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    Cecily Campbell 

Cecily Campbell

Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
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The protagonist of the series, a girl with red hair, well-endowed, and a 3rd generation knight from The Knight Guards of Housman, the Third City of the Independent Trade Cities.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the manga and original light novels, Cecily is one of the most badass swordswomen who can defeat enemies with her weapons. The anime version, on the other hand, gets rescued three times in fewer episodes.
  • Alliterative Name: Cecily Campbell
  • Ancestral Weapon: Cecily's sword belongs to the Cambells, which breaks the first time Cecily tries to use it. Her quest is to get Luke to forge another one.
  • Attempted Rape: Averted (in the manga and light novel). Just when Siegfried's attack on Cecily looks like it will end in rape he tells her he hates her too much even if he were capable of doing it. It is intended as the icing on the cake in a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown aiming at breaking her spirit.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Cecily is a noblewoman and so she counts as this in the manga and light novels. There she rallies a group of knights and mercenaries against a large number of thieves with werewolves to victory.
  • Battle Ballgown: Her armor seems to include a frilly skirt.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Luke and Cecily are constantly getting on each other's nerves even as their attraction to each other deepens.
  • Berserk Button: Do not tell Cecily you would like to purchase her friend Aria. Actually, just don't insult her friends in general.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Cecily's armor leaves nothing to the imagination, resembling nothing so much as a polished metal sports bra. It's downplayed somewhat in that her fellow male knights have plating with similar coverage.
  • Clothing Damage: Cecily's armor breaks during battle, being about as durable as her sword. One time, it broke when she slapped her hand against it, to her embarrassment.
  • Cowboy Cop: While Cecily possesses the single greatest weapon in the city, her unreliability and temperament (trying to punch a diplomat from The Empire because he pissed you off?) makes her unpopular with the rest of the Knights so she's viewed primarily as a Troubleshooter/thug by the city's Powers That Be — with the exception of Hannibal, though he calls her out the most.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair and eyes.
  • Even the Girls Want Her:
    • Lisa refused to stop talking about Cecily's breasts for the first two episodes.
    • Aria repeatedly sneaks into Cecily's bed to use them as pillows, declaring pointedly she wants to claim Cecily for herself.
  • Fanservice:
    • This is the Doylist reason for Cecily to be forced into a maid outfit in episode 07: she looks cute.
    • In episode two, Cecily's breastplate cracks and falls off. It takes her shirt with it. There are a few other examples of panty shots and nudity.
  • Fiery Redhead: A Tsundere must.
  • Go Through Me: In the first episode, Cecily takes several blows for Luke after the ice demon breaks his katana. She continues guarding him while he forges a new one. She does this in the last episode, too... then uses the katana he forges for her to break a Demon Sword!
  • Heroes Prefer Swords
  • Heroic BSoD: Cecily has a minor breakdown when she's told she needs to Mercy Kill a zombie. Her coworkers are less than impressed. It gets worse when later in the novels, Cecily suffers a major breakdown when coming close to being raped by the Big Bad.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Cecily is asked this a couple of times regarding Luke by a few characters. She usually vehemently denies it.
  • Hot-Blooded: Cecily puts her best into everything and walks with honor, guts, and determination. Too bad this has left her with poor self control and a lack of foresight, which impair her abilities in politics, diplomacy, commerce, and... normal human interaction.
  • Made of Iron: Cecily can absorb an insane amount of damage and be fine by the next day/week, when a normal warrior would be crippled for life if he was lucky. She also can bleed around 40 gallons in one go.
  • Please, I Will Do Anything!: At one point, Cecily begs Luke to help her save Aria, and promises him anything he wants. "If it's money, I will work for you until the day I die. If it's my body, you can do whatever you want with me." Luke doesn't ask for anything.
  • Plucky Girl: Though Cecily's anime incarnation lacks the manga and light novel versions' skills, she certainly doesn't lack guts. She knew Jack Stmdr was an seasoned veteran but still challenged him to fulfill her duty as a knight. She didn't stop fighting until her sword broke.
  • Rape as Drama: While Siegfried doesn't actually rape Cecily, the scene where he beats the crap out of her, strips her naked, and tells her that she's pretty for a country girl while straddling her naked body, as well as Cecily's reaction to it, crying out for help that never comes, and vomiting afterwards, all evoke this trope. This is especially the case when one remembers that rape isn't just about sex, but about power and control, which Sigfried clearly robbed from Cecily.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Cecily is initially mortified to be seen in a dress and then totally flummoxed when Luke compliments her on it.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Cecily versus Siegfried comes close, although it's actually four strokes total.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Cecily's anime incarnation takes her first level in the fight against the fire demon and keeps improving from there. Her second fight with Charlotte's handmaidens/bodyguards is a complete reversal of her first, with her splitting them up and then soundly beating each one with tactics specifically designed to counter their abilities. Hell, even the first fight (three against one and she held her own) showed she had improved. In the manga, she manages to take down all of Charlotte's handmaidens/bodyguards one after another without splitting them, sniping Margot behind from a wall and fighting off the other two.
  • Tsundere: Cecily is Tybe B (default:dere-dere) because she is generally friendly or at least well-meaning.
  • The Unfair Sex: Cecily is often unfair to Luke though more from being too Hot-Blooded and impulsive for her own good than any malice. She will verbally attack Luke without provocation (or information) because she can't handle her own feelings.
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    Luke Ainsworth 

Luke Ainsworth

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)
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The titular character is a blacksmith of great skill and renown and is also a talented swordsman.
  • Amusing Injuries: Luke's face gets hilariously swollen after being on the receiving end of Cecily's Megaton Punch (all due to Cecily's Clothing Damage).
  • Arms Dealer: Luke is actively avoiding getting into business of producing katana for others, and even leaders of Independent Trade Cities have a hard time pressing him into it.
  • Badass Cape: He wears a cape.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: Luke barely manages to do one in episode 3 after Cecily tries to stab him with a dagger when Aria wonders if the two insulting each other meant they are a couple.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Luke and Cecily are constantly getting on each other's nerves even as their attraction to each other deepens.
  • Berserk Button: Do not even try to say anything about Lisa being a "replacement" to Luke. While he may acknowledge it, he will, at worst, give you a black eye. What really breaks the camel's back is Siegfried attacking, stripping naked and beating Cecily. This triggers a full-on Roaring Rampage of Revenge with a side of Tranquil Fury from Luke.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Luke saves Cecily often. The very first scene in the anime is a Flash Forward to him rescuing her for the third time. It's defied in the manga and light novels, where Cecily decides that she's not gonna just stand there and let Luke have all the fun.
  • Deal with the Devil: Luke believes he created Lisa using one of these, but not quite. Apparently it's also possible for some people to use their death songs to create more benign forms of demon like Lisa (and presumably Aria).
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted.
    Luke:You're sorry? You have a wardrobe malfunction and beat the crap out of me, and you expect sorry is gonna cut it?
  • Eye Scream: During a particularly brutal duel in the Manga, Luke takes a blow to the head that causes his fake eye to pop out onto the floor, much to the horror of the nobles watching the fight.
  • Glass Eye: Luke's left eye is fake. His real eye was used to create Lisa.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Luke torments himself (creating a mental block that prevents him from finishing the Sacred Sword) believing his actions led to the death of his childhood friend Lisa (pronounced Leeza, not Leesa...). In fact, Lisa died protecting him against Valbanill, but by her own choice.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Eventually, this becomes Luke's reason for continuing to keep silent about his feelings for Cecily. He knows that his life is coming to a swift end, and he doesn't want his death to cause Cecily the same pain that Lisa Oakwood's caused him. He tells Euen that he's sure that someday Cecily will find happiness with another man. However, when Euen asks Luke if he'd really be okay with watching Cecily fall in love with someone else because of never telling her how he feels, Luke grits his teeth and doesn't answer.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: To a much lesser degree of jerkiness. He's a great friend to Lisa but less so to others.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His weapon of choice is a katana.
  • Nosebleed: This happens to Luke when Cecily's armor cracks and falls off, exposing her naked breasts.
  • Power Degeneration: Because their work involves shaping glowing, white-hot pieces of iron, most blacksmith develop damage to one (or both) of their eyes. Luke starts to lose the vision in his one remaining eye. This turns out to be a lie Luke tells to comfort Lisa but the trope is still being played straight. Luke is using his own flesh for "Demon Sword Materialization".
  • The Power of Love: Played with: Luke is convinced that he lacks sufficient hatred to complete the Sacred Sword, but it's The Power of Love that finally allows him to finish it... kinda. He had already completed it but it took even more love to convince him he had succeeded.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Luke learns what Siegfried did to Cecily, he absolutely goes ballistic.
  • Swipe Your Blade Off: He does this in the first episode after killing some monsters.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Luke, mainly as Accidental Pervert.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Averted. Luke usually has Cecily keeping his opponents busy while he's making a sword or they're so stuck up they think it's fun to watch him struggle.
  • Tsundere: Luke is a type A (default:tsun-tsun) because he is generally aloof or jerkish.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Luke is the "Sacred blacksmith" from the title.

    Lisa 

Lisa

Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
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A cute little girl who is a live-in assistant to Luke.

    Aria 

Aria

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Anastasia Muñoz (English)
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The demon sword of wind. Aria is special in that she can transform into a human.

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Supporting characters

    Hannibal Quasar 

Hannibal Quasar

Voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto (Japanese), Mark Stoddard (English)
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Leader of the Knight Guards of Housman and veteran of the Valbanill War.

    Hugo Housman 

Hugo Housman

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese), Christopher Bevins (English)
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Mayor of the City of Housman.

    Justina Albright 

Justina Albright

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Cynthia Cranz (English)
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    Patty Baldwin 

Patty Baldwin

Voiced by: Michiru Yuimoto (Japanese), Kara Edwards (English)
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Cecily's friend who works for the city.
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    Reginald Drummond 

Reginald Drummond

Voiced by: Hideki Tasaka (Japanese), Chris Cason (English)
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A powerful and aggressive knight of Housman that initially looks down on Cecily.

    Charlotte E. Firobisher 

Charlotte E. Firobisher

Voiced by: Kaori Fukuhara (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)
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A young girl from the Empire who is an illegitimate daughter of the Emperor.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Charlotte and her gang become Cecily's housemates after Luke defeats them but they're still not quite friends. That happens after Cecily defeats all three of them herself.
  • The Empire: Charlotte hails from an empire. It's trying to gather the Demon Swords so it can expand.
  • Entitled Bastard: In their debut episode, Charlotte and her Girl Posse attack Cecily, try to steal Aria and strong-arm Luke into working for them, then whine about people being rude to them. Then they expect Cecily, whom they just tried to kill, to put them up while they stay in the city, and worse, they're expecting to live it up and be treated like Royalty.
  • Fallen Princess: Daughter of the emperor, is kicked out and even UnPersoned by her homeland.
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Charlotte is making the transition to Nice Girl but is not quite there yet.
  • Pretty Freeloader: Defied. Charlotte and her bodyguards think they're going to be fed and such at the Cambell house until Cecily's maid Fio puts them to work. It's likely that Fio is also punishing them because they ganged up on Cecily and tried to steal Aria from her.
  • Skinship Grope: The Meido episode includes a Furo Scene where Charlotte and her Amazon Brigade take the chance to play with Cecily's Gag Boobs.

    Doris 

Doris

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Maxey Whitehead (English)
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One of Charlotte's companions. She wields Claymore, the Demon Sword of Earth.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • BFS: The demon sword Claymore wielded by Doris exceeds the size of any normal sword by a fair amount.
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Charlotte and her gang become Cecily's housemates after Luke defeats them but they're still not quite friends. That happens after Cecily defeats all three of them herself.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The power of Doris' demonic sword is earth.

    Margot 

Margot

Voiced by: Minori Chihara (Japanese), Trina Nishimura (English)
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One of Charlotte's companions. She wields Rhomphaia, the Demon Sword of Scarlet Light.

    Penelope 

Penelope

Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)
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One of Charlotte's companions. She wields a ballock knife, the Demon Sword Assassin.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Charlotte and her gang become Cecily's housemates after Luke defeats them but they're still not quite friends. That happens after Cecily defeats all three of them herself.

    Lisa Oakwood 

Lisa Oakwood

Voiced by: Hinako Sasaki (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
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Luke's childhood friend who wanted to be a knight and protect everyone in the city.

    Fio Atkins 

Fio Atkins

Voiced by: Nozomi Masu (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)
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The maid who serves the Campbell Family.
  • Berserk Button: She reacts strongly to anyone speaking ill of the Campbell family.
  • Meido: Inverted by Fio, who is closer to the Almighty Janitor than the classical version of this trope, meek and submissive.

    Lucy Campbell 

Lucy Campbell

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Lydia Mackay (English)
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Cecily's mother. She is a calm and gentle woman.
  • Parental Substitute: She acts as a mother figure to Charlotte while she and her bodyguards stay in the Campbell house.

Antagonists

    Siegfried 

Siegfried

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)
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A recently promoted commander from the Empire. He is actually the cloaked figure who is the source of most of the conflict in the series.
  • Dark Is Evil: He wears a lot of black.
  • Enforced Cold War: According to Siegfried, this is the reason why peace exists in the first place. The war was beyond horrific to the point of severely traumatizing entire nations, which is why: A) they would do anything to avoid a war, and B) Demon Swords are so lusted after by everyone and their mothers. He might be lying, but still it makes a lot of sense in the setting.
  • Eunuchs Are Evil: This is the second reason Siegfried doesn't rape Cecily after beating her up; he's physically unable to.
  • Kick the Dog: Siegfried's sexual assault of Cecily proves, once and for all, that he is an asshole.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Siegfried's criticism of Cecily is as harsh as the brutal beat-down he deals out at the same time. He broke every bit of her entire psyche until he left her broken in a barn... because he didn't care enough to finish her.
  • Straw Nihilist: Talking about the pointlessness of peace and stuff like that. He gets violent when Cecily tells him to shut up.
  • White Hair, Black Heart

    Jack Strader 

Jack Strader

Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Japanese), R. Bruce Elliott (English)
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The mad veteran Cecily was fighting earlier in the marketplace.

    Augustus Arthur 

Augustus Arthur

Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (Japanese), Kenny Green (English)
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    Francisca 

Francisca

Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
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Siegfried's bodyguard and personal attendant.

    Evadne 

Evadne

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese), Clarine Harp (English)
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A Demon Sword of the Black Flame, who can take human form.

    Old Knight 

Old Knight

Voiced by: Asou Tomohisa (Japanese), Cole Brown (English)

The wielder of Elsa, the Demon Sword of Thunder.


    Elsa 

Elsa

Voiced by: Ryoko Shintani (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)
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A Demon Sword of Thunder who can shape-shift to human form.
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