Queen’s Blade

Queen’s Blade (Japanese: クイーンズブレイド Hepburn: Kuīnzu Bureido) is a series of visual combat books published by Hobby Japan based on the licensed works from Firelight Game Company’s Lost Worlds. First published in 2005, it features sexually suggestive depictions of an exclusively female cast of characters. (There is particular emphasis on the large breasts of many of the contestants.) The overall plot of the game revolves around a tournament called the Queen’s Blade, which is held once every four years to determine a Queen.

Queen's Blade

Queen’s Blade

Since its original release, this title has evolved into a media franchise, spanning four manga adaptations, three anime adaptations, three light novels, and a video game adaptation. This title was followed by a sequel Queen’s Blade Rebellion (クイーンズブレイド リベリオン Kuīnzu Bureido Riberion), featuring all-new characters as well as remakes of previous characters, and a supplement called Queen’s Gate (クイーンズゲイト Kuīnzu Geito), featuring licensed characters from other games and series. In turn, Queen’s Blade Rebellion will be followed by Queen’s Blade Grimoire (クイーンズブレイド グリムワール Kuīnzu Bureido Gurimuwāru), a new series featuring a different story, with more details still to come. Figures of the characters made by various manufacturers, such as Kaiyodo with their Revoltech series, have also been produced along with several memorabilia. A new project including a new anime series featuring new characters in an original story has been announced under the name of Queen’s Blade Unlimited (クイーンズブレイド UNLIMITED).

 

Queen's Blade

Queen’s Blade

In the Continent, a tournament called the Queen’s Blade is held once every four years to determine the most beautiful and powerful Queen. Held in Gainos (ガイノス Gainosu, also Gynos), the Queen’s Capital, various fighters from all over the Continent travel to the Capital to defeat Aldra, the current Queen. The overall story of Queen’s Blade focuses on Leina, the heiress of the esteemed Vance Family and next in line for the throne, as she travels to Gainos, encountering many other warriors also competing in the Queen’s Blade for their own intentions.

The original gamebooks feature characters designed by many popular artists, including Hirokazu Hisayuki (My-HiME), Kazuhiro Takamura, and Eiwa.

Queen's Blade

Queen’s Blade

An anime adaptation of Queen’s Blade, entitled Queen’s Blade: Exiled Warrior (クイーンズブレイド 流浪の戦士 Kuīnzu Bureido: Rurō no Senshi), was produced by ARMS. Directed by Kinji Yoshimoto, the anime aired twelve episodes in Japan from April 2 to June 18, 2009 on AT-X, with subsequent broadcasts on Chiba TV, Sun Television, and Tokyo MX. The series aired uncensored on AT-X, while being heavily censored on other channels. Six DVD and Blu-ray disc volumes were released by Media Factory between June 25, 2009 and November 25, 2009,[24][25] each DVD/BD volume containing one of six OVAs. A second season, Queen’s Blade: Successors to the Throne (クイーンズブレイド 玉座を継ぐ者 Kuīnzu Bureido: Gyokuza o Tsugumono), aired on AT-X and other channels from September 24 to December 10, 2009. Six DVD/BD volumes were released by Media Factory between December 22, 2009 and May 25, 2010,[26][27] each containing six OVAs which continue from the first six.

An OVA series, called Queen’s Blade: Beautiful Fighters (クイーンズブレイド ~美しき闘士たち~ Kuīnzu Bureido ~Utsukushiki Tōshi-tachi~), was announced on the May issue of Monthly Hobby Japan.[28] The series takes place after the events of the Queen’s Blade tournament but before Rebellion, and chronicles the characters on their separate paths. The episodes were released on six DVD and Blu-ray volumes from August 25, 2010 to March 30, 2011.

Queen's Blade

Queen’s Blade

In North America, the first and second anime adaptations are licensed by Media Blasters under the respective titles Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin and Queen’s Blade 2: The Evil Eye.[31] The first season was released between May 18 and October 26, 2010 as three DVD volumes, each containing four episodes,[32][33] while the second season was released between May 24, 2011 and July 19, 2011 as two half-series volumes.[34][35] Blu-ray box sets of the two seasons were later released on February 15, 2011 and September 27, 2011, respectively.[36][37] Sentai Filmworks has licensed the Beautiful Fighters OVAs and will release them on digital and home video formats.[38] On May 11, 2017, the channel Toku announced that the first season would be broadcast on its channel beginning June 5, 2017 through August 21, 2017.[39]

The opening theme for the first season is “Get the Door” by Rie Ohashi, while the ending theme is “Memories and Promises” (思い出と約束 Omoide to Yakusoku) by Ayako Kawasumi, Mamiko Noto, and Aya Hirano, the voices for Leina, Tomoe, and Nanael, respectively. The opening theme for the second season is “Empty Sky” (墜ちない空 Ochinai Sora) by ENA while the ending theme is “buddy-body” by Rie Kugimiya, Yuko Goto, and Kanae Ito, the voices for Melona, Menace, and Airi, respectively. For the OVA, the ending theme is “Bitōshi Carnival: Taoreru Toki wa Maemuki ni” (美闘士カーニバル~たおれる時は前向きに~) by All 19 Beautiful Warriors, consisting of the entire female voice cast of the series

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