I only knew the 45 episodes anime and I keep rewatching many scenes by Retrocrush in Youtube. Only recently did I discovered that 9 volumes of this novel has been fan-translated in novel update. https://www.novelupdates.com/series/twelve-kingdoms/ I am going to read it! Before that I like to collect many arguments why this work is so underrated and why this storytelling is so special/unique. People still keep mentioning and recommending it on the internet. I argue based on the anime and the wikia articles that Twelve Kingdoms is much darker, more mature, thought-provocative and progressive than the influential melodramatic mainstream popular Fushigi Yûgi. I personally compare these two works because they both use a similar setting by combining ancient Chinese and Japanese Culture/Elements together. There was also this Youtube Comment: "THIS is the Akatsuki no Yona. Before Akatsuki no Yona, Great character development. Minus the KDrama bishie pandering."