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Show: Twelve Kingdoms, The (2002-2003)  
Review by: Animetique
This summary/review is provided by animetique.com and used under the Creative Commons License.
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

Juuni Kokki, aka the Chronicles of the 12 Kingdoms, is about a girl, Yoko Nakajima and her adventures in a foreign land. Nakajima is a school girl, a class representative who has lost the will to continue as head of the class.

One day, a strange man, Keiki, showed up at school and offered to be her protector. Since then, strange monsters have been after her. To protect herself, Keiki gave her a sword that only she can use. As she was reluctant to use it, Keiki also called a water-like creature/spirit called Jyouyu to enter her. Now, whenever she must defend herself, her eyes glow red and Jyouyu takes over her body and attacks for her.

As Nakajima was trying to escape several monsters after her, she was knocked to the ground. When she awoke, she was in a strange land, her face had changed and she was able to understand the foreign language.

I've only seen a few episodes of this, but as far as I can tell, there is a rich mythology behind this story. There are many different creatures with different powers, and all with names. The story uses an elaborate map to illustrate where you are in relation to the story and everyone else. Thus far, it's pretty interesting.

Animation:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

The animation is beautiful, with elaborate backgrounds and fluid animation. The characters are fairly realistically drawn, at least more so than in most anime.

Music:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

The music has a traditional feel to it, very instrumental and epic.

Character Design:

My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

The story emphasizes Nakajima and her struggle to find a place to belong. Other characters include a misfit, Sugimoto, who loves fantasy stories and is a bit too enthusiastic to take part in the adventure. The two have a rough relationship, as Sugimoto sticks to herself and isn't very interested in gaining friends. Nakajimi is more concerned about reputation, at least at first, and her initial attempts to talk to Sugimoto aren't much of a success. The characters develop once they reach the foreign land as Nakajimi undergoes significant character development, and even goes through a phase where she isn't very likable...
Last Updated: 7/9/2007
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