Since I caught up, I'm starting up the Kingdom anime. Didn't know it went the CG route like Berserk did.
Uh-oh, it seems FUNimation changed the names. Oh yeah, the manga wasn't legally available, so I had to used fan scanlated manga. Now, I'm watching the anime on FUNimation. I think because we are dealing with Chinese names in an anime whose main language is Japanese, so that will give some difficulties.
Oh my, I didn't expect more news on Kingdom. Kind of strange coincidence since I started reading this month. The franchise made a milestone.
Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom Manga Has 28 Million Copies in Print
This year's 8th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine announced on Thursday that Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga has 28 million copies in print. The issue features a special Kingdom-themed puzzle, in which readers search for keywords hidden throughout the magazine to crack a code.
Hara's historical manga centers around the slave boy, Xin, and his dream of becoming a great general for the state of Qin. Xin helps Ying Zheng, the young Qin king who shares his desire to unify China, rise to power within the state. The manga follows Xin as he does all that he can to become a superior commander of an army capable of defeating the Seven Warring States.
A real-life escape game event in collaboration with the manga will open in Japan on March 24. Shueisha began streaming a live-action short based on the manga last April to of the manga's 10th anniversary.
The record-setting manga has been running in Weekly Young Jump since 2006. Shueisha released the 45th compiled book volume in Japan on Thursday. A television anime adaptation premiered in 2012, and a second season premiered in 2013. Funimation streamed the series in North America, and released the both series on DVD last year.
I stopped reading this since I tend to enjoy manga in binged sittings where I wait for a bulk of chapters to read compared to how I consume new anime, I can wait for an episode per week. I can't do the same for manga.
Kingdom mangaka confesses his love of Game of Thrones
Kingdom creator Yasuhisa Hara attended a roundtable discussion with HBO television show Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss on August 15. There, Hara revealed that he has been following Game of Thrones avidly since its fourth season, and that he personally insisted that the evil prince character of Sei Kyou draw inspiration from Game of Thrones' Joffrey for Kingdom's live-action film adaptation.
"The villain Sei Kyou holds the key in the Kingdom film," Hara said. "It's easy to create a flimsy villain, but it's very difficult to create a loathsome yet charismatic villain. I think that Joffrey from Game of Thrones is the best villain. Sei Kyou in the Kingdom manga is lacking as a villain in parts because of my inexperience as a creator at that time. When we were making the film, the first thing I did was tell everyone, 'Look at Joffrey.'"
Benioff and Weiss also shared their appreciation for Kingdom. They praised the visuals in its trailer, remarking that even without English subtitles, the story is conveyed extremely well. They also praised the rich attention to detail and the expressiveness of all the characters, including the minor ones.
Finally, the showrunners commented on how Japanese and English productions have been influencing each other. Benioff said, "When we were filming Game of Thrones, we took visual inspiration from Akira Kurosawa's Ran. Kurosawa himself took inspiration from Shakespeare, so I can really feel how all these works have been influencing each other across national borders."
Today, I spoiled myself on Kingdom battle threads. I can't remember what chapter I left off on Kingdom. I was reading this thread.
Last comment stated I was on Chapter 500. Kingdom right now is around chapter 600. 612 if we go on Sense Scans when I was trying to find feats for Powerslvl Kingdom vs Berserk threads
It was a risk. Man, I should get back to Kingdom. I don't remember much.
I have to read over 100 chapters to catch up. I don't think I have the stamina or time to do massive manga binge sessions like the old days. I remember it takes a whole day to read 100 chapters when I was binging Kingdom or Vinland Saga. I think because their chapters are longer than 20 pages?
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2019 20:38:09 GMT by Taka: reality of the situation
Post by Powerlvlsrbullsh1t on Sept 5, 2019 18:22:20 GMT
Well, I've read 370 chapters of Kingdom in less than 5 days. This is, hands down, one of the greatest manga of all time. It is in my top 10 for certain, and may very well be in my top 5. It has everything you could possibly ask for in a historical manga: politics, romance, fantastic characters, edge of your seat action, beautiful artwork, etc. In particular, the wars in this manga are completely unrivalled in any work of fiction I've ever read. They have made other war arcs disappointing in comparison. Every single part of war has been taken into account, from tactics and morale to terrain and provisions and everything in between. The Coalition Army arc is on par with Marineford War and Chimera Ant as some of the best arcs in manga.
I only have a minor complaint. As much as I love nearly every character in this series (or love to hate, in Houken's case), Shin falls a little flat to me. He is still a fun character, and his scenes of being a leader and his intense struggles are always a sight to behold, but overall he is basically all of the shounen mc tropes in a little bundle. He is brash, he is loud, he is dense, he is a natural born fighter, he aspires to be the greatest "blank" of all time, etc. The only thing that really sets him apart is that he has no problems with killing whatsoever.
Overall tho, 9.5/10. Must read for anyone who claims to like manga.
Would have to add a little note on recommendation to older fans who can handle the mature content as there are nudity, sex, and rape in it in addition to the violence.
Thought you were at the current chapter when you made all those Kingdom battle threads?
I shouldn't have dug feats from the recent chapters. It's hard to flip through old chapters trying to find something specific.
My main concern is how many characters I need to remember, at least the ones who are significant. I hope they release a prequel series on Ouki's era. I know the series demonstrates the changing of torches and how the era of the Qin's Great Generals are coming to the end. It will be cool to see it.
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT
Dream: Done with Vampire Bund. Will be working on a review of it before I hop into the next Funi series. Hoping to get it up either tonight or tomorrow, depending on how lengthy my thoughts get.
Jan 24, 2020 1:44:49 GMT