On Disc

at Amazon

High school student Yoko Nakajima is approached by a strange man who claims he's been searching for her and that she is the rightful ruler of his kingdom.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2003   2002  

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The Second Empress hires a spear-wielding woman to save her son from the Mikado (emperor) who believes the young prince is possessed by a water demon foretold to bring a terrible drought upon the land should he live.

Stars: Mabuki Andô, Naoto Adachi, Kôji Tsujitani
Last Exile (TV Series 2003)
Action | Adventure | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

It's the dawn of the Golden Age of Aviation on planet Prester, and retro-futuristic sky vehicles known as vanships dominate the horizon. Claus Valca - a flyboy born with the right stuff - ... See full summary »

Stars: Mayumi Asano, Chiwa Saitô, Paul St. Peter
Witch Hunter Robin (2002–2003)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Witches exist, and it is the mysterious organization STNJ's job to hunt them down. Robin is a recent trainee who joins up, and begins unravelling the secrets of both the witches and STNJ...

Stars: Akeno Watanabe, Steve Blum, Paul St. Peter
The Count of Monte Cristo (TV Series 2004)
Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Trying to escape his uneventful life, Albert, the son of a renowned general from Paris, makes a journey with his friend Franz. During his travels, he meets an immensely wealthy nobleman ... See full summary »

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Erik Davies, Jun Fukuyama
Planetes (2003–2004)
Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

In the year 2075, mankind has reached a point where journeying between Earth, the moon and the space stations is part of daily life. However, the progression of technology in space has also... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Cappelletti, Nao Nagasawa, Kazunari Tanaka
Wolf's Rain (TV Series 2003)
Action | Sci-Fi | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In a post-apocalyptic future where humans live in domed cities surrounded by wasteland, wolves are assumed to be two hundred years extinct.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Kenta Miyake, Akio Suyama
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

14-year-old Renton joins the rebel GekkoState ship, co-pilots the TypeZero with the mysterious Eureka, and unknowingly becomes part of a grand scheme.

Stars: Yûko Sanpei, Keiji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka
Haibane renmei (TV Mini-Series 2002)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A young girl is reborn as an angel-like creature called a haibane, with no memory of who she once was.

Stars: Ryô Hirohashi, Junko Noda, Eri Miyajima
Honey and Clover (TV Series 2005)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Yuuta Takemoto is a poor college student who lives in a dilapidated apartment building with his two friends, Shinobu Morita and Takumi Mayama. The series chronicles the students' story as they struggle through life and love.

Stars: Heather Halley, Devon Bowman, Haruka Kudô
Kurage hime (TV Series 2010)
Animation | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An insecure young woman, obsessed with jellyfish, lives in a house full of awkward women. Meeting a stylish "princess" turns her life upside down.

Stars: Maeghan Albach, Melinda Wood Allen, Tia Lynn Ballard
Dennô koiru (TV Series 2007)
Animation | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Stars: Sachiko Kojima, Houko Kuwashima, Fumiko Orikasa
Escaflowne (TV Series 1996)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Hitomi is a girl with psychic abilities who gets transported to the magical world of Gaea. She and her friends find themselves under attack from the evil Zaibach empire, and the Guymelf ... See full summary »

Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Tomokazu Seki, Shin'ichirô Miki
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Mari Devon ...
 Ritsuko Nakajima, Kaiko (45 episodes, 2002-2003)
...
 Shoukei (23 episodes, 2002-2003)
Houko Kuwashima ...
 Shoukei (22 episodes, 2002-2003)
Edit

Storyline

High school student Yoko Nakajima is approached by a strange man who claims he's been searching for her and that she is the rightful ruler of his kingdom.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 April 2002 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Twelve Kingdoms  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Astounding beauty, rich story and characters
7 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best animes(if not THE best)I have ever experienced! The visuals are astounding. Detail is sharp and beautiful. Realistic, true to life detail and color when appropriate, yet vibrant and fantastic when necessary. Run-down villages look dusty and gritty along with the people who inhabit them. Miraculous landscapes, skyscapes, palaces etc. are lush with color and striking in design. The story is very deep, and this may turn off some people. The political and social structure of the society of the Twelve Kingdoms is covered in minute detail. I personally enjoyed this level of description, but if it becomes too much for you, just sit back and let it wash over you because the series (45 episodes) provides so much to enjoy (there is even one episode that is dedicated solely to the workings of the government and society so people can get up to speed should they get lost in all of it). Character growth, development and resolution is at the heart of this story. Definitely a show for those who enjoy conflict of philosophies and ideologies and politics. No outrageously busty half-naked anime chicks here. No wildly unbelievable Dragon Ball Z-type fighting. No too ambiguous Serial Experiments Lain-style plot lines with questionable endings. You will get female characters who are strong and seem like(get this)real people!! You will get mostly realistic combat sequences with a touch of the fantastic from time to time. You will get plot lines that actually go somewhere that will make you angry, sad, happy and even feel vindicated at times. Music should not be ignored either. At moments it is hypnotically beautiful. Music is used subtly and the best way to enjoy it is to pick up the soundtrack CDs. Music is airy and dreamlike using mostly strings and wind instruments. It fits the series perfectly, fantasy music with a slight Eastern edge to it. This anime should be a lot more popular than it is. If you see the DVDs, pick them up now!!


17 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
So many questions, has the show officially ended? shadowed_vandread
Music from Juuni Kokki stolen or stolen from? vwmw
Amazing elvisrule
Opening Instrumental Song insario_syiel
Her latest novella. o6asan
Song Question-Taiki mokara
Discuss The Twelve Kingdoms (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?