Twelve Kingdoms: V.1 Shoku (ep.1-5)
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The story begins with the everyday life of Youko Nakajima. Upon being confronted by a mysterious blond stranger, Youko is told of her destiny and pulled away into another world. Along with two of her classmates, Sugimoto and Asano, she is abandoned on foreign shores. This 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 savage challenge after another. Will Youko embrace her destiny?
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Now onto my actual rating of the first DVD:
a bit lacking on the extras department, but what english version of any anime isn't, right? now now, i won't be too greedy. visual quality is excellent, as everything else is all-around nice. i won't comment on the subtitles, since i personally think the fansubbed vers. i downloaded and watched was better in terms of translation. i wish that this first volume did come out with a box for the whole series though, like the other anime generally tend to. or i would have to hope for a boxset, because i am a crazed collector of those things. comparing this to escaflowne is not a far-fetched comparison--they're both leaning towards the side of a female heroine, who eventually learn this and learn that, get transported to different worlds, the etc. bishounen. and juuni kokki plus side, beautiful music and beautiful art. lot of drama, political conflict.Read more ›
The sort answer is: "Yes, especially if you like medieval fantasy"
The long answer is, well, read on...
I own disks 1 through 4. Of all the disks, #1 is the hardest to sit through. This is because you are going to have a hard time finding anyone to like in the first disk. Stick With It: you'll find plenty to like in the rest of the series. There is character development. The plots are interesting. The artwork is great. A good value for the money.
The only downside to the disks is the vocabulary: not only are there a plethora of magical creatures (that have their own names), but a whole vocabulary about how those magical creatures relate to the "human" occupants of the lands of the Twelve Kingdoms. (You'll have to watch the episodes to figure out why I put the word 'human' in quotes...)
If this kind of detail drives you nuts, then this might not be your cup of tea. For my own part, I figure I'll put that part of my brain on "cruise control" and wait until the language lesson seeps in.
I plan to get the rest of the disks in the series, in case you were wondering.
I'm typically NOT a fan of stories where the person we're supposed to be rooting for starts out behnd the 8-ball. And in the case of the first disk of "The 12 Kingdoms" our heroine should have succumbed to "Sidekick Syndrome" i.e. dead in the first 12 minutes of the story.
But she doesn't. In fact, you're left with a clifhanger worthy of Robert Louis Stevenson by the end of the DVD. You are either going to be hooked, or not. If not, no harm done, it's an interesting story. If you are, you are going to have to buy at least two more DVD's to get to the end of this story. This is anime, get over it. If you wanted a cheaper addiction, you should have tried drugs.
What really struck me was the "instructional" quality of the story: "O.K., here the heroine is really beeing too trusting for her own good, you can see how this will not turn out well from a mile away. Now here she's over-reacting to her previous bad experiences. She's just cutting off her nose to spite her face".
In short, what I didn't like about this DVD was more a matter of personal style than the content. Overall, it's very good. I'll give the series a chance...at least 2 more DVD's worth.
My main problem is that randomly shoddy animation. I know the series is long and all, but they surely could've done a little better.
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Seldom in animation does a story told through this unique medium reach the hights of the Twelve Kingdoms. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Marcus Earl
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i bought this dvd because it looked interesting. i took it home and watched it and found myself howling at the end: "what?! they're leaving us here? no way! Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by hkh-m
Just found out it's 96 eps long which makes it about as long as Kenshin. This one's a little bit Fushigi Yugi & a little bit Kenshin. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003 by M. Hammond
First off I don't buy dvds until the whole series is out, that way I dont have to wait in anticipation for the release of each volume. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by DJ-H-OS
On first appearances this new series appears to be a more or less typical 'magical girl' clone. Youko Nakajima is a young student who comes from a strict, traditional family,... Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Marc Ruby™
this is one of my favorit anime .. it have a wonderfull compination of evrything. and the most thing will attract u is the music . Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003