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


Type: TV
Episodes: 45
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2002 to Aug 30, 2003
Premiered: Spring 2002
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Sogo Vision
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, MagicMagic, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.071 (scored by 3401134,011 users)
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Ranked: #4482
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Popularity: #1182
Members: 106,559
Favorites: 2,206


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. 
report Recommended by Xinil
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... 
report Recommended by DarkLaila
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. 
report Recommended by Master10K
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. 
report Recommended by d388
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.  
report Recommended by hisuikirei
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. 
report Recommended by Crystal
Almost the same exact story. The only real difference is that the main character is a guy in Kyou kara Maou and a girl in Juuni Kokuki. If you loved one then you'll surly love the other.  
report Recommended by DeathfireD
Both set in a world full of conflict, unlike our own and following the rise and fall of nations. Lots of Medieval / Ancient Chinese Fantasy world themes. 
report Recommended by Master10K
Both have main characters that try to find out who they are. Both have beings that choose kings and revolve around the same kind of era and place. Magi is more lighthearted that Juuni Kokuki (at least right now) and J.K. is rather violent. 
report Recommended by DarkRoseOtaku
They both have female main characters, but with important side characters aswell. It is also the same priciple of being able to travel back and forth between a "normal" world and the more fantasy-inspired "old world". They both handle the subject of what problems one might have when crossing over to another world. Besides that, both series also have monsters/demons which can be both good and bad :) 
report Recommended by Skaya
Superficially,Juuni Kokuki and Shiki are not so similar. Juuni Kokuki is a fantasy story about 12 asian-like kingdoms and Shiki is a horror story in a small village. However, Those two stories were originally written by Fuyumi Ono and both stories share the same concept about life and humanity. If you are in the mood to be disappointed with ugly part of human beings but also want to look for the beauty in this ugliness, Juuni Kokuki is definitely the first choice. As Muroi (Seishin) was like in Shiki, Yoko in Juuni Kokuki is also like the person who has been lost in her life. For  read more 
report Recommended by PenPenGrass
Both have a fantasy setting, though Juuni Kokuki has more of an ancient China like setting while Legend of Basara has more of a medieval one and both have strong female leads whom are seen as "the chosen ones". 
report Recommended by MagEarwhig
Both series try to discuss actual social problems in a way of showing society wich differs a lot from our real contemporary one (in Shinsekai Yori - distant future, in twelve Kingdoms - parallel world). It's all made up to show human nature somehow. That what made me feel the same about them maybe. Though Shinsekai Yori is much more naturalistic and "heavy". 
report Recommended by whiteless
Historical adventures with a fantasy twist where the main characters explore the world to gain the experience needed to lead their people.  
report Recommended by Ph0esz
Both first unwilling rulers with good ambitions. They have lots of help from their retainers. They develop into a ruler. They have lots of intrigue, court plots, and a large world setting. Both fantasy, but Arslan is more historic fantasy.  
report Recommended by Vebalorius
Their main protagonist are forced into an unfamiliar world and are forced to adapt, in order to one day lead their respective people. Terra e... is more of a sci-fi series, whist Juuni Kokuki is a historical fantasy. 
report Recommended by Master10K
they are both about a girl who get to go into a world that they don't know bout... in juuni the girl became an empress and in harukanaru she became a preistess in a way they are similar and they both have people they're protectors in that world....^_^ they are both awesome anime....>_< i luv them both..... 
report Recommended by dazymary
Both stories have the main characters journey to a whole different realm. Also, humans are considered to bring misfortune to anybody who comes in contact and should be avoided. Plus, there's the side note of very strange and similar-looking creatures in both of these anime. Both are very touching anime that teach good moral lessons to those watching. I suggest seeing this if you enjoyed this anime :D 
report Recommended by SindySugar
Although the stories are different, they both gave me similar feeling. Both are also adaptations of original fantasy book stories.  
report Recommended by alilili
Two red-haired heroines. Both loaded with plenty of fantasy and drama. *coughs* nonhuman love interests *coughs*. Great storytelling and character development. Both touch deep elements in their storytelling and take their viewers seriously. Oh, and great soundtracks! If you enjoyed one, you might really enjoy the other anime. 
report Recommended by SindySugar
Both are similar but different at the same time, The Twelve Kingdoms contains Fantasy like creatures, where as Kingdom contains fantasy like strong humans. Twelve Kingdoms focuses mainly on the rulers and people than the actual conflicts, where as Kingdom does quite the opposite, but the genre mixes in and is quite enjoyable for both parties to watch, it'll make you feel refreshed after watching the entire series. 
report Recommended by Kenyanke
Amatsuki is a newer series that places a modern character in the middle of a self-contained land with its own lore, past and rules similar to The Twelve Kingdoms. (Note: Amatsuki is far more comparable to this series than Saiunkoku Monogatari. Saiunkoku is a bishounen heaven with romance and drama surrounding a strong female lead. Twelvel Kingdoms, on the other hand, lacks the romance and lacks focus half the time.) Amatsuki has a male lead in comparison to Twelve Kingdoms and he is far more capable than Youko. By the cover art, you would assume Twelve to have a lot of action involved in it,  read more 
report Recommended by siddichan
+ I found the development of main characters to follow similar paths (throughout the duration of the show they both mature from being annoying cowards - one as a timid high school girl and the other a young lordling fussed over and shielded from the big bad world - and grow into their roles + very little romance in both (there are some moments, but not to the point where you could add a romance tag) + both are fantasy adventures + both involve whole countries + they both do a great job of creating their own original worlds, with their own rules, origins and traditions - while one (juuni  read more 
report Recommended by kuroioni
They both have 12 different nations where each one is ruled by a king who is extremely powerful and where both of the Main characters enter a world completely different as they try to figure out where they stand in this strange world. 
report Recommended by orbbie
Both animes contain: Kingdoms, nobles, and a strong red haired girl who fights on her own to grow and achieve something, instead of sit and cry for help without even trying. And both have a blonde/white haired noble male character who helps the girl to walk through her path, but without doing all the job. 
report Recommended by Satan
Both main characters have to survive in the world that they were not from. They have friends that help and support them along their way. They have groups they control, though one is guild and another is kingdom. Both have somewhat politics included.  
report Recommended by Kosourbites
The correlation between these two shows is that there are different nations trying to prosper within both shows. This is done with the help of individuals who have supernatural capabilities. Think magi, without the comedy & light-heartedness. It's just as complex if not more so. 
report Recommended by anonypc
With works such as these the women empowerment movement is even more justified. The consistent nature of the women who go through these ordeal tends to the fabric made by man with the most wholesome of answers processed by themselves. All they can do is take their fates by the helm and lead upon the sisterhood and guidance of those who care to become a spectacle better than their common day.  
report Recommended by R3SURI
Both have ancient emperors in a magic east land. the fate of this world also depends of a girl. sword wielding. 
report Recommended by Berry-Vodka
dim adventure fantasy show that digs into its charecters and raletionships 
report Recommended by AntoineCarroll
Both have strong redheads, I decided to make this recommendation because I had not yet seen anyone recommend, and as both are adventurous there is my recommendation. 
report Recommended by Anderson90
Both MC's are faced with a sudden setting change that forces them into a position of power where they are faced with the burden and obligation of fulfilling others' expectations. Both MC's also aren't your typical, incredibly competent and heroic, young people eager to make the most of their sudden "power" or so to speak. They are istead more relatable faces of youth who experience social anxiety as well as depression and loneliness. Both series are also masterfully directed and showcase some brilliant background art as well as cinematography. "Get in the fucking robot" >>> "Use the fucking sword" 
report Recommended by KingKatsura
The 12 Kingdoms (Juuni Kokuki) and Dororo are similar in that they both feature main characters who end up having to fight demons in a medieval Asian setting. They also both feature tensions between between members of the noble class, and a largely agrarian setting. 
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
They have very different premises, but both Ghost Hunt and Juuni Kokki are based off of light novels by Fuyumi Ono. On that note, so is Shiki. 
report Recommended by thechibidevil
Teenage girls who lives unhappy in comtenporary Japan travel to another world because she's the chosen one, despite she doesn't want to, but while she travel that world and learn more about it, she start to get more self esteem 
report Recommended by ObscureObsidian
- both are about politics and conspiracies - you get to know different fantasy countries with cultural differences - they have a simular dry, serious and intriging feel to it 
report Recommended by MoshiMoshiiih
Both feature lush worlds with strange creatures and female main characters, with excellent story. If you like one you will probably like the other. In both the characters are traveling through strange lands where they are in real danger a lot of the time, and have to become more adept at their surroundings to survive.  
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
Similarity between these might come from the same "level of seriousness". Not totally philosophical and not gory, but on the other hand not sweet, cute or hilarious. Lots of monsters here and there (all presented in convincing way). Young protagonists with problems of role in the world and identity. NnM is more graphical (nice 3D usage) and story is not as complex as 12K, imho mainly because setting in modern Japan and not in a parallel world. 
report Recommended by odolany
i really think that both anime is similar because both of them is looking for the chosen one who will save the kingdom/universe, with the help of the chosen one the kingdom/universe will become rich and the people will have a good life... 12 kingdom is more serious and lots of killing while Loving Angel Angelique: When Hearts Awaken is a cute light story w/ a little bit touch of sweetness but both of them is tells about how people changed for the better... 
report Recommended by hellion13
If you like politics in your anime, and if you like cool fantasy elements coupled with a great cast, then you need to watch Le Chevalier D'Eon. 
report Recommended by Sima_Yi
Both main characters, Lag Seeing in Tegami Bachi and Nakajima Youko in Juuni Kokuki, adventure throughout the unknown world they are in and learn more about it - its past, its people, its rules and laws and of course the monsters they run into. Both series have matching genres - adventure, fantasy and supernatural. 
report Recommended by SimsHsia
In both series, the main character is taken to another world. Both characters realize that they have a great destiny in this world and become stronger in order to fulfill this destiny. 
report Recommended by shinigamidono
Character is taken from his/her own world to another full of magical and supernatural phenomenon and they grow and train in order to realize their destiny in this new world 
report Recommended by shinigamidono
Both stories are mainly about a redheaded girl who did not know she is the true ruler of a kingdom and fights to get it back from its current ruler. People travel by fanatical flying creatures. Both are fantasy and action, though juuni kokuki had more of both. 
report Recommended by DarkRoseOtaku
The world these stories are set in are very similar. They're historical feeling in a fairy tale land that looks a lot like old Japan might. The difference is that strong female characters wield more power than may be historically accurate. This Second season of Saiunkoku Monogatari has a bit more of the "magic" in it than the first season which I think makes it a lot more like Juuni Kokuki - which is filled with elements of fantasy. I think if you like strong female characters who are not portrayed primarily as a object of sexuality, who don't spend  read more 
report Recommended by Dinamet7
Twelve Kingdoms is, as its title suggests, focused on a world with twelve "kingdoms" each ruled by a different king, and their societal politics, advances, and so on and so forth. The culture and technology level is similar to that of Ancient China. Kingdom, on the other hand, is specifically about a nameless commoner boy aiding a young king on the run in taking back the throne that had been usurped from under him, back in Ancient China. Kingdom focuses a lot more on battles than Twelve Kingdoms, while Twelve Kingdoms has many fantasy elements (creatures, where babies come from, etc.) that you won't  read more 
report Recommended by Numi
Main character is asked to travel to a different world so it can be saved from a terrible fate.  
report Recommended by EternalChaos
Main character is a girl who wounds up in a bad situation she didnt cause. She was chosen (by fate/lineage/blood...) to do something big.  
report Recommended by carodajka
A group of 3 is dragged to a fantasy land, turns out they hold some sort of power, and they go on adventures 
report Recommended by RedBardIsCool
Both of these anime have a theme of travel and discovery. Whereas Kino is more of a passive, objective protagonist passing through lands personifying aspects of the human condition, Juuni Kokuki, or "Chronicle of Twelve Kingdoms" is seen from the eyes of a much more relatable character, where through her human condition we see the fantastical world she comes to live in. The different worlds in both of the anime are distinctive and compelling, but I would have to say Juuni Kokuki is the more amazing of the two overall. It is condensed epic-ness and ends painfully soon, I felt.  read more 
report Recommended by salomei
12 Kingdoms takes place in an historical fantasy world full of demons and mythical creatures while Kenshin's world is a lot more realistic in the Meiji era of Japan. But both stories rely heavily on the history of their world. I was reminded of Rurouni Kenshin while watching 12 kingdoms. If you like one, you might like the other.  
report Recommended by mangos
Both animes deal with women who change other people's lives in the midst of politically fueled situations. They don't have too much in else in common (the female character in Hanasakeru Seishounen is much more likable but she doesn't go through so much psychological maturation). Hanasakeru Seishounen is a GREAT series and I highly recommend it especially if you liked 12 kingdoms! XD  
report Recommended by Natsu06
Do you enjoy fantastical rules that affect the setting as much as the cast? Armies and political intrigue as common spices to your fantasy adventures? What about observing the plight for an unassuming ruler to rise and do their part for their people? Both anime in question provide these surreptitious, zesty epics with relish. Twelve Kingdoms, arguably a masterpiece in its own right, offers more diversity in its setting and stories, encompassing multiple exposures and journeys. Record of Grancrest War, being based on a table-top RPG, feels more indebted to classic fantasy/epic thus concentrates on that core conceit, Suikoden-style (rise-to-power fanservice) 
report Recommended by Otaking09
Both are in my top favorite anime list. Both include an ordinary teenage girl who gets transported into a medieval era type world with strange creatures where they must fullfill a destiny. Yokko is a high-schooler though,while Kagome is a middle schooler, the demons in Inuyasha are replaced,but monster called Youmas in Twelve Kingdoms,most of which can't talk, instead of the "demons" being part human, there are people who can turn into animals. In Twelve Kingdoms, Yokko yields sword,while in Inuyasha, Inuyasha wields a sword. Kagome gets transported to the world to save it from a sacred jewel shard that gives  read more 
report Recommended by caninesrock
Both are about young queens and their hardships in managing their kingdoms. Rose of Versailles follows Marie Antoinette during the late 18th century in France, while Twelve Kingdoms follows Youko in the kingdom of En, one of twelve kingdoms in a mysterious land separate from the world we know. There is a fair amount of court politics and oppression of the lower class in both. 
report Recommended by Numi
The building of a good kingdom and the administration of it is the main concept in both anime. 
report Recommended by Kiah
in both the main chracter is brought to a new place with a different logic and rules. both main chracters later become leaders. both seriess are great and underatted  
report Recommended by shar926
the main characters get dragged into a vast and warring fantasy world. and in both of them the friends who entered their world together somehow end up on opposing sides.  
report Recommended by mangos
Okay before you crucify me, hear me out. Peach Girl and 12 Kingdoms are in two completely different genres, and they are two completely different shows. However, they have one similarity: the main characters. Youko and Momo are both girls that just can't quite fit in despite their best efforts. Both have red hair which people believe they dyed (they didn't), and both have one other main character that is jealous of them and bent on their destruction (Yuka and Sae). They also hide their true selves from everyone. Youko acted proper to please her family, friends, and frankly sometimes perfect strangers. Momo would apply large  read more 
report Recommended by jkerkula
A high school girl with some of her friends transported to another world and later have to deal with problems which exist in that world. They will have a lot of important peoples along side their quest and there is many other similarities which you can see for yourself. Although they tell the story in a different way I think they both are a good watch. 
report Recommended by XzaR
Both deal with kingdoms, battles and the right to rule. Both have fantasy elements such as demons and monsters. Both have a strong well thought out story and complex characters.  
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