Fuyumi Ono Aiming to Publish New Twelve Kingdoms Book in 2016
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Writer Fuyumi Ono reported on her official Twitter account on Monday that she is aiming to finish her new work in The Twelve Kingdoms novel series sometime in 2016. She states that the new novel will be "very long." Publisher Shinchosha previously reported that the novel's manuscript was over 1,000 pages long.
The Twelve Kingdoms depict a fantasy world inspired by classical China literature, where a girl named Yoko Nakajima finds herself after being transported from Japan. She becomes embroiled in the politics of the kingdom of Kei, as well as the other kingdoms.
Ono began writing the light novel series in 1992, and has published 12 volumes in Japan. Ono originally concluded the series in 2001 with the Kasho no Yume book. Ono published a collection of short stories set in the same world titled Hisho no Tori in 2013. While Kodansha published the original novel series' run, Ono published Hisho no Tori in Shinchosha's Shinchou Bunko line. Tokyopop released the first four volumes of the series in English between 2007 and 2010.
The novel series inspired a 45-episode anime series in 2002. Media Blasters originally offered the series in North America in August 2003 and then in a complete collection release in 2009. Media Blasters released the series on Blu-ray in 2011.