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Knights is a manga written by Murao Minoru. It was serialized in the monthly Dengeki GAO, and concluded (hastily) when the magazine went out of business. There are a total of five volumes.

The story is set in a medieval world in the grips of a hysteria about witchcraft. The plot revolves around a squire, Mistletien (Mist), and his potion-maker sidekick Euphemia, as they travel around the countryside rescuing girls accused of witchcraft, and meting out justice on those responsible, particularly the ambitious Crown Prince.


This series provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Brown: Carefully averted with Mist, playing on the difficulties of being of African heritage in an overwhelmingly white medieval community.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Mist claims his father's sword after their duel to the death.
  • Babies Ever After: In the epilogue. Mist and Nina have a child, and Euphemia is pregnant with Leo's child.
  • Badass Normal: Try all the good guys. Mist in particular is Made of Iron, but even Euphemia and Nina get in on the action...
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: The heroes are all pretty, slim people with nice hair. The villains are generally older, and very much uglier in both body and expression. Only the female villains are attractive, and they usually don't stay that way.
  • BFS: Mist's weapon of choice is a zweihander, although it is more realistically sized than most portrayals. The Item of Control plays this dead straight.
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  • Bloßfechten: The attacks in this series are named after —and mostly reflect— real strikes and techniques used in Medieval German swordsmanship. Highly notable, seeing as though a Japanese manga got around to this while Western works still tend to ignore it.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Nina repeatedly winds up in this situation.
  • Burn the Witch!: Happens a lot in this series. The Church is entitled to a witch's property without justification or investigation, and if a priest gets to put enough people to the torch, he or she becomes a saint with super powers. So the only people in the setting who have anything to do with magic are the church.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: The practitioners of which are damn proud of them too, seeing as they use them to take down the guys with ACTUAL superpowers.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Used liberally by the Church.
  • Corrupt Church: Played dead straight, to the point that the Church Militant knights may as well be shouting "For the Emperor!" One even specifically says "You doubted God. That is the sin of heresy." before violently murdering someone, Commissar-style.
  • Cosmic Deadline: Imposed by Executive Meddling, as the manga was dropped from serialization when Dengeki Gao went out of business. Very noticeable in Volume 5, as a a story arc which had been planned for a much longer time span wraps up in only 5 chapters.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Mist vs. 1000 soldiers, the Saintified members of the Hammer of Holy Men, and the Crown Prince. They should have never messed with Nina.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The scene where Mist's mother is burned at the stake. Also, a good ol' fashioned dose of terror.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Mist watched his father have his mother burnt at the stake in front of him, while Euphemia was brutally raped multiple times before being rescued by Mist.
  • Determinator: Mist. Takes a stab in the stomach in Chapter 2 from his own sword while trying to rescue the Distressed Damsel, then pulls it back out again and uses the flat to beat down the guy who stabbed him. Then he does it again in Chapter 15 when facing Anise, with a little help from Euphemia's drugs and True Love's Kiss...
  • Deus ex Machina: Type 2. Leo manages to escape certain death in Chapter 19 because his pet cat somehow manages to steal the key and unlock his chains.
  • Deus Sex Machina: Euphemia uses aphrodisiacs to take down hordes of men and their horses. And their horses. Yeeessss...
  • Distressed Damsel: Mist and Co. spend their time seeking these out and rescuing them.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Euphemia does this in the third volume.
  • Ethical Slut: Euphema is extremely promiscuous, using her body as a weapon to take down enemies without fighting.
  • Evil All Along: It is revealed that the true mastermind of the plot is someone Mist trusts. The Crown Prince.
  • Evil Weapon: The Item of Control.
  • Face of a Thug: Poor Mist. Well, he's treated like that by most people in-universe anyway; the readership may be forgiven for wanting to take him home with them, take that as you will.
  • First Girl Wins: Nina is the first accused witch we see.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Mist, with hints of Nay-Theist. He loudly and boldly declares that both God and Satan are myths crafted to inspire fear, and that the witch hunts are a sham... then heads off to chat with an actual witch... who just uses old medical knowledge, not magic, to make aphrodisiacs. One can make a case based on the existence of Saint's relics, maybe.
  • Gratuitous German: Mist's attacks.
  • Handsome Lech: Leonardo is a "Knight of the Carpet" and more accustomed to wooing beautiful ladies than being out on the battlefield.
  • Harmful to Minors: Poor, poor Mist had to watch his mother being immolated as a child.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The village folk tend to fear/hate Mist because of his appearance, leading him to constantly wear a mask outside.
  • Huge Rider, Tiny Mount: Leonardo's horse is puny.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Nina, after getting it into her head that Euphemia is sleeping with her beloved Mist while also having orgies with the enemy soldiers, decides to sell Mist out to the Saints so they can be Together in Death. Euphemia isn't shown as being a whole lot better, at least in letting Nina believe that she and Mist are getting it on, but in her defense sheltered, lovelorn, and occasionally dumb Nina hit her Berserk Button pretty hard. Once the two of them actually avert Poor Communication Kills, stuff gets a little better...for a while, anyway.
  • Love Potion: Euphemia's weapon of choice.


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