Thursday, September 29, 2016

Queen's Blade 2005 Winter Designs: Risty (1)

Cindy's ouutt! :D

So about Yuit & Vante's quiz, "Yuit = minielf & Vante = robomaid" won with 72v-91%, "no clue" trailed way behind with 6v-7%, while "Yuit = robomaid & Vante = minielf " got 1v-1%. 
Heh, no problems with that one I see, it was just the pair of pseudo-chinese twins who were problematic.

Now next poll, the aforementioned Cinderella was released, how's she looking?

And here we begin a new thingie. Turns out a number of "Queen's Blade Designs" extra books have been released yearly (especially in the beginning) with a few sketches of each char's pages, commenting the poses and stuff. So without further ado, here's a bit of Risty's!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cinderella + OVA 2 reviewed!

So it's finally out~

Our very lucky buddy from Japan posted some pics of the released Cindy book, and the girl indeed has a blizzard attack, plus the moves we heard about pumpkins and grabbing the enemy to freeze them.

Like he says, she seems to be showing a nipple in one of the pics, something we don't see everyday and which was one of the catalysts for the whole "Sainyang = boy" ruckus... :p

Plus he also posted new caps of the OVA 2, full of all kinds of action:

No apparent date for next OVA is given, but Sigui seems to be up next... are we looking at a possible Sigui vs Hansel fight? Or will it be Despina who fights Hansel to get all the beauties?

Go, Grimoire, go~!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cinderella's extra bonuses!

This did take a while, but a few days before the gal in question is out, HJ finally revealed all the bonuses she's getting! As we mentioned in the comments just the other day, Toranoana is getting a Liliana poster and a Cindy clearfile (both reservations not available anymore), while Melonbooks is getting a Tiina poster:

And just unveiled today, HJ store is getting a cute Cindy bromide... that I think it looks like it might be one of the pages from her book?

Also, the original HJ post does showcase a few pics from the OVA2... though I get the feeling we've seen most of them in the PV already ^^U

Check back in a few days, our lucky buddy from Japan might have gotten Cindy by then!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Drama CDs: Beautiful Fighters (6/6)

First of all, regarding QBB's "servers", no one has actually complained, but it's pretty clear there still are access issues. I wanted to release another funky QBB update before Cinderella, so I'll try and figure out something...?
Oh, and apparently the second QB x Wixoss collaboration card thingie was decided, after Alicia (and before Tiina?) it's going to be Liliana here:

So, the poll about fanfiction, "never written it" won with 34v-58%, followed by "have written" and "still writing" with 16v-27% and 8v-13%.
Hm, what can I even say, like even my partner mercilessly pointed out, the entirety of QBB's story mode is pretty much fanfiction. Oh, the shame... :p

Now, next poll... oh, another quiz about couples!

And, here's the last vid of the Beautiful Fighters! Did Shizuka snatch Aldra's rightful chance to appear in at least one CD? (spoilers?) Sure seems so!


Created a playlist with these too for your convenience! Hope you liked them!

Coming next... well, my partner is beginning classes and stuff, so we're leaving videos for the moment and going back to lighter things. That's what you get when you have a small team, too bad! >_<

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Drama CDs: Beautiful Fighters (5/6)

First of all, if you tried the last QBB version and the so-called "servers" gave you login troubles, sorry about that, apparently those guys are more sensitive to random accesses than I thought. All those that failed should work now, but I hope it'll be fixed for everyone else next week, or else I'll have to look for someone else's "servers" :p

Now, for the last poll about touching QB books (oh, dirty?), "never ever touched one" won with 36v-46%, followed closely by "own a book or more" with 34v-43%, then lastly a tie between"leafed through one or more" and "probably saw one or more" with 4v-5%.
Well, glad to see about half of you have seen one in the flesh, they really look better than most of the scans we got, after all~

And next poll, fanfiction, huh?

So, you know how we started these Beautiful Fighters dramas last month, to commemorate this blog's 6th anniversary? (What, of course I did mention it back then, there was cake and everything, don't you remember the cake?)
Well, it's angel time!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

QB Battle 48.0

Here's the next version of QBB, to tide you over until Cinderella makes her appearance! I thought including the changelog would be interesting too, in case you don't want to look at the readme each time :p

Mirrors: App + Media (update) + Extra + Fanmade
Sendspace: App + Media (update) + Extra + Fanmade

What's the biggest change this time? Well, you can play Online Mode using "servers" now! For some years, I've been trying (and people have asked me as well) to incorporate some kind of free servers to the game and get rid of the hassle of Hamachi and/or knowing your partner's IP, and I've finally come up with an audacious yet quite satisfying solution. You can see it in action here, me fighting my partner:

Of course, this option brings a bit of lag to the table, and since I didn't want to risk having rollback, I decided you can't cancel attacks anymore when playing Online, too bad.
I don't know how this will turn out, so I'd appreciate if you guys tried it out and let me know how it works for you, or maybe some ideas to improve it? (already considering adding a few 8/10 person lobbies for tournaments or stuff, though I'm not very knowledgeable about online games myself)

And that's not all, hit the jump for the added online replay functionality~!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Queen's Blade Grimoire: Alicia, Zara, Tiina, Goldie & Gretel + Menace

Well, what do you know, we managed to translate most of the Grimoire books with the inestimable help of our buddy Luis, yaaay!

Even Menace got a beautiful revamp compared to her previous version, and we fine-tuned her translation a bit too. We also added the official errata in Alicia's sheet (that I hadn't even noticed, since it seemed pretty clear), and the author comments for Tiina, Goldie, Gretel and Menace, while we were at it. The biggest change in mechanics might be Zara's, with her ability to drop axes whenever she damn pleases ♪

Download them here: Alicia - Zara - Tiina - Goldie - Gretel - Menace

Look forward to the next QBB version using these pics, with a true Online mode~!

Drama CDs: Beautiful Fighters (4/6)

For the poll about the "strongest"/"most ripped" QB classic char, Cattleya beat Risty with 38v-58% to 27v-41%.
Well isn't that funny, I really had trouble finding a muscled Cattleya pic. Ever since her book, one would think she's gotten really soft and/or round?

Now next poll... ah, the QB physical book, rarely seen in the wild?

And next on the Beautiful Fighters, there was my waifu with her antics, wasn't there?


Monday, September 5, 2016

Cinderella previewed!

HJ finally previewed Cinderella, with a buttload of new pics! Apparently, she's going to be the strongest Grimoire, like the final bosses Queen Aldra and the witch were before her.

Back when we saw her profile, I heard something like she sticking the "Winter Diamond" to a butt, but I thought it would be like the butt of her halberd or something... yet no:

Seems like you can recharge the crystal during the fight, to use it for defense or for a powerful finishing move (turning people into an ice statue, if I recall from last time). Also, she can cause blizzards, grab and freeze an opponent's arm, or throw a pumpkin made with snow.

They also mention that she has high heels typical of a Queen (japanese for "dominatrix" here?), and though they're made of ice, being see-through makes them feel Cinderella-like.

And lastly, though she's an S, she also has some parts of her behaving like an M (of course, lol).

Apparently, next post they'll preview the next OVA, plus the extra bonuses!
Whee, the 28th is just ahead!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Drama CDs: Beautiful Fighters (3/6)

Before I forget, no apparent QB news this month, but HJ started the 2nd manga of the 7 Sins gals, plus, in case you didn't notice reading the site's header above, a potentially cool QBB development is coming!

For the previous poll about classic rulers, Aldra beat the Earl Vance, 40v-74% to 14v-25%. Oh, poor guy, the man can't catch a break, huh?

Now next poll, who's the most ripped of them all?

So midway through Beautiful Fighters, there was the classic shota love story, no?