Fans of the popular historical anime Kingdom will have to wait a bit longer to watch the fifth season, as the premiere episode has been delayed by a week due to the recent earthquake that hit Japan.
The official Twitter account of the anime announced on January 6, 2024, that the first episode of Kingdom Season 5 Premiere Delayed Due to Earthquake in Japan, which was scheduled to air on January 7, 2024, will be postponed to January 13, 2024. The reason for the delay is to give priority to the news coverage of the aftermath of the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the eastern coast of Japan on January 5, 2024, causing widespread damage and casualties.
The tweet also apologized to the viewers for the inconvenience and asked for their understanding and support. The tweet added that the second episode of Kingdom Season 5 will air as planned on January 14, 2024, and that the first and second episodes will be broadcast back-to-back on that day.
Kingdom is based on the manga series by Yasuhisa Hara, which depicts the story of Xin, a young war orphan who dreams of becoming a great general in the ancient China during the Warring States period. The anime adaptation is produced by Studio Pierrot and Studio Signpost, and is directed by Kenichi Imaizumi. The fifth season will continue the Coalition Invasion Arc, which follows the Qin Kingdom’s defense against the invasion of six other states.
The anime has received critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of historical events and characters, as well as its thrilling action scenes and epic battles. The manga has sold over 80 million copies worldwide and has won several awards, including the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2013.
The first four seasons of Kingdom are available to stream on Crunchyroll. The fifth season will also be simulcast on the same platform. Fans can also check out the teaser PV and the opening and ending theme songs by DeNeel and Novel Core, respectively.