Light Novel / Knights And Magic

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Following a car accident, a mecha otaku is reincarnated into another world as nobleman Ernesti Echevalier, nicknamed Eru. In this world exist huge humanoid weapons known as Silhouette Knights, whose task is to defend humanity from demon beasts - ravenous monsters that, unless stopped, devour everything in sight. Dreaming of piloting the Silhouette Knights, Eru, with childhood friends Archid Walter and Adeltrud Walter, aims to become a Knight Runner. Helping the matter are the memories of his past life, which inspire him to improve his own Knight in ways people from his own world could never imagine.

Knight's & Magic is an ongoing web novel series by Hisago Amazake-no that got started in October 2010 on the online novel platform Shōsetsuka ni Narō, before Shufunotomo's Hero Bunko imprint picked it up and turned it into a light novel series with artist Kurogin being put in charge with illustrations.

A manga adaptation by Takuji Kato started in April 15, 2016 on Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine. An anime adaptation started on July 2, 2017, directed by Yusuke Yamamoto and the animation studio 8-Bit.

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Knights & Magic provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Academy of Adventure: Laihiala Academy, where piloting giant mecha and fighting magical monsters is part of the curriculum.
  • The Ace:
    • Kurata, the past life of Eru, excelled at his programming job.
    • Edgar is possibly the best pilot at the entire academy, and definitely the best in his year. During his mock battle against Helvi, he manages to knock away a fast-moving close-range magic projectile with a sword swing, and he gives her a hard time despite Helvi having a superior machine.
    • Helvi herself is no slouch either. There's a good reason she was selected to be the test runner for the new Knight model.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The anime adaptation compresses large chunks of its paper precedessors into the first episode, dropping several subplots and moving others around to keep the most important events while limiting the number of time skips.
  • A Mech by Any Other Name: Silhouette Knight.
  • Badass Adorable: Eru, Chid, and Ady. They look cute, but they can fight as well as adult soldiers.
  • Badass Bookworm: Eru has memorized everything he has read about Silhouette Knights and is one of the world's best pilots.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Helvi's clothes leave her midriff open to the world.
  • Best Served Cold: The Zaloudek Empire stole some of Fremmevira Kingdom, killing a large amount of civilians and soldiers in the process. A few years later, their soldiers get absolutely destroyed by the same people they stole their technology from when the Fremmeviran forces help repel their invasion of another country.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Eru, Chid, and Ady are all good and decent people. Provoke them at your peril.
  • Blood Knight: Eru is this on the battlefield, and all his allies know it.
  • Boobs of Steel: Several of the Knight Runners - most notably Helvi with her Impossibly-Low Neckline - are quite well-endowned.
  • Chaste Hero: Eru isn't interested in girls and is more interested in riding mechs. Partly due to his age, but then again he was a huge mecha otaku in his past life.
  • Child Prodigy: Eru has extensive knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of Silhouette Knights, as well as the ability to perform very advanced magic. This is due to his extensive study of both of them, as well as his memories of his past life as a mecha otaku and programmer.
  • Child Soldiers: Some of the members of the Silver Phoenix Knights are technically this; unlike most examples, they don't seem to get too angsty about it.
  • Color-Coded Characters: In the anime, the four major character each have their own distinct colour pattern:
    • Blue and white for Eru
    • Dark purple for Ady
    • Brown and black for Archid
    • Dark red for Batson
  • Conspicuous CG: A far less ergregious example than many others, but in the anime, the movements of the Knights and the behemoth have this special brand of fluidity and weightlesness that makes it obvious they're CG.
  • Cool, but Inefficient: The first version of Telestale is stronger, faster and more heavily-armed than the previous Knights, but its mana consumption is ridiculous, to the point it runs out of fuel after just a few minutes of fighting.
  • Cute and Psycho: Eru looks adorable, but when he is fighting, he shows a much more unhinged side.
  • Dirty Coward: One of the Knights Runners-in-training fighting the behemoth flees despite sitting inside a Humongous Mecha, claiming he can't do anything, despite being one of the only two Knights left on the scene - though it's somewhat understandable, seeing how he just saw his friend, also inside a Knight, being burned to crisp.
  • Ditzy Genius: Eru acts like this sometimes, as his adult mind has hard times fitting into the confines of a child's body.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Eru has a girly face that those who meet him the first time mistake him for a girl.
  • Functional Magic: Combine symbols - each of which has its separate meaning - into a script in your head and channel it through a magic crystal at the end of your Magic Staff. It's similar enough to programming that Eru has little to no problem mastering advanced spells.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Several characters in the series, unsurprisingly.
  • Geometric Magic: Spells are visualized as patterns of geometric motifs.
  • The Good King: Most of the monarchies are ruled by kind and wise families with the marked exception of the Zaloudek Empire.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Names in the fantasy world are in a random mix of different European languages, with Finnish being particularly prominent. Sometimes with hilarious results if you know the language - e.g. the name of the capital city Kankkunen means hangover.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: While unofficially Eru is credited in defeating a powerful beast by himself, the Kingdom gives a cover story that is was the Knights who defeated it not only to save their own reputation, since it will make them a laughing stock if the people learn a 12-year0old defeated the beast, but also because the existence of Eru and his talents might get him some unwanted attention.
  • Heroic Bastard: The Walter siblings are the illegitimate children of Marquis Serrati. While their older half-sister Stefania cares about them, their older half-brother Baltsar hates them very much and has an inferiority complex which he fears Archid might become better than him and made heir of the Serrati family.
  • Impossibly Graceful Giant: Eru's new-design Silhouette Knights are even more agile than humans, due to their magical control system.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: In the anime, Helvi is wearing some sort of corset that by all rights should be sliding right off her, given it has no armstrips and starts halfway down her cleavage.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: The reaction to most of the females over Eru. He weathers it with truly stoic demeanor.
  • Irony: Baltsar believes his younger half-siblings enrolled at Knight School so they can get legitimized by their father and become members of the Serrati family, when in truth the Walter siblings have no such intentions and just want to live their own lives and only enroll due to their friend Eru.
  • Magic Staff: Humans need to use rods with catalyst crystals at the end of them to cast spells. One of Eru's earlier improvements is a rod that's shaped like a gun and thus can fire magic more accurately.
  • Magitek: Silhouette Knights are made using alchemy, which is like science, but can only be controlled by using magic.
  • Meaningful Rename: Helvi's Knight, Trandorkis, is renamed to Telestale following its refit with new weapons.
  • Mighty Glacier: Dwarves are described as this - they're twice as strong as humans, but very slow.
  • Military Academy: Laihiala Academy - as well as the entire city surrounding it - exists for the sole purpse of training the future Knight Runners.
  • Mini-Mecha: The Silhouette Gear is more of an oversized set of Power Armour, though still three metres tall.
  • Moral Myopia: When the Zaloudek Empire is introduced, the citizens and soldiers are shown, for the most part, to be truly abhorrent warlords, and the royal family doubly so. Should their targets actually fight back in a successful manner, they treat it as an unforgivable insult. It segues into Revenge Myopia when the crown prince decides to kill himself rather than surrender after losing a battle he started, and his sister, the crown princess, can think of nothing but vengeance, despite the fact that said crown prince had already murdered a king, taken that king's daughter captive, and the crown princess herself demanded he marry the captive princess against her will.
  • More Expendable Than You: When a behemoth attacks the wall where he's stationed, the commander orders Stephan to carry a message back to HQ. He then apologizes to the rest of his men, since Stephan is an only son, and the rest of the team are about to get their tickets punched in a Last Stand.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The most notable improvement the new Knight model introduces is adding two sub-arms on the back that hold magic staves, allowing Telestale to fire even as it's using its sword and shield.
  • Not Quite Flight: Eru "flies" by using some sort of propulsion spell through the two gun-rods hanging from his hips.
  • Obviously Evil: When the Zaloudek introduce their "advanced" Silhouette Knight models fashioned after stealing Ernesti's designs, murdering quite a few Femerian soldiers and civilians in the process, not only are the Knights Red and Black and Evil All Over, but they're called "Tyrants," clearly advertising that the Zaloudek are not good people.
  • Older Than They Look: Eru looks younger due to his short stature and baby face.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: The dwarves in this world are pretty much the classic version - short, stout craftsmen who come from the mountains and do a lot of mining, with men who pride themselves on their beards (in Light Novel, at least; the anime eschews a classic dwarf beard for something less likely to get entangled in machinery).
  • Power Crystal: The "catalysts", which enable people to use magic, are crystals. Some creatures, like dragons, have them in their bodies and can use magic naturally, while humans have to use rods with crystals set in them to cast spells.
  • Punny Name: The NTR Labs.note 
  • Reincarnate In Another World: The main character starts out as a mecha otaku from our world who dies and reincarnates as Eru.
  • Running Gag: People mistaking Eru for a girl, Ady hugging Eru and doing other things because he's cute, and people's reactions to Eru's designs, which go against that world's common sense.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: In contrast to the pragmatic Saga Of Tanya The Evil or the satirical Re:Zero, the world relies on a more idealistic outlook and how reincarnation into another world is technically awesome.
  • Square/Cube Law: The behemoth's enormous frame is explained away by it using powerful spells just to keep itself from being crushed by its own mass.
  • Time Skip: Early on, the story skips a few years every once in a while to bring Eru from the point he first learns about Silhouette Knights to the point where he joins the Knight Runner academy.
  • True Companions: Eru and all his friends.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Combined with Entitled Bastard. The Zaloudek Empire, especially its Copper Fang Knights, don't care that the frontier country of Fremvaria keeps the Demon Beasts at bay at considerable risk and loss of life. They pointedly and constantly scheme to steal Fremvaria's best technology for themselves, even going so far as to use "lure powder", a chemical known to both attract and enrage Demon Beasts into a murderous frenzy, to act as distractions and active weapons of murder on the soldiers and civilians alike while claiming they're more "worthy" to have the best models than the very people building, designing, and using them to defend humanity as a whole.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Eru seems to be more adult than many of the adults around him, due to having an old soul.
  • The Workaholic: When Eru has an idea and wants to make it reality, he won't stop until it's complete or until someone tells him to rest. This also applies to his past life as Kurata, who had to deal with short deadlines at work.
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