December 13, 2018

New Twelve Kingdoms novel (it's official!)

Japanese publisher Shinchosha announced yesterday that author Fuyumi Ono has submitted her latest Twelve Kingdoms novel. As hoped for, the story takes place in the Kingdom of Tai. The draft manuscript is over 2500 pages long. ‚ÄčThe book will be published in 2019.

Here is the press release. (I didn't add any of the exclamation points but agree with them.)

The highly anticipated new work is finally here!!!

Today, on the 12th of December ("Twelve Kingdoms Day"), we have delightful news to share. A brand new manuscript has arrived!

The long-awaited novel has turned into a massive 2500 page epic. The setting for the story is the Kingdom of Tai. We are grateful to Ono Sensei for penning such a masterpiece in this 30th year of her career. We thank all her readers for waiting so patiently.

Now commences the business of making a book, such as copyediting and the illustrations. Though a publication date hasn't yet been determined, it is certain to debut in 2019.

As promised, we are posting important updates on this website. It was still an unexpected surprise that this news arrived on "Twelve Kingdoms Day." Going forward, we will do our best to point you to accurate information in a prompt and orderly manner.

To that end, we humbly ask for your continuing support.

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# posted by Blogger Katherine Woodbury
12/15/2018 7:14 AM   
For all of us who sit around waiting for the latest release of that manga/light novel/novel series (anytime now . . .), this is awesome news!!! (Lots of exclamation points!)
# posted by Blogger wisdomgod
12/15/2018 10:18 PM   
# posted by Blogger Kazehaya
12/18/2018 12:26 PM   
I'm not sure if i should scream in excitement or cry in excitement. Regardless, this is the BEST Christmas gift for sure!
# posted by Blogger Panino Manino
12/21/2018 11:09 AM   
I'm happy, I'm truly am, or at least trying to be happy because... my biggest fear came true.

This is a highly personal opinion, I understand if no one else agrees.
In my opinion Risai, Taiki, Taiou, everyone else and the Kingdom of Tai itself is dead. DEAD.
It's ok for things to die. Even a Kingdom (in Juuni Kokuki) may or can't be forever. After that last book and the tragedy I read I'm satisfied. Seriously, why that story needs a happy ending? When everyone in it accept that despite their best wishes and efforts maybe there isn't one?

I want to read more of Juuni Kokuki but not of that particular story.
And I wonder, if Fuyumi's disease had an influence on this. Those short stories, they're all sad, but all with a glimmer of hope in them.
# posted by Blogger titidus
12/25/2018 2:20 AM   
So excited and happy. Hope the Tai kingdom story will conclude or continues after that. Hope you can get the copy and translate it for the rest of us :)
# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
6/11/2019 2:53 PM   
I have one question though.... Is 2019 the year it's published in english or japanese ?
# posted by Blogger Eugene
6/11/2019 3:26 PM   
This will be the initial print run of the first Japanese edition. Since the TokyoPop license lapsed, no English version has been officially authorized for any of the books.