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When exactly did this become a good anime? I remember watching it just for shits but now I actually look forward to it every week.

It started so mediocre and ugly, the story was dry, the character were flat. Slowly though it's built up its momentum, developed characters, improved its animation, and had generally good scenarios.
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>>101834380

the animation is still mediocre, but at least they quit shoving down the CGI down our throats during Shin's fighting scenes.

I only watched the first season for Ouki's VA. The guy really did an amazing job in the episodes focused on Ouki's story.
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Kingdom also manages to portray a world where an unrealistic character isn't the center of everything. It would be so easy to make Xin a poor character in this kind of a wish fulfilling setting yet the scenarios stubbornly avoid it. We slowly watch him build up his rank through sometimes luck, or help, and of course always persistence as the cliche goes. We get to be awed by enemy and ally generals showing Xin just how far he has to go. He's never infallible and sometimes his weakness or weak decisions cost him. He doesn't start off just running up to enemy generals and whacking their heads off, instead the series builds an orchestra of pieces to work with.

Xin also has some real development. It could be easily argued his core character never changes, which is true it doesn't, but there are glints of his personality which change as the series progresses. On top of that his physical appearance changes as his story progresses. He gains height, he gets more muscled, and his face slowly matures.

As for the scenario, no character seems immune to dying but at the same time they're not mercilessly slaughtered every episode just to be grim. It feels like Kingdom has found that perfect balance of just realistic enough to keep the viewer guessing.
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But they made rinko losing his fingers to some arm sprain, mou gou losing his arm to some sprain too. I know the result is same "arm cant be used" but damn its the last straw for me to drop the anime finally.
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>>101834380
Oh my god, the anime has better armor coloring than the manga.

Too bad the manga is in black and white, making it superior anyways.
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>>101834744
Most historical manga are like that, because you know, they are set by history.
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>>101834380
Is the anime actually covering the current arc? How many episodes does it have left?
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>>101839181
The anime just got to the point where Diao becomes the unit's strategist. I suspect we'll get an episode or two of other kingdoms' situations and small skirmishes with the boys before we get into the awesome Coalition arc.

I wonder if there will be an episode dedicated to the Fei Xin unit defending a recently captured small town. Would be nice to have an episode dedicated to Xin on a day off.
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>>101839761
I thought S2 would only cover up to the Renpa arc. How many episodes have passed so far? I'm having trouble grasping how many episodes S2 is suppose to have.

I don't recall the defending of a small town, unless you're talking about the bonus story where he saves the princess.
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Its always been building up. The power struggle of this scale highlights the anime more than before.
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how far ahead are the raws? i just cant imagine waiting an entire week for 1 of these chapters
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>>101839761
Did Diao become 100 times hotter this episode or what?
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>>101839816
Episode 36 out of 39.

We can only hope for a S3, but it would be a surprise if it ever came just like S2.
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>>101840893
>We can only hope for a S3, but it would be a surprise if it ever came just like S2.

I wonder how well kingdom is doing. Just because it's completely unknown in the west, I feel like its unconnected to its success elsewhere.

Season two came back with 3 times the budget of season 1. Something must be selling well somewhere.
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>>101840949
Its on nhk, so its government funded. As long as there are enough manga chapters exist to adapt maybe. I got question for other anime followers, these thing >>101836566 didnt bug you guys? It made me dropped the series, i dont mind them doing it to the normal soldiers but these are some important characters, well rinko died, so it can be overlooked by me.
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>>101841482
I haven't read the manga (and don't plan to until I know there won't be any more anime because I'm enjoying watching a show where I don't know what's going to happen) and it seemed perfectly fine to me.
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>>101841624
Youre one patient anon, i read the manga after s1 ended.
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>>101842062
It was difficult, I admit.
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>>101841482
Didn't bother me at all. Collecting your wounded for example used to be a large part of armed hand to hand combat. A lot of people didn't die outright, instead you get beat down and disabled. Hands and arms I'd imagine are pretty common wounds.

If anything the anime with straight up fatal blows instantly and no wounding ever are what make me upset.

I'd even go so far as to say disabling an opponent over the course of a fight is a pretty legitimate strategy.
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>>101842569
Wounding happens in the manga. Censored in the anime.
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>>101842569
Wounding an opponent was more straining on an enemy army as it drains huge amounts of supplies from the enemy army and is much more demoralizing, seeing 100 guys dead vs seeing 100 guys wounded in a way that will cripple them for the rest of their lives, but mostly it's the strain it creates on the army.
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>>101834380
It's about the Warring States Period in China.

Of course it's gonna be good.

This was the First Centralised Empire in Chinese History.

And Qin Shihuangdi was kind of like the Ivan the Terrible or Stalin for China.
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>>101842095
I suggest you drop the anime and just continue with manga. The art is much much better.



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