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Queen's Blade: Rebellion's Shigi Character Promo Streamed

posted on 2012-02-17 02:00 EST
Video introduces the inquisitor Shigi in April TV anime sequel

The official website for the Queen's Blade anime franchise began streaming the third character promotional video for the third television series, Queen's Blade: Rebellion, on Friday. The 32-second promotional video introduces the character Shigi (played by Yu Kobayashi). Shigi is an inquisitor who wants to burn all non-believers, including the rebelling knight princess Annelotte who is the focus of the new series.

The story is set four years after the first Queen's Blade storyline. Annelotte, who is played by voice actress Aya Endo, leads the army that stands up to the tyranny of the new queen.

The story originated in Hobby Japan's Queen's Blade fantasy game book franchise, which are Japanese spinoffs from Flying Buffalo's Lost Worlds game series. (In these games, players simulate turn-based fighting with books that each represent a character.) The Queen's Blade books also inspired the previous two television anime series and several original video anime volumes. The Rebellion storyline in particular already spawned two prologue original video anime DVDs that were bundled with the Queen's Blade Premium Visual Books.

A new director, Yousei Morino (I''s, Kakyūsei 2), is helming the third series at the studio ARMS, but Hideki Shirone is returning from Queen's Blade Utsukushiki Tōshi-tachi. Animation directors Takayuki Noguchi and Yukiko Ishibashi now join Rin-Sin on the character design duties.

The new series will premiere in Japan in April.


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