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English: Kingdom
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: Mondays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: NHK
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.181 (scored by 28,256 users)
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Ranked: #3392
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Popularity: #1088
Members: 83,053
Favorites: 761


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 
report Recommended by jonnyhan
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 wars, while  read more 
report Recommended by arashi-chan12
The action of both series going on in ancient China, where it is a total war for the conquest of power and glory, as well as the unification of the nation. 
report Recommended by Cafer
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. 
report Recommended by defrond
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 
report Recommended by Paradox92
These both take place in the Qin Dynasty of China about kids traveling across the land to become stronger Differences: Qin's Moon is Chinese made and Kingdom is Japanese made, Qin's Moon is about defeating Qin Shi Huangdi and Kingdom is about his rise to power 
report Recommended by justice0
Both of the main character is orphan and become generals without being of a noble family. 
report Recommended by Chaos-BR
-Set in worlds different from our age -Strong willed main character -Source of motivation is the same -Loads of action Both are worth watching when you look for story with similar get-up. Kingdom's animation is at first really unusual to get used to, but it seemes to get better as story goes on (episode 4+ has better animation).  
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Similar stories, except Kingdom have no magical or supernatural elements. Both Naruto and Xin in Kingdom are orphans. They are strong, and both have the same lack of respect for rank and formal authority. Naruto dreams about being a hokage and respected by all. Xin has the same dream, except he wants to be the greatest general. Iruka is the big-brother figure in Naruto and the first one to really see Naruto’s strength. That’s Heiki in Kingdom. He, like Iruka, isn’t not one of the overwhelmingly strong characters, but he cares about and watches over Xin. Shikamaru is the smart friend, Xin has Kario Ten  read more 
report Recommended by Amariel
Battles! Strategy! Warlords! 
report Recommended by tozkopan
Aside from both series being similar in length, they take place in China, where a young emperor with a tragic past rises to take his rightful place on the thrown. Civil wars, internal disputes, distrust among imperial officials lead into conflicts of both brains and brawn. Helping the emperor become confident and competent is the main character of the anime--Shuurei (Saiunkoku Monogatari) & Shin (Kingdom)--a humble free spirit with immense passion to serve the emperor despite coming from a poor background. Of course, they are looked down upon by leaders and peers, but their genuine potential and talent in governing (Shuurei) and leading soldiers  read more 
report Recommended by lunafly
Technically, one is a post-apocalyptic anime mirroring the past, while the other is a bona fide historical one about ancient warfare. And yet both begin with a journey to vengeance which develops into a tale of grand proportions. Both involve large scale conflict, though Basara's centres around a revolution while Kingdom's is more militaristic. And whereas Basara takes place in an entirely fictional future-Japan, Kingdom is based on China's warring states period. Naturally, both include a lot of political intrigue and explore government systems. Both have a large cast of colourful individuals as characters, who are all complex and are developed to varying extents. There's  read more 
report Recommended by fullmetalbender
Neither of these are afraid of gore 
report Recommended by doomlord357
Both anime are about wanting to 'Unite' a nation (Kingdom - China, Oda Nobuna - Japan). Both stories give a similar vibe as they both tell the story of a young male who is assisting his 'Lord' in one way or another. Kingdom has the story of a young male who through brute strength wishes to help his lord where as Oda Nobuna the young protagonist aims to assist his lord through tactical means.  
report Recommended by DanXp325
The death of a loved one is the onset for the plot which spurs the protagonists to take action. Hak (in ANY) and Shin (Kingdom) are in circumstances that require them to protect the rightful heir to the throne despite their young age and minimal support. They have a true sense of duty and loyalty that brings them to lay their life on the line for the one they are protecting. There are serious power struggles among the royal ranks for the throne as well as others who are not of royal lineage. The person on the throne is much younger than expected and a  read more 
report Recommended by lunafly
Both stories are set in a turmoil/warring period and both plots (unlike typical shounen series) do not progress by simply fighting but rather by focusing on bigger picture -- in Kingdom there are the strategies and ideals while for Shoukoku no Altair its the political and economic relations. P.S. For Kingdom, just endure the awful CGI and you'll find yourself a good story. 
report Recommended by lalahop12
The CGI... 
report Recommended by Inactiv3
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 
report Recommended by yemsols
Both have war and battles. Both have historical figures. If you like these things, go watch. 
report Recommended by animecutylover
Both are about ancient war and battles 
report Recommended by Jordanleh
in Kingdom Two friends are poor and powerless But they share a great dream to become the most powerful warriors in Black Clover two brother also poor and Orphans but they also share a great dream to become the most powerful wizards , both anime are full of adventure and fun .  
report Recommended by Nasr
A Dream. The protagonist have a major goal in life they wish to achieve inspired by a certain event in their past. The protagonists start out at some of the lowest levels of their respective societies but the greatest joy from either of these two is seeing how the protagonists struggle and try to achieve their goal ~one step at a time~. 
report Recommended by Zee530
Interesting styles, spunky characters, odd ball humor mixed in with a serious story line. Lots of fighting. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
-Similar feeling from series. -Fight to save kingdom. - Determinated main heroes. 
report Recommended by Dualmoon
Historical anime with dark story lines and lots of action and angst. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both revolve around young, powerless kings who find themselves on a journey. Kingdom is more realistic though while Seirei no Moribito has some fantasy elements. If you like the royal-on-the-run historical setting, both are pretty good. 
report Recommended by yumiche
Battles, conspiracies, societal politics, war tactics, rebellions, a sword-wielding main character voiced by Morita, and several other common seiyuu (such as but not limited to Fukuyama Jun). There are a lot of dissimilarities between these two series that could take up a lengthy sheet of paper, but if the above is enough for you, it's worth giving the series you're less familiar with a try.  
report Recommended by Numi
War, clans/kingdoms fighting for power in Japan (Sengoku Period) and China (Warring States), extreme fights and a struggle to unify the land under one ruler. 
report Recommended by LiuXian
Twelve Kingdoms is, as its title suggests, focused on a world with twelve "kingdoms" each ruled by a different king, and their societal politics, advances, and so on and so forth. The culture and technology level is similar to that of Ancient China. Kingdom, on the other hand, is specifically about a nameless commoner boy aiding a young king on the run in taking back the throne that had been usurped from under him, back in Ancient China. Kingdom focuses a lot more on battles than Twelve Kingdoms, while Twelve Kingdoms has many fantasy elements (creatures, where babies come from, etc.) that you won't  read more 
report Recommended by Numi
Both are set in ancient china and feature martial arts action. Both adventure through various places and grow stronger after various battles and training. If you liked one I'd highly recommend watching the other. 
report Recommended by yemsols
Both have: a really really great story, and unique characters.. really strong characters that develop/ get stronger/smarter over time Epic battles that have you at the edge of your seat & make you want to watch the next episode Awesome char design that gets better over time. A friendship priority in their story.  
report Recommended by yemsols
They are both stories about a young powerless person acquiring power: - in case of Code Geass through supernatural means - in case of Kingdom through hard work and training And then slowly growing to become a great leader. 
report Recommended by dambuk1
Both series are set in ancient China, and both have struggles between different kingdoms. Although Kingdom is much more strategic and with more emphasis on wars while Fushigi is a shojo with more emphasis between romantic relationships that in the battles. 
report Recommended by SunWukung
Both are set in ancient china and feature martial arts action. Kingdom has more focus more on war strategy 
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