In the Independent Trade City Housman, order is maintained by a corps of knights, and one such knight is Cecily Cambell. She’s a relatively new though, and when an armored man goes berserk in town, she struggles to stop him. Unfortunately for her, he cuts through her family sword, leaving her defenseless. She’s saved only when a mysterious guy with a katana appears and cuts through her opponent’s sword. This puts an end to the battle, and the man is taken away. In the aftermath, Cecily’s savior looks down on her as she falls trying to thank him, and he walks away. Through the guy’s assistant, Cecily learns that his name is Luke, and his katana made such an impression on her that when she learns that the town blacksmith can’t repair her family sword, she decides to go look for him.
Cecily finds him living with his assistant Lisa outside of town and tries to get him to make her a katana like his own, but he refuses. She doesn’t give up though and tells him of the history of knights in her family and how much her sword means to her. Their conversation, however, is interrupted by an alarm bell signaling trouble. As it turns out, a nearby convoy is being attacked by monsters, and Cecily borrows the sword of a fallen knight. In order to prove herself to Luke, she charges ahead, but she’s easily swatted aside by the monster. Luke has to save her again, and he’s able to single-handedly defeat all the monsters. However, an ice demon then appears, and it’s able to break Luke’s katana. This time, Cecily steps in to protect him, and Luke decides to have her occupy the demon while he makes another katana. Via a magical process with Lisa, Luke is able to forge a katana from raw materials in just a minute, and he steps in to save Cecily a third time.
Well, I like the beginning and chorus of the opening song, but the rest of it wasn’t that great. The ending, on the other hand, oozes cuteness with Toyosaki Aki singing as Lisa.
In the blurb I wrote about this series in the fall preview, I noted that I was cautiously optimistic about it mainly because the studio manglobe was working on it but that it otherwise looked pretty standard fantasy action. After having seen this first episode, my feelings about the series haven’t changed much other than the fact that I’m slightly less optimistic. The production quality was fairly good, and the fights were decent, but it was still pretty standard fantasy fare with big monsters and shadowy villains. In fact, Cecily got a tad annoying with how preachy she became on the whole knight and protecting thing, especially considering that she was fairly worthless in an actual fight.
The saving grace of the episode came at the very end when Luke showed the technique he uses to forge swords on the fly. That was actually pretty cool to see and hear, and I’ll probably watch the second episode just to see how they explain that. If the plot doesn’t start to show more promise though, I’m not going to be very keen on blogging this.
On a random side note, every time I hear Luke’s name, I get bad memories of the Tales of the Abyss series. The Luke here is not a bad character though; I just wished they named him something else.