The official website for the Kingdom anime posted a new promotional video for the anime’s third season on Wednesday. The video highlights the many emotions that run throughout the series, such as camaraderie, pride, resolve, and the bond between a parent and a child.
Shueisha‘s Weekly Young Jump magazine has been publishing special interviews with the Kingdom 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 last Thursday, sound director Kisuke Koizumi talks about recording the dialogue while dealing with restrictions due to COVID-19). In the third interview published in the 16th issue this 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.
The season resume airing on NHK General on April 4 at 12:10 a.m. JST (effectively, April 5). The anime will restart its airing from the first episode.
The third season of the anime of Yasuhisa Hara‘s Kingdom manga premiered on NHK General last April. The anime’s production committee announced last April that it was delaying the broadcast of episode 5 and later episodes of the third season. The committee explained that production had been going forward with enough time allotted, but the Japanese government’s state of emergency declaration against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) greatly impacted the production schedule. The anime was later rescheduled to return in April 2021.
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.
BiSH are performing the anime’s opening theme song “TOMORROW” and waterweed are performing the anime’s ending theme song “Deep inside” as the group’s first television anime collaboration.
The new season covers the manga’s Alliance Arc. 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.
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. Xin does all he can to become a superior commander of an army capable of defeating the Seven Warring States.
The record-setting manga 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 is also inspiring a smartphone game titled Kingdom Dash!! that is slated to launch in spring 2021.
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