These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Queen's Blade
Adaptation Displacement: Played with it: As is already explained, the franchise is based in the American Lost Worlds gamebooks, who previously were barely known even in their native U.S., much less outside of it. And while QB is still more known than LW, on the other hand, the unusual success of Queen's Blade in both Japan and the U.S. helped to revive the interest on the older Lost World books whose the characters are based of. It does help Firelight Company (the actual owners of the Lost Worlds franchise) and also Flying Buffalo (the former publishers of the franchise) are Genre Savvy to know that Hobby Japan is a more bigger and powerful company in Japan and HJ also acknowledge the fact their own franchise is based in a foreign one.note Possibly because they are legally forced to do so. The same goes for both Flying Buffalo and Firelight Company's homepages.
Actually, Jill Leonardi, the daughter of Alfred Leonardi (the original designer of the Lost Worlds books) is working closely with Hobby Japan designing new matrices for the QB gamebooks. In fact, her name appears in the copyright disclaimer of the Hobby Japan's homepage about QB.
America and England Saves The Day: In the Queen's Gate novels, the main plot is solved by the two main heroines, the British heroine Alice and her American partner Dorothy. This reaches almost borderline the Unfortunate Implications territory, since all the Japanese characters that appears in the light novel are the villains and at the end of the story, all of them die along Arunikuf during the final battle. This could be considered pretty ironic if you take into account the authors of the novel are Japanese themselves.
Badass Decay — Nanael, who first beat up three major demons single-handedly, but suddenly can't stand up against even one.
Justified. Her powers are tied to the amount of holy milk she has left, and she had spilled a fair amount before the fight, and lost enough during that she couldn't use her telepathic sword.
Bile Fascination — Many critics on the internet blasted this as not merely the worst new anime of the season, but perhaps of all time. Many decided to follow it of some hideous combination of morbid curiosity and horrified fascination.
Of course they are missing the point, and there is some truly epic animation in a few battle scenes. See also Growing the Beard below.
To be fair, you have to burn through the first two episodes first, and it's difficult to get a good first impression of acid boobs and a frog that has saliva that melts clothes.
The hatedom becomes bigger when the U.S BD release of Record of Lodoss War was canceled in favor of QB.
Canon Fodder: Hobby Japan is infamous for not giving straight answers about everything not related about the characters (like the Continent, the war that happened 100 years previously between the Vances versus everyone in the Continent, Melona and Airi's origins, Nowa's biological family, Claudette's biological mother, etc.)
Hobby Japan themselves did answered some questions in an (already gone) FAQ in their homepage in 2007 as an interview from the fans with the characters and also with Hans (Hobby Japan's collective Word Of God). While some of the answers solves some questions, at the same time Hans berated, in a very Japanese way, about people who asked personal questions, like the characters' ages.
Canon Sue: Leina plays with it a lot: At first, she begins the story as an underdog living under the shadow of her more stronger sisters and her mother. Later, after taking a Training from Hell from Echidna, she becomes practically invincible and not only she wins the tournament, at the time the OVAs came out, she's able to wipe out entire armies for breakfast without breaking a sweat. Subverted big time in Rebellion since she become Demoted to Extra thanks of her curse (Both in the anime adaptation and in the Illustrated Stories, possibly to avoid becoming in a female, medieval version of Kira Yamatonote Keep in mind, at the time when the Rebellion gamebooks came out in Japan in 2008, the SEED Destiny debacle was still fresh in the minds of both fans and the members of the Japanese animation industry, being the Gundam franchise too influential in Japanese media, so Hobby Japan really wanted to avoid as hell the same situation with Leina.) and even when she had to face her sister Claudette, Mirim of all people, is the one who defeats her and the final battle against the Swamp Witch, Annelotte and Aldra are the ones who defeated her.
In the Vanquished Queens short stories, she is the only character spared from having a Downer Ending, and the "worst" thing she happens to her is being defeated by Claudette and healed by Risty, in a very special way.
Cliché Storm: Played with it: While the whole series uses many cliches from the Heroic Fantasy genre, it also avoid others like Elves Versus Dwarves and the Dark Elves are evil cliche (Echidna per example can be a big jerk, at worst, but not being evil).
Contested Sequel: The animated adaptation of Rebellion is this: While the TV series improved some parts, like the soundtrack, on the other hand many aspects of the plot from the Illustrated Stories were either changed or removed, and the epic battles from the novels were replaced by only Annelotte and every named heroic character against the Queen's Army and half of the series is wasted on sometimes pointless plot events and Fanservice and the worst part of all the whole plot of the TV series is concluded in the last three episodes, just to finish in a unsolved Cliff Hanger.
Crowning Moment of Funny (Leina eats a toadstool that really doesn't agree with her, and has an absolutely hilarious scene where she throws up)
Ensemble Dark Horse — Considering the sheer number of hentai pictures based on Cattleya and Rana to the extent that one might not even know there's a legit series and that she has a relatively small role.
And Airi in season 2.
And Lamica and Arane too from the Spiral Chaos games
Fanfic Fuel: Due of the many gaps in the characters' characterization and plot, especially anything related about the past of the Vances and how the tournament came to be, not to mention about the rest of the named cast, etc.
Friendly Fandoms: With Naruto, of all things, (at least with crossover fanfics is concerned) despise the only thing in common QB has with Naruto is both series are action-oriented, albeit some characters, like Ino Yamanaka, Tsunade, Hinata Hyuga and few other females definitely would not being too out of place in the Queen's Blade universe in any stretch.
Inferred Holocaust: At the end of Rebellion, (at least in the Illustrated Stories novelization, since in the anime adaptation it ends in a Cliff Hanger), The Swamp Witch (or the evil spirit who manipulated Werbellia) is defeated and Claudette returns to her older self after being defeated by Mirim, but is never explained what happened with all the returning characters (excluding Alleyne, whose fate is already implied in the novelization, but make it explicit in the OVAs) who where cursed by her, since she wasn't killed at the end and she's still on large thanks to Airi, meaning that everyone who was cursed, minus Claudette, are still cursed. And even Claudette herself is not safe of this, since thanks of her conquering antics and the Rebellion War because of her while being under the Witch's control means that she needs to defend her title as the queen in the next 4 years, since if she lose the title, maybe she and the Vances possibly will face the consequences for everything she did when she was the queen, even if wasn't entirely her fault.
Jerkass Woobie: Nanael, sure she can come off as racist toward the human race, has a really bad ego and won't hesitate to leave people in need behind, you can't help but feel something for her especially when you find out in episode 7 that she's ostracized by the other angels for not being able to fit in with them because of her wings (and her attitude which was probably developed from being isolated and only having one friend). Besides, her personality is justified given that the majority of angels have the same view as her and come off as hypocritical in comparison.
Moral Event Horizon - Illustrated Stories only: The novel implies Ymir (or Melona impersonating her) basically raped Mirim when she tries to improve her Ultra-Vibrating Armor putting a dildo-like device in her nether parts. For obvious reasons, the anime adaptation avoids this and she use the Magical stones in Mirim's armor breastplate and crotch zones instead.
The manga adaptation is even worse: While the rape scene was skipped (or happened offscreen), on the other hand she forces Mirim to kill innocent people just because she wanted it and she brokes Mirimreally hard in the process.
Narm: Find this hard to believe, but if you watch this and your focus isn't on the fanservice, each time the Ecchi aspect seizes control of, well, everything, your going to find it rather ridiculous. Special mention goes to the final battle between Aldra and Leina. One attack blasts Leina across the battlefield, using her sword to slow her down. Where is the camera in all of this? Pointing at Leina's behind. Close up. It's pretty silly.
Pragmatic Adaptation: Since the original gamebooks only had a very basic plot, many adaptations of the franchise has to adapt the plot from many other sources, mainly from additional books. The anime is possibly the most notable example of this: Basically it takes the originally premise of the franchise and expands the personalities of many of the characters, especially Leina: While in the gamebooks she was a Hot-Blooded heroine since day one, in the anime she's turned into a angsty girl with an inferiority complex at first, and the rest of the cast also receives improvements in their personalities, especially Nanael and Tomoe.
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The whole franchise as a whole, especially in additional materials, seems to be clear in one thing, regardless the whole Fanservice: If you want to get something in life, you must be ready to sacrifice something valuable for you if you want to pursue your dreams and be ready to face the consequences of your actions, being good or bad. This is even invoked by Alleyne when fighting against Leina in the gamebook continuity. And OH BOY she's right, since basically almost every named character does lose something valuable at the end, especially in the Illustrated Stories. And the Elves are the ones who suffer the most, since Alleyne not only lose Nowa, she also lose her entire Elf Village at the hands of the Swamp Witch and Echidna (in the anime, at least) not only becomes a fugitive, she also lose Irma by being reduced to a cripple at the hands of a brain-washed Risty.
Tomoe adds an extra layer on this, at least in the animated series: The Sacrifice something valuable for you part also implies murder. (albeit this was Shizuka's plan from the beginning)
Replacement Scrappy: Played a bit with Laila from Rebellion: While she's not exactly unpopular, the fact she was originally planned as Nanael's partner and later ascended as a titular character, while Nanael was Demoted to Extra possibly due to Aya Hirano's sex scandal caused her to become an almost flat character with very few motivations, other than following someone else's orders and having an almost-inexistent backstory (other than being half-angel half-human, and that fact is never exploted anywhere). Hobby Japan seems to be aware to this fact, and that's the reason why Nanael returns in the Vanquished Queens OVAs.
Tearjerker - Delicious and well served Elvish-beach-fanservice though OVA 2 may be, hats off to the directors for being able to hold off the Ecchi for three entire minutes to deliver a genuinely emotional and heartwarming farewell between Nowa and her teacher/adoptive-mother Alleyne.
Episode 4 when Claudette lets go of Leina's hand.
Unfortunate Implications: During the first episode of the TV series and also in Rebellion's TV series, Elina loves to insult Risty by calling her a gorilla, possibly due of her size and the fact Risty hates monkeys. Taking into account Risty is dark-skinned and Elina is white...
This may be why the English dub changes it to Elina calling Risty a "dog" instead, which also plays into Elina's hatred/phobia of dogs and wolves.
It also happens at the end of Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos since Cham Cham tries to give Risty some bananas, much for her chagrin.
The ending of the Queen's Gate's light novels, full stop. (see above)
Unpopular Popular Character - While Nanael is widely considered by many characters to be an annoyance, the fans seem to think otherwise.
The Untwist: As the plot of Rebellion advance, many of the most "mysterious" stuff surrounding some of the main characters are pretty obvious to deduce by just looking closely:
Aldra and Annelotte being sisters: Both having the same hair color, both being half-demons and both having their names beginning with the letter "A".
The Swamp Witch being Aldra and Annelotte's real mother: After reading Aldra's backstory, we know her mother was a demon and her father was an human, and Werbellia fits the description given by Aldra.
The Rebellion's version of Ymir is NOT the real one: Even if she was a greedy jerk in the prequel, she still has morals and she never fall too low, like raping Mirim in the Illustrated Stories, not to mention her personality doesn't match with her previous self. The twist is Melona was the one impersonating her and imprisoning the real one.
Maria is Leina with a mask: While the rest of the new characters are unable to find out her real identity, for the viewers it's pretty obvious who she really is.
Values Dissonance: While not as notable as other series, there's a notable point of contention about some plot points in both the gamebooks and also the TV series regarding the Vances, especially Leina, at least for some Western viewers: Most of the drama and tragedy from Rebellion could be avoided if Leina should had a bit of common sense regarding her own family, since it's very clear she already knows her sisters aren't exactly the nicest people around, especially Claudette, who she already knows all the crap her sister has to endure due to the fact she's an illegitimate daughter. This is for the same reason like Sasuke Uchiha, albeit not as harsher as the Uchihas: Due to her filial piety towards her own family, even if Leina's own family is NOT perfect in any way and even her own mother even acknowledge that fact in a flashback scene in the second season. This is even more notable in Rebellion as Leina is never seen to take the blame for the all the aforementionated events, even if her sister Elina almost got executed due to this. This is somewhat subverted for two reasons:
Even if Leina decided to not forfeit the title or someone else even won the tournament, the events of Rebellion could still happened in some way or another anyways.
Leina NEVER reveals her real identity towards the Rebellion's Army, especially towards Annelotte, as the latter has a grudge against her sister Claudette for killing her human family and she still hides her face from the real world at the end of Rebellion.
Villain Decay - when Airi gets a Morality Pet. It turns lethal for her when she's unable to feed before facing Aldra because of Rana.