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Kingdom / Chapter 586
« on: January 10, 2019, 07:42:42 pm »
I have to agree with Ou Sen, they should have gone for Chou Ga Ryuu first then maybe things would’ve turned out different, a lot different. Going by the depiction below it looks like Chou Ga Ryuu intentionally executed a maneuver that positioned Ouhon in harm’s way. While Gyou’un’s and Ba Nan Ji's army were parallel to eachother, Chou Ga Ryuu's formation was slightly offset. He deliberately moved into this position to make it seem like Ou Hon and his men had gained the advantage in a show of force. I feel like he right wing never had a chance, and with him still here things can only get worse. I don’t know if Chou Ga Ryuu is just as powerful as Ba Nan Ji and Gyou’un but something tells me that he likes displaying his strength through an array of wit. After all, it was him who snared Ou Hon. Overall an exciting chapter especially seeing Kan Jou never give up and reminding the Zhao that the right wing is so much more, it’s also the HSU.

(Ch.584 Pg.14)

Kingdom / Chapter 585
« on: December 26, 2018, 01:41:17 pm »
This isn’t how I imagined it. What happened to the awakening? Anyway, at this point it doesn’t really matter one way or the other. What matters is how dangerous the situation has become for Ou Hon and his crew. And yet, now is not the time to think about what is going on. Ou Hon should face danger head on, with his men, and stop trying to rationalize how bad the situation has become (quit your worrying and fight Gyou’un). That he turned his back on Gyou’un is so disappointing. Shin would never do such a thing. In fact, he would welcome the opportunity to face-off with an enemy, any enemy, especially one stronger than himself. And I was just beginning to think that Ou Hon was nothing like his father.

(Ch.585 Pg.20)

Kingdom / Chapter 584
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:45:35 pm »
To be honest, I don’t like this at all. I don’t like that old man Ban You might die but it could turn Ou Hon into something or someone we have never seen before. He may even pose a struggle for Gyou’un hopefully blowing Ri Boku’s plan sky-high. Anyway, I don't think any of us expected to see unique soldiers this late in the game, and certainly nothing as distinct and robust like the ten spears. But, I should’ve seen this coming because Ban Nan Ji compared Gyou’un and Chou Ga Ryuu to Ren Pa’s Four Heavenly Kings, and I recall that Rin Ko had a similar force of elite soldiers that Mou Ten personally went after amid the Sanyou campaign. So, does this mean that we should be concerned about Chou Ga Ryuu? Does he have an elite force as well, and does it possess a unique skill. It would be foolish to think otherwise.

It must be agonizing for Shin now that he can no longer sense Gyou’un’s intentions.

(Ch.584 Pg.04)

Kingdom / Strategy vs. Instincts
« on: December 15, 2018, 02:11:21 pm »
Due to the fact that we have been spoiled about Ou Hon’s defeat I think it’s only fair to address it. There is a fundamental flaw, chink in the armor, Achilles heel, or whatever you want to call it about Ou Hon that I believe exists. And that is the unique ability that predominantly governs a leader’s movements on a battlefield, and what Kingdom classifies as a "type of general". I think it’s safe to say that Ou Hon is strategic in nature, but correct me if you think I’m wrong. So, if paired with Gyou’un whose forte is instincts yet equipped with both strategy and tactics, then Ou Hon is in big trouble. We know what he did to the HSU before Shin took control, he literally outwit them at every corner picking away at soldiers with ease. There’s one more thing, Gyou’un although older has an unusual supply of stamina. He demonstrated this some chapters ago against Shin whom we all know has an unusual supply as well. Anyway, has anyone noticed that his eyes resemble Rozo’s? Is he also tapping into “the view a general sees”? I’m not sure if this has anything to do with the way his eyes appear, and I don’t know if he is in the zone, but it’s an interesting observation that I can’t seem to overlook. I’m sure we can all agree to the fact that Gyou’un is no ordinary general. I believe he’s a formidable individual with extraordinary talents. Has Ou Sen accounted for Gyou’un’s instincts? No matter how perfect and in-depth a strategy is, the million dollar question continues to surface, can it overcome instincts?

Ch.581 Pg.17

Kingdom / Chapter 583
« on: December 12, 2018, 01:06:18 pm »
I don’t see how Ri Boku is in danger of losing his life. He and all the other interesting characters surrounding him are all intertwined. To me, Gyou’un’s foreboding dreams are misplaced and more to do with the distant future. The last paragraph from the excerpt hints at Ri Boku's continued role as an antagonist. 

(Ch.140 Pg.19)

We know what Shin and his troops are capable of, but I’m not so sure about Ou Hon. I have a feeling that he and many of his troops may soon begin to show signs of fatigue causing severe weakness in their formation. I could be wrong.

 If Ou Sen knew this, why didn’t he say something?

(Ch.583 Pg.16)         

Kingdom / Chapter 582
« on: December 06, 2018, 06:18:46 pm »
Is anybody on Ri Boku’s team really convinced they have nothing to worry about? He believes that under the current situation their fate can only be defined as triumphant. Or, is he just spouting nonsense and putting on the illusion that Zhao’s right wing still has the means to crush Shin and Ou Hon? Is this his way of preserving morale or is he procrastinating? Whatever it is, it sounds like he’s waiting for something or someone. He made it clear that the longer they wait this out the more advantageous things become for them, but it seems like gambling everything on food deprivation isn’t working out. He obviously expects Qin to crumble or fold. Ten believes that they are on the brink of collapse. In a way, that’s true. The body without sustenance can only do so much for so long. I’m no doctor, nor am I a health practitioner, but the articles I’ve read on malnutrition maintain that the body’s metabolism alters itself when faced with extreme conditions to conserve energy. Yet, every time they take to the battlefield that energy is exhausted and the natural mechanisms in place that help keep them animated face some form of counteraction, and hammers away at a considerable sum. Every time they take one step forward their condition takes two steps back, it’s only natural. Anyway, the way I see it there is only one advantage and it’s the fact the Qin is basically running on fumes. And yet, I can’t see how Gyou’un and the others will repel Shin and Ou Hon considering how capable they can become under tough conditions. My only disappointment with this chapter is that we didn’t get to see the aftermath of the blow Qin dealt to Zhao’s right wing.

I re-read chapter 513, and now believe that Ou Sen isn't after your traditional win against Zhao. Everybody knows that Qin has zero chance of conquering Zhao with Ri Boku there. My guess is he's after the destruction of the man protecting Zhao, Ri Boku himself.

(Ch.513 Pg.04)   Why did King Ou Ken ask about Ri Boku's whereabouts, especially now? Awfully suspicious, right?

Kingdom / Chapter 581
« on: November 23, 2018, 10:38:08 am »
I’ll try to describe how I interpret the “view” that’s harmless yet so contagious. It’s characterized as, ‘A Generals View’ (ch.171), and is currently depicted resembling a panoramic field of view. Shou Sa claims that it’s different for Shin, he’s on a higher plane altogether. I interpret this as the ability to discern distinct patterns on the battlefield. Patterns not visibly clear under less strenuous conditions. Everything within the peripheral vision appears transparent and sharper both vertically and horizontally. In other words, this ability increases one’s observable area exposing what previously wasn’t so apparent. Imagine, if you will, a heightening of the senses at will (that would be cool unfortunately impossible). Or is it? Ou Ki described it as, “seeing various things”. This, of course, is a vague generalization as it can signify many things. In fact, some may interpret it completely different from what I described. Either way, until we get a more detail description about it I believe I’ve narrowed it down to an altered state of perception. We think we know what triggers it but every individual is different so it could be a combination of things that first act as a catalyst. Wonder if Kyou Kai experiences the “view” the same way Shin does or does she tap into a completely different faculty altogether? We know that when she dives deep into the ‘Priestess Dance’ everything around her begins to slow down, which in and of itself is freaking awesome, if you ask me. What about Ka Ryo Ten and Mou Ki? Where will they fit in as we move ahead? Is it different for strategists? Is it different for those who take part in warfare but don’t physically do battle? Specific individuals who merely rely on logic. What does Ou Sen and uber intellectuals like him see? What about the amazing mastermind Ko Shou (ch.499)? We were first introduced to the two types of Generals by Ou Ki (ch.66), and from that moment onwards learned that the two types unless explicitly identified are not easy to detect and even more difficult to identify with multifaceted characters that possess a high degree of intellect and skill.

Ch.581 Pg.11

*Edit: Missed a word.

Kingdom / Chapter 580
« on: November 14, 2018, 06:17:46 pm »
If it weren’t for Shin’s and Ou Hon’s synchronized charge, which by the way was unintentional, one could say that it’s just a reckless move and that’s that. But to the cleverly apt regarded as peculiar. They might begin to suspect that it was deliberately orchestrated, especially when you gamble everything on certain factors to prove your case. Chou Ga Ryuu expected to see them dilapidated instead it’s the complete opposite. Did he miscalculate? Will it cost them everything? I don’t think that they can afford to simply rely on circumstance and expect things to turn out like they predict. That’s a bit shortsighted, don’t you think? I don't believe that anyone who clings to pure logic and only logic could make sense of this charge except for Gyou'un, maybe.

Ch.578 Pg.07

Kingdom / Chapter 579
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:42:23 am »
Not sure who is facing whom, but I’d like to see Ou Hon against Chou Ga Ryuu and Ba Nan Ji & Gyou’un team up against Shin. This should raise the stakes and allow the A Kou army to concentrate on everyone else. I, for one, am not convinced this haphazard charge will translate into a victory because it’s likely that any one of the three veterans have seen this desperate move before. On that depressing note, what if Hou Ken decides to show up? What then? There are too many variables left unchecked, if you ask me.

Ch.490 Pg.18   

Kingdom / Chapter 578
« on: November 01, 2018, 12:44:07 pm »
I get the impression that Ou Sen is deliberately preparing Ri Boku for something brutal. Like he's waiting for the perfect opportunity to deal a crippling blow and he can only do this if he's fooled everyone into thinking that all is lost otherwise his plan could fail. He has to maintain a sense of hopelessness, despair, distress (you get the point), to attain the element of surprise. Doing so keeps the enemy preoccupied and your true objective remains obscure even to the keenest of eyes capable of recognizing the smallest distinction resembling a plan. In the same way that Ei Sei kept all knowledge of reinforcements a secret during the battle at Sai in order to surprise Ri Boku, Ou Sen might be seeking to do the same. We know he planned well in advance. We also know that he put something in motion well before any of them had a chance to set foot in Zhao. So, if he sends the right wing support he could jeopardize everything.

Ch.347 Pg.03

Kingdom / Chapter 577
« on: October 24, 2018, 05:12:04 pm »
Okay. So, Ou Hon’s mom, Shukei, for some odd reason took the truth to her grave. What made her hold her tongue? Was it by choice? Is there a motive? An incentive? Is it revenge? Why keep it secret? Did she benefit by doing so, or more precisely does Ou Hon benefit if no one knows the truth. Is she really the woman she was made out to be? I think she was and this caused her trouble. Intellect can be a double edged sword, so it goes without saying that anyone with such striking qualities tend not to be overlooked and instead attract the attention of more than just your average admirer. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryo Fui, who was a master manipulator, knew Shukei. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is Ou Hon’s real father and I’d go as far as to insinuate that Ri Shi could have a shot as well. So many possibilities exist, especially with Ryo Fui because of his cunning and shrewd nature. But, I'm going to keep it real and stick with Ou Sen as his father. The point behind this rumor could be nothing more than to undermine Ou Sen by someone who vowed to seek revenge. It could be anyone, even someone within his own house. Malice and spite don’t have bounds, just look at the way he forces enemies into his own circle once he defeats them.

Ch.577 Pg.08

Kingdom / Chapter 576
« on: October 18, 2018, 05:20:41 pm »
Crazy gossip, right? Definitely, GoT drama! The truth is, I don’t know what to think about this new twist concerning Ou Hon’s birthright. Is it true? Is Ou Hon a bastard? Or is he truly the offspring of blue blood? I don’t know, but I am beginning to understand why he treats Shin the way he does. I think it is why he didn’t press the issue when Ou Sen failed to consent with the proposal, that he should take command of the right. And, it’s obvious why he doesn’t want to talk about it. The last thing he wants is a rumor if in fact it is a rumor to spread. So who is his old man? Is it Kan Ki? Is there, and was there…ever, a love triangle between them? Then again, the whole thing could just be a distraction because we luv those, am I right? So, is Ou Hon a distraction to Ou Sen or is it the other way around?

Ch.576 Pg.19

Kingdom / Chapter 575
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:35:48 pm »
I don’t get it, why is she willing to wait this out. I see a unique opportunity to increase the odds in Qin's favor. Yo Tan Wa could shoot provisions over Kan Ki’s way and possibly with enough to spare. They now sit within the security of a fortress and I’m almost certain they have the ability to gather enough food for more than three day's worth for both armies. The Quanrong may not have the same stash Lord Earl Chouki had over at Gyou, but a stockpile nonetheless. And, due to a decrease in numbers to both Yo Tan Wa's & the Quanrong's army I’m almost certain they have less mouths to feed so it shouldn’t be an issue. And another thing, I know that Shun Sui Ju is currently camping over at Retsubi but I can’t shake the feeling that he might attempt to destroy some, or all, of Kan Ki’s food supply like he did with Heki. I doubt he will idly stand by and do nothing but wait to see who runs out of food first, I know I wouldn’t.

Also, I think it’s funny that the right wing expects new orders from Ou Sen. What they should do is take what little time they have to assess the situation, come to a consensus, and make the appropriate call the same way Mou Ten does on the fly.

Ch.539 Pg.18

Ch.407 Pg.08

Kingdom / Chapter 574
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:30:53 pm »
There’s a couple of things Yo Tan Wa could still do to help Qin reach their primary goal. She could destroy the remaining Zhao army and kill Shun Sui Ju, and force the Quanrong to help them gain access into Gyou. Unfortunately, everyone is at their limit, and the one thing they prefer more than anything else is to fill their bellies (and some R and R, if possible). I'm afraid that Shun Sui Ju is going to pose a big problem in the near future. He now knows how Yo Tan Wa works, and with Ri Boku, he can devise a grand scheme to destroy her. No sirree! This won’t do. I’m not okay with letting him go. Then again, I think Yo Tan Wa wants to take this opportunity to acclimate the Quanrong to her presence for good measure.

Ch.574 Pg.13

Ch.517 Pg.11     

Kingdom / Chapter 573
« on: September 19, 2018, 02:53:15 pm »
Tag team action seems to be the common theme in this arc. And while that’s all fine and dandy it’s hard to acknowledge a grand slam by Yo Tan Wa. The issue, which is debatable, the manner in which king Rozo is defeated, however, I blame him for his own death. No matter how difficult it is to accept we need to understand that he alone sanctioned the end result. Also, it’s my sentiment that Shun Sui Ju basically abandoned the Quanrong. I wonder, if Ri Boku had been in the same situation would he have done the same. I don’t think so. What I don’t understand is that by avoiding one problem he creates another. Meaning, the principal objective behind his every attempt was to secure Yo Tan Wa’s death. It’s also why he lured them away from Ri Boku and into Quanrong territory. To deliver them to the Quanrong, to shield Ri Boku from getting blindsided by another army, and to gain an advantage (as common sense dictates) the indigenous population is generally more familiar with their neck of the woods, especially the terrain versus outsiders. Well, what’s stopping Yo Tan Wa from doing so now? Nothing really. His poor judgement in this particular situation is a contradiction to the character he’s established thus far. This is not his typical modus operandi. You telling me, that he, or anyone with superior intellect can’t see how this drastically affects everything he’s worked for. I don't buy it. What happened to maintaining the upper hand?

Ch.571 Pg.06    A tribute to one of the strongest, King Rozo (aka Skull Crusher). Shin would have loved to go toe-to-toe with this monster. We salute you King Rozo!

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