Ranked #254

Kingdom

Alternative Titles

Japanese: キングダム

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.251 (scored by 14,271 users)
Ranked: #2542
Popularity: #1095
Members: 40,381
Favorites: 413
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Synopsis

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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Characters & Voice Actors

Li, Xin
Li, Xin
Main
Morita, Masakazu
Japanese
Morita, Masakazu
Lei, Qiang
Lei, Qiang
Main
Hikasa, Yoko
Japanese
Hikasa, Yoko
Ying, Zheng
Ying, Zheng
Main
Fukuyama, Jun
Japanese
Fukuyama, Jun
He Liao, Diao
He Liao, Diao
Main
Kugimiya, Rie
Japanese
Kugimiya, Rie

Staff

Kamiya, Jun
Kamiya, Jun
Director
Takakuwa, Hajime
Takakuwa, Hajime
Sound Director
Arakawa, Naruhisa
Arakawa, Naruhisa
Script, Series Composition
Nothing's Carved in Stone
Nothing's Carved in Stone
Theme Song Performance

More episodes Episodes(38/38)

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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Zee530
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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yamuraaiha
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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Persius
Sep 12, 2012
***updated ***

This review is based on all the episodes that had been aired till now [as its an ONGOING Anime] so this review will be updated from time to time.

Story development is interesting . You will get to see all the twists and turns in this anime story , there are many shocking , touching and emotional moments in this anime . The pace of the story is neither very slow, dull nor is it rushed .

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DiLiNiTi
Oct 5, 2013
Have you ever wandered why Dynasty Warriors was not an anime? Well, Kingdom is pretty damn similar. Kingdom is an anime that amazingly and almost perfectly portrays strategic war in medieval China.

Story: 10/10.
At first, I was a bit sceptical about the idea of an anime based on medieval Chinese war. I thought that there would be a lack of a protagonist, that the whole anime would revolve solely around the strategy involved in medieval warfare. However, I was amazed with the layout and structure of the story, and how it caught my interest from the first episode. Kingdom's protagonist, Xin, is a young, but vastly read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Arslan Senki (TV)
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 
reportRecommended by jonnyhan
Anime: Nobunaga Concerto
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 
reportRecommended by arashi-chan12
Anime: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
Battles! Strategy! Warlords! 
reportRecommended by tozkopan
Anime: Berserk
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. 
reportRecommended by dejstrayz
Anime: Berserk: Ougon Jidaihen I - Haou no Tamago
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 
reportRecommended by yemsols
Anime: Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu
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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