The Twelve Kingdoms
Anime · Adventure
A high school student is approached by a stranger, claiming he's been searching for her because she is the rightful ruler of his kingdom.
S01:E23 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn (Pt. 1)
The kaikyaku Suzu has lived as a slave to the harsh Lady Riyou for 100 years. After her father, the cruel King of Hou, is executed, Shoukei loses her immortality and is cast out. Youko prepares for her coronation.
S01:E26 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn (Pt. 4)
Suzu escapes to Sai, and is made welcome. For her own protection, Shoukei is exiled to Kyou. Youko takes control - but her decisions may not be the best or wisest.
S01:E28 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn (Pt. 6)
As Youko travels through Kei, learning the realities of the kingdom, Shoukei escapes Kyou, intent on taking the Queen of Kei's place and regaining her own kingdom. Asano sneaks onto the ship carrying Suzu to Kei.
S01:E29 - A Great Distance in the Wind, The Sky at Dawn (Pt. 7)
Wise old Enho teaches Youko about the basics of ruling the kingdom. Shoukei is caught and imprisoned for stealing from Queen Kyou. Asano proves himself less than perfectly sane.
S01:E30 - A Great Distance in the Wind, The Sky at Dawn (Pt. 8)
Shoukei bribes her way free and she and Rakushun set off to find Youko. Suza, Asano and young orphan Seishuu arrive in Kei and Suzu unknowingly meets Youko under tragic circumstances.
S01:E31 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn: Reminiscence Chapter
Rakushun explains how the world of the 12 kingdoms works to Shoukei, which starts to change her whole attitude. Asano is tempted to join the mysterious and ruthless Shoukou.
S01:E32 - A Great Distance in the Wind, The Sky at Dawn (Pt. 9)
Believing Youko to be responsible for the death of Seishuu, Suzu arms herself and determines to face her. Shoukei heads for Wa Province, not knowing the offer of work and a place to stay for refugees is from the evil Shoukou.
S01:E33 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn (Pt. 10)
Suzu joins the resistance against Shoukou. Shoukei is unknowingly saved by Youko when she nearly gives herself away. Shoukou tasks Asano with finding Youko, since he knows what she looks like.
S01:E35 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn (Pt. 12)
Suzu and Shoukei finally connect and find they have the same objectives. Still in disguise and seeking Enho, who has been abducted by Shoukou, Youko meets the two young women and the resistance at an inn.
S01:E36 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn (Pt. 13)
The fighting begins, with the resistance proving itself tactically brilliant. Shoukou finds himself under siege and in considerable danger.
S01:E39 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn: The Final Chapter
Queen Kei, having learned much about her world, her kingdom, and most of all her people, takes her rightful place, on the throne and in control. Her first order is to rescind the rule of prostration except on official or formal occasions.
S01:E40 - Ally of the Moon
Queen Kei sends a wise messenger to Gekkei, who has been ruling Hou after killing its king but refusing to take the title. Kei and Rakushun follow King En to Mt Shou, where he goes on a mysterious pilgrimage every year.
S01:E41 - Sea God of the East, Azure Sea of the West (Pt. 1)
En starts to tell Kei and Rakushun a story about his early years as king, when Enki was kidnapped to force him to act like a true ruler by Kouya, who he'd met as an orphan child who'd been taken in and raised by a youma.
S01:E42 - Sea God of the East, Azure Sea of the West (Pt. 2)
Showing surprising astuteness and wisdom, En starts to do what is needed at the same time as advancing to Gen Province to rescue Enki. Lady Ribi, En's insider imprisoned with Enki, tries to help him escape.
S01:E43 - Sea God of the East, Azure Sea of the West (Pt. 3)
Trying to escape, Enji finds Atsuyu's father imprisoned and starving - though unable to die as he's an immortal sen-nin - by his own usurping son, and realises that his trust in Atsuyu is misplaced.