Anime: The Sacred Blacksmith aka: Seiken No Blacksmith
The Sacred Blacksmith, an anime from Manglobe based on a series of light novels by Isau Miura, began airing in October of 2009.Cecily Cambell, a Knight Guard of the Independent Trade Cities of Housman, is new to her job of keeping the peace in the Heroic Fantasy world she inhabits. She soon meets Luke Ainsworth, an exceptionally skilled blacksmith who is the only one that can make katanas, along with his overly-cute Elfish apprentice Lisa. Circumstances soon conspire to reveal Luke has a very unusual and magical way of forging swords; a talent desired by the nearby empire, and that's not all. Demons appear in the Trade Cities along with swords that harness the powers of nature. All three are rooted in the recent Valbanill War, which might not be quite over yet....
Attempted Rape: Averted (in the manga and light novel). Just when Siegfried's attack on Cecily looks like it will end in rape he tells her he hates her too much even if he were capable of doing it. It was intended as the icing on the cake in a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown intended to break her spirit.
Do not tell Cecily you would like to purchase her friend Aria. Actually, just don't insult her friends in general.
Do not even try to say anything about Lisa being a "replacement" to Luke. While he may acknowledge it, but he will, at worst, give you a black eye. What really broke the camel's back was Siegfried attacking, stripping naked and beating Cecily. This triggered a full-on Roaring Rampage of Revenge with a side of Tranquil Fury from Luke.
Luke for Cecily often. The very first scene in the anime is a Flash Forward to him rescuing her for the third time. It's defied in the manga and light novels, where Cecily decides that she's not gonna just stand there and let Luke have all the fun.
Siegfried attacking Cecily is a subversion. While he's tearing her clothes off, Cecily screams for Luke. It's exactly the time when the reader expects Luke to appear in a blaze of righteous fury to save her, just as he's done every other time before... but he never does. Siegfried strips Cecily naked and beats her to make her feel ashamed of her gender. He doesn't rape her but only because he is physically unable to.
Chainmail Bikini: Cecily's armor leaves nothing to the imagination, resembling nothing so much as a polished metal sports bra. Downplayed somewhat in that her fellow male knights have plating with similar coverage.
Cute Bruiser: Charlotte's trio of bodyguards have the skills to back up such a position.
Deal with the Devil: The Demon Contracts which uses the "death song" engraved on the victims' heart (normally sung by their spirits upon their deaths) prematurely, killing them and combining their souls with the ambient magical energy from Valbanill to morph them into giant monsters.
Luke believes he created Lisa using one of these. Not quite. Apparently it's also possible for some people to use their death songs to create more benign forms of demon like Lisa (and presumably Aria).
Defeat Means Friendship: Charlotte and her gang become Cecily's housemates after Luke defeats them but still not quite friends. That happens after Cecily defeats all three of them herself.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Ballock Knife is Truth in Television: The Ballock Knife (also known as the kidney knife) was an actual weapon used during Medieval Europe, deriving its name from its "unique" shape. Specifically, the bollock dagger was a style of dagger especially popular in the British Isles, with a guard shaped like, basically, two balls (in the geometrical, as well as the colloquial, sense); it was also commonly worn in front, in a deliberately suggestive position. "Kidney dagger" is a later Victorian euphemism.
Dojikko: Lisa, who is shown in the ending credits tripping to the rhythm of the music.
Enforced Cold War: According to Siegfried, this is the reason why peace exists in the first place. The war was beyond horrific to the point of severely traumatizing entire nations which is why: A) they would do anything to avoid a war and B) Demon weapons are so lusted by everyone and their mothers. He mightbe lying, but still it makes a lot of sense in the setting.
Entitled Bastard: Charlotte and her Girl Posse. In their debut episode they attack Cecily, try to steal Aria and strongarm Luke into working for them, then whine about people being rude to them. Then they expet Cecily, someone they just tried to kill, to put them up while they stay in the city, expecting to live it up and be treated like Royalty.
Giving Up the Ghost: Happens to Charlotte and her friends. First to Charlotte when the shock that a princess has to perform the tasks of a common servant and look the part, and then by her friends when Fio effortlessly knocks them out.
Glass Eye: Luke's left eye is fake. His real eye was used to create Lisa.
God Is Evil: Valbanill is the only god mentioned, and is the source of the demons. In response, the humans are gathering Demon Swords, whose purpose is to "slay God".
Go Through Me: In the first episode, Cecily takes several blows for Luke after the ice demon breaks his katana. She continues guarding him while he forges a new one. She does this in the last episode, too... then uses the katana he forges for her to break a demon sword!
Gratuitous English: The Cambell motto "Guard, Save, Belive". It's probably meant to be that way, though. However, in a brief flashback in episode 8 the tombstone displays the motto as "Guard, Save, Believe. Off Model, text edition?
Heroic BSOD: Cecily has a minor breakdown when she's told she needs to mercy kill a zombie. Her coworkers are less than impressed. It gets worse when later in the novels, Cecily suffers a major breakdown coming close to being raped by the Big Bad.
He Is Not My Boyfriend: Cecily is asked this a couple of times regarding Luke by a few characters. She usually vehemently denies it.
Hot-Blooded: Cecily. The best swordfigther in the city who puts her best into everything and walks with honor, guts and determination. Too bad this has left her with poor self control and a lack of foresight, which impair her abilities in politics, diplomacy, commerce and... normal human interaction.
I Am Not a Gun: While Aria realizes that she can't fight her fate, she really, really relishes her times of peace. She's also grateful that in Cecily's hands she's used to protect people instead of slaughtering them.
I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Luke torments himself (creating a mental block that prevents him from finishing the Sacred Sword) believing his actions led to the death of his childhood friend Lisa (pronounced Leeza, not Leesa...). In fact, Lisa died protecting him against Valbanill, but by her own choice.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Eventually, this becomes Luke's reason for continuing to keep silent about his feelings for Cecily. He knows that his life is coming to a swift end, and he doesn't want his death to cause Cecily the same pain that Lisa Oakwood's caused him. He tells Euen that he's sure that someday Cecily will find happiness with another man. However, when Euen asks Luke if he'd really be okay with watching Cecily fall in love with someone else because Luke never told her how he felt, Luke grits his teeth and doesn't answer.
Instant Runes: Lisa's eye generates them for Luke's magic forging.
Subverted in that the most powerful sword in the city, the 'demon sword' Aria, takes the form of an estoc.
Kick the Dog: Siegfried's non-sexual assault on Cecily proves, onece and for all, that he is an asshole.
Magic A Is Magic A: To instantly turn tamahagane ores into katana, Luke has Lisa conjure some Instant Runes (by apparently tracing them with one eye), then recites the steps of forging a katana.
Man on Fire: Reduced to ashes in no time, in great numbers.
Made of Iron: Cecily can absorb an insane amount of damage and be fine by the next day/week, when a normal warrior would be crippled for life if he was lucky. She also can bleed around 40 gallons in one go.
Meido: Inverted by Fio whose closer to the Almighty Janitor than the classical version of this trope. Then she makes Charlotte, her bodyguards, and Cecile dresses up as maids and do chores. They play it straighter.
Nosebleed: This happens to Luke when Cecily's armor cracks and falls off, exposing her naked breasts.
Please, I Will Do Anything!: At one point, Cecily begs Luke to help her save Aria, and promises him anything he wants. "If it's money, I will work for you until the day I die. If it's my body, you can do whatever you want with me." Luke doesn't ask for anything.
Plucky Girl: Cecily. Though her anime incarnation lacks the manga version's skills, she certainly doesn't lack guts. She knew Jack Stmdr was an seasoned veteran but still challenged him to fulfill her duty as a knight. She didn't stop fighting until her sword broke.
Power Degeneration: Because their work involves shaping glowing, white-hot pieces of iron, most blacksmith develop damage to one (or both) of their eyes. Luke starts to lose the vision in his one remaining eye. This turns out to be a lie Luke tells to comfront Lisa but the trope is still being played straight. Luke is using his own flesh for "Demon Sword Materialization".
The Power of Love: Played with: Luke is convinced that lacks sufficient hatred to complete the Sacred Sword but it's the Power of Love that finally allows him to finish it ...kinda. He had already completed it but it took even more love to convince him he had succeeded.
Pretty Freeloader: Defied. Charlotte and her bodyguards think they're going to be pretty freeloaders at the Cambell house until Cecily's maid Fio puts them to work. It's likely that Fio is also punishing them because they ganged up on Cecily and tried to steal Aria from her.
Rape as Drama: While Sigfried doesn't actually rape Cecily, the scene where he beats the crap out of her, strips her naked, and tells her that she's pretty for a country girl while straddling her naked body, as well as Cecily's reaction to it, crying out for help that never comes, and vomiting afterwards, all evoke this trope. This is especially the case when one remembers that rape isn't about sex, but about power and control, which Sigfried clearly robbed from Cecily.
Red Shirt: In the anime at least, Cecily's fellow knight guards (all of whom are male) are about as competent as she is. Note that they all use the same kind of Western European sword; it seems this world runs on the principle of Katanas Are Just Better.
Replacement Goldfish: Subverted. Luke thinks he created Lisa in this way, but it turns out that the original Lisa was the one who did it, in order to give Luke someone to help him around the house.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Siegfried to Cecily, along with a brutal beatdown. He broke every bit of her entirepsyche until he left her broken in a barn... because he didn't care enough to finish her.
Took a Level in Badass: Anime!Cecily takes her first level in the fight against the fire demon and keeps improving from there. Her second fight with Charlotte's handmaiden/bodyguards in the anime is a complete reversal of her first, with her first splitting them up and then soundly beating each one with tactics specifically designed to counter their abilities. Hell, even the first fight (three against one and she held her own) showed she had improved. In the manga she manages to take down all of Charlotte's handmaiden/bodyguards one after another without splitting them, sniping Margot behind from a wall and fighitng off the other two.
The Unfair Sex: Cecily is often unfair to Luke though more from being too Hot-Blooded and impulsive for her own good than any malice. She will verbally attack Luke without provocation (or information) because she can't handle her own feelings. When she snarks about his sorest point (the death of his first love) before fleeing in tears Lisa insists that he be the one to apologize.
War Is Hell: The last war terrified entire nations and created people like Jack Stmdr.