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Kingdom


Alt Names: alt キングダムalt 王者天下alt El Reinoalt Kaharianalt Karaļvalstsalt Kongerigealt Koninkrijkalt Krallıkalt Królestwoalt Legenda Tujuh Kerajaanalt Royaumealt مملكةalt Царство
Author: HARA Yasuhisa
Artist: HARA Yasuhisa
Genres: Action ActionAward Winning Award WinningDrama DramaHistorical HistoricalSeinen Seinen
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Millions of years have passed since the times of legends, when the worlds of man and gods were still the same. In these times it was the desires of man that moved the world. It is the era of the 500 year war: The warring states period. Kingdom is the story of a young boy named Xin who grew into a great general and all the trials and bloodshed that lead him there.

Won the 17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award Grand Prize.

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> Kingdom one-shots:
1. Li Mu
( http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/li-mu-r9692 )
2. Meng Wu and Chu Zi (Note: Contain spoilers to future events of the main story)
( http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/meng-wu-and-chu-zi-r10078 )
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Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.38 Ch.413: Voice of the Ancestral Spirits
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 6 days ago
Vol.38 Ch.412: Coming of Age Ceremony
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers A week ago
Vol.38 Ch.411: Gathered at You
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 3 weeks ago
Vol.38 Ch.410: Choose One of Two
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 4 weeks ago
Vol.38 Ch.409: The Man Who Was Nothing
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 03 November 2014 - 02:31 PM
Vol.38 Ch.408v2: The Decisive Year
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 29 October 2014 - 01:30 PM
Vol.38 Ch.407: 5000-Man Commander
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 21 October 2014 - 12:29 PM
Vol.38 Ch.406: Parting of Ways
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 12 October 2014 - 01:20 PM
Vol.38 Ch.405: A New State
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 11 October 2014 - 11:35 AM
Vol.37 Ch.404: Lüshi Chunqiu
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 30 September 2014 - 01:07 PM
Vol.37 Ch.403: The Queen Mother's Goal
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 22 September 2014 - 02:11 PM
Vol.37 Ch.402: Activity at Kanyou
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 16 September 2014 - 01:47 PM
Vol.37 Ch.401: The Warring States From Now On
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 05 September 2014 - 01:47 PM
Vol.37 Ch.400v2: Fall and Retreat
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 05 September 2014 - 01:51 PM [A]
Vol.37 Ch.399: Close In
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 18 August 2014 - 02:04 PM
Vol.37 Ch.398: Reason for not Fighting
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 04 August 2014 - 03:15 PM
Vol.37 Ch.397: Onwards to the Headquarters
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 28 July 2014 - 03:10 PM
Vol.37 Ch.396: Days upon Days of Training
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 22 July 2014 - 01:50 PM
Vol.37 Ch.395: Ouhon's Duty
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 14 July 2014 - 01:19 PM
Vol.37 Ch.394: Spectator
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 05 July 2014 - 03:04 PM
Vol.36 Ch.393v2: Third Day of Choyou
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 06 July 2014 - 08:07 AM [A]
Vol.36 Ch.392v2: China's Attention
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 06 July 2014 - 08:06 AM [A]
Vol.36 Ch.391v2: Loss
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 06 July 2014 - 08:06 AM [A]
Vol.36 Ch.390v2: The History of Infighting
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 06 July 2014 - 08:05 AM [A]
Vol.36 Ch.389v3: The Name of Earl Shi
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 06 July 2014 - 08:05 AM [A]
Vol.36 Ch.388v2: The New Gyoku Hou Unit
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 06 July 2014 - 08:04 AM [A]
Vol.36 Ch.387v2: Exchange
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 06 July 2014 - 08:04 AM [A]
Vol.36 Ch.386: Ten's Existence
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 18 May 2014 - 01:40 PM
Vol.36 Ch.385: Internal Discord
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 15 May 2014 - 11:16 AM
Vol.36 Ch.384v2: Behind the Duel
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 12 May 2014 - 08:41 AM [A]
Vol.36 Ch.383v2: Call Out
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 12 May 2014 - 08:38 AM [A]
Vol.35 Ch.382v2: The Wei Fire Dragons
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 06 July 2014 - 08:03 AM [A]
Vol.35 Ch.381: Old Fashioned Person
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 08 May 2014 - 02:37 PM
Vol.35 Ch.380: Personal Feelings and Strategy
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 04 May 2014 - 03:10 PM
Vol.35 Ch.379: A New Strategical Front
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 04 May 2014 - 03:06 PM
Vol.35 Ch.378v2: Justice
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 04 May 2014 - 03:14 PM [A]
Vol.35 Ch.377: Sword and Shield
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 01 May 2014 - 02:37 PM
Vol.35 Ch.376: Corridor
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 27 April 2014 - 03:15 PM
Vol.35 Ch.375: Jailbreak
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 27 April 2014 - 03:10 PM
Vol.35 Ch.374: The Siege of Tonryuu City
Turnip Farmers Turnip Farmers 27 April 2014 - 03:04 PM
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Vol.1 Ch.1: Nameless Boy
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Vol.1 Ch.1: The Unknown Boy
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Vol.1 Ch.1: Read Online
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Vol.1 Ch.1: Le garçon sans nom
Kingudamu Kingudamu 04 January 2014 - 05:28 PM
Vol.1 Ch.1: Le Garçon Inconnu
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Vol.1 Ch.1: Chłopiec bez imienia
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Vol.1 Ch.1: O Garoto Sem Nome
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Vol.1 Ch.1: El chico desconocido
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Vol.1 Ch.1: El Chico Desconocido
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This turned out surprisingly good. I am not a huge fan of historical pieces, but this rendering was very good. Looking at it from a historical perspective and its accuracy would not be a great idea in my opinion. While it does follow the basic story line of the Qin Dynasty and Emperor Qin Shi Huang (Ying Zheng or Zhao Zheng), it does have many alterations and many fantasies. First off, El Sei as they call him in this series, he was not a great looking guy and was kinda fat from many pictures lol.. The Author seemed very happy with his own rendering and drawing of Sei LOL. Also, Sei's personality was much different in real life and was much more brutal. I mean come one, he had his 2 younger brothers put in a sack and beaten to death. And he was not as merciful and kind to Seikyou (Chengjiao) either as he had all of his relatives and retainers executed and Seikyou fled to Zhao and lived their for his remaining days. And he was also not as strong or confident as he is protrayed. I was really surprised that they didnt use Yan's assassination attempt(227 BC) in this story, but it makes sense because Sei was almost killed due to his clumsey use of the sword. He also had almost 500 people buried alive because they messed up his "elixir of life" lol.. Also, Lu Buwei (Ryofui) comes off as being much more pitiful in the Shiji then they portray him as in this series. To me, he came off as more of a rat and a sly guy, instead of a huge, confident and intimidating person with power and intelligence over everyone... So yeah, do not take this series TOO literally. Just enjoy the overall story of the beginning of the Qin Dyanasty and all the stories in between the Author provides. My only real issue with the story the Author tells is that of our MC Shin. For some reason everyone else is getting laid and having kids but Shin.. And Shin is with 2 hott virgins that want his wang.. Now that makes no sense at all LOL.. Cant the Author at least give us a little harem action here!?!? Come on!!.. Shin needs some too! While Sei is back there pounding the whole Royal Harem (which he was known for) Shin isn't getting any lol.. I also found the whole thing with that palace girl kinda weird. I mean why did the Author focus in on her? That was not even his first child.. (TBH I dont even know if she and their daughter is a real person in the Shiki).. I thought it was hilarious when the Author put in a small bubble that she was not the first palace girl pregnant LOL.. I mean come on, If they were gonna focus on a palace girl, why not at least go with the woman who provided Sei his first born child and son and heir? Makes no sense lol. .. But yeah, this is a great story overall and is totally worth the read if you are into this genre and Chinese history! It can get drawn out at times with the battles being overly dramatic and super heavy on the dialogue about war, but it is still tolerable and in the long run is great. I just hope Shin gets some tail from Ten AND Kyoukai soon.. that would be husky... going around the battlefields with his 2 woman and they both have his kids LOL.. Thats huskiness right there..

1) Sei is still young now at 21/22 years old and we know that many men become fat when they reach their 40s. Moreover, we do not have the picture of young Sei today. Then again, who would want to read a manga with an ugly main character...

2)Sei was portrayed as brutal by the historical records written by the Han dynasty, the dynasty that happened after Qin. In order to make the Han dynasty more legitimate, they have to give the ruler of the previous dynasty a negative image. Most of those portrayal of burtality was also after unification, when he was poisoned by mercury and went crazy about immortality. We have no idea how Sei was like at the age of 22 and before the start of the unification war. Regarding the 2 younger brothers, we shall see how the author interpret it as that has yet to(but soon will) happen in the story.

3)Yan's assassination has yet to happen, probably another in another 400 chapters or so and another 10 years later in the story from now.

4)Well personally i prefer to have as little harem as possible in this manga as i think its pointless and distracts people from the main story which is what happens to many other manga/anime that do not have a strong story. But thats just me, feel free to disagree.

5)Kou is a fictional character. No idea about the child unless we have her name. We might not know the role of Kou in the story now but she might play an important role in the future.

 

It's still a long way to go before the end of this story so it would be interesting to see how the story turns out in the future. Will Sei become the brutal Qin Shi Huang portrayed in the history books?What will happen to Shin, whose fate was not recorded in the history books after unification? We can only wait and see.

This turned out surprisingly good. I am not a huge fan of historical pieces, but this rendering was very good. Looking at it from a historical perspective and its accuracy would not be a great idea in my opinion. While it does follow the basic story line of the Qin Dynasty and Emperor Qin Shi Huang (Ying Zheng or Zhao Zheng), it does have many alterations and many fantasies. First off, El Sei as they call him in this series, he was not a great looking guy and was kinda fat from many pictures lol.. The Author seemed very happy with his own rendering and drawing of Sei LOL. Also, Sei's personality was much different in real life and was much more brutal. I mean come one, he had his 2 younger brothers put in a sack and beaten to death. And he was not as merciful and kind to Seikyou (Chengjiao) either as he had all of his relatives and retainers executed and Seikyou fled to Zhao and lived their for his remaining days. And he was also not as strong or confident as he is protrayed. I was really surprised that they didnt use Yan's assassination attempt(227 BC) in this story, but it makes sense because Sei was almost killed due to his clumsey use of the sword. He also had almost 500 people buried alive because they messed up his "elixir of life" lol.. Also, Lu Buwei (Ryofui) comes off as being much more pitiful in the Shiji then they portray him as in this series. To me, he came off as more of a rat and a sly guy, instead of a huge, confident and intimidating person with power and intelligence over everyone... So yeah, do not take this series TOO literally. Just enjoy the overall story of the beginning of the Qin Dyanasty and all the stories in between the Author provides. My only real issue with the story the Author tells is that of our MC Shin. For some reason everyone else is getting laid and having kids but Shin.. And Shin is with 2 hott virgins that want his wang.. Now that makes no sense at all LOL.. Cant the Author at least give us a little harem action here!?!? Come on!!.. Shin needs some too! While Sei is back there pounding the whole Royal Harem (which he was known for) Shin isn't getting any lol.. I also found the whole thing with that palace girl kinda weird. I mean why did the Author focus in on her? That was not even his first child.. (TBH I dont even know if she and their daughter is a real person in the Shiki).. I thought it was hilarious when the Author put in a small bubble that she was not the first palace girl pregnant LOL.. I mean come on, If they were gonna focus on a palace girl, why not at least go with the woman who provided Sei his first born child and son and heir? Makes no sense lol. .. But yeah, this is a great story overall and is totally worth the read if you are into this genre and Chinese history! It can get drawn out at times with the battles being overly dramatic and super heavy on the dialogue about war, but it is still tolerable and in the long run is great. I just hope Shin gets some tail from Ten AND Kyoukai soon.. that would be husky... going around the battlefields with his 2 woman and they both have his kids LOL.. Thats huskiness right there..

Isnt getting talented people to work for you a really competent thing?

Like without extremely talented people working for Ei Sei or any other successful lord,they wouldn't have been that successful.

 

It is a really good ability. However, it also means you're completely dependent of the people (who are competent) under you. Unless you have a tight control over such people, they can pretty much operate with or without you, which was the case for Lu - losing that control.

 

Management skills 101, your underlings shouldn't be too good, you'll get *beeeeeep*.

In real life, Qin managed to do both without him. The real Lu Buwei's primary talent was in gathering smart people to work for him. He was largely incompetent in actual matters of state governance or military command, which was why Li SI (Rishi) and Changpingjun (Shouheikun) were so important to him. His greatest achievement, the Lushi Chunqiu, was basically a book he commissioned his guest scholars to write. Confucian scholars in early Han Dynasty favored him because of his supposed lenient rule, which was their interpretation of the extremely corrupt and disruptive patronage network Lu had built up. Only his exile saved Qin from the cancer that was eating away at the fabric of the Shang Yang model of governance they used. This was why Lu's protege Li Si, himself a staunch Legalist, brutally purged his own former allies as his first act in office, because he considered them all tainted by Lu's corruption. 

 

The Zhuge Liang analogue in real history is actually Shouheikun. 

Isnt getting talented people to work for you a really competent thing?

Like without extremely talented people working for Ei Sei or any other successful lord,they wouldn't have been that successful.

All according to plan. Now the question is - whose plan? Like the Queen explained, everyone is too relaxed and joyful considering she's the number 1 enemy/threat to Sei now and is sitting a few meters away from him. Ryofui's men know his plan so that explains them, but then there's the kings faction. I kinda hope that the Queen and Ryofui are just playing in their hands with Sei, Shoubunkun and Shouheikun fully aware of everything, waiting for that slip from Ryofui to disgrace and deal with him. 

That would be a nice change compared to the usual "punch everything till we win" we got most of the time. 

The King's faction is calm because Ryo Fui has concealed them from the information about the Queen Mother's scandal.

I still waiting for Ryofui to make "I'M SCREWED"

All according to plan. Now the question is - whose plan? Like the Queen explained, everyone is too relaxed and joyful considering she's the number 1 enemy/threat to Sei now and is sitting a few meters away from him. Ryofui's men know his plan so that explains them, but then there's the kings faction. I kinda hope that the Queen and Ryofui are just playing in their hands with Sei, Shoubunkun and Shouheikun fully aware of everything, waiting for that slip from Ryofui to disgrace and deal with him. 

That would be a nice change compared to the usual "punch everything till we win" we got most of the time. 

So Xin(Shin) and his units are already at the capital waiting for Ai's army, right?

Because that letter that Ten got was obviously coded so only SHK's own students could read the real contents, or am i mixing things up in my head. =.="

All according to plan, I almost thought he was Aizen.

Spoiler

All according to plan, I almost thought he was Aizen.

I have a feeling that the next move in the manga, how everything will be revealed, is by the Queen Mother's own hands. Refusing to be used by Ryofui again as a stepping stone, she'll reveal everything, her past, present, etc, everything she knows. And Sei will take action as a result of those words, bringing down both Ryofui and the Queen Mother.

 

At least, that's what I see anyway...

Ryofui, you magnificent bastard! I READ YOUR BOOK!

That mental face off was like Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty, except both were evil.

It's gonna be a mess. Can't wait. But won't Ryo Fui's plan be hindered if the king is not killed quickly?

How will Sei come out of out of this one? will the Queen finally stop being used by the pimp that is Ryofui? will Shin ever make it on time?

Find out in the next episode of Dragon Ball Z.

I like how Hara put some spirituality(?) in this story.

 

Damn, that Ryofui made some really evil plans.

Ryofui, that sly bastard.

 

He wants the state of Ai to get rid of Ei Sei and the royal family for him so he won't be blamed. Then he will take control of Qin. Qin under his control would be rich as fuck, since Ryofui's deep coffers would be added to the new state treasury.

 

tbh. one thing that makes Ryofui ambiguous is how competent he is. One can't help but imagine how well Qin would fare with him at absolute control. There would probably be som Zhuge Liang level deception and bribery to help the military to surprising victories.

 

In real life, Qin managed to do both without him. The real Lu Buwei's primary talent was in gathering smart people to work for him. He was largely incompetent in actual matters of state governance or military command, which was why Li SI (Rishi) and Changpingjun (Shouheikun) were so important to him. His greatest achievement, the Lushi Chunqiu, was basically a book he commissioned his guest scholars to write. Confucian scholars in early Han Dynasty favored him because of his supposed lenient rule, which was their interpretation of the extremely corrupt and disruptive patronage network Lu had built up. Only his exile saved Qin from the cancer that was eating away at the fabric of the Shang Yang model of governance they used. This was why Lu's protege Li Si, himself a staunch Legalist, brutally purged his own former allies as his first act in office, because he considered them all tainted by Lu's corruption. 

 

The Zhuge Liang analogue in real history is actually Shouheikun. 

does anyone else feel like Sei already saw this coming and we are about to see the hostile force of the state of AI completely wipe. a wipe so clean it will be embarrassing 

I'm hoping this is exactly what's going to happen. What better time than your coming of age ceremony to behead you mother in front of a huge crowd of dignitaries and ruthlessly crush an uprising in one fell swoop? The only reason this appears entirely unlikely is because Ei Sei's primary advisor (forgot the guy's name) seems to be oblivious.

Ryofui's investment:

Spoiler

Sei cannot even get mad at people if they call him a son of a bitch XD.

does anyone else feel like Sei already saw this coming and we are about to see the hostile force of the state of AI completely wipe. a wipe so clean it will be embarrassing 

Ryofui, that sly bastard.

 

He wants the state of Ai to get rid of Ei Sei and the royal family for him so he won't be blamed. Then he will take control of Qin. Qin under his control would be rich as fuck, since Ryofui's deep coffers would be added to the new state treasury.

 

tbh. one thing that makes Ryofui ambiguous is how competent he is. One can't help but imagine how well Qin would fare with him at absolute control. There would probably be som Zhuge Liang level deception and bribery to help the military to surprising victories.

...well, you've got to admit, the queen got some "balls" to just waltz in to his ceremony like that...a really big pair of "balls" stuck on her bosom...okay I'll just shot myself...

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So, how did the Ai Army made it trough the Pass unscathed? Obviously Ryofui was involved, but i can't believe his extend of power is huge enough to let an entire Army march trough Qin territory without the King's faction noticing.

 

My best guess is, that they let Ai in on purpose so they can trap and kill them all, nipping the revolution in the bud

 

Also, the King's Mother, a person who committed high treason, not only gets to attend the ceremony but is given the most prestigious seat right after the King?

 

This is just silly

 

The state of Ai has invented the first shovel.

Also, the King's Mother, a person who committed high treason, not only gets to attend the ceremony but is given the most prestigious seat right after the King?

In the end, the title of "King's mother" means something, regardless of what wrongs she did. Now, if she committed treason years earlier, then that'd probably be a different story, but her treason occurred close to the ceremonial date. When you're fighting it out against another faction that's just as strong or stronger than yours, you'd have your hands full. This ceremony is supposed to be respectful to the future king and even more, like the manga mentioned, to the ancestors, so bickering and fighting of any kind is strictly being prevented or tolerated, for lack of a better word.

 

tl;dr It's tradition and customary...


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