When a gifted programmer is killed in a car accident, he wakes to find himself reborn into a new world with magic, monsters and giant mecha! Luckily, he’s retained his memories and goes about making his dreams come true.
What did you watch?
This was my selection for the letter K in my A to Z Anime Challenge. Now, first things first. The apostrophe in Knight’s… they put it there, not me. Ironically, on the manga, it doesn’t have the errant apostrophe, but I’m reviewing the anime, so it is what it is. This was another series that I knew nothing about before I watched it, which is a fun way to do it. No expectations, no spoilers. Although this review will have spoilers… anyhow, let’s get on with the review.
Tsubasa Kurata was a gifted programmer and mecha otaku until a car accident ended his life. He was, however, reincarnated as a young boy in a mysterious Kingdom where magic exists. With his knowledge of programming and obsession with mecha, Ernesti (Tsubasa) was determined to become a Silhouette Knight pilot known as a Knight Runner, but given his small stature and weak body, it seemed unlikely.
That wasn’t enough to put Ernesti off though, if need be he’ll learn the secrets and build his own giant mecha. Luckily, his knowledge of programming has prepared him for the use of magic, which seems fairly similar. He enrols in the prestigious Laihiala Academy and soon finds himself thrust into a dangerous situation, but it’s also one where he can show off his true potential.
What did you think?
There was a lot of things that I enjoyed in this series. The magic mechas were an interesting twist and I loved how they equated magic to programming. That was cool. I think my main issue with the series was Ernesti himself. He was always too sure of himself and overconfident, which thanks to his wealthy upbringing and connected family it didn’t seem to matter what he did. It was all too easy. I would have preferred that he was from a regular family and had to break the class system to get to the top.
What was your favourite moment?
That was when Ernesti first took control of a Silhouette Knight that he had stolen from a Knight Runner that ran away. He modified the controls to his needs and took on a monstrous demon beast. The battle itself was pretty epic and the finishing move that Ernesti performed was awesome. That was fairly early in the series and while there were lots of other great fights, this was the one that really stood out to me.
What was your least favourite moment?
Again, I found the ease with which everything just seemed to happen to Ernesti became quite boring. Sure, there were minor setbacks here and there, but it really didn’t give the story any oomph. On top of that, I found Ernesti to be quite annoying, so that didn’t help much either.
Who was your favourite character?
I found Helvi to be the most entertaining character. She was easily the best of the three older Knight Runners and had the most entertaining personality too. It may have helped that when they redesigned her Silhouette Knight she ended up with a motorcycle-style sitting position… I said “may” have helped… Seriously, let’s just move on to the next section…
Who was your least favourite character?
Unfortunately, it was Ernesti, which is quite the downer for the lead character in a series. He was just too annoyingly perfect and everything seemed to work out for him.
Who needs more screen time?
Obviously, we need to see a whole lot more of Helvi. She disappeared for a fairly large part of the show because her Silhouette Knight was stolen, which leads me to another character that could have had more time and that was Lady Kerhilt. She was the leader of the group known as the Bronze Fangs. She was a little unhinged and quite deadly, which are all great qualities for anime villains.
Would you like another season?
It’s hard to not compare this to other Isekai series, especially as Ernesti was overpowered in a sense. His knowledge of programming and mecha definitely gave him a far superior edge of anyone else and when you threw in his nobility and family ties. It was a novel way of having an overpowered main character but it didn’t really work for me in this one.
So, let me quickly say that despite some of my comments, I did enjoy the series. However, I don’t think I’d be too keen on another season. It pretty much tied up most of the stories in the thirteen episodes and I wouldn’t be too thrilled to spend any more time with Ernesti.
Other reviews in the series
- A to Z Anime Challenge
- Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
- Blood-C / Blood-C: The Last Dark
- Cat Planet Cuties
- Dragonar Academy
- El Cazador de la Bruja
- Freezing / Freezing Vibrations
- Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
- Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
- Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?
- Jormungand / Jormungand: Perfect Order
- Knight’s & Magic
- Lord Marksman and Vanadis
- My First Girlfriend is a Gal
- No Game No Life
- Outbreak Company
- Punch Line
- Qualidea Code
- Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World
- Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
- The Testament of Sister New Devil
- Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle