Light Novel: Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

Only a pure maiden can have a privilege to make contract with a spirit.

In Areishia Academy, maidens from noble family were gathered to receive an elite education and become a spirit contractor. A boy Kamito Kazehaya, by an accident he peeped on a girl who was taking a bath, Claire Rouge. He even made a contract with spirit that she wanted.

Kamito was actually an irregular male spirit contractor, which should not exist.

A light novel series written by Yū Shimizu with illustrations by Hanpen Sakura. Also called "Blade Dance of the Elementalers". An anime adaptation began airing on July 14, 2014.

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Tropes in the series:

  • Accidental Pervert: Kamito.
  • 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.
    • Apparently Demon Kings are exceptions to this rule, as Kamito awakened as the Demon King in volume 10.
  • 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.
  • Blade on a Stick: Ellis's elemental weapon is a spear.
  • Blue Blood: Nearly all elementalists are this.
  • 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.
  • 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 knows that he is a male elementalist like the infamous demon king.
    • He dresses 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 had 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.
    • In Volume 10, Kamito manages to dual wield Restia and Est.
  • Elemental Powers: Elemental Spirits are mostly classified by six elements: Fire, Wind, Earth, Water, Holy, and Darkness.
  • Extranormal Institute: About any facility that teaches elementalists; most notably Areshia Spirit Academy.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
    • Kamito's homeland is implied to be the counterpart of Japan.
    • Kuina/Quina Empire is the counterpart of China.
  • 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 current Blade Dance are consists of five members.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Ren from Ren Ashbell and Ren Ashdoll.
  • Going Commando: Some elementalists do this in order to be closer to their spirits.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 cat 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.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Some elemental waffen in the series are named after them.
  • Rescue Romance: Kamito first met Fianna when he saved her from a dryad during his first Blade Dance.
  • Sealed Army in a Can: The tactical-class military spirit, Crusaders, that was sealed in Milla Bassett's Demon Sealing Eye.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Averted by Kamito despite having been (succesfully) trained since childhood to be a master assassin.
  • 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 vol 10, Claire knows as well.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Claire/Clair.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Kamito knows a spell, Weapon Works, that allows him to construct temporary swords.
  • Summon Magic: How most elementalist call forth their contract spirits, as either their purified form or elemental waffe form.
  • 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.
  • Tournament Arc: The current Blade Dance Festival is a team tournament free for all.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: Fianna still wears her Divine Ritual Institute uniform.
  • 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 young, 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 "Knee! High! Fight!" and repeated close-ups of the different girls' thighs.