The Twelve Kingdoms

Season 3 Episode 1

A Great Distance In The Wind, The Sky At Dawn - Chapter One

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A Great Distance In The Wind, The Sky At Dawn - Chapter One
The episode opens with a girl named Suzu being escorted to a new family to live with. A storm begins and Suzu slips down a hill into a raging river.. When she awoke she was in the world of the Twelve Kingdoms. Not being able to understand the lanquage.. She was forced into slavery. One day while performing a show for a high ranking woman.. She noticed this woman spoke her lanquage. She begged her to take her with her and that she would do anything. The woman's name was Riyou and she accepted her but with a evil look on her face. Riyou takes her to palace and makes her an official senin, which means she cannot age and will be able to speak the lanquage. She puts her to work and it is then that Suzu realizes she made a poor choice by coming here. In a different kingdom we meet a girl who is the daughter of a king. Her name was Shoukei. Her father has been killing people for petty reasons. Enraged, the lord of Kei attacked the palace and killed Shoukei's mother and father right before her eyes. He also slays the kings kirin. He makes Shoukei become a normal person and to go live with a family in the village. Shoukei would rather die then live that life.. But they deny her death. She is then forced to live as a commoner. Back to Suzu, Riyou is leaving a trip. She gives extra chores to Suzu. Suzu is deeply depressed that she must get picked on like this. Hearing about how the kirin of Tai has been found and came from Japan.. Suzu goes to see Taiki, only to be turned away. Back to the present day. Youko is having nightmares of Azuru again. He shows her an image of Asano with a gun looking unstable. Auzuru tells her that she abandened him. She wakes up screaming. She informs Keiki that her sword is showing her illusions again. They deside to give her a new sheeth. Youko then has to go before her people as the queen of Kei. She seems overwhelmed with it.moreless

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  • There's no anime that introduces an arc better than The Twelve Kingdoms.

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    A young girl named Suzu, the same one we've seen begging Taiki to take her back to Japan, is being escorted to Tokyo in order to save her family from a famine. But she slips into a fierce river, and ends up around the sea near Mt. Hou. She traveled with performers for three years, not understanding a single word they've spoke. When they performed for a sen-nin who has no language barriers, Suzu begged she live with her. The mistress brought her in as a slave, and worked her ass off for a hundred years. In the Kingdom of Hou, Shoukei is the daughter of the ruler. She's lived a very luxurious life for thirty years, until the leader of the province of Kei rebelled against the king for establishing atrocious and strict laws that can get any citizen killed for the smallest reasons. The Kei leader turned Shoukei into a normal citizen. Meanwhile, Youko is getting ready for her ceremony.



    There's almost no way at this point, that The Twelve Kingdoms can be anything below spectacular. Every single episode is shown at a great and steady pace, nothing is dragged out or rushed; it's all perfect. I've said it countless times before, but I'm still just astonished at how great and consistent an anime can be. Suzu and Shoukei are two new characters that we have just met, but in the first twenty minutes we've seen them, it's as if we've known them for like five episodes. I still cannot understand how each episode is so great at packing in so much content without rushing it. Yes I've ranted on this issue a lot in previous episodes, but damn it's just so good!



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Jessica Stenius

Jessica Stenius

Keika

Guest Star

Jull Grossman

Jull Grossman

Riyou

Guest Star

Michael Forest

Michael Forest

King Hou

Guest Star

Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton

Seikyou

Recurring Role

Michael McConnohie

Michael McConnohie

Gekkei

Recurring Role

Dave Mallow

Dave Mallow

Shouko

Recurring Role

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