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Juuni Kokuki

Alternative Titles

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
Licensors: Media Blasters, Tokyopop
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Novel
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.111 (scored by 30,897 users)
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Ranked: #4352
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Popularity: #1077
Members: 92,901
Favorites: 2,038
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Youko Nakajima has only ever wanted to be normal. She does what she is asked, gets good grades, is the class president, and even helps her classmates whenever she can—but because of her red hair, she has never fit in. With her pushover attitude, Youko lets classmates take advantage of her, so she has nobody she can really call a friend.

But on an otherwise ordinary day, a man who claims to be from another world barges into Youko's classroom and bows before her. This elegant blond-haired man, Keiki, claims that Youko is his master and belongs on the throne of his kingdom. However, their first meeting is cut short as Keiki has been followed by otherworldly beasts called youma. He is able to escape with Youko into his own realm, but two other classmates—Ikuya Asano and Yuka Sugimoto—are caught up in the madness as well. Unfortunately, their troubles have only just begun, as the youma attack leaves them separated from Keiki. Alone in this strange new land, these ordinary students must learn to fend for themselves or die.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Juuni Kokuki adapts the first 7 novels of Fuyumi Ono's light novel series of the same title.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Nakajima, Youko
Hisakawa, Aya
Koyasu, Takehito
Suzumura, Kenichi
Yamaguchi, Kappei
Aizawa, Masaki
Kugimiya, Rie
Kuwashima, Houko
Yamazaki, Wakana
Haku, Sanshi
Katsuki, Masako
Okano, Kousuke


Kobayashi, Tsuneo
Kon, Chiaki
Episode Director
Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki
Episode Director
Noshitani, Mitsutaka
Episode Director

Edit Opening Theme

"Juuni Genmukyoku" by Kunihiko, Ryo

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"Getsumei Fuuei" by Arisaka, Mika

More reviewsReviews

Apr 27, 2007
Stormy_77 (All reviews)
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
Feb 7, 2008
Washi (All reviews)
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
May 8, 2008
Somiboo (All reviews)
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
Nov 19, 2008
YourMessageHere (All reviews)
Juuni Kokuki

If an anime is cancelled before it finishes, can you still hold its lack of completeness against it? This is a question that I am groping for an answer for. The thing is, I can see a huge spread of problems with Juuni Kokuki but I can also see some real plus points too. For a series in which a character says “half of life is hardship, the other half happiness”, it certainly lives by its word.

An oft-repeated phrase when you look at any halfway decent review of this series is ‘character development’, and to a certain extent this is read more


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