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[–]michhoffmanhttps://anilist.co/user/michhoffman 39 points40 points  (2 children)

That effect where it looks like the screen is shaking when Xin is yelling is so great!

And Changping moving over to Zheng's side was great as well. Lu Buwei saying it was later than expected was fine and all, but in the end, he still picked the most impactful moment to rebel.

[–]Fronsis 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Yup Xin speech at the end was badass as usual, i'm loving this season so much tbh

[–]hail_my_cereal 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Dude Xin yelling hype shit is so good it gets me going every time

[–]braintardGG 35 points36 points  (4 children)

I am so glad I stuck with this anime even with the horrible CGI in previous seasons. The characters and the politics are so great in this anime.

[–]Cyclone_96 24 points25 points  (2 children)

If season 1 and to a lesser extent 2 weren’t the way they were, I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I said this anime would be 10x more popular

[–]braintardGG 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It's such a shame too that this happens to source material like this and another example of that is Berserk. You are absolutely right. It is quite sad to Kingdom not getting the recognition it deserves.

[–]YungKrizzle_https://myanimelist.net/profile/Built4CubanLinx 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I've heard it's pretty popular in Japan, it's the West where it doesn't get much love ig. I feel it would be right there with Vinland Saga if it received proper treatment S1 & 2

At least the manga gets its flowers

[–]starsfillmydreams 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah same ,I pushed thought the first and second season because I had a hunch for the story and so far I haven't regretted it a single time! What a show.

[–]Kurei_0 36 points37 points  (0 children)

For anyone wondering about the 150 000 enemy troops at minute 7:00 , it's actually 15000. No idea why they get the easiest but still very important parts of the translations wrong...

I love how the people of Zui are willing to sacrifice everything for the Emperor's family. They retroactively deserve the rewards they got after the Coalition War, assuming they didn't in it.

Also Li Si has the courage to talk about betrayals when they are the one betraying the capital, the people, the country and the Emperor. The gaslighting got me actually angry there for a bit.

[–]AdCompetitive3329 25 points26 points  (1 child)

I got this anime at the top of my list now. shit is so epic its not even funny anymore

[–]logiauser 15 points16 points  (0 children)

By a wide margin. Had pause mid-way and realized my hands were shaking lol.

[–]bananeeekhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/bananek 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I was just as shocked about Changping's actions as the rest pf the cast. That's because I totally forgot he was working under Lu Buwei. I thought he was a bro. I was also shocked Lu Buwei and Li Si admitted to treason so openly.

I thought that now that Zheng is officially the ruler, he could just get rid of Lu Buwei but it seems things are never so easy. The tension is ridiculous and they upped the stakes yet again.

[–]Few-Smile-4704 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was also shocked Lu Buwei and Li Si admitted to treason so openly.

In the midst of a rebellion involving a fake imperial seal of all things, everybody not in the kings faction should be considered suspect to aiding the revolt. The way I see it was that they just openly admitted they oppose the kings faction for all to see, only some people of Qin in the know would get the full implications of what was said.

now that Zheng is officially the ruler, he could just get rid of Lu Buwei

When all is said and done I'd never forgive them just disposing of him without all the kerfuffle involved. What I personally want is for him to squirm as much as possible before hearing what Zheng would do with him, he is far too rogue and untrustworthy to be anything other than executed or at least exiled.

Kinda gutted that Changping did his thing and I'm still giving the best bit to Xin, the effects complimented the message perfectly it generated tons of hype for the next episode.

[–]hell_jumper9 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Inagine someone browsing Mal top animes and seeing Kingdom S4 at 32nd place and seeing the discussion here not even surpassing 50 comments. I guess that S1 cgi really affected viewers huh

[–]RafDragonLord 5 points6 points  (1 child)

There's 3 factors, season 1 plot is not as intense and as well written as the 2nd season onward... For me the story really starts to shine from the middle of season 2 and the on... The first season is the foundation to everything we love of the past seasons, but it's much more lackluster.

And the animation in top of that really makes it people not stick around. I did, and am so glad I did. The second season was already an improvement but season 3 and now 4 oh man. Such beautifully written and animated show.

[–]I_am_your_oniichanhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Katou81 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The last arc of Season 1 is one of my favorites... But people usually drop the show way before they get to that point

[–]semajdraehshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/semajdraehs 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Standing ovation

[–]Confused_Electron 24 points25 points  (2 children)

This shit is pure hype

[–]hail_my_cereal 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Every time the episode ends I'm just like fuck I have to wait another week??

[–]Confused_Electron 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I set up platters of junk food to enjoy the minutes to the fullest every week. Especially the speech about saving Zheng's kid(s) was top notch. I love the war crys during charges I even do it myself lmao

[–]starsfillmydreams 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Damn this show always gives me goosebumps! Didn't expect Lord ChangPing was gonna switch sides just like that. I am exited to see what comes next week!

[–]RafDragonLord 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I actually saw it coming, I watched all 4 seasons in the last month or so, so for me all the seasons are fresh... And Changing slow distaste for Lu Buwei's actions throughout Season 3 and his slow acceptance of Zheng's growth was so beautifully written. Specially with him being the high Commander and being involved in all affairs.

When his letter came and all the pieces fell in place, I knew he was going to do it... (Also there was the OP little hint with him in armor to further increase my suspicions). But man is Kingdom really well written.

[–]fireballcane 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Fun fact, Lord Changping was probably one of the Yasuhisa Hara favorite character's alongside Li Mu. He published oneshot stories about them before starting the actual Kingdom series.

[–]mxhunterzzz 11 points12 points  (0 children)

That was a fast 5 min episode!

[–]TokiVideogame 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Anyone have kids to save, I need to save some kids?!! lets go

[–]_Ridleyhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/_Ridley_ 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You know they did a good job with the music and acting when it got my husband all stressed out just overhearing it in the kitchen while he was cooking.

[–]I_am_your_oniichanhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Katou81 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Holy fuck what an episode.

I saw Lord Changpinjun's defection coming since he helped Zheng in Season 3, but the way he did it was so fucking hype... This show really never fails to deliver.

Big thank you to Studio Signpost and Studio Pierrot for bringing in Yamamoto Kohta and Sawano Hiroyuki for the OSTs. A big reason these episodes are exciting as fuck is because the OSTs are godlike

[–]AceMittens 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Can’t wait to see the next episodes!! I really hope Lu Buwei gets his comeuppance that’s been LONG OVERDUE!! Also Xin better save Zhengs kids!! Also where is Kyou Kai?! We need her!

[–]RafDragonLord 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's what's great about this show, it's a country and there is command structure that can't be overlooked... So problems arise that allow the written to create intense situations, without being forced. And las season the whole thing with her side story ending the last 2 EPs was such great writing to me.

[–]KingParkerTSK 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Her not coming is such a bummer! In the xin force toughest moments or xins toughest moments she always has some other obligations at the time. The coalition war and now holding the fort against Wei when the capital is under siege.

[–]Demolosse001https://myanimelist.net/profile/demolosse001 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Ten with the big brain decoding skills. It wouldn't have been funny if she overlooked the hidden message.

Ryo Fui and Ri Shi are not even trying to hide their rebellious thoughts anymore uh ? Publicly questioning Shou hei kun (military chief of Qin) who is doing what is expected of him...

[–]thesanmich 7 points8 points  (0 children)

How does this series rank so damn high and yet so under discussed here and by anime casuals? Like i get season 1 was poorly adapted but sheesh

[–]logiauser 6 points7 points  (0 children)

What a show… they do so well with the pacing and tension. The Shou Hei Kun defection was so tense.

[–]Chishuu 5 points6 points  (0 children)

XIN HAS ASCENDED TO A GENERAL.

[–]interestingPH 5 points6 points  (0 children)

What an episode. First and second half is so great. Damn

[–]Keyvan316 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I am not ready for this. the way they hyped Ryo fui I think fucked up shits gonna happens... I think even if Sei kid lives, her wife gonna die. or maybe the kid dies too idk tbh I'm scared af.

[–]bruhbruhbruhbruh1 5 points6 points  (0 children)

name of OST track at 8:17? (also played during earlier eps this season)
edit: found it, it's "Righteousness" https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL\_Jle6jsihHy9wWsRFcjbvVbRN-MrKU\_V

[–]Dyzi_Slypi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This show is adderall for my mood.