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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

Kingdom / Chapter 519
« on: June 05, 2017, 05:05:10 pm »
Described as being riddled with bloodshed the Scarlet Sea Plains sounds eerily synonymous to Armageddon (Megiddo). People still talk about the fierce battle that took place centuries ago on this site between two great forces.

I like how we get a glimpse inside the strategic and tactical mindset of the two commanders, each has the intellect and capacity to outwit the other, it all depends who you're up against but these two can without a doubt be considered the crème de la crème. While most rely on brute strength alone, others prefer to play it by the book, but it all boils down to one thing which of the two commanders will leverage every ounce of their team’s key abilities to beat their opponent. 8^)

It's odd that Mou Ten's unit isn’t accompanied by another unit or army. In fact, his unit clearly represents a weak point to the entire formation perhaps a ruse by Ou Sen to deceive Ri Boku. It also looks as if he’s intentionally cloaking the HSU, that, or just keeping Shin in check. Who knows?

Kingdom / Chapter 518
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:21:55 pm »
Ri Boku isn’t taking any chances, he’s fine-tuning, making some last minute changes to increase his odds of winning. I would too after all that trash talk from that worthless so-called king (and his highly irregular behavior). Anyway, in that one panel Ri Boku conveys to Kou Son Ryuu that Ryouyou’s core force remains nested inside the city. What city? Gyou? Kantan? If Gyou, I doubt the soldiers are any match for Kan Ki. If he means Kantan, I doubt its soldiers would leave it defenseless hence, he said to lure them out. Any other ideas what it could mean?

Sweet…Yo Tan Wa makes the first move. Danai, mania “After knocking on the wall and shaking it slightly” sounds like a good drink. I love this lingo. 8^)

Kingdom / Chapter 517
« on: May 21, 2017, 07:30:57 pm »
I get why they need to separate forces. What I don’t get is how Kan Ki at the same time is expected to starve the city, surround it, and defend against a deliberate attack. Isn’t time everything. The longer they sit around and wait for the citizens to starve the more critical things become for everyone. Think of it this way. An army, when faced with a fortress (regardless its size) must equally distribute soldiers in order to plague its intended target. Otherwise, it's a weak tactical maneuver. Here's the thing -- sixty thousand isn’t anything to laugh at, it’s a serious threat, but when you take into account that Gyou’s protective rim could be designed to do more than countermeasure forced entry, you wonder if it’s enough to succeed. It’s a colossal structure with super high super long walls that seem to stretch forever in every direction. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but when you dispense an equal number of soldiers to surround a city the greater its size the more intimidating the formation is, right? The aim is to instill fear. Gyou’s intended purpose is to eliminate that fear. To tactically thin out any threat. Statistically, what are we left with? Fifteen thousand soldiers on every cardinal point give or take a few. Is this enough to resist against parallel attacks. Who knows? I do know it’s a vulnerability. The enemy could easily force them to maneuver within a dangerous range, and at this distance, Gyou’s garrison is a threat. Easy pickings for archers. I was under the impression that more than one army would attack Gyou at once to speed things up. At least Kan Ki is left to his own devices so anything is possible but I can’t say for sure it’s a good thing. 8^)
Poor Heki. His infatuation for the beautiful Yo Tan Wa could seal his fate. I hope not but I doubt good fortune will continue to intercede in his behalf. Shin considers him a big brother so his role may not be in trouble now. Thing is, we haven’t seen Houken yet. He likes to prey on the weak if you know what I mean. At any rate, I can’t wait to see Yo Tan Wa against her opponent, especially Ou Sen against Ri Boku. Of course, I also want to see the trio finally get some action. Oh, and, I hope Kaku Kai would realize how despicable the king really is and that it's in his best interest to help Ri Boku get out of this mess alive. I can't think of anyone who would want to remain cooped up in Kantan for a decade or two with this kind of king if Qin succeeds.

Kingdom / Chapter 516
« on: May 09, 2017, 04:37:02 pm »
Here’s my take on the current situation. Yo Tan Wa is holding off the opposition while at the same time slowly making her way towards Gyou to meet-up with Kan Ki. Meanwhile, Ou Sen shifts his attack on Ri Boku’s incoming forces to delay them, all in order so that Gyou never has the opportunity to gain support. Yo Tan Wa and Kan Ki begin their attack on Gyou and the citizens decide it's time to move on once again, pleading for the gates to open. I’m almost certain this will generate chaos on an unprecedented level forcing the Zhao soldiers to comply and open the gates. After all Ou Sen did demonstrate a sense of compassion and let them live, and so they believe he will not kill them if they flee. This will be Gyou’s greatest handicap and that’s when Qin rush in, pounce on the Zhao soldiers, and take it. The instant Ou Sen made it past Retsubi Ri Boku didn’t stand a chance. A word to the wise never let your enemy set foot into your home it renders you powerless.

« on: April 28, 2017, 04:14:37 pm »
So far, we’ve seen Ou Sen manage quite well against Ri Boku. However, something remains a mystery. What did Ou Sen request from Shou Hei Kun the day he set out for this campaign? Does it have anything to do with the HSU? Did he perhaps anticipate Shin or Kyou Kai would rebel once they realize his endgame? Is this why he hasn’t disclosed his plan. Shin has already shown signs of discontent with Ou Sen’s tactics, and we know that Kyou Kai and he won’t stand for senseless bloodshed. I hope history doesn’t repeat itself. I’d hate to see what happened with Kan Ki take place all over again. Shin is not the diplomatic type, no surprise there, but Kyou Kai clearly surprised me. She allowed her emotional ties to granny get the best of her and it cost them dearly.

Ch.499 Pg.12

Kingdom / Chapter 515
« on: April 23, 2017, 01:53:15 pm »
In all of Zhao, with so many bright minds not one person is able to pinpoint Ou Sen's goal, not one. Let us see if any of the clever minds in Qin can interpret his movements since Ou Sen has clearly failed to notify headquarters about the change of plan. I’m still not sure why he's moving east. It’s a little frustrating because it's hard to get an indication of their current direction. Does this direction take them to the capital, Gyou, or somewhere else? And, how is Yo Tan Wa to catch up while Kou Son Ryuu is right behind her? Is Ou Sen planning on taking Gyou and holding it until further reinforcements arrive? Won’t that take time? Is that why he needs Yo Tan Wa to catch up? Anyway, did Ou Sen miscalculate or is he accurate about Ri Boku’s pace. Has Ri Boku managed to reach Kantan within the time frame Ou Sen predicted or has he managed to get there a lot sooner? I don't know, that last panel establishes doubt with Ou Sen's prediction. Argh, I hate it when I can't make sense of things lol. I hope some of you can shed a little light on things.

Kingdom / Chapter 514
« on: April 17, 2017, 11:58:50 am »
It’s official Ordo is the most inefficient general that I’ve seen either that or Yan is desperate for any kind of help. I mean, c’mon, how did he not grasp that they could just as easily attack his land as he did theirs...isn’t this common knowledge in warfare. Besides, isn’t he a mountain general of sorts. Does that, not mean anything? According to this, when the time comes for Qin to invade I highly doubt that Yan will be able to respond accordingly.

As for Ousen, I can only surmise that he intends to continue pillaging the remaining cities situated along Gyou. Glad he didn’t kill the citizens but I think the reason for this has to do with a hidden agenda. Here’s what I’m getting at, some time ago back way back in chapter 369 (when Ryo Fui was still in power) he was in cahoots with a man by the name of Kaku Kai who desperately wanted to rid Zhao of its current prime minister, Ri Boku. At the same time, Shou Hei Kun had a spy within Zhao, who possibly may have been after the same thing, but I can’t be sure of that. Anyway, now that Ryo Fui is no longer in office, he can’t influence Kaku Kai but that doesn’t mean that Kaku Kai isn’t influenced by another source, in fact he may have his own agenda. Of course, this is somewhat conjecture on my behalf. One thing is certain Kaku Kai is after Ri Boku’s job. But how is he to get it? Maybe thru the act of defamation. This seems likely, though however you look at it, Ri Boku is being attacked from all sides, poor soul. What do you think?

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