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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), Xin and Piao are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of one day proving themselves on the battlefield. One day, however, Piao is taken to the palace by a minister. Winding up on the losing side of a power-struggle, Piao manages to return to the village, barely alive. Xin then meets a boy who closely resembles Piao, Ying Zheng. 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 (adapted from a manga running since 2006) aired starting from June 4th 2012. Its first season lasted 38 episodes, and season 2 will be airing in June 2013. Funimation has all of season 1 here.
Kingdom provides examples of:
A House Divided: A central theme of the story. Whether it's Zheng's little brother starting a coup d'etat or Lu Buwei's faction plotting to seize power in the imperial court.
Chapter 348 shows a picture of Xin and Pang both on horses facing off. Both Pang and his horse are three-four times bigger than Xin and his horse. Everyone from both sides have shocked expression of the supposed mismatched.
Evolving Credits: New characters are featured in the opening as they are introduced.