History Manga / Kingdom

13th Mar '18 8:43:11 PM Adapthyph
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** Wiping out one's family as a form of capital punishment is still in use even by the protagonists.
* DespairEventHorizon: After [[spoiler:Duke Hyou was slain and on the run from Riboku, a dejected Hi Shin unit limps to Sai to rest. The sight of Sei restores their fighting spirit.]]



* WhamEpisode: Episode 32. The Hi Shin Force is forced to retreat from a losing battle, ending in [[spoiler:Bi Tou's death]].

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Episode 32. The Hi Shin Force is forced to retreat from a losing battle, ending in [[spoiler:Bi Tou's death]].death]].
** Chapter 263: Chu invades Qin. Then [[spoiler:Wei]] joins up. [[spoiler:And Zhao. And Yan. And Han. And Qi is apparently getting ready.]] Cue MassOhCrap.
13th Mar '18 7:04:09 PM Adapthyph
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* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: At the climax of Act 1, Sei and Ryofui engage on an epic debate on their respective views on China and humanity. [[spoiler:While the result is a stalemate, Sei's words struck Ryofui deep and gained his respect.]]
13th Mar '18 9:57:19 AM forsetipurge
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* ArchEnemy: Ouki and Houken. Ouki hates Houken for slaying his fiancee and fellow general Kyou, while Houkenives for nothing more than to kill Ouki to right his only defeat. [[spoiler: He succeeds, but the manner of his victory leaves him unsatisfied.]]

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Ouki and Houken. Ouki hates Houken for slaying his fiancee and fellow general Kyou, while Houkenives for nothing more than to kill Ouki to right his only defeat. [[spoiler: He succeeds, but the manner of his victory leaves him unsatisfied.]]



* TheBerserker: Bajio[[spoiler:In his berserker mode he goes in such a frenzy he starts speaking gibberish]]

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Bajio[[spoiler:In his berserker mode he goes in such a frenzy he starts speaking gibberish]]



* DeliberateValuesDissonance:
** Sei's aim to unite China by destroying other kingdoms would be universally denounced in today's world.
** Generals and politicians switching sides for fame and fortune is a common affair in the story.



* NotSoStoic: Sei angrily stomps on his throne a bit after his meeting with Ryofui

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Sei angrily stomps on his throne a bit after his meeting with Ryofui



* SeriousBusiness: Duels between commanders are taken very seriously, and receiving any outside help is viewed as dishonorable.
13th Mar '18 1:25:36 AM Adapthyph
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* DavidVersusGoliath: Shin takes on the gigantic and far more powerful Houken in one-on-one combat at the end of the Coalition War. Through a variety of factors he manages to achieve a draw.



* DisproportionateRetribution: The "Nine familial exterminations" for capital offenses like treason, which involves killing five generations of your family from grandparents to grandchildren. It's something that's absolutely horrific by today's standards, but back then even the ''good guys'' use it, albeit sparingly.



* DavidVersusGoliath: Shin takes on the gigantic and far more powerful Houken in one-on-one combat at the end of the Coalition War. Through a variety of factors he manages to achieve a draw.


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** Sei bangs on his throne in excitement after learning that Shin had slain [[spoiler:Mangoku]]. Seems like it can't catch a break.


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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:When the Zhao invasion army captures Retsubi, they very quickly found out that Riboku has designed the city to be indefensible. They are forced to abandon it which lets the Zhao forces retake it and cut them off from further supplies.]]
* RaceAgainstTheClock: [[spoiler:The Qin army invading Zhao must capture Gyou before their supplies run out.]]


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* WarIsHell: When two instinctual generals clash the result is a bloodbath. Even if one side comes out victorious there will still be a large loss of life.
12th Mar '18 10:15:38 PM Adapthyph
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* BadassArmfold: Bajio all the time.

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* BadassArmfold: Bajio all the time. Even when riding a horse down a cliff.



* LoadBearingBoss: Armies are very strongly tied to their commander's individual presence. Slay a leader, and the whole thing can very quickly fall apart. Even occupying someone through a duel can turn the tide of a battle.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: As expected of a manga of a Chinese war epic.



* ManlyTears: Everyone regarding [[spoiler:Ouki's death]].

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* ManlyTears: Everyone regarding [[spoiler:Ouki's death]]. Also whenever Sei gives an impassioned speech.


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* PassingTheTorch: An important theme in the story is the older generation making way for the new. Each state is grooming their own junior leaders that will mature by the time Qin starts its all-out drive for conquest.


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* SeriousBusiness: Duels between commanders are taken very seriously, and receiving any outside help is viewed as dishonorable.
11th Mar '18 1:43:07 PM wingbing
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* AnachronismStew / AcceptableBreaksFromReality: The symbols on the banners are using modern Chinese characters instead of the more historically accurate [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal_script seal script]].


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* TrainingFromHell:
** Ouki kicked Shin down a ravine to organize a local tribe beset by marauders, thereby teaching him basic skills required of a squad leader.
** When the Hi Shin organized a recruitment drive, they implemented a very strict testing course to weed out the numbers. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by OG veterans like Bihei that they would have never passed the new standards.
11th Mar '18 1:30:33 PM wingbing
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* FriendlyRivalry: Between the three special units and their young commanders. The amount of friendliness may vary.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: In ancient times the Shiyuu were a clan of dancers. Over millenia they somehow turned into nigh-superhuman assassins.



* TheRival: [[spoiler:Ou Hon and his Gyoku Hou foce]] to Shin and the Hi Shin Force.

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* TheRival: [[spoiler:Ou Hon Shin, Ou Hon, and his Gyoku Hou foce]] to Shin and Mou Ten with their respective units/armies. Each of them have been marked by the Hi Shin Force.Qin leadership as promising young officers with a lot of growth potential.



* SquadNickname: Shin's "Hi Shin" (Flying Arrow) Force, Ou Hon's "Gyoku Hou" and Mou Ten's "Gaku Ka".

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* SquadNickname: Shin's "Hi Shin" (Flying Arrow) Force, Ou Hon's "Gyoku Hou" ShipTease: Shin with Ten and Mou Ten's "Gaku Ka".Kyou Kai. Even his subordinates often join in.



* SquadNickname: Shin's "Hi Shin" (Flying Arrow) Force, Ou Hon's "Gyoku Hou" and Mou Ten's "Gaku Ka".



* YoungerThanHeLooks: Rin Ko looks physically about as young as Shin, but is really in his thirties.

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* YoungerThanHeLooks: Rin Ko looks physically about as young as Shin, but is really in his thirties.thirties.
* YourSizeMayVary: A character's standing affects their size relative to the viewer. Lu Buwei's faction appeared as giants when they are first seen but most got scaled down as the protagonists rise up in charisma and stature. Some of them are actually huge, though.
11th Mar '18 12:02:43 PM wingbing
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** On a national level, Qin and Zhao have a lot of bad history with each other. Things have gotten to a point where Qin is invading Zhao in an all-out attack that will destroy one of them.



* ForegoneConclusion: History tells us that the Qin state ultimately succeeds in ending the Warring State Period, bringing about the start of the Qin Dynasty

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* ForegoneConclusion: History tells us that the Qin state ultimately succeeds in ending the Warring State Period, bringing about the start of the Qin DynastyDynasty.



* SquadNickname: Shin's is the Hi Shin (Flying Arrow) Force, while [[spoiler:Ou Hon is the Gyoku Hou's]].

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* SquadNickname: Shin's is the Hi Shin "Hi Shin" (Flying Arrow) Force, while [[spoiler:Ou Hon is the Gyoku Hou's]].Ou Hon's "Gyoku Hou" and Mou Ten's "Gaku Ka".
8th Mar '18 10:33:40 AM Kanki_Pirate
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* ArchEnemy: Ouki to Houken
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler:"Can [Shin] become a full general in five years?"]]

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* ArchEnemy: Ouki to Houken
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler:"Can [Shin] become a full
and Houken. Ouki hates Houken for slaying his fiancee and fellow general in five years?"]]Kyou, while Houkenives for nothing more than to kill Ouki to right his only defeat. [[spoiler: He succeeds, but the manner of his victory leaves him unsatisfied.]]



* BladeOnAStick: Ou Ki. [[spoiler:He passes it on to Shin when he dies, but it's currently too heavy for him (just as metaphorically as it is physically).He has started to use it now though.]]

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** Zenou and his tribe are of similar bloodlust and implacability.
** Ranbihaku 'The Berserker' is a mindless brute of frightening destructive power.
* BladeOnAStick: Ou Ki. [[spoiler:He passes it on to Shin when he dies, but it's currently too heavy for him (just as metaphorically as it The glaive or ''guandao'' is physically).He has started to use it now though.]]the primary weapon of choice of most generals. Spear users, most notably Ouhon and Earl Shi, are also fairly common.



* BloodKnight: Gai Mou of the Wei Fire Dragons
* BodyDouble: Hyou was this for Sei

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* BloodKnight: Gai Mou of Many generals crave war and combat more than anything, revering the battlefield. Notable examples include Wei Fire Dragons
Dragon [[DumbMuscle Gaimou]], Great Heaven Renpa and the entire Zenou clan.
* BodyDouble: Hyou was this for SeiSei. Gohoumei also has one in his place so he can escape from his HQ after defeat in Choyou.



** Riboku is undefeated in the Shiji, while in the manga he was defeated in the Battle of Sai by Yotanwa and Sei.



* CivilWar: Qin is currently going through one of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar type.

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* CivilWar: Qin is currently going through one of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar type. [[spoiler: Sei wins.]]



* DualWielding: Bajio and Rin Ko
* DavidVersusGoliath: In season 2, Sin effortlessly slays a giant of a man.
** [[spoiler:Chapter 348 shows a picture of Shin and Houken both on horses facing off. Both hOUKEN and his horse are three-four times bigger than Shin and his horse. Everyone from both sides have shocked expression of the supposed mismatched.]]

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* DualWielding: Bajio and Rin Ko
RinKo
* DavidVersusGoliath: In season 2, Sin effortlessly slays a giant of a man.
** [[spoiler:Chapter 348 shows a picture of
Shin takes on the gigantic and far more powerful Houken both on horses facing off. Both hOUKEN and his horse are three-four times bigger than Shin and his horse. Everyone from both sides have shocked expression in one-on-one combat at the end of the supposed mismatched.]]Coalition War. Through a variety of factors he manages to achieve a draw.



* ForgottenFallenFriend: Averted. Shin understandably refuses to help Sei at first since the body double plan killed his best friend.



* KilledOffForReal: Hyou, [[spoiler:Bi Tou, Ouki, Duke Hyou, Mou Gou, Sei Kyou,]].

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* KilledOffForReal: Hyou, [[spoiler:Bi Tou, [[spoiler: Bitou, Ouki, Choutou, Duke Hyou, Mou Gou, Sei Kyou,]].Mougou, Seikyou]].


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** Keisha had a mental breakdown when he realises he stares death- rather, Zenou- in the face.
15th Dec '16 11:07:25 AM Erxing
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* BloodKnight: Gai Mou of the Wei Fire Dragons
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