Ranked #255


Alternative Titles

Japanese: キングダム


Type: TV
Episodes: 38
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 4, 2012 to Feb 25, 2013
Premiered: Summer 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #2552
Popularity: #1114
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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 Shi Huangdi.

(Source: ANN)


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More episodes Episodes(14/38)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Nameless Boy
Mumei no Shounen (無名の少年)
Jun 4, 2012
2 An Encounter With Destiny
Unmei no Deai (運命の出会い)
Jun 11, 2012
3 For a Friend
Tomoyo...! (友よ…!)
Jun 18, 2012
4 The King and the Sword
Ou to Ken (王と剣)
Jun 25, 2012
5 Unbroken Heart
Orenai Kokoro (折れない心)
Jul 2, 2012

Opening Theme

"Pride" by Nothing's Carved In Stone

Ending Theme

#1: "Voice of Soul" by Takumi Ishida (eps 1-19)
#2: "Destiny Sky" by Yuki Wakai (eps 20-30)
#3: "Never Ending" by Dasoku (eps 31-38)

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Feb 25, 2013
"War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man." – Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1882.

Yasuhisa Hara’s Manga takes place in the warring state period of China, as the country is divided into seven smaller nations, each trying to conquer the other. It follows a young war orphan named Xin from the Country Qin, who one day on his way returning to his village with his best friend witnesses a battle between two armies, inspired by the spectacle before him, he vows to one day become one of read more
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Aug 23, 2015
Great anime,good story, but one problem i hated was that animation. However the animation stopped near the end and the animation is barely use in the second season.
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Jul 9, 2012
Kingdom is an anime based on the Warring States period of China. It features Hyou and Shin, two orphan slave boys who lost their families to one of the many wars that took place between the families of the seven kingdoms.
The plot is set right off the bat, when it is discovered that Hyou looks identical to King Ei Sei of Qin (who later grows up to be the infamous Qin Shi Huangdi). Hyou is recruited as a decoy for the king, who is facing rebellion from his own brother within his court. A coup d'etat soon ensues and Hyou is killed in the read more
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Sep 15, 2015
The Art and Animation in this Anime can make anybody think twice about watching it, i even dropped it half way through the first episode. But when you actually sit down and just watch the Anime it's a whole new level.

The MC, Story and Character development is Amazing, they way it builds up, the fighting, Character Relations you can't get enough of it. It makes up for the terrible Animation and makes you just want to watch more.

The MC overall is someone most people want in a Protagonist. Strong & Ruthless, He doesn't care about his own well being and relies on brute strength but read more
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Very much like Arslan Senki, Kingdom has a prince become King and take control of a kingdom that is falling apart. Kingdom is set in ancient China before unification where as Arslan is set in middle east and Indian subcontinent. Kingdom has a fair amount of politics, but it is more focused in battle strategy and war. Also unlike Arslan Senki, the protagonist of Kingdom is a loyal friend of the king and his attempt to become the greatest war general that ever lived. Still the King character in kingdom is 2nd most important character and has episodes dedicated solely to him. There are a  read more 
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Battles! Strategy! Warlords! 
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Kingdom and Nobunaga Concerto both follow the path of outstanding individuals who made history and ruled "under heaven." In Kingdom, Zheng will later become Shi Huangdi, ruler of China, and in Nobunaga Concerto (if you haven't guessed already), it follows Oda Nobunaga, who united Japan. Zheng and Saburou (Nobunaga's fill in) also share great thinking together, even though most times Saburou looks like a fool, while Zheng is often just a figure head (much to his distaste).

The biggest difference, I would say, is the time traveling aspect in Nobunaga Concerto. Other than that, Kingdom is focused more on the violence and the actual  read more 
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Xin is basically the teenage version of Guts except that the entire series focuses heavily on him growing and improving into a future general whereas Guts just did it in a few episodes.

Both are very action packed, deal with the concept of military, strategy and death (Kingdom does a lot more with this) and are just fun to watch. 
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DYD is set in a fantasy world in continent called Menoris while kingdom is set in ancient china and in both several powers tries to conquer it 
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Both Guts and Shin train really hard with their swords and end up doing major damage on the battlefield
Both encounter palace conspiracies that plunge them into battle
Both anime use CG animations
Both Guts and Shin believe in their swords more than anything
Both include smart strategems in order to win battles
Comrades of Guts and Shin put their trust in them to undergo important missions 
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Second Season of 'Kingdom' Announced

According to Comic Natalie, the second season of Kingdom was announced to be aired from June. The first season will end in February. Source: Comic Natalie Kingdom ...read more

Funimation Acquires Simulcast Rights for 'Kingdom'

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