Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Twelve Kingdoms - Chapter 3 - Coup|
Actors: Mari Devon, Kate Davis, Houko Kuwashima, Mela Lee, Tomoko Kawakami
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
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Changes and New Beginnings
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 12/26/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This set of episodes complete a story arc - the accession of Youko Nakajima to the throne of Kei. There are quite a few roadblocks in her path, the worst of which is her own reluctance to believe in her own capabilities. As I mentioned in my review of the first episodes, Youko's insecurities and need for approval are her own worst enemy, and very nearly ruined the story for me. But she has grown considerably. So much so that Yuka Sugimoto, her close friend when she was in Japan and her enemy in the lands of the 12 Kingdoms, suddenly sees why it is Youko and not Yuka that should be the queen of Kei. That, and the very good advice provided by Rakashun, her rat man companion, finally lead Youko to set about claiming her throne from the imposter who currently holds it - and freeing Keiki, her Taiho as well.And so, with the aid of Shouryuu, the King of En, the final stanzas of this phase come to an end. But have no fear, this is only the first chapter in a story which currently stretches over 45 episodes in Japan. After a rocky start, and the daunting complexities of a world that was created with the same level of complexity as Tolkein's, the series has finally reached a level of maturity that makes it worth watching.I'm not sure why the series has been rated 13 and up. There is a minimum of violence, and no profanity to speak of in the episodes so far. In many ways it deals with issues of self-definition and the nature of responsibility that are important at any age. And as is the case with Rakashun, cultural diversity and prejudice are also explored. Which, to me, makes this an excellent family film.In any case, I urge the potential watcher to avoid judging the series based on the initial episodes. As this DVD proves, Twelve Kingdoms has quite a bit to offer."
Fantasy anime at its finest
Hans | Coronado, CA | 01/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Twelve Kingdoms represents a singularly brilliant accomplishment in the world of anime. Incredibly addictive and wonderfully crafted, this is unequivocally the best anime series I've seen.
I can make this assertion with conviction, as I've watched all 45 episodes of the Japanese language version of 12K. (And I couldn't wait to purchase the English language releases!) The story of the Twelve Kingdoms evolves beautifully, maturing into a surpassing fantasy epic that stands head and shoulders above the overwhelming majority of anime series. Similarly, Youko, the show's protagonist, ultimately develops into one of the greatest and most compelling heroines in anime history.Twelve Kingdoms, Grave Of The Fireflies and the Ruruoni Kenshin/Samurai X Trust and Betrayal OVAs are now the touchstones by which I judge other anime works. Stick with this fascinating saga to its conclusion and you'll be immensely rewarded!"
One of the Best Animes I've Ever Seen
Akira | USA | 02/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With the third volume of the Twelve Kingdoms, the first arc comes to a close. I was very excited to get this volume after seeing the events of disc 2. With this volume Youko decides to face her destiny but she is now blocked by Sugimoto and King Kou. The outcome of this confrontation will decide these three individuals fate. What I really like about this series is how well they reveal to the viewer the motivations of the characters all while keeping the story interesting. This series has instantly become a favorite of mind and I recommend this series to all anime fans."