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KINGDOM #1 - - Special Review

A most spastic and agro history lesson for you!!!

Next week, we’ve got a Vice Pit session wherein we answer one of your questions about our preferences for old school anime. I specifically bring this show up during a little rant about how my distaste for modern animation studios who lean too heavily on computers to handle rendering. As much I’d like to focus on the plot of KINGDOM first and not get bogged in such technical stuff, it’s almost impossible because the back-and-forth between 2D and 3D is unavoidably distracting.

Maybe I’d have some hesitancy about sounding like some fuddy-duddy luddite about this… but listen. The studios’ reason for using CG models is because they want to be forward-thinking and current, right? So why do the CG portions of KINGDOM look like cut scenes from some PS1 title, circa 1995?

It’s even more distracting because they switch back and forth between that blocky stuff and some perfectly good 2D work. Honestly, it drew me out of the experience enough that I was well pretty removed from this story of peasant boys seeking out their wildest dreams of bellicose grandeur.

Truth be told, I could picture myself enjoying this just within the particularly narrow window of a Chinese History Class. Like I can see some cool teacher making the week a little more fun by letting everybody just watch a video like this instead of forcing them to read their text book. If you’re going to have to learn about this highly-mythologized fable from the Qin dynasty, you might as well be hearing the oh-so-earnest bits of dialog being shouted on screen instead of in the quiet of your mind.

So yeah, plot wise - - we’re talking about something nice, dry and a bit spastic here that could maybe enliven your lesson plan someday. That's all I've got to say about KINGDOM.

Watch this episode, “The Boy With No Name” below and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

Kuma_From_Argentinaon Aug. 17, 2012 at 3:49 a.m.

Ignoring the shitty cell-shading this show is fricking awesome. It really gets your hot-blood pumping thanks to Xin

sickVisionz moderator on Aug. 17, 2012 at 4:55 a.m.
I wanted to check this suits out because it was by the Bleach studio and seemed like it could be a nice pure action type of show. Never did check it out though.
Lurkeroon Aug. 17, 2012 at 6:51 a.m.

I don't mind the look of the cgi, but they didn't get the movements good enough for it not to be jarring compared to hand drawn animation frames. The cgi itself looks very much like an anime.

YotaruVegetaon Aug. 17, 2012 at 12:35 p.m.

I might continue watching this, but it caught my eye the other day, and the 3D modeling was just lacking. It felt like an unnecessary design idea.

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