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The Twelve Kingdoms Season 1 Review
The Twelve Kingdoms
十二国記 (Jūni Kokuki)


Nakajima Youko is your average somewhat timid high school student. One day, a strange man named Keiki appears before her, swearing allegiance. Before she could properly register what was happening, demon-like creatures attack Youko and her friends, after which they are pulled into a different world. A world unlike what she has ever known. Separated from Keiki, Youko and her friends must do whatever they can if they wish to survive in this new world.

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The Twelve Kingdoms (also known as “Record of 12 Countries” or “Jūni Kokki”) is a Japanese series of fantasy novels written by Fuyumi Ono and illustrated by Akihiro Yamada. The Chinese mythology-influenced books were adapted into an anime television series by Pierrot in 2002. It aired on Japan’s NHK from April 9, 2002, to August 30, 2003, and totaled 45 episodes.

Alternative title

– The Twelve Kingdoms
– Doce Reinos (Spanish)
– Dwanaście królestw (Polish)
– Jūni Kokuki (Japanese)
– Les 12 Royaumes (French)
– Двенадцать королевств (Russian)
– 十二国記 (Japanese)
– 十二國記 (Chinese (Taiwan))
– 십이국기 (Korean)
– 12 Kingdoms
– 12 Kokuki (Japanese)
– 12 Reinos (Portuguese)

TL;DR Review

It’s hard to believe that The Twelve Kingdoms anime is over 16 years old and still hold up exceptionally well.

The animation is beautifully dark, conveying a gorgeous world that is wrought with danger. The colors are somewhat muted. The superb art style is quite distinguished and easily recognizable.

The music of The Twelve Kingdoms is also beautiful and haunting. I am normally is not a fan of the non-vocal tracks but this anime BGM got me hooked. Most of the music has the traditional Asia style that mostly comprised of string instruments.

I highly recommend this anime to anyone who wants a deeper anime that focus on the characters and politic of the world and not just the action set piece. The Twelve Kingdoms contains moderate graphic violence and some mature situations.

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A collection of notable music and song from this series.


Opening Theme

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  1. “Juunigenmukyoku” composed and arranged by Kunihiko Ryo

Closing Theme

TV Series

  1. “Getsumei-Fuuei” by Mika Arisaka


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A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Fuyumi Ono
“It doesn't take any effort to dream. It's a lot easier than looking at the problems in front of you and figuring out what you're going to do about them. But all you're doing is putting your problems up on a shelf for later, right? That doesn't make them go away.”
Fuyumi Ono
"I think that once you’re born, the thing you have to do is find out who you are and live that life as well as you can. You can’t spend your time wondering how things would have been if you were someone different.”
Fuyumi Ono
“And that's when I realized that there's really two ways people cry. You cry when you're sorry for yourself, and then you cry when you are really sad. The tears you cry for yourself? Those are kid tears. You're crying because you want somebody to help you or pick you up. Your mom, your dad, the old lady next door... anyone.”
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