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. – My Anime List
Based on 17 review scores:
An immense fantasy adventure and a classic I waited far too long to watch.
It’s been years since I last saw Twelve Kingdoms but it’s a series that holds up very well, especially since I can watch it in marathon form this time around. The first arc here covers a lot of ground with so much going on as there are lots of characters to introduce, the whole setting itself and the interactions that exist since there are some complicated relationships here. Twelve Kingdoms doesn’t hold back from the various names, titles and locations that are involved here and that does involve some complicated bits at times which gets to be a bit much, but it wants to immerse you into the whole thing in a big way and you have to give over to it. Media Blasters has put together a good release here and it mirrors what the Japanese release is like when it comes to the visual quality of it in high definition. Twelve Kingdoms isn’t a show that stands out as gorgeous, but it’s distinctive in its own way and this presentation overall makes it worth upgrading for overall, especially if you have a large screen.
The Twelve Kingdoms is not like many other “girl transported to another world” anime. There is no tragic love story, no magical items, no fate. Here is an intricate and fascinating world of believable characters and politics. This is a series about friendship, determination, leadership and responsibility, and it one of my all-time favourites.
It’s a series that is wonderfully told, and constantly evolving, Most of its problems come from the fact that it was most likely cancelled before it could get fully completed (do correct me if I’m wrong, but the series was supposed to have gotten 63 episodes, and only ended up with 45 of them). The final five episodes are significantly less impressive than the rest of the series, they’re rather shallow and end the series with a whimper, rather than a bang. It’s a bit of a nasty aftertaste for otherwise such a great series.
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Though I would like to see the missing third season, I think the series as a whole is pretty satisfactory. We are not dealing with an “InuYasha ending” here; most of the story lines are wrapped up in an appropriate way. In spite of its imperfections, this is still a great work of high fantasy.
In conclusion, The Twelve Kingdoms creates an epic story that entertains and captures your imagination. It’s a shame that they let one of the character story arcs hanging, otherwise it would have been a more satisfying experience.
The best thing about this anime are the life lessons it teaches. It’s just too bad the series is incomplete. Nevertheless this is one you should NOT miss.
It is a fantastic world, very different from the one we live in, with its own rules and customs that give a refreshing twist from the usual genre conventions. While it might not be to everyone’s tastes, I would recommend watching a few episodes, even if only to catch a small glimpse of the many possibilities the fantastic genre can offer.
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Watch this great anime but be prepared to feel sad at the end because there isn’t any more to watch! The only flaw it has is that it ended too early.
Thanks to everyone involved in the production. Even without completing the whole 68 episodes as was planned, it’s still a rare gem truly worth your time and money.
Juuni Kokki can, invariably, be categorized within the top echelon of anime to have been produced to date, and likely will retain such status for decades to come. Perhaps its only fault lies within its incompleteness, but that hardly phases the sheer intrigue of both its world and its characters. All in all, I can give Juuni Kokki nothing less than my highest recommendations – truly not to be missed.
I really enjoyed this series. I liked the intricate detail of the world that Youko finds herself transported to and way the characters grew and changed in believable ways. The best thing about the show however is the way the story really pulls viewers in. A great show that is really a lot of fun to watch.
The above mentioned points are all minor complaints, the one real point that serious dents the credentials of “12 Kingdoms” is the ending. It’s a shame, simply a crying shame, that it was left unfinished. Though the last featured arc itself is finished, the series feels far from complete as a whole. The slightly tedious 15 episode set up to the whole saga probably would have seemed more worth it had this followed through with the full 75 episodes that it was intended for. This is probably the only obstacle preventing “12 Kingdoms” from being a masterpiece.
The Twelve Kingdoms is overall an excellent and engaging series, one that will keep you popping in disc after disc just to see what’s going to happen next. Now if only they would give us some closure regarding the Taiki arc…
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To be perfectly honest, I’ve never really been a fan of feudal-type shows. Much like the insanely popular Giant Robot fare, it’s a genre that often leaves me bored with my eyes glazed over. Twelve Kingdoms is held in high regard… At least among those people privileged enough to have heard of it… As a pinnacle of the ‘modern girl spirited away to Feudal Times’ genre. And it’s not hard to see why. While I may have let my attention shift away from the screen a few times during the detour story arcs, the truth is that I never felt bored during this series. The characters are deep and relatable, the conflicts between them are genuinely exciting, and the mythical world it all takes place in is constantly offering one wonder after another. The animation is noticeably cheap, but it’s rarely ever bad in it’s management and execution… Unlike the episodic structure of the series, which wasn’t thought out or handled nearly as well as it deserved. The extra stories may have worked in the novels, but in televised format, they leave a lot to be desired. It’s not a perfect show, but the good far outweighs the bad.