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A Very Twelve Kingdoms Valentines by YoukaiYume A Very Twelve Kingdoms Valentines by YoukaiYume
WARNING! MASSIVELY LARGE FILE IS MASSIVELY LARGE! PLEASE FULL VIEW!

Happy Belated Valentine's Day...

Youko/Keiki goodness!

Though I'm not adverse to Shoryu/Youko (obviously here) and Rakushun/Youko. But Keiki is just so darn awkwardly adorable. It always crossed my mind that if Keiki ever did fall in love with Youko, that he'd put himself in this eternal limbo of duty and want.

And for those who don't know, White Day is celebrated in Japan on March 14th. One month after Valentine's Day. People would give "thank you" gifts to their admirers who gave them stuff for Valentine's.

Usually girls gift boys Chocolates in February, and Boys would respond in March.

So this was... unexpected for me. I'm pretty sure Twelve Kingdoms is a rather obscure anime itself and most people won't get what's going on. You're missing out, btw, it's a fantastic anime. But I did it on a whim and I always remind myself that I do artwork for me, and not for others.

SO this is a result of me wanting to do more 12K Art, not having time or inspiration, and all of a sudden KABLOOWIE! It was meant to be short, but somehow I just kept tacking on panels and panels and now it's about the equivalent length of about 7-10 pages of doujinshi. Done at work in the expanse of a week during free time. Uh. Enjoy.

This series is sort of old, but WATCH IT IF YOU HAVEN'T! Or read the novels :)

p.s. The anime can be pretty hard to sit through the first couple of episodes, mainly because everyone is so darn unlikeable. But it's meant to be about character growth and OMG the best character development ever. I love it.
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:icondudeisodumb:
Wow, this is really good I really like it! So cute! :tighthug:
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deidara1444 Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute storry! ^^
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:iconaik13:
Ahh, hahaha, this brings me memories. 
I wish they would continue the anime... :C
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:iconauragonbunny:
Cute! Though... why the hell am I now imagining a crossover between 12 Kingdoms and The Legend of Drizzt?
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UHM-Fish-Doctor Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw it's so sweet, it's giving me a toothache. :P 
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:icondeadturtle1:
Amazing! I love it!
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:iconsealdorie:
12K has been by far my favorite anime of all time for years now. I've always fancied the idea of a Youko/Keiki pairing since Youko has always seemed like the type of character to end up in a situation like that. After all she's always pushing the bar and surprising people. I do agree that Keiki would probably be stuck in limbo for quite some time over such a situation, but it would be amusing to watch him get through it
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:iconwhiskeyii:
There's an old bookstore that has the complete collection of this in stock. Thanks to this, I think I'll go pick it up! ;)
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:iconlumo-chan-223:
You portrayed Keiki very well, especially with the angst over his old queen and the confusion he feels regarding Yoko!
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:iconsiren-blue-cat:
Great!! I love Keiki
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