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Why should Japanese kids care about a manga set in China’s Warring States Period, (475-221 B.C.)? The players and power struggles are hard enough for professional historians (and this reviewer) to grasp, let alone 10-year-olds.

Yasuhisa Hara found a winning answer in “Kingdom,” a manga that, starting in 2006, has sold more than 30 million paperback volumes, spawned an anime series and now a feature film.

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