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“Kingdom” Season 3 Set to Resume in Spring 2021 After Being Halted by COVID-19

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Good news to Kingdom fans! The hit historical epic has just announced that the airing of season 3 is set to resume in spring 2021, aka around the months of March to April.

The third season of Kingdom started airing in Japan last April 5. In that same month, however, the series was announced to be going on hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The third season was only able to air four episodes before being halted indefinitely, with the production committee stating at that time that the declaration of a state of emergency in Japan greatly impacted their production schedule.

The series’ original cast—Masakazu Morita (Shin/Xin), Jun Fukuyama (Ei Sei/Yin Zheng), Rie Kugimiya (Karyou Ten/He Liao Diao), Kentaro Ito (Huan Ji), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Ohon), Hirofumi Nojima (Nouten), Shiro Saito (Biao Gong), Kenkyuu Horiuchi (Wang Jian/Osen), Taiten Kusunoki (Mobu), and Akio Kato (To)—were previously announced to be returning for the new season.

New cast members are:

·        Yuya Uchida as Shun Shin Kun

·        Miou Tanaka as Kan Mei

·        Atsuko Tanaka as Ka Rin

·        Daisuke Namikawa as Go Hou Mei (Wu Feng Ming)

·        Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Kou Yoku (Xiang Yi)

·        Yuuto Uemura as Haku Rei (Bai Li)

Anime News Network describes the series’ story as such:

“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.”

Kingdom season three is based on the manga’s Coalition Invasion arc. The new season is directed by Kenichi Imaizumi (Reborn!, After-School Dice Club), who replaced season 2 director Akira Iwanaga. Season 1 was directed by Jun Kamiya.

Kingdom is written by Yasuhisa Hara and was launched in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 2006. Studio Pierrot adapted the manga into an anime series and aired the first season in 2012, with the second airing a year after.

Source: Anime News Network

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