I've finally caught up with Kingdom, though it took a while. There's absolutely no way I could hope to write anything intelligible about 19 episodes worth of material, but I did say I'd check back in with this show when noteworthy events occurred. And it's pretty noteworthy just how good this series has gotten, so I thought I'd give it a plug
Of course the story with Kingdom was always pretty solid, but the animation was a major problem. Whether it's really improved or I've simply stopped noticing it's hard to say, but it really hasn't bothered me these last several episodes. There's definitely less horrible CGI than there used to be. The main thing that's really pushed the series over the top, though, it an absolutely series-stealing performance by Koyama Rikiya as Wang Qi, the "big-lipped general" as Xin calls him. Koyama is having way, way too much fun here - he's chewing the scenery to bits and I love every minute. Wang Qi is the character that's really taken Kingdom to another level.
You know the basic premise here. This is a grand, sweeping and bloody epic of the kind we rarely see in anime these days. It unapologetically glorifies violence and treats war as an opportunity rather than a tragedy, but hey - we're talking Warring States China here, and it was pretty much eat or be eaten. Xin has continued his GAR shounen journey, and we've met a new cast of characters as Diao and the King have somewhat faded into the background. If Kingdom has a big budget and top-line animation, I think it would be considered a potential classic - the story is beautifully paced and incredibly involving. As is, it's a damn good series, and more than ever well worth your time.