Queen’s Blade: Not so Bad After All?

Queen's Blade Ecchi Characters CoverSilicone Valley

Konnichiwa, Mikuites! Queen’s Blade has been criticized for pandering to the deep sexual desires within us. In other words, some people claim it’s nothing more than a fan service anime.

I found Queen’s Blade to be unintentionally funny. Unlike a lot of other ecchi anime that think they are being clever by cleverly hiding their characters’ naughty bits, Queen’s Blade likes to flash its breasts at any given opportunity. It felt like the producers went to great lengths to show us a certain something when it wasn’t even called for or related to the story. I saw more wardrobe malfunctions than at a Janet Jackson concert. In other words, they went way out of their way to give us fan service for the sole purpose of just that––giving the fans what they want, or rather what they think we want.

Now I know I may be making it out to be a bad anime––and it is––but I believe it was just made with a different type of audience in mind.

If you were able to get past all the ecchiness in Strike Witches and still enjoy it, then you may like Queen’s Blade; if you didn’t like Strikes Witches, then you won’t like Queen’s Blade––simple as that. Queen’s Blade is like Strike Witches, but with less action and more ecchi. Perhaps the most appropriate example I can give is to have you imagine Claymore if they took out all the great action scenes and replaced it with boobage.

Not that I think anyone who likes Queen’s Blade is any worse of a person; Queen’s Blade just caters to a niche audience. The average anime viewer will see nothing more than scantily clad chicks fighting and disrobing each other, but others will see the protagonist’s growth and struggles and as well as the arguably intriguing adventurous story behind it.

The main purpose, ironically, of this action/fantasy anime is to NOT take it so seriously. If you try to think to hard about it, then you are really setting yourself up for a bad time, because there are so many things you can nitpick––at least 5 or 6 at minimum PER episode.

In what brings up memories of Sekirei, the story of Queen’s Blade revolves around the titular (that’s titular not titillating) tournament held every four years to determine the most beautiful and powerful Queen (like the Olympics if all the athletes were dykes and clothing wasn’t required!).

Perhaps what I love most about this anime is that each warrior has a different, usually super natural, ability. At first I was thinking there would just be human chicks battling to the death, but many of them have special powers and outfits––some aren’t even human (though they look human in appearance)!

My favorite character by far isn’t even a tournament participant in Season 1. Nanael, the Angel of Light, descends upon Earth in order to broadcast the fights. She’s a real goofball, always messing up when least desired. It’s a blessing that she hasn’t been condemned to Hell yet for all her screw ups. But, that’s what gives her her unique charm. I love her cute voice and comic relief. Of course, it came to me as a surprise when I discovered she is voiced by none other than Haruhi herself (Hirano Aya). It’s a really unique role for her––then again, the characters she plays are all over the board. ^^; Okay, maybe this role wasn’t so farfetched for her after all.

Queen's Blade Ecchi Angel Nanael Wings Comedy Bitch, what’d you do this time?

Queen’s Blade is not for the faint of heart. In other words, if you are adamant against ecchi and exposed boobs, then chances are more than likely that you won’t enjoy this anime. But those who don’t mind extreme ecchi in their anime (we’re talking to the extent of acid-shooting breasts and a live snake living between a woman’s legs to hide her…you know) or can see the journeys and motivations of the characters though all the exposed flesh, may consider giving it a shot.

It’s surprisingly moe for an anime about hardly more than juggernauts and jugs. Personally, I think Nanael is the most moe maiden of them all, but don’t worry if you’re not into angels. Whether it’s lolis, spirits, elves…whatever your fetish, we’ve got you covered. ^^ The girls in Queen’s Blade come in (literally!) all shapes and sizes, so there’s something for everybody.

While watching, the thing to keep at the forefront of your mind is that this is meant solely for entertainment purposes. When I watched the first episode again with my friend who saw it for the very first time, I decided to give it a shot, since this time I knew not to set my expectations so high and was mentally prepared for the face-palming fan service that was going to inevitably come.

Luckily, I’m in the midst of Season 2 and it’s a lot more focused, serious, dramatic…and believe it or not, action-packed; I can safely say that it’s just what the fans were hoping for from Season 1. If anything, Season 1 feels like a 12-episode prologue to Season 2. I remember my friend caught me watching on my own and the conversation went something like this:

Friend: “What anime is this?”
Miku: “Season 2.”
Friend: “Of what?”
Miku: “Queen’s Blade.”
Friend: “Why does it look…(pause)…better?”
Miku: “’Cause it’s Season 2…”

In conclusion, Queen’s Blade is by no means a perfect anime, I’m not even claiming it to be a good one. But it’s not as bad as other reviews or word of mouth may have given you the impression of. The best thing is to see it for yourself and not judge the anime by it’s cover…or in this case, its chests.

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27 Responses to Queen’s Blade: Not so Bad After All?

  1. Overlord-G says:

    Season 1 is a 12 episode prologue while season 2 is where the fights take place. Compared to Platonic Heart, this one at least has people I cheered for and if you can get me to give a damn for at least 1 couple, I’m satisfied.

    • Overlord-G says:

      Then again, compared to the atrocity that was Platonic Heart, this show is a godsend. Sure, the fanservice is extreme but thankfully not Seiken no Qwaser extreme. I dunno, perhaps like Yi-san, I found a much greater charm hidden behind its excessive fanservice and discovered its loveliness., as hard as that is for some to understand. That reminds me, now that I found the uncensored versions of Manyuu Hikenchou, I’ll give it a try and see whether it’s utter blasphemy or possibly worthy of my time.

    • MkMiku says:

      Of course, it’s not Seiken no Qwaser, but as far as ecchi goes, it’s up there, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As I mentioned, I also found a special moeness in the characters themselves–the fan service was just icing on the cake. I haven’t seen Platonic Heart yet, but I guess fan service is meaningless if there’s not a good story behind it. Hey, this reminds me of a previous post I wrote.

      • Overlord-G says:

        Which is what QB excels at if you watched both seasons and some of the 3rd season OVAs, not the school girl uniform shorts (those are pointless). I still have a place in my heart for Tomoe-sama, 2nd greatest anime beauty of all time.

        Trust me, you’re better off not watching Platonic Heart. I’d rather watch Aki sora than polute my eyes with that garbage and I don’t even like Aki Sora.

  2. Yi says:

    I don’t think Queen’s Blade is bad at all. It does what it wants to do perfectly, which is give the audience lots of breasts, a decent engaging story, some silliness, and just wild, sexy fun. I can see how some would be put off, but I think this is one anime that, as you said, people should give a chance and judge for themselves.

    • MkMiku says:

      You’re right. It succeeds at what it set out to do–no more, no less. Sometimes…well, many times, it goes over the top, especially with its low angels, but at least it has an interesting story to back it up, so all the fan service is not for naught. Some people will enjoy it purely for the fan service, others will be engrossed by the story, and then there are people like me who will take a liking to both. ^^

  3. I play the PSP game recently (not the sequel, the first Spiral Chaos) and was surprised it had fanservice much akin to the first few episodes I watched; although on the lighter side. Recently cleaned out of my archives of stuff to watch, so hopefully I will continue from where I felt off and pick this back up. I am sure it is not terrible as people said it is.

    • MkMiku says:

      Damn, I didn’t even know there was a game. It’s not at all; of course, it depends on your own personal preference, whether you’re accustomed to watching ecchi or not. I was surprised by how interesting the story was, with it placed in a medieval/fantasy setting (predominantly with females, of course) and all. It had more substance than just fan service, though you probably already know that from playing the game.

      • Yup, actually two games. I actually could not believe they had a male character in the game, but he is the traditional wussy type character…just for supporting the female main lead name Cute. Oh, well from what I seen from the first epsiode (and video games) then it should not be a bother.

        Here is a little bit of what I mean about the game, lol (not my recording by the way): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdMSGCK0WMU&feature=related

        • MkMiku says:

          Lol. That’s a unique name. XD So, I’m assuming (similar to the anime) you lose articles of clothing depending on your health? Actually, I kinda like the game’s graphic style.

        • Yeah, the plot is largely similar to the anime (now that I have finished Season 1), just told through the eyes of the two original leads. Finished both the routes for the game so now I am ready to move on to the sequel game.

          On that note, thank you for writing this post. I finished the series (well, continuously watched through Season 1) and it was surprisingly better than I expected. Thought it was going to be the same old lame, fan-service induced trite work trying to have a “story”, but good thing my expectations were wrong. Only watched the first ep of Season 2, so I will at least try to finish the first vol maybe this weekend.

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  5. Persocom says:

    When I first heard about Queen’s Blade I wasn’t interested at all. When I first watched it I turned away before the first episode finished. I went back to it with a more open mind and I found that the story and the anime itself was actually good, to me. I got sucked in by the story and the personality of the characters rather than the fan service (though I came to get used to it and accept it) and now I own figures and games and books.. From Queen’s Blade more than probably any other anime of recent times I learned not to follow the crowd in liking or disliking things, and to disregard hype whether positive or negative and open way for personal opinion. I’m a sucker for fantasy settings, monsters and swords though. Good to see one less person utterly trashing it for being nothing but boobs.

    • MkMiku says:

      Queen’s Blade was hard for me to get into due to the negative consensus surrounding it. As I said, it wasn’t till I watched it again with a friend (this time prepared for what was about to come), that I decided to try it again.

      While positive hype will help influence me to watch something I had no interest in prior, negative hype makes it a lot harder for me to go out of my way to watch something. Then again, Strike Witches received similar controversy as Queen Blade and it’s one of my Top 5 anime (I’m a sucker for kemonomimi and anything military related). Just goes to show you that the majority isn’t always right.

  6. While I have not watched the anime series, I have read some manga based on Queen’s Blade, and they were actually surprisingly good in terms of story and character interactions. Just goes to show that not everything is as it seems, and I should consider watching this series. ^_^

  7. Baka-Raptor says:

    I watched an episode of Strike Witches and had no interest in going any further. The fanservice of the show didn’t appeal to me. The fanservice of Queen’s Blade did. That made all the difference.

    • MkMiku says:

      Like I said, it depends on your personal preference. =P Even though I like the girls of Strike Witches more, Nanael, Airi, and Nyx were my favs from QB. I would also have to say, as far as fan service goes, QB is–surprisingly–much more intense than SW which only included a few bath scenes at most. Again, some people will prefer one or the other, if they even mind at all.

      Nice review, if there’s one bit of advice I must give people its that, like a fine wine, it gets better over time.

  8. atvrcr says:

    Haven’t been here in a while, glad to see you’re still going. Keep up the great work.

  9. glothelegend says:

    Queen’s Blade was actually a good, well written anime (season 2 made it so). I mean, sure, it was completely focused on showing a LOT of BLATANT fanservice (I HATE that shit), but I felt like it was still really good.

    I was kind of like you I guess. At first, I hated on it and called it unintentionally funny (cuz it was) but by the end I liked it not for the unintentional laughes of it’s stupidity, but for the story.

    • MkMiku says:

      Yep, sadly some will not give it the chance it deserves. So, it’s up to bloggers like us to spread the word. I now consider QB a hidden gem, because there are very few anime with so much blatant fan service that have been able to turn my opinion around by the end. Just a few episodes into Season 2 I cared more for the story than the fan service.

  10. Nopy says:

    Lol, silicone valley is right.

    The acid-shooting boobies turned me away from Queen’s Blade and I never looked back, it was just so absurd and perverse that I couldn’t stand watching it.

    • MkMiku says:

      I know what you mean, but it can’t be any worse than Seikon no Qwaser, can it? I think the first episode is the most absurd. That’s not to say the other episodes don’t push the ecchi meter, but once you accept/get over the bizarre fan service, the tournament aspect is quite interesting. Season 2 is at least twice as good, that’s all I have to say.

  11. Aya says:

    the season 2 is great make it a decent anime with decent story but again too much breast -_-

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