The Twelve Kingdoms

Finally finished this series, after quite some time and persuasion by some quarters. While the quality of the animation looks pretty dated, but the underlying setting and story was absolutely engaging, once I got past the first 4-5 episodes, where emo Youko almost turned me off. Nevertheless, after that, it has been an awesome show and I really enjoyed it very well, mainly for the unique and interesting setting of the world of the Twelve Kingdoms, especially for the Kirin system.

That said, rather sad to see that the series was abruptly ended, and I would’ve like to see more of the world of the Twelve Kingdoms, mainly for the hanging story of Taiki who disappeared.

Also, I really, REALLY want to see Tonan no Tsubasa getting the anime treatment. Syusyou, The Queen of Kyou, was easily the most awesome and memorable character of the whole series, despite her short appearance time. Wonder if this wish of mine will be fulfilled :P.


  1. daRAT Said,

    November 18, 2007 @ 9:12 pm

    The first book of The Twelve Kingdoms was translated to English a year or so ago and is for sale on and I believe the second book is due out soon.

    The books are different than the anime (which I liked a lot!!) Youko is much tougher than in the anime, also her annoying classmates are not brought into the Twelve Kingdom world.

    I highly recommend the books.

  2. Haruchin Said,

    November 18, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

    I’m a big fan of the Twelve Kingdoms as well – had never even heard of it before discovering it by accident while browsing The Anime Encyclopaedia, then watched a couple of episodes on YouTube and was hooked for ever after. Love the story, love the character development, love the world.

    As daRAT mentioned, the first of the books has been translated and has a lovely hardback edition available now, the the second one in the series due to come out sometime next year. The translation is very good quality, as is the book itself, and the story, though different in the ways daRAT talked about, is great, and well worth a read. Recommendation seconded.

  3. Nemo_N Said,

    November 19, 2007 @ 5:04 am

    Tsundere Kyou-Ou FTW!

    Sadly, many drop the show because of Youko’s initial attitude. Glad you stuck with it.

  4. Dularc Said,

    November 20, 2007 @ 3:31 am

    quick question: How in the world are you able to finish Twelve Kingdoms and still be able to watch Prism Ark!?

    ( x

  5. irem Said,

    November 20, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

    it’s one of my favorites animes.. a really nice fantastic world and has no romance in it. i hope the author continues to write more about twelve kingdom and taiki.. the beautiful black kirin.

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    November 21, 2007 @ 12:36 am

    Dularc: There’s more than enough time to do that. Besides I started 12 Kingdoms last week.

    I’ll be getting the English 12 Kingdoms novel soon enough. Can’t wait till they rls Tonan no Tsubasa :P.

  7. Xellos-_^ Said,

    November 21, 2007 @ 1:25 am

    i drop 12k when it first appear because of youko as well. but people keep talking about how great it is so went back watch it again.

    I believed of the novels in the series is about the Queen of Kyou. Hopefully TP will speed up on the translation of the novels.

    And buy the novels form TP if you can, the more sales they ring up on 12k novels the more likely they continue with the rest of the novels and maybe other series as well. You can get it really cheap form places like ebay and

  8. Naruto Episodes Said,

    November 21, 2007 @ 6:28 am

    Yeah, 12 kingdoms was abruptly ended hopefully I’m going to get the novel too

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