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Kingdom / Chapter 532
« on: September 18, 2017, 06:59:41 pm »
I can’t say I blame him but goddamn Shin disregarded his primary mission for the sake of settling an old score. Sometimes, he’s just too dense for his own good. He totally ignored an opportunity less troublesome and now Ri Boku and his crew are laughing. Ri Boku even slowed down to provoke Shin, taking jabs at his misfortune, just downright insulting his ability as a warrior. I know that the basis behind it was merely to lure Shin to his death but thank goodness, his attempt failed. I guess the old adage is true, desperate times call for desperate measures.

I wonder how this goof up will affect Ou Sen’s plans. It’s obvious Ma Kou’s death puts them at a disadvantage, but by not killing Ki Sui when he had the opportunity, Shin’s misguided attempt may have put them in even greater jeopardy. Wow, I didn’t expect the horses in Ri Boku’s group to be fast as lightning and not that it means anything, but I remember Hyou once said to Shin that King Burei of Zhao was the first to wage war with horses (Ch.24 Pg.07). I guess it’s logical that their horses should be stronger and faster. Anyway, the biggest issue now is the collapse of the Ma Kou army, which Mou Ten insists he can bring back under control with Shin’s help. I can’t wait to see how. 8^)

Kingdom / Chapter 531
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:49:09 pm »
Yeesh, what an upset by Ri Boku! Personally, I didn’t expect this and I doubt that Ou Sen somehow predicted this as part of a well calculated risk. I mean, c’mon, this is just too big of a risk to take but this is Ri Boku we're talking about, the man will find a way to set the tide in his favor, no holds barred. Still, I gotta say, it’s unusual to see him personally take to the field but who the hell is playing by the rules anyway. And now, if he can find an opening on either side of the battlefield he is going to try to do to Ou Sen what he did to Ma Kou, pretty…ballsy if you ask me. We hardly know anything about Ri Boku, but the one thing he’s overlooking is Shin as this, is the one person that thrives to challenge the biggest and baddest fighter in the ring and right now, the only thing in his cross-hairs is Ri Boku.

Kingdom / Chapter 530
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:27:30 pm »
Ou Sen asked Shin for Ki Sui’s head – right, but everyone is after the same thing. Is this the most effective way to get it done? Is more than one man really necessary or is it asking for trouble? A little competition with your fellow officer is healthy, but Mou Ten and Ma Kou are just a little too greedy for their own good. Their arrogance might actually interfere with Shin’s foremost priority. It feels like this one chance at success (to become a general) just got that much more challenging when everyone is gunning for the same thing.

Okay, so how many of you think Ri Boku didn’t come alone? According to Ki Sui, Ri Boku kept a close eye on every square inch of the battleground. Makes perfect sense, Ri Boku is no mere strategist. Perhaps, this whole process up until this very instant is part of his ploy. I wouldn’t be surprised if he devised a plan that would encircle Shin and the others. The same way he lured and snared Ou Ki. It’s possible that he may have danced to Ou Sen’s tune only to carry out a more destructive blow himself. Makes you think, who is leading whom?

Ch.530 Pg.03

Kingdom / Chapter 529
« on: August 30, 2017, 04:45:39 pm »
I think Rozo is impressed with Yo Tan Wa. So I wouldn’t be surprised if the Quanrong turn against Shuu Sui Ju and side with her. She’s a quick thinker and you have got to luv the way she turns desperation into a fighting chance. Too bad for Shuu Sui Ju who looks pissed she took the hill, but who cares? I hope their plan backfires and she destroys them all. Though I can’t say the same for the battlefront where Shin is headed, it has a different vibe altogether and I can’t shake the thought that it could be a trap, I just can’t. It’s a little odd that Ri Boku hasn’t been as involved in every exchange the same way Ou Sen has. And what’s even more odd, is that before all this even began, both supreme commanders envisioned how they would each defeat each other. It’s difficult to accept that Ou Sen’s preliminary mind exercise is superior in every way, it's also hard to believe that his overall plan of defeat hasn't exhibited any weak points so far. Either that, or, Ri Boku is just out of his league, but that’s hard to swallow as well.

Ch.519 Pg.07

Kingdom / Chapter 528
« on: August 24, 2017, 05:00:08 pm »
Yo Tan Wa should back off a little just enough to assess the situation. All she really has to do is keep the Zhao from advancing to Gyou, whose ultimate goal is to set the people free from Kan Ki’s blockade. If she engages them, and loses, then it’s all for nothing because Qin doesn’t stand a chance without taking Gyou for themselves. Besides, an escape route is close to impossible now that they’ve ventured deep into enemy territory. They don’t have the field advantage, and the Quanrong couldn’t appear at a worst time. This adds pressure to an already intense situation. It might be exactly what Shuu Sui Ju is counting on in order to get past her and aid Gyou. Despite the fact that Yo Tan Wa currently faces overwhelming odds, I don’t believe she’s been completely outsmarted. She is the king of the mountain tribes for good reason. I think they’ve underestimated both her and her armies ability as the most cunning warriors of the mountains.

Kingdom / Chapter 527
« on: August 15, 2017, 01:27:21 pm »
Several chapters ago, Ri Boku mentioned the need to lure out core forces nested within Ryouyou. I believe the Quanrong is this core force. I also wonder if Shuu Sui Ju is a member of the Quanrong. Just look at the way he operates. Anyway, I have a bad feeling about this. He’s managed to lure Yo Tan Wa into an area that’s more advantageous for his forces, as well as increase Zhao’s numbers. The Quanrong people don’t look like pushovers, like Kou Son Ryuu’s men. Can’t wait to see how Yo Tan Wa handles the situation. 

Ch.518 Pg.06

Kingdom / Chapter 526
« on: August 02, 2017, 12:29:44 pm »
Everything that Ba Nan Ji did from the moment he leaped at Ou Hon to quickly defending against A Kou, reminded me of Shin. His attitude about warfare is also similar. I really like this character and hope we see more of him.

I'm not happy that Shin is the one tasked with taking Ki Siu’s life it just doesn’t seem right. Sorry folks, but that honor belongs to Kan Ki!

Kingdom / Chapter 525
« on: July 17, 2017, 03:43:27 pm »
I can’t believe Kyuu Kou didn’t see Ba Nan Ji coming. To see him blown away like this is alarming but that just demonstrates the superior strength of his opponent, and that the old man shouldn’t be underestimated. However, the same could be said of Kyuu Kou. He’s part of Kan Jou’s outfit. The one regarded as sharp and analytical and who supposedly raises strong warriors. So what gives? Unfortunately, we have no combat stats to gauge Kyuu Kou’s abilities so we’ll have to assume that Ba Nan Ji is on a totally different level altogether.

By far the best part of the chapter is when Ou Hon shoved the spear in Ba Nan Ji’s face while he was monologuing, but that’s the way Ou hon rolls. He goes through wild spurts every now and then. He did the same to Shin some chapters ago but this only confirms my argument about his conceited attitude. Which brings me back to the beginning of the chapter. What actually led to all this? Naturally, Ou Sen instructing Ou Hon to sit this one down. But, was this the right move? Kan Jou and Shou Taku believe Ou Hon made the right call in fact A Kou has taken advantage of the situation. Has Ou hon anticipated events beyond Ou Sen’s reach? Is this a sign that he is already one step ahead of his father? If so, are we about to witness Ou Hon’s metamorphosis? Is he about to take it to the next level and share the platform with the best of them?

Kingdom / Chapter 524
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:33:13 am »
Ou Hon disobeys orders without a plan and without careful consideration. How will this affect everything that they’ve worked so hard for? I can’t say I’m surprised because Ou Hon has always shown to be contemptuous towards others, especially those he feels are less deserving. An indication of weakness concerning his character. The question is. Has Ou Sen planned for every contingent? Who can say? Possibly. Maybe. The fact remains that Ou hon has defied authority. Maybe it’s a step in the right direction or maybe not. One thing is certain, a promotion to general could be out of the question due to insubordination. This brings me to another point about Ou Hon that I neglected to mention in the previous post. Up until this point, his genius was purely based on the fact that he possessed an unbelievable range of intellectual ability, right? So, have we overestimated him? I hope not. I want him to succeed and show everyone including his father that they were wrong about him.

Kingdom / Chapter 523
« on: July 02, 2017, 12:11:51 pm »
Ou Sen is at it again. Is he genuinely looking to enlarge his army, or is he after something else? Under his wing, Mou Ten could prove beneficial. Besides the obvious, that he’s become a worthy asset, the other less conspicuous motive could be to gain an association. A link to either influence or simply extract information. Of course, this speculation hinges on the rumor that his aim is to become emperor.

Not fair! Ou Hon is robbed a great opportunity. Would’ve been nice to see him up against Zhao’s spear wielder, Gaku Ei. Typical, we have another mystery on our hands. We don’t get the answer to why Ou Hon is excluded from participating in Akou’s attack. What could it be? To phrase the narrator, Ou Sen has “no great expectation” of his son. What led to this? He looks ready to me. What could be so bad that it overshadows all of his achievements? Maybe it’s a father and son thing. Who can guess with Ou Sen?

Kingdom / Chapter 522
« on: June 25, 2017, 03:13:50 pm »
Wish we had a bird’s-eye view of the entire battlefield. I’d like to see how everyone is getting along. But let’s face facts, Ki Sui is no match for Ou Sen and he has to grapple with Mou Ten too. Dealing with one mastermind is tough enough but I can’t imagine the challenge that two will cause. It’s why I don’t expect him to make any headway. I don’t see any opportunity to turn the situation into an advantageous one. Ki Sui is one-step too many behind Ou Sen’s predetermined calculations, and Mou Ten’s skillful taunting makes matters worse. Times like this I wish Ren Pa were still a functioning member of Zhao. Don’t know if I’m the only one who feels this way, but does anyone else think the battle is lopsided? Qin has literally tipped the scales at every opportunity. I didn’t expect this. I expected to see two great powers with an equal number of struggles. When every move you make is just as important as the ones you don’t take. This tug of war seems unfair. I guess we can blame the whole thing on the king for being inept. 8^)

Kingdom / Chapter 521
« on: June 17, 2017, 04:21:20 pm »
Befitting title for the chapter but that just makes it harder to understand how someone so young gets the upper hand on a veteran. The new blood outwits the old...I guess that's just the way it works. So I wouldn’t be surprised if that last wave of cavalry moving towards Ki Sui is actually the HSU with the archer brothers in tow. It’s totally one sided. They seem outmatched at every turn. What is Ri Boku doing? He would’ve been better off knowing more about Ou Sen than discovering Kan Ki’s weakness. At this rate, it’ll be over soon. And to think that Shou Hei Kun and the others slaved for almost a year planning a solid strategy when all they needed to do was ask Ou Sen (just kidding). I remember when the trio were called in and informed of the plan (Ch.497). Their purpose was very clear. To make appropriate judgement calls on the spot as long as it doesn’t jeopardize the overall plan. It seems that Mou Ten is doing as expected and very well indeed. This allows him to do what he does best without sacrificing the rest of the army. I’m curious to see what Ou Hon will do as well. I have a feeling Ou Sen will use them to their potential to create a bombshell against the veterans. Then maybe, unleash a full attack. 8^)

« on: June 16, 2017, 05:16:36 pm »
By no means is this observation a means to belittle, instead it is meant to examine the character carefully. Done so in hope that others will see what I see as the shortcoming of Ri Boku, not the person or prime minister, but the strategist. Since his first appearance at the battle of Bayou, the site where he defeats Ou Ki and almost annihilates Mou Bu something unusual happens that changes the way the game is played on the battlefield. Ri Boku surrenders without hesitation to his sense of compassion. Why? Well, we get an indication as to why based on his side story which plays a big role with the choices he makes. Undoubtedly, the conflicts of his past have reshaped the man, and yet, had he done away with Mou Bu things might have turned out different for Qin during the coalition invasion. Again, during the coalition he demonstrates a similar benevolence towards Shin pleading Duke Hyou not to force his hand. He spares Zhao’s enemy once again and must suffer the consequences created by his own hands. He had the opportunity to eliminate not one but three individuals, two of whom currently threaten the commonwealth of his people and his livelihood. Will this battle be any different?

Ref: Li Mu

Kingdom / Chapter 520
« on: June 11, 2017, 11:37:57 am »
Mou Ten is brilliant. In fact, he’s frightening. He’s using tactics that chip away at Ki Sui’s more important soldiers, his cavalry, and where have we seen this before, making it easier for Ou Sen (or Shin) to plow their way through and sideswipe Ri Boku’s center force crippling Zhao’s main army. I know, it’s a little too early to gauge anything concrete, but I think Ou Sen will use the HSU for this purpose. Striking a deadly blow and bringing the matter to a close quickly. As one of my favorite martial artists once said, “Dragon seeks path…Dragon whips his tail” so yeah, I can see Shin fulfilling this role. Also, I don’t believe that Kaine and Fu Tei ever had the pleasure of meeting Kyou Kai in battle, are they in for a rude awakening. 8^)

Ch.520 Pg.19

« on: June 09, 2017, 04:17:57 pm »
Not long ago Ri Boku and his deputies claimed they discovered Kan Ki’s weakness. Unfortunately, they never shared it with the rest of us. Since then everyone has speculated and no one not a single person (to my knowledge) has yet to decipher what it might be. Sadly, I'm not sure I know either, I do know he feeds on intimidation. We also know that Kan Ki’s reputation is nowhere near morally dignified, consider that a fact. He is, of course, renowned as a highly irregular tactician that prefers to entwine a psychological effect with guerrilla warfare, this makes him wicked. Here’s what I’m getting at, maybe we’re looking at it all wrong. What if Ri Boku and his deputies didn’t focus on him specifically but instead noticed the environment where his tactics thrive best. If we look at it this way, it’s a problem because Kan Ki is currently stationed on an open field with no safeguards and after sunset may have to endure the worst possible scenario. I’m pretty sure Zhao’s elite won’t overlook this fact but I hope that Hou Ken who’s notorious for striking after dark won’t seek out anyone but Shin. 8^)

Ch.484 Pg.20&21

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