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For those that don't need overblown action to cover a weak plot
Not having the eloquence of some of the previous posters here I'll just say that this anime series is an absolute pleasure to watch.
I don't mind a bit of excitement as long as it enhances a story eg Vampire Hunter D Two is a top action anime with a nice touch of gore (grin). But that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the quieter things in anime as well.
The animation in 12 Kingdoms may be a bit simple in parts where a large number of people/creatures are involved or in cityscapes which tend to be somewhat empty looking but that is easily forgiven with the overall quality of the story. In addition when there are only a limited amount of characters present the drawing is quite attractive.
The series has a very strong storyline with excellent moral values and character development. It has been a real wrench to have to end a viewing session on some occasions.
That there is a female heroine in the early stages is also great. My daughter is wrapped in the series and quite miffed to be limited to 2 episodes a day!
I'd easily put this in the top 5 anime I have seen.
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