History LightNovel / TheTwelveKingdoms

13th Nov '16 7:31:39 PM dlchen145
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* MightyWhitey: Of the Japanese variation, naturally. The King of En is one of the most successful rulers, being intelligent, {{badass}}, wise, and fair for over 500 years, and he's a former Japanese feudal lord. Youko, the focus character, [[CharacterDevelopment becomes]] a great queen and fighter - in fact, part of her problem in her first arc is that a rival king fears the power of another nation ruled by another person from Hourai. Finally, the kirin who grew up in Japan turns out to be the most powerful and compassionate of his generation.

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* MightyWhitey: Of the Japanese variation, naturally. The King of En is one of the most successful rulers, being intelligent, {{badass}}, badass, wise, and fair for over 500 years, and he's a former Japanese feudal lord. Youko, the focus character, [[CharacterDevelopment becomes]] a great queen and fighter - in fact, part of her problem in her first arc is that a rival king fears the power of another nation ruled by another person from Hourai. Finally, the kirin who grew up in Japan turns out to be the most powerful and compassionate of his generation.
28th Oct '16 6:18:28 AM crazysamaritan
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The setting is a massive fantasy world with a detailed and enthralling plot. The series begins following Youko Nakajima, an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary]] {{class representative}} who is dragged into this world kicking and screaming by a [[{{Bishonen}} golden-haired man]] who swears loyalty to her. After being given a Hinman (a creature that possesses her and gives her amazing combat skills) and a magic sword, she is left alone in this world to fend for herself. Fighting her way past hordes of youma -- powerful monsters who seem to be following her -– and a corrupted king who wants her dead before she can fulfill her destiny, Youko discovers why she was brought to this world and comes to accept her responsibilities.

At first it bears a resemblance to ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. It has similar premise tropes –- notably OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, TheChosenOne, and TrappedInAnotherWorld –- but with a different storyline and no romantic elements (aside from some healthy {{shipping}}). The world may be outlandish and magical but the people have a striking realism to them; very little of it is forced. The series, and even more so the books, is more about psychology and politics than action.

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The setting is a massive fantasy world with a detailed and enthralling plot. The series begins following Youko Nakajima, an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary]] {{class representative}} who is dragged into this world kicking and screaming by a [[{{Bishonen}} golden-haired man]] who swears loyalty to her. After being given a Hinman (a creature that possesses her and gives her amazing combat skills) and a magic sword, she is left alone in this world to fend for herself. Fighting her way past hordes of youma -- powerful monsters who seem to be following her -- and a corrupted king who wants her dead before she can fulfill her destiny, Youko discovers why she was brought to this world and comes to accept her responsibilities.

At first it bears a resemblance to ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. It has similar premise tropes –- -- notably OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, TheChosenOne, and TrappedInAnotherWorld –- -- but with a different storyline and no romantic elements (aside from some healthy {{shipping}}). The world may be outlandish and magical but the people have a striking realism to them; very little of it is forced. The series, and even more so the books, is more about psychology and politics than action.
28th Oct '16 6:14:56 AM crazysamaritan
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* FisherKing: The ruler of each kingdom is directly responsible for the state of the land. If they rule well and mercifully, the land flourishes. If they oppress the people or rule generally poorly, crops fail and the land is overrun with youma.
27th Oct '16 6:17:38 AM crazysamaritan
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The setting is a massive fantasy world with a detailed and enthralling plot. The series begins following Youko Nakajima, an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary]] {{class representative}} who is dragged into this world kicking and screaming by a [[{{Bishonen}} golden-haired man]] who swears loyalty to her. After being given a Hinman (a creature that possesses her and gives her amazing combat skills) and a magic sword, she is left alone in this world to fend for herself. Fighting her way past hordes of youma -- powerful monsters who seem to be following her – and a corrupted king who wants her dead before she can fulfill her destiny, Youko discovers why she was brought to this world and comes to accept her responsibilities.

At first it bears a resemblance to ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. It has similar premise tropes – notably OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, TheChosenOne, and TrappedInAnotherWorld – but with a different storyline and no romantic elements (aside from some healthy {{shipping}}). The world may be outlandish and magical but the people have a striking realism to them; very little of it is forced. The series, and even more so the books, is arguably rather more about psychology and politics than action.

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The setting is a massive fantasy world with a detailed and enthralling plot. The series begins following Youko Nakajima, an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary]] {{class representative}} who is dragged into this world kicking and screaming by a [[{{Bishonen}} golden-haired man]] who swears loyalty to her. After being given a Hinman (a creature that possesses her and gives her amazing combat skills) and a magic sword, she is left alone in this world to fend for herself. Fighting her way past hordes of youma -- powerful monsters who seem to be following her – and a corrupted king who wants her dead before she can fulfill her destiny, Youko discovers why she was brought to this world and comes to accept her responsibilities.

At first it bears a resemblance to ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. It has similar premise tropes – –- notably OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, TheChosenOne, and TrappedInAnotherWorld – –- but with a different storyline and no romantic elements (aside from some healthy {{shipping}}). The world may be outlandish and magical but the people have a striking realism to them; very little of it is forced. The series, and even more so the books, is arguably rather more about psychology and politics than action.



* AlienSky: In the Twelve Kingdoms, the sea is in the sky. Quoth Enki, "Well, where else would rain come from?" Which might be a sensible conclusion given the setting, but Enki is from Earth and visits it casually, even in modern times. Maybe he didn't pick up on science along with the blue jeans and democracy, or else he was yanking her chain.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. America actually causes problems for at least one character in this series. One old man from Nagasaki found himself in Kou just a few weeks short of the USA [[AmericaWonWorldWarII ending the war]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII against Japan]] by [[NuclearOption nuking his hometown]]. Upon hearing this news, he loses it and sells out Youko to the local authorities. Specifically, he goes berserk not because of his hometown being nuked, but because he couldn't cope with hearing that the war ended immediately after he left and that Japan went on to recover and become a major economic power, while he spent a miserable 50+ years in Kou.
** That he would've most likely been killed had he stayed, [[TheDeadliestMushroom directly in the bombing or by subsequent radiation exposure]], doesn't occur to him… though somewhat understandably, as Japanese before the bombing had no reference point for atomic warfare.
* AncientTradition

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* AlienSky: In the Twelve Kingdoms, the sea is in the sky. Quoth Enki, "Well, where else would rain come from?" Which might be a sensible conclusion given the setting, but Enki is also from Earth and visits it casually, even in modern times. Maybe he didn't pick up on science along with the blue jeans and democracy, or else he was may have been yanking her chain.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. America actually causes problems for at least one character in this series. Inverted.]] One old man from Nagasaki found himself in Kou just a few weeks short of the USA [[AmericaWonWorldWarII ending the war]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII against Japan]] by USA [[NuclearOption nuking his hometown]]. Upon hearing this news, he loses it and sells out Youko to the local authorities. Specifically, he goes berserk not because of his hometown being nuked, but because he He couldn't cope with hearing the news that [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the war ended ended]] immediately after he left and that Japan went on to recover and become a major economic power, while he spent a miserable 50+ years in Kou.
** That
Kou. To [[ShootTheMessenger punish Youko for telling him this,]] he would've most likely been killed had he stayed, [[TheDeadliestMushroom directly in sells her out to the bombing or by subsequent radiation exposure]], doesn't occur to him… though somewhat understandably, as Japanese before the bombing had no reference point for atomic warfare.
* AncientTradition
local authorities.



* AudibleSharpness: Not that badly done, though. The sound Youko's sword makes when being unsheathed most closely resembles metal raking quickly against metal, rather than anything more high-pitched.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: ''Kirin'' are creatures of mercy and are all, without exception, beautiful. With ordinary humans, on the other hand, all bets are off.
** One of the Nyosen (who have watched over Kirin and their selection of rulers for centuries) once mentions that she's yet to see an ugly ruler – and Kirin always select good people as rulers (how long they STAY good is another matter…). So, for human rulers, it seems that Goodness Equals Beauty, at least.
** [[FisherKing For entire kingdoms]], in fact. Peasants forced to endure the harsh conditions of a land lacking a ruler, or with a dark one who is under judgement, naturally begin looking older, more beaten and worn down. In contrast, immediately upon [[spoiler:Youko's ascension to the throne]], the people of Kei, whether in the land or on returning refugee ships, begin looking physically healthier.

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* AudibleSharpness: Not that badly done, though. The sound Youko's sword makes when being unsheathed most closely resembles metal raking quickly against metal, rather than anything more high-pitched.
metal.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Divinely-granted beauty, even.
**
''Kirin'' are creatures of mercy and are all, without exception, beautiful. With ordinary humans, on the other hand, all bets are off.beautiful.
** One of the Nyosen (who have watched over Kirin and their selection of rulers for centuries) once mentions that she's yet to see an ugly ruler – and Kirin always select good people as rulers (how long they STAY good is another matter…). So, for human rulers, it seems that Goodness Equals Beauty, at least.\n
** [[FisherKing For entire kingdoms]], in fact. While a good ruler reigns,]] even the peasantry look healthier. Peasants forced to endure enduring the harsh conditions of a land lacking a ruler, or with a dark one who is under judgement, naturally begin looking older, more beaten and worn down. In contrast, immediately upon [[spoiler:Youko's ascension to the throne]], the people of Kei, whether in the land or on returning refugee ships, begin looking physically healthier.



* BizarreAlienBiology, and specifically BizarreAlienReproduction: The citizens of the Twelve Kingdoms look and act just like normal humans. But babies grow in eggs on special trees. And yet there are brothels, so they ''do'' have sex but apparently it's just for fun.
** It doesn't end there: Sometimes still-growing egg-fruit accidentally fall from their branches and into ''shoku'' (storm-induced portals to the real world), where they are "somehow" transported into the wombs of pregnant women. [[spoiler:This happened to Youko, Shoryuu, and Enki.]]
*** In the novels (and obliquely in the anime), Rakushun comments on ''Earth's'' BizarreAlienBiology. He finds being born from a womb bizarre, and children resembling their parents to be creepy.

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* BizarreAlienBiology, and specifically BizarreAlienReproduction: The citizens of the BizarreAlienReproduction:
**
Twelve Kingdoms look and act just like normal humans. But babies grow in eggs on special trees. And yet there are brothels, so they ''do'' from Earth's perspective: The citizens have sex sex, but apparently it's just for fun.
** It doesn't end there:
fun, because their reproduction is done by growing eggs on special trees. Sometimes still-growing egg-fruit accidentally fall from their branches and into ''shoku'' (storm-induced portals to the real our world), where they are "somehow" transported into the wombs of pregnant women. [[spoiler:This happened to Youko, Shoryuu, and Enki.]]
*** In the novels (and obliquely in the anime), ** Hourai from Twelve Kingdom's perspective: Rakushun comments on ''Earth's'' BizarreAlienBiology. He finds being born from a womb bizarre, and children resembling their parents to be creepy.



* CallARabbitASmeerp



* ChangelingFantasy

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* ChangelingFantasyChangelingFantasy:
** Youko is taken from our world by a [[{{Bishonen}} golden-haired man]] who tells her she must become the King of Kei. There's a tinge of deconstruction, however, as Youko has to massively adjust to her new circumstances and seriously dislikes having people bow to her. Yet ultimately, massive political headaches and frequent coups are still preferable to her old life.
** In the anime, Yuka feels ''she'' is the one taken to her "real home" and wants to rule over her land. [[GenreSavvy She even cites stories and games involving people traveling to other worlds.]]



* CrapsackWorld[=/=]WorldHalfFull: Kingdoms with virtuous rulers are peaceful and naturally prosperous. Kingdoms ''without'' virtuous rulers (or a ruler at all) are overrun by man-eating monsters and beset by unnatural storms, plagues, and other various calamities. This essentially makes democracy physically impossible according to the laws of the universe. On top of that, the laws of Heaven mandate that the state ultimately owns all property, and due to a lack of fossil fuels the Industrial Revolution can never happen, such that goods like cotton and jars are rare and valuable commodities. In short, the world of the Twelve Kingdoms is one big [[GloriousMotherRussia Glorious Mother China]], or twelve such. Nonetheless, while there's still prejudice, still people willing to sell others into slavery, and still bandits and criminals, it is implied that continuing human virtue can make the world of the Kingdoms quite a nice place to live.
** This can also be applied to the life in Hourai itself, which is portrayed as a dark place full of gossipers and hypocrites, and no matter if you are a nice person, everyone always will think the worst of you, even your friends and parents.
** There is also the fact that most Monarchs usually do not actually know how to run a government or administer a country when they are chosen. They often have to fight against entrenched interests in their own court, especially if corruption had time to sink in. This happens in both Tai and Kei, and with Hou representing what happens when a KnightTemplar against such corruption takes the throne.
** Monarchs who do a poor job of running their country cause their kirin to fall into ''shitsudou'', which will eventually result in the death of both kirin and monarch. Apparently provincial governors can get away with much, much more since the Punishment of Heaven does not fall directly on them – rather, enough of such officials and it will probably be the Monarch's fault for choosing or retaining such men and women. Thus its entirely possible for a relatively isolated Monarch to bring ruin to the country simply because large scale corruption has prevented any reports of wrongdoing from reaching the ears of the court and the land's ruler. Case in point: in Kei, an official was [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunting people]] for ''sport'', but the Queen had no clue that this was happening in her kingdom and she's ''not'' happy when she learns about it. The moral would effectively be a monarch's responsibility to actually interact in depth with his or her people.
** En is described as having little in the way of special resources, but has a wise and 500+ year old reign, so is way more prosperous than places that get reset every 50-100 years.
* DefiantStoneThrow: Shoukei does this to try saving a man about to be crucified. Even more meaningful because [[spoiler:this got her peasant caretaker's son killed.]] and not to mention [[spoiler:it lets her meet up with Youko and later with LaResistance.]]
* DemocracyIsBad: Or useless. Without a divinely-chosen absolute monarch, a kingdom has little to no defense against youma, the monsters mentioned below, and/or no sure means to ensure national unity and avoidance of civil war. Even before either eventuality develops, however, suffering villagers within dilapidated kingdoms are often just as likely to devolve into lynch-mobs as find peaceful consensus on more emotional issues.
** Nonetheless, Enki, a spiritual agent of the divine monarchy, suggests democracy as an alternative...

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* CrapsackWorld[=/=]WorldHalfFull: Kingdoms with virtuous rulers are peaceful and naturally prosperous. CrapsackWorld: Kingdoms ''without'' virtuous rulers (or a ruler at all) are overrun by man-eating monsters and beset by unnatural storms, plagues, and other various calamities.calamities. Rulers who do a poor job of running their country cause their kirin to fall into ''shitsudou'', which will eventually result in the death of both kirin and monarch. This essentially makes democracy physically impossible according to the laws of the universe. On top of that, the laws of Heaven mandate that the state ultimately owns all property, and due to a lack of fossil fuels the Industrial Revolution can never happen, such that goods like cotton and jars are rare and valuable commodities. In short, the world of the Twelve Kingdoms is one big [[GloriousMotherRussia Glorious Mother China]], or twelve such. Nonetheless, while there's still prejudice, still people willing to sell others into slavery, and still bandits and criminals, it is implied that continuing human virtue can make the world of the Kingdoms quite a nice place to live.
** This can also be applied to the life in Hourai itself, which is portrayed as a dark place full of gossipers and hypocrites, and no matter if you are a nice person, everyone always will think the worst of you, even your friends and parents.
** There is also the fact that most
Most Monarchs usually do not actually know how to run a government or administer a country when they are chosen. They often have chosen, but they are the ones given a chance [[AWorldHalfFull to fight against entrenched interests in save their own court, especially if corruption had time to sink in. This happens in both Tai and Kei, and with Hou representing what happens when a KnightTemplar against such corruption takes the throne.
** Monarchs who do a poor job of running their country cause their kirin to fall into ''shitsudou'', which will eventually result in the death of both kirin and monarch. Apparently provincial governors can get away with much, much more since the Punishment of Heaven does not fall directly on them – rather, enough of such officials and it will probably be the Monarch's fault for choosing or retaining such men and women. Thus its entirely possible for a relatively isolated Monarch to bring ruin to the country simply because large scale corruption has prevented any reports of wrongdoing from reaching the ears of the court and the land's ruler. Case in point: in Kei, an official was [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunting people]] for ''sport'', but the Queen had no clue that this was happening in her kingdom and she's ''not'' happy when she learns about it. The moral would effectively be a monarch's responsibility to actually interact in depth with his or her people.
** En is described as having little in the way of special resources, but has a wise and 500+ year old reign, so is way more prosperous than places that get reset
kingdom.]] Most fail every 50-100 years.
years, returning their kingdom to an extremely broken state.
* DefiantStoneThrow: DefiantStoneThrow:
** {Caretaker of Shoukei} tells
Shoukei does this about when her son threw a stone to try saving stop the crucifixion of an innocent person. The guards conducting the execution grabbed him as well and crucified the both of them.
** When Shoukei sees
a man about to be crucified. Even more meaningful because [[spoiler:this got her peasant caretaker's son killed.]] crucified, she remembers the story, and not decides to mention [[spoiler:it lets her meet up with throw a stone despite the consequences. [[spoiler:This action brings Youko to save her, and later with they both join LaResistance.]]
* DemocracyIsBad: Or useless. Without a divinely-chosen absolute monarch, a kingdom has little to no defense against youma, the monsters mentioned below, youma and/or no sure means to ensure national unity and avoidance of civil war. Even before either eventuality develops, however, suffering villagers within dilapidated kingdoms are often just as likely to devolve into lynch-mobs as find peaceful consensus on more emotional issues.
**
issues. Nonetheless, Enki, a spiritual agent of the divine monarchy, suggests democracy as an alternative...



* DiagonalCut
2nd Aug '16 7:20:28 AM VampireYoshi
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** That he would've most likely been killed had he stayed, [[UsefulNotes/TheDeadliestMushroom directly in the bombing or by subsequent radiation exposure]], doesn't occur to him… though somewhat understandably, as Japanese before the bombing had no reference point for atomic warfare.

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** That he would've most likely been killed had he stayed, [[UsefulNotes/TheDeadliestMushroom [[TheDeadliestMushroom directly in the bombing or by subsequent radiation exposure]], doesn't occur to him… though somewhat understandably, as Japanese before the bombing had no reference point for atomic warfare.
2nd Aug '16 6:37:22 AM VampireYoshi
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** That he would've most likely been killed had he stayed, [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons directly in the bombing or by subsequent radiation exposure]], doesn't occur to him… though somewhat understandably, as Japanese before the bombing had no reference point for atomic warfare.

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** That he would've most likely been killed had he stayed, [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons [[UsefulNotes/TheDeadliestMushroom directly in the bombing or by subsequent radiation exposure]], doesn't occur to him… though somewhat understandably, as Japanese before the bombing had no reference point for atomic warfare.
19th Mar '16 7:26:56 PM Bicorn
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* AsianRuneChant: Used by kirin for taming youma.

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* AsianRuneChant: Used The ''kuji-kiri'' version is used by kirin for taming youma.
22nd Feb '16 9:37:21 AM Ciara25
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: It takes a while, but Rakushun is the first one to really get through to Shoukei about how ignorant and immature her mindset is – if in a milder fashion than is usual for such speeches – pointing out the accomplishments and duties of the children of other rulers compared with her own pampered, spoiled existence before her father was killed. Her life of privilege meant she should have done more than just stay in the luxury of the palace and pay no heed to all the horrible things her parents were doing to the people of their country. He also points out how embarrassing it is that he, a peasant from practically the other side of the world, knows more about the state of Shoukei's country than she does.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: It takes a while, but Rakushun is the first one to really get through to Shoukei about how ignorant and immature her mindset is – if in a milder fashion than is usual for such speeches – pointing out speeches. He brings up the accomplishments and duties of the children of other rulers rulers, such as being involved in governing their respective countries or running hospitals, compared with her own pampered, spoiled existence before her father was killed. Her killed; her life of privilege meant she should have done more than just stay in the luxury of the palace and pay no heed to all the horrible things her parents were doing to the people of their country. He also points out how embarrassing it is that he, a peasant from practically the other side of the world, knows more about the state of Shoukei's country than she does.
9th Feb '16 9:51:13 PM Bicorn
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* AsianRuneChant: Used by kirin for taming youma.
27th Jan '16 10:57:54 PM Prfnoff
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''The Twelve Kingdoms'' is a series of {{Light Novel}}s by Fuyumi Ono, which were [[AnimatedAdaptation adapted into an anime]] that aired on NHK in 2002-3.

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''The Twelve Kingdoms'' is a series of {{Light Novel}}s by Fuyumi Ono, which were [[AnimatedAdaptation adapted into an anime]] by Creator/StudioPierrot that aired on NHK Creator/{{NHK}} in 2002-3.
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