Announced after the end of the 3rd anime series featuring Cheng Jiao
The 26th and final episode of the Kingdom season 3 anime series ended Sunday with the announcement that the fourth season will premiere next spring. A visual teaser featuring Sei Kyou (Cheng Jiao) also debuted with the tagline “I’m the next”:
The anime, which is the third installment based on Yasuhisa Hara’s manga Kingdom, premiered on general NHK in April 2020. The animation’s production committee announced later that month that it had been extended the airing of the anime. series’ episode 5 and the following episode due to the Japanese government’s first state emergency against coronavirus disease. The third series continues to air on NHK General on April 4 of this year. Anime started airing from the first episode.
Funimation is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.
The third series had a new production team compared to the previous series. Kenichi Imaizumi ( Reborn !, Brynhildr in the Darkness, After School Dice Club) directed the anime at Studio Signpost (Pierrot Plus’ new name). Noboru Takagi (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, Golden Kamuy, Baccano ! , Altair: A Record of Battles) is in charge of series scripts. Hisashi Abe (Sorcerer Hunters, Berserk (2016), Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System) designed the characters.
The series includes the Confederate Army Arc of the manga. The returning cast includes Masakazu Morita as Shin (Xin), Jun Fukuyama as Ei Sei (Yin Zheng), Rie Kugimiya as Karyō Ten (He Liao Diao), Kentaro Ito as Huan Ji, and Yoshimasa Hosoya as voice. Ōhon, Hirofumi Nojima as Mōten, Shiro Saito as Biao Gong (Hyou Ko), Kenyuu Horiuchi as Wang Jian (Ōsen), Taiten Kusunoki as Mōbu, and Akio Kato as Tō.
Hara’s historical manga revolves around the slave boy Xin and his dream of becoming a talented general for the Qin state. Please help Ying Zheng, the young king of the Qin Dynasty, who shares the same desire to unify China, rise to power. Please do all you can to become a superior commander of an army capable of defeating the seven warring nations.
The manga published in Weekly Young Jump in 2006. Hara said he is reviewing writing up to 100 volumes. A television anime adaptation premiered in 2012, and a second season premiered in 2013. Funimation streamed the series in North America and released both anime on DVD in 2016.
The series adapted a live-action film by Shinsuke Satō, which opened in Japan in April 2019. Funimation began showing the film in theaters in the United States and Canada in August 2019.
The manga was also the inspiration for a smartphone game called Kingdom Dash!! launched earlier this year.