Posts tagged 12 kingdoms
Posts tagged 12 kingdoms
The twelve kingdoms - Juuni kokki
Shadow of the moon, the sea of shadow - Chapter one/thirteen
"I live a more extravagant life than these people because
I carry greater responsibilities. If I ever ignored them,
I'd be beheaded. How am I supposed to sympathize with a
spoiled child who runs away from cleaning and working on
the fields because it's too difficult? It's insulting to
people who do that 'difficult' work properly!"
This is the one I want you to cosplay Xandramon. *cackle*
1. The Twelve Kingdoms: Aside from the fact that it’s about a girl who gets transported to a magical world where there are magical unicorns who turn into people running around proclaiming rulers chosen by gods, it’s an incredibly believeable world. You can see how the place is run, you see people doing their everyday normal jobs, selling folk out as prostitutes or having a rebellion for the good of the country. The characters are what make it for me. It’s probably the only anime where I feel that the main character actually has honest and believable development, in a positive direction. Sure, she slides back a bit at one point, but she realises and works to make herself a better person. I love the designs, the animation, the characters (again), the concepts. Pretty much everything about it. The one thing that could be improved on? How it finished in the middle of an arc because the rest of the books aren’t finished!
2. Death Note: A Lawful Good honour student who gets corrupted by his god complex? What isn’t to love? Also, magic. Seriously though, the reason I love this so much is the complex games played by Light and L. I love detective shows/books, and it was something new for me to see it from the side of the antagonist. Light’s mentality is fascinating to me, and it is awesome to see the slow descent into madness. About the anime specifically though, I love the voice acting (Japanese). For me, it has hands down the best voice acting I’ve heard. I wasn’t a particular fan of the direction it went when they introduced Near and Mello, however, but not because “OMG L DIED NOOO” but because I didn’t think they were as interesting rivals for Light, and Near was so much like L that I was just like “Really? You couldn’t have done something different there?”
3. Yu Yu Hakusho: Perhaps not the pinnacle of storytelling, but it’s probably my most watched anime. It’s a fun show, with a nice range of enemies from super-smart to nothing-but-brawn. A few heart wrenching deaths (few of which are permanent, but hey), interesting battles, and a wide range of characters. Possibly because of the characters I normally like, it’s refreshing to enjoy a main character who is completely useless in anything but a fight. Sure, he has street smarts, but certainly no other kind. Seriously, I wouldn’t be sure that Yusuke could point to Australia on a map. Probably my only criticism is that it’s a little predictable, but hey, it’s a fighting anime that I started watching because the main character dies in the first episode. Doesn’t bother me too much.
Look at Keiki’s cunning disguise!
TINY KEIKI! He’s so adorable! :D
Sorry, I just had to. I’m finally reading volume 6 translated by Eugene Woodbury. I printed it all out, so I’m enjoying it on paper which is so much better than reading on a screen.
And this is essentially their relationship.
Have I mentioned how much I love these books/anime?
I love Youko and Keiki… Now I want to watch/read this again…
This is the best.
I don’t need a scabbard to sheathe my mind.
FAVORITE FEMALE CHARACTER GROWTH ARC:
NAKAJIMA YOUKO FROM TWELVE KINGDOMS
Youko from Twelve Kingdoms has a painful journey. It’s difficult to watch sometimes. Her emotion is so raw, and she starts out rather unlikable. She’s almost uncomfortably human, insecure and prone to reacting in an immature manner. She’s a pushover and she lets people walk all over her. She’s not lead character material, because she’s plainly a bit pathetic.
That’s the point though.
Youko goes through the best character arc I’ve ever seen in any anime/manga and one of the best I’ve seen in any form of media period. Yes, she becomes badass, tough as nails, kind, compassionate, and strong-hearted. But this is all totally believable. Youko faces all of her flaws, all her fears, and she suffers. And it HURTS to watch, it really does. Because it is just so real, and the series digs so deep into her heart and mind that you feel what she’s feeling and that you grow with her as she faces her greatest demons and matures into not only a wonderful girl, but an amazing leader.
To add to that Youko isn’t the only female character with an awesome character arc in the series. The third arc of the anime in fact features TWO other amazing lady arcs; Shoukei, the disgraced princess of Hou, and Suzu, a servant girl suffering from abuse.
Because giant crystals on top of a mountain palace overlooking the literal sea of clouds. With unicorn people.