Ancient legends are always fascinating and they become even more fascinating when they got animated in a series. When all the old happening whether original or fictional gets picturized it give out the excitement of another level. One example of such kind of wonder full ancient legend anime series is Kingdom. The series gives a lot to enjoy and explore including the plot and the stories of each main character from the series. It gives us the experience and lets us feel everything that the creators want to make viewers feel. It is very captivating and quite lengthy however, it will end someday and you will crave to see something similar to it. Here we are going to give you some excellent anime series that will land the same impression as the series Kingdom.
The series Kingdom was initially released as a Japanese manga series that centers on epic, historical, and military concepts. It was written by Yasuhisa Hara and was published by Shueisha. It was serialized in Weekly Young Jump magazine by the publication and released on 26th January 2006. It is still ongoing and as I say is one such lengthy manga series. Since then it has been collected in 64 tankobon volumes and is still producing more. A live-action film based on the original plot was released in 2019 and was aired worldwide by Funimation. The series never fails to bewitch the viewers in any form and that created the need to acknowledge some anime series that is kind of similar to it.
10 Anime Like Kingdom
The popular anime adaption of the manga Kindom was released on 4th June 2012. Surprisingly since then, it is also ongoing and till now has aired 103 episodes. The series is going to mark its 20-year journey very soon but new releases always take some time. Between this duration, the fans seem to be getting bored or somewhat restless. But when you can spend your time exploring other animes like Kingdom then why wait. Below is the list of ten anime series that gives out the same vibes as Kingdom. They are not ranked on the basis of good or bad than one another, they are here just because of similarity with the main series. A lot many other series can also resemble Kingdome but for now, here we go with these ten selected series that are just like Kingdom.
10. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
The first on the list is Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit which was initially released as the Japanese novel series. It was written by Nahoko Uehashi and centers on the theme of sword and sorcery. It was later adapted into an audio drama, manga series, and finally an anime series. Its anime was produced by Production I.G and was directed by Kenji Kamiyama. Its plot goes around the life of Balsa who is a spear wielder and a bodyguard. He vowed to atone for eight deaths from her past lives by saving equal lives. While the plot progresses, she ends up coming to the bodyguard of Prince Chagum.
9. Yona of the Dawn
Next, we have Yona of the Dawn also known as Akatsuki no Yona. The Japanese manga series was created by Mizuho Kusanagi and was published by Hakusensha Publications. Its English version was released by Viz Media that dropped out on 4th August 2009. It is still ongoing and has been collected in 37 tankobon volumes. The anime adaption of the manga was created by Pierrot studio and released on 7th October 2014. The plot of the series is set up 2000 years ago in a fictional nation Kouka. The nation was founded by the Crimson Dragon God who can down on earth in the form of a human. It further progresses 2000 years after entering the protagonist named Yona who is the sole princess of Kouka.
8. The Heroic Legend of Arslan
The protagonist of the anime series The Heroic Legend of Arslan is none other than Arslan. Arslan being a prince gathered forces for the cause but was halted when he discovers the warring Princes of the neighboring country Sindhura. Both the Sindhura Princes were fighting each other to have an equal claim to the throne but this is not possible. The only one who will succeed can claim the throne. Sensing a strong opportunity for alliance Arslan made further planning to get involved with Sindhura. While he was busy having an alliance with them, the Lord Sliver Mask got the time to strengthen their own influence in Pars. This turned out to be a loss for Arslan that made the people question him being a rightful king.
7. Qin’s Moon
Qin’s Moon or Legend of Qin is a Chinese animated series created by Sayling Wen. The series is written by Robin Shen and directed by Chen Qianyuan. Unlike the series we mentioned above this one got its origin from China. It is originally produced in Mandarin but is also available in many other languages. The series is consist of 179 episodes, which are produced by Sparkly Key. It was released in 2006 and is still ongoing with the episodes and also produced a live-action movie. The plot of the series is set up during the time of the Qin dynasty when King Zheng has conquered the other 6 nations. Its story follows the young protagonist Jing Tianming who got the blood of a hero running down his veins. The picturization of this anime will seem quite different from normal Japanese ones but the plot is extremely engaging.
6. Beyond the Heavens
Beyond the Heavens also known as Soten Koro is a Japanese manga series by Hagin Yi and King Gonta. The manga was published by Kodansha Publications and was released in a Morning manga magazine. It was released in 1994 and continued till 2005 and was collected in 36 tankobon volumes. The anime adaption of the manga was produced by Madhouse Studio and was aired on Nippon TV. Its plot is based on the events that took place during the three kingdoms era in China. The main character of the manga Cao Cao is the antagonist of not only this manga but for the whole three kingdom period. The story will take you to different ancient happenings that are somewhat based on real-life events.
5. Hero Tales
Another Japanese manga series is based on the history of China. The series is written by Huang Jin Zhou and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. It was published by Square Enix Publications and serialized in Gangan Powered and Monthly Shonen Gangan manga magazine. It drooped out on 21 October and ended with 5 volumes on 12th August 2010. An anime adaption of the series by produced by Studio Flag and was released on 7th October 2002. The plot follows from the perspective of the protagonist Taitou who hates the Empire who has been ruling over them for a long time. Along with his sister Laila, he masters the superpower which Taitou holds that is unknown and undefeated.
4. Samurai Kings
Samurai Kings also known as Sengoku Basara is a Japanese anime series inspired by the Capcom video game series. The TV series was directed by Itsuro Kawasaki and the OVA was directed by Shin Itagaki. It was produced by Production I.G Studio and released its first episode on 2nd April 2009. The anime ended with 12 episodes and one OVA on 18th June 2009. Another season of the anime was released on 11th July 2010 and it also gave out the same amount of episodes. Just like other animes in the list, it is also based on ancient happenings. It is set up in the Sengoku Period of Feudal Japan and centers on the protagonist Masamune Date.
The Japanese manga series Berserk is a series based on dark fantasy, epic fantasy, sword, and sorcery. Berserk was written by Kentaro Miura and was published by Hakusensha Publications. It was serialized in Monthly Animal House manga magazine starting from August 1989. The manga continued till now and has given a collection of 41 volumes. The anime adaption of the manga was also released in 1997 that ran till 1998. The reboot was the anime that was released in 2016 that can out to be super popular. Its plot is set up in the Europe of medieval periods and centers on the life of the protagonist named Gut. The character is lone mercenary and Griffith and the leader of the band called “Band of the Hawk”.
2. Legend of Basara
Legend of Basara also known as Basara is a Japanese fantasy manga series by the writer and artist Yumi Tamura. The manga belongs to drama and fantasy and has a plot showing some similarities with Kingdom. Basara manga was published by Shogakukan Publications and an English version was released by Viz Media. It was released in September 1990 and till June 1998 it has given out a collection of 27 tankobon volumes. The anime adaptation of the manga was released by the titled “Legend of Basara”. It was directed by Noburu Takamoto and consists of 13 episodes. The main characters of the anime include Sarasa by Akiko Kimura, The Red King, Shuri by Kazuhiko Inoue, Tatara by Akira Ishida, and others.
1. Vinland Saga
Vinland Saga is a historical Japanese manga series by the author and artist Makoto Yukimura. The manga was produced by Kodansha Publications and was serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine. It was released on 13th April 2005 and is still ongoing. It is released in a collection of 25 tankobon volumes which are also adapted into an anime series. The anime series Vinland Saga was produced by Wit Studio under the direction of Shuehi Yabuta.
The plot of Vinland Saga is set up in 1031 AD England which was conquered by the Danish King Sweyn Forkbeard. Its plot takes a turn at the time when King Sweyn is reaching his death and both the princes Harald and Canute get into a dispute to conquer the succession. The elements of ancient events and happenings are very prominent in this series.