Queen’s Blade 5
Having let go of Reina’s hand which caused the girl to drop into the depths below, Clodette scours the rapid water river at the bottom of the chasm, but there is no sign of Reina.
Further downriver, Echidna’s snake picks up faint traces of the wandering warrior’s scent, so the elf believes that Reina has survived.
At the Vance castle, Elina is bereft with grief at having lost her beloved sister. In tears, she thinks of all the things she still wanted to do together with Reina.
Reina has actually survived the fall and was taken by Menace. In her pyramid far into the desert, Menace and her magical scepter Setra imbue evil spirits into Reina’s unconscious body to forever enslave her as Menace’s faithful servant.
When Melona discovers that Menace’s new pet servant is Reina, she gets into a heated argument with the princess but is quickly forced to retreat.
Enjoying an oil massage by her new servant Reina, who seems to have lost all traces of self awareness, Menace’s bliss is interrupted when Setra detects Tomoe and Shizuka approaching the pyramid.
With his keen yet perverted eyes, the living scepter deems the two girls suitable candidates to become Menace’s servants next to Reina.
Using magic to generate a storm that separates Tomoe and Shizuka, Menace sends Reina to attack the warrior priestess.
Spotting the battle from the skies, the angel Nanael follows the fighting girls when they head into the pyramid, trying to broadcast it as a Queen’s Blade battle. Thanks to the broadcast, Elina, Listy and Echidna see Reina is still alive.
Her Queen’s Blade broadcast ends up being for naught though as Nanael is trapped in the pyramid alongside Tomoe, running for their lives from all the lethal booby traps.
Nearly crushed by a giant rolling stone, Nanael is pulled out of harms way into a small crevasse by Tomoe, but the angel now finds herself crushed against Tomoe’s sizable bosom.
The two girls are locked in a large room that starts to fill with water pouring down from ducts high up in the wall.
While Nanael is able to fly up and escape through the water ducts, Tomoe is submerged and in danger of drowning. Loosing the last air in her lungs, the warrior priestess activates the powers locked inside her possessed katana and she uses it to destroy the walls and evacuate the water.
Coming to, Tomoe gasps for air only to feel a sharp blade is now at her throat, Reina has caught up with her!
When Menace appears declaring she’ll make Tomoe her next servant, the priestess tries to bring Reina back to her senses which ultimately succeeds.
Struggling to regain control over her own body against the evil spirits that roam inside her, Reina comes back to herself. But before the wandering warrior can stand alongside Tomoe against Menace, the magic wielding princess captures Tomoe and destroys the bridge Reina is standing on.
In the meantime, Setra had found and captured Shizuka, but the sly kunoichi talks herself out of the situation and learns from the living scepter that Menace was once the princess of a vast land but was betrayed by her advisers and most trusted servant.
Buried alive in the ruins of her palace, Menace was brought back from the dead, but according to Setra, she isn’t as evil as they may think.
When Shizuka and Setra arrive at Menace’s chamber, they discover that the princess has taken Tomoe prisoner.
Not allowing her beloved Tomoe to become a mindless slave, Shizuka quickly frees the priestess but true to her character makes inappropriate remarks to Menace, causing the magic wielding princess to become absolutely enraged.
Blind with Fury, Menace brings down the entire pyramid, making it crumble into a pile of rubble.
Luckily all the girls are able to escape, including Reina and Nanael, as well as Tomoe and Shizuka.
Later we see Menace sitting on top of the rubble, speaking to Setra about what happened while she stares at the moon in the night sky, it turns out the princess is indeed not that evil.
A lot of action this week. Looks like Melona didn’t die when she fought Reina back in the first episode.
It was nice to see more of Tomoe and Shizuka again, though I also enjoyed the short team up of Nanael with Tomoe. I’m sure Nanael enjoyed it too, being squished against Tomoe’s delicious bosom must be bliss.
Why wasn’t any of the ancient trap inside abandoned ruins action in “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” more like that?
Even with all the battles in this episode, most seemed lighter in tone compared to those we saw the previous weeks.
Menace was ultimately not portrayed as an evil character, so it looks like series’ producers will not write out any characters as evil in nature as such that they oppose the main protagonists in a real battle to the death.
Since they brought back Melona I gather we will have battles which are branded as serious but in reality are just flashy action where no potential character fanbase will be alienated by having their character die on screen.
Animation was alright, but it’s clear some scenes receive better animation than others, and the action sequences still don’t reach the same level as they did in the second episode.
As for explicit nudity, I did not notice much this week. Maybe I’m just becoming immune to it as the weeks go by?
Or perhaps it’s because the ecchi, more daring scenes where of a suggestive and comedic style more to my taste, like the classic but sublime scene of Nanael being smothered against Tomoe’s bosom?
That lovely scene is sure to stay on my mind for a bit…
Next episode we’ll see a lot of new faces, with Nowa, Airi and Allean making an appearance.