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!
Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.
These are both anime that have characters that have to figure their way out of situations (rather than by brute force). The characters are fair and just in worlds that are not always so kind.
The female protagonists in Saiunkoku Monogatari and Spice and Wolf give off the same type of character feeling in how they approach situations. Even in a time where the female was not look on as being smart these two female leads take every aspect of a situation into account and figure how to correctly deal with the problem
Okay, so the main reason I'm making this recommendation is the King character in both. While they are completely different genres (although both stories occur in settings which are throwbacks to past ages), with very different cast arrangements, the king characters are extremely similar in design. If you liked that character particularly in either, it might be worth checking out the other.
Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.
Both of these series revolve around a spirited girl who always does her best to help those around her from the bottom of her heart, without askng for anything in return. Both girls also seem to be the female equivalents of "chick-magnets", since nearly every bishounin of the series has a 'romantic scene' with her somewhere in the story.
Both series are also perfect blends of not only romance, but comedy and drama also, so they have plenty going on to keep you endlessly entertained!
Hikaru is the beautiful and beloved second son of the Emperor. As his father’s favorite Hikaru has been given the surname of Genji, branding him a commoner; for as a commoner, Hikaru is spared from the ordeal and fighting that surrounds the successors to the throne. Liberated of this fate, Hikaru is free to live a life of pleasure with his many lovers scattered across the land. From the intelligent and beautiful Rokujou to the delicate and gentle Yuugao, Hikaru Genji manages to capture the heart of any woman he so desires. Though while his mistresses serve as ample distraction, Hikaru still remains infatuated with his first love – the one person who can never be his…
Even though Saiunkoku Monogatari has a great deal more comedy in it than Genji Monogatari Sennenki, they both have the same type of feel to them. Both series are extremely dramatic in nature and revolve around the same type of theme and time period.
President of the Student Council at the almost-all-boys Seika High School, the hard-as-nails Misaki Ayuzawa works every day to make life easier on the small population of co-eds who have enrolled there. Though an unholy terror to all things male during school hours, in order to provide for her impoverished family, she secretly works after school at a maid cafe in Akihabara. However, when campus hottie Usui Takumi wanders into the restaurant during her shift, suddenly she finds her reputation in school at his mercy...