Juuni Kokuki
The Twelve Kingdoms
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Juuni Kokuki

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Japanese: 十二国記
English: The Twelve Kingdoms
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Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Jun 20, 1992 to ?
Genre: Fantasy Fantasy
Theme: Isekai Isekai
Serialization: None
Authors: Ono, Fuyumi (Story), Yamada, Akihiro (Art)


Score: 8.411 (scored by 11691,169 users)
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Ranked: #1912
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Popularity: #2054
Members: 8,811
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Beyond this world lies the realm of the Twelve Kingdoms. There, the laws of nature are governed by the Way—a moral code established by the Mandate of Heaven—that causes kingdoms to be ravaged by war and famine when an unsuitable ruler is upon the throne. Babies are born from eggs on trees, and mythical creatures roam the land.

When a temporary breach is created between that world and Japan, Youko Nakajima is dragged from her mundane daily life as a high school student and finds herself in a situation far less appealing than that of a fairytale. Once a model student who always conformed to societal pressures, she is now abandoned and pursued by men and beasts alike in the wilds of a land unbound by any earthly sense of order. Struggling to come to terms with these strange new laws as well as the lack of kindness in the people around her, Youko must learn to make her own choices if she is to survive with any sense of integrity.

Fantastical and heavily detailed, Juuni Kokuki tells the stories of Youko and other individuals forced to find themselves as they are thrust into an unforgiving and coldly beautiful world.

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The first four novels of Juuni Kokuki were published in English as The Twelve Kingdoms by Tokyopop under the Pop Fiction imprint from March 13, 2007 to March 2, 2010.

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Feb 8, 2008
Preliminary (Unknown/? chp)
Written by: Fuyumi Ono
Published by: Tokyopop
English translation by Alexander O. Smith

Yoko is a high school girl with flaming red hair, going through life trying to please everyone, but inevitably failing. She is timid, deceitful, even cruel sometimes and she just wants to be liked and stay out of the spotlight. Unfortunately, living this way has the effect of making no real friends, and her red hair makes her teachers think she is a party girl who goes out at night. But suddenly, a strange man arrives with numerous monstrous creatures, turning her life upside-down and yanking her off to a strange place, and then promptly ...
Jun 19, 2009
Preliminary (Unknown/? chp)
Well like the review said she's a student read hair and stuff,now then If you like to see growth in character then this is the book for you.The book in my opiniong is better than the anime in the character growth because Yoko ALONE goes though a lot of hardships and she goes through a lot worse things or it feels worse than in the anime.Also I love how little minor details you don't pay attention to end up solving some mysteries.This book is the introduction to other stories,you do have to be patient though because stories or questions that weren't answered are going to ...
May 1, 2016
Preliminary (70/? chp)
Juuni Kokuki is one of my favorite series--not just among manga and light novels, but among fiction in general. If you are coming here fresh from watching the anime, you'll find the novels even more enjoyable. Here I will be reviewing the entire series, not just the first novel.

Unfortunately, Juuni Kokuki is not a complete series. But according to recent tweets on the author’s twitter account, Ono Fuyumi is working on another novel, which is exciting as the last one in the series, released in 2001, ended with a cliffhanger of sorts. Don’t let it’s incomplete status deter you from reading it, though–Juuni Kokuki ...

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How much does the novel expand on the story?
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It’s time to ditch the text file.
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