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The Twelve Kingdoms (十二国記 Jūni Kokuki) is a Japanese anime based on the Japanese series of light novels written by Fuyumi Ono and illustrated by Akihiro Yamada. It was produced by Studio Pierrot and aired on Japan's NHK from April 9, 2002 to August 30, 2003, totaling 45 episodes. The story is based freely on mythology and the ancient Chinese system, in a world influenced by the Han Dynasty of China.

Synopsis

Yoko Nakajima, an unhappy high school student, is one day suddenly faced with a strange man who swears allegiance to her. After a battle with demon-like beasts, he then takes her to another world along with two of her classmates. There, her appearance has changed and she can understand the language even though her classmates cannot. But their status as "Kaikyaku" (people who come from Earth) makes them hunted fugitives, so they wander the land of the 12 countries, simply trying to survive and to figure out the reason why they were brought to this world.

Cast

Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Kingdom of Kei
Yoko Nakajima Aya Hisakawa Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Keiki Takehito Koyasu Kim Strauss
Aozaru Kōsuke Okano Richard Cansino
Seikyou Seiji Sasaki Kirk Thornton
Enho Tomomichi Nishimura Michael McConnohie
Shoukou Tōru Ōkawa Tom Wyner
Gahou Kazuhiro Nakata Dave Mallow
Koshou Rintarō Nishi Jamieson Price
Sekki Kenji Nojima Yuri Lowenthal
Kantai Yasunori Matsumoto Paul St. Peter
Koukan Kenji Nomura Terrence Stone
Keikei Chiemi Chiba Julie Ann Taylor
Kaiko Naomi Shindō Mari Devon
Gaishi Kazuya Nakai Dave Mallow
Rangyoku Tomoko Kawakami Mela Lee
General Jinrai Shinya Ōtaki Tony Oliver
Yo-Ou Jokaku Toshiko Fujita Melodee Spevack
Gyokuyo Yori Terauchi
Kakugo Takehiro Murozono Doug Stone
Kingdom of En
Shoryu Masaki Aizawa Lex Lang
Enki / Rokuta Kappei Yamaguchi Dave Wittenberg
Yō Shukou Hiroshi Yanaka Dave Mallow
Kouya Akira Ishida Scott Page-Pagter
Emi Motoi
(young)
Karen Strassman
Meiken Yūto Kazama Steve Blum
Heki Rakujin Hideyuki Tanaka Jamieson Price
Atsuyu Masaaki Ōkura Joe Cappelletti
Itan Katsuhisa Hōki Michael Sorich
Seishou Mitsuaki Madono Sam Riegel
Kingdom of Kou
King Kou Takaya Hashi Bob Papenbrook
Kourin Yūko Sasaki Wendee Lee
Rakushun Kenichi Suzumura Peter Doyle
Kingdom of Hou
Chuutatsu Kan Tokumaru Michael Forest
Shoukei Hōko Kuwashima Kate Higgins
Gekkei Masahiko Tanaka Michael McConnohie
Kingdom of Sai
Suzu Naomi Wakabayashi Mela Lee
Seishu Akiko Hiramatsu Yuri Lowenthal
Kouko Reiko Suzuki ¿?
Sairin Ruri Asano Jessica Straus
Lady Riyou Minami Takayama Julianne Grossman
Kingdom of Tai
Taiki Rie Kugimiya Terry Sutton
Kaname Takasato Kōsuke Okano Johnny Yong Bosch
Saku Gyousou Keiji Fujiwara Christopher Corey Smith
Risai Naomi Shindō Michelle Ruff
Haku Sanshi Masako Katsuki Julie Ann Taylor
Kingdom of Kyou
Shushou Wakana Yamazaki Julie Maddalena
Kyouki Tōru Ōkawa Michael McConnohie
Hourai /
Japan
Yuka Sugimoto Aya Ishizu Karen Strassman
Ikuya Asano Yūji Ueda Joshua Seth
Ritsuko Nakajima Ai Satō Mari Devon
Masashi Nakajima Takeshi Watabe Doug Stone
Suguru Takasato Daisuke Sakaguchi Tony Oliver
Junko Noda
(young)
¿?
Mount Hou
Gyokuyo Shōko Tsuda Barbara Goodson
Tomoko Kaneda
(young)
Yorie Terauchi
(older)
Shoushun Rie Kugimiya Julie Maddalena
Yellow Sea
Youka Yukana Nogami Kari Wahlgren
Teiyei Megumi Toyoguchi Wendee Lee
Other Characters
Hankyo Kōsuke Okano Lex Lang
Bishin Sayuri Yamauchi Barbara Goodson
Gyokuyo Tomoko Kaneda Wendee Lee
Koutetsu Jōji Nakata Peter Spellos
Narration Shigenori Sōya Kim Strauss

Additional Voices

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
ImaginAsian United States United States

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
Media Blasters 2003-2005 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States United States
10 Volumes
2005 The Complete Series
2 Volumes
2007 The Complete Series
2 Volumes
2011 BD The Complete Series A
DVB-T
3 Volumes
Discotek Media 2019 The Complete Series
5 Discs

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