Hiya all, Caelrona here with your Wednesday dose of geek. Since there really isn’t too much going on right now, and it has been a while since I wrote about anime, I thought that I would share with you some anime that I recently watched. I got to watch all of these anime series while I had control of my friend’s Netflix account, so they’re readily available if you feel like giving them a go. These anime are for a more mature audience – they all feature a lot of violence, blood and fan-service. If that is your type of anime, then keep on reading!
Murder Princess is a pretty kick-ass anime. I honestly didn’t think it would be too great, judging by the description that Netflix gave it, but I gave it a shot anyway and I’m glad I did. While it won’t be winning any awards or going down in anime history like Cowboy Bebop or Dragon Ball Z, it isn’t terrible. The storyline has some unexpected twists that keep things fairly interesting, and the dialogue has its witty moments, so you won’t be bored silly with only the fan-service to keep you awake.
Murder Princess is a 6 episode long OVA based on the 2 volume manga of the same name. It was released in 2007 by Marvelous Entertainment in conjunction with Bee Train. Each episode has a runtime of 30 minutes.
Murder Princess is pretty much summed up by the title. The princess kills people; lots and lots of people. After an assassination attempt on the King of Forland succeeds, the princess, Alita, must run for her life from the castle. Unfortunately the castle is surrounded by a dangerous forest, and her entourage of guards is quickly dispatched by the Forest Guardian. While now safe from the assassins, Alita must still run for her life. It is during her tumultuous escape that she bumps into Falis, a bounty hunter. The two plummet off of a steep cliff and against all odds they survive, however due to the near death experience their souls have switched bodies! Falis, hindered with the weaker body of the pristine princess, still fights and defeats the Forest Guardian. Seeing Falis’s strength and courage Alita begs the bounty hunter to put her sword to the defense of Forland. But can Falis protect the country from a betrayal so deep that even Alita does not see its depth?
Queens Blade is an anime geeks wet dream – literally. This thing is so packed full of fan service I don’t think I can even properly describe it. If a character is wearing any armor or clothes (note the if, it’s important) then even the slightest scuffle or fight has them being ripped, torn, or broken off. Not to mention one character has boobs the size of two yoga balls. I can’t even make that up – imagine someone stuffing two exercise balls in their shirt and it’s close to what this woman’s boobs look like; still too small though. Other than the ridiculously skimpy armor and outfits, the outrageous boobs (I think the entire world has DD’s, at least) and crazy amounts of fan-service then this is a pretty good anime. The storyline isn’t bad, a young girl struggling to get away from an oppressive father and incestuously perverted sister ends up competing in an amazon warrior-esque competition known as the Queen’s Blade, which is a competition held every four years to crown the most beautiful and deadly warrior queen. Did I forget to mention that the Queen’s Blade is broadcast around the world by angels? Yeah, freakin’ angels follow these boobalicious amazon warrior babes around as they travel to the Queen’s Capitol, Gainos, fighting each other whenever they meet up, all for the honor and privilege of fighting the current queen. Not to mention one of them is anthromorphic and shoots acid out of her tits. Nifty huh?
Queens Blade is 12 episode anime based off of a series of Visual Combat Books which eventually spawned a media franchise spanning 4 different manga adaptations, 3 different anime adaptations, 3 light novel adaptations and a video game. Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin was released in 2009 by ARMS and licensed by Media Blasters.
Queens Blade: The Exiled Virgin follows a young warrior named Leina during her journey to the Queen’s Capitol to fight in the Queen’s Blade. Initially Leina is only attempting to escape her duties as the next countess of the regal Vance family, but ends up embroiled in the competition. She quickly decides to compete, but is met with much resistance. Not only is her family trying to get her back, but the evil Swamp Witch and her minions are attempting to put a stop to the competition. Can Leina and her friends make it to the Queen’s Capitol, or will the Swamp Witch succeed with her attempt to foil the tournament?
Master of Martial Hearts
The Master of Martial Hearts is a pretty decent anime. The storyline seems fairly straight forward when you start watching. A young girl, who happens to be a martial arts master ends up competing in a dangerous competition to win a mysterious gem, the ‘Martial Heart’, that supposedly grants your greatest wish. It packs in plenty of fan service (although not nearly as much as Queens Blade does) and even a few cute moments here and there. The ending has a twist so crazy that I was completely shocked at how extremely fucked up (excuse my language) it was. Seriously, I was not expecting that kind of ending. That is some messed up shit at the end.
The Master of Martial Hearts is a 5 episode OVA. There is also a 3 volume manga series of the same name, but no records of which came first. The anime was released in 2008 by Arms Corporation and licensed by Funimation Entertainment in the USA and Manga Entertainment in the UK.
The Master of Martial Hearts is a very short anime that follows a young girl named Aya who competes in a martial arts competition in order to win a mysterious jewel, the Platonic Heart, which is said to grant a wish to the winner of the competition. Aya, a martial arts prodigy child, is embroiled in the mysterious competition after saving another young girl, whom she befriends. The girl admits to Aya that she is competing in order to wish for friends, for she had never had any. Aya offers to be her friend, and the girl drops out of the competition. Soon after she disappears, and Aya is offered the empty spot in the competition. Can Aya survive the battles she must fight in order to save her friend, and who is behind this mysterious competition anyway?
Well, there you go! A few fan-service filled anime series for you to watch. None of them are very long, so they won’t take up too much of your time (I watched them all in only 3 days) and they are pretty entertaining, despite all of the fan-service they offer. Anyway, I will see you same time next week for your Wednesday dose of geekiness!
Until next time;
Caelrona – signing off! ❤