The Twelve Kingdoms

Season 2 Episode 6

Final Chapter

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Final Chapter

The episode opens back in Japan. Sugimoto is talking to Kaname in a library. Later that night his brother, Suguru, sees Sugimoto and confirms with her about the strange things that happen around Kaname. Back to Youka's story, Gyousou is disturbed at the fact that Taiki seems disappointed in him somehow ever since he became a king. Youka tries to re assure Taiki that Gyousou will be a good king. In Japan, Kaname is being hassled by his art teacher. Back to Youka's story, Taiki is being questioned by Gyousou. He wonders why Taiki disapproves of him. Taiki won't speak of it. As Taiki leaves the room he finds Keiki. Keiki came to congratulate him but Taiki tells him the story of how he did not receive a revelation when he chose the king. Keiki says its best if he leaves. Taiki begins to cry. The next day Gyousou and Taiki get summoned to see Keiki. He sits in a room with King En and Enki. King En says he must show respect and bow, Taiki tries but for some reason he can't bow. Everyone thinks he is being disrespectful, Taiki keeps trying. King En gets up and pushes on Taiki's head commanding him to bow. Enki pushes King En out of the way and tells him to take it easy on him. They reveal to Taiki that it was all a test to show him that a kirin cannot bow to just anyone. They can only bow to the rightful king. Releaved.. Taiki looks up at Gyousou. Turns out Taiki's fear of Gyousou in the beginning was actually the revelation he needed to feel, he just didn't know it. Taiki is so happy that he didn't make a mistake. Now that Youka's story is over. Youko and Keiki leave to complete Youko's last stage in becoming a queen. In Japan, the art teacher that hassled Kaname has been killed in a car crash. That night Sugimoto goes to talk to Kaname, he says he doesn't know what happened to the teacher. Knowing that this is more of the "strange events" that seems to happen around him she asks him why he left the Twelve Kingdoms. He doesn't remember.. But he feels like he broke a promise and that he forgot something very important... And it can never be undone.

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  • Taiki felt like he chose the wrong king.

    9.5
    At first I thought that Taiki chose the wrong king too, I thought that he only chose Gyousou because he liked him, not because he was worthy. Now, the more I think about it, the more I get confused. If you read the novel, you'll know that the Sign isn't only the Light or the Aura, it can also be a strong feeling. In the novel, Taiki did admit that the day Gyousou came to the mountain, he did feel that something scary coming from the gate that Gyousou entered. Plus,he felt happy when he saw Gyousou and felt sad when Gyousou wasn't around. Isn't this the Sign?

    Until now, I'm still not sure if he chose the wrong king or if he THOUGHT that he chose the wrong king.moreless
  • Abrupt endings...Why!?

    8.2
    Even though he finally chose a king that everyone agrees upon, Taiki is rather displeased and worried about something. He hasn't shown any signs of happiness since choosing Gyousou as the next ruler for Tei. The only thing that's been running through his mind is when the Gods will punish him for not being the king they chose. Keiki, like promised, congradulated Taiki, but Taiki just fell down crying, telling him how he received no revelation at all. Keiki comes back the next day with Enki and King En. King En tells Taiki to bow down in front of him, but he's unable to. No matter how hard he tried, he just couldn't do it. Everyone in the room reassures Taiki that it's because a kirin can only bow down to their respected king. Taiki made the right choice after all. Back in Japan, Kaname's art teacher died a mysterious death. Earlier in the episode, the art teacher lectured Kaname, which seemed to be the cause of his death.



    I really didn't like how this wonderful arc ended. First, it ended by asking even more questions. When an arc ends, it usually answers questions rather than ask them, unless there's another arc related to it in the future. But from what I see, anime wise, it doesn't really touch upon Taiki and his issue again. Really disappointing. However, it was still a pretty good episode overall, despite a rather anti-climatic ending for most. The whole build up before they confirmed Gyousou to be the true King of Tei felt like there was going to be much more instored. I'm still wondering why Taiki appeared back in Japan after one entire year, completely forgetting his adventures in The Twelve Kingdoms. Sure he did want to go back, but they could have elaborated more on this.moreless
Mela Lee

Mela Lee

Rangyoku

Guest Star

Tony Oliver

Tony Oliver

Suguru Takasato

Guest Star

Dave Mallow

Dave Mallow

Ikuta

Guest Star

Barbara Goodson

Barbara Goodson

Lady Gyokuyou

Recurring Role

Kari Wahlgren

Kari Wahlgren

Youka

Recurring Role

Terry Sutton

Terry Sutton

Taiki

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When King En pays a visit to King Tai, Chris Kent, the English voice actor for the King of Tai, tells Taiki that King En has reigned even longer than King Sou. In fact, King En has ruled for 500 years while King Sou has ruled for 600 years. The subtitles say, "the reign of King En is second to only that of King Sou."

      However, this could be a clue to the English audience as to what is about to happen.

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  • NOTES (4)

    • In the novel, Keiki explained to Taiki that since Tai's weather was cold, crops never grew well. However, Tai had several jewel springs that would cause any planted gems (Gyoku) to grow into larger gems. Tai also had gold and silver springs that worked in the same way. However due to the extravagance of the former King of Tai, most people had not benefited from this wealth. The country was nearly bankrupt, and there were constant civil wars.

      When Gyoso became King, he decided to reverse this by reducing the number of servants at the palace to a bare minimum, closing parts of the palace that were not used, and firing most of the musicians (the former king had them in every chamber, each playing a different tune).

    • From the later issues of the novel, the tale continues with all the living Emperors and Empresses getting together to try to retrieve Taiki.

    • As shown in this episode, a kirin can only bow to the rightful king. Therefore, there is no possibly way for someone to get a kirin to bow to them unwillingly (as Goson was trying to do with Taiki).

    • Last appearance of Sugimoto.

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