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Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan (Novel)  
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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, 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?


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Associated Names
落第騎士の英雄譚 (Novel)
Chivalry of a Failed Knight (Novel)
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Novel)
The Heroic Tales of the Failure Knight (Novel)

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.Intermission 2 + Afterword by Frozensama 4 months ago
v.8 c.13 by Frozensama 4 months ago
v.8 c.12 by Frozensama 6 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes + 1 Extra (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1
Ends at Vol. 3

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (61 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.64 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 11th 2018, 12:53am PST



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Original Publisher
SoftBank Creative (GA Bunko)

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Weekly Pos #541 increased(+121)
Monthly Pos #1025 increased(+464)
3 Month Pos #2009 increased(+448)
6 Month Pos #1916 decreased(-115)
Year Pos #1708 increased(+36)

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On 285 wish lists
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Good, nuff said.   
Rating: N/A
by Commissariat
January 30th, 2016, 4:10pm
For a change of pace we get a main character that isn't retarded (and denser than a log regarding love) nor a smug asshat flaunting how smart he is. The fights are interesting, none of them feeling like uber curb-stompings (barring a few cases ruled by common sense) and the relationship between the main characters is enough to give you hypoglicemia.
Good read, though not perfect.
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Familiar, different, good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by buttplug
November 23rd, 2014, 8:55pm
Where to start; this light novel takes the typical magic/mecha harem battle school setting and plays around with it. Not much time is taken to explain the origin of the fantasy elements, instead it jumps straight into the action.

- Exact opposite of harem in every way
- Cool protagonist, kind when he needs to be, cruel when he needs to be
- Excellent heroine, find out for yourself, she is different from the usual tsundere
- Cool battles, they are thought out well enough and get better as the series progresses
- Interesting world building, a dark, cynical and totally screwed up dystopia masked under typical high school antics
- Comedy, unlike many light novel with similar premises, this one has actual comedy in it, and it doesn't always rely on ecchi to accomplish it
- Episodic, there are ongoing conflicts, but the individual volumes are self-contained

- Protagonist sometimes shows random weaknesses when he is usually shown to be very strong
- Yandere imouto
- Short volumes
- Dem rocket missiles are a tad too big
- Asspull powers, some of the characters randomly exhibit abilities that make little sense making the battles a little hard to follow

... Last updated on November 25th, 2014, 4:02pm
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