The King and The Sun – Ousama Ranking Ep 23 Review 

Relinquishing the crown to his younger brother, Kage and King Bojji set out in search of a new adventure. This is a discussion for Ousama Ranking Episode 23.

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You know, it doesn’t even bother me that much that Bojji relinquished the crown back to Daida. 

I know she is supposed to be ‘redeemed’, but the worst thing for me is that Miranjo will now be queen of the kingdom she quite literally died trying to destroy. 

That is crazy to me. 

It was so awkward watching Daida sweep Miranjo off her feet because I immediately thought “oh no, is he going to go and try to consummate the marriage before vows are even exchanged?” and I hate thinking like that. Because Daida is a literal child – a boy king and Miranjo is at least 15 – 20 years older than him and it’s just creepy.  

I know it was a different time (it is a medieval fantasy and period drama) and Miranjo quite literally saw Bosse, Sheena, and her mother give the thumbs up in favor of marrying the boy king so…all’s well that ends well, eh? 

If anything, it’s more magic in the family.  

I know I'm talking about Daida and Miranjo right now, but I loved this scene between Bojji and Hiling. Although she had to glance around first, it was nice to see her let her guard down, and also acknowledge her hand at demolishing Bojji's self-confidence at court. Ousama Ranking Ep 23
I know I’m talking about Daida and Miranjo right now, but I loved this scene between Bojji and Hiling. Although she had to glance around first, it was nice to see her let her guard down, and also acknowledge her hand at demolishing Bojji’s self-confidence at court. Ousama Ranking Ep 23

Hiling has healing abilities from the old gods magic, and Miranjo is one of the last living Houma people and is an excellent sorceress…so good for Bosse’s bloodline, I guess? 

Ugh…this is a weird train of thought I’m on. Time to switch tracks – 

I know it may not be possible due to the curse and all, but does anybody else wish that Bojji got his power back? 

I don’t expect him to ever be as strong as Bosse, but is Bojji’s strength (and giant form) really just gone even though the thief is now dead? Or, does the demon only make exceptions for his buddies, like Miranjo? 

When you think about it…Miranjo is the only character who came out of this whole ordeal better than when they started. 

Sure, her people were slaughtered and her limbs were torn from her body. And she suffered countless years in an unrequited (?) love with weird (adopted) familial undertones…but in the end she has a kingdom, is admired by her peers, has unlimited access to her heart’s desire for work-related research, and is the princess turned Queen she always wanted to be. 

Again, I don’t know if I really like that or not…but it is what it is. 

If King Bosse’s ghostly apparition is fine with his son banging his adoptive daughter/potential lover, I guess I should be okay with it too, right? 

*sigh* 

It seems highly unlikely that we will ever get a second season of Ranking of Kings.  

Other than Kingbo randomly "coming back from the dead " to one-up Ouken, and Desha's fate - there isn't much left to explore in a second season. I know the world is rich, but there are no major conflicts with the old gods pretty much out of the way. Seeing Kage and King Bojji's adventures would be fun, and Bojji going through the process of finding loyal retainers would be entertaining - but would it be enough? (Also, what did the snake say to Kingbo? Did Bebin tell the snake to tell Kingbo how to defeat Ouken, and a catfish just happened to finish him off?) So many questions, so few answers as always....
Other than Kingbo randomly “coming back from the dead ” to one-up Ouken, and Desha’s fate – there isn’t much left to explore in a second season. I know the world is rich, but there are no major conflicts with the old gods pretty much out of the way.
Seeing Kage and King Bojji’s adventures would be fun, and Bojji going through the process of finding loyal retainers would be entertaining – but would it be enough?
(Also, what did the snake say to Kingbo? Did Bebin tell the snake to tell Kingbo how to defeat Ouken, and a catfish just happened to finish him off?)
So many questions, so few answers as always….

Maybe the decision to switch the tone of the series to something more lighthearted in the last few episodes was Wit Studio’s decision, or the mangaka’s.  

(I think I remember reading something on Reddit about the mangaka believing in traditional happy endings, or something to the effect but don’t quote me on it.) 

I’ve heard that the manga was relatively unknown until now, and is still ongoing despite being untranslated. I don’t even know if Bojji actually got the throne in the manga, or is planning on ditching it in favor of adventuring with Kage like in the anime adaptation. 

Either way, I greatly enjoyed watching this series. 

Ousama Ranking is a big thumbs up from both myself and Queen Sheena in the afterlife.
Ousama Ranking is a big thumbs up from both myself and Queen Sheena in the afterlife.

It’s not in my top 10 due to the whole Daida-Miranjo plot line along with the drastic tonal shift in the later portion of cour two, but it is in my top 15. I’m not sure if that is a petty reason to not praise the series more, but it’s just my honest opinion. 

Bojji got everything he thought he wanted, and in the end the Power of Friendship was stronger than a strong dynasty created by giants. 

But hey, everybody is happy in the end, right? ☺ 

And I guess that is all that matters.  

With that, I think I’ll end this series here. 

Tell me your thoughts! 

Kage and Bojji, on to the next adventure...
Kage and Bojji, on to the next adventure…

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