Over the past month, my original idea was to cover everything Shana related that was out. Though I will still try to cover the Shana S OVAs and movie at some point, I had to break my original plan due to trouble finding those things. So, I will cover another entry in a series I have done before, which today will be Queen’s Blade. More specifically, it will be about the 6 episode Beautiful Fighters OVA series, which came out over the course of several months in 2010 and 2011.
Time has passed since the end of the Queen’s Blade tournament and the fighters have all gone their separate ways. Some go back to their homelands while others start new journeys. And then there are those that can devote their time to new quests. One thing is constant, however. This is all a prelude to the next main event that will befall these women.
This OVA picks up right where the second series ended and focuses on the other characters of the Queen’s Blade world, like Alleyne, Nowa, and Airi. Some characters are not covered at all though, like Risty and Irma, but one shouldn’t complain too much, I suppose. As it is, these OVA episodes do a good job on giving a spotlight to these women and try to flesh out their personalities and personal conflicts more.
For example, the second episode focuses on the relationship between Nowa and Alleyne, and how Alleyne has to come to grips with the fact that she, even if she is a long lived elf, can’t be around her student forever and has to let Nowa become independent and able to make her own decisions. It seems like a pretty deep subject for a rather fanservice oriented series and it is handled as well as it can be while of course giving fans the eye candy they want.
The animation is pretty well done and, naturally, there are plenty instances of fanservice in this series, as per usual to this type of show. As with the previous two shows, it tries to cater to all the different niches of its fans with its different characters and the fetishes they bring. Even if you are not interested in their stories, at least it gives you something nice to look at. And, naturally, in the same tradition of the past two series, this has plenty of nudity in it, probably even more since they can get away with more in the OVA format.
Though I have never really been a fan of the Opening and Ending themes to this series, the background music has always been rather well done, and it continues to be so here as well. And while the focus is indeed on getting to know these characters more, there are still a good number of action scenes in this series and they are also rather well done, just like in the previous two shows.
When you boil it down, this OVA will satisfy those who are Queen’s Blade fans, whether they are in it for the story and characters, the fanservice, or both. They are currently not licensed, however, so other methods have to be sought out if one wishes to see them. And, as alluded in my plot summary, this is far from the last Queen’s Blade series, as another one is slated for release later this year. I will also cover that, once it has finished airing.