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Saiunkoku Monogatari

Alt titles: Story of the Land of Many-Colored Clouds

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In an ancient and mythological land called Saiunkoku, the people have begun to recover from a period of war and famine; thus, when an official from the imperial court offers the impoverished and beautiful Shuurei more money than she could ever dream of in return for a favor, she jumps at the chance. What she doesn’t count on, however, is being asked to become a concubine to the recluse Emperor and help him transform into a better leader. What’s more, the Emperor shows little intelligence, seems to have no interest in ruling, and is rumored to prefer men. One thing’s for certain: Shuurei has her work cut out for her!

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Series TV 2007 Sequel

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Saiunkoku Monogatari (Light Novel) 2003 TBD
The Story of Saiunkoku 2005 TBD
Name Role
Miwa OSHIMA Character Design
Jun SHISHIDO Director
Kunihiko RYO Music
Sai YUKINO Original Manga Creator
Ikuko SHIMOGAWARA Producer
Yuji SHIBATA Producer

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Saiunkoku Monogatari VivisQueen 7/10 Jun 4, 2008
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Saiunkoku Monogatari Eveamlizya 9/10 May 12, 2011
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The Twelve Kingdoms

The Twelve Kingdoms

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.

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Both stories involve a lot of politics. If you liked the detailed ideas that are involved in the running of the provinces in Saiukoku Monogatari then Twelve Kingdoms is for you. The serious moods and political settings that are common throughout Saiunkoku Monogatari can often be seen in Twelve Kingdoms as well. The storylines are well thought out and both of them are a decent length to enjoy.


Saiunkoku Monogatari is like the younger cousin of Juuni Kokki. Both shows deal with a central female character who works through adversity to eventually rise up and take a position of authority in a world modeled after ancient China. While Saiunkoku is more playful, has more comedy, and an element of romance, Juuni Kokki's rich mythology and increased focus on politics gives it that feeling of depth that pushes it from "entertaining" to "classic". If you enjoyed Saiunkoku, Juuni Kokki might become your newest favorite anime.


If you're an enthusiast for strong heroines who strive to better the world regardless of all of the hardships they must endure and how strenuous the obstacles are, then Juuni Kokki and Saiunkoku Monogatari will certainly entertain you.


The organization and administration of a state and the problems that come with it; if you like to see these things in an anime then The Twelve Kingdoms and Saiunkoku Monogatari are for you.


Both Saiunkoku Monogatari and Juuni Kokki are based upon a main female character and her hardships that she has to deal with. Each unique and irresistible main character tries to help change her country with the help of her friends, and each anime has a heartwarming story. You will grow to love each of these series.


Even thought twelve kingdoms is more fantasy based, both these anime are alike. It is all about kingdom, politics and protocol.

A woman fighting for recognition, plots are made against them with friends from all places that come to help.


Both The Twelve Kingdoms and Saiunkoku Monogatari have the same courtly intrigues and heroism for the good of the nation. They also share the concept of an emperor who rules alone. Both anime have an intelligent plot and sub-plots, motiviated characters with well rounded personalities, and a strong female protagonist. In The Twelve Kingdoms, the nation is founded through magic, but the magic itself is understated and is not overwhelmingly flashy or fight oriented.


Both anime have political character. Both are about governing the country, understanding peoples' needs. If you liked one because of learning how to rule, how to oppose those who follow they own interest, you would surely like the other.


Both shows are very political orientated The female characters are very influential in running the country. In the Twelve Kingdoms the female is the ruler and in Saiunkoku Monogataria she is the kings lover.


Both series craft detailed fantasy settings and incorporate grand plots with heavy emphasis on politics and goverance. If you enjoyed either heroine's journey there's a good chance you'll enjoy the other's.


These two anime give off a feeling so amazingly similar it feels stupid not to rec them. A strong female character with great political influence, an ancient land rich with history, a cast of supporting characters so varied and colourful that many of them are sure to find their way to your favourites list, and a story constantly full of promise and intrigue. I would say they're just about as great as each other too. 12 Kingdoms has a greater feel of adventure where Saiunkoku is somewhat slower and heavier with political dialogue. Saiunkoku also has an element of romance, but to even think of it as a typical fluffy shoujo would be wrong. Definitely check out one if you liked the other!


Both are great anime, and if you liked the historical/ political part in Saiunkoku Monogatari (and not only the admittedly large amount of bishounen in that anime @_@) you will definitely love the Twelve kingdoms, which, in that sense, is even more complex and satisfying (being based on a book helps). For those who have watched Junni Kokki, if you loved the historical part but wanted a bit of romance too, Saiunkoku is perfect for you. For those who liked the action part, maybe not so much, as there aren't many (any) decent fight scenes in the latter.

Hanasakeru Seishounen

Hanasakeru Seishounen

Kajika is the fourteen-year-old heiress of the Burnsworth Corporation who just wants to live a normal life, but her father has other plans. He informs Kajika that her fate is a heavy one to carry and he will only tell her the full details when the man she intends to marry is by her side. As such he has set up a ‘marriage game' for her; Kajika will meet three men that he has specifically picked out and she is to select one of the three to become her husband. There's just one catch; Kajika must also make her chosen man fall for her, since the ‘suitors' are unaware of the game in which they are participating. For a girl who has never loved anyone except for her pet leopard, this game will prove to be a trial. With her over-protective childhood friend and personal shadow, Li Ren, keeping a close watch, will Kajika be able to choose who will become her lifelong partner and finally learn of her true fate?

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Both series feature a smart heroine who ends up surrounded by male suitors. Everyone around her is sucked in by her charisma, and she helps everyone she meets with their problems. Both anime blend comedy with drama and romance really well.


Both anime are about a cheerfull and energetic girl with strong personality that reaches everyone's heart. Both anime are quite romantic (and full of bishounen) and have political character. If you liked one, be sure to check out the other.


A world of politics, drama, a reverse harem of bishounen and of cause, romance. I can't think of anything else that would come as similliar. They're also among the best shoujo anime/manga you'll ever come across. Enjoy. :)


in both animes we see a young, smart, beautiful and strong female character surrounded by bishounen who are attracted by her charismatic personality and also both animes have a deep political aspect.If you seen and liked one of this two be sure to check the other as well.


In Hanasakeru Seishounen and Saiunkoku Monogtari the female protagonist is extremely smart and is able to keep up with her male counterparts along the way in whatever the situation is.  They also seem to be able to make every situation turn out great no matter how much the odds seem to be against them.  Not to mention both heroines are surrounded by amazingly hot looking guys!


Both of these shows feature a very strong willed female protagonist who is outspoken and outgoing, highly dedicated to and enthusiatic about the task at hand, and who manages to charm everyone around her.  Both women are followed around by a primary friend/bodyguard and a whole host of other strong, attractive men as they deal with every problem that comes their way.  While the setup for each show seems romance based, and there are plenty of romantic moments for the fangirl in you, the primary focus of each show is political, as the main characters try to deal with the problems in their countries, from corruption, to assasination attemps, to would-be usurpers of the throne.  If you are looking for a show that is a bit more intelligent than the standard shojo, but still lets you be a fan girl every now and then, these shows are definitely for you.


The heroine of both stories are very strong, willful and relentless and are surrounded by male characters who they help and are helped by them. All the surrounding charcters are easily liked and they draw you into the story.As well as romance, both of the anime provides insights into politics, battle and struggle surrounding a kingdom/throne as well as bonds between the secondary charcters.


Both reverse harems, with a strong-minded girl. All males are mature and dependable. The female in both anime is kind, intelligent, beautiful, and caring. Both stories are very interesting and keeps you wanting for more. 

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Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

While reading "The Universe of the Four Gods", best friends Miaka and Yui are mysteriously transported into a strange world full of magic and unfamiliar faces. As if their arrival was determined by fate, Miaka is revered as the Priestess of Suzaku, the savior of their warring country, who was destined to arrived in a flash of light, from a land far away. Betrayal, love, and heartache accompany this fantasy-filled tale of friendships torn apart, and hope that never fades.

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I believe that if you liked Saiunkoku Monogatari that you will definitely like Fushigi Yugi. The setting feels the same, and also in both the main character, a girl, is trying to overcome the difficulties she faces as being the "lesser" sex.


Both stories center around a girl who can save the country. The characters and their relations are very similar. I should tell you that there are many bishounen characters in these series. The stories are very well developed as well in both. I felt like Alice in Wonderland while watching these series, so I think you'll like this anime a lot too if you liked SM.


Both FY and SM take place in a country that is similar to ancient China. The main heroines do their best to help the people of this country and they're surrounded by many handsome guys, including the emperor himself.


If you liked Saiunkoku Monogatari, then you'll like Fushigi Yugi The Mysterious Play. The settings are almost the same, and the characters are somewhat similar to each other. It's also a reverse harem, where there are lots of boys falling for one girl.


The heroines in Fushigi Yugi and Saiunkoku Monogatari become more than they believe possible with the help of some very pretty bishonen men. In a fantasy world that resembles ancient China, a young girl is called upon to help save the country from destruction. In addition to the similar story, they both share many of the same top-notch seiyuu!


both series have similar feelings about them.. in terms of romance and settings.. if you liked one, you will surely like the other..

Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan

Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan

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Both of these animes have a strong female lead who has come through difficult times. They're both romance stories with reverse harems and they're both historical. (and they both make me smile when I watch them =}) Saiunkoku Monogatari is a little more light hearted than Hakuouki, and longer, but I highly recommend both of them. 


It is not hard to see how Saiunkoku Monogatari and Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan are similar.  The strong female characters take on a role unlike the ones they are supposed to be playing in these historical settings.  There is also a bit of romance thrown in.


Both Hakuouki and Saiunkoku are stories about strong female characters who are surrounded by various male characters who are historical figures. They take place in two totally different time periods, but both protagonists similarly encourage and assist the characters around them. I think fans of both shows would enjoy the other.


For anyone who enjoyed either the Hakuouki series or the Saiunkoku stories the other is a must-watch. The setup – a young girl trying her best to reach an unusual dream in the world of men (and oh how pretty THEY all seem to be) – is very similar, as are the slow pace and the animation style. With a little romance and a thematic soundtrack these anime are a splendid way to pass the extra hours on a melancholic summer evening.

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Kyo Kara Maoh!

Kyo Kara Maoh!

Upon trying to save a friend from bullies, Shibuya Yuuri finds his head in the unlikeliest of places -- the toilet. Like a flash, Yuuri is then inadvertently sucked in, transporting him somewhere else! In this unfamiliar world of flying skeletons and magic, he is informed by a group called the Mazoku that he is to be the next Maou -- ruler of the kingdom! With harrowing and embarassing situations ahead, can our hero swallow his pride and lead a war against the common people when he can't even tell the difference between a slap in the face and a marriage proposal?

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In both of these anime, the main character is a young person who is doing their best to try to make their country a better place for people to live. In both cases, the protagonists are surrounded by bishounen characters that care a lot about them and will do just about anything to protect them. Both anime also depict rivalries between countries, races, and families, and show the struggle to maintain the peace between them. Though there is some humor to be found in Saiunkoku Monogatari, Kyo Kara Maoh! is more liberal with its comedy.


Both of these series have central characters who are both extremely kind-hearted and positive. Both Yuuri and Shuurei are characters who want to make life better, for not only those around them, but for everyone. Both characters also have a solid group of people around them trying to help them as much as they possibly can, so that they can overcome the barriers that they face in getting to a position where they can actually do something good. Whether it be trying to become the first female governor or learning how to be a king in a completely new world, both characters work their hardest to help solve the political conflicts they face to make life better for all.


Both Kyo Kara Maoh! and Saiunkoku Monogatari revolve around an enthusiastic and young main character placed in a government setting and surrounded by bishounen. There are also shounen-ai undertones and a good amount of humorous situations caused by these undertones in both shows.