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Kingdom / Chapter 636
« on: March 26, 2020, 05:26:39 pm »
Oh, this is getting interesting. The food barrels were empty and Kai Oku is enjoying every minute. It’s a distraction and I kinda realized it myself the moment they strolled right up the front door of Retsubi with so many food barrels. One of two things could be what gets the men the food supply the desperately need. Either Yo Tan Wa or another general ship Ou Sen what they need or an outside entity does. And right now, under the cover of darkness, the river seems to be a reasonable method. Ri Boku and his men shouldn’t anticipate this until it’s too late anyway. Unless, there’s a different strategy altogether devised by Ou Sen but the men are so hungry they are ready to submit to any means, well Kan Ki’s men anyway. 

Kingdom / Chapter 635
« on: March 19, 2020, 04:40:16 pm »
I hate to think the worst but he may actually consider eating the horses maybe even the dead. I actually believed that help would arrive and alleviate the food issue by now. I’m not sure what he has in mind but Ri Boku is going to be in big trouble for losing Gyou. I actually didn’t expect Ou Sen to take Gyou and am a little surprised.

Kingdom / Chapter 634
« on: March 12, 2020, 06:27:32 pm »
I had hoped Shin would find Ou Ki’s glaive to be lighter at least he’s swinging it with one arm. But I really want to focus on Ri Boku, while everything indicates he’s been outmatched by Qin’s three pawns and is facing Kan Ki’s toughest warriors Gyou can no longer contain the citizens. And now, Ri Boku seems to be at a disadvantage. Will this change? He did say he knew Kan Ki’s weakness. What about Ba Nan Ji? Where is he? And, what if the young prince shows up with an army in tow? I expect another change of tide I just can’t put my finger on it.

Kingdom / Chapter 632 & 633
« on: February 27, 2020, 06:12:43 pm »
Not excited about last week’s chapter. It was the granddaddy of plot twists if ever I’ve seen one. To me, it lacked cohesion and I had hoped it was all a bad dream coming from Hou Ken’s mind as he laid there all alone with no one to console him. Anyway, I'm ready to move forward to a new chapter.

Kan Ki’s new slogan “will not kill civilians” is plain laughable and would ring true if it were a different army shouting it. I’m sure we’ve heard this before, the villain swears he won’t kill ya only to have one of his henchmen do the dirty work for him. These people are so naive it’s distasteful. Have they considered the lives of the youth and feeble among them? This is war, if they march out straight into Kan Ki’s claws he will use them as a bargaining chip against Ri Boku, you can bet on it.

Kingdom / Chapter 631
« on: February 15, 2020, 07:39:21 pm »
It makes no sense whatsoever that Hyou doesn’t remember what the king looks like since he spent time with the king when he was alive, and it’s because of the king that he’s dead. The other thing that bugs me is that I believe Shin would have come back to the world of the living, he would have walked through the portal of light on his own, with the help of Hyou, of course, so Kyou Kai’s sacrifice feels like it’s in vain. Anyway, I still don’t get why Shin’s death was so important. The afterlife gave us no insight into the future about anything not even China or what the road ahead is like for Shin and the HSU.   

Kingdom / Chapter 630
« on: February 06, 2020, 06:32:55 pm »
Shin’s life force is completely gone and I have no idea what this will do to Kyou Kai's body, mind and soul. But, why did Shin have to die? Seems so premature. Could this chapter be hinting that we should expect a drastic change in both Shin’s and Kyou Kai’s persona? Will he rival his peers after this experience? For example, will he demonstrate a higher degree of intellect? What about his senses? Should we expect a supernatural awakening or will the two be more connected than ever. Because what she is doing has never been done before throughout the manga in fact no one has ever mentioned the subject, her experience is the same as those who died and came back to life and describe what happened on the other side. The bright light, speaking to spirits and so on. She is giving up all her life force to bring Shin back. Will she be a different person after this? Maybe. I just hope it doesn’t reduce her life span.

Kingdom / Chapter 629
« on: January 30, 2020, 04:49:14 pm »
Choked up, that’s how I felt as I read the chapter. I knew what to expect, the previous chapter made it clear but I wasn’t ready for the heartfelt words shared by the HSU. It’s been a long ride and although I may sometimes express dissatisfaction here and there nothing could have prepared me for what just happened. Realization hit me like a ton of bricks and never in a million years would I have imagined Shin’s death (god I hate that word), nonetheless it’s part of the cycle. Anyway, I’d rather not dwell on it so let’s move on. Kyou Kai asked Ten to move aside, why? Is she about to perform CPR? According to Suu Gen, Shin is past the point of no return. Legally that makes Shin a cadaver. Wait a minute, what happened to his regenerative capability? Has his body simply shut down all bodily functions in order to preserve itself? Is he in stasis? I hope so.

Kingdom / Chapter 628
« on: January 09, 2020, 04:34:23 pm »
There are two deaths attributed to this chapter, Hou Ken who in every practical sense lived by the sword and died by it, and Shin who forced his anatomy way beyond its limit. Some succumb to heart failure while others launch major organs into collapse and complete shutdown, especially when there’s considerable blood loss. This near death experience will definitely change him and I can only imagine how. But before we completely forget Hou Ken I’d like to say that I think I understand him, snatched from his parents and forced into a belief system contrary to his own. His parents used their gifts to bring good into the lives of others. Because of this Hou Ken likely struggled with inner demons his entire life. I believe he sensed he was meant for something better and different yet he never pursued it. His is another tragic story with a bitter end and no hope insight, sad really. We can debate Hou Ken’s past, we can even speculate what if’s but I don’t think he would’ve change his ways, I think he was committed to the cause. We all know that commitments obligate us to do something whether or not we like it. Hou Ken was committed but it was never his true path in life.

Kingdom / Chapter 627
« on: December 27, 2019, 06:02:45 pm »
It’s finally over. Shin has taken down Hou Ken and with it the absurd ideals of a Bushin. I’d like to think that Kyou Kai did the same with her clan when she eliminated Yuu Ren and her followers she erased their ideals, principle and goal. But back to Ka Ryo Ten and Kyou Kai, I may have misunderstood their cries of compassion for cries of apprehension. All this time these two woman weren’t sensing something ominous in the air, nope, they were reacting the same way someone does when he or she fears losing the one person they love most in life. I could be wrong, in fact, I hope I am. I’d rather believe in mysterious powers influencing the course of events over personal attachment, it just makes for a more interesting tale to me, at least. But, there's always the possibility that their deep affection for Shin has bloomed, and they are not afraid to show it.

Kingdom / Chapter 626
« on: December 19, 2019, 05:15:18 pm »
If Hou Ken gets an arrow thru his back I won’t complain but I can’t see the HSU sinking that low however I can see Zhao repeating history. Ten has me worried, what could she possibly sense and does Kyou Kai feel it too? Could this why she is reaching out to Shin? Are they empaths? Wonder who else is. Maybe Yo Tan Wa is an empath as well? Anyway, the dialogue between Hou Ken and Shin was great and Ri Boku finally makes common sense. I was never sold on the whole transcendence ideal, to me, it was superficial. Not sure how this is going to end but Ba Tei is on his way and so is Ba Nan Ji so it’s going to be teeming with more troops real fast real soon. 

Kingdom / Chapter 625
« on: December 14, 2019, 12:41:21 pm »
Did Ri Boku forget about Gyou? While everyone is fixed on Shin and Hou Ken’s fight Gyou’s doors, if they haven’t already done so, should be ready to explode. While it’s tough pinpoint the exact time of day it is safe to assume that every minute counts. I will be completely surprised if Gyou is still holding together after all this time in fact anything else would seem unrealistic. But, back to Shin and Hou Ken. This is the fight we have all been waiting for but I am neither thrilled nor satisfied. I expected the much older and much more experienced Shin to exact vengeance swiftly, instead we have a battle that rages on due to Newton’s third law which in my opinion shouldn’t exist. Why? Well, because Hou Ken reached top form and peak condition more or less seventeen years ago while Shin should have surpassed this mark by now which in fact we see in a couple of pages towards the end of the chapter. Then again, we can argue that Shin is spent as a result of fighting his way to this point, so how do we explain the endless endurance when his body has undergone massive blood loss and malnutrition yet he proves resilient under abnormal conditions. Don’t misunderstand, Shin is still one of the most interesting characters in the manga and one of my top favorites but I could do without the script immunity. 

Kingdom / Chapter 624
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:39:13 pm »
I had a feeling Shin was about to experience another beatdown, I just never imagined it would be to this degree. Hou Ken’s blows conveyed his emotions in fact he went for the kill in an attempt to prevent Shin from ever gaining an inch. I panicked when Hou Ken left his mark across his chest. It’s a pretty serious wound and downright nasty if you ask me. I’m not even sure what the meaning behind it is if Shin is able to continue fighting as if it doesn’t even matter. Anyway, the one thing Shin has going for him is stamina and it may be the one thing that Hou Ken can’t capitalize on since he’s been fighting for a while now, but I could be wrong. But, part of me thinks I’m right, that Kyou Kai’s struggle wasn’t meaningless and may soon prove fruitful either way Hou Ken has caused enough damage to the HSU as a whole and can’t be allowed to survive any longer.

Kingdom / Chapter 623
« on: November 27, 2019, 03:30:38 pm »
I think I understand what Ri Boku is trying to convey but are you telling me that the only thing Hou Ken has ever tried to achieve is to be the strongest? And Bushin is basically another name for a martial god. And, why did Kaine and the others shed tears only from the left eye? What’s funny is that no one addressed the issue. Anyway, this chapter makes for a poor excuse and maybe because it’s trying to sell Hou Ken off as superior which everybody knows he’s not. I'll have to read it again but before that I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and g'night.

Kingdom / Chapter 622
« on: November 21, 2019, 08:36:37 pm »
It’s the anticipated showdown we’ve all prayed for. But, when Hou Ken slapped Shin around for a bit I kinda lost all expectation of whether or not he has what it takes to defeat the menace called Bushin. I’m not saying that he won’t die here (because he has to) I just can’t imaging Shin doing it alone. It’s not difficult to imaging Ou Sen taking a whack at him that’s if Ba Nan Ji or Fu Tei don’t materialize right behind them which I believe could happen especially as the battle nears the end of the day. Also, I’d like to say that I sympathize with the HSU for their great loss and part of me wishes they could pick up Kyo Gai and lay him to rest near Shou Sa. And while Bi Hei is too busy mourning his friends Suu gen and Ryuu Yuu look both devastated and pissed, and if I interpret his reaction correctly no one feels the loss more than Shin. To him, these comrades are the closest thing he can call a family. It’s the faces he sees day in and day out and the ally he has associated with during most of his military career.

Kingdom / Chapter 621
« on: November 13, 2019, 06:21:29 pm »
Kyou Kai did what I believe may be irreversible, chanting her way deeper than ever before. I’m not sure if anyone else got the same impression as I when she slowly began chanting but it instantly went from magical to ominous and dark, especially when blood began pouring out of her eyes. I’ve never seen this before, it’s as if she was trying to put herself into a deep spell that turned horribly wrong. In fact, I don’t believe I have ever heard that chant before, ever. “Let Blood Boil Over”, is anything but sacred and more like some type of conjuring. Anyway, she did what she could yet I didn’t expect anything to pan out when you consider that she exhausted all of her resources once before. She put both mind and body under tremendous strain while Hou Ken only added insult to injury. I believe Kyou Kai’s condition is critical but not grave. I’m hopeful that she’ll bounce right back to her old self soon but right now, Hou Ken is Shin’s sole responsibility.

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