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     Ikki Kurogane 
Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (Japanese), Clint Bickham (English)
1st Year* note 
Rank: F
Device: Intetsu
Nickname: The Worst One (Failure Knight), Another One (Crownless Sword King)

"The Failure Knight" aka "Worst One" - Ikki Kurogane is famous in Hagun Academy - for being the only F Ranked Blazer in attendance. Thanks to his unwavering desire to prove himself as a capable Blazer, not only for himself, but to his family and the world, he has trained himself tirelessly in order to fulfill a promise he has with the new director Kurono Shinguji - win the Seven Star Sword King Tournament and she'll allow him to graduate. After beating Stella Vermillion, Shizuya Kirihara and Toka Todo in their duels, Ikki becomes a well-respected blazer throughout Hagun as "Another One".

  • Accidental Pervert: Downplayed. He has a tendency to act without concern for proper manners around females, but he usually recognizes he was acting untoward in hindsight and apologizes.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He is viewed as an outsider by his own family with the exception of Shizuku. He's also infamously called "The Worst One" at Hagun Academy and considered an academic pariah due to his F-Rank status. At first. He gains the academy's respect after defeating Shizuya Kirihara.
  • Almighty Janitor: Repeatedly pointed out by Stella, who can't believe that he's an F-rank with his skill level.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Stella attacks him in Volume 1, Ikki tells her that she was beautiful to disarm her.
  • Arrow Catch: When he finally gets to calm himself down again, this is what he does against Kirihara's arrows. It's enough to make the guy piss his pants.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: This is the basis of Ikki's Blade Steal and later his Perfect Vision.
  • Back from the Dead: Even though he dies in a pretty gruesome way in volume 15, he revives courtesy of Shizuku.
  • Boring, but Practical: In the story's setting where there're people who could manipulate the elements, concepts, and causality; Ittou Shura and the upgraded Ittou Rasetsu are the only Noble Arts that falls under the category of Body Enhancement. Which is pretty underwhelming as any Blazer can use as a basic technique, except it has its own category for a reason.
  • Big Brother Instinct: While Ikki usually keeps his cool regardless when faced with complete jerkasses, he's notably more agitated when Yui Tatara tries to trick Shizuku into eating razor-laced food.
  • Big Brother Worship: Played straight in his childhood as Ikki reveals to Ouma that in their youth, he admired the latter's capability to carried the wishes of the entirety of the Kurogane clan in Volume 6. Now downplayed in the current time as while Ikki still looks up to Ouma, the former is nevertheless neutral on his admiration towards his older brother.
  • Black Sheep: What he is to his family, the Kurogane Clan. However, other than Shizuku, he may very well be the White Sheep, considering how badly they've treated Ikki all these years and to the lengths that they go through to keep him a secret from the world.
  • Born Unlucky: His luck stat is F and Riku Misora actually lampshades his utterly terrible luck in Vol 4, including but not limited to getting paired against Yudai Moroboshi, the previous Seven Stars champion. Worse yet, his next two matchups against Byakuya and Sara are less favorable than Yudai in comparison. As Misora puts it, it's like the heavens themselves are trying to kill him. As demonstrated by his awakening as a Desperado, the heavens have largely failed.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's looked down upon by numerous characters, including Stella and the students at Hagun Academy, for being an F-Rank Blazer. By the end of volume 1, he gets a lot of bones after gaining the respect of the student body and becoming Stella's boyfriend.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Ikki's physical stat is A, and it makes up for him lacking in magical capacity. His training regime lets him shrug off wounds that would incapacitate any normal teenager, including being shot with several dozen arrows that all visibly draw blood. Any scene that reveals his anatomy shows him to be utterly ripped.
  • Close-Range Combatant: This sums up to the entirety Ikki's fighting style due to his low magic capacity. This gets somewhat Deconstructed when going up against opponents who's Blazer abilities can render pure melee style ineffective against them.
  • Combat Pragmatist: From a certain viewpoint of pragmatism, Ikki doesn't do things like set up traps or sabotage his opponents beforehand. Instead, he mainly relies on his incredible swordsmanship, stealing his opponent's techniques, exploiting flaws in their fighting style, and only used Itto Shura for a One-Hit Kill.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Ikki's journey is to prove himself as a capable Blazer despite being an F-Rank.
  • Cosmic Plaything: He's got good reason to believe he is this after Amane's reveal, and how Amane wishes him to keep struggling until he breaks. Misora once remarked that it was like the heaven's were trying to kill him.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Combined with Logical Weakness. He can beat a lot of knights with his pure melee style, but most of the Arc Villains will have abilities that put pure melee at a disadvantage (like invisibility), forcing him to rely on his wits.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Volume 15 has him practically butchered at the hands of Or-Gaule, who then adds insult to injury by stamping on his remains. He gets better.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • During his mock duel with Stella, he predicts her every move and quickly curb-stomps her.
    • Curb stomp doesn't begin to describe what he did to five of his classmates led by Manabe who insulted and assaulted him. The kicker? He didn't harm a single one of them.
    • He's on the receiving end from Kirihara until he figures out how to predict his each and every move, allowing him to turn the curb stomp around.
    • Subverted in his battle with Toka. While this is probably his fastest victory, it's not nearly as one-sided as it looks. When they both swing their swords, Ikki notices that his normal Ittou Shura is going to lose to her Raikiri and he has to use Ittou Rasetsu at the last moment to win.
    • Like with Toka, his battle against Byakuya Jougasaki is a subversion. He knows Jougasaki will be able to predict all his moves and ring him out, so he once again has no choice but to use Ittou Rasetsu to avoid losing.
    • He wins the first round against Amane without taking damage other than a temporarily stopped heart and without using Ittou Shura.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: A novel illustration in volume 7 has him doing this against Sara.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: At the age of five, he's ignored by his own family other than Shizuku. Then he ran away from home and lived by himself throughout his childhood. The only reason why he hasn't committed suicide was because he was encouraged by his great-grandfather.
  • Determinator: Everything he does is with this attitude. If Ittou Shura/Rasetsu wasn't enough, he manages to stay conscious and fight despite his device getting broken, which would cause most Blazers to faint because their device is made from their soul. It's even the key to his awakening as a Desperado.
  • Dirty Coward: A subverted example occurs in volume 5, where Ouma accuses him of this trope by saying that Ikki's fighting style is only a deception to con his way towards victory. However, given Ouma's own ideals of strength, he's the only one who believes this.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He does not like sweet foods.
  • Dual Wielding: While this isn't his main style, he can fight with a second blade if he gets his hands on one, as shown when he takes one of Amane's Azure swords and uses it against him.
  • Enemy Within: In Volume 3, he's berated by a voice that represents his doubts about choosing a painful life as an F-rank Blazer.
  • Establishing Character Moment: At the beginning of the series, he enters his room and takes off his clothes. Then, when he duels with Stella in Kurono's office, he tells Stella that she's beautiful to disarm her.
  • The Exile: Ikki goes into exile after being considered a "failure knight" by his family.
  • Explosive Overclocking: His Ittou Shura. While in this mode, he is able to push his body to its maximum potential. His drawback it is extremely taxing on his body after he drops the technique and can only use it once a day. He can also concentrate more power into a single second if he needs to, but doing so puts him in a coma for a week. This ceases to be a problem once Ikki awakens as a Desperado.
  • Fights Like a Normal: His only magical ability is a short boost to his already impressive physical prowess that he can only use once a day. Everything else is all him.
  • Fingore: While never shown in the anime or manga, Volume 3 reveals that once when he challenged a Dojo in middle school, all the children curb-stomped him at once, and then the student who was the club president proceeded to snap all his fingers as the other children held him down.
  • First Kiss: Shizuku immediately kisses him when she reunites with Ikki, and he and Stella aren't happy about that.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Ikki feels that he and Amane had met at some time long before the Sword Festival. The circumstances of that meeting and why Ikki hates him to the core are not yet elaborated on. It turns out they hadn't met before. Ikki hates/is frightened of Amane because Amane is exactly what he would've become had he not been such a Determinator.
  • Fountain of Youth: Shizuku didn't have enough somatic cells and a sufficient supply of mana when reviving Ikki, which resulted in her being unable to fully restore Ikki's body when she was forced to link her body with his. Shizuku was able to bring Ikki back, but as he was when he was ten years old. She later explains that she'll be able to return him to his proper age in six months.
  • Fragile Speedster: Combined with Glass Cannon. When he uses Ittou Shura, he can Speed Blitz most opponents and hit hard enough to damage A-Rank knights, but he notes that he still can't match them in direct power or defense. After learning Edelweiss's muscle technique, he manages to Speed Blitz Yudai without using Ittou Shura.
  • Friendly Rival: He and Stella are in love with each other, but neither intends on holding back in the Seven Stars Sword Art Festival. In the final match of the festival, Ikki ends up awakening as a Desperado because he doesn't want Stella to find a new rival.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: At the start of the series, almost every character has initially expressed their dismay about his status as an F-Rank Blazer and consider him "The Worst One," with the sole exceptions being Kurono Shinguji and Yuri Oreki.
  • From Bad to Worse:
    • Combined with Drama-Preserving Handicap. There at are least three instances where Ikki ends up in less than perfect condition before a match with an already overwhelming opponent.
    • The Ethics Committee outright poisons him and then arranges for Toka Todo to be his opponent, who he already had little confidence in beating regardless if he's in tip-top condition.
    • Before his match with Yudai Moroboshi, the previous champion who beat Toka, Ikki discovers Edelweiss's last technique somehow dealt him enough mental trauma to inhibit his movements.
    • In the Seven Swords Festival, he has to fight both his second and third opponents consecutively on the same day, which means he can only use Ittou Shura or Ittou Rasetsu during one of the two rounds. He chooses to use Ittou Rasetsu on Byakuya because he knows the latter will checkmate him otherwise, which means he has to fight Sara Bloodlily while being extremely weakened. The only upside to this situation is that Sara is far more fragile than most A-rankers, so Ittou Shura isn't absolutely required to deal a finishing blow to her.
  • From Zero to Hero: Went from being "The Worst One" to a powerful swordsman and popular Blazer with the title "Another One."
  • Good People Have Good Sex: He and Stella finally have sweet tender sex in volume 9, and ended up using all ten of the condoms Stella brought.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He's the hero and his love interest is the Fiery Redhead Stella.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Goes through a major one when Kirihara bests him in his Curb-Stomp Battle until Stella snaps him out of it.
    • He has yet another one when his family has the Ethics Committee discredit Ikki before his match with Toka.
  • Heroic Second Wind: He gets reinvigorated after Stella's Anguished Declaration of Love to the point that he easily defeats Kirihara.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: At the start of the series, many students don't hide the fact that Ikki's "The Worst One" until he defeats Kirihara. Unfortunately, his family and the Ethics Committee start a smear campaign to paint him as a delinquent, though this instance is downplayed because he already earned the trust of most of the student body by then.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In one instance, his Blade Steal almost manages to screw him over in the Seven Stars Sword Art Festival. Ikki manages to copy Edelweiss's technique for making one's body move from 0 to top speed instantly. Unfortunately, his body couldn't fully understand the complexities of the technique at first, causing him to freeze up whenever he unconsciously tries to use it. Luckily, he figures it out in time to turn around his match with Yudai.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Surprisingly, he's not very good at using technology despite the insight and intelligence that he displays throughout the series.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Ikki is taller as opposed to his younger sister Shizuku.
  • Irrational Hatred: Subverted with his discomfort towards his "fan," Amane. He quickly realizes that despite the latter's apparent admiration, there's something off about him, which is proven correct when Amane turns out to be callous in using his powers and wants Ikki to suffer. Upon hearing about Amane's past, Ikki realizes that the reason he hates Amane is that they share similar pasts, but the latter would rather attack the hardworking than improve himself.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His primary weapon, "Intetsu".
  • Ludicrous Melee Accuracy: In Volume 1, he barely scratches Kirihara's nose with Intetsu, to the point where his opponent didn't bleed. However, Ikki actually intended not to hit him at all and sees this as a sign that he needs more training to become more accurate.
  • Made of Iron: Combined with his determination, Ikki was able to move despite being impaled with dozens of arrows by Kirihara, survive several weeks of being slowly poisoned and sleep-deprived by the Ethnic Committee, and even stayed conscious from having his <Device> broken in his fight against Yudai.
  • Master Swordsman: He is thought of as the best swordsman in school. This is especially important since his skill and wits are the only things he has to keep up with his classmates and opponents.
  • Meaningful Echo: His great grandfather, Ryoma, told him that his frustration is proof that he hasn't given up yet. Ikki later repeats these words to Amane when the latter tries to kill him one last time in frustration.
  • Meaningful Name: "Ikki" (一輝) means "one gleam" and while he's limited by his F-Rank magic capacity, he nevertheless can shine brightly than others.
  • The Mentor: Once his classmates recognize his abilities, they ask him to train them.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Like his girlfriend, he's often subjected to fanservice moments. Of note is when Byakuya Jougasaki feels up Ikki's chest and gives a detailed explanation about how Ikki's build is ideal for swordsmanship.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Downplayed. While Ikki is not one, his magic capacity is so low to even be considered a Blazer, which led to him being ostracized by the Kurogane Clan.
  • Oblivious to Love: Completely averted, because Ikki confessed to Stella by the end of volume 1! You're not reading it wrong, he confessed at the very end of the first volume (episode four of the anime)! Before that, Stella confessed that she liked Ikki's way of life earlier during his match against Kirihara, which acted as a Rousing Speech for Ikki, which made him confess when they were alone. Stella lampshaded that she didn't confess her love to Ikki as a man at that time. At least, not literally. But Ikki just said that he doesn't need her reply immediately, and said that he can't keep his feelings inside. Bonus points for Ikki, since he never experienced falling in love before.
  • Official Couple: With Stella. They start dating at the end of the first volume and by the third volume, they're engaged.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • In a one-on-one duel, Ikki defeated his new director, Kurono Shinguji. She's the former #3 ranked Blazer in the world - 'World Clock'.
    • Many of his offscreen selection matches were won without Ittou Shura.
  • Once Killed a Man with a Noodle Implement: Someone about to shoot him with a revolver? Why just jam it with an eraser.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He doesn't like the idea of Stella finding a worthier rival than him causing his transformation into a Desperado.
  • Parental Abandonment: Not "abandoned" per se, but being flat out ignored by your own family while still inside the house simply for being ranked an 'F' in terms of Blazer ability is pretty bad. And then if that weren't enough, they reach out and pressure the school that Ikki decided to attend to not let him graduate at all purely out of spite.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "With my weakest, I will defeat your strongest."
  • The Protagonist: He's the central or focal character of the story.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: A justified example. While Ikki does state that he doesn't like anything sweet, there's also the additional factor that he must keep his body in good shape in order to hold his own against stronger Blazers; and eating anything unhealthy would cause imbalance.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm and rational thinker to Stella's Hot-Blooded.
  • Screw Destiny: As a Desperado, Ikki embodies this.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he was a child, he left his family behind after he realized how much they viewed him as an outsider.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: He has one in episode 12 against Toka Todo, and he wins.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: For all of his skill, determination, and eternal optimism, he's rather lacking in common sense at times. From the get-go, his first instinct upon walking in on a barely clothed girl is to take off his shirt too to make it even rather than apologizing and running as a normal person would. Observe. It's also justified, however, considering how he was coldly treated by his family.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: The Kurogane Clan's treatment of him would be absolutely criminal in any civilized country, outside the story's world setting.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: In volume 15, he apologizes to Stella for not keeping his promise to her as he gets brutally slaughtered by Or-Gaule.
  • Stepford Smiler: Nagi notes that Ikki internalizes a lot of his stress underneath his Determinator attitude, which later impedes his performance against Kirihara.
  • Strong and Skilled: After becoming a Desperado near the end of Volume 9, Ikki is capable of gaining more mana to go with his incredible sword skills to the point of being on Stella's level. However, it's also subverted as he still defaults to using his sword techniques and wits despite having the raw power to back it up along with the fact that he's only recently a Desperado compared to other Desperados having their abilities much longer than he has and are much more experienced fighters. After being revived by Shizuku, he regressed into a ten-year-old body for six months, and instead, focuses on sharpening his skills to make up for his lost strength.
  • Taking the Bullet: He ends up in a coma because he pushed the referee out of the path of Amane's aura, causing the aura to graze him.
  • That Man Is Dead: Played for laughs when he tells Stella that the man who managed to not be tempted by her figure is dead and to forget that he said anything about needing to meet their parents before having sex.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After beating Stella and Kirihara in volume 1, he gains the respect of the student body to the point that he's called "Another One" and qualifies for the festival. Not only that, but he becomes Stella's boyfriend and fiancé.
  • Tragic Dream: All he ever wanted in life was his father's approval. His father's world philosophy has made certain that it'll never happen.
  • Training from Hell: This involves sprinting for 20 km daily, among other things.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Unsurprisingly, many of his opponents, including Stella, underestimate him because of his rank. This gets flipped around once he qualifies for the festival, where most of his new opponents are already aware that he's going to be difficult to take down, causing him to realize that by expecting them to underestimate him, he's actually underestimating them.
  • The Unfavorite: To a ridiculous extreme, since his family forced him to be a Hikikomori to hide the fact that one of them is an F-Rank Blazer.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His magic capacity stat is F note , but he's highly skilled with a sword and out-thinking his opponents.
    • Played With after his final battle against Stella in Volume 9. After his awakening as a Desperado, he's pretty much on Stella's level when compared to normal Blazers, but he's still this when compared to the other Desperados.
    • This gets doubled down on when he gets revived but in the body of his 10-year old self. He lacks half of the physical ability his normal self has and is overall weaker. So Ikki resolves himself to use this body that can't rely on power to find ways of becoming even more skilled than before so he doesn't have to rely on his lost strength.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
    • Part of his reason to become a Blazer is so he can live up to his great-grandfather, Ryouma, who encouraged him not to give up.
    • Another part of the reason he struggled so hard to become the winner of the swords festival is for his father's approval. The revelation in volume 3 where he'll never find his father's approval due to "being a cog out of place in the machine" broke him badly, and that dream died a tragic death.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Even after overcoming his first Heroic BSoD in volume 1, he still struggles with his doubts and grim past and barely avoids another one in volume 3, thanks to emotional support from his classmates.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: All of his abilities are geared towards increasing physical abilities, which all Blazers can technically have through mana emission. As mentioned in his From Bad to Worse entry, he sometimes won't have access to those abilities when facing tough opponents after already expending Ittou Shura.
  • White Shirt of Death: Downplayed. While his white shirt gets bloodied during his duels with Kirihara and Toka, Ikki survives.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Downplayed when he's nearly killed by Ouma. While his mind and body are out of sync due to learning Edelweiss's technique, his opponent has yet to reveal the aces up his sleeve.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The Kurogane Clan and the Ethics Committee attempt to do a smear campaign on Ikki, but it doesn't work out.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: As a child, Ikki left his family forever after enduring enough of being viewed as an outsider... except for Shizuku.
  • You're Not My Father: Subverted. Ikki did consider cutting ties with Itsuki but after talking with Sara, he decides to remain Itsuki's son.

     Princess Stella Vermillion 
Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
1st Year
Rank: A
Device: Lævateinn
Nickname: The Crimson Princess
Born to Sirius and Astrea Vermillion as the second princess of the Vermillion Empire, Stella became an A-Rank Blazer when she was young. She comes to Japan to study in an effort to keep aiming higher and catches the eye of Ikki Kurogane. Her drive to become the best that she can be, despite already being labeled a prodigy, is second to only Ikki himself. Her element is fire.

  • Action Girl: She can take on students head-on as she did with Ikki and some of her opponents during tournaments.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair has a lighter shade of red in the anime. Also, her Lævateinn sword's black markings are changed to red.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She gives one in the first volume as she defends Ikki's life choices.
  • Animal Battle Aura: As of volume 6, her aura takes on the form of a fire-breathing dragon.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap:
    • In the anime's first episode, she slaps Ikki when he takes off his own clothes while she is changing.
    • She slaps him again during the bath scene at the end of the second episode when Ikki finds out that her bikini top has come off.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She's one of the most powerful Blazers of her generation and the princess of Vermillion.
  • Badass Adorable: A stunningly beautiful red-headed Master Swordswoman with an endearingly romantic and kind personality.
  • Berserk Button: Calling Stella a genius is one way to make her furious.
  • Berserker Tears: Sheds these and much of her humanity in volume 15, after Or-Gaule kills Ikki.
  • The Bet:
    • "The loser will obey the winner for the rest of his life! And no matter how humiliating it is, he will serve his mistress like a loyal dog! That is... the... deal!" And she lost.
    • She later accepts Kirihara's bet where she would become his girlfriend if Ikki loses to him. Thankfully, she wins this one.
  • Big Eater: To compensate for her high fuel consumption. This is lampshaded in Volume 4, where she claims that all the calories go to her chest, angering some of the female Sword Festival representatives.
  • Big "NO!": When she sees Ikki entering her room and taking off his clothes in response.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": To Kirihara and the other students who mock Ikki towards the end of volume 1.
  • Boobs of Steel: Goes hand-in-hand with her A ranked status and being one of the strongest Blazers of Hagun Academy.
  • Broken Ace: She is one of the rare A-ranked Blazers. With 50 times the amount of mana of an average student, a skilled swordswoman, and having ridiculous brute strength. Though she's not particularly proud of it. Stella hates it when people call her a prodigy or genius while ignoring that she had to work harder than most to start her career as a Blazer. It's not that she minds having lot of power, but she wants to prove that there's more to her than natural talent.
  • Burning with Anger: Her fire magic emits flames when she gets very angry.
  • Casual Kink: Stella asks Ikki to "punish her" in Volume 6 chapter 2, part 8. Fearing what would happen if he refuses, he tries to tone it down, only to realize too late that "he flipped her switch," and his own.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She's never happy about Ikki getting too close to any girl besides her, especially if it's Shizuku.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Stella has to prove herself as one of the best A-Rank Blazers in the world.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Zig-zagged. For all of her warnings, few of her opponents are burned until they actually touch the flames. This is in spite of her claims that said flames reach temperatures 3000 degrees Celsius (about the temperature of ignited rocket fuel and almost three times hotter than lava). However, as a child, she had little control over her power and was indeed burned as a result.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Somehow manages to prepare a pack of condoms just in case Ikki decides to go in all the way with her. They manage to use up all of it in volume 9.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Being born with innate power as a Blazer, Stella hates the fact that people attribute her wins with just her prodigy talent rather than her working hard to hone said talent. No one sees her as Stella Vermillion, just the 'Rank A Prodigy'. She comes to Japan to help her hone her skills even more.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair and red eyes.
  • Cute Indignant Girl Stance: Provides the page image. She does this during Ikki's match with Kirihara in Round 1. After Ikki takes a few of the Hunter's blows, the spectators start to look down on him, thinking he doesn't have talent. Stella has none of it and gives them a "The Reason You Suck" Speech for only getting by on their natural talent and not being able to appreciate the hard work Ikki's put into honing his skills.
  • Cutting the Gordian Knot: The first chapter of volume 6 is titled this, for her battle against three Akatsuki members, and her original opponent.
  • Determinator: In the past, she endured a lot of burns from trying to control her fire magic to the point where her concerned servants wanted her to give up for her own safety. After training with Nene, Stella is willing to break her arm and then melt her broken bones together in order to overcome Yui's reflector ability.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Most fights are one-on-one anyway but it's acknowledged that there are a number of situations that Stella could easily resolve that would ordinarily make Ikki struggle.
  • Deuteragonist: Stella is the second-most-important character of the series who eventually becomes his lover.
  • Didn't See That Coming: She didn't expect that Ikki, an F-Rank Knight, would have more power than she thought. He curb-stomps Stella by copying her sword techniques and finishes her off with Ittou Shura.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Combined with Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu. She graphically beat down Yui Tatara with a punch, and broke her arm in the process due to Yui's "Total Reflect."
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Non-romantic example. Stella becomes pointedly more friendly to Yui Tatara after she saves Sirius from Ein and makes attempts to get to know her better. Despite Tatara's denials it works, as by the end of Volume 15 she not only tells Stella to call her Vier, but promises to attend her wedding with Ikki.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Her Excessive Awakening turns her into a scaled, tailed humanoid complete with horns and wings.
  • The Dreaded: Most of her opponents in the tournament forfeited.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When she's introduced, she is understandably shocked at seeing Ikki naked to the point that she fights with him in Kurono's office, only to be disarmed by Ikki's Armor-Piercing Response.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Played for laughs. At first, she opposes Sara's attempts to make Ikki pose for a nude painting, only to go along with her demands when the artist offers to paint their wedding portrait.
  • Fiery Redhead: Stella is a emotional, passionate and hot-headed red-haired Action Girl, with a Hair-Trigger Temper and even pyrokinetic powers that have the side-effect of allowing her to become Burning with Anger. She initially seems like she'd dial the trope further up by being a Tsundere, but the tsuntsun side practically vanishes after Ikki confesses to her, making her more or less 100% sweet and affectionate to him from then on.
  • First Kiss: With Ikki, but only on her side.
  • Flash Step: She easily reproduces Nene's Trackless Step.
  • Flaming Sword: Her sword can emit flames from it.
  • Foil: In comparison to Ikki, Stella seems to embody the traditionally powerful hero(ine). Not only does she already possess incredible magical power, she is skilled enough at swordsmanship to give Ikki pause where as Ikki is someone born with little magical power or talent that has to make use of his specialties. She later gains a Super Mode to mirror Ittou Shura, but with a bigger boost and less of a stamina drain than the latter.
  • Friendly Rival: She and Ikki hook up at the end of Volume 1, but neither intend on holding back when it comes time to fight each other in the Seven Stars Sword Art Festival.
  • Gainaxing: Her bath with Ikki contains several instances of her large breasts bouncing, as does their stay in the cabin.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has her hair tied into twin tails, as expected from a Tsundere.
  • Graceful Loser: After losing to Ikki, she calmly accepts defeat and becomes his servant.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She may be good, but she is not to be messed with.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: She and Ikki finally have sweet tender sex in Volume 9, and ended up using all ten of the condoms Stella brought.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She initially goes from calm to extremely angry easily and sometimes uses her fire magic, such as picking a fight with Ikki moments after the latter walks in on her changing.
  • Harmful Healing: She "heals" her broken arm by using her flames to fuse the broken pieces of bone together.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: She uses the broadsword Lævateinn as her Weapon of Choice.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Whenever Stella gets embarrassed, steam bursts out of her head and her face turns red.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard:
    • When Stella and Ikki duel each other, he copies Stella's attacks and uses them against her.
    • She assaults Bisho at the mall, not knowing that he was prepared to have an equipment that deals damage equal to the force received from the attack. To say it hurt her really bad is an understatement.
  • Hot-Blooded: She is emotional, passionate and hot-headed.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: When Ikki is killed by Or-Gaule in volume 15, she cries and calls him a liar for breaking his promise to always be with her.
  • Humble Pie: She's affected by her wager towards Ikki to the point that she becomes his slave.
  • I Gave My Word: Despite Ikki insisting that they are equal roommates, Stella still insists on the terms of the duel and calls herself Ikki's slave. Fortunately, she drops this when they both settle for being a couple.
  • It's All My Fault: For a brief moment, she believes she's responsible Ikki being detained by the Ethics Committee. Shizuku quickly snaps her out of it, physically and verbally.
  • Jerkass Realization:
    • After her mock duel with Ikki, Stella realizes that underestimating Ikki isn't that different from the others who put her in the same predicament before she came to Hagun.
    • Played for laughs in Volume 7, where she realizes that helping Sara capture Ikki to make him a nude model isn't appropriate when he's not willing to do it, so she takes it upon herself to keep Sara from painting him while he's sleeping.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first, she taunts Ikki for his F-Rank Blazer status and bets against him as her slave, but becomes much nicer when she learns what Ikki truly is, especially when she ironically becomes his slave after their mock duel and later his girlfriend. She drops the jerk part completely after volume 3.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In volume 3, she knocks Akaza out of the way so that she can meet up with Ikki.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After insulting Ikki's F-Rank abilities, she's easily defeated in her mock duel when he copies her moves.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Ikki states that she's like a "ultra-high mobility heavy tank with infinite fuel". A good example is volume 3, Ikki has to use a technique to destroy a Rock Golem, said technique is to put all his strength in one burst. Stella can easily destroy them with a single stroke and she was sick too when she did it.
  • Lord Country: Her surname is the same as the name of the land her family rules; the Vermillion Empire.
  • Luminescent Blush: Her face turns bright red whenever she gets embarrassed.
  • Master Swordswoman: Her skills with Imperial Sword Arts is enough to force Ikki on the defensive for a few minutes.
  • Master of All: Has the potential to be this with both prodigious magic power and physical abilities.
  • Meaningful Name: Stella is Latin for star, reflecting her popularity as an A-Rank Blazer. Vermillion is a shade of the color red, which is her hair color. Her ultimate technique Kathartírio Salamándra means "Purifying Salamander" in Greek.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Many of the novel illustrations show her in nearly nude poses.
  • Mythical Motifs: Of the dragon; powerful, fierce, headstrong, feared by almost everyone.
  • Naked Apron: Shown in the illustrations of "Volume 0." In said volume, Shizuku tricks her into thinking it's part of Japanese culture and that housewives must wear it when cooking.
  • Naked First Impression: At the beginning of Volume 1, Ikki enters his room after finishing his jogging, only to discover that Stella is in her room and still in her underwear and stockings when she is putting on her school uniform.
  • No-Sell: Akatsuki is shocked when she gets punched out of the ring, crashes into a concrete pillar, is buried under rubble, and on the count of 8, punches her way clear, and jumps back into the ring, completely unharmed.
  • Offhand Backhand: With a kick! Ikki tries to sneak up on her and tap her shoulder when he sees her fidgeting outside his room in the second chapter of volume 6. Only realizing that someone was sneaking up on her, but not who, she nearly kicks his head off. Needless to say, Ikki's never going to try sneaking up on her again.
  • Official Couple: Stella becomes Ikki's girlfriend as soon as the end of the first volume and by the third volume, they're engaged.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She managed to win three out of six rounds against Toka, but only one of her losses was described in the Volume 4. While this is impressive given that the latter is far more experienced and has a fast One-Hit Kill technique, Stella takes this as a sign that she's not living up to her rank.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • She's understandably horrified when Ikki walks in on her changing and takes off his clothes.
    • She has a similar reaction when Ikki No Sells her attacks in her mock duel.
    • Later on, she is utterly shocked when she sees Shizuku kissing Ikki in public.
  • Playing with Fire: Her Device, Lævateinn and also her magic allow her to control fire.
  • Power Incontinence: As a child, she had so little control over her fire magic that she often burned herself. Thanks to Training from Hell, she eventually averts this trope and presently has excellent control of her flames, to the point where she can use it to fuse broken bones.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: She's the princess of Vermillion and has worked long and hard to develop and control her talent as a Magic Knight. By the start of the story, she is one of the few A-Ranked Blazers in the world.
  • Red Baron: She is often called "The Crimson Princess".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her red eyes symbolize her Hot-Blooded and fiery nature. Do not make her lose her temper, or these will be the last things you will see.
  • Red Is Heroic: The main heroine, distinguished by her long crimson hair.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Hot-Blooded red to Ikki's calm and rational blue.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Ikki and her go from a typical master and servant relationship to becoming lovers. To the point where Stella accepts Ikki's offer to be his girlfriend.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's very active as an A-Rank Blazer and as a princess of Vermillion.
  • Rule of Three: When Stella and Ikki are partnered to be in the dormitory, the former gives Ikki three conditions: not to speak to her, not to open his eyes, and not to breathe. This causes Ikki and Stella to fight in their mock duel resulting in former becoming Stella's master.
  • Screw Destiny: Played with. She barely defeats Xiaoli, a Desperado, despite not being one herself. This means she managed to screw someone else's attempt to Screw Destiny. This, in turn, allows her to awaken as a Desperado herself.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She became famous as an A-Rank Blazer in Vermillion. However, she felt that she didn't want to be considered a "genius" by everyone else, so she left the country to study abroad.
  • See You in Hell: She yells one to Shizuku before they use their Devices to fight each other.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Due to arriving late to the Seven Stars Sword Art Festival's first round, Stella's opponent demands that she be given a penalty. Stella then ups the ante by asking to fight her original opponent and 3 members of Akatsuki in a 4-on-1 match. She mops the floor with them.
  • Shameful Strip: During her fight with Bisho, she is forced to strip herself naked to comply with his demands to spare the hostages. Luckily it is later averted when Ikki shows up and defeats the antagonists. He apologizes to Stella who is in her underwear for coming late.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • Stella delivers an epic one towards Kirihara and most of the school when they bash Ikki in volume 1.
    • At the end of volume 3, she sends Akaza flying with her Lævateinn just as the latter is going to deliver the finishing blow on him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with Ikki because of his noble way of life.
  • Slut-Shaming: At one point, Stella and Ikki share an extremely romantic moment in a fire-lit mountain cabin where, for plot reasons, they both end up naked. When Stella notices how, ahem, excited Ikki is, she unambiguously asks him to have sex with her. He turns it down for vague reasons related to their families (his family hates him and he's never met her family). For some reason, Stella internalizes the rejection as her being a slut.
  • Stocking Filler: She wears garters to hold up her black stockings in her school uniform.
  • Super Mode: Her Dragon Spirit technique boosts her to the point of surpassing Ittou Shura, though at the cost of calories.
  • Talented, but Trained: She's seen as simply extremely talented, but in reality, Stella does work hard to cultivate her talent. The misconception is an endless source of irritation and frustration for her.
  • Talk to the Fist: She knocks Akaza out of the way using Lævateinn to reach Ikki after the latter finishes his battle with Toka.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After her duel with Ikki, she becomes nicer towards him to the point that she accepts him for who he really is.
  • Training from Hell: To control her magic, she undergoes intense training. She also adopts and adapts to Ikki's own Training from Hell. Goes into overdrive training for a week with Nene.
  • Tsundere: Downplayed. While Stella seems to have a Hair-Trigger Temper, it quickly becomes clear many of her outbursts are caused by shyness. By the end of volume 3, Stella drops the tsuntsun side altogether thanks to Ikki always being honest about his feelings towards her.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • In Volume 1, she greatly underestimates Ikki's badassery when they first met and quickly lost to him. By the second half of the volume, she underestimated Bisho's powers and gets knocked down.
    • When dueling, her opponents underestimate how powerful she really is.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As a child, she had trouble controlling her flames, though she trained and eventually raised her control stat to Rank B+, becoming both strong and skilled. However, most people still assume she's a powerful fighter only due to her natural talent.
  • Unstoppable Rage: She becomes a raging, murderous Draconic Humanoid in volume 15, in the wake of Ikki's demise.
  • Uptown Girl: She's a princess who becomes the girlfriend and later fiancee of a commoner. It's downplayed in that Ikki is technically from a prestigious family, even if the clan head ostracizes him.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She decks Akaza when he tries to kill Ikki while the latter was unconscious, and she does it with so much force that the Fat Bastard got sent flying.
  • Visual Innuendo: In the anime, when Ikki compliments on her beauty, the fire sprinklers cause her to get wet.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite arguing with each other, she and Shizuku are friends.
  • Winged Humanoid: She gains a pair of dragon wings in volume 15, after unlocking "Excessive Awakening".
  • With My Hands Tied: She has a policy of NOT researching her tournament foes' abilities since this will better prepare her for terrorists with unknown abilities thanks to her experience at the mall.
  • The Worf Effect: She is an A-Rank Blazer, but gets easily taken down by Ikki during their mock duel.

     Shizuku Kurogane 
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama (Japanese), Juliet Simmons (English)
1st Year
Rank: B→A
Device: Yoishigure
Nickname: Lorelei
Ikki's little sister. She grew up in the Kurogane house along with Ikki until he ran away from home. Her element is ice.

  • A-Cup Angst: Stella sometimes taunts Shizuku for her chest size when they insult each other. Zigzagged in that Shizuku claims to have Petite Pride, but she's clearly bothered when Stella stares at her chest to alleviate the shame of losing to Sara's chest.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Volume 4. She doesn't just survive any assassin. She survives and kills the leader of a cabal of assassins in single combat.
  • Badass Adorable: Small, cute and cuddly as a cat and just as vicious as one when angered.
  • Big Brother Attraction: She loves her brother a little too much. Specifically, she wants to give him all the love their family denied him. She interprets this as loving him in every possible way all at once.
  • Big Brother Worship: She always admired Ikki as her older brother since they were children, and was the one of the two members of the Kurogane Clan to show unconditional love to the latter.
  • Blood Knight: When she's set to fight Toka Todo.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has very short hair.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: She's not shy about expressing her romantic affection for her brother, even in public.
  • Combat Medic: It goes hand-in-hand with the Water element due to the human body's high percentage of water.
  • Cry Cute: After being soundly defeated in her epic battle with Toka.
  • Daddy's Girl: She is quite beloved by her father and was never punished for anything, but doesn't return his affections for what happened to Ikki.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Aoiro Rinne. While it can heal the most life-threatening of injuries, and make Shizuku nigh-invincible for a short time, the smallest mistake in reconstitution can be immediately fatal, and the mental strain is enormous.
  • Dark Horse Victory: In Volume 4, where most of Hagun got curbstomped by Akatsuki/Rebellion, she was the only student to win her fight (against one of the leaders no less) despite failing to become a Seven Swords Festival representative in the previous volume. Thanks to her performance, Kurono allowed her to become a representative anyways.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: She gets around this with turning her water ultra-pure, which resists electricity.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In her first appearance, Shizuku publicly kisses Ikki at Hagun Academy in front of the students before she develops a rivalry with the Stella after learning of their relationship.
  • Forceful Kiss: What does she first do to Ikki when she sees him after years of separation? Kiss his lips in public (and a Spit-Trail Kiss in the anime, to boot). Stella's understandably not happy about this.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Did Wallenstein ever choose the wrong girl to kick around.
  • Half the Woman She Used to Be: Wallenstein seemingly cuts Shizuku clean through her waist, much to Alice's horror.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: She uses her sword Yoishigure as her Weapon of Choice.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her brother Ikki towers above her short stature.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Believes this due to adults giving her preferential treatment because of her powers and because of their treatment of Ikki.
  • Human Pincushion: A novel illustration in volume 7 shows her being this.
  • An Ice Person: She is able to freeze any area around her.
  • Important Haircut: She cuts her hair short to show the strength of her resolve.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She's okay with Ikki finding a girlfriend, though she initially disagrees with Stella fulfilling that role because of how her relationship with Ikki starts out awkward.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her misanthropy doesn't prevent her from finding friends who she genuinely trusts, like Nagi. She respects Stella for her sense of justice, despite the two normally being at each other's throats.
  • Little Sister Heroine: Stella thought Shizuku wouldn't be a problem for her when Ikki told her she was his blood related sister. She realizes that she was wrong when the first thing Shizuku does in her introduction is to kiss Ikki in public. Shizuku justifies her incestuous affections by claiming she wants to give her brother all the love his family refused him. However, she does respect Ikki's decision of making Stella his girlfriend and quietly gives up.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: After Ikki left the Kurogane home, Shizuku became resentful of humanity and her own family members minus Ikki.
  • Making a Splash: She is able to manipulate water to create barriers, and uses it for attacks.
  • Meaningful Name: Shizuku means "droplet" in Japanese, reflecting her elemental power.
  • My Greatest Failure: She feels guilty for not realizing how much the Kurogane Clan made Ikki suffer until he left the household.
  • Mystical White Hair: Shizuku has short white hair, in contrast to her family's natural black hair.
  • Rank Up: She goes from B to A-Rank in Volume 15.
  • Red Baron: She is known to some of her friends as Lorelei.
  • See You in Hell: She yells one to Stella before they use their Devices to fight each other.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's shy around most people, especially men.
  • Spock Speak: Often well-spoken, especially towards Ikki.
  • Squishy Wizard: This causes her to lose to Toka, though when she's cornered by Wallenstein, she finds a way to mitigate her lack of close combat with her Aoiro Rinne technique.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: She points out that Ikki could have chosen to pursue a non-Blazer career where his lack of magic capacity wouldn't matter, though she didn't quite realize at the time that her family wants to keep him out of public view altogether and not just keep him from becoming a Blazer, meaning they would probably still try to obstruct him.
  • Super Smoke: After Wallenstein bisects her, she uses water magic to turn herself into vapor. Of course, this requires a ridiculous amount of control to avoid killing herself.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: She has great versatility with water magic, as shown when she uses ultra-pure water to block lightning attacks and uses her magic to heal wounds. After losing to Toka, she comes up with ways to compensate for her lack of melee ability, such as using Aoiro Rinne to turn herself into fog or placing a membrane of water in the arena to detect her opponent's movements.
  • Undying Loyalty: She's willing to do everything in her power to support Ikki (and, to a lesser extent, Alice).
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When she was young, she was a naïve and kind girl who cared a lot for Ikki. However, when Ikki left his family, Shizuku becomes resentful towards humanity and especially her own family, except for Ikki.
  • Water Is Womanly: She has very versatile water powers and is a demure girl.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Most of her stats aren't that high, but she makes up for it with Rank A magic control.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Shizuku gets pissed at Stella for thinking that breaking up with Ikki will get him out of hot water. The reason why this pisses her off is because Ikki is going through the hell he is in to show that he has no shame in his decision and calmly chastises Stella for not even considering that.
    Shizuku: If you can't understand that and choose to betray him... I won't forgive you.
    • In the end of Volume 15, without even raising her voice, she viciously tears into Ikki for sacrificing himself to buy time in the fight against Or-Gaule. She tells him that even if dying was the only way to save everyone choosing that option is unacceptable, and that he needs to take responsibility for the pain Stella endured from having to watch him die. Ikki gets the message.
  • White Sheep: Other than Ryouma, she's the only onscreen Kurogane Clan member who is benevolent to Ikki.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?:
    • It's revealed in Volume 8 that Shizuku has this attitude towards Stella. On the one hand, she despises the fact that the redhead is quickly becoming the most important person in Ikki's life. On the other hand, Stella is a kind and compassionate person who clearly makes her brother happy, and there's a part of Shizuku deep down that really wants to see the two become a family. Both are the reason she lashes out at Stella and the reason she isn't as malicious about as she could be.
    • Stella saving Shizuku from Amane and condemning him for exposing her feelings for Ikki further complicates things.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite arguing with each other, she and Stella are friends.
  • Yandere:
    • This is Played for Laughs since most of her yandere tendencies just result in harmless fights and arguments with Stella. This is also downplayed in that she doesn't mind if Ikki hooks up with someone as long as his partner truly brings him happiness, though she still butts heads with Stella.
    • Much more evident in the manga, which depicts her Evil Laugh and Slasher Smile at various points.
    • This is deconstructed in Volume 8. When her attempt to ambush Amane ends in her defeat, the latter mockingly admires her love for her brother in front of the security camera in order to publicly humiliate her.

     Nagi "Alice" Arisuin 
Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)
1st Year
Rank: D
Device: Darkness Hermit
Nickname: Black Thorn, Black Assassin

Shizuku's roommate and confidant.

  • Becoming the Mask: They grow to genuinely care about Shizuku and her friends, causing them to betray Akatsuki and Rebellion.
  • The Berserker: You do not want to be anywhere near Alice when someone close to them is brutally struck down. Alice completely loses consciousness and reduces the target of rage to Ludicrous Gibs.
  • Cool Big Sis: Lampshaded by Shizuku and supported by her composed approach to dealing with terrorist attacks.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Once belonged to a group of street kids and had to pay tribute to other gangs so they could survive. Unfortunately, the mayor of their town paid that gang to kill their group and successfully killed their partner. While Alice managed to kill the gang members and find the other surviving street kids, she had to leave the group because everyone else was too scared of her killing the gangsters. Afterward, Wallenstein recruited her into the Rebellion terrorist group.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Not just their powers, but their face looks like a Slasher Smile would be right at home on their.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Alice", an abbreviation of their surname.
  • Living Shadow: Is able use it to hide and immobilize people.
  • Meaningful Name: Nagi means "calm" in Japanese, reflecting their calm demeanor.
  • The Mole: For Akatsuki, at first.
  • Sobriquet Sex Switch: Likes to be called "Alice" instead of their birth name Nagi. "Alice" is actually a play on their surname "Arisuin", which contains "Arisu", the Japanese pronunciation for "Alice".
  • Transgender: Alice is a pre/non-operative trans woman, and everyone refers to them as such, even though they are still clinically and technically male.

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