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Kingdom / Chapter 551
« on: March 13, 2018, 08:17:18 am »
It doesn’t look good for any of the three armies. Does Ou Sen have an alternate plan? What is plan B? Is this the best that Ou Sen can do?

I don’t know why but I doubt the authenticity of messengers on both sides. I have trouble believing that they are who they say they are. Who’s to say that they are not impostors?

I didn’t expect to see Ri Shi.

Compared to the mountain tribes Heki and his men look exhausted.

I don’t expect Yo Tan Wa to lose her life here but this battle seems to be impossible to win unless they work a miracle. Somebody needs to slay Shun Sui Ju so I can feel better.

Ch.551 Pg.20

Kingdom / Chapter 550
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:21:26 pm »
We don't have an official number but I imagine the loss of life on both sides is astronomical. But, when I take a look at the panel where Kyou Kai and the HSU stand over all the grisly corpses, I can’t help but think that Zhao is probably in worse shape.

More and more, I see Zhao leveraging the success of this war on a single object - provisions. At first, I thought Shun Sui Ju just got lucky wiping out half of Heki’s food supply, however, according to chapter 516, this was all an orchestrated effort from the very beginning by Ri Boku to crush Qin’s invading army. I think, that somewhere in that genius mind of his, Ou Sen alone understands the complexity of this venture, possibly why he prepared for it as much as he could and why he hijacked all the food from Gyou’s neighboring cities.

Ch.516 Pg.04

Kingdom / Chapter 549
« on: February 27, 2018, 05:37:10 pm »

Ch.549 Pg.019   Shin is spent, but Gyuo’un is not? What happened?

Ch.549 Pg.012   Ou Hon looks more concerned with Shin’s fight than his own.

Ch.549 Pg.014   Shin finally acknowledges that he now knows how to use Ou Ki’s glaive. I guess from this point forward it won’t
                         be a hindrance. Its weight and size won’t factor against him instead, it will work for him. That's good news.

Ch.549 Pg.017   Gyou’un notices that the battleground is drenched in blood.

Ch.541 Pg.018   If I remember correctly this is the same ground that his master predicted that he and Chou Ga Ryuu would
                         slaughter the enemy drove after drove. Sadly, I think he got it wrong.

Ch.549 Pg.018   This scene is so freaking amazing, it's Priceless!

Kingdom / Chapter 548
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:19:07 pm »
What type of an instinctual is Gyou’un? And, why do I get the feeling he’s stalling Shin? It’s as if he’s purposely keeping Shin from joining the real battle in the center. I wonder if he already knew, well in advance, that Shin was an instinctual as well. When I first read that an instinctual talent awoke within Shin, I researched it. I discovered three distinct types of intuition: ordinary, expert, and strategic. Gut instinct, a feeling we sometimes get, is considered ordinary intuition. Expert intuition is snap judgments, when you instantly recognize something familiar and respond accordingly. Strategic intuition is insightful, in other words, a flash of insight. I believe Shin has gradually moved from ordinary intuition to expert intuition in this arc. Gyou’un, on the other hand, is difficult to gauge, but I’m going to say that he is similar to Kei Sha, a general of strategic intuition but with more muscle. Using flashes of insight to devise a plot on the spot, and why I think he’s prepared something special for the HSU. Sounds counterintuitive but it’s the best way I can describe it.

Kingdom / Chapter 547
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:55:23 pm »
Gyou’un thinks luck delivered Shin and his men to him but he’s wrong, dead wrong! They are there because of Shin. It’s no accident. Anyway, I think these guys are stronger than the men that accompany Shin. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that they are evenly matched which I seriously doubt coz the men that usually accompany a general can be deemed as elite so they should have the upper hand. Will they fare well? Or will they crumble?

Ch.547 Pg.10   Sorry, but no stroke of luck. It's called Shin-stinc-tual. Gyou'un should know this.

Ch.547 Pg.17  Gyou'un acknowledges that Ou Ki's glaive is more than just a tool.

Kingdom / Chapter 546
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:03:09 pm »
Shin’s explosive temper and the tempo at which he hollers orders around is so funny. I don’t want to bore anybody by sounding redundant so I’ll skip the page-by-page details, but I will say that Shin is finally getting the chance to demonstrate his ability as an instinctual. Not only to his men, Ten and Kyou Kai, but to everyone in Qin. However, there’s a drawback - it isn't easy. And yet, to a certain degree, he’s able to connect the dots. He’s even had his fair share of realizations (I know, right?). And, as far as I know, he’s the only living instinctual in Qin’s army (but don’t quote me on this). Either way, it indicates that he is a significant asset. If he can learn to strategize, he’ll have something others don’t, and that’s the ability to read both types of generals on the battlefield. Let’s reflect on Duke Hyou. We know he was born on the battlefield and grew up there too. And similar to Shin, a person whose struggles paved the future. For all we know, he may have been an illiterate in his early years as a soldier. Definitely, a one of a kind who struck me as wild. My point is, that Shin isn't so different.

Ch.546 Pg.03

Kingdom / Chapter 545
« on: January 25, 2018, 01:40:50 pm »
Usually, I’m against Shin leading his army, simply because he possess no talent for strategy or tactics. But, this is different, his opponent relies on instinct. A pattern Shin is well aware of and comfortable tackling. Unlike Ten and Kyou Kai, Shin isn't bogged down by Gyou’un’s erratic moves. Kyou Kai accompanied Shin because she knew Ten would never believe him, and at a time like this, would challenge any notion that he has the capacity to outwit Gyou’un or at the very least, interpret his every move. Something Ten, Kyou Kai, and the rest of the gang have not been able to do. And, it is worth noting, that while Shin is the only one actually doing better than the rest, it was Kyou Kai who realized that the Zhao general is the instinctive type. Ten was so engrossed in what she learned as a strategist that she failed to think outside the box. She overlooked the type of person they were in combat with and instead focused only on the irregular behavior present through every move which eventually, baffled her.

Ch.545 Pg.08 (Kyou Kai's epiphany)

Kingdom / Chapter 544
« on: January 18, 2018, 01:28:25 pm »
This is a first, Shin schooling Ten on the simple aim of this particular tactic. Bravo, Shin! I hope we see more of this in the future but the star here is the kid whose exceptional skill as an archer is not only abnormal it is rare. Only a handful possess such talent but imagine if more of the archers in the HSU could manage the accuracy, the distance, as well as the number of volleys in concurrent fashion. Sadly, no one except his brother shares this trait, and it is he, and his bro, whose special ability levels the playing for the newbies giving them the opportunity to turn things around before it gets worse. Also, props to Suu Gen and his fierce troops. They don’t get the acclaim they duly deserve. And lol, you’ve got to love the pose. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen these guys before what an intimidating bunch.

Ch.544 Pg.019

Kingdom / Chapter 543
« on: January 01, 2018, 05:49:10 pm »
I don't have a whole lot to say mostly because I'm still recovering from last night's new years celebration, but my favorite moments of the chapter are below.

Pg.08 ...Shin and Ou Hon plow the fields!

Pg.15 ...The HSU have assembled!  Ri Boku:We have an army! Ou Sen:We have a HSU.

Kingdom / Chapter 542
« on: December 21, 2017, 04:27:28 pm »
The steamroll has commenced as three powerful figures converge on A Kou’s army but my greatest apprehension is seeing Ou Sen admit to danger. Has doubt set in? Is the plan impaired? No matter, setbacks are inevitable and therefore are always taken into careful consideration, especially by people like Ri Boku and Ou Sen. 

So far, Shin is Ou Sen’s primary tool to administer strong support in time of need but I'm not surprised. If we take the HSU’s past into account, he and his men have a tendency to perform well against overwhelming odds. But let’s recap, Qin invaded Zhao with a risky plan, Zhao has the home field advantage, resources dwindle impairing the effectiveness of Qin’s overall strategy, and an escape route gradually disappears as time passes by.

Has Ou Sen reached a turning point? Will he gather his forces and head for home empty handed?

Kingdom / Chapter 541
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:21:48 pm »
I held back last week about what unfolded in the second half of the chapter, specifically the part where Ou Hon takes the time to deliver a resounding speech. Mainly because it seemed out of character and I wasn't sure he'd ever express himself this way before. It’s only after reading this latest chapter that I’m convinced he’s after more than just winning. It’s more than just a win that he can place over his mantel as a trophy. I believe he wants to prove to all but more so to his father that he is not the person he thinks he is.   

Phantasmal. This is how Rinshoujo an equal to Ren Pa is described. And so, I take it his men share similar attributes. What disturbs me more is that this signifies without a doubt that they are equally dangerous. If we take the premonition serious, even after so many years, Ou Sen's army can't avoid a devastating blow. And going by how grief-stricken they were about their old master’s demise I’d say they were fueled by nothing more than conviction but that's all some soldiers really need anyway.

Ch.540 Pg.16

Kingdom / Chapter 540
« on: December 06, 2017, 04:47:12 pm »
That was immature and reckless. I expect better from Heki. Think about it. This is Zhao’s own unique division their version of mountain tribe elites. These guys are putting up a remarkable fight against Yo Tan Wa and her army. So what makes Heki think he could do better? He's better off gathering Intel to determine if the surrounding area is littered with secret tunnels and traps. Let’s be realistic, he went from capable - to foolish - to an absolute burden. Hmm, did Ou Sen drop the ball?

Is this it? Is this really Ou Sen’s last attempt against Zhao? The food supply is pretty scarce. I’m not sure they can last another day or two. And Kan Ki? What’s he up to?

Kingdom / Chapter 539
« on: November 22, 2017, 03:44:35 pm »
Ri Boku wants to meet with Gyou Un who is rumored to be just as lethal as two of the Four Heavenly Kings. I wonder if he will be assigned a special task. It’s a shot in the dark, but could he possess certain skills unbeknownst to us? Perhaps those of an assassin. Remember when Rin Ko was tasked to eliminate all noteworthy officers in the Sanyou campaign? He got away with it because no one expected the enemy to try such a stunt. Not only is it difficult to accomplish it’s also a suicide mission.

Shun Sui Ju is one sly sneaky bastard. He’s pulling out all the stops, making damn sure his adversary lacks every opportunity to continue the incursion at their own pace. And now, that they’ve lost their allotted rations and with none available elsewhere, the only other alternative is to quickly dismantle the Zhao in one fell swoop instead of piece by piece.

Kingdom / Chapter 538
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:15:25 pm »
We understand that as a result of Ou Ki's untimely departure Shin's first experience with “the view a general sees” takes place early in his military career, furthermore, he was young, inexperienced, as well as illiterate. And, in spite of all that, he still managed to see what few never have the chance to experience. But this isn’t about him it’s about Mou Ten. Who shared this with him? Was it grandfather? Or was it Ko Zen? I think it’s fair to say that because of Mou Ten, Ou Hon’s newly founded insight makes it possible to see patterns on the battlefield that others simply overlook. Allowing him to make appropriate calculations in real time and avoid the enemy’s stratagem, with a little help from Akakin, of course.

Uh-oh, Heki has a bull's-eye on his back. But why his army? And not that we have any real confirmation, but could he seem like an easy target simply because of where he’s stationed? Could this have anything to do with it? I don’t know. Anyway, Zhao’s battlefield has an underground tunnel that leads away from the action, and worse, there could be more than one, possibly hundreds. Enough to get an army ready before the next assault. Perhaps, developed by Zhao’s ancestors eons ago for a different purpose altogether in a time dominated by fear of the unknown, nevertheless, it grants them the opportunity to attack Qin from behind issuing a surprise attack. Just how far does the tunnel(s) extend and should we be worried they can reach Ou Sen?

Kingdom / Chapter 537
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:43:31 pm »
If Zhao’s generals keep this up Ri Boku is gonna have to make more public appearances. They seem to adhere to rigid protocol maybe it's age and they’re out of practice or just plain neglect because they expect a foe to behave accordingly, especially when youth is a factor. Either way, they seem to be fixed on practical habit to the point where they think an opponent has to follow the script set forth upon them. What kind of reasoning is that? Just because they see one or two possible solutions doesn’t mean there isn’t a third. Ou Hon did two things today, he sought for a way out of this predicament and he did it without the support of anyone but his own army proving that strength is a product of resources and resolve, too bad Shin lacks the former. But, is there is downside with this approach. He aims to torpedo the enemy with a skeleton crew leaving them unprotected all for the sake of making an impact that commander Akou can take advantage of. And yet, I can’t shake the feeling that he and his men may become vulnerable at some point and as we all know no type of sacrifice is ever accomplished without a price.

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