On December 28, Shinchosha published an update on its Twelve Kingdoms website (and also to Fuyumi Ono’s Twitter feed). Last year. Writer Fuyumi Ono reported on her official Twitter account on Monday that she is aiming to finish her new work in The Twelve Kingdoms novel. I found The Twelve Kingdoms several years ago when the original book series by Fuyumi Ono was being translated and published by the now.

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Our customer reviews Yoko Nakajima is the perfect daughter. Contents [ show ].

In this novel, as well as the whole series, there is no clear villain — there never is. I started this not expecting much, and here I am completely bedazzled. I ended up liking Yoko bu I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the second one.

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The writing doesn’t feel very polished even though I had the impression that it got better as the story progressedand the pacing is far from perfect.

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On a more technical note, I laud Shadow of the Moon, a Sea of Shadows in particular for the author’s knigdoms use of a single POV narrative, something rarely done this well. The game was re-released in Konami’s The Best lineup on June 9, Views Read Edit View history. As the reader we start out the same as Yoko, thrown into the unknown and understanding nothing about the world of the Kingdoms.

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However, I was very impressed at the level of detail and rich history that Ono Fuyumi has woven into this story of the Twelve Kingdoms which spans over seven volumes only the first two have been translated into English thus far.

I love that this story allows its lead female character to have selfish, violent impulses; that it allows her to get to the point of introspective maturity where she can recognise that before she was unfinished and incomplete as a human being; that it says that traditional tropes of feminine behaviour can be limiting and even dangerous.


I watched the anime adaptation of this years ago, and as I found that so impressive, this has been on my to-read list for ages now. Ono’s characters are an infrequent breed of reluctant heroes who know their fate and never aspire to it, feeling themselves unworthy. Poltergeist Report Ninku: This book started with a pop, and then dropped to a slow buildup. It is more — it is a sporting event. There is an urban legend that children tell one another about a shinigami that can release people from the pain they may be suffering.

The novel series inspired a episode anime series in The novels were licensed in the United States by Tokyopop and the first four volumes were released between March and November as part of their Pop Fiction line.

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We shall always protect and save ourselves, instead of waiting for a prince on fuumi white horse. We actually don’t get to see this battle. I want to read more. I liked the characters. The lack of knowledge Yoko has of what exactly is going on is well handled, when her guide, Keiki, disappears later on. Her journey teaches her to both become self-r Yoko Nakajima is a Japanese high schooler.

May 29, Ro rated it really liked it. Nov 08, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: The theory of the division of labour in our earliest beginnings being tied to women as the sex that creates children and subsequent social ideas being built up on that. We get information at the same time as Yoko does on her journey. The rest of the kingdoms are only introduced by name and a brief description of the current ruler and taiho.

All Yoko knows now is that she’s the only person she can trust. Kodansha USA, the English publishing branch of the company, has expressed that it currently has no interest in releasing further English editions of the Twelve Kingdoms series [5]. This book follows her journey, which is one that is hard and full of mistrust in others.


So, if you loved the anime, which I did, then you will love the books! It is then the reader’s task to encourage them, sometimes chidingly, to be a better person. All in all, good book.

Well if you are into Chinese mythology ,ingdoms action packed books this is the “unfinished” series for you. Beautiful Dreamer Kimagure Kingdoks Road: Other books in the series. Before she fjyumi whisked away she is told it is for her ow safety and those around her and that she can always be returned home later A great book based on the anime series Twelve Kingdoms or the series was based on the book, I am not sure which to be honest.

She becomes embroiled in the politics of the kingdom of Kei, as well as the other kingdoms. Taiki chooses the king of Tai. Her instincts screamed at her to seek cover, but she could barely raise her head to see what was coming A villager? But a reader’s inability to recognize this as such is not the fault of Ono, it should be noted. While the inhabitants of the kingdoms are aware of the existence of our world as the lands of Hourai Japan and Kunlun Chinathe reverse is not true for the inhabitants of Hourai and Kunlun.

If it weren’t for those terrifying dreams, maybe she could get some sleep at night. We can notify you when this item is back in stock. Sea of Shadow ” was published by Kodansha in Japan in ; the last Kodansha volume was released in Yoko was unsure if she could fullfil her destiny, but after having a talk with Rakushun, she finally agrees to try. Media Blasters released the series on Blu-ray in