If your best friend is simply way too naive, so much so that it may cost his or her life, what would you do?
Yeah, it’s true. Maybe you should let it go. Let him or her suffer the consequences. After all, it’s not your life.
But it’s life or death. It is really life or death. You plead and you beg, but her weakness remains. With such a heavy load – a mission to save the entire country – on her shoulders, it’s simply unforgivable.
Shizuka gives up her life and let Tomoe kill her in battle. In older days, sometimes, only the death of one’s closest friend or family member can help one understand the seriousness of it.
The first time I heard Shizuka’s monologue, it was so painful, so painful. It really sounded like Nabame (the seiyuu behind Shizuka) was saying it from her heart. Knowing the fact that there is yuri love going on with Nabame and Ma-chan (Tomoe’s seiyuu), it makes everything so much more poignant.
Yeah, I know. It’s just a show. But for some people, it may be just as painful to see. Maybe there are people out there who asked and begged their best friends to stop dating that person; to stop getting wasted every night; to stop doing whatever the activities or to simply shape up, and fall into utter despair when the best friends do it again and again and again, and just can’t stop…
Moving away from serious stuff. Nanael and Airi have become pure comedic reliefs. Airi really, really likes her shota – hey, she’s found someone to keep her company and to make her feel good, that twin-tailed tsundere ghoul. All the more power to her. It’s so funny and somehow so touching to watch Airi and Lana interact. It’s just awesome to see tsunderes breakdown and turn from tsun to dere. Blushing, going naked from moment to moment dere. Superb.
There is a real human side to every one of these sometimes helplessly naked female warriors. But in a fierce fight, clothing do get torn off. Ah, I digress. It’s surprising how the amount of motivations and characteristics each warrior has.
All the naked boobs are just icing on the cake now. I can’t believe how much substance the writers behind this show pumped into it!
Yeah, I know. It’s just Queen’s Blade and it can’t be taken seriously. Then don’t read any further and thanks for reading this far.
Additional thoughts: All these time, when Shizuka travels with Tomoe, and falling deeper and deeper in love with her, and yet seeing her remain too weak-minded and too believing. It just hurts so much to see. Tomoe has some kind of faith in the goodness in people in general and she treats everyone with strong courtesy. Even with the camel-toe (more like balls, in this episode!) priestess, she took her rather lightly. But the world isn’t pure and things aren’t pretty. It just doesn’t pay to believe that people can be good after all. If Tomoe continues her way, she’d lose the game, and even her life because no one else will be as naive (save Reina) as her in a duel and death will certainly be the result. Shizuka loves her so much so that she feel that there was no other way. It’s just so sad to hear that monologue and I think Nabame really performed well. But I could hear the growth in voice acting skills in Ma-chan, who really is a naive and sweet person in real life and cares about environmental issues and all. She’s a really forgiving person from all the information I found on the net. As her best friend, Nabame must feel that Ma-chan must get out of that naivete.
“I can’t believe I’d love someone so much…I really couldn’t predict that.”
“The life that you gave me that day, I now return it. With it I cut off your (only) weakness…(in return) I only wish you live a long life…”
…It’s the substance that old warrior stories in the East are made of.