Kingdom Manga Creator Considers Ending Series at 100 Volumes
posted on by Karen Ressler
The magazine's interviewer said that the manga could reach 80 volumes, and that the story might be in its halfway point. Hara replied with a laugh, musing on humanity's tendency to repeat war while wishing for peace. He states that he wants to try portraying that idea in the manga, but doing so will make it end at 100 volumes.
Hara's manga depicts China's tumultuous 5th century Warring States period, centering around the slave boy Xin. He aspires to become a great general for the state of Qin. He aids the young Qin king Ying Zheng to rise to power within his state, and shares his ambition to unify China. The manga follows Xin's struggle to rise to command an army that will defeat the Seven Warring States.
The manga set the Guinness World Record for the "Manga Written by the Most People" by having 1,000 fans and celebrities redraw the 26th volume. A total of 1,087 people participated in the campaign, including manga creators Eiichiro Oda (One Piece), Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto), Hirohiko Araki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure), Takehiko Inoue (Vagabond) and Hiroshi Motomiya (Salaryman Kintaro). Voice actors Masakazu Morita, Jun Fukuyama, and Rikiya Koyama, voice actresses Yōko Hikasa and Rie Kugimiya, and singer Etsuko Yakushimaru also participated. Each participant redrew one of the approximately 1,000 panels from the volume.