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Juuni Kokuki

Juuni Kokuki

Alternative Titles

English: The Twelve Kingdoms
Synonyms: 12 Kingdoms, Juuni Kokki
Japanese: 十二国記

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 45
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2002 to Aug 30, 2003
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.181 (scored by 21245 users)
Ranked: #3242
Popularity: #753
Members: 52,224
Favorites: 1,407
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Synopsis

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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Characters & Voice Actors

Nakajima, Youko
Nakajima, Youko
Main
Hisakawa, Aya
Japanese
Hisakawa, Aya
Keiki
Keiki
Main
Koyasu, Takehito
Japanese
Koyasu, Takehito
Rakushun
Rakushun
Supporting
Suzumura, Kenichi
Japanese
Suzumura, Kenichi
Enki
Enki
Supporting
Yamaguchi, Kappei
Japanese
Yamaguchi, Kappei
Ishizu, Aya
Japanese
Ishizu, Aya
...

Staff

Kobayashi, Tsuneo
Kobayashi, Tsuneo
Director
Kon, Chiaki
Kon, Chiaki
Episode Director
Aikawa, Shou
Aikawa, Shou
Script
Fujimori, Masaya
Fujimori, Masaya
Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(0/45)

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Opening Theme

"Juuni Genmukyoku" by Kunihiko, Ryo

Ending Theme

"Getsumei Fuuei" by Arisaka, Mika



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Stormy_77
Apr 27, 2007 8:37 PM
This series is so good that when it ends at episode 45 you'll find yourself wishing for more, I know most who have seen it feel like this.

It starts off innocently with Yoko being accosted at school by a handsome man with long blonde hair who wants to swear allegiance to her. Before she knows it, monsters?!? are attacking her, she's being defended by Keiki, she won't leave her friends and suddenly Yoko and the 2 friends she won't leave have been sucked into another world. Thus begins our journey into the magical land of the 12 kingdoms.

I admit, after the dramatic beginning, I was read more
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Washi
Feb 7, 2008 6:48 AM
I decided to start watching the anime The Twelve Kingdoms more out of convenience than genuine enthusiasm - the character designs and the general look of the show lulled me into dismissing it as a generic fantasy anime - an uncharming mix of demon-slaying and silliness (like the terminally unwatchable Orphen). But I was proved wrong, as the show quickly enthralled me, with a beginning that may not have promised a sophisticated story, but which was loaded with hooks to capture its audience: immediately interesting characterisation, a sense of urgency and bewildered excitement, and some original fantasy ideas and elements. Firmly hooked, I embarked on read more
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iamjoe
Mar 24, 2009 5:24 AM
If there ever were some whiney bastards ever to be in anime, it would be the entire cast of Twelve Kingdoms. Oh my God, these little runts wouldn't stop bitching and moaning about EVERYTHING.

Them aside, this anime is actually pretty good. The storyline follows annoying brats as they are taken to another world with monsters and magic and no cell phone reception. So they have to rough it. Only roughing it is gonna be rough since everybody in this new world wants to kill them or eat them. Oh well! So much for fun adventure time! So we follow three really irritating Japanese kids read more
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Somiboo
May 8, 2008 10:16 PM
I started watching this series because so many people said it was like "Saiunkoku Monogatari" (which I love). But, it isn't. In fact, it's nothing like it. Sure they are both Fantasy, with Historical setting. But that's about it as far as comparisons.

At the start I was pretty turned off by the series. I found the lead character, Youko Nakajima, to be utterly annoying. It didn't help any that she cried and cried for like the first 12 episodes straight (okay, maybe 7). But when that was done with, and the new world that we are presented with is explored and explained, things started to read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Seirei no Moribito
Both set in a mythical world. Each has its own intricate story line that actually follows sense, and politics. Great action scenes for both too (Seirei no Moribito has amazing ones). Check out the other if you've seen one, they're both highly entertaining and more 'mature' shows. 
reportRecommended by Xinil
Anime: Saiunkoku Monogatari
Novel-based fantasy anime with a girl as the main protagonist. Saiunkoku without the traveling to another world aspect and with more comedy. The worlds of Saiunkoku and Juuni Kokki are very complex with their own history etc. Characters and their relations to each other are more deep then it seems at first glance. Plus the plot centers around how to rule a country and responsibility coming with this. not to forget the historic costumes...just watch them both... 
reportRecommended by DarkLaila
Anime: Akatsuki no Yona
Yona of the Dawn is pretty much Twelve Kingdom's dumber little sister. While I enjoyed Yona a lot, I didn't feel it had anything that Juuni Kokuki did better. That being said, if you liked one of them, you'll like the other one too. 
reportRecommended by d388
Anime: Tenkuu no Escaflowne
Unlike the travel in time animes, Escaflowne and Juuni Kokuki both have separate worlds apart from Japan. These worlds have their own religions, technology, biology, history, etc. Where most other animes do not have deep thought.  
reportRecommended by hisuikirei
Anime: Fushigi Yuugi
Both of the stories have the same base behind them. A young girl taken away to an alternate world that is unlike their own. With people who protect them and hardships both must face in a new world. Unlike Fushigi Yuugi however, Juuni Kokuki focuses on more then one character and can easily be said to develop their fictional world much more better. It would be wise to take note though that while Fushigi Yuugi has a main focus of romance, Juuni Kokuki does not have too many of these romantic elements present. 
reportRecommended by Crystal
Anime: Kemono no Souja Erin
If you enjoy your anime in a fantasy setting, with good world-building, then you'll enjoy either of these series. Plus they both happen to have well developed, female protagonist. 
reportRecommended by Master10K

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