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Kingdom 3rd Season

Kingdom 3rd Season

Studio Signpost
TV

After Sanyou’s successful campaign, Qin’s army, including 1,000-man Commander Li Xin, inched ever closer to fulfilling King Ying Zheng’s dream of unifying China. With the main foothold in Wei state now under his control, Qin set his sights eastward towards the remaining war states. Meanwhile, an incomparable strategist and newly appointed Zhao state prime minister named Li Mu, has taken advantage of Zhao’s temporary ceasefire with Qin to negotiate with other countries so that their war is not interrupted. Apparently, without warning, Ying Zheng received word that soldiers from the states of Chu, Zhao, Wei, Han, Yan, and Qi had crossed into Qin territory. Belatedly realizing the purpose behind Li Mu’s truce with Qin, Zheng quickly gathered his advisors to draw up a plan to overcome the six-nation coalition army in front of their gates. For the first time, the Qin state is facing destruction in history and must use every resource and strategy at its disposal to prevent its country from being removed from the map.  

Kingdom 2nd Season

Kingdom 2nd Season

Studio Pierrot
TV

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 to conquer the other six states and unify 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 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 of a higher social status. 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

Kingdom

Studio Pierrot
TV

China’s Warring States period, a raging dragon that would raze the land for 500 years, saw many kingdoms rise and fall, making way for the next generation of kings and generals to fight for supremacy. Eventually, seven powerful states emerged from the endless cycle of warfare. In the kingdom of Qin, Li Xin, a war-orphaned slave, trains vigorously with fellow slaves and their best friend, Piao, who shares his proud dream of one day becoming a Great General of the Heavens. However, the two are suddenly forced to part ways when Piao is recruited to work in the royal palace by a retainer of the King. After a fierce coup d’état unfolds, Piao returns to Xin, half-dead, with a mission that will lead him to a meeting with China’s young King, Ying Zheng, who bears a striking resemblance to Piao. Kingdom follows Xin as he takes his first steps into the great blood-soaked pages of China’s history. He must carve his own path to glory on his long quest to become a Great General of the historic Seven Warring States.

Fumetsu no Anata e

Fumetsu no Anata e

Brain's Base
TV

It, a mysterious immortal being, is sent to the Earth with no emotions nor identity. However, It is able to take the shape of those around that have a strong impetus. At first, It is a sphere. Then, It imitates the form of a rock. As the temperature drops and snow falls atop the moss, It inherits the moss. When an injured, lone wolf comes limping by and lays down to die, It takes on the form of the animal. Finally, It gains consciousness and begins to traverse the empty tundra until It meets a boy. The boy lives alone in a ghost town, which the adults abandoned long ago in search of the paradise said to exist far beyond the endless sea of white tundra. However, their efforts were for naught, and now the boy is in a critical state. Acquiring the form of the boy, It sets off on a never-ending journey, in search of new experiences, places, and people.

3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season

3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season

Shaft
TV
9.00

Now in his second year of high school, Rei Kiriyama continues pushing through his struggles in the professional shogi world as well as his personal life. Surrounded by vibrant personalities at the shogi hall, the school club, and in the local community, his solitary shell slowly begins to crack. Among them are the three Kawamoto sisters—Akari, Hinata, and Momo—who forge an affectionate and familial bond with Rei. Through these ties, he realizes that everyone is burdened by their own emotional hardships and begins learning how to rely on others while supporting them in return. Nonetheless, the life of a professional is not easy. Between tournaments, championships, and title matches, the pressure mounts as Rei advances through the ranks and encounters incredibly skilled opponents. As he manages his relationships with those who have grown close to him, the shogi player continues to search for the reason he plays the game that defines his career.

3-gatsu no Lion

3-gatsu no Lion

Shaft
TV
8.42

Having reached professional status in middle school, Rei Kiriyama is one of the few elite in the world of shogi. Due to this, he faces an enormous amount of pressure, both from the shogi community and his adoptive family. Seeking independence from his tense home life, he moves into an apartment in Tokyo. As a 17-year-old living on his own, Rei tends to take poor care of himself, and his reclusive personality ostracizes him from his peers in school and at the shogi hall. However, not long after his arrival in Tokyo, Rei meets Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto, a trio of sisters living with their grandfather who owns a traditional wagashi shop. Akari, the oldest of the three girls, is determined to combat Rei's loneliness and poorly sustained lifestyle with motherly hospitality. The Kawamoto sisters, coping with past tragedies, also share with Rei a unique familial bond that he has lacked for most of his life. As he struggles to maintain himself physically and mentally through his shogi career, Rei must learn how to interact with others and understand his own complex emotions.