“Are you frustrated kid? If so hold onto that feeling. That’s proof you haven’t yet given up…”
Rakudai Kishi no Calvary, tells the story of one Kurogane Ikki, after staying back one year in school due to being unable to advance due to having no magical skills, he meets a variety of different characters (mainly girls) as he develops to be someone better than before.
The whole premise of the story is set that Ikki is an underdog from the get go. This actually made it easier to enjoy the story line, as he had only one place to go from the bottom, up. Through meeting different characters such as Stella Vermillion, Arisuin Nagi (Alice) and reuniting with his sister Kurogane Shizuku, Ikki learns many different lessons as well as providing help to their needs.
The scene is set within the school, where battles take place in order to reach the Seven Stars Sword Art Festival. The action sequences were actually quite surprising, as it was nice too see both a combination of magical arts and swordsmanship. With both being so prominent, the colors and animations provided to the variety of different moves were very distinct. It was impressive to highlight as well, the subtleties of fighting with a weapon rather than using magic and how that offered different strategies and tactics.
With the characters mainly being all female, it definitely shows the harem aspect of the show. But unlike other harems, these come with a refreshing twist. Ikki isn’t a dense main character, but he is human, and it was nice too see that most of his interactions, between him and the girls were very genuine and “non-anime” like, despite being placed in a variety of “cliche” moments. Though, it was fun seeing them happen and everyone’s reactions to them.
Shizuku Best Girl!
OP/ED: The OP added a bit of a superhero feel towards the show. With that being said it matched well with Ikki’s underdog situation. The black and white theme mixed in with the red provided for a staple use of colors in the OP. The ED on the other hand, was probably made for the fan-service, and fans of that would enjoy it. With its use of rose petals and thorns, it highlights the “romance” and harem aspects of the show, with the girls not wearing anything (only being covered by said thorns) which was actually quite intuitive after thinking about it.
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry would probably draw a lot of attention due to it having many similarities with Gakusen Toshi Asterisk, but it is its own show. The highlight of this anime are the characters themselves, their development as well as the unique harem given in the story line.
Recommendations: For an anime that provided a good sequence of battle scenes along with a strong group of characters and/or harem I recommend the following:
- Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
- Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
- Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
- IS: Infinite Stratos