Following Rurou no Senshi, Queen’s Blade ~Gyokuza no Tsugumono~ completes Reina’s saga of becoming Queen of Gainos. True to the theme, season two is again full of fan service, yuri, action, and depth. Indeed, Gyokuza no Tsugumono has even more of all those elements than the first season does.
Blatant displays of sexual positions, p-cups, tentacles, strap-on… This anime has almost everything besides intercourse to be p0rnography. For those who really enjoy fan service, this will be a treat. However, I am not particularly interested in that (except for the yuri moments); in fact, I really hate certain characters because of their indecent displays.
What I am much more interested in are the fleshed out characters and the well developed plot. Again, I have to repeat what I wrote in my impression of season one – beneath all of that blatant mindless ecchi is a fantastic story with so much substance and so much depth.
The depth of Queen’s Blade comes largely from its careful portrayal of personalities. For example, I really loved watching the characters mature through their interactions. Claudette escapes the shadows of her father’s approval to finally follow her heart. Echidna and Irma confront their fears of lost through their yuri relationship. Airi finds meaning in life upon taking responsibility for Rana. Elina learns her duties to the people of Vance. Season two of Queen’s Blade really delves into the back story of each girl, her relationships, and her journey to make us care deeply about her growth.
By the way, I really like Claudette for her sensual maturity.
In particular, Tomoe’s growth and her relationship with Shizuka’s relationship are absolutely beautiful. I was both surprised and touched by how much the two care about each other. I was brought to tears by the scene in which Shizuka confronts Tomoe’s weakness of heart. That poignant moment and the subsequent transformation of Tomoe are tastefully done and added so much weight to Queen’s Blade. Tomoe is easily my favorite character and really stole the show from Reina.
The pace of Gyokuza no Tsugumono is also incredible. I had not intended to marathon the second season, but the episodes fly by quickly once I was absorbed in the characters and their conflicts. Although the core narrative is somewhat predictable (Reina obviously becomes Queen of Gainos), there are several intricate twists and surprises to the plot that keep the audience at the edge of their seats, desperately waiting to see what happens next.
Unfortunately, the ending does feel a little cheesy and flat. And indeed, the whole premise of busty women battling to become queen is a bit ridiculous. Still, the journey is beautiful, and that makes Queen’s Blade a stunning epic story. By weaving together all the characters and paying careful attention to their stories, the narrative makes us love not only about Reina, but Tomoe, Echidna, Listy, Claudette, Airi, and most participants of Queen’s Blade as well.
Besides profound characters and an interesting story, Queen’s Blade also has gorgeous character designs. I love many of the costumes the women sport. Complementing the strong distinctive personalities, the designs not only make the fan service tolerable, but drive us to fall in love with the women.
There is a reason for my posting all of these lovely scans. The women are just so beautiful and so sexy.
I am really glad I gave Queen’s Blade a chance. I guess I should think twice next time before dismissing an anime solely on too much ecchi… Qwaser of Stigmata?.
By the way, it is a terrible idea to look for images of Queen’s Blade in public, such as in a lecture hall…
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