That's embarrassing. I'll keep an eye out for it, thanks. 8^)
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Ou Ki’s glaive clearly poses a problem for Shin, but he would never run into this dilemma had he practiced with it beforehand, putting it to the test in real battle isn’t wise. Lucky for him, it didn’t turn out too bad. I said it all along, Shin should’ve properly prepared his body with the glaive or at least practiced with it at every opportunity. Hopefully, this will help him realize that he should also begin practice with Duke Hyou’s shield as well. Maybe, he will surprise us and adapt to it quickly, maybe.
Well, they’ve taken over Retsubi just as Yo Tan Wa declared but what concerns me is that they have nowhere to run if things inexplicably decide to change in favor of Zhao. Yes, they’ve taken over Retsubi yet strategically this leaves them right smack in the middle of enemy territory, mountains on one side and a raging river on the other with nowhere to go except forward or reverse. And, in front of them lie a number of Zhao forces who feel they have the advantage on account of Ri Boku's plan. Anyway, in order for Qin to attack Gyou, they will have to split their forces. Who will remain in Retsubi while the rest head for Zhao’s capital? Is this what Ri Boku plans on? So that, Zhao won’t have to attack Qin’s entire armies all at once. The smaller the number of grouped soldiers they struggle with the easier it is to defend against. If this is true, this makes Ri Boku one of the most proficient strategist in all of China and Ou Sen has just realized the same. 8^)
Ka Ryo Ten discovered something about Retsubi, but what? And, how did the city’s residents move out so quickly? We know, that they, to some extent, figured out pieces about Qin’s invasion plan, but I can’t see how they would have enough time to make preparations. Have the citizens gone underground? If so, where exactly? Is this plan by Ri Boku (if I can call it that), devised purely out of desperation to prevent Qin from further assaults? Still, I can’t believe that Ou Sen vanished without a trace, it doesn’t make any sense. What’s going on?
I just realized that the mountain tribe really is something else. Though at first their maneuvers seemed somewhat archaic with the initial approach, they’re actually making good progress. They also seem to be in sync to some degree. I’ve noticed this before, but it’s clear with this chapter. Yo Tan Wa appears to know exactly when Ba Jio will strike. This is remarkable. It demonstrates that there’s more about her than meets the eye. Remember chapter 33, the time she thought she sensed Ba Jio’s presence in the corridor, instead it was Shin's presence she was really picking up on. At the time, I thought it was nothing more than an indirect characterization of the protagonist, but I’m not so sure anymore. I think she has a unique ability and she’s making the most of it to gain an edge. And, unless I’m mistaken, it’s something I’ve not seen with anyone else. Whether or not she’s linked to her soldiers through some metaphysical force, or through repetitive clashes against countless enemies, it all boils down to the same thing, she’s in control. In fact, it makes them formidable. All in all, she’s earned the respect of her men and women, and it shows. Anyway, props to Suu Gen for the cool save but I enjoyed Shin’s last minute intervention just a lil’ more. 8^)
Well, the oldest brother, Jin, doesn’t disappoint. He knows what’s at stake and what he must do but it’s taking the younger of the two a little longer to realize the same. Anyway, I think the Zhao are sitting ducks because they don’t have any long range archers with deadly precision whereas Qin does. While we do see the Zhao attack the enemy huddled in the distance, it seems that they are concentrating more on the men climbing the ladders. You’d figure that they would use other means to slow the procession of the men on the ladders with maybe fire or hot oil and use the arrows wisely, but we don’t see that happening. If, Tan could get over his fear and concentrate on the task at hand, he could topple the Zhao over like dominoes. I may be exaggerating a bit but that’s how I feel. He’s the biggest of the two brothers and looks stronger so it’s only logical to surmise that he has the ability to shoot arrows at a greater distance, with greater force, that’s if he puts his mind to it, of course. Hopefully, he’ll soon get over the ethical standard he lives by and prove worthy. Right now, he and his brother are absolutely vital in all of this. At least, Ba Jio is on the wall. We know what comes next, right? 8^)
First things first, thank you for taking the time to reply. It’s great to discuss Kingdom with a fellow enthusiast.
Welcome to the forums! 8^)
I agree, a formidable general is one who is well-rounded at warfare. Going by the stats, Yo Tan Wa leads the way for Qin, then again, just like you, I too, think, the brutish approach has its flaws. Not every opponent should be approached using the same methods over and over again. But, I can’t blame her, this particular campaign is different, it’s pushing everyone’s limit. They’re fighting against two opposing forces, the Zhao and time. Most would buckle under these circumstances, others like the men and women here, excel at the challenge. This scenario is unique, normally the time it takes to conquer and decimate an opponent isn’t defined solely by the clock. It’s this aspect, that’s putting a well versed plan on the back burner. Yo Tan Wa is cutting through the fluff, so to speak. I think she realizes that by eliminating various steps (skipping conventional methods) they confuse the enemy, but that’s just a wild guess. Hopefully, her tactics pave the way for Ou Sen and his army far ahead of plan before Ri Boku reaches them.
I would like for the six to be reinstated but with young blood only. I cannot see Mou Bu in the same union as Shin, Ou Hon, Mou Ten, etc., and vice-versa.
I think we can all agree that the initial assault was reckless, but it does prove that her army is fearless and that’s got to totter the Zhao in their boots somewhat. I’m surprised that Yo Tan Wa’s army, while diverse, lacks important elements necessary to meet certain criteria, in this case, archers. Fortunately, the HSU have just what the doctor ordered. It seems unusual that for such a large army, specially one so distinct, that they don’t have one skilled archer with exceptional range to boot. I guess it’s a trait hard to come by, and yet, I’m not so sure that this is the case. Anyway, it looks like Yo Tan Wa was probing for a weakness and quickly spots one. If Ba Jio and the Chouka tribe can turn it into an advantage, then Shin and his men are as good as in. 8^)
Ou Hon says that he wants to witness his dad’s plan of action, yeah right. What I think he really wants, is to see how well Shin is doing. I hate to say this but going by past events, the way he treats Shin with such utter disrespect (bias), I think his motivation for shifting gears so quickly is nothing less than plain envy.
You have to admit the queen of the mountain folk is an incredible leader. To bring together more than a hundred tribes under her sole control is not an easy task. In this regard, I guess you could say she is special then again I never regarded her as anything less. It’s amusing how she breaks down the procedure to overtake of the city in a few simple steps but I agree with Ten, it’s easier said than done. No doubt, the overall opinion is mutual among Qin. Some think Yo Tan Wa’s army and its ability to overtake the city is a gamble but at this point, it matters very little. As stated by Ba Jio, they have always managed to overpower enemies head on. If so, is this the key to success with past events? And, you can’t overlook the fact that they wear very little armor for good reason. Armor weighs you down and impedes your movements. I’m not suggesting that this advantage will nullify Zhao’s well-equipped archers, it does however increase their chance of success and possibly decrease the number of casualties. Considering this fact, Yo Tan Wa’s army is currently the best option to conquer the city. I just hope they breach it before reinforcements reach them. On a more personal note, when her troops shouted aloud I couldn’t help but recall biblical canon, how the “Walls of Jericho” came down in a similar instance. It’s an impressive chapter demonstrating the power of simplicity, no elaborate planning, no complicated approach, just plain old tactics. 8^)
So much is taking place right now, but the moment we’ve all been waiting for seems to be just around the corner. All hell is about to break loose as they penetrate deeper into Zhao territory. The hype is off the hook. I literally have goosebumps. Undoubtedly, the HSU’s new recruits have them too. They realize their turn to do battle is inevitable, but who can blame them. If anything, it will make them stronger, that’s if, they manage to survive. 8^)
Allow me, for a moment, to focus on Shou Hei Kun’s ambiguous remark. He said that the HSU’s unique strengths would soon be essential. Besides the obvious, is there something we missed? Is he suggesting that between the three independent armies (GHU, HSU, and GKU), the HSU have an extraordinary ability to cope with the irregular? I’m not sure what he meant by this, I do know that the HSU has always been unique in more ways than one. By the way, did anyone notice Na Ki’s nostalgic moment as he watched Kan Ki’s army engage the Zhao? I thought this was a bit odd given he abandoned them, but it does demonstrate that he’s not insensitive which is comforting to see as he is now a member of the HSU.
Hurray, we finally reach Retsubi ahead of time. And, just when I thought that Ou Sen’s army would engage, he doesn’t, instead he hands over the opportunity to none other than Yo Tan Wa and the HSU. Was this his plan all along? Maybe it was, but his tact makes me uncomfortable. Is it just me, or does Ou Sen seem suspicious in that last panel. Maybe it's just a healthy sense of paranoia, after all, he isn't easy to gauge. Anyway, the HSU’s moment to shine has arrived. Upping the ante, Ten mentions that this place is similar to Kankuko Pass. My guess is, she meant it’s just as fortified so no surprise there, yet something tells me they’re going to have a tough time getting through. But, they have something they didn’t have before, and that’s the diversity of people they’ve gathered along the way, forming what I believe is a unique set of individuals equipped to deal with many unique scenarios. Did I just answer my own question, lol?
What do you think? Will Kan Ki trickle down to nearby cities to indulge his senses (to pillage and commit unreasonable mass murder after he’s done with the resistance), or will he quickly catch up with the rest of the gang asap?