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The Twelve Kingdoms ("Juuni Kokuki") is a light novel series by Fuyumi Ono, with illustrations by Akihiro Yamada. It tells several stories from the world of the Twelve Kingdoms, located on several islands accessible through magic.

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Why people were afraid to call Kirin “Saiho”?

In Episode 14, Half-demon rat explains how whole 12 kingdoms formed and their emperors and Kirins. He also says: the Kirin's official name is Saiho, but people are afraid to call them Saiho, so ...
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Is the anime The Twelve Kingdoms made digitally or with cel animation?

It's made in 2002 which is slightly past the point when most production shifted to digital. Yet the animation looks pristine, and I know most digital anine back then was made in SD resolution. So is ...
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Bear attacks siege engine (Trying to find name of anime) [closed]

I watched a clip many years ago, and I'd now like to try to find the anime it went with. Unfortunately, I lost the clip in a computer transfer, so here's what I remember: The clip was downloaded ...
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Were the Twelve Kingdoms/Juuni Kokuki novels ever finished?

Twelve Kingdoms/Juuni Kokuki was an anime that I really loved and I was very disappointed when it got cancelled, also because it had some unfinished story arcs like the Gyousou/Taiki arc. Since there ...
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Is the strange reproductive process in The Twelve Kingdoms based on a myth or legend?

In The Twelve Kingdoms, babies are born from Ranka, or giant eggs that grow on trees. Is this based on an myth or legend? Or is it just a way the author invented to explore what happens to a society ...
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Why were Youko's friends added to the anime?

I was reading that Sugimoto only had a bit part in the Twelve Kingdoms books, and Asano didn't even exist. Is there any explanation as to why they were added to the anime? Sugimoto has a pretty big ...
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Do the various kingdoms in The Twelve Kingdoms have historical basis?

The world of The Twelve Kingdoms seems quite rich, with a complicated history of the kingdoms, and a backstory of major world events and people. What I'm wondering is, are the Twelve Kingdoms based ...
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How complete is Juuni Kokuki?

Juuni Kokuki / The Twelve Kingdoms is based on a series of light novels by Ono Fuyumi. Considering the rather abrupt end to the anime, I'm wondering how complete it is when compared to the novels. ...