Jan 13, 2016
This is a review of the OVA specials included with the "Queen's Blade: The Evil Eye" (Queen's Blade:Gyokuza wo Tsugu Mono) Blu-ray release by Media Blasters in 2011. These were viewed with English sub-titles.
The OVAs included with "Queen's Blade: The Evil Eye" fall into the category of fantasy action adventure with a significant degree of comedy, ecchi content and fan service.
The age rating on the Blu-ray packaging is listed as "16 AND OLDER" while some other sites including this one list it at 17+. Each OVA episode features female topless nudity, and some suggestive actions and situations. There is some minor violence, but it
is mostly cartoon style with no significant harm.
There are 6 OVAs. Each is a short stand-alone episode approximately 3 minutes in duration. The setting is altered, with each of the characters now attending school instead of being involved in the Queen's Blade tournament. Compared to the 6 OVAs included with the previous series, these episodes to have even less plot and are even weaker in terms of character development, if that’s possible. Most of the attempts at humor fail to be funny. By the end, trying to fill 3 minutes each seemed to be too big of a task for the weak content here.
More of the characters are included in this set of OVAs, but during their brief appearances, the viewer doesn’t get to see much from any of them.
Art / Animation: 6/10
The overall visual quality of the OVAs is satisfactory. The character art is similar to the original series, but the animation isn't as good.
Sound / Voice: 6/10
The music and sounds effects were fine. I can't judge the Japanese voice work, but they seemed ok. There was no English dub included.
The OVAs attempt to continue the comedic fan service episodes included with the prior series. When viewed from that perspective, they may pass for simple diversions. However, they don’t even seem to live up to the relatively low bar set by the prior set of OVAs. Anyone expecting more will be disappointed. They attempt to include a significant degree of ecchi content, but the effect and weak humor is not very good.
Final verdict: 5/10
These OVAs serve as little more than extra filler on the Blu-ray edition of "Queen's Blade: The Evil Eye". They depict the characters in an alternate setting, and attempt to provide additional fan service featuring various characters from the series. Unfortunately, even the ecchi content can’t overcome combined lack of a plot and failed attempts at humor.
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