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The Twelve Kingdoms Complete Series Blu-ray

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About The Twelve Kingdoms Complete Series Blu-ray

The Twelve Kingdoms Complete Series contains episodes 1-45 of the anime directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi.

Go on an epic journey to the kingdom of Kei!

Upon being confronted by a mysterious stranger, Youko is told of her destiny and pulled away into another world. Thus begins Youko’s perilous journey to the kingdom of Kei on an epic road of espionage, terror, and betrayal. The mystic world of The Twelve Kingdoms assails her with one challenge after another. Will Youko embrace her destiny?


  • Publisher: EASTERN STAR
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy
  • Themes: Adventure, Historical, Supernatural
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 990
  • Year Created: 2002
  • Release Date: 5/28/2019
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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Great show. Don't know about this release.


The anime is not totally faithful to the novels. Changes were made to improve the first arc. Originally, Youko was mostly alone, no interaction, not good for an anime. The changes tell the story better, if anything.

The first arc is slow, focusing on developing Youko, it gets better after the mid point. Some action, but mostly character development. The end of it is very good though.

The second arc, is told as a recollection and revolves around new characters, interesting, but unrelated to the first arc.

The third arc is excellent. Without the first arc, to understand Youko it may be confusing. There are great observations and conversations, good story, and good action. My personal favorite.

The fourth arc, is also a recollection related by King En. It was good, but a let down compared to the third arc.

The original novels seemed to focus on a different character for each book. I wish the novels were all available in English but releases stopped after volume three.

Great Series! World building and character development is literally out of this world!


If you're looking for an easy read where the heroine gets her food handed to her on a golden platter, this isn't for you. The world building and character development is phenomenal. Before you know it, you'll be rooting for the characters and for me personally, I was touch to the point of tears. Honestly, it can feel kind of slow at the beginning, but before you know it, you're left wanting more and you realize that it wasn't really slow, but in fact was really well paced. It's a lot to take in but I guaranteed it'll give you the feels.

One of the best epic fantasy adventure series

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An anime rich in character(s) development, a complex narrative described in arcs, and a fantasy series that showcases many similarities to ancient China.

High praises for a series revealing such a vast number of memorable characters, with Rakushun (the mouse/human hybrid) standing out as one of the most fascinating characters in the series. The other beasts/creatures in the "Twelve Kingdoms" are equally interesting as well; especially, the magical Kirins that serve each ruler of a Kingdom. Best story arc features Yoko befriending Suzu and Shoukei while rebellion takes place in a town/city, it's a brilliant story of intricate ties the three women have with Rakushun. Just a must see adventure series!

Highly recommended and in 1080p/1:33:1 format.