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The Twelve Kingdoms

Alt titles: 12 Kingdoms, Juuni Kokki

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Yohko is nothing but ordinary. Throughout her life she has been considered an outcast, especially with a hair color not native to many in Japan, bright red. Things change for Yohko when a mysterious man named Keiki arrives and claims that she is his empress. Yohko and two friends are then taken through a vortex, and then abandoned.. in a world of demons and magic.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
The Twelve Kingdoms (Light Novel) 1992 TBD
Name Role
Yuko KUSUMOTO Character Design
Hiroto TANAKA Character Design
Tsuneo KOBAYASHI Director
Kunihiko RYO Music
Ken SUEKAWA Producer

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Official Editorial Reviews

Title Author Score Date
The Twelve Kingdoms Sheex 9.3/10 Jun 1, 2008
12 Kingdoms Sheex 9.3/10 Jun 1, 2008
Juuni Kokki Sheex 9.3/10 Jun 1, 2008
The Twelve Kingdoms Arcanum 5.5/10 Jun 13, 2007
12 Kingdoms Arcanum 5.5/10 Jun 13, 2007
Juuni Kokki Arcanum 5.5/10 Jun 13, 2007

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The Twelve Kingdoms 10sparkey10 9.7/10 Mar 13, 2014
Juuni Kokki 10sparkey10 9.7/10 Mar 13, 2014
12 Kingdoms 10sparkey10 9.7/10 Mar 13, 2014
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