Final Review: Queen’s Blade Rebellion

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Queen’s Blade Rebellion is the 5th series (OVAs included) in the Queen’s Blade franchise and the 3rd TV series in the franchise. It takes place four years after the first Queen’s Blade series and continues directly from the events of the Queen’s Blade (Rebellion) OVA released in late 2011, early 2012. Rather than being an original like work like the original series, Queen’s Blade Rebellion is based off a turn based fighting game featuring various story lines. The Rebellion TV series is primarily focused from Annelotte’s perspective, who is a princess and knight rebelling against the new queen’s tyranny and oppression. Animation studio Arms returns to provide animation to the series with composer of Kill Me Baby and Hidan no Aria supervising the script and Himawari’s director. Queen’s Blade Rebellion has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks with the first two TV series licensed by Media Blasters.

Queen’s Blade Rebellion…is in fact the opposite of Queen’s Blade and obviously as the title implies, it involves a rebellion. The story is pretty boring overall with Annelotte constantly getting herself into trouble despite “wanting” to rebel against the Queen. Of course, even her own determination is wishy-washy the entire series effectively making any purpose in the series moot. The plot lacks a serious direction as it ends up being a group of female warriors…or more like commoners getting together to suddenly take on the mighty Queen. The story is also generally not very friendly to new viewers of the series. It brings back a fairly large amount of the original cast and throws it at viewers with little to no introduction. Furthermore, the series attempts to pass off as a “new” series that doesn’t require previous knowledge of the series despite not explicitly saying so. It’s pretty obvious by the roundabout method it takes. Even for returning viewers, the plot has a lot of holes since the 2010 OVA where characters like Tomoe, who should have been with Aldra after going blind is suddenly no longer around. There’s a lot of unexplained material in the four year gap and the fact that the show tries to pass itself off as requiring no prior knowledge yet at the same time doing the opposite really doesn’t give much help in an already aimless series. I should also note that a bulk of the new cast shows up for an episode or two and then disappears…yeah not exactly good either.

Art wise is pretty poor as is animation compared to the original series. Action is poorly executed and details are minimal. The show is clearly on a low budget and it doesn’t help when they try to make the fanservice the most high quality aspect of this show. Granted that many may just be watching it for the fanservice, the original likely provided better detail anyways. It may also require waiting for the uncensored blu-rays before any other comments can be made about that aspect but from what’s provided thus far, it’s a poorly drawn title.

Music is also weak. OP/ED are sub par and background music is not as “epic” as the previous titles. Sounds are barely memorable and seiyuus are average at best. Again, Queen’s Blade titles have a strong seiyuu lineup but the talent is often wasted.

Enjoyment? Little to none. It had a few interesting fights and bringing back some old characters was a tad nostalgic but nothing emotional or of the sort compared to many other titles that do the same.

Overall, Queen’s Blade continues to be a massive failure and one can only question how it continues to be made. Apparently it’s a popular title in the US, but god knows what the average standards of anime audience members are now. I have nothing against fanservice/ecchi titles but I do have problems with shows that can’t get their act straight.

 

Story and Character:

  • Premise (0/1): Boring and generic. Requires OVA knowledge as it jumps right in with little background.
  • Character Personalities (0/1): Uninteresting and stubborn lead.
  • Character Development (0/2): None…go watch the OVAs. In fact, we get more character development of the older cast than anything else.
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (0/2): Incredibly large cast with little memorability and usefulness. Most only appear for 1-2 episodes and then disappear for good.
  • Pacing: (0.5/1): Direction is aimless and ends up being crammed in the final 3-4 episodes.
  • Reasonable/Plausible (1/2): If you watched the OVAs there are some plausible factors in play. If you haven’t, you’re going to be confused from beginning to end.
  • Conclusion (0/1): I’m so confused at what happened in the final 3 minutes…also very anti-climatic fight.
  • Total: 1.5/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (0.5/2): Poor overall. There were some details at times but generally grainy.
  • Character Designs (0/2): Downgrade from original series. Keep in mind original series aired in 480p. This is a 720p show.
  • Fluidity (1/2): Average. A lot of flaky movements.
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (1/2): Not as flashy as the original, but it’s there.
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (0/2): Worse than the predecessors.
  • Total: 2.5/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (0/3): OP/ED were both bad.
  • Background Music (1/2): Okay, but not as good as original series.
  • Sound Effects (1/2): Fine but barely memorable.
  • Seiyuu (1/3): Very strong lineup, not very good though overall when voicing the show.
  • Total: 3/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (0/2): None
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (0/2): None
  • Presentation: (0/2): Waste of time. Too large of a cast. Requires prior series to understand full context. Messy approach and ending.
  • Re-watchable (0/1): None
  • Recommendation (0/2): Ikki Tousen is better.
  • Value (0/1): Zero
  • Total: 0/10

Preliminary Score: 3/10

Final Score: 2/10

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