January 07, 2016

New Twelve Kingdoms novel

According to Fuyumi Ono's Twitter feed, mid-2016 will see a new installment in the Twelve Kingdoms series, and it is "a very long story" (「とても長い物語」). She writes that the work is proceeding apace, a publication schedule is set, and further announcements are forthcoming. So stay tuned!

Fuyumi Ono's two most recent Twelve Kingdoms books were short story collections (my translation here and o6asan's translation's here). But her latest seems to be a novel of massive proportions. ANN reports that her publisher estimates the manuscript at over 1000 pages.

I'm crossing my fingers that she'll tie up all the dangling threads from the Gyousou/Taiki arc in a glorious and epic finale.

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# posted by Anonymous JP
Yes! So excited! I had pretty much given up on ever finding out what happens next.
1/07/2016 6:55 PM

# posted by Anonymous Lims
Whoa! That's some news! I almost can't believe it.
That being said, I hope she will give more light on the Taiki arc too.
Even though the previous story ended with Taiki coming to terms about what happened to him
and leaving with Risai for Tai. Can't wait to hear what the story is going to be about.
Too bad I can't read in the original language, otherwise I would have pre-ordered the book already if they
even have an option to do so. :)
1/09/2016 5:46 AM

# posted by Anonymous zenchicken
Wow, I wonder how they're going to split it up at that size. Excited to hear more about it!
1/09/2016 1:38 PM

# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
Whoa this is great to hear! I only watched the series maybe 8 or 9 times over the last few years and finally decided to read the source material, and not only do I find an awesome site with legit translations, but news that there will be more coming out. I'm thrilled! So stoked! Bravo :)
2/01/2016 6:27 PM

# posted by Blogger Unknown
Oh man! I can't wait. And thanks Eugene for translating her stories.
2/16/2016 7:53 PM

# posted by Blogger Meghana Manickam
OMG! i don't believe it! i have been waiting for years and years hoping that a new novel will be published. i was just watching the anime again and was checking to see if there was anything new when i came across this new book being published this year. i am just besides myself, cant wait for the book! and thank you for all the great translations!
2/29/2016 7:17 PM

# posted by OpenID lehst
I personally don't think things were all that unresolved with Taiki's arc. I mean, yes, we don't know some things, but I thought Taiki's return with Risai was very moving and conclusive. It was about finding your path to where you belong, and at the end, taking that courageous first step towords your destiny. But... I guess everyone wants to know about the second and third steps too, haha.

So that said, I'm fine with it being a massive work about something completely new. I am eager to escape "Hourai" and return to the world of twelve kingdoms. Thanks for the updates!
10/22/2016 8:07 AM

# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
Any updates regarding the new novel? I have been scouring the net and I cannot find any...
12/06/2016 10:56 AM