The Best Episodes of Queen's Blade
In 4 years time the competition that will decide who the next Queen shall be will start. The strongest warrior will continue to rule the country according to tradition and expand it. The contestants need only be older than 12 years. They need not be human, intelligent or even of that country. The rules for the tournament are simple: murder is allowed. Any weapon can be chosen. The winner is decided when one of the participants flees or can't move anymore. Such event is broadcasted trough a crystal sphere by the court's magic teacher to all population to see and enjoy.
#1 - Ambition! Successor to the Throne
Season 2 - Episode 12
Nanael makes her report to Heaven, where the Head Angel determines that Aldra has made a pact with Delmora, a fallen angel. The final battle begins, with Aldra proving to have overwhelming power. She eventually kicks Leina in the neck, making her collapse. Risty appears at the arena and cheers Leina on, causing her to get back up. Leina shows that she has adopted many of her old foes' techniques as she hits Aldra with Claudette's Thunderclap Strike and Tomoe's Warrior Kick. Just as Leina has the advantage, however, Aldra petrifies her. The crowd jeers, calling her a demon. Meanwhile, Lana has invaded the palace, trying to rescue his parents by himself. He is confronted by a Fang Assassin, but finds Airi's Scythe which still contains some of Airi's spirit. He hurls the scythe at the Assassin, and Airi snags enough of the Assassin's vital force to reconstitute herself. Nanael overhears the struggle and arrives with more sacred milk, freeing Cattleya and Owen. Melona has been hiding in the palace, though now she is tiny, and Menace is also freed. Aldra flies into a rage at the crowd's jeers and petrifies them all except Claudette, Tomoe, and Risty. Even though Leina is petrified, her spirit causes everyone's weapons to glow: even those far away like Nowa and Echidna, showing the bonds she has formed with all of them. Nanael frees Leina with more sacred milk, and she counterattacks. Delmora convinces Aldra to remove the seals on his power, but even with his unsealed power, Leina defeats Aldra, causing Delmora to emerge. It is revealed that Delmora separated Aldra from her sister so that she would despair and seek to use his power for revenge so that he could get her body in return. Nyx sees that some of those petrified have been freed, and finally shows resolve of her own by freeing Funikura herself. Nanael pours more sacred milk on Delmora, then Claudette, Tomoe, and finally Leina attack, defeating him as Leina emerges victorious. Aldra matures to adulthood in an instant since Delmora had given her eternal youth, and Tomoe tells her that she can seek her sister in Hinomoto herself. Soon after, Leina is crowned the new Queen.
#2 - Duel To The Death! Culminating Showdown
Season 2 - Episode 11
Tomoe demands to know why Aldra had the Kouma Ninja attack Hinomoto. Aldra says that she has been searching for her sister, and Hinomoto is the only area outside of her rule. She says burning the country to the ground would be worth it to find her sister. Aldra's past is revealed: she and her sister were outcasts for being of mixed demonic descent, and were forced to wander. Her sister mysteriously disappeared one day at the edge of a forest, and Aldra, in desperation, found a spirit without a body. The spirit inhabited Aldra's body in return for giving her great power and eternal youth. Aldra offers Tomoe rule over Hinomoto in exchange for her servitude, promising peace for Hinomoto if her sister is found, but Tomoe rejects her offer, remaining loyal to her Empress. Nanael has mysteriously returned to Heaven, and Leina and Risty finally fight. Leina fends off Risty's aggressive style, and eventually causes her to hesitate when she shows her the lucky coin she gave her. Leina scores a hit and Risty falls. Leina rushes to tend to her, and Risty temporarily breaks free from Aldra's control. Aldra's evil spirit then possesses Risty directly, however, and Risty begins strangling Leina. Leina is about to pass out when Melona appears in Aldra's throne room and coils up her body, shaking her control over Risty. Leina uses the opening to break free and eventually defeats Risty, shattering Aldra's control over her for good. Melona and Aldra fight, with Melona managing to dump what remains of the sacred milk on Aldra, weakening her, but Aldra manages to drive Melona off anyway. The final battle is set to begin: Leina vs Aldra.
#3 - Complication! Changing Premonition
Season 2 - Episode 6
Claudette and Menace are fighting in a desert, giving Menace the upper hand. Her sand attacks confuse Claudette, and she uses cursed attacks to drain Claudette's strength. It begins to rain, however, which weakens her sand attacks, and Claudette emerges victorious. Menace is later turned to stone by Aldra, who says that ancient things should stay in the past. The first round is over, with Risty advancing by some unexplained method, and Nanael advancing because her foe (presumably Melona) did not appear. Nanael is dismayed that no one is placing bets on her, and uses all of Melpha's money to place a large bet on herself while in disguise, so as Melpha's roommate, she must subsist on vegetables from her garden. Meanwhile, Risty is pursuing Irma throughout the city. She corners her and is about to kill her when Echidna intervenes and shelters Irma for a while, but Aldra sets the next match so that Irma must fight Risty anyway. Tomoe is also summoned to fight Elina.
#4 - Strategy! Royal Palace of Lament
Season 2 - Episode 5
Ymir uses the fact that her bout is being broadcast to advertise the effectiveness of her weapons, especially since Leina is using a Cattleya weapon. Leina emerges victorious, however. Lana is hanging on to Cattleya during her fight with Airi, but actually proves to be helpful as Airi cannot bring herself to kill him. Cattleya is winning when she sees that Owen is frozen inside one of the stones in Aldra's "Palace of Grief" and breaks down crying, conceding defeat. Aldra promises to reunite Cattleya with her husband, and does so by turning her to stone as well. Filled with grief, Lana grabs Cattleya's spear and tries to attack Aldra. Aldra is about to turn him to stone too when Airi rescues him and they escape. They are confronted by Risty and the Assassins of the Fang, but when Risty is about to strike Lana down, she remembers the orphans she used to care for and hesitates, allowing them to escape. Lana keeps following Airi around, and she resolves to care for him in Cattleya's stead. When Cattleya does not return, Ymir asks Leina to allow her to care for her sword from now on. The next match is set: Claudette vs Menace.
#5 - Showdown! Mutually Seeking Bonds
Season 2 - Episode 4
Irma refuses to help Echidna, so Alleyne and Nowa resolve to pick them off one by one. Echidna's past is revealed. Echidna manages to trap Alleyne in a pitcher plant, then to pin Nowa. Alleyne breaks free and takes the initiative against Echidna, but Irma appears, threatening to kill the trapped Nowa and forcing Alleyne to surrender. Leina brings her sword to Cattleya for repair again, while Ymir's attempts to sell weapons go unnoticed in the market. Cattleya states her resolve to reunite her family. The next set of matches begins: Reina vs Ymir and Cattleya vs Airi, the latter being fought in the room where Aldra keeps all of those she has turned to stone.
#6 - Fiery Passion! Ignited Karma
Season 2 - Episode 3
It is revealed that Nyx is enslaved to a tentacle demon lord named Funikura, who has given her magical fire power, yet often molests her with its tentacles. Elina realizes that Nyx is a coward without Funikura, and tricks her into relinquishing it, upon which Nyx surrenders. Risty is revealed as the new leader of the Assassins of the Fang. Aldra turns Funikura to stone, saying that old demons should not wander free. Nowa gets lost in the Gynos marketplace and is almost raped by a gang of street punks who were swiftly beaten by Echidna. Nowa and Alleyne are summoned to fight in a swamp, as are Echidna and Irma. It is then revealed to be a team match: Alleyne and Nowa vs Echidna and Irma.
#7 - Freeze! Circumstances Beyond Calculations
Season 2 - Episode 7
Irma looks for an opening to strike in her fight with Risty, and finds one when Risty starts having flashbacks to her old, righteous self. However, Irma misses in her killing blow, and is defeated instead. Echidna retrieves her afterwards, and the two depart together. Elina shakes Tomoe's resolve by calling her a hypocrite in regards to how she can call herself righteous while killing people. Tomoe tells Elina she has formed a bond with Leina, since they shared food and shelter on their journey, which Elina misinterprets, thinking that Tomoe has slept with Reina. Elina attacks in a frenzy, but Tomoe pulls through victorious. Ymir is pondering how best to augment Leina's sword. The next match is set: Nanael vs Airi in the Palace of Grief. Tomoe returns from her victorious battle to find a note from Shizuka, leading her to a graveyard. Shizuka reveals that she never actually left the Kouma Ninja, and has been posing as Tomoe's friend to lower her guard so she could kill her. Tomoe finally gains the will to fight her friend, and kills her. In dying, Shizuka says that being able to kill her best friend has made Tomoe stronger since these emotional bonds would only hinder her resolve as a warrior.
#8 - A Crown of Flowers and the Hidden Power
Season 3 - Episode 6
Annelotte finally confronts Mirim and her nearly invincible Hyper Vibration Armor, and in the middle of the fierce showdown, Captain Liliana's flying pirate ship suddenly appears in the sky above.
#9 - The Moonlight from the Jungle and the Sun
Season 3 - Episode 3
Annelotte has traveled to the jungle to find the source of the fog plaguing the townsfolk. When she befriends a local tribe, they believe Annelotte to be the Knight of BlackLuna’s prophecy. But it seems key details were left out…
#10 - The Secret of the Castle at Gainos
Season 3 - Episode 5
While trying to sneak into the castle, Yuit and Annelotte have come across a colosseum underneath the castle. In exchange for Annelotte entering the fights and winning, her backer will tell them where to find Ymir. An easy agreement until she has to fight the dragon warrior, Branwen
#11 - Shameful, Shudder! Fighting Angel
Season 2 - Episode 8
Airi and Nanael are both desperate to finish the match quickly, as both are starving, and begin to fight in earnest. Airi weakens Nanael by causing her to spill more of the sacred milk, which spills onto some of the petrified people in the palace. Airi runs out of time because it has been too long since she has consumed vital force and due to her desire not to do so in front of Lana, and Airi disappears. Aldra is visibly disturbed by the spilling of the sacred milk. Lana has lost another guardian, and this time goes to Ymir, deciding to help her fix Leina's sword. Lana reveals Cattleya's fate to Ymir and Leina, and Leina says she will save Cattleya. The sacred milk causes the stone Melona was encased in to crack, and she manages to escape. Nanael is then set against Leina, but Nanael is now weak from having spilled the sacred milk, and with her new sword Leina easily defeats her. Count Vance puts a plot in motion to seize the throne for himself. Melona appears before the defeated Nanael with a proposal to defeat Aldra. The next match is set: Claudette vs. Risty.
#12 - The Unstopping Hyper Vibration
Season 3 - Episode 4
While performing her duties as an Inquisitor, Sigui is asked by the town people to listen to their problems. The perceived arrogance of one confession leads her to declaring that person a heretic. All heretics must be burned
#13 - The Sacred War
Season 3 - Episode 2
While performing her duties as an Inquisitor, Sigui is asked by the town people to listen to their problems. The perceived arrogance of one confession leads her to declaring that person a heretic. All heretics must be burned.
#14 - Innermost Feelings! Duel At Vance Castle
Season 2 - Episode 9
Claudette and Risty are fighting in the courtyard of Vance Castle just as Vance's army is leaving in his bid to overthrow Aldra by conventional military force. Claudette is initially victorious, knocking out Risty with a lightning bolt. She tries to dissuade the Count from his attempted overthrow, saying that it will only breed war across the continent, and reveals that Lady Maria, Vance's wife and her adoptive mother, told her to heal Vance's pain if she did not return from the Queen's Blade, and she has been serving loyally to soothe Vance's emotional scars. Vance tries to convince her to serve him again in his bid to overthrow Aldra, but she refuses, and he tells her to leave. Risty then awakens, however, and it is now apparent that she was sent to kill the Count. Claudette manages to stop her, but is eventually defeated herself when Risty collapses a roof on her. As Claudette is teleported back to Gynos, she reconciles with the Count, who then withdraws his army. Aldra calls it a success: though the Count still lives, his coup was thwarted. Claudette warns Leina that Risty has changed. Meanwhile, it is seen that Nyx has found a job as a barmaid, and that Tomoe is training fiercely, now wearing Shizuka's old horned headband. Melona, Nanael, and Melpha discuss the mysterious Aldra, and Melona steals Nanael's sacred milk.
#15 - A Samurai Arrives
Season 3 - Episode 9
Annelotte accidentally travels to a small village of orphaned children, where she meets the self-proclaimed "Samurai God" Izumi. Realizing that Annelotte is a stronger and more skilled fighter, Izumi asks Annelotte to teach her better swordsmanship. And not a moment too soon, for the underworld demons Belphe and Dogor just appear in their village to eat the children.
#16 - The Open Door - Path to the Queen
Season 1 - Episode 12
Cattleya and Ymir head to Gainos to help out those being attacked by the Army of the Dead. Melona, Menace, Airi and the Army of the Dead continue the onslaught against Reina, Listy, Elina, Claudette and Tomoe. Reina is separated from the rest and must fight Melona. Airi and Menace alone. Reina is about to be defeated when Nowa and Alleyne show up and save her. Listy destroys all the Army of the Dead in one fell swoop once the Queen's Blade battle is announced. Melona shapeshifts into various other characters to try and confuse and outwit Reina. Tomoe comes to aid Reina against Melona dispatching her and continuing the fight against Menace. Melona transforms into Reina to precipitate an ironic end to Reina, however Reina overcomes Melona with her Dragon Tail. In desperation, Melona summons a massive Demon Serpent from Hell. Tomoe attempts to attack it but is paralyzed. Claudette attempts to use a lightning attack, also to no avail. Nanael flys Reina up to the Serpent's face, and Reina stabs her in the eye defeating her. Queen Aldra appears and disintegrates the Serpent. Nanael informs them all she is returning to heaven. Tomoe apologises to Reina for underestimating her. Queen Aldra annouces they can all enter Gainos, and can start the tournament for Queen's Blade.
#17 - Bonds of the Rebellion
Season 3 - Episode 12
Annelotte finally comes face-to-face with Thundercloud Queen Claudette, and the fate of the continent will be decided by the one who emerges victorious.
#18 - Cherished Desire! Reason For Fighting
Season 2 - Episode 10
Nanael is drinking milk to drown her sorrows at the bar where Nyx works, and Nyx tells her of the rumor about the horned monster seen in the woods. Nanael thinks it might be Melona, and goes to seek her with Melpha. She instead finds Tomoe in a dangerous mood. Elina returns home after Claudette tells her that she is the only one of the three sisters capable of serving Count Vance any more, as neither Claudette nor Leina have the will to. Nanael tries to get Leina to ambush Tomoe in the forest, but then decides to tell her what they know about Aldra so far. Between them, Nanael, Leina, and Ymir determine that Aldra has to be allied with some sort of heavenly creature because the sacred milk actually has a negative impact on the divine (and conversely a positive one on the demonic, which is how it was able to revive Melona). Melona spies on the conversation, posing as Lana. Leina is summoned at last to fight Tomoe, and they battle in the ruins of Tomoe's old shrine in Hinomoto. Tomoe's hair has turned white, and Aldra says that she is driven by the ghosts of her friends and the suffering in her heart. Tomoe says that, for Shizuka's sake, she has become a demon who will win at any cost. A desperate fight begins with Tomoe having the upper hand, utilizing a lot of powerful techniques. Leina eventually recovers and says that she cannot lose either, and that she accepts everything that has happened, including Tomoe's feelings. Tomoe rejects that, replying that one needs to be heartless to be strong. Leina triumphs, and Tomoe claims she finally understands her. Ymir uses the fight as advertising for the sword she re-forged, and sells many cheap knockoffs of it. Tomoe awakens in the Palace of Grief.
#19 - Wavering Spirit
Season 3 - Episode 11
Fierce battles rage across the castle as the forces of good clash with the forces of evil. Admist the climatic showdown, a sinster secret is revealed.
#20 - Spiritual Awakening - Surprise Attack
Season 1 - Episode 10
Listy, Tomoe and Shizuka all reach the edge of Gainos, and Reina and Nanael catch up with them. Listy tells them to leave, so Reina challenges her to a fight for Queen's Blade and Listy accepts. Listy is about to defeat Reina when Tomoe intervenes to stop the battle. Listy tells Reina not to bother competing in Queen's Blade as she is not strong enough. Echidna arrives and challenges Listy to a fight, however after a few minutes of fighting they stop, and Listy announces they will fight again in three days. Reina admits she has no purpose for fighting like everyone else and Tomoe reassures her that she is still right to fight in Queen's Blade. Reina slips out during the night and meets Echidna, and asks her to teach her how to fight. Echidna makes her a suit out of tree sap to protect against being injured in the practice battles. Echidna fights her with all her strength and Reina is so afraid she can barely move. Emboldened by this, Echidna and Reina fight non stop for two days and nights. At the end of this Reina is finally able to land a blow on Echidna, a move Echidna refers to as the Dragon's Tail. Reina comes to fight Listy, only to discover she has already been defeated by Claudette.
#21 - Secret Maneuver - Fang of the Assassin
Season 1 - Episode 8
Nanael is following Reina on her journey. Tomoe and Shizuka are continuing on their journey as well, and rest at a hot spring. Elina is also on the road and encounters Tomoe and tells her to leave the springs but before she goes Elina realises that Tomoe has fought Reina. Elina announces she will also compete in Queen's Blade. Shizuka encounters Irma, a member of the Queen's Assassins of the Fang, and starts fighting her near the hot springs. Shizuka is defeated swiftly. Elina tries to fight Tomoe, but she refuses as it is an unjustified battle. Shizuka is captured by Irma after the battle and questioned about her time as a Demonic Ninja and is beaten unconscious. Tomoe spends the night looking for her and encounters Irma in disguise who brings her to Shizuka and threatens to kill Shizuka if Tomoe does not help her. Shizuka reveals that it was Irma who made the Demonic Ninjas attack them back in their homeland. Tomoe challenges Irma to a Queen's Blade fight to avenge the deaths of her fellow priestesses. After a long battle Tomoe defeates Irma, and Irma flees. Claudette announces to her father that she wants to participate in Queen's Blade.
#22 - Smite Evil! An Unexpected Battle
Season 2 - Episode 2
Leina is having trouble finding accommodations until she mentions she is in the Queen's Blade, and the greedy hotel manager rushes to fill her order and ends up rooming her with Echidna. Tomoe and Shizuka meet Melpha, and Tomoe admires her for dressing more appropriately than other competitors. It is revealed that Nyx used to be a maid for the Vance Family, and was treated cruelly by Elina. Aldra wants a new servant to lead the Assassins, and sends a fake letter to lure Risty to her palace. Once there, she awakens the hate in Risty's soul, making Risty her servant. The first match is fought: Tomoe vs Melpha, where Tomoe finds that Melpha uses lewd "Holy Poses" to fight, giving Tomoe the resolve to defeat her perversion. Another match begins: Elina vs Nyx.
#23 - Thunder - After the Death Battle
Season 1 - Episode 11
Listy is fighting Claudette when she realises she is starting to go numb from some poison that Echidna has given her, and Claudette defeats her. Reina uses the Elven medicine she has to heal Listy. Reina then challenges Claudette to Queen's Blade. Elina witnesses the battle starting and rides as fast as she can to reach them. Claudette tells Reina she has always hated her for her immaturity. Listy recovers in time to see Reina be able to reflect one of Claudette's lighting attacks. Listy attacks Claudette with her Dragon Tail maneveur which Claudette deflects with her sword, only to have her sword explode injuring them both. Claudette realises that Reina has a true inner strength and reconciles with her. Nanael declares the match a draw. Elina arrives as the battle ends, and announces she will be entering Queen's Blade as well. Nowa and Cattleya see the Army of the Dead approaching Gainos. Queen Aldra reveals the Swamp Witch wants to prevent the Queen's Blade tournament, and Shizuka overhears this. Everyone is about to enter Gainos, and Melona, Menace and Airi shows up with the Army of the Dead.
#24 - Promise - Forest of the Watchman
Season 1 - Episode 6
Reina recovers outside the pyramid, on the edge of a forest, and a Maid of Temptation, Airi is turning the forest into a swamp. She is attacked by the Nowa, Watchmen of the Forest. Airi catches Nowa and steals her life energy. Reina intervenes and has to fight Airi. Airi starts draining her life energy but Reina breaks free and Airi disappears after slashing Reina across the chest. Nowa nurses Reina back to health, introducing her to Combat Instructor Alleyne who heals her wounds, after explaining how the elves do not normally humans into the forest. Reina enters the main elf city and the elves are not pleased, and confront Nowa about it. Elina goes to search for her sister, and holds Claudette in the castle. The elf council force Nowa to leave the village and fight in Queen's Blade. Alleyne wanted to compete, but was not allowed by the elders. Reina stops Nowa leaving the forest and causes her to fight, trying to dissuade her from competing. Nowa convinces Reina to let her compete and they two of them part ways.
#25 - Resurrected Curse - The Queen of Ancient Times
Season 1 - Episode 5
Reina is missing, swept down the river at the bottom of the ravine, and Echidna goes searching for her. Reina has been enslaved by Menace inside her pyramid. Tomoe and Shizuka approach where Menace is holding Reina, in the Queen's Capital. A sandstorm appears and Reina, still possessed, attacks Tomoe and Shizuka. Nanael appears and turns this into a Queen's Blade round between the possessed Reina and Tomoe. Tomoe and Nanael become trapped in a pyramid with many booby traps however Nanael manages to escape by finding a hole in the wall. Just as Tomoe is about to drown in a water trap Nanael returns to witness Tomoe using her sword to wedge open a brick in the wall and drain the water out, encountering Reina after she escapes. Tomoe manages to break the curse on Reina, causing Menace to attack Tomoe, and causing the bridge they are standing on to crumble, with Reina falling into the abyss below. Shizuka rescues Tomoe from Menace, and explains to Menance how her kingdom failed because of the failure of the princess without realising Menace was that princess. Menace through her anger causes the pyramid to self destruct, and Tomoe, Shizuka and Nanael are washed outside as it is destroyed. Menace states her intention of resurrecting the Kingdom of Amar.