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Saint Knight's Tale
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異世界の聖機師物語
(Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari)
Genre Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Harem, Ecchi
Original video animation
Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari
Director Masaki Kajishima (original creator)
Koji Yoshikawa
Studio Anime International Company
BeSTACK
Released March 20, 2009 - March 19, 2010
Episodes 12 (As of February 2010)
Anime and Manga Portal

Saint Knight's Tale (異世界の聖機師物語 Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari?, The Tale of a Holy Knight from Another World) is an original video animation (OVA) that chronicles the story of a young boy Kenshi Masaki, who is summoned to the world of Geminar. The first episode was broadcast in Japan on March 20, 2009 on Pay-Per-View television channel Animax and a DVD of the first episode was released on May 22, 2009. The script was written by Masaki Kajishima, the creator of the Tenchi Muyo! series. It is part of the Tenchi Muyo! OVA series, as the story takes place 15 years after the events of Tenchi Muyo! GXP.

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Synopsis

Kenshi Masaki is a 15 year old boy that unwillingly traveled from his homeland on Earth to the alternate world of Geminar. In Geminar, the countries usually wage wars against each other by using the "Seikijin", humanoid weapons that were originally discovered within ancient ruins. After being deceived by a mysterious organization to participate in an attempt to assassinate Lashara Aasu XXVIII, the young princess of the Shitoreiyu Empire, he ends up captured after he relucts to kill her when he had the chance, and after Lashara and her servants figure about his situation they decide to give him aid.

Disguised as Lashara's servant, Kenshi moves with her to the "Holy Land", a virtually impregnable fortress that serves as an academy to train Seikijin pilots selected from around the world. With his kindness, tenacity and being gifted in a wide range of skills that vary from cooking and cleaning to advanced techniques of survival and combat, not including some talent to usually get himself in trouble, Kenshi eventually becomes a celebrity of sorts in the academy, becoming the object of affection of many female students and making some of the male students envious of him. However, the same organization who deceived Kenshi is secretly working behind the shadows inside the academy, and a wide scale conflict which will engulf the entire world of Geminar is about to begin.

Major Characters

Kenshi Masaki (柾木 剣士 Masaki Kenshi?)
A 15 year old, hardworking boy with superhuman strength, speed, and martial arts training that was somehow sent to Geminar from Earth. He is the younger half-brother of Tenchi Masaki. He can be classified as human but in the previous stories, Tenchi's mother was a descendant of Tenchi's grandfather, a Juraian, so it is difficult to tell how he is connected to them because of all the breeding with relatives. It is later revealed that he was hypnotized by Washu Hakubi (who might have sent him to Geminar) prior to his journey, and exhibits characteristics of Ryo-Ohki when startled. He's an incredibly skilled swordsman (Mexiah claims that he's better than she is), master martial artist (capable of safely catching thrown knives in mid-flight), and is a one-boy army inside of a Seikijin cockpit. He has a habit of collecting stange crystals from the hull of the Swan, as it reminds him of the same crystal-like structure from his sister's spaceship when he was young and even has a necklace made from it (until Chiaia accidentally breaks the string and replaces it with a red string, which symbolizes love much to her chagrin). He later becomes captain/ruler of the Swan and declares it an independent nation in episode 10, though he's not allowed to dig in its hull for crystals out of a unanimous vote from the others to much to his dismay. His Seikijin's unique white color implies that he may be the legendary "Seikishi of Light" (光の聖機士 Hikari no Seikishi?) destined to save the world of Geminar. Just like his brother, due to his kindness, strength and courage, most of the girls he befriends eventually become infatuated with him.
Kenshi frequently refers to his sisters and based on what he said, he might be talking about the girls that live with Tenchi in the Masaki Shrine. Whether Tenchi married them (which would mean that they are his sister-in-laws) is unknown. It is possible that he has Light Hawk-type powers that are shown differently when he is in a Seikijin, as the light particles appear whenever he enters it. His given name means "Swordsman".
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
Lashara Aasu XXVIII (ラシャラ・アース 二十八世 Rashara Āsu Nījūhassei?)
The young princess of the Shitoreiyu Empire. The sudden death of her father Koyo causes her to inherit the throne, but as episode 1 begins she's traveling away to school in the Holy Land. However, she slowly loses her position of power to Babalun as the series progresses. When not busy with other tasks, she's usually seen busily adding up her finances with an abacus, as her kingdom is currently in debt. She takes Kenshi in as a servant after he fails to follow through on an attempt to assassinate her, and along with Chiaia she kept Kenshi's identity a secret until he showed his capabilities in battle. Lashara is the niece of Flora. She is most likely in love with Kenshi, as shown in episodes 2 and 3 where she is shown to be a little perverted about him. Her ship (and palace) is the Swan.
Voiced by: Madoka Yonezawa
Chiaia Furan (キャイア・フラン Kyaia Furan?)
Lashara's personal escort, charged with protecting her life at all costs. She also attends the Holy school to complete her Seikishi training (she officially became a Seikishi at the end of episode 2). She's very skilled at combat, and is able to imitate Kenshi's unusual Seikijin fighting style after only seeing it once. She has a crush on Dagmyer, which causes her to ignore clues regarding his schemes until it's too late. She frequently gets upset with both Kenshi (due to his cluelessness) and Lashara (due to her seemingly-reckless schemes), and Chiaia's temper is one of the few things that Lashara seems to be wary of. While not happy about it, she agrees to go along with Lashara's scheme to hide the fact that Kenshi is the Seikijin pilot that tried to kill her. Her Seikijin is pink and red with a fox-like tail equipped with a longsword. She might have feelings for Kenshi but isn't aware of them.
Voiced by: Natsuko Kuwatani
Mexiah Furan (メザイア・フラン Mezaia Furan?)/Doll (ドール Dōru?)
She is the Holy School's martial arts instructor and Chiaia's older sister. Unlike her serious sister, Mexiah indulges in her hedonistic nature and is shockingly affectionate toward Kenshi. It is later revealed by Babalun that she is not Chiaia's real sister, but was discovered by Chiaia's father in the same ruin in which the Seikishin was found, and she is merely a surface personality for Doll and transforms into the latter, a mysterious green-haired young woman with pink eyes (Mexiah has pink hair and green eyes). Doll has little regard for the importance of life, and laughs while trying to kill Aura during an early encounter. Despite this, she has an attraction to Kenshi that she believes is a remnant of when Mexiah's personality was dominant. When piloting her Seikijin she can easily defeat any opponent except for Kenshi, the only one who can stand his ground against her. Her Seikijin wields both a scythe (which doubles as a gun) and the Shield of Gaia (ガイアの盾を Gaia no Tatei?), a massive shield with a mouth capable of eating parts of her opponents, and its black color implies that she may be the legendary "Seikishi of Darkness" (闇の聖機士 Yami no Seikishi?) destined to destroy the world and Kenshi's nemesis. As Mexiah, her Seikijin is lavender with a pink lion's mane armed with a launcher.
Doll bears a close resemblance to the character Neju Na Melmas from Tenchi Muyo! GXP and the character D from Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure in terms of appearance (they all share a child-like appearance) and hair color (green).
Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu (Mexiah), Mai Goto (Doll)
Aura Shurifon (アウラ・シュリフォン Aura Shurifon?)
The Dark Elf Princess from the country of Shurifon and a member of the Junrei Guard. While she initially shows a very serious and sober personality, it is later revealed that her personality shifts based on the time of day. At certain times - such as in the early morning - she has a much more innocent and girlish personality. Initially she admires Kenshi's wilderness skills, but grows to develop a romantic interest in him (even her own father thinks she should marry him). When not dealing with school-related tasks, she is nearly always accompanied by two male retainers. Her Seikijin is green and brown with a crossbow as a weapon with the ability to generate the Dark Elf Field, a powerful force field that can repel any enemy that comes in range. However, using the field is extremely taxing on the user's body.
Voiced by: Junko Noda
Maria Nanadan (VII) (マリア・ナナダン Maria Nanadan?)
The young princess from the country of Havoniwa, currently attending school along with Lashara. She and Lashara are cousins, but they are not fond of each other and attempt to engage in constant one-upmanship. She is very close to her servant Yukine, and is rarely seen without her. Maria is the daughter of Flora, and along with Lashara is frequently embarrassed by her mother's antics.
Voiced by: Momoko Saito
Yukine Mea (ユキネ・メア Yukine Mea?)
The quiet, shy, and faithful personal servant of Maria. Her quiet, shy demeanor hides a very talented skillset. Yukine acts as Maria's primary information-gatherer, and the two of them are able to figure out that Kenshi is the Seikijin pilot that attacked Lashara. There is a clear mutual attraction between Kenshi and Yukine, and merely being in close proximity to each other can cause their cheeks to color. Her Seikijin is a mixture of light colors with rabbit ears and a mane armed with a bladed rifle and jets that allows her to travel at supersonic speeds.
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki
Wahanly Shume (ワウアンリー・シュメ Wauanrī Shume?)
A good friend of Lashara, an inventor, and a genius when it comes to heavy artillery and gunpowder (ironically, she can't seem to hit her targets). While she may appear to be a 15 year-old girl, her actual age is 97 due to the time flow being slower in the Field Workshop where she lived prior to moving to the Swan with the others. She later invented the Kikkoujin, a steam-powered mechanoid resembling an Uchikoma with greater maneuverability than what a Seikijin would provide. Her Seikijin is brown with bull's horns made for heavy combat. Like Lashara and Chiaia, she might have feelings for Kenshi.
Voiced by: Rie Nakagawa
Lithia Po Chiina (リチア・ポ・チーナ Richia Po Chīna?)
The granddaughter of the Pope of Geminar and president of the Holy School's student council. A sarcastic woman who often thinks of Kenshi as a "wild beast" and after the massage that was given to her (courtesy of Mexiah), she referred to him as that ever since. She suffers from extreme stress from the intense amount of work she has, and tends to pass out when she's overworked. However, she begins to feel more relaxed after Kenshi spiked her tea with a sleep-inducing powder, though her sarcastic nature still remains.
Voiced by: Kana Oomura
Dagmyer Mest (ダグマイア・メスト Dagumaia Mesuto?)
The hot-blooded son of Babalun, Chiaia's childhood friend, and a student of the Holy School. He is the one who manipulated Kenshi into assassinating Lashara in episode 1. Dagmyer is also responsible for recruiting some of the Holy School's students for the invasion of the Holy Land. His Seikijin is blue and gold with a sword that can fire energy blasts from the tip and hilt and a shield as its weapons. After witnessing the beserker state of Kenshi's Seikijin and seeing one of his own comrades fall in the process in episode 11, he becomes traumatized after he was rescued from near-death by Emera, but somehow recovers in episode 12.
Voiced by: Takuya Sato
Ulyte Mest (ユライト・メスト Yuraito Mesuto?)
Dagmyer's uncle, Babalun's younger brother and one of the Holy School's most popular instructors. He seems to have a different intent for invading the Holy Land than his older brother.
Voiced by: Tatsuhita Suzuki
Babalun Mest (ババルン・メスト Babarun Mesuto?)
The chancellor (later Prime Minister) of the Shitoreiyu empire, Dagmyer's father, Ulyte's older brother, and the show's main antagonist. He is the one who planned the invasion of the Holy Land so he could obtain the Seikishin inside the Holy Land and the Shield of Gaia. It is later learned by the Church that Babalun wants not only Shitoreiyu and the Holy Land, but Havoniwa, Shurifon, and possibly the entire world of Geminar to himself.
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto

Supporting Characters

Principal (学院長 Gakuinchō?)
The director of the Holy School and the chief administrator for the Holy Land.
Voiced by: Yumiko Akaike
Hannah (ハンナ Hanna?)
Voiced by: Erika Sudo
Lapis Razz (ラピス・ラーズ Rapisu Rāzu?)
A student of the Holy School and Lithia's assistant.
Voiced by: Hiromi Konno
Ceres Tyte (セレス・タイト Seresu Taito?)
A student of the Holy School and Kenshi's classmate. He is later revealed to be a Seikishi like Kenshi but unlike most Seikishi, who are born in nobility, he was born into a common family, which is highly unlikely for him. He is in love with a young girl named Hazuki, but because of his Seikishi status he cannot be seen with her as male Seikishi are forbidden to have relationships with commoners. They later join Kenshi onboard the Swan after the invasion of the Holy Land.
Voiced by: Takayuki Sasada
Maya (マーヤ Māya?), Angela (アンジェラ Anjera?), and Vanessa (ヴァネッサ Vanessa?)
Lashara's attendants and caretakers, with Maya being the oldest and most mature of the three. Angela and Vanessa may have a crush on Kenshi as they both admit that he's cute. They also serve as part of the Swan's crew.
Voiced by: Eri Taruta (Maya), Ayano Ishikawa (Angela), Aki Unone (Vanessa)
Yeliss (イエリス Ierisu?), Bwoole (ブール Būru?), Gryino (グリノ Gurino?), and Wreda (レダ Reda?)
A quartet of Holy School students, each having a crush on Kenshi. Each of the girls' names is a play on a color, represented by their hair. Yeliss' name is a play on the color yellow, Bwoole's name is a play on the color blue, Gryino's name is a play on the color green, and Wreda's name is a play on the color red. In episode 12, it is revealed that all of them are Seikishi with each of their Seikijin matching their hair color. Out of the four, Yeliss and Wreda appears to be the de facto leaders of the group.
Voiced by: Aki Unone (Yeliss), Yumiko Akaike (Bwoole), Ayano Ishikawa (Gryino), Eri Taruta (Wreda)
Flora Nanadan (フローラ・ナナダン Furōra Nanadan?)
The Queen of Havoniwa, Maria's mother and Lashara's aunt. While she may appear polite and modest, but like Mexiah, she, too indulges in her hedonistic nature to much to the girls' chagrin and develops a disturbing crush on Kenshi after the massage that was given to her by Maria and Lashara. She is also shown to be a great pilot when she tested Wahanly's Kikkoujin in the forest. She later defends the Holy Land in the invasion plotted by Babalun in a train equipped with two cannons in each car and a giant cannnon hidden in the engine.
Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki
Cordyline (コルディネ Korudine?) and Lan (ラン Ran?)
The mother/daughter leaders of a group of bandits. Cordyline is a ronin Seikishi who went rouge because of her short operational limits when piloting a Seikijin. Her daughter Lan is a sarcastic and rebellious teenager who takes her job seriously, though she's not as serious as her mother. Originally planning to kidnap Ceres and Dagmyer at their summer homes, they and the rest of the bandits were later recruited by Dagmyer to participate in the invasion of the Holy Land. Cordyline was killed after the Meteor Fall collapsed with one of its supports taken down, leaving her daughter to take command. Cordyline pilots a purple Seikijin with a battle axe as its weapon.
Voiced by: Sachi Abe (Cordyline), Rie Kugimiya (Lan)
Leia Second (レイア・セカンド Reia Sekando?)/Neizai One (ネイザイ・ワン Neizai Wan?)
A priestess of the Church whose alter ego is a mysterious masked woman working under Ulyte's wing with an unknown agenda. She briefly joined Lashara's platoon (as Leia) after the Head Church's headquarters was destroyed by Doll, but she later shows her true colors at the Field Workshop while holding a mysterious object in her hands. Her Seikijin is grey with a cape and a mask with active camoflague armed with a large sniper rifle. Leia's name reminds Kenshi of his mother's.
Voiced by: Sachi Abe (Reia), Ayumi Tsunematsu (Neizai)
Emera (エメラ Emera?)
Dagmyer's right-hand man and a student of the Holy School. She may have feelings for Dagmyer as she managed to save him from some falling rubble while Kenshi (with Mexiah in his arms) was escaping from Wahanly's Kikkoujin prototype with Lithia, Aura, Chiaia, Maria, and Yukine on board and again from near-death during Kenshi's rampage in his Seikijin, but never manages to admit them. She later begins to show feelings of concern towards Dagmyer as the show progresses. Her Seikijin is red and pink equipped with a gunblade.
Voiced by: Hyo-sei
Naur Furan (ナウア・フラン Naua Furan?)
Chiaia's father and a member of the Field Workshop. He was the who found the Seikishin and Doll in the ruins of what once was a highly advanced civilization prior to Chiaia's birth. Upon finding Doll in the ruins, he adopted her as Mexiah, who would later be Chiaia's adoptive sister. During the events of "Field Workshop", he explained how Doll came to being and revealed that Kenshi somehow traveled to Geminar by accident. He ends up being captured by Doll, who only wanted to see him after a long time.
Voiced by: Kenji Takahashi (actor)

Glossary and Countries

Shitoreiyu Empire (シトレイユ皇国 Shitoreiyu-kōkoku?)
The home country where most of the main characters lived prior to moving to the Holy Land. Shitoreiyu lacks some technological advances, as quoted by Maria, so it relies on using the technologies of other countries such as Havoniwa. It is also the place where the Seikishin and Doll were unearthed. Shitoreiyu's past ruler was Koyo Aasu, Lashara's father, but after the latter died, Lashara became his successor. However, Lashara slowly loses her position of power to Babalun after his promotion to Prime Minister.
Shurifon (シュリフォン国 Shurifon-koku?)
The nature-affiliated home of the Dark Elves. Like Aura, all of the people in Shurifon have dark skin, silvery-white hair, and blue eyes. Their ruler is Aura's father, Shurifon's King (シュリフォン王 Shurifon Ō?). In Shurifon, there's a rare mushroom that can be sold for a huge fortune (Kenshi, so far, found three) and it's used as a gourmet ingredient in the royal courts. Also in Shurifon, there's an event called the Pot-Dish Battle, where the contestants find ingredients to make a dish. The winner is determined by a judge and the person with the most delicious dish wins. Shurifon was the first of the countries to be destroyed by Dagmyer's forces.
Havoniwa (ハヴォニワ国 Havoniwa-koku?)
The homeland of Flora and Maria, Havoniwa is the more technologically advanced country in comparison with the others. In Havoniwa, there's a welcome ceremony in the form of a pillow fight, where the competitors are to pull the sashes off of their opponents' yukata and the last man standing wins. Their main defense is the Meteor Fall, a floating fortress that drops meteor-sized rocks to destroy their invaders. It also has an underground city in case their main city is destroyed. Havoniwa's capital was destroyed by Doll, but it's people managed to find refuge in the underground city.
Holy Land (聖地 seichi?)
An impregnable fortress made in the image of the Goddess (presumably the Choushin). It is also the home of the Holy School (聖学院 seigaku?), a special school where nobles and the wealthy train to become Seikishi. The Holy Land also holds the Holy Tournament (聖武会 seibukai?), a tournament where Seikishi from all over Geminar compete (Aura once stated that Flora was one of the champions). In the Holy Arena, pillars and Ye-na's Draft are placed as challenging obstacles, though Kenshi is able to manuver through them with ease. According to Lashara, winning the Holy Tournament is the greatest achievement for a Seikishi. It was later invaded and conquered by Babalun, who was after the Shield of Gaia that was buried underneath.
Seikishi (聖機士?, lit. Holy Knights)
The guardians of the Holy Land and the only people qualified to pilot Seikijin. Most of the Seikishi are predominantly female, though there are some male Seikishi (such as Dagmyer and Ceres) and they're considered rare in numbers. Female Seikishi have the freedom of marriage and relationships if they fulfill their duties, which is to produce more Seikishi breeds. Male Seikishi, however, cannot due to their scarcity. A Seikishi who can repair Seikijin using Ahou (like Mexiah, for example) is called a Seieishi (聖衛士?). To obtain this ability, a Seikishi has to be baptized by the Church. Unemployed Seikishi, like Cordyline, are called ronin Seikishi. Some female Seikishi wear unique tight-fitting (and sometimes revealing) bodysuits underneath their clothing that protects them from the Ahou emitted in the Seikijin's cockpit and the Dou Armor.
Seikijin (聖機人?, lit. Holy People)
Humanoid mecha that are powered by an energy source called Ahou. They usually reside in egg-like cocoons until they're activated. To enter a Seikijin, a Seikishi places his or her palm on the cocoon. After the palm is read, the Seikishi is then encased in a sphere as he or she travels to the chest cavity. As soon as the pilot is in the cockpit, the Seikijin breaks from the cocoon, which then forms the armor (and tail if the Seikishi is powerful) depending on who's in the Seikijin. Normal people cannot be taken inside the cockpit due to the amount of Ahou radiated inside. Due to their human anatomy, Seikijin are also vulnerable to pressure points, demonstrated when Kenshi was able to paralyze Cordyline's Seikijin using one of Wahanly's Kikkoujin. If the pilot passes their operational limits or if one of the energy reactors (the rings on a Seikijin's back and forearms) either break or go out of control, the Seikijin will revert to its cocoon form. According to Aura, Seikijin are a cost-effective alternative to raising armies or building heavy artillery to defend their homelands. To repair a damaged Seikijin using Ahou, a Seikishi has to undergo being baptized by the Church in order to repair them. Otherwise, the damaged Seikijin has to sent to the Church directly for repairs. To maintain the balance of power in each country, the Church can only supply a certain number of Seikijin to each country to prevent further power sruggles.
Koro (コロ Kōro?)
Two-tailed cabbits that usually serve as guards or messengers due to their ability to exchange information from long distances through their calls. For unknown reasons, the Koro are attracted to Kenshi.
Dou Armor (聖機師 Dō Katchū?)
A suit of Ahou-powered armor that Seikishi-in-training use to train. When it's hit, the site of impact turns red and it affects the armor's movement based on the damage received. They are later modified by Wahanly to run on steam power for a limited time (only 30 minutes) should the cord supplying the Ahou is removed.
Kikkoujin (機工人?)
Four-legged mechanoids resembling Uchikomas that are powered by steam instead of Ahou. Invented by Wahanly, Kikkoujin provide much greater manuverability than what a Seikijin provides and can be equipped with various gunpowder weapons, though it will hamper its high manuverability. It is also proven to be more efficient than Seikijin without Ye-na's Draft. In episode 12, Lan and her group of bandits are seen with grey Kikkoujin attacking Chiaia and Aura while Kenshi is compressing the rock that contains the Heaven and Earth Sword, meaning that Lan somehow obtained Wahanly's blueprints during her brief time at the Holy School.

List of Episodes

Episode # Title Original air date
01 "The White and Black Seikijin"
"shiro to kuro no seikijin" (白と黒の聖機人) 
March 20, 2009
 
02 "To the Holy Land"
"seichi e" (聖地へ) 
April 17, 2009
 
03 "Those Who Don't Work......"
"hatarakazaru mono......" (働かざる者・・・・・・) 
May 22, 2009
 
04 "Pendant"
"pendanto" (ペンダント) 
June 19, 2009
 
05 "Chase and Be Chased"
"oware oware te" (追われ追われて) 
July 24, 2009
 
06 "Vacation"
"bakansu" (バカンス) 
August 21, 2009
 
07 "Warrior Tournament"
"kyōbu taikai" (競武大会) 
September 18, 2009
 
08 "Invasion"
"shūrai" (襲来) 
October 23, 2009
 
09 "Anticipation"
"omowaku" (思惑) 
November 20, 2009
 
10 "Home"
"ie" (家) 
December 18, 2009
 
11 "Field Workshop"
"kekkaikobo" (結界工房) 
January 22, 2010
 
12 "Successful"
"ketsujitsu" (結実) 
February 19, 2010
 
13 (FINAL) "Gaia"
"gaia" (ガイア) 
March 19, 2010
 

Music

  • Opening: Follow Me (performed by Seira Kagami feat. Sound Around)
  • Ending: Destino (performed by Alchemy+)

External links

  1. Official website (Japanese)
  2. Saint Knight's Tale (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
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