|Shiyuu Conflict Arc|
|Starting Date||November 26, 2020|
|Ending Date||February 18, 2021|
|Chapters||662 - 670|
|Number of Chapter||9|
← War of the Three States Arc
Battle of Eikyuu Arc →
Shiyuu Conflict Arc is the 21st arc of the Kingdom manga.
Having taken Juuko, a vital strategic position, the Wei secure a power base that will allow them to begin an invasion of the state of Han's territories as they begin to expand towards the west. With these developments, the state of Qin remains vigilant as the alliance between them and Wei will only last three years. On the other hand, they are now free to fully attack the Zhao without having to worry about the Wei as the armies stationed next to the Wei borders could now head to the north and joined the fight. Now free of any attacks from Wei, the Qin armies can honestly begin attempts to capture the capital of Kantan and destroy the state of Zhao once and for all!
After receiving the news of the Qin/Wei alliance, the Zhao high commend dispatches a large army from their northern territory to the front lines of their borders as the fighting rises a new height in intensity. In this back-and-forth battle two familiar figures stand out amongst the armies of Qin. Mou Ten and the Gaku Ka Army as he reached to new heights after becoming a general and with the addition of Ai Sen and his soldiers as they show off a tremendous amount of offensive prowess that the Gaku Ka were lacking before. On the other side, Ou Hon and the Gyoku Hou Army who had also undergone a fearsome transformation with Ou Hon's tactics evolving after becoming a general and added addition of strong soldiers and a certain man from the A Kou Army and newly promoted 3000-Man Commander, A Ka Kin. These two armies were now attacking the Zhao armies with such unbelievable strength that the Zhao were forced to keep sending reinforcements to their positions as they continued to drew attention. However, there was one other army of Qin that was struggling to make headway on the battlefield, the Hi Shin Army.
After retreating from a yet another failed skirmish, the upper echelon of the army - Ri Shin, Ka Ryo Ten, En, Suu Gen, Ga Ro, So Sui, Bi Hei, Taku Kei, Gaku Rai, Na Ki, Ryuu Sen, Den Yuu, Ryuu Yuu, Den Ei hold a meeting. With a solemn expression Ten states that she knows why the army is currently struggling and with the same expression Suu Gen apologizes but is told by Shin that it is not necessary. Ten further explains that despite their heavy training she knew the infantry would lag due to it not translating onto the battlefield. With that said, Shin states that it can't be helped due to the hole left behind after Shou Sa's death. Na Ki explains that Kyo Gai's cavalry unit is mostly intact, so they could restore its infantry squad but as Ga Ro puts its Shou Sa was the Deputy commander of the Infantry after all. Ryuu Sen adds in that while he is filling the position and is a model of tenacity Hai Rou is still getting used to it as Ryuu Yuu says it's only natural. Noticing how he is not present Bi Hei wonders where he is and Taku Kei tells him that he is resting in the medical tent as he pushed himself too hard.
As the meeting continues, the issues become increasingly clear - the Zhao infantry has a higher number of soldiers and are currently too strong for the Hi Shin Army's Infantry as it now. The infantry will need a tremendous amount of help and a strong leader is vital, the Hi Shin Army is lagging the Gyoku Hou and Gaku Ka armies, but there's even bigger issue besides the infantry. Kyou Kai. Bedridden since she used the Life Sharing Technique to save Shin's life after his duel with Hou Ken, Kyou Kai has not lift her HQ and her men are in disarray which poses a huge problem for the army. Worried about her, Shin goes to her camp to pay her a visit.
While meditating Kyou Kai is awakened and greeted by Shin as he holds her hand to see if she is still alive. As they begin to talk, Kyou Kai tells him that she is trying to reconnect and rebuild her chi pathways that are damaged and severed due to her using the forbidden techniques through meditation. As Shin becomes flustered while Kyou Kai flippantly jokes about, they are interrupted by a messenger bringing news on an advancement of Zhao soldiers and a message for Shin. Continuing her meditation, Kyou Kai is jolted in surprise after she senses a disturbing presence.
The next day, the Left-wing fourth unit of the Gaku Ka Army is in the middle of heavy combat against Zhao reinforcements as they are on the brink of being pushed back. However, during the battle both sides are stopped in tracks while hearing a very familiar song. In instant the Zhao forces are immediately whipped out and the Gaku Ka's fourth unit stand in complete shock at the corpses that litter the forest as the crows wail at the sight, some of them calling the person they saw a monster as they slew the Zhao in overwhelming manner.
The rumor that Kyou Kai might be this person is reported to the HQ of Hi Shin by Gi Kou, from messenger unit. It is not taken seriously given the current state of Kyou Kai.
Sometime later, while Bi Hei's unit is about to be decimated, the monster appears and slaughters Zhao's soldiers. She appears happy to have found the Hi Shin and asks that she be brought to Kyou Kai, her junior.
Kyou Kai feels the presence of Yuu Ren when in fact it is actually Kyou Rei who has just arrived in front of his tent. Kyou Kai asks her how she left the village and what happened to Kyou Shiki. Kyou Rei answers her that there is only one way to leave the village, to become the shiyuu and asks Ri Shin to join her unit.
Because of her great strength, she is accepted in Kyou Kai's unit. However, it turns out that she does not follow the orders. She rushes towards the enemy to satisfy her desire of massacre and sadism. Her behavior ruins the strategies, putting the other units in danger while only the unit where she is is dominating thanks to her strength.
Rei's repeated behavior sows discord amongst the army. Some consider that her power, equal to Kyou Kai, compensates the disadvantages but Kan To refuses that such a person can stay among them, especially after Shou Sa entrusted this to them.
Elsewhere Rei is shown throwing up at the edge of the forest and Kou founds her. While he tries to sympathize with her, the Shiyuu despises his weakness and sticks her blade in his throat, but she spares him as others search and call out for him in the forest.
Thanks to Rei's murderous rampages sowing chaos among the enemy troops, the Hi Shin Army is finally able to break through Kouta Forest and rejoin the front lines, but Rei's despicable behavior continues to get worse day by day as she even kills captured prisoners and the members of the army are losing patience with her behavior. While discussing with Shin tells them that he promised to leave the matter to Kyou Kai as she will the last word and that it is necessary to wait three days while she rests. Enraged, Suu Gen tells Shin that he will not wait any longer.
In the presence of many the army’s officers, Suu Gen gives Rei an ultimatum - she must leave the army immediately. Kyou Rei says that he is only an infantry commander. Suu Gen replies that if she doesn't like it, she can join a cavalry unit but Den Ei and Ga Ro refuse immediately. She asks what Kyou Kai thinks about it and Suu Gen tells her that she is not there, and that Kyou Rei must leave immediately. She threatens to kill them all stating that it is not an empty threat. Suu Gen knows it, he heard that she almost killed Kou three days ago, he is ready to use force if she resists. Rei taunts him by saying that the archers hidden further (Sou Jin and Sou Tan) will be ineffective against her. As the fight is about to break out, Kyou Kai suddenly appears and tells her to stop since she is Rei’s real target.
Kyou Kai thinks back to her final duel with Yuu Ren, before she died, had warned her that the next Shiyuu would come to hunt her down. Only one person is allowed to live outside the village, the Shiyuu. Kyou Rei knows that Kyou Kai is weakened and will wait a little for their duel. While Kyou Kai insists to know what happened to Kyou Shiki during the ritual, Kyou Rei attacks her with her bare hands and manages to submit her. She feels that her Chi channels are torn to shreds because she used a forbidden technique, the "Life Sharing Technique", a technique that decreases a thelifespan of its user and discovers that she did it for Shin. She gives her three days to rested up enough to fight her. She will kill her and then kill Shin and the whole army.
Kyou Kai wants to save Kyou Rei from the deep depths of darkness where she is currently. She will meditate for three days to regain her full power temporarily and subdue Kyou Rei who sank after she had to kill her sister Kyou Shiki.
During their fight, Kyou Kai manages to remind Kyou Rei of the ritual. While Kyou Shiki and her were the last survivors, they had to kill each other but while Kyou Shiki was faster, she stopped her action and let herself be killed. Kyou Rei sank into despair at that moment. Kyou Kai told her to remember the last moment of Kyou Shiki, what she told her. Kyou Rei finally remembered her last words, "Live as strongly as you can" and fell in tears. Kyou Kai tells her to listen to Shiki and keep living to the fullest.
After this fight, Kyou Rei changes her behavior, returning the one she had before the ritual. She apologizes to all the Hi Shin soldiers and Shin tells her that it is the last time he so lenient. The next time she breaks the rules of his unit she will have to leave, moreover she must listen to her superiors.
Kyou Kai will confess that she likes Shin and that the use of the forbidden technique has reduced her life expectancy to that of a regular person. She tells him that she doesn't want their relationship to change because she thinks that they survived to alle those deadly experiences because they were focused only on the battlefield ahead.
- Ai Sen reveals why you shouldn't judge a person by their good looks as he demonstrates why he once part of the Mou Bu Army as he viciously destroys any unlucky Zhao soldiers in his path.
- After five years apart, Kyou Rei reunites with Kyou Kai.
- Kyou Rei was mainly present in omake (vol. 15, 16 and 56), the last time she was present in a regular chapter, it was in Chapter 363.
- This arc shows more of the romantic feelings that Kyou Kai has for Shin as she confesses her feelings to him.