Light Novel / Bladedance of Elementalers
aka: Seirei Tsukai No Blade Dance

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Bladedance of Elementalers, known in Japanese as Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance, is a Light Novel series written by Yū Shimizu with illustrations by Hanpen Sakura. Also called "Blade Dance of the Elementalers". An anime adaptation aired on July 14, 2014 as part of the Summer 2014 Anime lineup, and ran for 12 episodes.

The setting is dominated by spirits, the denizens of Astral Zero. Only a pure maiden can make a contract with a spirit and gain access to its power.

In Areishia Academy, maidens from noble family are gathered to receive an elite education and become spirit contractors. But one day, the boy Kamito Kazehaya accidentally peeps on a girl taking a bath, Claire Rouge. After punishing him, Claire drags him along to a nearby sealed spirit in the form of a sword, which she intends to contract with for more power. However, the spirit reacts violently and she's unable to form a contract with it. Instead, Kamito is the one who forms a contract with the spirit.

It turns out that Kamito is the only male alive capable of contracting with spirits. Unfortunately, he isn't the first example of this... the other known male elementalist, Demon King Solomon, went down in history as a cruel tyrant. Because of this, various people are wary of him...

Bladedance of Elementalers provides examples of:

  • Action Prologue: The first scene in the anime is a match where Ren Ashbell is shown easily defeating her opponent in the Blade Dance tournament.
  • Always Female: In-universe, elementalists are pure maidens. The known exceptions are Demon King Solomon and Kamito. All male elementalists have their power because they are born as vessels of the Darkness Elemental Lord.
  • Another Dimension: Astral Zero, another world where spirits lived. Humans with divine power become like spirits when in Astral Zero.
  • Assassin Outclassin': When Kamito was about 13, he tried to assassinate the Dusk Witch, Greyworth Ciel Mais. He was defeated and was taken in by her.
  • A Truce While We Gawk: The duel between Kamito's group and Ellis's group in episode 2 is interrupted by a demon showing up.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Velsaria's armor makes her nearly invulnerable to physical attacks, but it isn't well suited for defense against magical attacks. Claire and Rinslet exploit this by first heating up, then rapidly cooling a section of her armor to cause it to start cracking due to the rapid extreme temperature difference it's subjected to.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Velsaria's contracted spirit puts her in a giant suit of armor, making her a lot bigger than the other characters.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Kamito as Ren Ashbell. Even the Girls Want Her. It's been three years since "she" appeared, and nearly every elementalist in the world is still a rabid fangirl.
  • Battle Harem: Team Scarlet more or less is Kamito's.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Kamito discovers Est this way in episode 3 after waking up in Rinslet's bed. And when the main heroines find Est in his bed again in episode 5, they aren't very happy with the situation.
  • Big Eater: Elementalists have larger appetites than expected from their build, as spirit magic consumes a lot of calories.
  • Blade on a Stick: Ellis's elemental weapon is a spear.
  • Blow You Away: Wind spirits and elementalists who contract with them. Ellis specializes in this.
  • Blue Blood: Nearly all elementalists are this.
  • Broken Ace: Claire is the daughter of the formerly-prestigious Elstein family, a talented elementalist who can fight at both close and long range, has high grades due to putting effort into her studies, and has inherited Elstein's True Flame. But thanks to her sister Rubia's actions, the Elsteins were disgraced and lost their position, and Claire is hated by many for her sister's actions. Her lack of friends (besides Rinslet) at the start of the series, and her confrontational personality, are all because of this.
  • Casting a Shadow: Darkness spirits and their contractors. Notably, the former are mentioned to be rarer than the spirits of the other five main elements, possibly due to the Darkness Elemental Lord opposing the rest. Restia is the main example of a darkness spirit.
  • Chick Magnet: Kamito.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Claire, hands down. And not just in the "love" aspect. Though in general, she's more likely to attack the other girl too, unless its Est.
    • Est acts like this when Restia is around.
    • The other girls have shown this tendency as well, such as Rinslet and Ellis when they find a naked Est in his bed.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • In episode 12, Fianna tells Kamito he can "eat her" along with the cake. Est then says he can eat her as well, not quite understanding what Fianna meant.
    • A few moments later, Kamito comments that Ellis looks very pretty in her fancy dress. Rinslet, Claire, and Fianna all get jealous, and push a slice of cake into his face, telling him to "eat their cake." Est once again misinterprets their actions, and asks Kamito to eat her cake as well. But she shoves a large cake into his face instead of the slices the girls used.
  • Compelling Voice: The ability of Word of Power.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Greyworth made one for Kamito in order to allow him to attend Areishia Spirit Academy with little suspicion.
  • Cool Sword: Some Spirits take on the form of swords as their Elemental Waffe form.
    • Kamito has had two:
      • Restia - Vorpal Sword
      • Est - Demon Slayer
  • Culture Chop Suey: The Ordesia Empire is based on Feudal Europe with bits of Shinto for princess maidens in the Divine Ritual Institute.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Ren Ashbell easily wins in the first fight shown in episode 1.
    • Kamito dishes some of these out when fighting against demons.
    • Jio Inzagi easily defeats Ellis's knights, and almost defeats Kamito's group as well.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Carol, Rinslet Laurenfrost's maid; the main reason for hiring her is because she is cute even if she is clumsy and useless at house work.
  • Dance Battler: Every elementalist is this.
  • Deal with the Devil: Rubia contracts with Laevateinn to gain combat skills and powerful fire magic, the price being that she must eventually sacrifice her life to the spirit.
  • Death By A Thousand Cuts: It takes Claire's team and even Kamito quite a few attacks to finally bring down Velsaria.
  • Disguised in Drag: Kamito does this a few times in his life.
    • When he was younger, Greyworth made him dress as a maid to help disguise him so that no one knew that he is a male elementalist like the infamous demon king.
    • He dressed as a girl and went by the name of Ren Ashbell when he first participated in the Blade Dance, to disguise the fact he was a boy.
    • When he has to sneak into the Grand Shrine to meet Reicha Alminas to get rid of the Brand of Darkness, he dresses up as a princess maiden.
  • Dual Wielding: Kamito's original fighting style as an assassin. After regaining Restia as a contracted spirit, he's able to dual wield her and Est.
  • Elemental Powers: Elemental Spirits are mostly classified by six elements: Fire, Wind, Earth, Water, Holy, and Darkness.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Each element is strong against some and weak against others - for example, water has an advantage over fire and holy has an advantage over darkness.
  • Extranormal Institute: About any facility that teaches elementalists; most notably Areshia Spirit Academy.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Greyworth seemingly undergoes this in Volume 14. Millenia claims that it isn't simply brainwashing, but it's unclear exactly what happened.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
    • Kamito's homeland is implied to be the counterpart of Japan.
    • Kuina/Quina Empire is the counterpart of China.
  • First Kiss: And not just one! Claire, Est, Ellis, Restia, Rinslet and Fianna all get their first kiss with Kamito.
  • Foil:
    • Kamito and Leonora. Both of them are high-level elementalists with incredible power and skill, with Kamito leaning towards the latter and Leonora the former. Kamito wields a demon sword spirit whose elemental waffe is called the Demon Slayer, while Leonora wields a dragon spirit whose elemental waffe is called the Dragon Slayer. On a more amusing note, both of them assume a dominant role in the field of romance.
    • Fianna and Rubia. Both of them are of high birth, with Fianna being the second princess of Ordesia and Rubia the first child of the (formerly) high-ranking Elstein family. They both became princess maidens renowned for their skill. Rubia betrayed her position and Ordesia by going against the laws of the Elemental Lords, becoming known as the Calamity Queen. Fianna tried and failed to stop her, and the resulting trauma rendered her unable to use her spirit, causing her to lose her position as well and become known as the Lost Queen.
  • The Four Gods: There is a Blade Dance team from the Kuina Empire named after them. Their elementalist's spirits are even them:
    • The White Tiger for their Ace, Shao Fu.
    • The Azure Dragon for Rao Rin.
    • The Black Tortoise for Hakua.
    • The Vermilion Bird for Rion Sharma.
    • The Qilin as the fifth spirit for their leader, Linfa Sin Quina.
  • Five Man Band: The teams in the latest Blade Dance Festival consists of five members.
  • Friendship Denial: Claire and Rinslet occasionally do that to each other, more so Rinslet who calls Claire her self-proclaimed rival. They actually deeply care for each other.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Ren from Ren Ashbell and Ren Ashdoll.
  • Gender-Restricted Ability: Only young girls can contract with spirits and use spirit magic. Male elementalists like Kamito and Solomon are the vessels of the Darkness Elemental Lord Ren Ashdoll.
  • Going Commando: Dragon elementalists do this in order to be closer to their spirits.
  • Healing Factor: By tapping into the Darkness Elemental Lord's power, Kamito gains one of these.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Rinslet fits this trope to a T. She is a quite prideful girl on the outside, even a bit aggressive, but she cares very deeply about those around her (even if she won't admit it), even to Kamito from the beginning despite him being a complete stranger at first.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Nepenthes Lore is an incredibly powerful entity and a member of Team Inferno in the Blade Dance. It constantly wears a full-body suit of armor, and everyone can tell that there's something off about it. It's actually a previous vessel of Ren Ashdoll who was consumed by the power and was resurrected by Rubia. The armor acts as a restraint on its power. When it sheds the armor, it sprouts tentacles of darkness and barely qualifies as humanoid anymore.
  • An Ice Person: Ice spirits and their contractors. Rinslet specializes in this.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • How Ren Ashbell defeats Velsaria in their first Blade Dance match.
    • Kamito does this again in episode 12, though this time to help break the curse that was afflicting her.
  • Irony: Kamito, who is a male elementalist like Demon King Solomon, wields the same sword that Areishia used to defeat Solomon. On the other side, Rubia has inherited the Sacred Maiden's power, and uses it trying to awaken Kamito as the Demon King. This is lampshaded in-universe.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • Kamito loses his memory at the end of Volume 11, due to the trauma of Restia's apparent death. He regains it at the end of Volume 12.
    • At the end of Volume 12, it's revealed that this has also happened to Restia. This is because of an emergency measure by the Darkness Elemental Lord, which cut her off from her power and caused her to be reborn as a human.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Light Elemental Lord is corrupted by Otherwordly Darkness, like the other Lords. Moreover, the Holy Kingdom of Lugia becomes a major antagonist later in the series.
  • Magic Kiss: After the events of Volume 10, whenever Kamito kisses a girl, her power is boosted. This is because he is transferring a bit of the Darkness Elemental Lord's power, which awakened in him during his fight with Rubia.
  • Mana Drain: Many of Kamito's foes, such as One-Winged Angel Velsaria, Judia/Zirnitra, and Nepenthes Lore, have the ability to drain Divine Power, which puts him at a disadvantage because Est requires a lot of Divine Power to use.
  • Meido:
    • Carol, Rinslet Laurenfrost's maid.
    • Milla Bassett becomes Mirelle Laurenfrost's maid after retiring from the Blade Dance.
    • Kamito was made to be Greyworth's after he failed to assassinate her and as a deal to free Restia from Suliman's Ring.
    • Ellis dresses up as one in episode 10, as thanks for Kamito rescuing her from Jio Inzagi back in episodes 7 & 8.
  • Metaphorically True: In Volume 16, Cardinal tells the Alphas Theocracy refugees (who are Demon King cultists) that she will bring the Demon King back to life, in order to lift their spirits. She actually has Kamito, the inheritor of the same power as the Demon King, dress up and pretend to be him.
  • Motivational Kiss:
    • Claire kisses Kamito in episode 4 to give him courage, after he finally saw Restia again after 3 years, only for her to unleash a mad monster in the city and disappear again.
    • When Kamito is about to start his long travel for the Laurenfrost territory, Ellis does that to him.
  • Mundane Utility: Kamito uses the fire from Claire's cat to help cook some food in episode 2.
  • Naked First Impression:
    • Kamito first meets Claire as she was bathing in a lake in the forest he gets lost in.
    • He also meets Est this way, in the bed he was sleeping in no less.
  • New Transfer Student:
    • Kamito, though he wasn't attending school at the time.
    • Fianna Ray Ordesia transferred to Areishia Spirit Academy after hearing of a male elementalist.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In episode 2, Claire and Rinslet get into a fight outside Kamito's shed. Claire's spirit accidentally sets his shed on fire, and Rinslet's attempt to put it out ends up destroying it.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: Kamito's Areishia Spirit Academy uniform since he is a male.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Est shows up in the bed Kamito was sleeping in during episode 3. She appears to be a young naked girl wearing nothing but thigh-high socks. Naturally when Rinslet gets suspicious, she finds Est under the sheets, and gets extremely jealous when the latter clings onto Kamito.
  • Oh, Crap!: The woman selling cursed seals to the students in the last arc of the anime has this look after Greyworth shows up to punish her for selling the cursed items to her students.
  • One-Gender School: Since normally elementalists are pure maidens, any institute is an all girls school by default.
    • Areishia Spirit Academy was this until Greyworth made Kamito enroll.
  • One Steve Limit: Adverted, there are multiple beings with the name of Ren.
  • Our Angels Are Different: They're mysterious beings of great power, revealed at the end of Volume 11 to be an apocalyptic threat to the world.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire spirits and their contractors. Claire and Rubia specialize in this.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Some elemental waffen in the series are named after them.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: After the Tournament Arc, Rubia attempts to go create a suicide squad. Two of the people she recruits are Velsaria Eva and Vivan Melosa, both characters who were defeated and imprisoned early on in the series.
  • Rescue Romance: Kamito first met Fianna when he saved her from a dryad during his first Blade Dance. From then, she fell in love with him.
  • Sealed Army in a Can: The tactical-class military spirit, Crusaders, which is sealed in Milla Bassett's Demon Sealing Eye.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Averted by Kamito despite having been (successfully) trained since childhood to be a master assassin. This is thanks to Restia teaching him.
  • Secret Keeper: A few people know that Kamito was the Ren Ashbell who participated in the previous Blade Dance. They are Greyworth and Fianna. As of Volume 10, Claire knows as well.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Kamito knows a spell, Weapon Works, that allows him to construct temporary swords.
  • Summon Magic: How most elementalists call forth their contract spirits, as either their purified form or elemental waffe form.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: By drawing on the Darkness Elemental Lord's power, Kamito gains enhanced strength, speed and a Healing Factor, but suffers from violent impulses that would eventually transform him into another Nepenthes Lore if he gives in.
  • Support Party Member: Fianna has this role in Team Scarlet. Being trained as a princess maiden, she lacks combat skills but can support her teammates with dances and construct barriers. Her spirit, Georgios, is oriented mainly towards defense. Her elemental waffe, Save the Queen, only continues this trend, as its functions are creating a barrier and restoring her allies' divine power.
  • Terminally Dependent Society: The world is dependent on the spirits. One time, the Fire Elemental Lord was angry and made fires impossible to light in the lands of Elstein.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Velsaria's opening attack against Claire's team in episode 12 is to unleash a barrage of shots, which vaporizes the surrounding battlefield. Fortunately for the girls they manage to deflect much of Velsaria's attack away from them.
    • Also applies to Rubia and Muir when they each eliminate entire teams in the tournament by themselves, the former by using the strongest fire spirit in existence, and the latter by summoning Military-class spirits to decimate her opponents.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The female members of Team Scarlet undergo training in Volumes 15 and 16, resulting in significant boosts to their skill.
  • Tournament Arc: The Blade Dance Festival happening between Volumes 4 and 11 is a team tournament free for all, with 5 members in each team.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: Fianna still wears her Divine Ritual Institute uniform.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: Whenever an elementalist transforms their weapon into its spirit form, usually in the form of an animal or monster.
  • Tyke Bomb: The assassins of the Instructional School.
  • Unperson: Ren Ashdoll, the Darkness Elemental Lord, was subject to this.
  • Virgin Power: Elementalist have to be youngnote , pure maidens; their powers disappear along with their purity. Whether this applies to Kamito or not is unknown.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Claire gets extremely upset at Kamito after hearing that he agreed to help Ellis and the Sylphid knights out for a short while in episode 10. She feels he's going to leave her, and doesn't want to get too friendly with the knights because many of them continue to mock her sister.
  • Whip It Good: Claire's Elemental Waffe is a flame whip named Flame Tongue.
  • Winged Humanoid: Restia's purified form is a girl with black feather wings.
  • World's Strongest Man / World's Most Beautiful Woman: Kamito was both at once.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Many of the girls demonstrate this, to the point that the anime's closing was made with a repeated shout of "Kneehigh fight!" and repeated close-ups of the different girls' thighs.

Alternative Title(s): Seirei Tsukai No Blade Dance

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