ENGAGE KNIGHT: KNIGHTS OF THE FRIENDZONE!
Seriously, whoever put that ROMANCE tag on mangaupdates jumped the gun a bit ^^; **Note: by the time you look over on mangaupdates, I’ll have already removed the ROMANCE tag** Heck, the Poke’mon Daycare had more romance going down than this title :/ But I had a feeling the series wasn’t going to be my thing. All I had to do was remember how Kamisama Omamori went… >___>;
Anyway, I haven’t posted a SPOILER in…shit, like a year? Figured I’d start again by talking about Comic Sylph endings, starting with Engage Knight.
The chapter opens up with Tia’s brother (holy shit he’s real!) telling his dad that he feels bad about Tia having to go to school in his place due to his shitty health (sucks when your mom is your grandfather, huh kid? Oh you royals and your inbreeding ~). Dad lols and says yeah…but this is a shojo, son, not a yaoi so no one cares about you. You were only created to act as a plot device ^____^
Til: D8 wtf dad!
Dad: Hey man, this is the first time I’ve appeared since the first chapter! I’m only here on this one page to say Tia went to school to become a man. Wtf to that, home skillet.
Til: WHAT!? (◎_◎;)
Dad: Er, you know. Face challenges, overcome them, yadda yadda (¬､¬) Point is I’m trying to milk this time here before I disappear off to secondary character land, braddah.
Til: o____o; uh…
Dad: Don’t you be wasting time neither – you’ve got real estate right there next to me dawg.
Dad: >:U LOOK AT THIS SHIT! I’M NOT EVEN IN THIS 2-PAGE SPREAD! RACISM! JUST CUZ I’M A LITTLE OLD AND MY BALLS DIP INTO THE TOILET BOWL WHEN I GO POOPIE DON’T MEAN I’M NOT SEXY MATERIAL!
Okay dad, time for you to go away now ^^;
That randomness aside, we return to the main plot: some worthless sword fighting competition! Tia teamed up with Fabio but a battle boner he got while fighting Ceres resulted in the pre-ejaculation of the two from the tournament. Duran is paired with Snyber. Thankfully it’s hard to get Duran excited and crazy so they’ve been able to hold their own. Now in the semi-finals, Duran is off to battle against Melbourne and Arthur.
Just prior to their battle, Arthur tells Duran that their battle is a personal one for him. He wants to get back what Duran took from him years ago. Of course, Duran is like ⊂(・(ェ)・)⊃ I like cheetos to Arthur’s words. Oh Duran…
At the start of their battle, Duran tells Synber they’re going to kick it up to third gear and finish the battle quickly. I thought for sure that was going to happen since he’s still got the finals to go through but nope. Duran uses his special attack which changes his sword into a weapon to best defeat his enemies. Not sure how that works but damn that sounds cheap ^^; However, his sword does not change, leaving Duran in shock.
Arthur runs in for an attack, lol-ing at Duran. What’s up bitch? Can’t get your sword working? Lolololol, is that how you are in bed? Oh lawl wait, what am I saying ~ You’re a virgin ~ >:D BTW THIS ISN’T A YAOI SO DON’T TAKE WHAT I’M GOING TO SAY NEXT IN A DIFFERENT CONTEXT: TASTE MY SWORD BITCH!
Naturally those on the sidelines start to analyze the situation and take up pages throwing out theories. Maybe the reason the weapon didn’t change is because Arthur has no weakness? ~ Or maybe he’s not really a knight!?!!!?11?
DUN DUN DUNNNNNN
Back to our duelists, Arthur taunts Duran more as he smacks the boy around town. Rather than enjoy his free win, Arthur instead decides to give Duran a helping hand which will ultimately result in his defeat in about 4 pages…
“There’s no way you can defeat me the way you are now. However, maybe if I remove that seal around you, you’ll stand a fighting chance…”
(；¬д¬) …dah fuq?
No idea wtf he’s talking about since I’ve only been following random chapters but for some reason, shit starts to glow. And for some reason again, Tia somehow gets affected by the glow too.
And you know what glows mean right? FLASHBACK TIME!
We go back into Duran’s younger days. He’s sparing against a boy who looks oddly like Arthur. However, just as he is with Arthur in the tournament, Duran gets his ass whooped. Arthur clone is like, damn bitch, I may be royalty but put some umph into your swings. I’m going for some Sunny D. I’ll be back when you’re serious. Melbourne, let’s blow this popsicle stand.
Duran is a sad puppy because he wasn’t holding back against Arthur-clone, he just sucks xD A voice tells Duran that she saw he was putting his 110% out there against Arthur-clone. Duran looks up to see a girl hiding behind the trees.
Duran: Σ(゜ロ゜;) oh great not only did I lose to a guy in a dress but now a girl has borne witness to my failings…I mean, who are you, creepy child perving on me like a fan-girl after her favorite K-pop band.
The girl introduces herself as Tia yadda yadda. She’s from yadda and was invited to attend the prince’s B-day bash.
(…Duran’s invited too right?)
Duran and Tia are both in shock. OMG, they met each other seven years ago!!! Such a powerful unforgettable memory…forgotten xDDDDD Duran looks at Arthur and realizes that he’s actually Prince Arkrod!!!
(…his name sounds like some type of vehicle （・□・；）)
Not only did Duran forget about his memories with Tia but he also forgot what the royal prince looked like!? (；¬д¬) Ummmmmmmm
“…ah, have you finally remembered?”
Arkrod/Arthur smiles. TOO BAD WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIGHT BITCH! BOOM SHAKA LAKA! KNOCK YOUR SWORD OUT OF YOUR HAND AND INTO THE AIR!
Characters on the sideline inform us readers that if a knight’s weapon falls onto the ground, s/he is disqualified. Gee thanks. However, since the sword is floating in the air, Duran is able to grab it. Not sure why Arthur didn’t just stab Duran while he was standing there looking up at the ceiling for his sword. I mean..really, all’s fair in love and war >___> ……..don’t judge me
Also, not sure how Duran caught the sword via the hilt (pointy end up) when it was falling pointy end down o___O;
Duran uses his special cheap attack (now that he knows Arthur isn’t a knight…it’s actually Melbourne. Not sure how that changes anything but okay…). Duran’s weapon turns into what I can best describe as giant tongs and … I can’t explain this. The blades are aimed at the right side of Arthur’s shocked face. In the next panel the blades are on Arthur’s left side by his shoulder and somehow Duran is straddling Arthur who I think is still standing up… o__O In the next panel, the tongs are down by Arthur’s wrist…pinning it down.
Well, whatever. Duran wins because he knocked Arthur’s sword to the ground.
Duran: WHAT WERE YOU SAYING EARLIER BITCH!? ABOUT MY SWORD!? IT MAY TAKE AWHILE TO WORK BUT I ALWAYS LEAVE THE LADIES ON THEIR BACKS IN SHOCK…KIND OF LIKE HOW I AM ON YOU…
Now, Arthur…explain wtf is going on.
Arthur pretty much repeats himself to a very slow Duran: I came here because I wanted to kick your ass and win back my girl…dumbass. Too bad I‘m the one who got his ass kicked because I unsealed you…not sure how I did that BTW.
Duran acts all tsundere and says he has nothing going on with Tia.
Arthur: Virgin (☞ﾟ∀ﾟ)☞
Duran: STFU! 凸(｀△´＋）
Before things can continue, Synber collapses. Lol what!? Pussy. The head principal (<-what) tells Duran that Synber is at his limits. No more engaging with men for him (lolllllll Synber doesn’t have the stamina xDDDDD). But without Synber, Duran will be disqualified.
However, the headmaster mentions that conveniently there is a tournament rule that says if something happens to a knight’s master…if s/he gets another one, s/he will still be allowed in the tournament.
Outside the hospital ward, Tia and Fabio are loitering.
“Best to realize your true feelings before it’s too late. You want to be his strength, am I right? Anyone can tell just by looking at you. I can “see” it. You two are already connected. Right?”
After that sage moment, Fabio pushes Tia into the room, startling Duran and the principal. Fabio’s like, so you need a master? Well, you’re in luck. This girl can engage with several men at once.
Tia falters but when she sees Synber half dead on a cot, she gathers the courage to tell Duran to Pret with her…er, wrong series Engage with her.
Synber: I say yay! (°ロ°)☝
Lol wtf, Synber, shut up. I thought you were dying?
Duran agrees (unlike chapter 1 where he told her to go fuck a duck). They commence the engagement ceremony (or whatever you call it ^^; ). We have another flashback. Duran is training. However, he sucks so he’s a sad panda. Tia says he should be her knight. That’ll way they’ll be together and she’ll work real hard on her studies (<-what). Duran bursts her bubble when he says he’s still a kid. But Tia isn’t deterred. Instead of now, they’ll meet up again later when they’re older. So they Engage as proof of their promise.
Too bad they forgot about everything ^^;
Tia apologizes about forcing the Engagement on Duran which I guess caused him a lot of heart ache (if I remember right, he got kicked out of his family or something over it). He grabs her hand and tells her no, he was the one being a douchebag this whole time….he theorizes the cause of his douchery may have originated from being unsure of the future or possible because he had forgotten about the past…and Tia. Before you shippers can get excited, the principal cockblocks and that’s it. That’s like…the closest we get to any romance in this series.
The two get ready to take on the finals, against Ceres.
Duran: “Give me strength!”
Duran faces off against Ceres and promptly gets his ass kicked. Not even a panel later. Wow…
And with that, the tournament is over folks!
Because this is a Sylph title, you need to have a creepy moment brought to you by a creepy possibly gay guy. What’s his face from chapter 1 (the noble whose boys were beating up Duran in Chapter 1 & 2 – who is also Ceres’s master for the tournament) says he’s a better match for Duran. He’s got more power than Tia ;D
Duran: GTFO. ಠ_ಠ
Since everyone is just popping up, Arthur decides it’s his time to get more limelight before the series ends. Now that Tia remembers she’s his fiancée, how will that affect things? Not much. Tia says she has much to learn so yeah, that matter will be dealt with another time.
Arthur: °٢° well she didn’t really say no ~
More people show up. Blah. They say shiz. All the peeps promise to keep quiet about Arthur’s true identity. He leaves. So does his man bitch Melbourne. Melbourne has a man to man conversation with Arthur. He also asks about Duran. But Arthur isn’t worried. Tia can bring him along. He’s just like Melbourne – he’ll protect her just like Melbourne protects him.
Melbourne: ;_____; master
Also, to never get any.
Let’s see…of the side characters: Fabio has to repeat another year. Ceres rejects the position of Arthur’s knight, saying he has much learnings to do as well. Duran trains harder in his sword fighting classes but is a slacker everywhere else. We see Tia scolding him for ditching. Creepy guy is still gay for Duran. Sophie is still a romantic fan girl. Don’t know what happened to Synber.
The chapter ends with Duran saying he’ll become stronger. Tia makes a pinky promise/engagement with Duran over his pledge and that’s it.
“Engage. A promise we made so long ago. And a guide for our future.”
Yup. That’s about it. Nothing…really happened. Yuppers… Er,what was the plot of this story again? ^^:
Sorry I couldn’t make it lol-tastic. There wasn’t much material to go on :<Basically here’s my reaction to the whole thing:
Not a single fuck given xD