History LightNovel / TheTwelveKingdoms

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.
4th Jan '16 11:55:06 AM Generality
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* StaringDownCthulhu: Kirin actually use staring to earn the respect of youma. It's an all-or-nothing contest: if the Kirin wins, the youma serves him for the rest of his life; if not, he gets eaten.
3rd Jan '16 4:12:09 PM aye_amber
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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.

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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.
21st Nov '15 4:46:04 PM mindstalk
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** Nonetheless, Enki, a spiritual agent of the divine monarchy, suggests democracy as an alternative...



** I think the monkey was the spirit of the scabbard, which helped a ruler control the sword. But she'd lost the scabbard, [[spoiler: and finds it again after she kills the monkey.]]



** Men of all class backgrounds are allowed to gain a position in the government by passing difficult tests. This is just like in ancient China, the Imperial Examination was used to choose government officials.

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** Men People of all class backgrounds are allowed to gain a position in the government by passing difficult tests. This is just like in ancient China, where the Imperial Examination was used to choose government officials.officials, though the Kingdoms are a lot more gender-equal.



* SketchySuccessor: Subverted as the next king is not necessarily the son/daughter of the previous king, but rather has to be chosen by the Kirin each time the previous one dies, as the fact that they are given nigh-immortality when they become kings/queens means that the king will live forever as long as they don't screw things up, so usually they don't have to worry about who'll be the successor for a few centuries. However, as the last ''three'' of Youko's predecessors (all queens, in turn) ruled for comparatively short periods before falling, in comparison to En-Ou who has ruled for more than five centuries, great uncertainty continually exists as to whether new monarchs will find and maintain the strength to live up to their callings.

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* SketchySuccessor: Subverted as the next king is not necessarily the son/daughter of the previous king, king (in fact, is required to not be closely related), but rather has to be chosen by the Kirin each time the previous one dies, as the fact that they are given nigh-immortality when they become kings/queens means that the king will live forever as long as they don't screw things up, so usually they don't have to worry about who'll be the successor for a few centuries. However, as the last ''three'' of Youko's predecessors (all queens, in turn) ruled for comparatively short periods before falling, in comparison to En-Ou who has ruled for more than five centuries, great uncertainty continually exists as to whether new monarchs will find and maintain the strength to live up to their callings.


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** The fact that there seems to be only one language spoken in the kingdoms makes the translation power a bit odd. Unless you meet a kaikyaku or taika from Earth it won't come up much.
21st Nov '15 4:30:50 PM mindstalk
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* 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]]. 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.

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* 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]].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.


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** 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.
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