Knights & Magic


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A mecha otaku is reincarnated into another world as Ernesti Echevalier (Eru). In this world there exist huge humanoid weapons known as Silhouette Knight. Dreaming of piloting those robots, Eru, with childhood friends, Archid Walter and Adeltrud Walter: together they will aim to become a Knight Runner, pilot of Silhoutte Knight.

LN translation ends at v6c54, then continues on the WN on ch90+

Associated Names
One entry per line
Knight's & Magic
Knights and Magic
Related Series
Magi Craft Meister (4)
Mushoku Tensei (WN) (4)
Pivot of the Sky (3)
Konjiki no Moji Tsukai (WN) (2)
Sevens (2)
Zhanxian (2)
Recommendation Lists
  1. found these through anime
  2. JP Isekai without Harem (Shounen/Seinen)
  3. J/K fme5-9tnj-04
  4. Shousetsuka ni Narou TOP 100 (mostly isekai)
  5. On-Hold

Latest Release

Date Group Release
02/04/15 Skythewood v2c11
01/28/15 Skythewood v2c10
01/21/15 Skythewood v2 prologue
09/28/14 Skythewood v1c9
09/22/14 Skythewood v1c8
09/18/14 Skythewood v1c7
09/17/14 Skythewood v1c6
09/17/14 Skythewood v1c5
09/17/14 Skythewood v1c4
09/17/14 Skythewood v1c3
09/17/14 Skythewood v1c2
09/17/14 Skythewood v1c1
09/17/14 Skythewood v1 prologue
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37 Reviews

Oct 31, 2015
Status: --
Modern world -programmer who likes mecha's gets transported into another world. He finds out that mecha's are a real thing in this world and then goes on his goals of.. Owning his own mecha.. :D

While the MC is a bit weird it gives him his own uniqueness. The side character's are great they all have their own roles and it seems they are growing along with the MC as he moves on in the world creating his own path.
Its a blend of slice of life - Mecha and action.... more>> I recommend this to anyone who likes these kinds of things~ <<less
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Dec 16, 2015
Status: --
Another one of those wish fulfillment novels, the MC is a perfect genius who is loved by all. Every other character is solely used to display how op and wonderful the MC is. Also the mech fights are boring when you know the MC is going to perfectly win, and it is even more boring to read how a uber genius MC is "revolutionizing" the mech engineering.
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Nov 06, 2015
Status: --
This is one of the greatest sci fi novel I have read. Knights and magic is really the one for those who are already sick of harem type novels and are looking for something unique but fun to read.
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Feb 02, 2016
Status: --
Very unique story where MC slowly makes robots of his dream. Anything related to robots will have his 100% undivided attention.

The are reviews are good enough but I just want to inform you new readers something abt this series. The review from chojen is good but there are a few facts that he didnt really mentioned which makes his comparison a bit off and wrong. I will try explain in more details so chojen and bakadogeza, if u are reading this, no offense intended. Skythewood translations is actually a chinese... more>> to english translation. The translator doesnt know anything about japanese. Meaning its a double translation from japanese to chinese to english. In this context, There will definitely be mistranslated portions here and there. Another point to note is that since he is translating the chinese version, he needs to wait till the chinese novel is release so he is actually not dropping it. Just waiting for the new release so that he could translate it from there. Therefore, even when the japanese versions are already a few volumes further, if the chinese version is not released, our translator have no work till then. you could say that he is doing his best effort to give use quality work and he also doesnt mind if there is anyone continue his work. Since I have been following skythewood, I could not compare it with Bakadogeza objectively.
i have read his work and in terms of quality, I feel its lacking and a bit weird sometimes. I do not know weather that translator is doing a jap to eng translation or double translation same as sky. It is due to this that it is hard. I could sense the level of perfection when I read sky's work tho there are a few grammars mistakes, he is updating it as u can see a v2 on the links on his content pages. another thing to note is that bakadogeza's work isn't that consistant. Doing only a certain few chapters and most in parts (which isnt a problem for me tho). Unlike sky who did 3 whole volumes with great consistency, baka has only done about 4 chapters in weird order. A prologue, chp 20, 24 n 29. With this in mind, I could not grasp the quality of his work and it seems to be more appropriate description that he is translating by the moment. <<less
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Mar 08, 2016
Status: --
Interesting Novel

Highly recommend with a casual OP, SmartAss MC

Just chilling around making mech's that leave everyone to the dust

Magic, Mechs and a pretty nice MC all make it a worth while to at the very least TRY IT OUT
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Jul 18, 2016
Status: c25
25 chapters in and all I could say is meh. The general premise of the story is okay. The very first major battle however was the highlight of what I've read so far. The novel suffers for being excessively wordy and descriptive for things that you will inevitably forget. Additionally there are paragraph long descriptions for actions as mundane as walking. Basically what I'm saying is you can skim chapters and be fine. On another note the side characters are very very very 2 dimensional and over done; not at... more>> all interesting. You have the serious stoic Edgar, the hothead Di, mature female helvi/tiffa, young and in love Female love interest Ady, laid back guy Chid, burly mans man Boss/Batson, you even have the eccentric King. All their actions revolve around these actions. Which is not Necessarily bad but makes for an uninteresting series of events <<less
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Feb 26, 2019
Status: v6
Great but not perfect. The reason why I put 4* is because currently there is a 'predictable progression' with the chill part skipped. After every part, I could immediately guess what is going to happen next
By that I mean Incident->Invention->Exhibition->Incident->Repeat

There are a few low ratings saying that it is boring because Eru is OP and loved by all. A lot of stories involve OP main characters 'loved by all' so that shouldn't really be an issue. Unlike other heroes, Eru is not a hypocrite, afraid of killing, mopey, edgy... more>> and all that. Some stories have edgy vengeful heroes spare the women and kill the guys cause why not/make questionable life decisions that goes against his main objective. For Eru, all he cares about is robots and his close friends. His character remains the same throughout the story up to volume 6, the last few parts I read. As for translators, skythewood is great. Noblesse is quite good. The rest, is a little painful to read after skythewood quality. (I don't blame them.)

Fifteen Seconds is doing WN so there may be some differences. Besides that, his translation is certainly not great but its understandable/salvageable which is honestly good enough for those with 'some tolerance for lower quality work'. I probably just made it sound worse than it is. It would be great if someone could help him with editing. I can't. I'm terrible.

Then there is BakaDogeza which is the worst among the translators of this series. I have appreciation for the effort but blunt truth comes first. Sorry. <<less
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Sep 14, 2016
Status: v2c14
This is a great novel! It's main emphasis is on mechs, building mechs, fighting with mechs, etc.

Well, no, but it's close enough.

My one complaint: You see that cover image? That's supposed to be a heroine, right? She looks quite feminine as well.... Wait, let me correct myself. He looks quite feminine as well.

Yes, the MC is a trap. No, I don't like it. Do I care? Yes. Will I still read the story? Of course! It'll still bug me, though.

Now read the story already!
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Nov 22, 2019
Status: v5 illustrations
So, I personally rated this as a 4 because I love the MC, and really enjoy the fact he’s an OP genius but girly looking and the zero romance aspect. However, for everyone else this truly is a 3 star. It’s not that it’s bad, but it’s very much your typical “old world + new world protag” setup with MC being a genius at one thing in his past life and good thing the new world relies on nothing but that one skill. If you like mechas, you’ll like this... more>> and if you don’t you won’t full stop.

As for characterization, I agree that the side characters are kinda underdeveloped and the story really only cares about MC and his mechas. Honestly I don’t think this even needed to be an Isekai because MC never ruminates on past life at all, they could have just had MC be a genius inventor and be done with it. The inventions are a little iffy too, I’ll give the idea of changing the design a pass but simply twisting the threads together is a new idea? Man. <<less
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captain crun
Mar 05, 2017
Status: v4c37
Rating: 3.5 stars (maybe 3), Translation: 4/5

(My reviews may sound negative, but I'm just listing reasons why I didn't give 5 stars.)

[[5 star = almost all readers will enjoy. 4 star = large majority of readers will enjoy. 3 star = 50/50 of readers will enjoy. 2 star = a niche audience will enjoy. 1 star = maybe portion of niche audience will enjoy.]]

[[5/5 = Infrequent minor errors. 4/5 = Frequent minor errors or infrequent major errors, no difficulty to read. 3/5 = Frequent major errors, some... more>> difficulty to read. 2/5 = Difficult to read. 1/5 = Unreadable.]]

A programmer and mecha otaku dies and is born again into a fantasy world. His memories of his old life return when he becomes age 3. The country he lives in borders a demon zone, and defends itself with magic-powered mechas. From the moment he becomes self-aware of his old life, MC's goal is to become a mecha pilot. Has a medieval fantasy setting, demon beasts (but not really at forefront, just isolated incidents), magic system (more like part of natural world rather than RPG system), mecha and other magic technology, reincarnation from birth to teenage years, school life arc when MC trains to be a mecha pilot, moderate amount of combat (with demon beasts and other mecha), some politics/factions. There is a harem and romance tag, but I haven't seen any of that, as of chapter 37 (girls dote over MC because he looks and sounds like a girl, not because of romantic feelings). MC is not OP, but other people are relatively unskilled.

This is an interesting setting, the translation is good, and the imagery isn't bad. But there are a couple problems that I have, but other people may not: how programming relates to magic, and the believability of the MC's accomplishments. I'm not sure if the author is a programmer, or if it's the translation, but "scripts" controls magic in this new world. The author sometimes says they're "compiled, " but scripts usually do not need compilation, and are different from programs. It's also strange why everyone has to continually write scripts when it sounds like software is already installed on their magic devices. The author's description of how magic works in this world is a bit vague on what "scripting" looks like and how magicians interact with the system. The mechanism he describes also seems to be violated by the MC and companions, even though they don't have any special abilities. This issue may not be a big deal to most people, but to me, there should be a higher standard of consistency needed to suspend belief when trying to use a real-world activity or knowledge in a fantasy setting. The MC's accomplishments are related to his creativity with magic techniques and mecha engineering innovations. The problem is that many of MC's improvements are fairly ordinary changes, and the reactions of other people to them are so exaggerated (almost falling down, heavy breathing, loud exclamations). Mecha technology has existed in this world for many centuries, and it sounds like it takes 100-200 years to come up with a new mass produced mecha. The author explains all this by saying there's just a difference in "common sense" in this world. But, to me, it sounds like the people in this world are unimaginative or terrible soldiers and engineers. It makes me feel like MC's accomplishments aren't all that impressive, and people's reactions feel a bit annoying. Other general issues are common ones that I see in many LN/WN: frequent time skips (backwards and forwards, sometimes multiple per chapters), frequent change in setting/location with no warning, not much character personality or development, redundant or obvious information, not a lot of suspense or intrigue. Sometimes I just speed read over uninteresting sections.

This is an interesting combination of magic and mecha in the reincarnation/fantasy genre. I really want to like it. I think the combined issues mentioned above would make a rating of 3.5 out of 5 on my scale. Somewhat more than 50/50 of readers may find something to like about this series. Others may lose interest during the slow chapters or from the storytelling style, especially if they're not into this fusion of genres. Some may be disappointed that there is no romance or harem, despite being tagged. My 2 personal complaints, I think many people wouldn't be bothered by them to the degree that I was. But if many people were, it might lower the rating to 3.

Other: I believe this is the WN version. As of March 2017, the translation team is on hiatus after completing Volume 4, or Chapter 37, because they are using the Chinese translation to translate into English. Volume 5 hasn't yet been translated into Chinese. <<less
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Jan 18, 2017
Status: c33 part5
Completely believable! Modern day fan of Giant Robots fighting, finds himself in a world that HAS giant robots that fight other giant robots and monsters that threaten to destroy towns and thousands of people? What fan wouldn't have a raging nerd-boner in that kind of situation?

Love the monster battles and love the troubles of building giant mechs and the near constant war between kingdoms.
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Mar 28, 2018
Status: v5c46
I really liked the novel at first. It was fun to read about all innovations MC made and the passion that drove everyone around him crazy. But the hype really died down a lot the more I read. By the end of volume 5 it got pretty boring honestly. The problem with this novel is that it is one-dimensional. It is all about robots, and nothing else. Basically every arc is a repetition of the same thing: MC makes some sort of new tech, then the problem arises and he... more>> solves it with the new tech. In between, we read how MC is researching new tech and learns new methods of manufacturing the new tech. It is funny at times, so I would say the genre for this should be: Action, Comedy, Mecha. That's it. MC is just too focused on his robots and does not have anything else. There are no relationship building in any way, friends or romantic ones. People are shown to have feelings for each other, but that is really the extent of it. Because MC is so flat, the novel becomes less interesting: it becomes just a repetition of what has happened before. There is no character development at all. There is only one guy in the novel who has some: the coward who ran away and then manned up.

The novel pretty much becomes a race of who can make a better robot and then fight with it. Overall it can be pretty fun, but for me - I got bored of it. I want more depth to the characters, more sides to the story than just building robots. <<less
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Jul 19, 2017
Status: v4c37
It's a fun novel. It's part of a new generation of protagonist where the protagonist is horribly overpowered and just win. Like No Game No Life and other similar novels.

What makes it interesting and not just bland is the interesting world, fun characters, and innovative problem solving. Also, the main character is fantastic.

His skills are almost a Deux ex Machina. It's saved from the horrible crutches of Deux ex Machina in that the lead up to the resolution of the conflict is well paced and foreshadowed so it's not unbelievable... more>> to you, his friends, and those in the know. It's only Deux ex Machina like to the antagonists. It makes for a fun anticipation to see the over the top way he's going to resolve the current issue and the reactions when it happens. The dissonance in how he thinks vs how the world sees him is part of the humor.

This is not a drama, the outcome was never in doubt. It's an adventure and drama is a punch in the face with the power of friendship (and mechs).

Let's talk about the main character. He is really likable, he works extremely hard and the character is internally self-consistent (this means his goals, motivation, and actions through out the story are consistent and not driving to act in a certain way for plot reasons). He is also much more like Negi (A child genius) from Negima than he is from any of the typical reincarnated series. His reincarnation is not a major point. His hard work, dedication, and genius from a young age are. To help emphasize that he has 2 friends he meets at a young age who joins him on his adventure and following his life style. They learn from him and train with him and have similarly become pretty overpowered themselves. Although they lack the same drive and out of the box thinking. In addition, he was born in this world and has a family he cherishes. The reincarnation is only an odd thing that leaves him memories in addition to his own. He doesn't refer to himself as someone who is reincarnated only referring to himself as Eru, his current life. It makes it seem like it isn't that he was reincarnated that was special but it is his personality that is special. Such as even if he didn't have his past self's memory he would of eventually revolutionize the world anyway. It might just have taken a bit longer.

Some Cons

    • There's a lot of narration explaining the fictional mech/magic system. Many times it's repetitive of the same system previously explain.
    • The series goes really fast. Time skips are extremely often (developing a new mech isn't done in a span of a week after all) and for some reason, we get recaps of previous events as if the previous chapter actual was released months ago. This might be due to how it was released as a web novel. But reading it volume by volume it seems odd at how often you get a recap.
    • It's not a romance or a harem. He's in love with his mechs. That's it. There aren't multiple girls contesting for his attention and you can hardly say what's in the series counts as romance. It's an adventure, there are friends, and some of them are female. That's about it.
In conclusion. Don't take it seriously. Go for the adventure it's fast, fun, and will leave you in a good mood. No drama here. <<less
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Jul 08, 2017
Status: v2c18
To be honest is a generic novel about a reincarnated guy that uses his world common sense and knowledge/skills in order to change everything while becoming peerless and unbeatable at the age of twelve years old, pure wish fulfillment, nothing really new to see for those familiar with the genre, the characters are 2D you will find pretty much every type of cliche character here, the only interesting fights are the ones where the MC doesnt participate, since he is so op that is boring
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Jan 05, 2017
Status: v4c33
This novel is about a Robot-lover programmer that died and reincarnated in a world where Robot and Magic coexist. And because Magic like programming, he strive to make Robot he likes.

One think I can say about this novel is that the passion of the writer (and translator) was clearly felt. It has no remarkable twist, no drama, and no intrigue. But it makes this novel simple and likable.
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Dec 28, 2021
Status: v5c2
Story is your typical isekai. You have a mecha geek with background of programing. He is quite obsessed with his hobby to the point it became an excuse for him to be dense and single focus minded.

The start was good, until it moved on with the war arc.

The world is well built initially, the side character and aids are does evolve a bit and get more depth.

... more>> But the author had to introduce an antagonist that could match Eru genius.

Main issue, that antagonist is way too much of a genius compared to Eru who makes use of his past knowledge (albeit in a poor way due to the fact he forget all modern age technology and went full tunnel visions with his mecha obsession).

The antagonist managed to reverse engineer all Eru technology with ease given the time frame and managed to not only imitate it, improve it tremendously to the point Eru nows need to play catch up.

From this point on, the story start having a difficult time to adjust to this unbalance. And really goes down with the what was established.

Power levels keep increasing with a poor logic and short timeframe. The author also at this point really slow down the world building and character development to the point Eru becomes a protagonist with no personality. From the first chapter till the latest he has no further depth of personality. Just an overly enthusiastic person for mecha. With the intent of only making more crazy designs.

This creates the typical loop you see in many other work. A template of rince and repeat.

It is a decent novel to not take seriously. As there is so many plot holes and a global lack of depth. I rate it poorly for the fact everything is repetitive and how his opponent managed to match him easily without having the advantage Eru has. But also for the bland mediocre template plot that comes later.

A waste of potential for more depth. <<less
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Dream Seeker
Jun 06, 2016
Status: v2 prologue
An interesting fantasy novel that weaves programing principles into an alternative world. The story is the basic Knight to Hero story, but written well enough to be pleasurable read. I would recommend this to fans of mechas and Knights.
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Nov 30, 2015
Status: --
This is a pretty good light novel, it has a lot of familiar tropes but I think that it tinkers with the formula enough that the end result is unique enough and interesting to read. The problem is the translations, at chapter 28 the series was dropped by Skythewood and picked up by Bakadogeza and though I can certainly appreciate him taking the time to do translations it becomes so much more difficult to stay engaged with the series reading his posts.

Here's a side by side comparison of the same... more>> statement from the two.

The requirements were too amazing, even Ady who was listening by the side almost said: “What kind of requests are these?” Despite that, Eru was still smiling happily.

On the contrary, Even Ady who had been hearing the whole thing, and had a thought of [Which part of it that was not a big deal?] and almost protest this, It was Eru smiling with his ease when he response to the order with overflowing joyful that stop her. <<less
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Aug 25, 2018
Status: v6
This novel had me really interested at first and I liked the whole magic and mecha setting. There are however some issues.

To start of with it is the usual isekai setting with MC being reborn in a well off and happy family, and the MC quickly becomes a genius/hero because well, he used to play with plastic robot models? Basically the setting is that we who are used to seeing mecha in anime, games, manga or toy's have more knowledge and creativity when it comes to making giant robots compared... more>> to a world where they have been using magical giant robots for thousands of years. So because of that fact MC is the greatest genius of all time, making new inventions, shapes and so on every couple of weeks/months that would have or will take others tens or hundreds of years.

The only explanation given here is that everyone in the world is stuck in their "old ways" and using "common sense", which frankly just irks me a bit since a world where robots are built and used all the time and constantly being developed you'd think they would have some ideas right? For instance one of the "major" contributions that the MC makes is the fact to intertwine the robots crystal fiber to be like a rope instead of being in a straight line so to speak.

This part made me just go huh? Really? They have rope that use this concept and have been using it since probably forever, but no one could think of this for thousands of years? This is basically a part in the novel that doesn't make the MC look smart but instead makes everyone else seem extremely dumb.

This is a returning concept where basically most side characters are there to make the MC seem really smart, strong or skilled but in most cases while the MC might seem OP at times it most often is written in a patronizing way towards the other characters instead.

While on the side characters, they are all mostly there to make the MC look good, and worse of all the closest side characters are to me at least some of the most annoying characters to include in a story. Why is that? Well for one they are kids, beside a middle aged man in a kids body, however even then instead of behaving like kids they behave more like baby sitters to the MC instead. Which is supposed to be a comedy part I assume, but instead it often comes along as the side characters being ME ME ME. Like to give an example at quite a few points in the first few parts the MC early showcases that he is a "gifted genius". So he shouldn't be stuck in middle school, but because his two side kicks aren't anything special they to some degree try to force him to stay with them and work as a shackle.

The female romance partner is especially annoying since she simply proclaims ownership of the MC and often intrudes and forces the MC to do stuff (making the MC another one in the long line of JP beta's) because she wants some MC closeness or whatever. She simply brings a whole new level to the word clingy.

There are other things to talk about but seeing as how long this one is turning out I'll simply end by saying if you are looking for some fairly lighthearted slice of life isekai with some magic and robot elements added to it then give it a read. If you are looking for a novel with some depth or that focus on battles then this is probably not for you. All in all I'd give this one a 2, 5 - 3 stars. <<less
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Aug 22, 2016
Status: v4c37
It's a very good novel.

It's a story about a guy reincarnated in a world where mechs and magic exists. He retains his memory and uses his love of mechs (ie. Gundams) in the previous world to design and build real-life ones in the new world using his superior magic and knowledge.

The thing I love about this LN is that it only really focus on mechs and their creation, and leaves out harem parts which so many other LNs tend to focus on.

Also to those complaining about wish-fulfillment. It's a reincarnation... more>> story, by that it should be obvious that it's a wish-fulfillment story. 90% of novels on this site are like that. Come on, let's stop complaining about it as if that's not what we're really here for.

Update for Volume 4:
Volume for is probably the best volume yet. It's action packed. It really proves that the author has the capability to write great action scenes. Although toned down, the author also shows skill in presenting believable geopolitical and court intrigue. It's not perfect. One of the flaws is, ofcourse, that the MCs are practically invincible, but at this point I consider that par for the course. This volume is what made me decide that I would actively be following the progress of this novel from now on. <<less
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