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Queen’s Blade Utsukushiki Toushi-tachi OVA 2

September 18, 2010

Traveling back to the forest after the tournament, Allean berates Nowa for being overly excited simply from looking at the scenery as they hitch a ride on a cart. When Nowa falls asleep with her head on Allean’s lap, the elf doesn’t know what to do, soon blushing beet red.

Gazing at Nowa’s sleeping face, Allean remembers the young girls’ infectious enthusiasm at all the wondrous things they saw on their voyage so far.

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Passing near the coast, Nowa’s glee at seeing the sea for the first time in her life gets the best of her and she throws her clothes off to dive straight into the water.

Enjoying the sandy beaches, going for a swim in the ocean and facing off against two other girls in a beach volleyball duel, Allean and Nowa have a wonderful time.

Looking back on such a fun filled day, Allean wonders if they should really head back to the elves’ forest, if she would not rather enjoy spending more such time with Nowa and begins to ponder what Nowa really means to her.

Remembering a tale Allean once told her when she was young, Nowa heads out into the sea by herself that night, hoping to find a precious stone as present for her cherished teacher. But the currents near the cliffs prove too much for the young girl and she gets dragged away.

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Feeling something is amiss, Allean wakens from her sleep and notices Nowa is missing. Worried, the battle instructor sets out in search of her pupil and faces off against Funikura on the nearby beach, the evil sentient staff having attacked their earlier volleyball opponents.

Allean dives into the sea in search of Nowa, but the young half elf has already washed ashore where she is rescued by Nyx, who gives her some hot soup to warm up. Finding the two, Allean is uncharacteristically cold, swiftly ordering Nowa they are to leave for the elf forest at once.

Before they can depart, Funikura takes control of Nyx and attacks the two elves. However, Allean quickly defeats the now maniacally aggressive girl, but in her own anger, she forgets about Funikura and is entangled by the evil staff.

The staff’s malicious will being injected into Allean, the elf feels as if she is disappearing into nothingness but as her conscience is about to fade away, she finally realizes what truly is important to her. Luckily, Nowa rescues Allean in the nick of time, smashing Funikura and fast catapulting it into the sea.

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Watching the sunrise together, Allean listens to Nowa’s desire to set out into the world by herself. Even though the elf has realized that in the thousand years she’s been alive, the happiest days have been those spent with Nowa and she must now let go of her treasured pupil.

Thoughts on this episode~

Allean being my favorite “Queen’s Blade” character, I adored this OVA and almost wished they would have cut out the second half with Nyx in favor of continuous focus on Allean and Nowa.

Of course, the battle with Nyx and Funikura was a necessary plot device to move along Allean and Nowa’s relationship, allowing Allean to realize what Nowa really means to her.
This also makes their later parting more bittersweet, although Allean finally realizes how precious Nowa really is to her, that she is actually the one who needs Nowa the most and not especially vice versa, she must come to terms that Nowa sets out into the world by herself.

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Featuring plenty of fanservice as we are used to by now from “Queen’s Blade”, this OVA didn’t exaggerate either, save for exposed chests it was the usual fare for this franchise. While I cannot deny being keen on seeing the shapely Allean bare more skin compared to other characters, definitely enjoyed the yuri centric fanservice just as much.

Especially considering they were able to play a lot with Allean’s character in terms of her interaction with Nowa, in fact her reaction when Nowa hugged her during the beach volleyball scene reminded me of Kanade from “Candy☆Boy”.

Ah… Allean making dozens of cute facial expressions, under the shower, in bikini on the beach, acting tsundere, and much more… what a great gift this OVA is to Allean fans!

Enough time is spent on exploring her character, viewers may regret though that we do not really get such an introspective look into Nowa, whose major change is her desire to set off alone into the world. Allean’s evolution, or rather realization what Nowa means to her, does seem more profound.

The next OVA will feature another of my favorite “Queen’s Blade” girls, the ghostly maid Airi. Although I heard that if they follow the original story, Airi will receive severe punishment by the swamp witch for having disobeyed. Will Airi’s character disappear from the series? Guess we’ll see!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2010 9:30 pm

    The Severe Punishment for Airi is indeed horrible XD

    I didnt like this OVA as much as the first one.It basically focused more on Nowas will to go out into the world alone after meeting Leina and Echidna.

    Personally I was a bit letdown that Nyx was once more used as a cheap antagonistic character instead of exploring what shes going through more.

  2. September 18, 2010 9:32 pm

    @Blowfish
    True, Nyx got a raw deal as usual. For a moment I thought they’d have her character evolve by parting from Funikura but alas.
    I loved this OVA the most, of course, that’s due solely because of my preference for Allean and penchant for yuri. XD

  3. biotoxic permalink
    September 18, 2010 9:42 pm

    This second OVA sounds good. Allean didn’t get enough time in the main QB anime and I’m glad we get to see more of Nowa and Allean. Although Nyx sounds disappointing again. I can’t wait to get a chance to watch this second OVA.

    The first OVA was really good. Much better than I was expecting. Seeing Elina at the end of that OVA made me excited for more Queen’s Blade Rebellion material.

  4. Pheonix03 permalink
    September 18, 2010 10:15 pm

    This OVA was truly excellent. Alleyene and Nowa are two of my favorite QB characters, so this episode was a real gift. I’ve always liked Alleyene and Nowa’s relationship, and to see it evolve so much in this episode was great.

    I usually never have problems with bitter-sweet endings, but this time I wanted the happy ending by having Alleyene and Nowa be together. This ending was still good, and it’ll probably lead into the Rebellion storyline, at least with Nowa.

  5. September 19, 2010 9:33 am

    @biotoxic
    The whole episode between Allean and Nowa was terrific, it had a little bit of everything for them, character interaction, bonding, fanservice, action,..
    It does seem they’re starting to gear things to kick off a “Queen’s Blade Rebellion” series someday.
    @Pheonix03
    Enjoyed it a lot as well, the main series didn’t cover that much between Allean and Nowa, mostly leaving it at hints and such. Did feel sad to see them part ways at the end.

  6. September 19, 2010 6:08 pm

    oh nice nude elves, but I’ll wait for a subbed version.
    Ova wasn’t that bad 😉

  7. Devastator001 permalink
    September 20, 2010 1:17 am

    One of the few moments where I envy Funikura >.<! Now it makes me wonder how'd the swamp witch beat Allean in Rebellion and What kind of curse she put on her @_@ (The Mass production Airis mentioned the list of senshis the swamp witch had beaten before they fought Risty)

  8. September 20, 2010 7:53 pm

    @Fabienne
    Well, hopefully you’ll find one. Haven’t encountered any subs for the first OVA though, wonder if any group is picking this up at all.
    @Devastator001
    So the swamp witch defeats Allean in Rebellion? Oh dear, don’t think I’m keen on seeing an ‘evil’ Allean, that’d ruin her character.
    Mass production Airi makes it sound as if she’s a mobile suit. Gundam Ghostly Maid GGM-666 Airi? XD

  9. Devastator001 permalink
    September 21, 2010 2:35 am

    Dunno what happened to the original Airi although they did mention Reina and Tomoe were beaten by the swamp witch (sleep curse and blindness curse) and Risty also got her ass handed to her shortly after, and Anneloette just missed the fight by a few hours. So am curious on the next OVA’s focus on Airi and might shed some light on what the swamp witch is planning in Rebellion.

  10. September 21, 2010 8:41 pm

    @Devastator001
    Really? Looking forward to seeing that then. Looks like the swamp witch is a foe to be reckoned with.

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