Nakajima Youko is your average somewhat timid high school student. One day, a strange man named Keiki appears before her, swearing allegiance. Before she could properly register what was happening, demon-like creatures attack Youko and her friends, after which they are pulled into a different world. A world unlike what she has ever known. Separated from Keiki, Youko and her friends must do whatever they can if they wish to survive in this new world.
Runtime: 25 minutes
Juuni Kokuki - The Twelve Kingdoms - Netflix
The Twelve Kingdoms (十二国記, Jūni Kokuki, also known as “Record of 12 Countries” or “Jūni Kokki”) is a Japanese series of fantasy novels written by Fuyumi Ono and illustrated by Akihiro Yamada. The first entry in the series called “The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow” was published by Kodansha in Japan in 1992; the last Kodansha volume was released in 2001. In 2012 the series was resumed under the Shinchō Bunko line from Shinchosha. Shinchosha has also begun reprinting the older volumes with new cover and interior art from Akihiro Yamada. The Chinese mythology-influenced books were adapted into an anime television series by Pierrot in 2002. It aired on Japan's NHK from April 9, 2002 to August 30, 2003, and totaled 45 episodes. The novels were licensed in the United States by Tokyopop and the first four volumes were released between March 2007 and November 2010 as part of their Pop Fiction line. Subsequently, the English license reverted to Kodansha. The entire anime series has been released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States by Media Blasters.
Juuni Kokuki - Music - Netflix
Ending Theme - “Getsumei-Fuuei” Lyrics by Keiko Kitagawa Composed and arranged by Tomohiko Kira Performed by Mika Arisaka
Other music in the series was composed and arranged by Kunihiko Ryo. Kunihiko Ryo's instrumental opening theme “Jūni Genmukyoku” has been praised for its “sweeping score” that suits “the high fantasy series very well.” The end of the song has also been praised for having an “exciting” sound similar to later “swashbuckling main themes” for the Pirates of the Caribbean (2003-2011) film soundtracks and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006) video game soundtrack.
Opening Theme - “Juunigenmukyoku” Composed and arranged by Kunihiko Ryo
Juuni Kokuki - References - Netflix