Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: January 21, 2020 at 10:54 PM PHT (GMT+8)
The official website of the TV anime adaptation of Yasuhisa Hara's "Kingdom" manga series has revealed on Thursday that Japanese voice actors Natsuki Hanae and Kenichirou Matsuda are joining the cast of the third season of the anime series. The new season is scheduled to resume in April 2021. It was recalled that the season's fifth episode was indefinitely postponed due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the series' production.
Natsuki Hanae will play the role of Fu Tei, the 3000-Man Commander from the state of Zhao.
Kenichirou Matsuda will play the role of Kai Oku, one of Shou Hei Kun's vassals, and a lecturer at the strategist's academy.
The third season of the TV anime adaptation of the series is animated by Studio Pierrot and Pierrot's subsidiary company Studio Signpost, with Kenichi Imaizumi directing the series. The scripts are written by by Noboru Takagi and characters are designed by Hisashi Abe. Hiroyuki Sawano and Kohta Yamamoto are composing the music. It premiered on NHK General TV (NHK-G) on April 6, 2020 and was later postponed after Episode 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first season with a total of 38 episodes aired from June 2012 to February 2013 and the second season aired from June 2013 to March 2014 with 39 episodes. A live-action film was also released in April 2019.
The series is based on the Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhisa Hara serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump since January 2006 and collected into 59 tankōbon volumes as of September 2020.
The manga provides a fictionalized account of the Warring States period primarily through the experiences of the war orphan Xin and his comrades as he fights to become the greatest general under the heavens, and in doing so, unifying China for the first time in 500 years.