Having recently finished these two very similar series on Netflix and Crunchyroll, I felt that instead of a review (as neither is really worth it, nor has the depth required for an in-depth review) I would compare the two, and compare them to their manga series as well, and see how well they work out. I’m not going to give a photo, as the single picture would give away the winner.
First off is Queen’s Blade. The story is there is a battle every few years where women fight to become queen. One woman is looking for her sister, who left home to compete. A rather bare-bones story, but it sets the tone, and it works well enough throughout the series.
Secondly is Sekirei. A bunch of attractive women join a harem led by this one guy (the loveable loser/shrimp type.) Somehow, they all get along, except for the occasional fight which is supposed to be comedic.
Both series have a bunch of attractive women with unbelievable endowment (and no back problems) fighting each other with various weapons.
So where does the difference lie? Well, examining the manga gives us a good look at how they are, story and character wise.
The Queen’s Blade manga is reasonably good. It gives us the same story, same characters, but it gos further in depth than the anime, and gives us a better look at the characters and their motives. In short, it makes you understand the characters and what motivates them-something the anime should have done. Queen’s Blade doesn’t really seem to try to be funny, apart from one chapter, which is only funny if you find the discomfort of others amusing. No spoilers.
The Sekirei manga does none of that. If you thought either of those two animes were a lot of fanservice, then be prepared: Sekirei manga is nothing but fanservice loosely tied together by less of a story, and more of dental floss that has been used by a leprous hobo for the last ten years. If the only thing to qualify porn as porn is “I know it when I see it,” then I have no idea how Sekirei is NOT softcore porn, with lots of pseudo-lesbian antics. Sekirei tries to be funny with its antics, characters, and situations, but it all falls flat. Plus,the writer seems to be a Bleach fan, as Sekirei has almost 200 chapters, most of which have nothing happening to advance the story.
In the end, I have to say Queen’s Blade is the one worth reading/watching. It has the dignity to end, unlike Sekirei, which seems to think it is Bleach, just not as good. The Queen’s Blade manga is actually toned DOWN in terms of outright fanservice and events that can only be describes as ‘how exactly is that supposed to work?’ Sekirei anime is toned down, but that is only so it isn’t classified as outright softcore, only to be shown on late-night pay per view. Queen’s Blade remembers it has to tell a story, and they actually bother to humanize the characters-they have motives, feelings, and they feel like the personality of someone who could actually exist.
But, both deserve a pedestal. Queen’s Blade deserves a pedestal of How To Make a Tough Girl Fighting Series (until a better example comes along.)
Sekirei deserves the pedestal of Too Busy With Fanservice to Remember to do Anything Else Right.
In the end, if you have time and enjoy the action girls fighting each other anime, Sekirei has less story and more fanservice, Queen’s Blade has more story and less fanservice. Both do still have a lot of fanservice.
If you have the time and enjoy these story types, just in manga format, Sekirei is nothing but fanservice (with the occasional fairly awful story section,) while Queen’s Blade concentrates on the story (and fights.)