In 4 years’ time the competition that will decide who the next Queen shall be will start. The strongest warrior will continue to rule the country according to tradition and expand it. The contestants need only be older than 12 years. They need not be human, intelligent or even of that country. The rules for the tournament are simple: murder is allowed. Any weapon can be chosen. The winner is decided when one of the participants flees or can’t move anymore. Such event is broadcasted trough a crystal sphere by the court’s magic teacher to all population to see and enjoy.
So the overall plot is straight forward: there is a tournament to determine who will rule the land every four years. The winner becomes the new queen and will rule the land as she sees fit. In the first half of the series, we are given the run down about this tournament but is never fully explained why it happens. In the second half, it is explained as to why the tournament was created in the first place, though this should have been sooner rather than later.
As a character driven show, the cast needs to be developed and not one-dimensional. Queen’s Blade for the most part does a good job of developing the cast. With Leina being the main character, she gets the most development throughout the show going from the, “I am not sure what I am doing this for,” character to the name that she is called in the show. While not everyone does get developed in Season 1 of Queen’s Blade the other members that do get some development do round out nicely and make the cast more likeable. Since this is a fighting tournament, everyone has a reason for taking part. With that in mind, those reasons are not above what you would expect from a fighting show. The standard clichéd reasons are there such as fighting to protect the nation, fighting for the ones I love, etc. We have heard these before, but they are not eye rolling bad. In a way, they do feel enjoyable to watch because you really do want to see them succeed.