Blade Dance of the Elementalers is based on the light novel series, written by Yū Shimizu and illustrated by Hanpen Sakura. It was adapted to anime in 2014 by the studio TNK (High School DxD).
It is set in a world where pure young maidens are able to form pacts with spirits from Astral Zero, the spirit world. They are then able to use them as weapons.
These Princess Maidens train to become elementalists at the Areishia Spirit Academy, where they learn the art of pact forming and how to bend the spirits to their will.
We are following the story of Kamito Kazehaya, the world’s only known male elementalist, who has been summoned to attend the academy by the headmistress, Greyworth, the “dusk witch”, who wants him to enrol at the academy to enter a team into the Blade Dance, a prestigious yearly competition and win.
Lost while trying to get to the Academy, he bumps into Claire Rouge, a maiden studying there, who controls a fire spirit, a cat called Scarlet. He helps her out in her quest to find a stronger spirit, the Demonslayer sword, said to have defeated the Demon King Suraiman, but when she gets into trouble he has no choice but to do the unthinkable and bind the spirit himself to save her.
He still has his original pact spirit, Restia,who seems to have turned evil in his absence and she isn’t overly pleased at him having another one. Neither is Claire Rouge, who wanted Demonslayer and thinks he stole it from her.
He receives a mixed reception at the academy, where all of the maidens either think he is a pervert or are hell bent on making him their servant. He will have his work cut of for him just dealing with all of them, let alone trying to prepare for the Blade Dance.
Blade Dance of the Elementalers is a very entertaining series to watch. The story is fascinating and there is plenty of comedy, most of it extremely bawdy. The girls are perpetually throwing themselves at poor Kamito, quite often naked and then accusing him of being a pervert, which is very amusing.
The animation style is also very nice, lots of heaving bosoms and great big eyes, with loads of exciting fight sequences thrown in for good measure. My one complaint would be that although this series in no way fins heather story, there doesn’t appear to be a second one. I hate it when they do that.
That aside though, this is still a really good watch and well worth adding to your collection.
“O dispassionate Queen of Steel, O holy sword that slays demons! Become now a steel blade and lend me your power.”