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 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.