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The Key to the Kingdom (王国の鍵 Ōkoku ni Kagi?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kyoko Shitou. The manga was serialised in Kadokawa Shoten's Asuka Fantasy DX. The manga is licensed and published in North America by CMX[1] and in Taiwan by Kadokawa Shoten's subsidiary Kadokawa Media.[2]


Kadokawa Shoten released the manga's 6 bound volumes between March 29, 2003 and December 25, 2004.[3][4] CMX released the manga's 6 tankōbon volumes between September 19, 2007 and December 30, 2008.[5][6]


Casey Brienza from Anime News Network commends the manga for its "exquisite artwork, entertaining storyline and characters".[7] A later review by Casey Brienza criticises the manga for ending the series "a bit rushed, so the series does not end as strongly as it should have" but also commends the manga for "brilliant high fantasy storyline and breathtaking art".[8]

In 2009, The Key to the Kingdom was listed as Great Graphic Novels for Teens by the Young Adult Library Services Association.[9]


  1. "Comic-Con News Wrap". Anime News Network. 2006-07-24. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
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  5. "Key to the Kingdom, The - Volume 1". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  6. "Key to the Kingdom, The - Volume 6". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  7. Brienza, Casey (September 13, 2008). "The Key to the Kingdom GN 1-2". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  8. Brienza, Casey (May 6, 2009). "The Key to the Kingdom GN 4-6". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  9. "Librarians Honor Sand Chronicles, Real, Uzumaki, Japan Ai". Anime News Network. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 

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