard two-disc case.
Chivalry of a Failed Knight really surprised me. From the outset, I was ready to write it off as a very poorly constructed series of stories and events to present ecchi shot after shot. Which is fine, but doesn’t really make for an engaging series. However, this one proved me wrong. It contains a much deeper and layered story than I expected. The technical aspects are solid as well. This is definitely worth checking out if it sounds interesting to the reader, but recommended as a streamable viewing for those unfamiliar with it.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.