History LightNovel / TheTwelveKingdoms

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.
4th Oct '15 5:51:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* 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 [[AmericaWinsTheWar 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.

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* 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 [[AmericaWinsTheWar [[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.
16th Sep '15 9:04:50 PM Soufriere
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''The Twelve Kingdoms'' is a series of {{Light Novel}}s by Fuyumi Ono, which was [[AnimatedAdaptation made into an anime]] in 2002.

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



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.

The anime is broken into {{Story Arc}}s, based on the novels and short stories. The first thirteen episodes deal with Youko's arrival in the kingdoms, with episode 11 featuring Enki's backstory from the third novel. Episode 14 is largely recap, arguably useful in this case. Episodes 15-20 are a compression of 1½ other novels – Taiki's coming to the kingdoms, plus a truncated version of ''Demon Child'' – Taiki as an amnesiac in Japan. Then comes a short story episode and sixteen episodes for the second Youko novel, followed by another short story episode. Episodes 40-44 squeeze in the rest of the En novel followed by yet another recap – of those four episodes. The anime stopped there, though there's one more Youko & Taiki-centric novel and a Kyou novel that remain unadapted.

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At first it bears a resemblance to ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. It has similar premise tropes (notably – notably OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, TheChosenOne, and TrappedInAnotherWorld) 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.

The anime is broken into {{Story Arc}}s, based on the novels and short stories. The first thirteen episodes deal with Youko's arrival in the kingdoms, kingdoms from the first novel, with episode 11 featuring Enki's backstory from the third novel. Episode 14 is largely recap, arguably useful in this case. Episodes 15-20 are a compression of 1½ other novels – Taiki's coming to the kingdoms, plus a truncated version of ''Demon Child'' – Taiki (Taiki as an amnesiac in Japan.Japan). Then comes a short story episode and sixteen episodes for the second Youko novel, followed by another short story episode. Episodes 40-44 squeeze in the rest of the En novel followed by yet another recap – recap… of those four episodes. The anime stopped there, though there's one more Youko & Taiki-centric novel and a Kyou novel that remain unadapted.



The anime was released in North America by Media Blasters in 2004. The first four novels were translated into English and published by {{Tokyopop}}, though the adaptation (especially of the fourth book) has a few issues. Both are out of print. Interestingly, the respective translations of the two media are wildly different, with different spelling conventions for nearly every single person/place/thing in the series.

Not to be confused with ''TheTenthKingdom, [[SevenKingdoms Seven Kingdoms]], [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms The Three Kingdoms]],'' or the trope [[TheKingdom The Kingdom]].

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The anime was released in North America by Media Blasters in 2004. The first four novels were translated into English and published by {{Tokyopop}}, Creator/{{Tokyopop}}, though the adaptation (especially of the fourth book) has a few issues. Both are out of print. Interestingly, the respective translations of the two media are wildly different, with different spelling conventions for nearly every single person/place/thing in the series.

Not to be confused with ''TheTenthKingdom, [[SevenKingdoms Seven Kingdoms]], [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'', ''VideoGame/SevenKingdoms'', ''[[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms The Three Kingdoms]],'' Kingdoms]]'', or the trope [[TheKingdom The Kingdom]].
TheKingdom.



* AdaptationExpansion: Asano and Yuka were anime-only characters, added to the story to help externalize Youko's struggles (Yuka did exist in the novels, but was just a minor character; she was Youko's classmate, and never managed to get in the Twelve Kingdoms with her).

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* AdaptationExpansion: Asano and Yuka were anime-only characters, added to the story to help externalize Youko's struggles (Yuka struggles. Well, Yuka did exist in the original novels, but was just a minor character; she was Youko's classmate, classmate and never managed to get in the Twelve Kingdoms with her).her.



* 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 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 [[AmericaWinsTheWar ending the war against Japan]] by [[NuclearOption nuking his hometown]]. Upon hearing this news, he loses it and sells out the heroes 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 Japan went on to recover and become an economic power, while he spent a miserable 50+ years in Kou).
** 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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* 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.
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* 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 [[AmericaWinsTheWar ending the war war]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII against Japan]] by [[NuclearOption nuking his hometown]]. Upon hearing this news, he loses it and sells out the heroes Youko to the local authorities (specifically, authorities. Specifically, he goes berserk not because of his hometown being nuked 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 an a major economic power, while he spent a miserable 50+ years in Kou).
Kou.
** 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...him… though somewhat understandably, as Japanese before the bombing had no reference point for atomic warfare.



* AudibleSharpness: Not that badly done, however. The sound Youko's sword makes when being unsheathed most closely resembles metal raking quickly against metal, rather than anything more high-pitched.

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* AudibleSharpness: Not that badly done, however.though. The sound Youko's sword makes when being unsheathed most closely resembles metal raking quickly against metal, rather than anything more high-pitched.



** 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 judgment, 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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** 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...).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 judgment, 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.



* BigFancyHouse: The royal palaces of the kingdoms are [[strike:impressive]] practically stupefying. They're built on their own, often sheer-face mountains and have thousands of staff members. But to be fair, they are thousands of years old, were built with the approval and possible indirect aid of the gods themselves, and can potentially retain the same occupants forever.

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* BigFancyHouse: The royal palaces of the kingdoms are [[strike:impressive]] practically stupefying. They're built on their own, often sheer-face sheer-face, mountains and have thousands of staff members. But to be fair, they are thousands of years old, were built with the approval and possible indirect aid of the gods themselves, and can potentially retain the same occupants forever.



* TookALevelInBadass: Nearly every character gets to have a crack at this trope after their CharacterDevelopment, with Youko, Taiki ([[spoiler:when protecting Gyousou from Gouran, and then taking said youma as his servant]]), Suzu and Shoukei being the most notable.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Nearly every character gets to have a crack at this trope after their CharacterDevelopment, with Youko, Taiki ([[spoiler:when [[spoiler:(when protecting Gyousou from Gouran, and then taking said youma as his servant]]), Suzu servant)]], Suzu, and Shoukei being the most notable.



* CharacterDevelopment: Brilliantly done for most of the main characters, especially Suzu (who learns to stand up for herself and others) and Shoukei (who becomes more humble and wiser), but above all Youko (who learns that she cannot hide from her responsabilities ''and'' that she must clear her mind if she wants to live, and later sees that [[spoiler: actually reigning]] requires her to work and fight hard).

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* CharacterDevelopment: Brilliantly done for most of the main characters, especially Suzu (who learns to stand up for herself and others) and Shoukei (who becomes more humble and wiser), but above all Youko (who learns that she cannot hide from her responsabilities responsibilities ''and'' that she must clear her mind if she wants to live, and later sees that [[spoiler: actually [[spoiler:actually reigning]] requires her to work and fight hard).



* ComesGreatResponsibility: Each kingdom's monarch has immortal, absolute authority over everything and everyone within its borders, up to and including even what its people, from nobles to peasants, are permitted or denied, or rewarded or punished with, in their individual daily lives. The price the monarchs pay is the cosmic expectation of fair and just rule. If they fail to live up to such, they and their kirin will die.
* 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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* ComesGreatResponsibility: Each kingdom's monarch has immortal, immortal absolute authority over everything and everyone within its their borders, up to and including even what its people, from nobles to peasants, are permitted or denied, denied or rewarded or punished with, in their individual daily lives. The price the monarchs pay is the cosmic expectation of fair and just rule. If they fail to live up to such, they and their kirin will die.
* 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.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.



** There is also the fact that most Monarachs 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: 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.
* 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.]]

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** There is also the fact that most Monarachs 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, ''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 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'' -- ''sport'', but the Queen had no clue that this was happening in her kingdom, 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.
* DefiantStoneThrow: Shoukei does this to try saving a man about to be crucified. Even more meaningful because [[spoiler: this [[spoiler:this got her peasant caretaker's son killed.]] and not to mention [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it lets her meet up with Youko and later with LaResistance.]]



* DramaticWind

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* DramaticWindDramaticWind: Often happens with Youko in the anime, especially when she's fighting. It also happens with most other kirin and their rulers, and Shoukei at least once.



** Rangyoku and Keikei show up for an Infodump at the end of the first arc, several episodes before they become important to the story.



* GenreDeconstruction: The first arc basically destroys TrappedInAnotherWorld story conventions by showing one of the most likely outcome of having a shy, insecure, unprepared teenager dropped into a medieval fantasy war zone -- she or he would ''freak out''.

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* GenreDeconstruction: The first arc basically destroys TrappedInAnotherWorld story conventions by showing one of the most likely outcome of having a shy, insecure, unprepared teenager dropped into a medieval fantasy war zone -- she or he would ''freak out''.



* ImperialChina: The setting of the series. Well, [[{{FantasyCounterpartCulture}} close enough.]]

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* ImperialChina: The setting of the series. Well, [[{{FantasyCounterpartCulture}} [[FantasyCounterpartCulture close enough.]]enough]].



* LadyInWaiting: As this anime involves royal courts, more than one is seen around. [[spoiler: The unfair executions of Princess Shoukei's lady-in-waiting and her mother on false charges of corruption is what leads the nobles of Hou to turn against King Chuutatsu and Queen Kaka, execute them as well as the ''kirin'' Hourin, and to Shoukei becoming a FallenPrincess.]]

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* LadyInWaiting: As this anime involves royal courts, more than one is seen around. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The unfair executions of Princess Shoukei's lady-in-waiting and her mother on false charges of corruption is what leads the nobles of Hou to turn against King Chuutatsu and Queen Kaka, execute executing them as well as the ''kirin'' Hourin, and to Shoukei becoming a FallenPrincess.]]



* NoTimeToExplain: Said by Keiki in his first appearance. Considering what happened to the classroom right after, he may have been right... though if he'd managed to blurt out ''one more sentence'', the plot could have been very different.
* OnlySixFaces: An early plot point in the anime that Youko looks "so different" in the Kingdoms... except she doesn't look wildly different (brighter hair, green eyes, and ''slightly'' more angular features). Then again, considering that the alien language of the Twelve Kingdoms is presented as sounding exactly the same to the viewer (and specifically to Youko's hearing), the physical similarities might simply be a case of trying not to confuse the audience too much.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Youko, Yuka, Asano, Taiki... the list goes on.

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* NoTimeToExplain: Said by Keiki in his first appearance. Considering what happened to the classroom right after, he may have been right... right… though if he'd managed to blurt out ''one more sentence'', the plot could have been very different.
* OnlySixFaces: An early plot point in the anime that Youko looks "so different" in the Kingdoms... Kingdoms… except she doesn't look wildly different (brighter hair, green eyes, orange-y skin, and ''slightly'' more angular features). Then again, considering that the alien language of the Twelve Kingdoms is presented as sounding exactly the same to the viewer (and specifically to Youko's hearing), the physical similarities might simply be a case of trying not to confuse the audience too much.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Youko, Yuka, Asano, Taiki... Taiki… the list goes on.



* PoorCommunicationKills: If [[spoiler: Koukan]]'s friends, who were also friends with Youko, had communicated their reasons for inviting her to their mansion and stockpiling weapons that can kill a sennin, things would have gone VERY differently that arc.
* PoseOfSupplication: ''Kirin'' are only able to bow to their rulers. Their physical inability to bow to anyone else was a plot point in Taiki's first arc, where he was extremely insecure and constantly worried about either bowing in front of the wrong person or not being able to bow in front of someone who deserved it.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: If [[spoiler: Koukan]]'s [[spoiler:Koukan]]'s friends, who were also friends with Youko, had communicated their reasons for inviting her to their mansion and stockpiling weapons that can kill a sennin, sen'nin, things would have gone VERY differently that arc.
* PoseOfSupplication: ''Kirin'' are only able to bow to their rulers. Their physical inability to bow to anyone else was a plot point in Taiki's first arc, where he was extremely insecure and constantly worried about either bowing in front of the wrong person or not being able to bow in front of someone who deserved it.



** Slightly subverted (as is wont for a Deconstruction), in that the "psycho" ''shirei'' are sometimes shown giving pause to and respecting anyone who references some link to a given monarch. [[spoiler:When one of Taiki's ''shirei'', during his second period in Hourai, demand of Yuka whether she's an enemy, she tells them that she is a friend of Queen Kei, i.e. Youko...whereupon the being immediately peacefully withdraws.]]
* 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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** Slightly subverted (as is wont for a Deconstruction), in that the "psycho" ''shirei'' are sometimes shown giving pause to and respecting anyone who references some link to a given monarch. [[spoiler:When one of Taiki's ''shirei'', during his second period in Hourai, demand of Yuka whether she's an enemy, she tells them that she is a friend of Queen Kei, i.e. Youko...Youko… whereupon the being immediately peacefully withdraws.]]
* 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.



* RecapEpisode: Every arc, though it is at least usually accompanied by a framing story. Notably, even the ''series finale'' is a recap episode.

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* RecapEpisode: Every arc, though it is at least usually accompanied by a framing story.story and new animation. Notably, even the ''series finale'' is a recap episode.



*** The rulers in the Twelve Kingdoms are GodEmperor immortals and some manage to govern their kingdoms for centuries. All Chinese emperors are seen as divine beings and the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi wanted to gain immortality so he could govern his kingdom for eternity.

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*** *** The rulers in the Twelve Kingdoms are GodEmperor immortals and some manage to govern their kingdoms for centuries. All Chinese emperors are seen as divine beings and the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi wanted to gain immortality so he could govern his kingdom for eternity.



* TheChainsOfCommanding[=/=]RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: [[{{FisherKing}} Being directly responsible for the welfare of an entire nation]] would make you stressed too.

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* TheChainsOfCommanding[=/=]RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: [[{{FisherKing}} [[FisherKing Being directly responsible for the welfare of an entire nation]] would make you stressed too.



* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Throughout the first arc, Youko is looking for a way to return to Japan. [[spoiler:But, as she is the new queen of Kei, she cannot return home to Japan without dooming Kei to starvation and destruction... and, as her life is now intertwined with Kei's well-being, she would die within a year or two. [[{{IChooseToStay}} Eventually she accepts the responsibility and becomes queen.]]]]

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* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Throughout the first arc, Youko is looking for a way to return to Japan. [[spoiler:But, as she is the new queen of Kei, she cannot return home to Japan without dooming Kei to starvation and destruction... destruction… and, as her life is now intertwined with Kei's well-being, she would die within a year or two. [[{{IChooseToStay}} [[IChooseToStay Eventually she accepts the responsibility and becomes queen.]]]]queen]].]]
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