Manga / Kingdom

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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, and season 2 will be airing in June 2013. Funimation has all of season 1 here. Funimation has also announced that they will release Season 1 on DVD in 2016, 4 years after simulcasting it.

Kingdom provides examples of:

  • A House Divided: 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.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Shiyuu
  • Arch-Enemy: Ouki to Houken
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "Can [Shin] become a full general in five years?"
  • Badass Armfold: Bajio all the time.
  • Battle Couple: Ouki and Kyou.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Mostly true, characters who are evil at the core generally have ridiculously twisted appearances. Averted, however, with Ouki, who only looks like another ugly villain.
  • The Berserker: BajioIn his berserker mode he goes in such a frenzy he starts speaking gibberish
  • Blade on a Stick: Ou Ki. 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.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Zig zagged in the anime. In duels between named characters, there is blood. But in large scale battles, defeated soldiers are simply sent flying.
  • Blow Gun: The Weapon of Choice of Muta. After his defeat, Ten takes it.
  • Blood Knight: Gai Mou of the Wei Fire Dragons
  • Body Double: Hyou was this for Sei
  • Bodyguard Crush: 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.
  • Broad Strokes: 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.
  • Cain and Abel: Sei Kyou and Ei Sei respectively(altough they are only half-brothers)
  • Civil War: Qin is currently going through one of the Cold War type.
  • Conspicuous CG: Occurs about half the time with the characters themselves in the anime. Season 2 is improving on how much it's used though.
  • Died On His Horse: Ouki, Choutou
  • Dual Wielding: Bajio and Rin Ko
  • David vs. Goliath: In season 2, Sin effortlessly slays a giant of a man.
    • 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.
  • Evolving Credits: New characters are featured in the opening as they are introduced.
  • Fat Bastard: Ketsu Shi, Shoumou
  • First-Episode Spoiler: Hyou dies.
  • Foregone Conclusion: History tells us that the Qin state ultimately succeeds in ending the Warring State Period, bringing about the start of the Qin Dynasty
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. Shin understandably refuses to help Sei at first since the body double plan killed his best friend.
  • Four-Star Badass: 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.
  • Hot-Blooded: Shin.
  • If We Get Through This...: Sadly, Bi Tou never gets to propose to his girlfriend.
  • Killed Off for Real: Hyou, Bi Tou, Ouki, Duke Hyou, Mou Gou, Sei Kyou,.
  • Long-Lost Relative: 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.
  • Made of Plasticine: In the manga, body parts tend to go flying. Taken Up to Eleven at one point when two generals were ripping enemy soldiers with studded clubs.
  • Manly Tears: Everyone regarding Ouki's death.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Qin's entire royal court when they learn that all other six states are invading them. Even Ryofui loses his cool.
  • Not So Stoic: Sei angrily stomps on his throne a bit after his meeting with Ryofui
    • Ouki after Houken kills Kyou.
  • Number Two: Tou to Ou Ki. He's personally promoted to commanding general before Ou Ki dies.
  • Oh, Crap!: Bi has this expression when Ou Ki appears during the She Gan Plain battle.
    • Shoubunkun, after finding out that, the one in charge of the Zhao army is Houken.
    • Two episodes later, Shin when he quickly realizes his sword strike didn't do anything to Houken.
    • The Qin army, after Ouki is stabbed by Houken.
      • 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 Ou Hon.
  • One-Man Army: Houken has no problem taking on hundreds/thousands of Qin soldiers alone.
  • Pet the Dog: Sei does not kill his mother's children with Rou Ai—a major divergence with the real history.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Hyou and later Ouki,Sei Kyou.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: 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 True Companions.
    • Episode 4 of season 2 drives it home when the newly introduced Gyoku Hou Force (whose members are of noble lineage) laughs in the faces of the villager-populated Hi Shin Force.
  • Reality Ensues: This does take place in the middle of a war period.
  • The Rival: Ou Hon and his Gyoku Hou foce to Shin and the Hi Shin Force.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Hyou.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Yotanwa, Ka Ryo Ten, Kyou Kai, and one of the six great generals Kyou.
  • She Is the King: Yo Tan Wa.
  • Squad Nickname: Shin's is the Hi Shin (Flying Arrow) Force, while Ou Hon is the Gyoku Hou's.
  • Smug Snake: Sei Kyou and Ketsu Shi
  • Smug Super: Ryofui and Kanki
  • So Proud of You: King Sho to Kyou when he realizes she is his daughter.
  • The Strategist: 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.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Ka Ryo Ten and Kyou Kai
  • Tactical Withdrawal: Episode 32 is centered around this.
  • Tagalong Kid: Initially, Ka Ryo Ten.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Hyou's sword and Ouki's lance and Duke Hyou's shield for Shin.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Sei Kyou and the members of his faction after Rankai's defeat.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 32. The Hi Shin Force is forced to retreat from a losing battle, ending in Bi Tou's death.
  • Wham Line: The end of the first episode of season 2, messengers inform Qin that Ri Boku is the Prime Minister of Zhao.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Rin Ko looks physically about as young as Shin, but is really in his thirties.
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