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Queen’s Blade Utsukushiki Toushi-tachi OVA 3

November 5, 2010

Punished by the swamp witch for her failure at the tournament, Melona suffers under the unrelenting torture, even though her shapeshifter body is able to heal itself.

Lamenting the injustice that she alone is being punished, Melona chuckles at the thought Airi will soon undergo similar torture for the ghostly maid will surely have to return one day.

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In contrast to Melona’s suffering, Airi lives carefree days with blacksmiths Cattleya, Owen and their son Rana with whom she bonded during the tournament. Proudly showing the ghostly maid a sword he forged, Rana says he wishes for Airi to remain with them forever, as there should be no more need for her to fight.

However, dark shadows loom over Airi’s happiness. Most acutely the fact she still needs to feed on people’s life force to sustain herself which prompts the ghostly maid to go out at night in search of prey.

When Rana catches Airi trying to sneak out, the young boy expresses how conflicted he feels, not wanting Airi to disappear but also not wanting her to take people’s life force.

Rana determinedly offers Airi to take the necessary life force from him instead, the ghostly maid is unable to resist the lure. Struggling with the her own conflicting emotions, the exhilaration at feeling the very essence of boy she so cherishes flow through her is juxtaposed against the guilt at having taken advantage of him.

Feeling obligated to return to the swamp witch she had sworn to serve, Airi returns to the swamp, much to the chagrin of Rana who tries to after the ghostly maid but is stopped short by Cattleya.

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Met by Melona, Airi is tortured by the grudge bearing shapeshifter who has the ghostly maid tickled for days on end. Unable to understand Airi’s sense of duty, Melona eventually looses interest and settles back into their previous entente.

Commanded by Nanael to reconnoiter the swamp witch’s lands to uncover what the witch is up to, the good natured but gullible Melpha heads into the witch’s territory.
Hoping to bring life back to the desolate and barren lands, Melpha uses the powers of her holy poses to have life sprout again from the ground and cover the infertile soil with lavish green plants.

Sensing the intruder, Airi attacks and with a swift strike of her scythe renders the ground dead and barren again. Facing Melpha, Airi’s carefree life seems to have dulled her skills as the ghostly maid is no match for the busty cleric’s power and soon finds herself drained of all energy.

Using her last trump card, Airi commands her ghouls to seize Melpha and prepares to suck the very life force from her opponent. Before she proceeds, Melpha scores a mental strike by observing that Airi seems like a lost lamb, like someone who is looking for her path in a place she doesn’t really belong.

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Struck by Melpha’s words, Airi still sucks the life force from the cleric but soon discovers the energy doesn’t sit well with her and she is forced to flee.
Their battle a stalemate, Melpha returns to the church while Airi remains with Melona in the swamp.

Thoughts on this episode~

Although it offers a bit more on Melona, the swamp witch and the relationship dynamic they have with Airi, this episode is really all about the ghostly maid, delving quite a bit into her character. Considering Airi is one of my favorite “Queen’s Blade” characters together with Allean and Echidna, was quite glad to see a full OVA episode focused on her.

Airi’s character is fleshed out, she proves to be a dutiful, moral persona that struggles with having taken life force from Rana and who still feels obligated to fulfill her duties to the swamp witch even though she knows that will not lead her to happiness.

Alas, regardless of all those Airi moments and her battle with Melpha, do feel this episode lacked good pacing throughout, this made it feel unduly long during some scenes.

Had heard that in the original story, Airi is punished by the swamp witch for disobeying, but here in the OVA so far her sole punishment has been grueling tickle torture at the hands of Melona’s magic.
From the preview it looks like Airi will be back in the next OVA where she and Melona will go after Menace to bring the Egyptian princess back into servitude of the swamp witch.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2010 9:58 pm

    Ok this is interesting…
    In the original Storyline Airi was set under a spell by the swamp witch that makes her obey all her commands.
    Throughout the Tournament Airi dispells it but continues to fight for the Swamp Witch out of true loyalty and affection to the swamp witch.

    Since she failed to deliver at the tournament she recieves punishment by the witch in form of thousand tiny hands tickling her.

    Theres no Rana/Cattleya Part involved and in fac Owen (Cattleyas Husband) is still in the clutches of the swamp witch (unlike the anime where he was imprisoned by Aldra). Melona tells Cattleya and Rana after the Tournament.

    Most interestingly the swamp witch is assisted by other Ghost Maids in QB Rebellion but theres no word on AIri

    Also regarding the next episode: Menace has never been a pawn of the Swamp Witch…Yes,she was revived by her but refused to work under her and aimed to rebuild the Amara Kingdom.

    Which she actually did thanks to cast off figure sales of her on the markets in Gainos XD

    Enough QB blah XD

  2. November 5, 2010 10:04 pm

    @Blowfish
    That’s interesting indeed! So the punishment was roughly the same then? The differences are remarkable though, must say that both story lines sound good in their own right.
    Of course Airi isn’t with the swamp witch in Rebellion, she’s my maid now. Ha! =P

  3. November 5, 2010 10:07 pm

    Do check this for a more complete view on Airis Story: http://fiwasaki.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/queens-blade-endings-menace-airi-and-cattleya/

  4. November 5, 2010 10:10 pm

    Oh my bad it was several hundred tiny tentacles! XD

  5. November 5, 2010 10:22 pm

    I keep putting QB OVA off. Good to see Airi though! Now I have to get into it again. ^ ^

  6. November 6, 2010 10:53 am

    @Yi
    Well the OVA’s are interesting mainly for added background story and some character depth for a few of the characters whose past or major events are explored, like Airi’s in this third OVA.
    Besides that, the OVA’s aren’t especially great.

  7. Devastator001 permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:27 pm

    Now am curious on what happened to Aldra and Tomoe… Been looking at the Grown up Rebellion version of Aldra and I keep getting the impression she got amnesia and her “husband” is a figment of her imagination…. @_@

  8. November 10, 2010 1:34 pm

    @Devastator001
    We might find out in an upcoming OVA. Aldra does go from nun to housewife. ^^

  9. November 16, 2010 11:15 am

    Wait, TWO Melona episodes? She really IS the crew favorite isn’t she? XD This is great news for me as Melona is the entire reason I care about Queen’s Blade.

    @Devestator001
    It’s implied that her husband is the player…so it COULD be a figment of her imagination in the anime.

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