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MisaoFan 2011-11-14 13:04

Kingdom (キングダム) (All sesaons)

Original creator (manga) : Yasuhisa Hara
Animation studio : Pierrot

Kingdom (キングダム, Kingudamu) is a manga by Yasuhisa Hara that began serialization in 2006 in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump. A beat'em all videogame adaptation, entitled Kingdom : Ikkitousen no Tsurugi, was released in November 25, 2010 on PSP by Konami. Now, a TV anime adaptation by Pierrot will run on NHK next spring.

Plot summary : The story follows Li Xin and Hyō, two boys without families in the Warring States Period when China has been embroiled in war for five centuries. Despite living like slaves, the boys strive to realize their dream of becoming warlords.

Used Can 2011-11-14 14:03

I've been following this manga. I cannot believe they're animating it.
Holy shit! When I read this news I was really happy.

felix 2011-11-14 14:05

Why are there two threads on this?

aohige 2011-11-14 18:54


This is one of my favorite currently serialized manga.
I bet after the anime starts, there'll suddenly be interest in scanlating the manga. :p

And NHK too, which is eeeeeexxxxcellent.
It would have been my primary choice for an epic war story.
I have the feeling this will be the best NHK epic anime since the Tweleve Kingdoms.

The first post summary doesn't mention it, but the era of the story is founding of the Qin Empire, the first empire of China.
Also, Xin doesn't have the family name of Li yet. Not even in the current storyline. (first episode hints he will have one though)

NoemiChan 2011-11-14 22:10

It's a war epic anime? Now that's not ordinary. I want see more battle scenes and strategy than long conversations.

I'll be expecting a nice anime on this one.

Kaioshin Sama 2011-11-15 00:12

Japan really trying their hardest to give me stuff to watch all of a sudden. :D

justpassingby 2011-11-26 05:06

Announced Casts Source
From left: Kyoukai, Karyouten, Shin, EiSei, Ouki

Shin: Morita Masakazu
Sei: Fukuyama Jun
Ouki: Koyama Rikiya
Karyouten: Kugimiya Rie
Kyoukai: Hikasa Youko

Time to read the manga :P

NoemiChan 2011-11-27 02:03

Watching the cast with kids involved just made me doubtful if this will be worth to watch...

tsunade666 2011-11-27 10:39

but the story starts when the young boy grew into a great general which I read in mangaupdates. The manga is being translated though it's only up to vol 2 only but it has over 24+ volumes to go.

aohige 2011-12-02 16:17

And I read it weekly, currently reading material for vol.25~26

He's tall, older, muscle bound, and leading armies of thousands.

Kiddy? Uh, hell no.

Kiyomizu 2012-03-07 23:02

Wow, this looks like it was made for me. Can't wait.

Kaoru Chujo 2012-03-14 15:09

This looks awfully promising to me. Not just the outstanding cast. But the director did Hikaru no Go and The Third, and the writer Spice & Wolf and Yosuga no Sora. I've just read some of the manga and agree that it's good. But the historical setting is the clincher for me, if they can do it reasonably well. Starts in June, according to Moonphase.

articuzwolf 2012-05-28 08:08

dear god, the PV looks awful...

damn, i really wish the anime would end up good since the scans was so slow

MisaoFan 2012-06-04 14:24

Finished watching episode 1 :
Spoiler for Episode 1:

romcom89 2012-06-04 14:45

Is there already a raw for episode 1, i don't have seen any?

Kitsu Breaker 2012-06-04 22:05


Originally Posted by MisaoFan (Post 4192473)
Finished watching episode 1 :
Spoiler for Episode 1:

Wait, the first episode have 60 minutes?
Sad this Jump serie don't have simulcast:(

MisaoFan 2012-06-05 01:52


Originally Posted by Kitsu Breaker (Post 4192928)
Wait, the first episode have 60 minutes?

Yep. The other episodes will be 25-minutes, and the number of episodes is announced to be 38.

articuzwolf 2012-06-05 08:31


Originally Posted by Kitsu Breaker (Post 4192928)
Wait, the first episode have 60 minutes?
Sad this Jump serie don't have simulcast:(

it was serialised in "young jump"

it would be entirely different matter if it was serialised in weekly shounen jump

Kin. 2012-06-05 12:08

CG art
It's so lame

ChibiGoku 2012-06-06 04:34


Originally Posted by Kin. (Post 4193713)
CG art
It's so lame

What's weird is, from what I'm observed from the first episode, is they seem to be switching between CG and drawings throughout the entire episode. It's mostly CG, but there is regular animation there. Kinda looks jarring when a scene switched from drawn to CG, and vice versa. The opening is the same exact way, with the majority of it being done in CG. Though, admittedly, the use of Celshading did help ease the transition a little, it is still jarring.

I'll comment on the full episode later, but I thought I'd put that out there.

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