The Twelve Kingdoms

Alt titles: 12 Kingdoms, Juuni Kokki

TV (45 eps)
4.116 out of 5 from 7,965 votes
Rank #532

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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Sheex's avatar by Sheex on Jun 1, 2008
Score: 9.3/10

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To say Juuni Kokki merely impressed me would be blatant understatement; nay, if anything, it completely awed me.  Without a doubt the best fantasy anime ever to grace the airwaves, its aural sense of sovereignty sets it on pedestal far above its contemporaries.  While not absolutely perfect, as far as novel-to-screenplay transitions go Juuni Kokki is the cream of the crop, as its only... read more

Arcanum's avatar by Arcanum on Jun 13, 2007
Score: 5.5/10

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Juuni Kokki (The Twelve Kingdoms) is best described as an epic "world-discovery" anime. Ono Fuyumi creates a vast, and richly detailed fantasy world consisting of twelve kingdoms, each governed by an immortal emperor supported by his or her kirin, a magical beast resembling a unicorn. Even from the first few episodes, it is apparent that exceptional effort is given towards the creation of... read more

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