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Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan  
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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 (since neither yet knew of the new rule) which eventually ended up in a duel between the two of them. The punishment (or as some might see it, the prize) of 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?


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Associated Names
Доблесть рыцаря-неудачника
落第騎士の英雄譚 (SORAMICHI Megumu)
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan (Cavalry)
The Chivalry of a Failed Knight

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Average: 8 / 10.0 (85 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.71 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 29th 2014, 5:11pm PST



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Gangan Online (Square Enix)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cnd
June 11th, 2014, 3:07pm
I'm quite enjoying the recent influx of new battle manga MCs that aren't half-wits at the start and stumbled across this particular take on the old formula in the new Manga section. The basis of the following review is: if you like the harem, shounen, battle-manga, comedy, and strong at the start protagonist then you'll enjoy this manga.

The premise is almost exactly the same as Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (so similar in fact I almost thought this was the same series with another artist for half of the first chapter) though I think it's a bit funnier. It essentially combines Asterisk with a dash of Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei. The protagonist is still the stuttering, red-faced harem protagonist that everyone's used to but he's a bit more unapologetic and strong at the start (not quite full trinity seven but there are flashes of it) so you don't have to deal with weakling MCs. The art is expressive though there are parts that lack a bit of detail but nothing that actively detracts from the story. I find that the characters are generic (again, I wasn't expecting and am not reviewing for a manga with extremely dynamic characters with complex relationship polygons and EEG-like personality facets) but easy to get along with and become invested in. The fan-service is kept pretty low (granted there's only 3 chapters) and isn't too ridiculous and the story itself seems to be moving at an acceptable pace. Is this the greatest manga ever written? No. Is this exactly what I'm (personally) looking for? Yup.

If you're looking for something without common harem/shounen tropes, something that breaks the mold, something that will make you like the genre even though you previously hate it, or something as deep as 'Ulysses' or 'Crime and Punishment' in manga form then this is not the manga for you. I wanted another random shounen harem battle manga mixed with decent humor to read and this fit the mold for me perfectly, thus 10/10.

... Last updated on June 11th, 2014, 10:11pm
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