In the war against neighboring countries, the Grand Duke’s warriors use dragon-like beasts called Touda as weapons. Touda are admired across the nation and villages take great pride in breeding them. Erin lives in one such village with her mother, Soyon, who is the best beastinarian in the country. However, life in the village is not so straightforward: Soyon is also an Ariyo, a woman of the Mist People - a race that is feared by humans for its mystical abilities. So that she and Erin can stay in the village, Soyon must flawlessly fulfill her duty capturing and disciplining the Touda; but while Erin wants nothing more than to become a beastinarian, she also feels sorry for the Touda and recognizes that there’s far more to them than meets the eye. Can Erin ever become an ordinary beastinarian when her deepest instincts tell her there is a better way to interact with the Touda?
Yohko is nothing but ordinary. Throughout her life she has been considered an outcast, especially with a hair color not native to many in Japan, bright red. Things change for Yohko when a mysterious man named Keiki arrives and claims that she is his empress. Yohko and two friends are then taken through a vortex, and then abandoned.. in a world of demons and magic.
Both anime give off an epic feel of a grand story set in wonderful worlds. Beasts and magical creatures roam around in both of these worlds and play key parts in the human conflicts that arise. If you liked one check out the other.
Both Kemono no Souja Erin feature rich, unique fantasy worlds with magnificent backgrounds that help tell a sweeping coming-of-age as well as slice of life tale. While perhaps not as detailed as The Twelve Kingdoms in explaining itself or its setting's history, Kemono no Souja Erin's story telling in its simplistic way can be just as powerful.
Both take place in grand fantasy worlds filled with imaginative beats and both spends a great deal of time on the nature of the politics of running said fantasy world.
If you love lore, if you love fantasy, if you love awesome female characters, and if you love magical creatures, do not pass either The Twelve Kingdoms or Kemono no Souja Erin by. As a note, Erin may not be as epic in scope as The Twelve Kingdoms, but it delivers climaxes that are just as hefty and emotional.
Both are long yet intimate fantasy epics, set in an imagined feudal world with some Chinese influences - the last point far more pronounced in Twelve Kingdoms. focusing on a coming of age story for a female protagonist (but with related side stories concerning characters involved in the politics of this setting).
The stories can be about the importance of wise government, or the study woes of the young - of the two, Kemono no Souja Erin is far more interested in spinning yarns about a girl learning about the world and how to properly tame fantasy creatures, while Twelve Kingdoms has a much stronger focus on government, but I think any fan of one series should consider the other.
In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?
The main character in both animes is a young kid (girl in Erin, boy in Seirei) who holds some sort of special power. For a various reasons both childs are separated from their real parents and live in a place hidden from the main problems of their country ( intrigues, wars, draught etc. )
In both shows there is a medieval oriental society, and some of the side characters are gathered at the royal court.
And of course both shows are made by the same stuff, so there is similar mood, pace and drawing style (though Erin is more childish at times )
These shows each feature a child that gets taken from their home, learns various things on their journey and is of some sort of interest to the rulers of the lands. Not to metion that they're both written by the same person.
Seirei no Moribito and Kemono no Souja Erin will appeal to the same fans because of their steadily-paced, character-focused, and lore-heavy approach to portraying the interrelationship between humans and nature. Seirei no Moribito has the added attraction of some great fight scenes and spectacular animation, but Kemono no Souja Erin is also adorably unassuming. Oh, and both are based by books of the same author, Nahoko Uehashi.
After watching both animes (I saw Seirei a few years before Erin); I immediately thought of the other after getting into the story line. They are not so similar in premise that you feel like you're getting the same thing with different characters but familar enough in the sense that you enjoy the watch.
Seirei is more action based and centralizes two character's relationship with each other where Erin involves many different arcs and story line progressions.
They are both set in feudal times so the feel of the story's universe are simalar. If you liked one, consider checking out the other for a change of pace yet familar watch.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
Both series are similar in graphics and the story lines. Both main characters search for the meaning of the life around them. Even though we see unnatural things in the series we take them as normal and feel like it slowly becomes the life surrounding us. Those series have similar taste after watching.
These series both focus around a world governed by a large number of unexplained rules which are often enforced by a mysterious third party. These series each have a lot of character growth while the lead attempts to get used to life around her.
For more steady pacing and quiet world building combined with charming characters, you'll need Kemono no Souja Erin next. Far longer than Haibane Renmei, it still manages to develop in a similarly accumulative manner while delivering on a hefty knock-out ending.
One thousand years from now, humanity live pastoral lives aided by psychokinetic powers and the subservient Monster Rats. Saki Watanabe has just come of age, and her power has been reined in through meditation and hypnosis. She joins the Unified Class, where she will learn about her power and the world around her; yet so much of the truth is kept hidden. Her friends Shun, Mamoru, Satoru, and Maria share in her curiosity, and decide to go out of their way to seek the truth. But will the secrets of the past and present turn out to be things that Saki really wants to know?
both anime have a main female protagonist; they both time hop to various points in the characters' lives as the story progresses; they both have a slow and subtle build up to the climax and though both anime have some action, they do not rely on it to tell the story; they both entertain a very unique and captivative setting... all in all if you like one you will definatly like the other
Both Kemono no Souja Erin and From the New World envelope you in universes made of equal parts wonder and horror. In both, a brave heroine grows up learning harsh socio-political realities; and there features an intricate relationship between humans and another species that serves them. There is plenty of lore in both, which is revealed in a steady build-up alongside the plot. From the New World has far stronger horror elements (highly successfully executed, I might add) while Erin is more of a family affair, but they have the same classic, hearty approach when it comes to storytelling.
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
Both lead characters set out on a epic journey of life learning about creatures that roam in their worlds. Mushishi is all episodic episodes where Kemono no souja erin is one long story. Both have lovely animation that fit well with the stories that are being told. If you liked one you should check out the other as they have a similar feel to each other.
These series both span a rather large amount of time, following a the lead while they learn to interact with and learn to deal with certain types of animals. With a very similar tone throughout the series, they fit well together.