Fantasy Novel Series The Twelve Kingdoms Celebrates 30th Anniversary

19.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME

September 25 this year will mark 30 years since the debut of Fuyumi Ono’s fantasy novel series The Twelve Kingdoms. To celebrate, bookstores across Japan will begin the ‘The Twelve Kingdoms 30th Anniversary Fair’ at the end of September.

 

 

30th anniversary pin

30th anniversary pin

Map of The Twelve Kingdoms

 

The first entry in the novel series, The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow, was published by Kodansha in Japan in 1992. The series continues to be enjoyed in Japan 30 years later, with over 12 million copies in circulation. A 45-episode anime series also aired between 2002-2003.

 

As part of the fair, fans can get their hands on exclusive anniversary pins featuring new chibi illustrations of the characters drawn by Akihiro Yamada, the original illustrator of the series. There are 10 pins available at different stores. A collection of stamps will also be released on the Japanese messaging service LINE. Other events surrounding the fair are planned to take place too and will be revealed throughout the year.

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    Synopsis

     

    The Last Dance of the Time Keepers

    Isumi Kominato, a high-school freshman, moves to Tokyo from Kochi Prefecture and forms a new dance unit with her classmates. Behind the scenes, however, strange things are happening–power outages, disappearances, amnesia? Isumi, Aoi, Konatsu, Asahi, and Saki must use the power of dance to help return the world to normal. 

     

     

    Home on the Night of the Star Festival

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