Ikki meets with Ayase not long before their match is scheduled to start. She throws herself off the rooftop, forcing Ikki to use Ittou Shura to save her. Her plan to remove Ikki’s ace from their match had been successful!
Chivalry of a Failed Knight (Episode 7) – Sword Eater II
Ikki stumbled back to his room, his energy drained and with his fight only ten hours away he’ll be unable to use Ittou Shura again. This was Ayase’s plan all along, but something still doesn’t sit right with Ikki. When he is called to the principal’s office to explain the damage he caused to the school, he accepts all blame. The principal knows that he is covering for someone and when he asks her about Ayase, she tells him about how her father lost in a fight and has been unable to move since then. The winner of the fight was Kuraudo and he took all of Ayatsuji’s property as his prize.
Ayase is desperate to reach the tournament to face him again and take back her family’s things. This is what Ikki was worried about. He still likes Ayase and wants to help her, but he needs to see if she can be saved. He knows that the arena will be rigged with traps for him, but asks the adjudicator to turn a blind eye to them until he has his answer.
Ayase didn’t think Ikki would show up to the fight and unleashed her special blazer attack as he launches himself towards her. She is able to cut him with the air, using cuts she made previously and the arena is full of them. Ikki continues to attack and when he dodges one of her attacks, she is livid.
Ikki believes that he knows the answer and all he has to do is show Ayase. His final attack should have taken her out, but he switched his blade to phantom mode. She hasn’t been hurt but is unable to continue. Has her honour as a swordswoman finally taken hold? Her sword disappears. She concedes the fight.
Ikki, however, isn’t done yet. He approaches Ayase and explains why she couldn’t win and how her own spirit was not letting her use her father’s techniques to fight him. She couldn’t even use the ones he taught her. He asks her if she would like his help. Through streams of tears, she accepts.
What did you think?
All right, so I loved this episode. There’s nothing like a bit of sword fighting to get me all excited… Anyhow, I loved the way it showed us Ayase’s motivation and the reason that she betrayed her own honour. I also loved that Ikki was able to see that and refused to give up on her. That guy loves taking punishment and Arisian commented on that in a previous episode. He’s become so used to feeling pain that it no longer holds the same threat that it used to. All in all, this was a lot of fun and while there was basically no ecchi whatsoever, I still loved it.
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – The Worst One I
- Episode 2 – The Worst One II
- Episode 3 – The Worst One III
- Episode 4 – The Worst One IV
- Episode 5 – The Experience of the Princess
- Episode 6 – Sword Eater I
- Episode 7 – Sword Eater II
- Episode 8 – Sword Eater III
- Episode 9 – Princess’ Vacation
- Episode 10 – Witch of the Deep Ocean V.S. Raikiri
- Episode 11 – Another One: The Uncrowned Sword King I
- Episode 12 – Another One: The Uncrowned Sword King II