What I am about to say may just create an angry, pitchfork-wielding mob in my driveway, but i'm going to say it anyway: the hated Queen's Blade isn't all that horrible. Don't get me wrong - it certainly isn't very good, but it is at the very least enjoyable. Hold on, I think I see torches! False alarm, at least for now.
The reason why i am doing the unthinkable by writing a review at merely the third episode is because this anime receives such widespread malignment that some might not give it a try for themselves. I will rewrite this after the final episode.
can get past the now-infamous, shall we say, tomfoolery - and granted, that isn't easy to do - you've got yourself a decent show. Key word: decent. I think the reason why people say that there is no story is because Queen's Blade hasn't been picked up by a quality subber yet (in fact every English fansub so far has been an utter disgrace), and not everyone can understand Japanese. This is a character driven anime, and the relations between the characters and their backgrounds make up the bulk of it. It isn't all that deep, but it does keep things interesting.
I'll mention this again for emphasis: it is highly character driven. If you like character designs, you're going to like Queen's Blade. The anime was based on a set of fighting game books (yeah, I can't imagine how that's supposed to work, either) and every character was designed by a well-known artist. Unfortunately, the wide range of interesting personalities and outfits are one of the few redeeming qualities that Queen's Blade possesses, but oh what a quality it is.
It has been outsourced, and so the art isn't all that great, but at least the animation isn't terrible, and the battles are short and sweet...
...even if those battles feature a girl with acidic projectile nipple lactation that only ever manages to burn clothes, and another that pees herself constantly, and another that actually walks around completely bottomless with only a snake wrapped around her waist as a censor. The shock value is ridiculous, and any other time I would have been offended and stopped watching immediately, but Queen's Blade is so over-the-top in its silliness that it's actually downright hilarious at times. It seems as if with every new episode we meet a new combatant, each one just as, umm...original as the next. Yeah, 'original' works.
I truly can't wait to see what sort of madness is coming my way next week, and that says it all.
So don't expect a deep, riveting story, flawless artwork, or lovey-dovey romance. What you should try to enjoy Queen's Blade for is the creative cast of interesting characters. If you can get past the shock value (which is truly more comical than irritating), you may come to enjoy this. At least give it a shot before you drop it!
Now if you'll excuse me, I've just been hit in the neck with a pitchfork and have to see a doctor.
Story: 5 (what you end up getting is a half hearted attempt at putting a script together.)
Art: 8 (high artistic accuracy to the original artwork is very rare especially at this high of detail.)
Sound: 7 (Excellent voice work is somewhat hindered to a sub-par manuscript.)
Character: 9 (Sure it might not sound all that original on paper, but...)
Enjoyment: 10 (Pure proof that sex sells, why mess with an age old secret.)
OVERALL: 39/50 = 7.8 (Love it or hate it, this is just an anime made strictly for the fans.)
According to MAL users via word of mouth, this anime is pure 'crap' because it appears to have
no story. To be technical in accordance to MAL's scoring system, the 'story' only counts as 20% of the 'overall' score. That is if the 'reviewer' consideres a non-wieighted scoring system. So that means a VERY poorly told story can still amount to mounds of fun and entertainment if the other elements of the show are in good standing. Such is the case for Queens Blade: Rurou no Senshi.
___What Is Queens Blade___
Before we go in to great detail about the show, a LARGE majority of the viewing audience have no idea what the hell they are watching. Queens Blade is basically an expansion to the Lost Worlds universe. Lost Worlds is a pen and paper game designed by Alfred Leonardi and originally published in 1983 by Nova Game Designs. Currently, Flying Buffalo owns the rights to the Lost Worlds universe and is based in Arizona.
The most current series of books, of all female fighter-types, under the title of Queen's Blade, published from late 2005 by Hobby Japan. These 19 books, have generally proved to be just new ecchi illustrations for existing combat matrices (from other Lost World books), rather than "new" characters. As of December 2007 a second series, Queen's Gate, was introduced, featuring characters from Japanese visual media, and in October 2008 Hobby Japan announced four further characters in a sub-set of the original series. (source: Wiki)
Each character book consists of 50 illustrations with the specific character in various positions according to the context of the text (i.e. dodge, thrust, uppercut, receive damage, etc). Needless, to say there's a lot of clothes shredding and exposure in the artwork.
The story in the anime is loosely based on the campaign book: "Queens Blade Beautiful Fighter Retsuden [Adventure Record of Nomadic Soldier]" (in japanese クイーンズブレイド 美闘士列伝 「流浪の戦士冒険記」) The campaign is basically an alternate rule set and conditions from the normal Lost Worlds books. The show tries to follow over a dozen different girls on their attempt at becoming the queen of the land. That itself is a recipe for disaster as there are so many characters to introduce in only 12 short episodes.
It tries its best to get everyone up to date with the players but it ultimately falls short as people come and go in a blink of an eye. So what you end up getting is a half hearted attempt at putting a script together. And for a rushed script, it isn't completely terrible. It just lacks the proper back story to get new viewers up to date to the Queens Blade universe. So it all just looks like alot of tits and ass and no fluff.
A best way to approach the storyline is to not compare it with other anime of the genre, but instead, compare it to those silly ending cut scenes in any fighting game. The main emphasis of the fighting game, is the mechanics, entertainment, and addictiveness. Such is the case of Queens Blade.
The characters art books were all designed and created by well known Doujin Artists (Mibu Natsuki), Key Animators (Kaneko Hiraku), and Character Artists (HIsayuki Hirokazu). Over a dozen artists conglomerated to make this series a sucess. And it shows very well through the various merchandising and even through the television series. Each character is drawn in painstaking detail thanks to the experienced artists of ARMS. You can't help but give props to the minimal loss of detail to the characters. Sure they show alot of skin but their outfits are very elaborate compared to the typical full body armor that most viewers are used to. Observing the high artistic accuracy to the original artwork is very rare especially at this high of detail.
The backgrounds, and static environments are just as good as well. You can actually experience their improvement over the years from Mezzo, to Elfen Lied, to Ikkitousen, and now Queens Blade. Even the background characters like soldiers and citizens have a high amount of detail, only a close minded fool would find flaws in it. Mad props, but my only gripe with the art value of this show is that some of the action scenes appear to be hindered by limited frame rates and 'skippy' attacks. You will know what i mean when you see it. It doesn't happen a lot, but it happens enough to notice it.
Another obvious visual effect is the gratuitous use of oppai (boob exposure). Its really there for fanservice and does its job very thoroughly. They show you alot right away and before you know it, if you were like me, it will most likely become second nature and doesn't feel obtrusive after a while. If you have a fear of boobs and/or get agitated when you see them in your tv shows, this is a good vice to get you accustomed to seeing massive use of oppai. I mean, what is so bad about boobs that would entice people to get angry and pull out their pitchforks and torches? This is the 21st century AND it's japan, oppai isn't going to go away. If you want to rage over a set of tits go watch EIKEN....
It appears that they tried to spare no expense with this anime, from top name anime production (ARMS is a member of Association of Japanese Animations), they also enlist an A-list cast of seiyū. Rie Tanaka, Mamiko Noto, Aya Hirano, and the list goes on. Their experience really shows in how they fit their voices fit their characters perfectly. Of course, with some of the more monotone seiyū (Rie Kugimiya and Yuko Goto specifically), its hard to visualize the characters when all you can think of is Shana or Mikuru. Bet that as it may, their excellent voice work is somewhat hindered to a sub-par manuscript. Its not the voice actors fault really so that is more of a story issue more than a sound issue.
Music and sound effects are of course top notch and really associate to the scenes very well. A lot of orchestral overtures and dramatic music to fill the fight scenes and such. Each battle rumbled with ferocity and battle cries echoed throughout my house. This is truly a show that is best viewed on a big screen tv with your 5.1 booming at a level 11.
Throughout my review, I've been harking over the great quality of the characters on all levels. Artistic quality is 2nd to none. The voice cast is something one can only describe as "a true all-star cast." And the originality can only come from the best minds of the anime/doujin world. It's amazing how they can take a simple super power (like shape shifting or super strength) and completely sex it up. Sure it might not sound all that original on paper, but to recognize the complexities of drawing 50 illustrations of the same character, incorporating 20+ special moves with strengths and weaknesses, heights, speeds, movement and many other things to fully make a character its own and have it balanced enough to have anyone win any fight(in reference to the combat books), really adds depth and detail to these relatively static characters.
The aren't just some pair of boobs that just became popular overnight, it's been a steady, increasing fanbase that has been building for the past FOUR years. From an extremely simple pen and paper game that any one can play (just as long as they can read), to the 100's of Queens Blade merchandise (including artbooks, doujins, over 50 figures, etc), to an anime series. Those who still cant understand how people can like this show, go look at all the anime merchandising websites and observe how many Queens Blade items are constantly sold out. Some people don't know there are as much (if not more) Queens Blade fans than there are Touhou or K-On! fans. Love it or hate it, this is just an anime made strictly for the fans.
Story: The story is amazing. The tale of the Queen's Blade itself and the battle for it present quite the epic storyline suitable for just about anyone to enjoy whether you like ecchi or not.
Art: The art here is beautiful, especially the character designs. The animation itself even stays consistent and that's definitely a plus for anybody looking for an anime to watch. The fights are also very epic and breathtaking. No joke. I love the fights so much, I could watch them again and again.
Sound: Great choice of music in stereo. Everyone loves stereo and so do I! The sound effects are all
incredible and it constantly blows me away when i hear the theme music for this anime.
Character: The characters in this show are all female, and are very very attractive and Highly easy on the eyes. Despite the fanservice, the characters all have unique personalities and it's great to watch the main female character, Leina, grow into a fine warrior, as she struggle through the hardships of her family affairs and explore the land, fighting various opponents.
Overall, it's one of the best shows I've ever seen in my life. It's so good, even the kids will enjoy it. It's great for the family, and I'm sure you'll like it whether you're a prude or not. =)
For guys reading this under the age of 15, here is your review:
QUEEN'S BLADE IS A SWEET SHOW WITH AWESOME TITTIES AND YOU'LL LOVE IT!
Here's the review for everybody else:
Take 2 tablespoons Soulcaliber and then add 50 POUNDS of otaku-pants-tightening-ass-and-titties goodness and you have Queen's Blade. Now usually, when an anime tries to distract you from the fact that it's story and plot sucks with what I've dubbed the "Hey look, TITS!" strategy, they at least focus a great deal of their budget on animation. That is not the case with Queen's Blade. Animation quality fluctuates from fluid motions of a girl brushing her sisters
hair as she creepily comments on how she'll never let a man get anywhere near them, to incredibly choppy fight scenes against demon frogs that spit mucus that can burn through armor and cloth BUT NOT skin. To put it simply, there is no good reason to watch Queen's Blade. Actually, there are two worthwhile reasons.
1. If you're trying to get into the Guiness Book of World Records for "Most Japanese Television watched"
2. If you're kidnapped by maniac kidnappers who tell you "We'll let you go but, you either have to watch eps. 1-12 of Queen's Blade or staple your left eye shut with a a carpenter's staple" and you have no logical method of escape.
So in final analysis, I will say this; Queen's Blade is better than getting your eyes stapled shut.
I have re-reviewed my opinion of this anime after seeing the first four eps. And it deserves a new look after I watched better subs and got over myself. The original review follows this, since I don't censor my own views.
The voice acting is just incredible. It is some of the most top notch, sensual, incredible, well-done voice acting I've ever heard in an anime. The characters are still... lame in their personalities, but some of the character design (mostly a carry-over from the books) isn't that bad.
But, seriously, this needs to be a hentai. A snake bikini secured in one of her holes? The
characters range from frumpy to drop dead gorgeous, there are set-ups for sex scenes that don't go anywhere. For as good as it teases me, it really doesn't deliver that climax.
Still, as sexy time anime go, this one is worth watching. They should have cranked up the sex, tried harder with the animation, and cut back on the shock value. As I have stated elsewhere, I can watch this with my eyes closed, just to hear the VA's. They literally make love to you with their voices.
It's that fucking good.
Yes, this is based on two episodes, maybe I'll rehash the review in more--but I doubt it.
This isn't a feminist rant. This isn't an exploitation rant.
This anime sucks. Bible Black has proven that hentai can have decent characters and a semblance of a plot. Even ecchi shows like Kimiaru can be entertaining in a self-depracating way, and Shuffle! managed to pull a convincable bit of characterization out of its butt.
Queen's Blade is just trying to garner an audience by seeing if they can offer enough buzz over what "shocking" crap they have to offer this episode. And so far, all that has resulted in is forgettable characters.
Leina is a princess who wants to help her country, or to run away. I'd figure the latter because at the palace one of her sisters wants to have sex with her and the other is just a total cunt. So she does run away, and she's immediately attacked by a bunny girl with acid shooting tits and in the process pisses herself.
"You're kidding me."
The sad part is that the "shock factor" isn't shocking. The ero isn't that erotic. There's just tits and thongs bouncing around but unless you're 12 you're not going to be all that impressed due to the overlying lack of substance, which by the way is a competition between several moe bitches to become Queen.
I guess it's Japan, since that's what the characters call it, and there's also a "west," but Japan seems to be a bastardized pseudo medieaval times sort of ordeal. There's a crude map at the beginning of the show, and some of it takes place in what LOOKS like japan, but one of the characters clearly refers to what is the "west" as "Japan" hell, I don't know. I doubt that even the characters know what's going on.
Another recurring theme is that the Queen candidates have a confidante/friend. Or so the first two episodes have set up. And based on the doujins and official porn art I've seen, that is a confirmation. So you don't have to suffer through ONE character with an insufferably shitty backstory, you have a twofer. And they might even fall in love with one another:|
I didn't give this anime that terrible of a rating, because people (and myself) will still watch it. For me it's the little unexpected moments of sheer stupidity that make me laugh in my ever cynical hatred of cliches.
And exploding tits will do that.
If this anime had the balls to poke fun at itself it might gain a coveted "10," but it's actually taking itself seriously. I'm still waiting for them to break the fourth wall and ask the audience "why the fuck are you watching this.?"
There are better, REAL hentai out there and the internet has better wank material.
So, what do I have to end this with?
This should have either been a comedy, since the weak ero conent isn't really substance enough to carry the show and the plot only works in a comedy or they should have gone full bore and made it into a hentai and not a broadcast show.
Because right now it's just a flaccid cock in a discount whorehouse.
I also take offense with the above statment. The voice acting makes me wet. I only wish there was more.
Ah yes, good old fashion Queen's Blade. You know, I had considered writing a review about 5 minutes into the first episode but I have a code of honour. I cannot write a review unless I have seen the whole thing, and so I have watch the whole thing so that I may write this review... Would someone please come to my house and stab me several times in the face?... No of course not, you damned "sanctity of human life" pricks. Let's get this over with.
Story 1/10: In a world where metal ore is extremely rare crafting armor has become a very expensive task,
most blacksmiths can only forge tiny bits of armor such as a bra without going bankrupt and only a few nobles can purchase these armors. Enter Artorius, an aspiring young blacksmith with a dream, to acquire the funds to craft a full practical suit of armor by descending into a hellish underworld... Alright alright! The real plot is a bunch of female fighters have to go to the Queen's Capital to take part in a tournament that will crown the next Queen of apparently the whole world, the queen of course being the strongest and most beautiful (apparently you can be the strongest warrior in all the land, but if you're ugly you can just piss off, I can't be the only who thinks my plot idea was better?). As you can tell the plot is kinda shit, it does serve one purpose though, get a bunch of chicks to knock their armor off in combat and then jiggle around a lot, yeah the plot is a thinly veiled excuse to have half naked girls fighting each other, it's like a fifteen year old got a mad lib (adventure-fantasy addition) and every word he used was tits and ass, and they decided to make an anime out of it.
Art 3/10: Let's see. Generic template used for all the character so they not only look almost exactly the same compared to each other but all to 80% of all other anime characters in general? Check. Speed lines during action scenes because the guys using CG to make the whole show got lazy? Check. Absolutely nothing unique about anything in this show? Check. They made the tit's and ass look good I suppose which in all fairness is pretty much the only thing the anime is about so that keeps it from getting a 1/10 but it's still not very good, next topic.
Sound 1/10: First stop the music, it's incredibly generic to the point where you don't even realize it's there, it's not terrible mind you, it's just kinda there. It doesn't help that a lot of the time the overall mood of the song being played doesn't fit the scene well over half the time, this is what I like to call "lazy placement," they knew they needed background music so they got some standard fantasy tracks and slapped them where ever they thought it was too quiet. As for the voice acting, the dub is atrociously bad, I've seen fan dubs where every character (of both gender) were voiced by the same guy in his basement, don't watch it... Then again the sub isn't much better, it's one of the only subs where the fact I don't understand the language stopped me from realizing how bad the acting actually is. Maybe the acting could have been better if the writing wasn't so pathetic, I haven't seen writing this bad in quite a while, at least it does kinda distract from how bad the entire show is by being so bad you laugh at it.
Character 2/10: Actually some of the character development is fairly good, like when the main character witnesses some horrendous poverty and famine within her own lands and decides to do everything within her... Nope, never mind, they kind of forgot about that like a minute later. See the problem is the characters actually did have a lot of opportunity for character development and depth but it usually only last for like half an episode and then the character seems to completely forget about it and continue on happy as a clam with no problems. Probably because people would have a hard time fapping to character depth and thus just continue to focus on tit's and ass. I swear they should have just called this show "tit's and ass with sword." I give characters higher than 1 for have potential but not by much for doing fuck all with it.
Enjoyment 1/10: You know what I could be watching that's better than this show? Fucking anything! This show is porn without being as fun to watch as porn, I have plenty of place to watch actually porn Queen's Blade, if I was in the mood to jerk off I'd go there, not watch your half-assed attempt at making a hentai you can make more money off of by claiming it to be a real show so it's shown on TV. I watched it online so you made no money off me what-so-ever to begin with so eat my shit.
Overall 1/10: What more is there to say? It's a completely crappy show that had a minimal amount of potential with the characters that it never exploited like it was afraid that it might raise to at least the level of mediocrity, like it's somehow allergic to not being complete shit that someone who isn't aware of any actually porn site can jerk off to. Bad show Queen's Blade, ya should have just gone full out porn, at least then you could hide behind the excuse that the show is just meant to be porn and not reviewed seriously.
I would not normally write a review for a series like Queen's Blade, because I feel like it is not a series you need to read reviews on. It's either your cup of tea, or it isn't. However, reading through existent reviews, I feel like this show isn't getting the credit it deserves. Now, when people are saying this show is nothing more than giant boobs, bigger boobs, not clothes, and violence, they aren't kidding. This is pretty much as close to hentai as anime can get. However, I can't speak for everyone, but I can tell you I would certainly go insane if every
show I watched was a mismatch of psychological jargon and plot development like Ergo Proxy or Boogiepop. Sometimes, you need a show like Queen's Blade or Ikkitousen, that has no plot at all. What it does have, is incredible art; studio ARMS has yet to fail me. Aside of Nitro+, they are probably the most polished studio out there right now. Queen's Blade is beautifully animated, and that said, the action sequences are pretty freaking awesome. Any action fans will be pleased with this. I haven't seen action scenes I enjoyed this much since I watched Karas. All said, Queen's Blade is great to watch if you don't really want to pay attention. It's pretty much plotless, but for something in this vein of anime, that is probably for the best.
Right off the bat I have to say this a guilty pleasure of mine and I enjoyed watching this a lot. After seeing clips and trailers online, I wrote it off as an immature, stupid anime that just served as an excuse to show a lot of nudity.
After watching the first couple of episodes, this was definitely confirmed (the protagonist has her clothes melted by ooze that shoots from an opponent’s breasts literally in the first scene, by episode 3 you’re watching what is basically a lesbian sex scene in a goo pit). However, I found myself thoroughly entertained, amused, and laughing all
the way to the end of the series.
I compare Queen’s Blade to an ecchi equivalent of a Michael Bay movie. It is not subtle. It is over-the-top, dumb, shallow, and lots of fun. It does not make any attempt to be anything else and makes it clear up front what kind of anime this is with no shame.
I found myself more and more awed with how blatant the camera would focus in on a character’s breasts or buttocks during a conversation, the obvious suggestive posing, the excessive nudity, the ridiculous outfits, and the exploitative fight scenes. Let’s not get into “milk” spilling. It is like the creators wanted to see how far they could go creating an anime without it being classified as hentai.
Other anime sneaks in this kind of fan service sparsely. The result usually makes me roll my eyes, especially in serious anime where this feels out of place and cheap. In Queen’s Blade, they turn this to 11 and stay there from beginning to end. It literally had me laughing at parts as characters were introduced with costumes consisting of less and less material.
I also have to point out the great character design. Yes, they’re all excessively provocative and leave little to the imagination, but you can’t fault them for lack of originality. The aforementioned breast-acid girl, Melona, has hair shaped like hands that cover her breasts. The hands are ‘alive’ and operate Melona’s breast to aim and fire acid (WTF? I couldn’t stop laughing). Where else can you find that kind of creativity in an anime? Another character, Echidna, has a living snake that serves as her underwear with obvious phallic innuendo. Again, this series has no shame and it is impressive.
It is this kind of character design that elevates the characters and story for me that would otherwise be somewhat shallow. The premise of a fighting tournament with main characters traveling place to place fighting new opponents could be boring, but coupled with the ridiculous character designs and fight scenes, I became invested.
I was actually interested in protagonist Leina’s journey as she had to learn to become a fighter while traveling the world and meeting all of these wacky people. She has a weird relationship with her sisters, particularly Elina, which I found entertaining. I also liked clumsy angel Nanael, in other anime I find this type of character irritating, here, she fits in. Later episodes focus in on the villains hanging out together, which is interesting to watch and funny.
Another thing I totally appreciated was the lack of male characters. I have a particular bias against harem-style anime and the tropes that come along with them. I would have definitely not been able to watch this series had it been about a male character with all these women throwing themselves at him while he did his damnedest to turn them down for no logical reason. Having a female dominated cast (I think the only male with significant screen time is that one boy) is one of the strengths of this series.
Since the main draw here is the nudity and girls, the series could have easily cut corners on production value. They did not, and for what it is, Queen’s Blade has above average animation and sound. The art is very good, the female characters are attractive, and the action scenes are well done. The music wasn’t bad either. I had the theme stuck in my head for weeks. Voice acting is good and the English dub was also very passable.
Although I can appreciate a dumb, over-the-top action film, that doesn’t mean a mean an anime or film can be good just by being overly bad or stupid. Using Michael Bay as an example again, a lot can go wrong with the execution (first Transformers: entertaining, the rest: bad). I usually hate anime like Queen’s Blade, but in this case I feel they execute the premise very well with high production value. Queen’s Blade is the type of absurd that I have no problem getting in to.
Queen’s Blade is definitely not for everyone. I can understand why a lot of people probably can’t get over how stupid and fan service-oriented it is. It is a guilty pleasure of mine and I’m not even sure if it intentionally was supposed to be as funny as it was. But in with the right mindset, I think you can enjoy Queen’s Blade and have a lot of fun watching it.
First of all, I don't think Queen's Blade is the horrible thing that most people make it out to be. As of 11 episodes, the "story" which is argued that there is a lack thereof is clearly presented to you in the first two episodes as well as the last two. Reina is a future Countess, she doesn't want to be, she wants to prove she can be strong and independent, one way for that is through Queen's Blade. Now that we have that out of the way..
What's mentioned above is the basis of the story. However, when watching Queen's Blade, one has to
realize that there was a ton of preceding material written before the release of the anime, including three different comics, two of which were serialized in magazines. As a result, Queen's Blade has a lot of back story to work with. Unfortunately, it fails to make use of the time to explain the Queen's Blade canon and instead focuses on each character's individual story - and without the reasons for certain characters' circumstances, one might feel that they've been left in the dark. For instance, elves hate humans. But why? Fortunately there's an entirely new season coming up, so maybe we'll see if the Queen's Blade world is explained in any more detail.
Just by the amount of artists collaborating on the game books themselves means that the anime is expected to not skimp on the art direction. The character art is consistent, the backgrounds are well drawn, and the animation is for the most part fluid. Speaking of fluids, it seems divine milk is indistinguishable from oil and tears.. Wait.
The voice actresses are famous, so no disappointments there. Actually, the voices given to the characters are very appropriate for their types. Little things aren't left out; you can hear the sound of Nowa's staff falling to the ground when defeated by Airi in episode 6. It seems like they reuse the music from the end of the first episode in other scenes often, though, and the opening song isn't that great, but that would be a subjective analysis.
As stated before, what goes on in each episode is more or less an introduction to each character of the Queen's Blade universe and what they intend to gain by fighting in the tournament. Some characters lack a certain amount of depth in relation to others (Echidna's motives are ambiguous at best, and what does Elina even do besides guard things?) but you'll find that every character has been designed to vividly stand out in terms of outfits and accessories, so it's easy to pick a favorite. Go ahead, try it out.
The series itself is truly amusing. Even if you were to ignore everything I've written up to this point, you could still watch the "wrestling" in episode 3 or so and be completely unable to resist crackling a smile or even guffawing at the silliness at which that scene was conceived. However, from my perspective, it seems that the gratuitous fan service actually ruins any chance of the anime being seen in a serious light - because if you're paying attention to the tits, you're not paying attention to the rest of the character, much less the sound and art. Regardless of how successful the game books were based on the premise of girls cutting other girls' clothes off, the Queen's Blade universe has enough material to be worked on to provide an entertaining story without resorting to things like that.
Queen's Blade is not a series without any merit. If I were to describe it in a simple phrase, it would be Lodoss Lite. It feels like it could translate into an RPG if given the opportunity, and at the very least one could appreciate the painstaking process of drawing all those details into every character in every scene in which they're not nude. If you've read any negative reviews about the series, try your hardest not to base your judgment off those and give at least the first 6 episodes a try before you shrug it off altogether.
I love anime because it doesn't bow to political correctness. If a bunch of old western women feel insulted by it, I know it's gonna be great! I can't watch western TV anymore because I feel insulted by it's inane predictability.
Come on, the voice of Kugimiya Rie performing the "breast milk jitsu". That's in my classics library.
This show is so funny! Every time I watch it, I can't stop laughing. If you are looking for a deep story and characterization go elsewhere, but if you are looking for some (un)intentional comedy (and like big boobies) this is the show for you.
This is a very simple review and I don't claim to be going in-depth here.
Queen's Blade is often mocked for its over-the-top concept and stupid, pointless exposure of nudity at random and possibly inappropriate times, but what must be taken into consideration when watching this anime is not the expectations for a rich story with deep backgrounds and a complex plot, but the kind of expectations you might take into watching a comedy instead.
It's very enjoyable to watch when you start to laugh at the extremely predictable scenarios and just accept that it is a shameless, funny ecchi really.
The fights aren't too
spectacular, but at least they don't drag on for multiple episodes like some anime. The fights are quick and often only result in characters losing clothing, so also comedic. Like I said, think of it as more of a comedy than an action anime or an ecchi.
The characters are nearly all unique and have their own quirks which makes them laughable and likable, though with that being said some of my favorite characters got very little screen time, but still.
The art is fair. There are few deformities and the characters look great. There is quite limited effects overall though and not too much action even in the fights so I suppose what little animation they did do has been done well.
The soundtrack and voicing is enjoyable too, though repetitive, it undoubtedly fits the scenes and characters which is ultimately what sound is there to do. The music in particular is quite epic and memorable.
Overall it is worth watching but try to think of it as a comedy rather than an action, adventure or ecchi anime and it will be a much more enjoyable watch.
Girls in armored bikinis? Showing enough skin to show off several weak points to the enemy? What is this a schlock exploitation film from the 80s? Ah nope it’s the infamous Queen’s Blade.
Many things have been said about this anime since its inception. Scorn for its negligent fetishistic debauchery and unwillingness to give any damns what prudes both in and outside of the anime community thinks about it. I always admire this approach when making an ecchi series fun and exciting to watch; at least in comedy form. When it comes to making it into a dramatic series that involves adventure and action, it can
be very hit or miss. Unfortunately, with a look back in history, they mostly fall into the latter category. Because ecchi is typically a genre that people want to chill and laugh at while simultaneously aroused by the cute pantsu and sexy bodies of the show’s massive amount of cuties. When you try to put this into a setting or situation that we’re supposed to be taking seriously, that dynamic shift can have an adverse effect on both aspects.
Does Queen’s Blade overcome this difficult task? For the most part, yes it does. While the action side of things isn’t anything remarkable, the lewd situations the girls get themselves into are fun and gorgeous to look at. The ecchi parts predominate the action which kind of sours the action side of things. Art-wise, the girls look great with nicely drawn curves and all of them have nice colors that make them look distinct and unique from each other. Same with the animation both in the action sequences and outside of them. Although I would not say that it was great compared to anime with way bigger budgets than Queen’s Blade, it didn’t garner any disdain on my end.
And yes, there are certain ecchi scenes that can be a bit excessive. Right from the first episode we have a female antagonists that shoots acid milk from her nipples. If that sentence right there made you cringe from the mental image it gave you, then I don’t think you will want to give Queen’s Blade a shot. Unless, of course, you want to watch it for the insane hilarity of it; which I think Queen’s Blade’s intention was. I mentioned before how this seemed like it was influenced by those tongue-in-cheek exploitation sword and sorcery films of the 80s. Those films, just like Queen’s Blade, were serious in tone for the most part yet they had this sense of camp to them that felt charming to watch. When you watch Queen’s Blade from that context it actually makes it a better viewing without feeling alienated on what the purpose is to its mix of ecchi and drama.
Now with all of that being said. There is a story that does tie all of these together. Everyone always jokes about how there is literally no story to Queen’s Blade. That is not necessarily the case. There is actually a story to the show. However, it is not one that is told very well. The narrative is all over the place to put it in simple terms. There are plot points involving our main heroine, Leina, that are introduced in one episode that ends on a cliffhanger that is quickly forgotten about in the next episode and is reintroduced around six or seven episodes in. Instead they put her in other situations that have nothing to do with the previous just because they had to introduce the other girls somehow. As a result the narrative feels unfocused until the end when it all the character plot points tie together, albeit in an anti-climatic way.
I will give Queen’s Blade credit that some of the stories are pretty interesting, Menace’s story in particular being a big highlight. The lore itself, while not particularly original, was engaging for what it was. I can only hope that the next season can expand it more including the character arcs that we’ve been shown. There were a few characters that were not given enough screen time compared to others but I will hold on that criticism once I’ve gone through the rest of the seasons.
As a first impression of Queen’s Blade, this season does a decent job of showing you what you will be expecting from the series. If you want an engrossing story that further explores “the Hero’s Journey” trope, this will be a disappointment for you. As a campy, action, lewd anime to have fun with, this was a nice bit of hedonistic escapism. Queen’s Blade at least prides itself with more booty service than oppai unlike a lot of other ecchi anime like it. That should account for something.
Here is my first impression of the show; Boobies, breasts, funbags, unnatural inflation, nipples, Tata’s and so on. This show just looked like Eiken right down to the amazing bouncing items the girls had on their chests that should not have fit into their extremely skimpy outfits and armor. This was one show I seriously was not interested in the slightest. It felt rather shallow even with the small character storyline they gave to them. The characters also aren’t really memorable at all, making me have to look most of them up to get their names. I mostly know them by Lena (only because they
say her name so fucken often it’s not even funny), the miko and her demon, bunny girl, tiger girl, electric girl, and so on.
Lena seems to always end up wetting herself a lot in the beginning, something that makes me wish that they wouldn’t do so many close ups to her ass to show that. She is also rather dense and naive but I guess all characters are in this stupid anime. Many times, her uniform ends up being destroyed time and time again, only to be negated afterwards. I don’t know but if your armor gets broken into small pieces, it should not be fixed the evening of the battle. Also, in episode 6, something that kept going into her head is why the elves didn’t wear underwear. That was the damn theme for the whole episode. And it was bad enough she was on her own but half way threw, they forced the stupid angel Nanael to follow her around. This angel is as bad as Navi from Legend of Zelda.
Um, some of their attacks seem really stupid. For example, bunny girl shoots acid from her breasts. Somehow, Lena stops her from using it and makes her breasts… inflate…. And explode…. Um… ya… This is much like the Master of Martial Heart in that the plot is rather shallow and has no real reason for being. It’s all about how much fighting and clothing being taken off can we fit into a 30 minute episode so that we can cater to the male crowd. Actually, thinking about it, this is like Eiken and Master of Martial Hearts had a damn baby. When I say the plot is shallow, I mean the reasons for fighting feel rather bland and we barely get any back story for just how the characters have become part of this fight. We get the reason they want to be, but not the how they get into it. For all I know, any woman is able to get into the tournament as long as they wear skimpy outfits, oh, and are lesbians. It seems every woman in here is a lesbian.
As we got to the end of the show, they did get into a couple deep ideas of why the women were fighting in the queen’s blade but by this time, I was so annoyed at the whole show that I just couldn’t give two cares about why it was they were fighting. If they started out with a reason why each character was fighting that was actually pretty reasonable from the start, then maybe it would have been more interesting… and if they didn’t keep zooming in on the characters breasts and ass all the damn time. I would have also liked a more likeable main character besides Lena. I’m pretty much already guessing Lena is going to win the damn thing but in order to know any of this… I sadly would have to go through at least two more seasons of this. At this point I don’t want to. It just feels stupid.
The artwork is a little… erotic… I guess. I don’t see it as that but seriously, who thought that it would be a good idea to dress in… in THOSE OUTFITS! And while in a FIGHTING tournament! The dub didn’t match the lip sink sometimes and though the animation was rather pretty and fluid, it really was masked with how much naked fighting went on. I ended up just staring at the screen bored at what I was seeing after the second episode. If you saw one fight, you somewhat see them all. All women look so much younger then they should with large bright eyes that would look better on Moe characters then hard core fighters and plump lip gloss lips. There are pretty much no men anywhere except the darn background characters. They don’t do much and you really don’t see them except as slight blurs but I would think they would be smarter then the stupid women in the main character spot. The ending is just naked images of characters in the series without any real animation about them. The only one that actually is a boy looks like a girl instead (Of course, his mother probably has the largest boobs in this mess).
English voices and sound are a bit ok, though do tend to be annoying the more I listen to them. Lots of them have really high toned voices that don’t fit the characters bodies or are just in general bitchy whiny things. I think Nanael’s is the worse. She sounds really whinny and I can’t even get used to her voice. It’s one of the reasons why it took so long to even finish this stupid show because I couldn’t deal with her at all.
First off I want it to be known this season doesn't get a good score. It wasn't good in my opinion and put all it's time into showing naked chicks. It was like they invested all their time into learning how to fight while de-clothing the other and not much time into learning how to make stronger armor to protect from your clothes flying off. I like watching anime with women fighting and clothes flying off but don't make that the only thing that happens. Don't get me wrong the overall story might turn out to be a little interesting so this is just my
view of the first season. Also I like how some of the females look they do look sexy and I like the clothes flying off but have more importance to it if it's something to do with battling. There are some anime and hentai I watch to see the panties flying and sexy women but with this I thought they were going to be more in the fighting and second in the titty flying maybe that is how it will be in the second season.
It's about this spoiled girl, named Leina, who decides that she wants to fight or something, the first few episodes I kept falling asleep because Leina was in love with Risty and did it so quick. I understand overtime that she would see her as a friend since she didn't really have any friends in the past. The weird wing angel just didn't make sense to me. Why is her other wing so small? How did she ever get that spot after being so stupid? I don't know how the Queen's Blade tournament is going to go but wouldn't all these people who are in this story have to fight each other to win? With them helping Leina she's going to be strong and smart enough to take all of them on and win. She gets to watch how they fight and learn from them. She doesn't even have an important reason to fight compared to the others. Look at the priestess that came from Japan all her friends died and now she's helping this girl who just want to learn how to fight with nothing better to do. And one big thing if she is able to win the tournament doesn't that make all the females with her suck? She was able to fight on their level with 2 days of practice and walking around watching them fight. This story was stupid to me but I'm hoping they just had to do an opening so when the tournament starts everyone would know the characters and why they are at the tournament. They did go overboard with some of these women and the sizes of their breast; you know who I'm talking about after watching this. I mean I am a breast man but that's too much for me and how can she fight without having back problems or someone slicing off her breast.
Overall the story for the 1st season I give it a 6/10 since it might get better once the tournament starts. I would have given it a lower score if it didn't have the nice breast and ass shots all the time. I just didn't like this first season about some weakling wondering around the land learning how to fight and escaping her sister. She could be some type of nobility and own land but yet she wants to walk around not knowing what she wants to do. It's sad how everyone around her has some story which gives them a legitimate reason to be there but with her she's acting like a spoiled brat wanting to do what she feels. She thinks that she's a good fighter so she's going to follow this girl into the tournament which I still don't understand why she entered in the first place and how come it only took her a couple of days and spars to become a fighter at master level? She didn't have any training in the past now she's super great from just watching and getting into a couple of fights.
The art was great so I give it a 9/10 I don't want to give it a 10 since I want to see how they do in the 2nd season with the battles. The woman with the big breast was just horrible and I couldn't tell if her kid was a boy or girl. I still really don't know but thinking that she's a girl the more I watch it.
The characters I give a 7/10 I did enjoy how the main character looked and all the people she faced. I didn't like how the Queen looked like she was 22 in the beginning and at the end looks 16. What is up with that? I mean this looks like an older crowd anime but they have this monkey girl with no parties and now the Queen. I mean the others look pretty young but the youngest out of them look 19. I like the ninja chick she can get it. The funny thing is how their clothes always get ripped off. Come to think of it I haven't verified but out of all the chicks that fought I can't remember if Risty ever showed her breast. She did get beat up by Thunder goddess so that was funny.
The sound I give it a 4/10 I didn't really pay attention so it didn't catch my ear compared to other anime and some voices I didn't like.
Overall enjoyment I give it a 5/10 it was okay some of the females were the only reason why I kept watching and laughing at how quick they got naked. I couldn't believe how Leina was bugging out over the monkey girl not wearing panties when she just had a thong on and almost always lost her clothes in the fight. I know the Queen's Blade tournament was thought up by some men because seeing these chicks fight and lose their clothes would be a lot better than men fighting and losing their clothes. I am interested in seeing how the tournament goes but it's no rush and I think Sekirei was a lot better.
This show is defineatly the show for me. Its also probably the show for many of you people out there. Many could throw this off as just some stupid ecchi show. and thats what i thought at first. But it really is so much more than that. It is true that this show is very ecchi. But at the same time it has a very engaging and dramatic storyline. Showing that anime can be crazy sexy and still make you cry with good drama and character development. Not only that but the fight scences are very well done and can easily hold a candle to
any action show out there.So if you want a show that is full of hot girls who where skimpy clothes and sometimes no clothes at all. But still has a good story and well done fights. you must watch queens blade ASAP!!!
Queen's Blade the Exiled version is a borderline Ecchi/hentai anime. Its primary focus is most notably fan service and perversion. However there is a bit of character development on the main character. This series is well worth watching at least once if nothing else but for the random enjoyment of the series. Personally it is an enjoyable show that had me laughing like crazy if even if it was a bit out there with the sexual innuendos and scenes.
The main plot of this anime actually seems to be about Reina chasing after Listy (Risty, or whatever), and not about the queen's blade tournament. Reina wants to follow Risty to become stronger since she is weak. Or so it seems at first. To me this entire season seems to build up to the second season. Since the ending is a complete cliffhanger. I wont say any more than that otherwise I might spoil it.
The artwork in this anime seems pretty normal to me. The only thing to take note of is the attention to detail on
all the girls boobs. They artists made sure that the boobs jiggled when the girls move, and the fact that they actually draw the nipples just shouts at you to look at them. That alone should be enough to catch any ecchi fan's attention.
Opening song is really mellow. Te beat in the background is fast but the words in the song are sang slower that the beat. It seems weird at first, but it works... i guess. It was worth downloading the full version.
As stated earlier a lot of focus it put towards boobs. I would say that 85% of all the girls in this anime have big boobs. The rest just have the right proportion for their body.
Anyway... the characters all have various reasons for competing in queen's blade. All of them feel that with the power of being queen they can change things for the better, but only to make things better for them. Which may seem selfish but everyone had to go through hardships to even consider of becoming queen.
This season left me a bit disappointed though. The story seems kind of interesting, and you keep watching for all the fan service all the way until the end. Then when you finally get to the end the main event is about to start....... next season. I mean really?! The entire point of the anime is about this tournament, but it ends before it even happens?! (oops small spoiler) I guess that was what they intended, because I am going to watch the second season. I want to know what happens. Hopefully the next season will be more fulfilling.
When you start a 12 ep series and dont finish it for another two months I think that should say something for the level of interest it holds. While Queens Blade isnt terrible, it also is by no means that good either.
Story: Revolves around boobs, and a tournament that decides on who gets to be the queen of a land. The fighters are all females and the camera spends more time panning in on their boobs than anything else. In fact, I think that the only reason why swords were introduced into this series was to make a quicker and easier way of freeing boobs
from whatever clothy prison they happened to be in at that time.
This is called the wandering warriors, and thats because that is all that happens during this show, chicks wander around and get into fights that last long enough to make sure that someones boobs end up revealed to the audience.
Art: Once again, the focal point of this category is its involvement with boobs. The art is pretty good, its clear and well done, but like I said all youre going to see is skimpy wardrobes and boobs so the good art is sorta going to waste.
Characters: Boobzilla, tits ma ghee, am I forgetting anyone? Actually i dont think I will say much more than this because none of the characters have much of an important role, and their stories are about as shallow as they are. There is no depth what so ever and I found none of them to be interesting.
Enjoyment: Ha! I didn't enjoy this. I just sat through it because I like to finish things, and I really regret that decision. Like I said, all that happens here is boobs being flashed and a complete lack of plot progression, or rather lack of plot in general. If you like boobs and nothing else then you might be able to find a way to enjoy this, but I just cant figure out how in the hell they were able to find funding for all of the series' that follow this one...