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Twelve Kingdoms

PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:50 pm
by Mike
I saw that Twelve Kingdoms got into next year's schedule, which is awesome, as it's a really great series that most people have not seen. But, it looks like you're not going to show the second arc. Just wondering...why?

Re: Twelve Kingdoms

PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:59 pm
by Joe
That second arc in the middle is unrelated to the main arc because the anime never finishes and connects everything. You do learn some new stuff about the world, but that is about it, I feel showing only the main arc gives the show a more cohesive feel. Also 45 eps is a lot and it was very important not to make the series too long as I think most people are sick of having a lot of shows doubled up.

Similar argument for the very last arc.

Re: Twelve Kingdoms

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:17 am
by lepidoptera
Mike wrote:I saw that Twelve Kingdoms got into next year's schedule, which is awesome, as it's a really great series that most people have not seen. But, it looks like you're not going to show the second arc. Just wondering...why?


The same argument I used last year, when neither of them got in...

I really hope, for the sake of future CJASers, that this gets in. It's really awesome.

Re: Twelve Kingdoms

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:27 am
by Joe
Voting is over and it did get in. It got fourth so even if we cut out two slots, it will still be in : )

Re: Twelve Kingdoms

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:43 am
by Mike
Oh well, I think that's a mistake. It's true that the other half of the arc was never animated, but that arc also really helps show that there's a lot more to the world than Yoko and Kei (and provides a lot of interesting background). Also, people would be free to finish up the arc by reading the novel when it comes out in a few years.

Alas, heh.

Re: Twelve Kingdoms

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:52 am
by Jed
Mike wrote:Oh well, I think that's a mistake. It's true that the other half of the arc was never animated, but that arc also really helps show that there's a lot more to the world than Yoko and Kei (and provides a lot of interesting background). Also, people would be free to finish up the arc by reading the novel when it comes out in a few years.

Frankly, I'm glad we're skipping those 15 episodes, especially if all they are is "background" and have no bearing on the rest of the series. It sounds like having those 15 episodes in the schedule would just be a waste of space that could be filled in with an entire other series that would be far more rewarding to watch. People are free to fill in the missing arc on their own if they're so inclined. The argument that they could finish the arc by reading the novel would be stronger if the novel was closer to being published.

Re: Twelve Kingdoms

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:02 pm
by Mike
Well, it's a bit more complicated than that. You could say that arcs 2 and 4 have no bearing on the rest of the series, but you could also say arcs 1 and 3 have no bearing on the rest of the series. Yoko, who is recognized as the main character of the anime (only because the anime is unfinished), is only one of a handful of main characters in the books, so it really depends how you look at it. Either way, arcs 2 and 4 definitely show a lot more about the world of Twelve Kingdoms, and help piece together scenes and characters from arcs 1 and 3 that you wouldn't necessarily understand otherwise. It's definitely not a waste, and I'd recommend that everyone watch the episodes that weren't voted in, because those arcs are interesting, quite relevant to the other arcs, and contain some of the best scenes in the series.

And yeah, I wish that novel were closer to being published here. Unfortunately, it's the 6th in the series, so it'll be quite a while. :(

Re: Twelve Kingdoms

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:39 am
by lepidoptera
Joe wrote:Voting is over and it did get in. It got fourth so even if we cut out two slots, it will still be in : )


Haha, I am so out of the loop.

Yay!

Re: Twelve Kingdoms

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:57 am
by Szethrusi
It might be nice to chuck in those missing episodes as OVA fodder if the series is well-enough received.

Re: Twelve Kingdoms

PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 5:20 pm
by lepidoptera
Szethrusi wrote:It might be nice to chuck in those missing episodes as OVA fodder if the series is well-enough received.


12 eps is a bit long for an ova...