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The Twelve Kingdoms 2002

  • 2003-08-29T16:00:00+01:00
  • NHK
  • 2002-04-09T08:00:00+01:00
  • 25 mins
  • 18 hours, 45 mins
  • Japan
  • Japanese
  • Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Adventure
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 is such an absolutely amazing and breathtaking fantasy series. I recommend anyone looking for superb and detailed world-building and character development to watch this ASAP. Youko is kind of cringe-worthy the first few episodes but that just makes her growth in the series all the more satisfying. The third arc is one of the best 18 episodes of anything that I've seen. Even though things are left a bit incomplete with the series being canceled, this is still a worthwhile experience and gets a 9/10 even with these flaws. It's just that good.

I just wish that there was someway to finish this series (in anime or LN form). I'll always hope for a reboot/sequel for this.

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This series has everything, except a real ending. You will be shown a world full of unique characters and beautiful places. 12 Kingdoms is mandatory for all fantasy fans.

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