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The Twelve Kingdoms, Part 1: Shadow of the Moon, The Sea of Shadow [Blu-ray]


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  • Directors: Tsuneo Kobayashi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Media Blasters
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004WSA47U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Our story begins with the everyday life of Youko
Nakajima, a Japanese girl who covers her
beautiful red hair to keep from standing out.
Upon being confronted by a mysterious stranger,
she is pulled into another world and abandoned
on foreign shores with two of her classmates. Her
epic journey continues to the Kingdom of Kei on
a perilous road of espionage, terror, and betrayal.
The mystic world of The Twelve Kingdoms assails
her with one savage challenge after another. Will
Youko have the courage to embrace her destiny?

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Out of a thousand anime series watched, this one has come through as the very best of its genre!
Sebastien Bilodeau
Concerning the show, I personally love the Chinese themes from its beautiful scores to Chinese mythology on kingship that govern the fantasy world Youko enters.
Andrew F.
If you like fast action, bright colors and cute love stories, don't watch this anime, but this anime has so much more to offer than all that.
E. Bradford

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on September 18, 2011
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This is an amazing anime that I would recommend to anyone. I already own this whole series on DVD (the original 10 individual DVD releases), but I love it so much I decided to buy it on blu-ray too. The picture and sound quality of this blu-ray release is great, so I do plan to buy the rest of the blu-ray releases for this series. I have only ever watched this series in Japanese with English subtitles (I watched this blu-ray release in Japanese DTS-HD 5.1 with English subtitles), so I cannot say what the English dub version is like. This release contains the first 14 episodes on 3 discs (there are 45 episodes total in this series), textless opening and closing, and pilot film. I know this product review is short, but I hope it helps anyone thinking of buying it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew F. on October 10, 2011
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Full disclosure: I love The Twelve Kingdoms and already own the complete DVD set.

This first set comes with the the beginning 15 episodes of the Twelve Kingdoms and perfectly end the first arc of the story, so if this is your first time watching the show it's a perfect introduction. Concerning the show, I personally love the Chinese themes from its beautiful scores to Chinese mythology on kingship that govern the fantasy world Youko enters. The blu-ray set has 5.1 audio and each disc (3 in the set) comes with a small bit of extra content. For instant comparison to the DVD release just watch the text-less opening (which is DVD quality) first, then begin to watch the show and wonder over the richness of the color and crispness of picture.

For a fan like me this was an immediate buy just as every subsequent blu-ray volume to come. However if you have yet to see this show, as someone who has watched hundreds of anime, few rival the Twelve Kingdoms for the content, attention to detail, and sheer complexity of the world. This is a show you can watch multiple times and still learn something new. A word of caution though, there are many terms for characters or sections of the world that aren't immediately explained, just trust that all the answers will come and the viewers confusion or wonder is meant to mirror Youko's as she ventures into this very different, but very relatable world. I hope you will enjoy this show as much as I have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Bradford on June 16, 2013
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If you like fast action, bright colors and cute love stories, don't watch this anime, but this anime has so much more to offer than all that. On the first set (there are two other box sets), the story begins rather slowly and the Protagonist is extremely whinny. The first time I saw this (it was a while ago, I just wanted to get the blu-ray), I almost didn't watch past the first episode; I couldn't stand the protagonist and the back story was just so much to take in while trying to figure out what exactly was going on. It's starts to pick up a storyline around episode 7 and the protagonist stops being so needy.

Needless to say, just have patience and watch the full anime; it's a great story with beautiful music and animation. I can watch it in both English and Japanese and both offer really great voice actors that help to pull your emotions in with the storyline.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Couvert on November 16, 2013
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It is an incredible product. The story is impressive and the quality of the Blu-ray is superb. One thing you must know before buying it. Because it is an old series, the aspect of the video is 4:3 no 16:9 or 16:10. If that does not bother you (like me) it is a superb addition to your collection. The image quality is incredible and the dub in English is quite good. As a fan of anime, if you haven’t bought this series, what are you waiting for… do it.
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