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Kingdom Season 3:
Kingdom Season 3 ( Kingdom 3rd Season) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhisa Hara (泰久原). Kingdom Season 3 has started from episode number 261. The following arc has been covered Coalition Invasion Arc. The anime Kingdom Season 3 is created by Studio Signpost with a total of 26 episodes.
The first two seasons of the series were under the production of Studio Pierrot. However, now the author of the manga series has expressed his desire to work with a new production house, and it has now been shifted to Studio Pierrot’s subsidiary Pierrot Plus, Studio Signpost.
Adapted from the manga of the same title, Kingdom, after delivering decent performance in two of its season, is all set to return on the television with Kingdom Season 3. Created by Yasuhira Hara in 2006, for Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump, the anime massively counts on unimaginable strategies and digs into each of the characters’ psychology.
The show has improved in the field of wise use of computer-generated imagery compared to its first season because of which it received a lot of negativity and is currently emerging as an anime with the fastest growing fan base.
The delay of the anime Kingdom Season 3 in 2020:
Kingdom Season 3 began airing on April 5 2020 but went on delay following its 4th episode due to the coronavirus pandemic. This spring the favorite anime rush brings back Kingdom Season 3, as the story of Shin and Hyou continues. The manga content has been FANTASTIC, the live-action movie did well in the box office, and the manga is the 3rd best selling this year.
Now, given all the success Kingdom Season 3 has seen this year, the anime RETURNED in April 2021. Funimation is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.
Kingdom Season 3 Production & Cast:
The Kingdom Season 3 production: The third season has a new production staff compared to the previous series. Kenichi Imaizumi (Reborn!, Brynhildr in the Darkness, After School Dice Club) is directing the anime at Studio Signpost (the new name of Pierrot Plus). Noboru Takagi (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, Golden Kamuy, Baccano!, Altair: A Record of Battles) is in charge of series scripts. Hisashi Abe (Sorcerer Hunters, Berserk (2016), Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System) is designing the characters.
The Kingdom Season 3 casts: The returning cast members include Masakazu Morita as Shin (Xin), Jun Fukuyama as Ei Sei (Yin Zheng), Rie Kugimiya as Karyō Ten (He Liao Diao), Kentaro Ito as Huan Ji, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Ōhon, Hirofumi Nojima as Mōten, Shiro Saito as Biao Gong (Hyou Ko), Kenyuu Horiuchi as Wang Jian (Ōsen), Taiten Kusunoki as Mōbu, and Akio Kato as Tō.
Bedore reading synopsis about Kingdom Season 3, here is a synopsis of Kingdom Season 2:
A year after the devastating battle against the formidable Zhao, the State of Qin has returned its focus to pursuing King Ying Zheng’s ambition of conquering the other six states and unifying China. Their next target is Wei, a smaller state which stands as a geographic stepping stone for the sake of conquest.
Li Xin, now a three hundred man commander of the swiftly rising Fei Xin Unit, continues to seek out lofty achievements in order to garner recognition for himself and his soldiers, motivated by those previously lost in battle. In the preliminary battles ahead of Qin’s invasion of Wei, Xin finds competition in other young commanders who are of a higher social status than him.
Back in Qin, the royal palace faces turmoil as opposing factions begin to make their move against Ying Zheng’s regime. With their hands full both abroad and at home, Zheng and Xin must lead the way in this era of unending war, resolved to etch their names in history by creating a unified China.
Kingdom Season 3 Synopsis:
Kingdom Season 3 is an anime series with a gritty historical dramatic outlook. Set in China during the Warring States period, the show features two orphans of names, Shin and Hyou.
However, after the death of Hyou at a tender age, Shin discovers a scheme that lets her join the army. With this, Shin wishes to become the greatest general of the world, where the hero helps her by helping Ei Sei of Qin to unify China in order to prevent its internal conflicts to split it apart.
When Hyou in the Kingdom Season 3 is taken to the palace by a minister he managed to return to the village later but is barely alive. Shin meets a boy who strongly resembles Hyou, Ei Sei. It turns out he is the King of Qin and later will become the emperor Shi Huangdi.
Following the successful Sanyou campaign, the Qin army, including 1,000-Man Commander Li Xin, inches ever closer to fulfilling King Ying Zheng’s dream of unifying China. With a major geographical foothold in the state of Wei now under its control, Qin sets its sights eastward toward the remaining warring states.
Meanwhile, in Kingdom Season 3 does Li Mu—an unparalleled strategist and the newly appointed prime minister of the state of Zhao—has taken advantage of Zhao’s temporary truce with Qin to negotiate with the other states without interruption. Seemingly without warning, Ying Zheng receives news that armies from the states of Chu, Zhao, Wei, Han, Yan, and Qi have crossed into Qin territory.
Realizing too late the purpose behind Li Mu’s truce with Qin, Zheng quickly gathers his advisors to devise a plan to address the six-state coalition army on their doorstep. For the first time in history, the state of Qin faces complete destruction and must use every resource and strategy at their disposal to prevent themselves from being wiped off the map.
Watch the anime Kingdom Season 3 and find out how the story about Shin and Hyou ends!
Watch Official Trailer of The Anime Kingdom Season 3 With Subtitles:
Opening Theme Kingdom Season 3:
#1: “Tomorrow” by BiSH
#2: “Stacking” by BiSH
Ending Theme Kingdom Season 3:
#1: “Deep inside” by waterweed
#2: “kIng” by Emiko Suzuki (鈴木瑛美子)
Kingdom Season 3 New Video Highlights Characters in Battle:
The official website for the Kingdom Season 3 anime posted a new promotional video for the anime’s third season. The video highlights the leaders and characters as they embark on the battle.
Shueisha‘s Weekly Young Jump magazine has been publishing special interviews with the Kingdom Season 3 anime staff over four weeks, starting with this year’s 14th issue on March 4. Director Kenichi Imaizumi and the producers tell stories from producing anime in the studio during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and discuss highlights from the season in the first interview.
In the second interview published in the 15th issue on March 11, sound director Kisuke Koizumi talks about recording the dialogue for Kingdom Season 3 while dealing with restrictions due to COVID-19. In the third interview published in the 16th issue last Thursday, lead cast members Masakazu Morita and Jun Fukuyama discuss the story’s appeal to them and how they are dealing with the production during COVID-19.
Background of Kingdom Season 3:
The first four episodes of Kingdom Season 3 originally aired at 00:15 on Mondays. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the anime was postponed until April 4, 2021, airing at 00:10 on Mondays, beginning from the first episode.
The record-setting manga was launched in Shueisha‘s Weekly Young Jump magazine in 2006. Hara said he is considering writing up to 100 volumes. A television anime adaptation premiered in 2012, and a second season premiered in 2013. Funimation streamed the series in North America and released both anime on DVD in 2016.
The manga Kingdom Season 3 inspired a live-action film adaptation by Shinsuke Satō that opened in Japan in April 2019. Funimation began screening the film in theaters in the United States and Canada in August 2019.
The manga Kingdom Season 3 is also inspiring a smartphone game titled Kingdom Dash!! that is slated to launch in spring 2021.
Reviews of Kingdom Season 3:
This is my first ever anime review, I feel I have to give this anime credit where credit is due because it is the most underrated anime I have ever had the pleasure of watching, do not let the lack of reviews/popularity fool you, it is one of the best animes I have seen.
Story 10/10– The story of kingdom is quite simple, Xin wants to become the greatest General of all time, in doing so you are taken on a journey between China’s waring states, and how that came to be. Kingdom brings an array of emotions. You will laugh, you will cry(I did anyways), you will be pumped, you will be angry and you will be mind blown by its badass nature.
It’s very rare you come across an anime where you can have the massive scale of war and so many characters yet be able to simultaneously focus on a main protagonist effectively.
I can only compare this type of well done world building to one piece. I feel like the story’s pacing is great, it never feels rushed if anything it can be a bit on the slow side which in my opinion works great, its a slow burn type of anime and that makes waiting for the heart pumping wars all the more enjoyable. If you do not like war/strategy anime do NOT watch this, it is not for you.
Art 8/10– Kingdoms art is a HUGE improvement from the very first episode, it is almost not even comparable and feels like a totally different anime, in a good way. It still keeps its classic art style which suits an anime set in China but it is way smoother and not nearly as choppy. Is it the best art of all time? No. Is it good? Absolutely.
Sound 9/10 – Not much to say here, it gets you hyped up and is very loud and an opera type, it suits this anime perfectly as this is meant to have a very boisterous type of soundtrack.
Characters 10/10 – Along the way we encounter many characters of which you grow to love. This show has quite a few people coming in and out but the main characters usually always stay. It will make you love characters you once hated and hate characters you once loved. There really is so much character development for Xin and the people surrounding him.
The enemies we encounter and the strongest people in this Kingdom universe are always interesting and very intriguing. Every general on Qin’s army is really badass, likewise with every general in the other states. They really nailed the “mighty general aspect” but also really nailed the common soldiers with a higher goal just like Xin.
Enjoyment 10/10 – I have never in my life screamed and shouted and had my heart pumping in an anime before, that is until kingdom came along. You will just feel like a man watching this anime, what is more manly than running into battle with your sword pointing at your enemy after a huge speach you had just given your comrades, an army behind you screaming ready to die just for you.
You are going to shout when they are running into battle too, especially when you don’t know the outcome. You just feel great after watching this anime, it’s on a much greater scale compared to for example Vinland Saga, so a 500 thousand man battle really gets your heart pumping, when Xin jumps into the middle of it since he has no fear of anything that’s when it gets even more enjoyable.
Overall 10/10 – Do yourself a favour and watch the Kingdom Season 3, it will make you feel like a real man and bring out a bag of emotions in you, it really annoys me that this anime is not huge. It should be up there with naruto, bleach and one piece its really impressive, my only hope is that it comes more popular.
Again I say do NOT think because its not popular that its not good, Kingdom Season 3 is the most underrated anime of the decade in my opion, a true hidden gem.
A state that was well-known for its power, its history, and its tremendous influence over the rest of the six states to suddenly face a coalition army that required months, if not years of detailed planning from its supplies down to the very man that even a developed nation today can’t ever hope to meet.
The amount of politics, resources, and devotion that went into this coalition required every participant’s sacrifice. A coalition that no other kingdoms or states could ever dream of.
Even after the warring states period of China. Qin, a state that has lost its six great generals system, one of the main components that contributed to the peak of its power. Has a king that was unheard of by anyone, a child that was not born within the royal palace is sitting on a throne of an enormous amount of history and power.
His great-grandfather, a king that built the very country that he is sitting on from a merely regular state to a powerhouse. A country that demonstrated its prowess so much that it forced all other six states to bend its knees to pay in respect. While simultaneously, struck fear into them to keep them in check.
El Sei, despite being a king of a grand state, never allowed that pressure to crumble him. El Sei’s previous life as a peasant shaped his world view. Due to this, he doesn’t view that being a king is a privilege that he can use to exploit off of his people.
But, rather, just a mere step to his grand goal of unifying China under his rule and to end centuries of infighting within China. The infighting that has caused millions of lives, resources, and bloodshed. Similarly, the abuse he received during his childhood shaped the person that he is now. When facing a crisis, he does not crumble into nothingness. He becomes the shining light for everyone.
The perfect example was when everyone in the council around him began to panic and crumble when they first learned the coalition army was advancing towards their doorstep. Instead of using their heads to counter the overwhelming forces, they were already believing that they were done for good.
El Sei was the one who pulled them together and inspired them to keep hammering at their heads no matter the light of day. His priority was the citizens of his state. Thus, he orders the safety of the people first while they devised strategies to counteract the forces. Further demonstrating that he was not detached from reality.
He was not a king that only cared about his power, status, fame, or royalty. But the people of his state.What Kingdom demonstrates well is portraying the reality of the war during the warring states period. Every single goddamn panel that involved men clashing on the battlefield were clearly drawn out in the manga.
The bodies, blood, sweat, and facial expressions give the overall sensation of hell on the battlefields. Whether they were at the center or just to the corner of the panels, the brutality of war was expressed clearly on their faces.
Furthermore, the manga was not afraid to demonstrate how civilians were impacted. Numerous times the manga accurately depicted how civilians were killed, buried, and burned to death — those panels were disgusting. Now, I don’t know how the anime will handle these scenes, but so far they have shown the willingness to show off a bit of gore from the manga.
Shin, the main protagonist of this series is one the best part of Kingdom along with El Sei. Due to the nature of the story, Shin cannot be written as just a main character that is angry about his best friend’s death, and therefore drives forward throughout the story because he is the main protagonist. The author understands what Shin needs to be.
Yes, Shin’s main purpose is to become one of the great generals of Qin. But, he also has a human side. Shin isn’t a dumb brat that is good at swing his sword and cutting down his enemies because the series needs him to be. The author has already presented this with other generals on the battlefield. Especially with Ou Ki, who Shin is destined to be. What the author chose to focus on were Shin’s ideals.
Various times in the story of Kingdom Season 3, Shin was shown particular care for people that were harmed. Whether it was the killing of innocent civilians or a wounded man from a battlefield. At times, he even takes his belief to the extreme. Just as an example, when he discovered that Kan Ki (Yi Huan) massacred a village of people that Kan Ki just conquered, Shin lost it.
Not only did he challenge Kan Ki to a duel, but he also banished one of his close friends and comrades from his unit without any consideration just because that friend was drinking with them. That friend of his wasn’t even informed about the massacre.
When you are a leader of a unit, there are times when a battle lasts so long that your men are just exhausted, hungry, and on edge, because they could die the very next battle. During that time, you need to be able to inspire your men to continue fighting. Generally, in anime, we have seen that our main protagonist can inspire their comrades by just yelling “let’s go!” and they were instantly fired up with no further talking.
These protagonists had no doubt whatsoever about his or her abilities and were able to finish the job in no time. Shin isn’t, and doesn’t do that type of shit. He yells to his men that the majority of them will die in battle.
He tells them the truth and the reality of their situation. But, he can lift their spirits by articulating how far they have come as a unit. He goes deep on their emotions, feelings, and turns those into a raging fire inside of them.
And before you know it, they were charging at their enemies like wild beasts that put the enemies, who were relatively carefree, into a panic mode. Often not realizing it, Shin’s bravery, spirit, and actions on the battlefield inspired the men behind him to continue fighting when they were overwhelmed.
It is a shame that the Kingdom Season 3, which adopts the best arc in the manga, won’t get much attention in the west due to the gap between season 2 and season 3. Instead, we have anime such as Kami no Tou, Kaguya-Sama, and Fruits Basket taking the spotlight for this season.
I’m not saying the Kingdom Season 3 aren’t going to be good shows, I’m saying that if Kingdom Season 3 was popular in the west, it would have beaten all the currently airing popular shows by a mile. So, do yourself a favor, if you haven’t watched kingdom. Don’t bother watching season 1 or 2. Just read the manga before watching this season.
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