Jun 13, 2012

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Kingdom

No, sorry. The first two episodes were released simultaneously, so I tried watching them both, but I couldn’t even hold out until the first one finished. I tried pretty hard too, but I just couldn’t. I didn’t have any real expectations of this one, seeing as I’m not into ancient Chinese history, but I thought it will be better than this, at least.

The artwork, oh please don’t make me start about the artwork. It looks dreadful. It’s as though they tried to make a 3D show, but decided to stop halfway instead. No, this is not for me. I suppose that a lot of people would find this very appealing, but I am not one of those people.

Unfortunately, I cannot say much about the story, as I stopped before even finishing the first episode. I will say this though; the story is probably what will give this show its ratings, because if the story is as bad as the artwork then it will probably be off the air before it even finishes.

As for my recommendation, well… I have no idea where to begin. To whom would I recommend Kingdom? Absolutely nobody comes to mind, even though I know a lot of anime fans like myself. So no, I don’t recommend this anime. I suppose that the people who usually like Chinese history will come to like this anime, no doubt, but no… Not your average anime fan. I doubt it.

Plot Summary: 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.

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