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Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin

Title: Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin aka Queen’s Blade: Wandering Warrior
Genre: Action
Company: ARMS
Format: 12 episodes
Dates: 2 Apr 2009 – 18 Jun 2009

Synopsis: “Queen’s Blade” is a tournament held every four years to determine the leader of the land. Beautiful and highly deadly women from around the continent join the battle in hopes of toppling the current Queen, Aldra. Among the contestants is Leina, a countess with rights to the throne. She must travel the land to accumulate the skills and friends necessary to survive the tournament and win Queen’s Blade.

The Highlights
Tits: Tits and more tits.
Visuals: There’s little movement but everything looks reasonably nice.
Story: Finally a (softcore) porn that has a story that can be called competent.

You need to lack any semblance of good taste to enjoy Queen’s Blade. It’s prurient, derogatory, clichéd; and its mere existence sets back women’s rights by 200 years. Critics don’t even need their high horses to piss on the show as it bends over so low that a simple upright stand gives enough reach to kick it in the face. However, drink a few beers, get in a college party mentality, and Queen’s Blade becomes a madly entertaining tour de force of tits, tits and more tits.

If flashing tits could be counted as drama, Queen’s Blade is this decade’s Grave of the Fireflies. This anime basically is a simple medieval fantasy anime that is made edgy with its high amount of sexually suggestive content. Take out the sexual material and you get a rather straightforward shounen-esuqe anime where the protagonist is an amateur warrior who goes on an epic quest meeting new friends, encountering vicious enemies and training to win the Queen’s Blade tournament. It’s very by-the-numbers but competently put together and executed. Simply put, without the tits the show is something akin to Scrapped Princess or The Record of Lodoss War.

However, removing the high sexual content would completely miss the point of the show. The hook, the draw, the very raison d’être of the show is the fanservice. Queen’s Blade exists to show a big breasted character voiced by tsundere loli goddess Kugimiya Rie shooting acid milk from her tits. It exists to show a woman who uses a live snake as makeshift panties. It exists to show two girls rubbing lotion on each other with their breasts. These are the elements that make the series truly special.

The show is very good at what it does and therein lies the dilemma of critiquing the series. The entire series is raunchy and tasteless but it fulfills all the goals it sets for itself exceptionally well. If the show were to replace all its fanservice with something more palatable, like action scenes, of equivalent quality, I would probably praise it as a fun action anime perfect for the fantasy loving crowd. As it stands now, the fanservice makes all the character interactions feel unnecessary and the drama farcical since each story driven scene exists to set up showing tits in the next.

I suppose the best way to describe Queen’s Blade is softcore porn interlaced with medieval fantasy action. With good production values, everything looks on-model with lusciously drawn depictions of girls at many different angles. With erotic situations that would make even HBO blush, the show is definitely not out for rewards or accolades, but it sells sex, and it sells it pretty damn well.

The Rating: 5
5/10

Reviewed by: Shadowmage

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