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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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FlyingMarshmallow Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
This really made me smile. What can I say, ever since I finished this anime series I was really depressed it was over... And now I found your Valentine's fanart comics! That was pure joy for me.
Do you intend to make some more? :D Pretty please?

I also though that Keiki is so awkwardly adorable. If those two could make it that would be so cute ^^ (but as you said, I am not opposed to Rakushun/Youko or Shoryu/Youko. Each one of them is adorable in his own way! Besides I've always liked Rakushun. But king En was meant for Rokuta :P )

BTW, since I really can't let go, do you know if the manga is worth reading? Does it tell more of their story than the anime series?
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Sorrowscoldfrost Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
That was cute! I'll have to check out the anime now.
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xPandux Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist
omfg this is just so cute ; w ;
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obasan45 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
This is ... everything that I feel about Keiki's very conflicted feelings for Youko! :icondragoncollapse:
It makes me remember a scene where Keiki told Youko that there are kings/queens that name their kirins out of love for them. Youko's response was something like "Keiki is Keiki" ... and my heart went "awwwwwww" for poor Keiki! ^_^
Thank you so much :blowkiss: for making this! A 12K doujinshi, wow and double wow!
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TammySammy1234 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Is this a show or something?
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YKajitaka Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Yes~!  This is a series called Twelve Kingdoms, or Juuni Kokki.  The original format was as light novels, but it was made into an anime several years ago.  It's the same writer as Ghost Hunt~!  :la:
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TammySammy1234 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
It it Romance?
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YKajitaka Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Nope.  ;w;  I kinda wish it had some, but it's actually a seinen (young men's) series by category.  Very action/adventure, plus lots of political intrigue~  The character development is the best thing of all!  They're hard to deal with at the beginning of the series, but that illustrates just how amazing their growth is once you get a little ways in, and it recurs with other characters that are introduced later as well. 
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TammySammy1234 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Oh cool :)
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MissyKitty Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ahahahahah.. how cute! I definitely giggled at the ending! 
 Flirty King En being shut down by Youko.. haha
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
This is so sweet! I ship this now!
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Allys18 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Oh!! I love it!! It's so sweet !Huggle!
I love this pairing too Love 
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DudeISoDumb Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Wow, this is really good I really like it! So cute! :tighthug:
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deidara1444 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute storry! ^^
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AIK13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Ahh, hahaha, this brings me memories. 
I wish they would continue the anime... :C
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auragonbunny Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw it's so sweet, it's giving me a toothache. :P 
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deadturtle1 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Amazing! I love it!
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Sealdorie Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
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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whiskeyii Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
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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Lumo-chan-223 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
You portrayed Keiki very well, especially with the angst over his old queen and the confusion he feels regarding Yoko!
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Siren-Blue-Cat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!! I love Keiki
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786sanary123 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
epic loved it !
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MMHinman Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWWWW!! so cute.. what anime is this?
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Airumel Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's called "Twelve Kingdoms" or "Juuni Kokuki". ;)
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MMHinman Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awww.. i think i heard that before..
your art is so cool!! i love itXD
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yuchi1994 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
This has inspired me to rewatch the anime and attempt to get a hold of at least the first novel :D
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I-love-drawing-DP Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is just SO CUTE!!!!
Please say you will do a White Day comic
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NordicTwin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love 12 Kingdoms, it is one of the best book series I've ever read! Well, the first 5 books are amazing. They stopped publishing them, where I live, so I have only been able to read the first 5 :( And I've never seen the animé around here, though I'd love to watch it.
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Ayumi-Fallassion Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
You have the first 5?! Lucky, we only have the first 4! I want the rest!!!
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NordicTwin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What?! :faint:
And here I thought I was unlucky! I am so sorry for you. The fifth book is amazing, and so far the only one book story, telling the story of the early days of En and Enki. And here I thought everyone but the Danes had the pleasure of having all the books. I guess I was wrong.
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Ayumi-Fallassion Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Huh? That's book three for us. Which stories do you have? We have Youko's ascension, Taiki's return to the kingdoms, En and Enki's early days, and the trio of girls finding and fighting in the small rebellion of Kei.
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NordicTwin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Both Youko's and Taiki's stories have two seperate books, here, and then there's En and Enki's story. So 5 books in total. I didn't know it was different in other places. Unfair! I want to read more of these books!
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Seething-Repentance Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is the cutest darn comic I've ever read. XD Twelve Kingdoms FTW~~
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Iskra-Revoir Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Oh, can't wait to see Keiki's attempts at withe day!!! lol
And I agree with you. If you manage to survive the first episodes of the anime, you get some of the best character development ever!! Hopefully the novel's hiatus won't last forever....
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Enzeru-Youkai Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have NO IDEA what this is but I LOVE it!! It's SOOO CUTE!! The artwork is brilliant like always and... It's just BEAUTIFUL! :D <3 <3
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Lady-Nymphie Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I love you !!!!
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TheChibiDevil Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw... how cute! And the art is beautiful.
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DancingSinger Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Love it! I want more XD
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Himevampirechan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
i love the youko/keiki... this is so cute!!!!
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KyaTessa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
I wish you would make more 12 kingdom stuff!
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HikaruHeeysin Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
lovely!!
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Nightheartchan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
I love this sooo much! I especially liked how you stayed true to their characters, with Keiki worrying about his previous queen and Yuoko spreading the love and Shouryuu being his usual lecherous and inappropriate self, and Rakshun being his usual cheerful self! Wonderful!
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Oriaes Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Would absolutely love to see another one, this time a return gift from Keiki to Yoko. I always love these two as a couple!
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SplatterFoot1115 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Lol, thanks for making this little Valentines bit, and for inadvertently introducing me to the anime/manga~!!!
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Deidara332 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I have never watched or read the anime, but still this is too darn cute, I have to favorite it. What's the name of the anime?
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SplatterFoot1115 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Twelve Kingdoms
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Deidara332 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
watching it now. :) thanks
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SplatterFoot1115 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
It's been 3 years... But did you like Tenth Kingdom? :P
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EmmaRivera Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
It's really good I love it
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