Earthquake Delays Kingdom Season 5 Premiere to January 1
The official page
of the anime of
manga made the announcement on Sunday that there is a delay in the airing of the initial episode of the fifth anime series, which is now postponed to January 13, 2023, at 24:15 JST. This basically means it will be reflecting as January 14 at 12:15 a.m. JST or January 13 at 10:15 a.m. EST.
The premier of the opening episode of the fifth series was previously fixed for the launch
premiere on the NHK General channel on the 6th of January at 24:00 JST (in reality, January 7 at 12:00 midnight JST). But the earthquake that hit the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture on New Year’s Day compelled NHK to alter their schedule to cover the news of the seismic event.
The latest season of the Kingdom animation series sees a mix of both new and recurring voiceover artists. The opening theme song titled “Shirubebi” is by DeNeel, while the ending theme song “RULERS” has been performed by Novel Core.
The new faces in the cast of season five include:
- The voice of Kan Ki/Huan Yi will be given by Kentaro Ito
- Koku’ou’s character will be portrayed by Haruka Nagamine
- Raido’s voice will be lent by Kenji Nomura
- Motoki Sakuma will be the voiceover artist for Ma Ron/Mo Lun
- Katsuyuki Konishi will be taking up the role as Na Ki
- For Rin Gyoku, the voice will be lent by Taku Yashiro
- Zenou’s character will be portrayed by Takehiro Hasu
- Ki Sui/Ji Hui’s character will be voiced by Kōji Ishii
- Ba Tei/Ma Cheng will be depicted by Kenta Miyake
- Ryuu Tou/Liu Dong’s character will be portrayed by Yoshihisa Kawahara
Kingdom made its anime debut on television with its inaugural adaptation that premiered aired in 2012, followed by the second season in 2013. Funimation showcased both the series in North America and also launched them on DVD format in 2016. The third season of Kingdom premiered in April 2020 but had to suspend after only four episodes because of the global COVID-19 situation. The show, however, resumed its airing from the first episode in April 2021. The series was also available for streaming on Funimation simultaneously with its airing in Japan. NHK General premiered the fourth series in April 2022. The anime was also streamed for enthusiasts by Crunchyroll as it aired.
The historical manga crafted by Yasuhisa Hara revolves around a slave boy named Xin, who aspires to become a top-class general for the state of Qin. Xin aids Ying Zheng, the young king of Qin, who himself wants to bring China under a single, unified rule. Xin puts in all efforts to upscale his skills to become the commander-in-chief of an army potent enough to crush the Seven Warring States.
The manga series of Kingdom holds the prestigious Guinness record for being created by a maximum number of people. It was first commenced by Shueisha in its Weekly Young Jump magazine in 2006.