Queen’s Blade ~Gyokuza no Tsugumono~

Queen's Blade Tomoe Listy Eiwa

Queen's Blade Shizuka Tomoe Fundoshi horns miko Miyazawa Tsutomu

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.

Queen's Blade yuri Reina Elina

Elina Reina yuri Queen's Blade

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.

Alleyne Arein Eiwa Queen's Blade Tomoe Sarashi

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.

Echidna Irma Queen's Blade yuri

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.

Claudette Reina Queen's Blade

By the way, I really like Claudette for her sensual maturity.

Shizuka Tomoe yuri Queen's Blade Miyazawa Tsutomu

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.

Tomoe Queen's Blade Miko

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.

Listy Queen's Blade scan

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.

Alleyne Arein Matsuryuu Queen's Blade

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.

Aldora kantaka Queen's Blade

Queen's Blade Irma Akaga Hirotaka

Queen's Blade Ymir Mibu Natsuki

There is a reason for my posting all of these lovely scans. The women are just so beautiful and so sexy.

Airi Queen's Blade Suzume Inui maid

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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50 Responses to Queen’s Blade ~Gyokuza no Tsugumono~

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  3. 2DT says:

    >>By the way, it is a terrible idea to look for images of Queen’s Blade in public, such as in a lecture hall…

    Sounds juicy. What happened?

  4. DiStudios says:

    Times like this I need to remember I am using a 32 inch screen at work doh!

    Great pictures though!

  5. Shinra says:

    Hahaha… Queens Blade…. Finished Season 1 but not 2.

    I STOPPED watching on the 2nd last episode. After seeing Airi & Shizuka gone, Tomoe lost(?! Don’t wanna believe this but, oh well…), I went completely Frozen n not interested on the rest of the episodes.
    Cuz I knew that Reina “DEFENATELY WILL WIN IN THE END”…. T_T

    [Sorry, I’m an Airi (Ito Kanae More!), Alleyne (KitaEri MORE MORE!!), Tomoe, TomoexShizuka Fan]

    Seikon No Qwaser (Qwaser of Stigmata)… Anime Sucks for me, Manga…. just ok….
    (Stopped after ep1 XD … “Toyosaki Aki, please quit this anime, u deserve a better anime like K-On!” phrase is always on my mind after watching it)

    @”By the way, it is a terrible idea to look for images of Queen’s Blade in public, such as in a lecture hall…”
    Oppss, already tried it, and on Sankaku *Ehem*… U know… hehehe…. tho its hard just for finding ‘Normal’ Pics of Queens Blade + Ikkitousen on all of those *** pics. Really wasn’t a good idea for me to search it on an opened Lobby after class.

    Really was a TERRIBLE TERRIBLE Idea!!!!

  6. Yi says:

    @2DT: Haha. I had assumed that I was safe from the gazes of others with empty seats on both sides and no one else behind. After hearing a bunch of muffled laughter from behind, I realize that some other students have arrived late and now sit just 2 rows above me. I do hope they enjoyed the beautiful scans though, but they were probably giggling at the hardcore gang bang images on danbooru. I didn’t wait for the hour to end to leave.

    @DiStudio: I hope everything’s fine. ^ ^

    @Shinra: I was really really devastated after Shizuka was gone and I rooted for Tomoe the whole way despite the obvious outcome. I was really sad when Tomoe lost to Reina though. Still, it was inevitable so I just accepted that.
    I’m a big fan of Tomoe x Shizuka too.
    I guess I’ll pass on Seikon No Qwaser. I wasn’t that interested in it anyways, and no one else seems to be.
    Anyway, Sankaku is a million times worse…

  7. Enri says:

    I pretty much liked the saga until the last episode,
    that was disappointing, for me anyway…
    But gladly i watched Canaan right after that,
    I really loved it ^.^

  8. Canne says:

    I had the same problem. I opened this post in the middle of a very busy library and regrettably had to close it immediately and re-opened it at home ( -_-‘ )

    and no, I’ve not started the first season, though I really plan to do so 🙂

  9. softz says:

    Your post really entices me to finish the season 1. I’ve been stopped watching at epi 8 or 9. I should try to finish it this holidays. I definitely agree with you that the character designs are gorgeous. The scans are so tasty, I mean admirable. 😉 Are they from some visual book or something? Thankx for this post.

  10. Baka-Raptor says:

    And that’s why you always sit in the back row. I’m sitting in the back row as we speak.

    If Reina wasn’t entitled to win based on the setup of the story, the show would’ve (even more) awesome.

    So far, Qwaser looks pretty average plus or minus overtly sexual fanservice. I’m guessing you’d take that as a minus, so hold off for now.

  11. lovelyduckie says:

    I’m interested…but if I like it there are WAY too many figures to tempt me and harm my wallet.

  12. Katsura-chan says:

    Damn i really need to finish watching the first season :/
    I don’t mind Fan Service if the surrounding is interesting. But i can’t be objective since i just can’t resist girls warriors panties wielding a big blade lol
    Claudette and Tomoe are my favorites beyond all ^^

  13. Smithy says:

    Glad you enjoyed the second season as well, it indeed is a good, solid series with a decent plot and characters and would certainly fare as well if they had toned down the ecchi and brought it all more seriously.

    Was a bit sad that once Tomoe had to go up against Reina they kind of cast her character away a bit and didn’t fully develop her further, which is a shame. But that was the main drawback of the tournament, it seems they didn’t always know what to do with a character after having to make them loose their battle (against Reina).

    Ah, and although Reina does win and becomes Queen, the ending epilogue seems to suggest she relinquishes her throne to Clodette.

  14. lylibellule says:

    I’m not far into the second season … but truly it’s more hardcore than the first.
    But characters and plot that surround them are as much interesting.

    Thanks for those new illustrations searched at your expense 😉

  15. Sellers says:

    I’m, again, struggling to believe that there is a story underneath…all that. Size “P” sounds really accurate to me. However, at your insistence, I’ll consider trying it again.

    The lecture hall is the best place to review suggestive material. In fact, I place laptops playing Hardcore p0rnography on a loop in the front rows whenever I can. If possible, I remain there, eating popcorn… in a swimsuit. I may or may not be full of it at this point.

  16. Ningyo says:

    That is a bad idea. What possessed you to do it?
    Unless our Yi is a daredevil type 😛

    Queen’s Blade really is the only series where a review of it can consist of the words fan service, yuri, action and depth at the same time… I’m still not buying into the depth part everybody talks about, but neither am I willing to man up and just watch the stuff. I’m almost for QB as you’re for mecha.

  17. Qwaser seems to be getting a downgrade everywhere. I think the only show out right now that might even fit the mold of QB is Chu-Bra because I heard tell that it’s actually sort of educational. Still not enough to convince me, but eh… if you dare :p

  18. Yi says:

    @Enri: The resolution was hastily done and a bit anti-climatic. The build up to that point was really good though. I will review Canaan soon. ^ ^

    @Canne: I hope no one saw your screen. I did try to find the tamer pictures… but it is Queen’s Blade.
    Anyway, I recommend giving Queen’s Blade a try.

    @softz: I believe most of the scans are from scans by either Eiwa, Akaga Hirotaga, Mibu Natuski, Miyazawa Tsutomu, and others. Some are from posters and such. Many were taken from Masters of Queens Blade Figure and Visual Book. I agree they’re gorgeous.

    @Baka-Raptor: It is a bit awkward to be in the very back for a rather empty lecture, but I will sit with my back against the wall next time. ^ ^
    Agreed about Reina. I think I would’ve liked to see Claudette become Queen, or maybe Tomoe. Claudette is much more deserving and queenly than Reina, but because of the whole build up…
    I probably will not watch Qwaser then. Wasn’t very interested in the first place.

    @lovelyduckie: There ARE so many QB figures, and most of them are beautiful.

  19. Yi says:

    @Katsura-chan: Agreed about Claudette and Tomoe. They’re also my two favorites. I think everything else makes the fan service tolerable, and if you don’t mind fan service anyway, this would be a really enjoyable series.

    @Smithy: Yea, I think the series would have been better if Reina did not become Queen, because Reina’s character is just not as interesting as Claudette or Tomoe’s.
    About the ending epilogue, I kind of got that feeling too, but I’m not exactly sure.

    @lylibellule: Second season is indeed more hardcore in every aspect. Btw. some of the comments contain spoilers, so be aware of that.

    @Sellers: I guess how good the series is also depends heavily on your threshold for fan service. In my case, I thought the other aspects far outweighed the distasteful displays of breasts. But it is all a balancing act.
    Anyway, your comment made me laugh. I actually really wish that were true.

    @Ningyo: I live pretty far from campus and I have a rather full schedule, so I try to do a lot of stuff in public. That’s why I’m always getting caught with stuff like this… editing h-manga in the library, playing Hanabira in a cafe…
    Anyway, that’s a fair point about me and mecha. I have almost 0 tolerance for mechas. For me to want to watch mecha, it would really have to be super amazing in more than one aspect.

    @zzeroparticle: I might pick up Chu-Bra if it gets more praises. Qwaser seems to be out of the question though; the anime is apparently just breast feeding.

  20. shijima says:

    Thanks for the pics as always.
    Hehe, well I suppose looking at these in a lecture hall if ok if you’re sitting in the last row. =)

  21. Yi says:

    @shijima: Yea… I should’ve had my back to the wall.

  22. glothelegend says:

    The second season was completely awesome. It was a genuinely good anime to watch for all the reasons you stated. The only bad part about the second season was that Reina didn’t fall off a cliff. Not even once.

    I don’t even bring my laptop to lectures, it’s too loud/big/old.

  23. CtrlAltDel says:

    LOL. Geez, Yi. Must be embarrassing to get caught looking at H-things. xDD

    I’m sure other people looking at your screen enjoyed the lovely images, though. ;D

  24. Yi says:

    @glothelegend: I like Reina… But I just like some other characters more. It would’ve been nice to not have such a flat entitled ending.

    @CtrlAltDel: I was so embarrassed… 😦 But it’s in the past. ^ ^

  25. moemoekyun says:

    kinda need watch this again ^^

  26. chubbybots says:

    Actually I never watched QB but i’ll give it a go when i have the time ^^ But I do enjoy looking at busty women battling 😀 (Moemoekyun will know this haha ^^)

    My first exposure to QB was actually through lylibellulue figure photography. Thanks for those illustrations they are very beautiful indeed!

  27. lovelyduckie says:

    Alice in particular was hard for me to resist. But she was an expensive one even at retail price.

  28. bluedrakon says:

    I really need to catch up on this series. I keep buying and selling my QB figures, but finally got Reina (life like) and Yuit. I will have to pick up Vante when she is released.

  29. Yi says:

    @moemoekyun: Yep yep.

    @chubbybots: Lyli has very good Queen’s Blade figure photograph. As does Blowfish and others. I really enjoy looking at them.
    Anyway, no need to thank me for the scans. I just find them. ^ ^

    @lovelyduckie: Alice is actually from Queen’s Gate, which is a supplement to the series. She is irresistible indeed.

    @bluedrakon: I hope you enjoy it if you do watch it. Yuit and Vante are both from Queen’s Blade Rebellion, and they’re really nice. In fact, most Queen’s Blade figures are gorgeous.

  30. Xine says:

    I like the character design of Queen’s Blade. I don’t know much about QB but I’ve seen pics and some figures and they’re really nice. I especially like Alice (of Queen’s Gate – is that a spin-off or something?) and still in the hunt for her. For QB, I think Tomoe is the prettiest. Thanks for the review, maybe I should check out the anime sometime.

  31. Yi says:

    @Xine: I think Queen’s Gate is a supplement to Queen’s Blade. I really like Alice’s figure too, and agreed about Tomoe.
    I would definitely recommend the anime

  32. Blowfish says:

    “Claudette is much more deserving and queenly than Reina”

    I guess you havent read the first translations of the Queens Blade Rebellion Novels yet huh? ^_^
    You should be in for some suprises

    Well not that anyone cares about my biased opinion but the second series proved alot that it isnt just some mindless fan service series and converted many into believers.
    I am glad that you are among those 😀

  33. Yi says:

    @Blowfish: I’m really excited to start reading Rebellion. I’m guessing Claudette is the queen? It would be consistent with the epilogue ending sequence of Season 2.
    Anyways, I’m always happy to see brave fans of Queen’s Blade who give it the credit it deserves.

  34. Blowfish says:

    Fabio did an outstanding job with translating the Illustrated Stories from the Hobby Japan Hobby Channel :

    The second Volume started a few weeks ago and I am thrilled for every new chapter.

    And yes,Claudette is the Queen

  35. Persocom says:

    The second season was definitely awesome. It hadn’t finished airing when I started watching it, and waiting sucked XD It’s a lot deeper than the first and I craved more so much that I’ve been keeping up with Rebellion now as well. This reminds me I need to do my post about this one after I do a few figure reviews.

  36. Yi says:

    @Blowfish: Thanks for the link. I was looking for Rebellion just yesterday. I’m going to be following this closely. Thanks again!

    @Persocom: I’m a pretty big fan of Queen’s Blade now. I just want to watch/ read anything related to it. ^ ^
    Look forward to your figure review.

  37. gelosut9 says:

    I’ve always ingnored this anime because of the gratious amounts of fanservice, but after reading this perhaps I should give it a try?
    But the one thing that stuck out to me most were the charcater designs.

  38. Yi says:

    @gelosut9: If anything, watch it for the character designs. Everyone’s so pretty. ^ ^
    If you can withstand the fanservice, Queen’s Blade is definitely worth the time.

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  41. EmperorG says:

    Posting this reply here from our Strike Witches and QB comparisons discussion.

    What I meant to say is that the 2nd episode of the 3rd season OVAs of Queen’s Blade is the best episode so far. The 1st episode is okay, but I enjoyed the 2nd episode more.

    I’d also like to thank you for your reviews of both seasons, because they helped improve my own review of the series quite a bit.

    Now let us both patiently await the remaining 4..or 3 episodes of the OVA season.

    • Yi says:

      Oops, I misunderstood what you wrote. Anyways, I’ve yet to find time to watch QB OVAs, but I’m pretty excited for it.

      “I’d also like to thank you for your reviews of both seasons, because they helped improve my own review of the series quite a bit.”
      You’re too kind. ^ ^

  42. Ghoulz says:

    YaY! i finally watched season 2. This season was a lot and i mean “A LOT” better than the first one. The battles between characters were good and the pace of the anime was reasonable as well and also was’nt that much ECCHI compared to first season. I was really sad when Shizuka died as she and Tomoe had a very close and lovely relationship between them. I hope that there are relationships between characters in QB ova’s and in Rebellion as well.

    • Yi says:

      I thought this season is better too, although not by a lot. I found the two seasons to be fairly comparable. I loved its pace. It just so wonderfully executed. Never a dull moment, but nor has it ever felt rushed. This is really quite a masterpiece in that regards.

      Anyways, I have yet to watch the OVA’s and Rebellion, but I am going to make time for them soon. I hope it’s just as good as well.

      p.s. ♥ Shizuka and Tomoe.
      p.p.s. Thanks for the comment. I don’t think I’ve seen you around before. Hope you enjoyed your stay. Cheers!

  43. Ghoulz says:

    I have yet to see the OVA’s and the Rebellion series as well. The series was well paced as you said but the one thing that i really liked about this season was that it didn’t focus on Elina only. All the other characters played a sufficient part in the series and the battles between characters were good as well compared to first season. And yes horray for Shizuka and Tomoe!

    Its not my first time visiting your site. I made a comment on your review regarding Sengoku Otome:

    • Yi says:

      Yes. The cast of characters is another strong point of Queen’s Blade, and not just for this one. I really enjoyed many of the ladies in both seasons. I really hope Rebellion and the OVA keeps up this excellence.

      Anyways, now I feel so silly! How could I have missed that! Well, am I glad you stuck around. ^ ^ And as always, thanks for the comment. ♥

  44. Ghoulz says:

    I sure will. I really like the way you write your reviews on animes. You don’t add too much spoilers (for people who have yet to watch the series) in your reviews and portray an overall picture on different aspects of the anime including its animation, characters, battles and of course yuri wise, lol. See you next time.Byz

    • Yi says:

      I really appreciate the kind words, Ghoulz darling. ^ ^ It’s really nice to hear that someone enjoys my writings and reviews. So thank you so so much! Cheers!!

  45. Ghoulz says:

    Oh! and in previous comment i meant “Leina” not “Elina”.lol

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