Online bookshop Mangaoh posted a listing last night for a rather surprising item: Queen’s Gate – On wo Kaesu Mono Iroha, (“Iroha – She Who Repays a Debt”). This is the same Iroha featured in the Samurai Spirits – Tenkaichi Kenkyakuden SNK fighting game, and Queen’s Gate is the recently begun crossover franchise to Queen’s Blade that brings characters from other settings into the Lost Worlds combat book system (Moetan‘s Nijihara Ink and the original Niθ-designed Mon wo Hiraku Mono Arisu were the first two entries). I wasn’t expecting to see a bona fide fighting game character emerge in the series, but given her popularity Iroha certainly makes sense as a selection – I wonder if this means we’ll finally get a castoffable Iroha kit from Megahouse (probably not). According to the Mangaoh entry she’s scheduled to make her queenish debut on April 18th, at the standard QB price of 1,500 yen (64 full color pages, hardbound). Queen’s Gate Iroha cover image below:

Heisei Democracy Hobby News: Samurai Spirits Iroha comes to Queen's Blade

If you’re looking to fill out your Queen’s Blade artbook and / or figure collection, I’d recommend J-List for all your Q-B shopping needs (they don’t have the entire lineup listed quite yet, but it’ll be there soon).

Oh, and if anyone knows who the illustrator is for this Iroha I’d be very happy if you’d post it to comments – I’ll be digging around as well, but it’s not a style I’m immediately familiar with.

Update: suneo believes it to be the work of Iizuki Tasuku (known for his doujinshi, his most recent work on the Tech Gian-serialized Muv-Luv Total Eclipse, and previous work on [ERO] Parthenon‘s Temptation games), and I think he might be right. If that’s the case, this is sure to be a highly sought-after item indeed…

Update 2: The official Queen’s Gate site has been updated with information regarding the Iroha release, and the news that illustration duty is in fact being handled by Iizuki Tasuku. She’s looking great – I have a feeling this is going to be a really phenomenal release.