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Kingdom Anime Season 3 Delays New Episodes Due to COVID-19

posted on by Egan Loo
Episode 5 delayed from May 3, but episode 4 will still air on Sunday

The production committee for the Kingdom anime announced on Sunday that it is delaying the broadcast of episode 5 and later episodes of the third season. The committee explained that production had been going forward with enough time allotted, but the government's state of emergency declaration against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) greatly impacted the production schedule.

Episode 4 of the third season will still air as scheduled on Sunday, April 26, but episode 5 will not air as scheduled on May 3. The anime's official website and Twitter account will announce the start date of new episodes when the committee has decided it.

The third season of the anime of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga premiered on NHK General on April 5 at 24:15 (effectively, April 6 at 12:15 a.m.). Funimation is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.

Hara's historical manga centers around the slave boy Xin and his dream of becoming a great general for the state of Qin. Xin helps Ying Zheng, the young Qin king who shares his desire to unify China, rise to power within the state. Xin does all he can to become a superior commander of an army capable of defeating the Seven Warring States.

The record-setting manga launched in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine in 2006. Hara said he is considering 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 manga inspired a live-action film adaptation by Shinsuke Satō that opened in Japan last April. Funimation began screening the film in theaters in the United States and Canada last August.

Sources: Kingdom anime's website, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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