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->''Millions of years have passed since the times of legends, where men and gods lived together. In this era, it was human ambition that drove the world. It was the great age of war lasting 500 years, the "Spring and Autumn Warring States Period"...''


In the Warring States Period of ancient China (475-221 BCE), Shin and Hyou are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of one day proving themselves on the battlefield. One day, however, Hyou is taken to the palace by a minister. Winding up on the losing side of a power-struggle, Hyou manages to return to the village, barely alive. Shin then meets a boy who closely resembles Hyou, Ei Sei. For now he is the king of Qin; later he will become the emperor Qin Shi Huang.

Serialized in Weekly Young Jump, Kingdom is a manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhisa Hara since 2006. It won the 17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award Grand Prize.

Kingdom's anime aired starting from June 4th 2012. Its first season lasted 38 episodes, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-01-23/kingdom-2nd-anime-series-to-premiere-this-june and season 2 will be airing in June 2013.]] Funimation has all of season 1 [[http://www.funimation.com/kingdom/episodes here.]] Funimation has also announced that they will release Season 1 on [=DVD=] in 2016, ''4 years'' after simulcasting it.
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!!Kingdom provides examples of:

* AHouseDivided: A central theme of the story. Whether it's Sei's little brother starting a coup d'etat or Ryo Fui's faction plotting to seize power in the imperial court.
* AmazonBrigade: The Shiyuu
* ArchEnemy: Ouki to Houken
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler:"Can [Shin] become a full general in five years?"]]
* BadassArmfold: Bajio all the time.
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:Ouki and Kyou.]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Mostly true, characters who are evil at the core generally have [[{{Gonk}} ridiculously twisted appearances]]. Averted, however, with Ouki, who only looks like another ugly villain.
* TheBerserker: Bajio[[spoiler:In his berserker mode he goes in such a frenzy he starts speaking gibberish]]
* 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.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig zagged]] in the anime. In duels between named characters, there is blood. But in large scale battles, defeated soldiers are simply sent flying.
* BlowGun: The WeaponOfChoice of Muta. After his defeat, Ten takes it.
* BloodKnight: Gai Mou of the Wei Fire Dragons
* BodyDouble: Hyou was this for Sei
* BodyguardCrush: [[spoiler:As a little girl, Kyou promised to marry Ouki if she conquered 100 castles. Years later, she was on her way to siege her 100th when she was killed by Houken.]]
* BroadStrokes: While the general arc of the manga remains faithful to the Shiji, the mangaka alters the details of it here and there so as to make the story more presentable to the readers. For example:
** According to the Shiji, Sei's half-brother was killed when he unsuccessfully rebelled against the Qin. In the manga, he is framed by Ryofui, though Sei is not in the position to prove it yet.
** The Shiji portrays Rou Ai as a conniving, stone-cold power-hungry fake eunuch who ruthlessly conspired against Sei. In the manga, he is still a fake eunuch, but he is actually a very gentle man who ends up the way he is portrayed in history because of forces outside his control.
** Most important, Sei does not kill his mother's children with Rou Ai.
* CainAndAbel: Sei Kyou and Ei Sei respectively(altough they are only half-brothers)
* CivilWar: Qin is currently going through one of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar type.
* ConspicuousCG: Occurs about half the time with ''the characters themselves'' in the anime. Season 2 is improving on how much it's used though.
* [[spoiler:[[DiedStandingUp Died On His Horse]]: Ouki, Choutou]]
* 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.]]
* EvolvingCredits: New characters are featured in the opening as they are introduced.
* FatBastard: Ketsu Shi, Shoumou
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Hyou dies.
* ForegoneConclusion: History tells us that the Qin state ultimately succeeds in ending the Warring State Period, bringing about the start of the Qin Dynasty
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Averted. Shin understandably refuses to help Sei at first since the body double plan killed his best friend.
* FourStarBadass: All of the commanding generals, especially Ouki. Shin definitely has a lot to live up to if he wants to be one of these.
* {{Gorn}}: In the manga, the fight scenes can get pretty brutal.
* HotBlooded: Shin.
* IfWeGetThroughThis: [[spoiler:Sadly, Bi Tou never gets to propose to his girlfriend.]]
* KilledOffForReal: Hyou, [[spoiler:Bi Tou, Ouki, Duke Hyou, Mou Gou, Sei Kyou,]].
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:King Sho and Kyou wordlessly realize they are father and daughter when they meet for the first time after Kyou was taken away from her mother as a baby.]]
* MadeOfPlasticine: In the manga, body parts tend to go flying. Taken UpToEleven at one point when two generals were ripping enemy soldiers with ''studded clubs''.
* ManlyTears: Everyone regarding [[spoiler:Ouki's death]].
* MassOhCrap: Qin's entire royal court when they learn that all other six states are invading them. Even Ryofui loses his cool.
* NotSoStoic: Sei angrily stomps on his throne a bit after his meeting with Ryofui
** Ouki after [[spoiler:Houken kills Kyou]].
* NumberTwo: Tou to Ou Ki. [[spoiler:He's personally promoted to commanding general before Ou Ki dies.]]
* OhCrap: Bi has this expression when [[spoiler:Ou Ki appears during the She Gan Plain battle]].
** Shoubunkun, after finding out that, the one in charge of the Zhao army is [[OneManArmy Houken]].
** Two episodes later, Shin when he quickly realizes [[NoSell his sword strike didn't do anything to Houken]].
** The Qin army, after [[spoiler:Ouki is stabbed by Houken]].
*** [[spoiler:Shin after he failed to stop the archer from hitting Ouki, allowing Houken the victory.]]
** Shin and the audience when a new rival states his name as [[spoiler:'''Ou''' Hon]].
* OneManArmy: Houken has no problem taking on hundreds/thousands of Qin soldiers alone.
* PetTheDog: Sei does not kill his mother's children with Rou Ai--a major divergence with the real history.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Hyou and later [[spoiler:Ouki,Sei Kyou]].
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The five-man squad that Shin is assigned to in his first campaign. This also applies to the entire Hi Shin Force once he's promoted, growing into TrueCompanions.
** Episode 4 of season 2 drives it home [[spoiler:when the newly introduced Gyoku Hou Force (whose members are of noble lineage) laughs in the faces of the villager-populated Hi Shin Force]].
* RealityEnsues: This ''does'' take place in the middle of a war period.
* TheRival: [[spoiler:Ou Hon and his Gyoku Hou foce]] to Shin and the Hi Shin Force.
* SacrificialLion: Hyou.
* [[spoiler:SamusIsAGirl: Yotanwa, Ka Ryo Ten, Kyou Kai, and one of the six great generals Kyou.]]
* [[spoiler:SheIsTheKing]]: Yo Tan Wa.
* SquadNickname: Shin's is the Hi Shin (Flying Arrow) Force, while [[spoiler:Ou Hon is the Gyoku Hou's]].
* SmugSnake: Sei Kyou and Ketsu Shi
* SmugSuper: Ryofui and Kanki
* SoProudOfYou: [[spoiler: King Sho to Kyou when he realizes she is his daughter.]]
* TheStrategist: Ten makes steps to become this near the end of season 1, and has enrolled in a strategist school in season 2 and becomes Shin's strategist by the end of season 2.
* [[spoiler:SweetPollyOliver]]: Ka Ryo Ten and Kyou Kai
* TacticalWithdrawal: Episode 32 is centered around this.
* TagalongKid: Initially, Ka Ryo Ten.
* TragicKeepsake: Hyou's sword [[spoiler:and Ouki's lance and Duke Hyou's shield]] for Shin.
* VillainousBreakdown: Sei Kyou and the members of his faction after Rankai's defeat.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 32. The Hi Shin Force is forced to retreat from a losing battle, ending in [[spoiler:Bi Tou's death]].
* WhamLine: The end of the first episode of season 2, messengers inform Qin that [[spoiler:Ri Boku is the Prime Minister of Zhao]].
* YoungerThanHeLooks: Rin Ko looks physically about as young as Shin, but is really in his thirties.