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Assassins Pride
Assassin's Pride light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover
アサシンズプライド
(Asasinzu Puraido)
GenreFantasy[1]
Light novel
Written byKei Amagi
Illustrated byNino Ninomoto
Published byFujimi Shobo
DemographicMale
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
Original runJanuary 20, 2016 – present
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written byKei Amagi
Illustrated byYoshie Katō
Published byShueisha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineUltra Jump
Original runOctober 19, 2017 – present
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byKazuya Aiura
Written byDeko Akao
Music byMONACA
StudioEMT Squared
Licensed bySentai Filmworks[2] (Worldwide rights excluding Asia)
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, BS NTV
Original run October 10, 2019 – present
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Assassins Pride (アサシンズプライド) is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Kei Amagi and illustrated by Nino Ninomoto. Fujimi Shobo have published eleven volumes and a short story collection since January 20, 2016 under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with art by Yoshie Katō has been serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Ultra Jump since May 2017.[3] It has been collected in four tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by EMT Squared premiered on October 10, 2019.

Plot[edit]

Humanity has been brought to the edge of extinction and now exists solely in the last remaining city state of Flandore, where individual city blocks are housed in separate glass domes. Travel between the domes is possible only via train lines running through glass tunnels. The world outside the domes has become one of eternal darkness and is completely infested with savage lancanthropes.

Within the domes humanity is divided into the nobility and the commoner classes. Through their blood members of noble families are able to manifest mana which grants them powerful superhuman abilities enabling them to fight and kill lancanthropes. Melida Angel was born to a noble father and a commoner mother but has never manifested mana and attends an elite academy to hone her skills with mana.

On orders from Melida's noble grandfather, Lord Mordrew, the assassin Kufa Vampir is ordered to become Melida's tutor and discover if Melida is a true member of the noble Angel family. If Kufa discovers Melida is the product of her mothers affair with another commoner and not blood related to Lord Mordrew he is ordered to assassinate her. Kufa confirms Melida is likely not a noble but decides he cannot ignore her strong spirit and offers her a way to manifest her mana.

With Melida able to use mana for the first time Kufa must keep his actions a secret from Melida's family and from his guild, White Knight, or both he and Melida will be executed.

Characters[edit]

House Angel[edit]

Kufa Vampir (クーファ=ヴァンピール, Kūfa Vanpīru)
Voiced by: Yūki Ono[4] (Japanese); Gabriel Regojo[5] (English)
Kufa is Melida's tutor. He is a half human and half vampire lancanthrope. His class is a samurai.
Melida Angel (メリダ=アンジェル, Merida Anjeru)
Voiced by: Tomori Kusunoki[4] (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski[5] (English)
The heiress of the noble house Angel, a family of paladins. However, despite already being thirteen, she still hadn't awakened her mana yet. Unbeknownst to her, this might stem from her perhaps not being her noble father's biological daughter, having instead been born from her mother's affair. She finally obtains mana after Kufa gives her some of his own, allowing her to use his samurai class.
Elise Angel (エリーゼ=アンジェル, Erīze Anjeru)
Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa[4] (Japanese); Juliet Simmons[5] (English)
Melida's cousin, who unlike her was recognized as a prodigy from an early age. While she and Melida truly care for one-another, their differing treatment strains their relationship.
Rosetti Pricket (ロゼッティ=プリケット, Rozetti Puriketto)
Voiced by: Marina Yabūchi[4] (Japanese); Avery Smithhart[5] (English)
Rosetti is Elise's tutor. She risen up the ranks to become a Crest Legion at a young age.

St. Friedeswiede[edit]

Nerva Martillo (ネルヴァ=マルティーリョ, Neruva Marutīryo)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[6] (Japanese); Alyssa Marek[5] (English)
The leader of a group of bullies at the St. Friedeswiede Girls Academy, who constantly mocked Melida over her lack of mana. She later amends to Melida by becoming her teammate for the Luna Lumiere Selection tournament.
Shenfa Zwitoque (シェンファ=ツヴィトーク, Shenfa Tsuvitōku)
Voiced by: Asami Setō[1]
Shenfa is a student who attends St. Friedeswiede Girls Academy. She was the precedent "Luna Lumiere" for winning the Luna Lumiere Selection tournament.

St. d'Autriche[edit]

Mule la More (ミュール=ラ・モール, Myūru Ra Mōru)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida[7]
Mule la More is a member of House La More, a family of Diabolos. Who attends St. d'Autriche Girls Academy.
Salacha Schicksal (サラシャ=シクザール, Sarasha Shikuzāru)
Voiced by: Azumi Waki[7]
Salacha is a student who attends St. d'Autriche Girls Academy.
Keira Espada (キーラ=エスパーダ, Kīra Esupāda)
Voiced by: Kiyono Yasuno[8]
Keira is a student who attends St. d'Autriche Girls Academy.

Others[edit]

Father (オヤジ, Oyaji)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa[6] (Japanese); John Gremillion[5] (English)
William Gin (ウィリアム・ジン, Wiriamu Jin)
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki[6] (Japanese); Michael Wronski[5] (English)
William is a member of a guild called Grimfice.
Black Madia (ブラック=マディア, Burakku Madia)
Voiced by: Sora Tokui[1]
Black Madia is a member of a guild called White Night. Her class is a Clown, the ability to copy any of the other classes.

Media[edit]

Light novel[edit]

Assassins Pride is written by Kei Amagi and illustrated by Nino Ninomoto. Fujimi Shobo have published eleven tankōbon volumes since January 20, 2016 under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint.[3] A short story was released on February 20, 2018.[9]

No.Release date ISBN
1 January 20, 2016[10]ISBN 978-4-04-070817-1
2 April 20, 2016[11]ISBN 978-4-04-070818-8
3 July 20, 2016[12]ISBN 978-4-04-070972-7
4 November 19, 2016[13]ISBN 978-4-04-070973-4
5 February 18, 2017[14]ISBN 978-4-04-072227-6
6 June 20, 2017[15]ISBN 978-4-04-072230-6
7 October 20, 2017[16]ISBN 978-4-04-072484-3
SG February 20, 2018[9]ISBN 978-4-04-072651-9
8 August 18, 2018[17]ISBN 978-4-04-072485-0
9 January 19, 2019[18]ISBN 978-4-04-073003-5
10 June 20, 2019[19]ISBN 978-4-04-073223-7
11 October 19, 2019[20]ISBN 978-4-04-073224-4

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation drawn by Yoshie Katō has been serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Ultra Jump since May 2017. As of June 19, 2019, four tankōbon volumes has been released.[21]

No.Release date ISBN
1 October 19, 2017[22]ISBN 978-4-08-890776-5
2 April 19, 2018[23]ISBN 978-4-08-891003-1
3 November 19, 2018[24]ISBN 978-4-08-891130-4
4 June 19, 2019[21]ISBN 978-4-08-891260-8
5 November 19, 2019[25]ISBN 978-4-08-891435-0

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation was announced during the Fantasia Bunko Dai Kanshasai 2018 event on October 21, 2018,[26] later revealed to be a television series animated by EMT Squared.[27] It is directed by Kazuya Aiura, with Deko Akao handling series composition, and Maho Yoshikawa designing the characters.[4] It premiered on October 10, 2019 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, and BS NTV.[28][29] Run Girls, Run! performed the series' opening theme song "Share the light", while Tomori Kusunoki performed the series' ending theme song "Time of Foreigners" (異人たちの時間, Ijin-tachi no Jikan).[30][31] Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series[2] and is streaming it on Hidive and Crunchyroll.[32][33] The series will run for 12 episodes.[34] On November 5, 2019, Hidive announced that the series will receive an English dub.[35]

No. English title[a] / Japanese translated title[b]
Original Japanese title[36]
Original air date
1"Mercy of an Assassin"
Transcription: "Ansatsusha no Jihi" (Japanese: 暗殺者の慈悲)
October 10, 2019 (2019-10-10)
Assassin Kufa Vampir enters a house and clashes with a white-haired man who escapes. He discovers the man he came to talk to, Lord Elsnes, is dead. Kufa travels to the Angel family estate and meets Melida Angel, having been hired as her tutor. He accompanies Melida to an academy where Melida is mocked into a sparring match by Nerva Martilla. Members of the nobility manifest mana at age 7, giving them superhuman powers, but Melida has never manifested mana, despite being a teenager, and loses to Nerva despite her excellent sword form, who labels her an "incompetent talented girl." Nerva reveals Melida dreams of joining Crest Legion, humanity's best defenders, and that Melida's cousin Elise will one day join the legion, as her new tutor is from the legion. Melida runs away in shame. Kufa recalls being hired by Melida's grandfather, Lord Mordrew, who believes Melida's mother (a rich commoner) had an affair with Lord Elsnes, another commoner. Were this true Melida would not be Lord Mordrew's true granddaughter, would have no noble blood and could never awaken mana. Kufa's guild, White Night, was investigating until Lord Elsnes was assassinated. Kufa sees no sign of Melida possessing mana and concludes she is illegitimate and must be assassinated per his orders. Kufa tracks her to a garden where she was chased by three lancanthrope deliberately let into the dome from the outside by Lord Mordrew to pressure Melida's mana into awakening through combat. Melida is defeated but refuses to call for help as that would mean admitting she possesses no mana and is not worthy of the Angel name. Kufa kills the lancanthropes, deciding he cannot ignore her strong spirit. He tells her there's a way to awaken her mana, but it may kill her. She agrees so Kufa drinks a potion and feeds it to her via a kiss. She collapses but later wakes up with the ability to use mana. Kufa decides he must hide the fact she is illegitimate and keep what he did to awaken her mana a secret from everyone, including his guild and employer, or they will both be executed.
2"When the Girl's World Changes"
Transcription: "Shōjo no Sekai ga kawaru toki" (Japanese: 少女の世界が変わるとき)
October 17, 2019 (2019-10-17)
After checking her body for side-effects from the potion, Kufa reveals to Melida that receiving mana this way means she isn't a Paladin, but a Samurai like him. He also has her keep her awakening a secret until the academy's end-of-semester tournament, where revealing it will make the biggest impact. They're later approached by Elise and her own private tutor, Rosetti Pricket. Rosetti tries to make a move on Kufa, but he rejects her, causing her to vow that Elise will defeat Melida at the tournament. Once the tournament begins, Melida's team find their first match is against Nerva's team. Though Melida catches Nerva off guard with her use of mana, she is eventually cornered but refuses to give up. In the end, she defeats Nerva by copying one of Kufa's techniques, much to his amazement, and wins the match for her team. Afterwards, Nerva apologizes to Melida for bullying her while she and her team then move to their next match against Elise's team, only for Elise to win single-handedly.
3"Going Beyond the Limit" / "Beyond the Critical Point"
Transcription: "Rinkai ten no Kanata ni" (Japanese: 臨界点の彼方に)
October 24, 2019 (2019-10-24)
Melida asks Kufa out to the upcoming school festival, but he declines. She takes up a dress in hopes of matching with Elise, but is disheartened to see Elise forced to wear something fancier on her family's orders. Ashamed, Elise runs away and Melida follows her when they are both kidnapped by lancanthropes. They are brought to an abandoned museum where their leader, a half-lancanthrope named William Gin, reveals he was ordered to transfer Elise's mana to Melida to make her a Paladin. Melida flees with Elise, but are eventually cornered. Fortunately, they are saved by Kufa and Rosetti. Gin flees and Kufa gives chase. During the ensuing fight, Kufa reveals himself to actually be half-vampire, the strongest type of lancanthrope, and proceeds to easily defeat Gin, sparing him only to tell his superiors not to interfere with Melida again. Back at the festival, Kufa asks Melida for a dance and she asks him to stay be her side forever. Elsewhere, Kufa's guild are concerned he has gone rogue and orders a mage called Black Madia to investigate.
4"Two Young Ladies Assemble at the Chained Castle"
Transcription: "Kusari-jō ni Tsudou, Otome to Otome" (Japanese: 鎖城に集う、乙女と乙女)
October 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)
In a flashback, Elise remembers Melida protecting her from a lancanthrope wolf while they were lost in the forest, Elise too scared to do anything despite already having her mana. Kufa and Rosetti arrive at the academy where the principal announces the tournament between St. Friedswiede and the neighboring St. d'Autriche Girls Academy called the Luna Lumiere Selection. Melida and Elise are picked to participate for their school, shocking the staff and previous champions. Each pick two teammates. Nerva and Shenfa Zwitoque (a previous champion) join Melida. Afterwards, they train and eventually take a break. While resting, Melida is surprised by Mule la More, a student from St. d'Autriche, who encourages her. That night, Kufa catches a maid from Elise's household trying to leave and tricks her into admitting she switched the stained glass with the names of the competitors to the one with the Angel girls in an attempt to sabotage the relationship between Melida and Elise. This would force them to compete directly, which would reveal Elise as the true Angel heir. Melida seeks her approval instead and challenges the maid that if she wins the tournament, she will form a unit with Elise. Kufa meets Black Madia after leaving Melida, who tells him to bring her a sample of Melida's blood for closer examination to prove his loyalty to White Night. Kufa refuses and the two fight, Black Madia using her Clown class, which lets her mimic seven different classes and their abilities, until Rosetti joins him and she chooses to leave, promising she won't be far away. Meanwhile, Elise suggests losing to Melida on purpose in the tournament as she doesn't believe Melida can defeat her if she truly fights and she wants to form a unit with her.
5"The Golden Princess and the Silver Princess"
Transcription: "Kogane no Hime to, Hakugin no Hime" (Japanese: 黄金の姫と、白銀の姫)
November 7, 2019 (2019-11-07)
Three days before the Luna Lumiere Selection tournament begins. Kufa and Rosetti asked the principal to suspend the event until they find Black Madia. But the principal refused their offer. Melida is eating by herself as Rosetti asked Elise about if something happen between them. Nerva sits next to Melida and Shenfa wanted to discuss a strategy to prepare for the tournament. The night before it starts Kufa asks Melida about Elise, she told him about her losing on purpose to Elise. Kufa suggests to Melida to talk to her alone. At the beginning of the tournament, Nerva and Shenfa fends off attacks from Elise's team. Nerva tells Melida to fight Elise. Meanwhile, Kufa found a girl alone at the top of a tower. Thinking she is Black Madia, he swung at her and defended against Kufa attack. He then asks her name and left. Melida and Elise fought each other until Elise lost. Nerva then talks to them and Melida noticed Nerva was an imposter using different mana. Kufa and Rosetti then confronts Black Madia. He transports her outside of the academy and gave her a letter for Father. Later, Keira Espada from St. d'Autriche has won the tournament. Melida talks to Elise and wanting to form a unit again. Elise then agrees to join Melida's unit.
6"The Gray Witch"
Transcription: "Haiiro no Majo" (Japanese: 灰色の魔女)
TBA

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ English titles are taken from Sentai Filmworks.
  2. ^ English translated titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

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