Kings’ Queen Hiling Rating Sets New Standard For Women In Anime
While her first impression in Ranking of Kings is that of a stereotypical evil stepmother, Queen Hiling is anything but a cookie-cutter woman.
Ranking of kings has established itself as one of the best anime going for many reasons. From its complex narrative to the care it takes with Bojji’s deafness, this story has a lot of excitement for anime fans – and it could make bigger waves with its treatment of one character in particular. In many media, female characters are considered inferior to their male counterparts. They get supporting roles while the boys are protagonists, or they’re love interests the male lead may have after completing their mission.
Those who are fed up with this formula want a female character who is not treated as a setting or an object to be conquered. They want women who have their own important role to play in history, who make their own decisions and achieve their own goals. Ranking of kings has a wife who fits that description perfectly. Although she is not the protagonist and her first impression is that of a stereotypical evil stepmother, Queen Hiling has proven herself to be anything but a cookie-cutter woman.
A popular complaint about writers who try and fail to create strong female characters is that they reject femininity altogether. The public is told that this woman is strong because she does not want a man or because she is not emotional. Many say this choice defeats the purpose, as it implies that femininity is a weakness.
Although there are women who act and present themselves in a masculine way, finding their strength in independence, it is not the only way for a woman to be strong. my hero academia‘s Uraraka can hold her own in a fight against the most powerful boys in her class, Emma is at the heart of every plan in The promised never-never land and Sarasa pursues her dreams wholeheartedly in Kageki Shojo!!. Everyone balances masculine and feminine qualities in their own way, but Ranking of kings‘Hiling always stands out.
Hiling has her own brand of regal femininity, looking and playing the role of queen perfectly. His first priority is the kingdom: how they see the royal family, what will be done after the king’s death and who is best placed for the throne take precedence. The decisions she makes are taken seriously and carry weight. She’s not just a woman; she is the queen and will be treated as such.
More importantly, she is in touch with her caring and motherly side. Instead of sending Bojji away when she became queen, Hiling made him love her. She talked to him, tried to get involved in what he was doing, and even learned a new language to interact with him. She was patient and gentle because she knew Bojji was still mourning his mother, but showed frustration at his failures behind closed doors. When he finally accepted her, she became his mother.
Even strong anime women stumble at this point. Classics like dragonball and current hits like Boruto do this. Powerful female characters like Chi-Chi, Android 18, and Hinata become nothing more than humble housewives once they have children. They no longer act unless it’s for comedic effect. With Hiling, however, motherhood is her driving force.
Hiling’s love for her children pushes her to new extremes with each episode in which she plays a significant role. In Episode 3, she jumps out of a castle window after Bojji. In Episode 9, she cares about nothing more than finding Daida’s whereabouts, even though it makes her feel like she’s lost her mind. Come episodes 12 and 13, she leads a group of her most trusted allies to take on Bosse and get her son back. She will move mountains for the sake of her children, even if she is scared and injured along the way.
With Ranking of kings moving into its second yard, there are still plenty of questions to answer and character moments to experience. If Hiling continues to push for what she wants, she will become the new normal for anime women.
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