The Sacred Blacksmith

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The Sacred Blacksmith
The Sacred Blacksmith vol01.jpg
The cover of The Sacred Blacksmith volume 1 as published by Media Factory featuring Cecily Campbell
聖剣の刀鍛冶(ブラックスミス)
(Seiken no Burakkusumisu)
Genre Fantasy
Light novel
Written by Isao Miura
Illustrated by Luna
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Male
Imprint MF Bunko J
Original run November 22, 2007August 23, 2013
Volumes 16 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Isao Miura
Illustrated by Kōtarō Yamada
Published by Media Factory
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Alive
Original run March 27, 2009 – ongoing
Volumes 8 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Masamitsu Hidaka
Written by Masashi Suzuki
Studio manglobe
Licensed by
Network AT-X
English network United States FUNimation Channel
Original run October 3, 2009December 19, 2009
Episodes 12
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

The Sacred Blacksmith (聖剣の刀鍛冶(ブラックスミス) Seiken no Burakkusumisu?, lit. "The Sacred Sword Blacksmith"), is a Japanese light novel series by Isao Miura, with illustrations by Luna. All 16 volumes have been published by Media Factory under their MF Bunko J label. A manga adaptation by Kōtarō Yamada started serialization in the seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on March 27, 2009. The first tankōbon was published June 23, 2009. A 12 episode anime adaptation by Manglobe studios aired from October 3, 2009 to December 19, 2009.[1][2]

Synopsis[edit]

44 years ago, a great war known as the Valbanill War ravaged the land. One of the war's most dangerous weapons was the Demon Contract, where humans sacrifice their bodies to become powerful demons. Realizing the damage the contracts have caused the land, the surviving nations made peace and banned the use of the Demon contracts.

Cecily Cambell is a 3rd generation Knight from Housman, one of the cities of the Independent Trade Cities, a democratic federation of cities. As her grandfather was one of the founders of the Independent Trade Cities, she is proud of her heritage and wishes to protect her city as a knight, like her father and grandfather before her. One day, she fights a mad veteran of the war causing trouble in the market, and, inexperienced and outmatched, faces defeat. But she is saved by a mysterious blacksmith named Luke Ainsworth. Cecily is impressed by Luke's katana, a weapon she has never seen before, and asks him to make one for her. Her involvement with Luke will bring her to an adventure she never expected.

Characters[edit]

Protagonists[edit]

Cecily Cambell (セシリー・キャンベル Seshirī Kyanberu?, Cecily Campbell in anime)
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
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. Her grandfather, a former nobleman who became a knight, was one of the founders of the Independent Trade Cities during the Valbanill War. After the war ended, the Cambell family served as knights protecting the city's independence. When her father died of an illness, Cecily took up the role of the head of house, and thus became a knight. She believes strongly in justice, the protection of the city and its citizens. So much so that she hesitated to kill a possessed citizen attacking the city.
In the manga and light novels, Cecily is depicted as a strong smart girl with great leadership skills, evident early when she leads a group of knights and mercenaries against a band of thieves and monsters. She quickly learns from her mistakes and is a skilled sword fighter. The anime portrays her in the opposite: she is inadequate and possesses mediocre swordsmanship, though she does improve as the series progresses. In the anime, most of the jokes are about her over-sized chest and inadequacies. She usually blushes but lashes out violently only to Luke. As the series progresses, she quickly develops romantic feelings towards Luke. In the end of the novels, they are married, and have two children together.
Luke Ainsworth (ルーク・エインズワース Rūku Einzuwāsu?)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)
The titular character is a blacksmith of great skill and renown and is also a talented swordsman. Possessing dark brown hair and blue eyes with his left eye made of glass (his real eye was used to create Lisa), he is arrogant, private and often insensitive to others. He lives with Lisa, who aids him in his work and often accompanies him on his business. He comes to know Cecily after saving her repeatedly from certain death. Luke wields a Japanese katana and employs a unique sword-fighting style, which is uncommon in a land where most people use a longsword and shield. He also possesses extraordinary blacksmith skills, aided by Lisa's magical powers.
Although Luke often criticizes Cecily for her inadequacies, he has slowly come to accept Cecily. Her will to protect the city and all its citizens reminds him of Lisa Oakwood, the love of his youth. After his encounters with Cecily, Luke has also come to appreciate Lisa. He becomes increasingly worried that Lisa is living a lifestyle he has forced upon her. After his confrontation with Lisa about her true feelings, he confesses his regret forcing the burden of his past onto her and wishes for her to walk her own path. At the end, Luke promises that they will be together forever. Eventually, Luke falls in loves with Cecily. At the end of the novels, the two marry, and have two children together, he died half a month after the birth of his second child.
Lisa (リサ Risa?)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
A cute little girl who is a live-in assistant to Luke. Lisa is actually a demon born from Lisa Oakwood, Luke's childhood friend. Although unconfirmed, it is suggested that in order to protect Luke forever, Lisa Oakwood made a Demonic Pact before being killed by Valbanill and sacrificed herself to create Lisa.
Lisa greatly resembles Lisa Oakwood when she was young, possessing similar traits, such as blonde hair, purple eyes, and elven ears. She has a sweet personality and is very polite. Lisa is also able to create a large magical fireball that enables Luke to forge katanas in the heat of battle. Lisa loves Luke and her life revolves entirely around him. She has proven herself very capable of household chores and takes delight in doing them. In addition, Lisa assists Luke in the forge. When confronted by Luke about her true feelings, Lisa reveals that while she is very happy being with Luke, it also pains her because she is only a "duplicate". She shoulders the burden of Luke's past and knows that her existence reminds Luke of it. However, Lisa confesses that her one wish in life is to remain by Luke's side forever. 300 years after Vaalbanil is sealed away, Lisa is still alive and in the same form. She makes the sacred sword that frees Aria, and is the teacher of Luke and Cecily's descendants. She watched over their household for three centuries.
Aria (アリア?)
Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Anastasia Munoz (English)
The demon sword of wind. Aria is special in that she can transform into a human. In her human form, she is beautiful, light-hearted, romantic and very feminine. Her exact age is unknown but she has memories reaching back to the Valbanill War where she was born of a demon contract on the battlefield. Her past is filled with murder and carnage and Aria has come to accept that it is her fate as a demon sword. However, after meeting Cecily, she has learned that there are those who would wield a sword not for the purpose of killing but protecting. Because of this, she has become incredibly fascinated with Cecily and the two form a powerful bond which enables them to become stronger. As a demon sword, Aria is able to sense other demon swords. Throughout her stay with Cecily, she has met other demon swords like her, which prompts her curiosity. She is particularly interested in how she was born and how she is able to take a human form. Her transformation into a sword is invoked with the chant: "Shake off your slumber. Seize upon the truth. Take the wind in hand and kill God" (眠りを解け。真実を掴め。風をこの手に。-神を殺せ?). At the end of the novels, Aria is revealed to be the sacred sword to seal away Vaalbanil. She sacrifices herself, but Cecil promises to make a sacred sword to replace her so she can be free. After 300 years, Luke and Cecily's descendants and their teacher Lisa free her from her duties by creating a new sacred sword.

Supporting characters[edit]

Hannibal Quasar (ハンニバル・クェイサー Hannibaru Kueisā?)
Voiced by: Yōsuke Akimoto (Japanese), Mark Stoddard (English)
Leader of the Knight Guards of Housman and veteran of the Valbanill War.
Hugo Housman (ヒューゴー・ハウスマン Hyūgō Hausuman?)
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese), Christopher Bevins (English)
Mayor of the City of Housman.
Justina Albright (ジャスティーナ・オルブライト Jasutīna Oruburaito?)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Cynthia Cranz (English)
Patty Baldwin (パティ・ボルドウィン Pati Barudowin?)
Voiced by: Michiru Yuimoto (Japanese), Kara Edwards (English)
A friend of Cecily who works for the city. At the end of the novels, she marries Reginald.
Reginald Drummond (レジナルド・ドラモンド Rejinarudo Doramondo?)
Voiced by: Hideki Tasaka (Japanese), Chris Cason (English)
A powerful and aggressive knight of Housman that initially looks down on Cecily. However, after witnessing her fight against a monster, he starts to respect her more as a knight. He wields a zweihander (a two-handed sword). At the end of the novels, he marries Patty.
Charlotte E. Firobisher (シャーロット・フィーロビッシャー Shārotto Fīrobisshā?)
Voiced by: Kaori Fukuhara (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)
A young girl from the Empire who is the illegitimate daughter of the Emperor. As proof, she has "E" as her middle name, which is an indication of the royal family. Initially portrayed as a spoiled and selfish girl, she is, in fact, very down to Earth, and can cook and do many household chores despite her alleged status. She struggles internally to fulfill her mother's dying wish: to be recognized as a legitimate child of the Emperor. However, when the Empire refuses to recognize her and brands her as an impostor, she is forced into the tough decision of having to face the death penalty or defect to an opposing nation. After she and her bodyguards were forcefully convinced by Cecily, she renounces her royal status and defects to the Military Nation along with her bodyguards.
Doris (ドリス Dorisu?)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Maxey Whitehead (English)
One of Charlotte's companions. She wields Claymore, the Demon Sword of Earth.
Margot (マーゴット Māgotto?)
Voiced by: Minori Chihara (Japanese), Trina Nishimura (English)
One of Charlotte's companions. She wields Rhomphaia, the Demon Sword of Scarlet Light.
Penelope (ペネロペ Penerope?)
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)
One of Charlotte's companions. She wields a ballock knife, the Demon Sword Assassin.
Lisa Oakwood (リーザ・オークウッド Rīza Ōkuuddo?)
Voiced by: Hinako Sasaki (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
Luke's childhood friend that wanted to be a knight and protect everyone in the city. Unfortunately, she died trying to protect Luke from Valbanill and as a result, a new demon called Lisa was created. While it has not been confirmed, Cecily believes that Lisa Oakwood was the one that created the current Lisa to stay by Luke's side forever in her place.
Fio Atkins (フィオ・アトキンス Fio Atokinsu?)
Voiced by: Nozomi Masu (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)
The maid who serves the Cambell Family. She is very strong within the domestic sphere and is able to physically overpower anyone who interferes with her duties as she perceives them. She is very loyal towards the Cambells and reacts strongly to any ill speaking towards the family.
Lucy Cambell (ルーシー・キャンベル Rūshī Kyanberu?)
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Lydia Mackay (English)
Cecily's mother. She is a calm and gentle woman. She wishes that Cecily would be more feminine. She acts as a mother figure to Charlotte while she and her bodyguards stay in the Cambell house.

Antagonists[edit]

Siegfried (シーグフリード Shīgufurīdo?)
Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)
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. He wields the Demon Sword of Corruption.
Jack Strader (ジャック・ストラダー Jakku Sutoradā?)
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Japanese), R Bruce Elliott (English)
Augustus Arthur (オーガスタス・アーサー Ōgasutasu Āsā?)
Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka (Japanese), Kenny Green (English)
Francisca (フランシスカ Franshisuka?)
Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
Siegfried's bodyguard and personal attendant.
Evadne (エヴァドニ Evadoni?)
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese), Clarine Harp (English)
A Demon Sword of the Black Flame, who, like Aria, can take human form. In her human form, she is morose and taciturn. She was in Charlotte's possession but may have come from Siegfried. She transforms into a sword by chanting "Shake off your slumber, cloak yourself in darkness, bring yourself the end and kill God" (眠りを解け。闇をまとえ。結末をあなたに。-神を殺せ?).
Old Knight (老騎士?)
Voiced by: Asou Tomohisa (Japanese), Cole Brown (English)
The wielder of Elsa, the Demon Sword of Thunder. A veteran of the Valbanill War, he lost his daughter after the war when a demon attacked his home. His sanity now gone, he lives for only one thing, to get revenge on Valbanill. He comes to Luke's home seeking vengeance.
Elsa (エルザ Eruza?)
Voiced by: Ryoko Shintani (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)
A Demon Sword of Thunder who can shape-shift to human form. In her human form, she is a quiet, sad girl. Elsa was born from the rage of the Old Knight when his daughter was slain. She has the same name as his daughter.
After his defeat, she slays him with a misericorde, fulfilling the promise made by his real daughter and dying herself from the wounds she received fighting Cecily and Aria. She transforms into a sword by chanting "Shake off your slumber. The time is at hand. By the judgement of thunder, kill God" (眠りを解け。時は来たれり。雷の裁きを。-神を殺せ?).

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Title Publication Date (Release Date) ISBN
1 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #1.Knight 2007 November 30 (2007 November 22) ISBN 978-4-8401-2083-8
2 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #2.Blacksmith 2008 May 31 (2008 May 25) ISBN 978-4-8401-2141-5
3 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #3.Fool 2008 September 30 (2008 September 25) ISBN 978-4-8401-2423-2
4 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #4.Hero 2009 January 31 (2009 January 23) ISBN 978-4-8401-2602-1
5 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #5.Sacrifice 2009 March 31 (2009 March 25) ISBN 978-4-8401-2723-3
6 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #6.New World 2009 June 30 (2009 June 25) ISBN 978-4-8401-2802-5
7 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #7.Unrivaled 2009 September 30 (2009 September 25) ISBN 978-4-8401-3028-8
8 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #8.Light&Darkness 2010 January 31 (2010 January 25) ISBN 978-4-8401-3157-5
9 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #9.Last Wind 2010 May 31 (2010 May 25) ISBN 978-4-8401-3283-1
10 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #10.Trial 2010 November 30 (2010 November 25) ISBN 978-4-8401-3487-3
11 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #11.Women 2011 November 30 (2011 November 25) ISBN 978-4-8401-3931-1
12 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #12.Sacred Sword 2012 March 31 (2012 March 23) ISBN 978-4-8401-4534-3
13 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #13.Varbanill 2012 July 31 (2012 July 25) ISBN 978-4-8401-4646-3
14 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #14.Varbanill2 2012 November 30 (2012 November 22) ISBN 978-4-8401-4903-7
15 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #15 2013 March 25 ISBN 978-4-8401-5133-7
16 聖剣の刀鍛冶 #16 Lisa 2013 August 23 ISBN 978-4-8401-5253-2

Manga[edit]

Media Factory has released seven volumes. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the volumes in the US.[3]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
01 June 23, 2009[4] ISBN 978-4-8401-2582-6 June 2013 ISBN 978-1-937867-32-4
02 October 23, 2009[5] ISBN 978-4-8401-2928-2 August 2013 ISBN 978-1-937867-65-2
03 March 23, 2010[6] ISBN 978-4-8401-3304-3 December 2013 ISBN 978-1-937867-83-6
04 September 22, 2010[7] ISBN 978-4-8401-3375-3 March 2014 ISBN 978-1-626920-08-8
05 March 23, 2011[8] ISBN 978-4-8401-3769-0 July 2014 ISBN 978-1-626920-40-8
06 November 22, 2011[9] ISBN 978-4-8401-4062-1
07 August 23, 2012[10] ISBN 978-4-8401-4710-1
08 August 23, 2013 ISBN 978-4-8401-5303-4

Anime[edit]

The anime comprises twelve episodes. The Japanese edition DVDs have been released by Blasmi. The English edition DVD set is licensed by Funimation and was released on January 25, 2011.[11] Funimation began streaming episodes of the anime in June 2010.[12]

The series made its North American television debut on August 8, 2011 on the Funimation Channel.[13]

Music[edit]

Opening Theme

"Justice of Light" by Mayumi Gojo

Ending Theme

"Miracle Happy Day" (みらくるハッピーディ?) by Aki Toyosaki

Reception[edit]

The light novels have sold over 780,000 copies.[14] Chris Schmitt wrote "Sacred Blacksmith has a very odd take on the fantasy genre, mixing moe character designs similar to K-On! with some deep, and sometimes dark, fantasy elements."[15]

Theron Martin of Anime News Network gave the anime series a B concluding, "Although The Sacred Blacksmith stumbles in places and fails to fully develop its setting or carry through on the plot threads it establishes, it nonetheless achieves an occasional and undeniable level of sincerity in its characters' convictions and interactions and at least partly delivers on its potential. It may be far from the elite fantasy titles out there, but even within its genre you could certainly do far worse for a pleasing diversion."[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toranoana's info about the March 2009 issue of Comic Alive" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-04-11. [dead link]
  2. ^ "The Sacred Blacksmith Light Novels Get Anime Green-Lit". Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  3. ^ "The Sacred Blacksmith". Gomanga.com. Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "聖剣の刀鍛冶(1)" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "聖剣の刀鍛冶(2)" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "MFコミックス 聖剣の刀鍛冶(ブラックスミス) 3" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "MFコミックス 聖剣の刀鍛冶(ブラックスミス) 4" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "MFコミックス 聖剣の刀鍛冶(ブラックスミス) 5" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "MFコミックス 聖剣の刀鍛冶(ブラックスミス) 6" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "MFコミックス 聖剣の刀鍛冶(ブラックスミス) 7" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ Beveridge, Chris (January 20, 2011). "Sacred Blacksmith Anime Promotion Begins". Mania.com. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ New Streaming Videos
  13. ^ Funimation Channel (July 6, 2011). "FUNimation Channel – Weekend Roudup (7/1 – 7/3) The Uber Late Edition". Funimation Entertainment. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Columbia Music Entertainment: Television Anime "The Sacred Blacksmith" Opening/Ending theme W single on sale November 18, 2009!" (in Japanese). Columbia Music Entertainment. Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  15. ^ Schmitt, Chris. "The Sacred Blacksmith". (February 2010) Otaku USA. p. 22.
  16. ^ "The Sacred Blacksmith DVD Review". Anime News Network. 2011-02-02. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 

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