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!
The original manga revolves around Nike, the determined princess of the Rain Dukedom who has a mysterious power: she can control rainfall. After losing a game of rock, paper, scissors to her older sisters, she is forced to unwillingly marry the king of the Sun Kingdom, Livius I. Livius (or Livi for short) conquered the world in three years, and is known as the "Dreadful King." However, when Nike meets him for the first time, she finds to her surprise that he is a boy younger than she is. Livius abruptly asks Nike to call forth the rain, and when she refuses, he has her thrown in jail. The story follows the two who, while at first are a married couple only in name, gradually begin to establish an emotional bond with one another.
The basic setup in Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii and Saiunkoku Monogatari feels very similar. A lofty prince employs the skills of a seemingly more common woman and confronts his weaknesses/discovers his emotions in the process. Throw in a smidgen of political drama and a quirky, magical world concept and voila. What makes both these shows more successful than they would seem at face value is female protagonists that are not passive or boringly flawless. They're good shoujo girls, of course, but they're also intelligent, adventurous, and speak their minds. I think fans of one will like what the other show has to offer.
Thousands of years ago, in 11th century BC, an eminent conflict brews between the immortals in the heavens and demons who dwell on the earth. Zhou, the wise ruler of the Yin Dynasty of humanity, has been put under a spell by the evil Dakki and his empire is slowly starving to death. Unable to sit by idly, the immortal sages task the brash Taikoubou with vanquishing the souls of 365 demons, including Dakki. Together with his trusty beast and a powerful weapon bestowed upon him by his teacher, Taikoubou reluctantly sets forth to complete his task, helping others, finding new companions and sealing away enemies along the way.
What does a reverse harem anime have in common with a fantasy based upon the clash of gods? Style. Both Saiunkoku Monogatari and Soul Hunter have this in spades. They require a massive suspension of disbelief to sink into a feel-good, world-altering premise. Both protagonists exist in a world ruled by Chinese Lords and seek to pacify corruption with their own unlikely brands of humor and self-righteousness. Target audiences may differ, but the similar approach between these two titles make them enjoyable across the board.
The Han Dynasty, which has ruled China for many generations, has become corrupt and oppressive - while the people starve and fall to illness, the Imperial nobles uncaringly live in luxury. One fateful day, Cao Cao, the sixteen-year-old son of a nobleman and leader of a troop of bandits, learns just what it is to suffer when the woman he loves is sold as a concubine to the devious Imperial Attendant, Zhang Rang. Their innocent romance destroyed, Cao Cao turns his efforts to becoming ruler of the world and thus restoring the true justice of Heaven to all people. But the journey to claiming ultimate power is long and fraught with great peril, and at every corner his unscrupulous enemies plot his downfall...
both very similar shows the struggle for power between kings and are both set during and around the time of han dynasty. the main characters in both shows gather a group of companions who they could trust and make there country better.
Since General de Jarjayes of France’s Royal Guard always wanted a son, he brings up his only daughter Oscar to dress, fight, and behave like a man. When Oscar’s excellent swordsmanship wins her the honored position as bodyguard to Louis XVI’s new bride, Marie Antoinette, the Jarjayes household believes it can finally be proud. However, what nobody realizes is the pit of thorns the royal court in Versailles has become – with all its excessive opulence, it attracts not just those with status and wealth, but also those with ruthless ambition. To confound matters, Marie Antoinette turns out to be an airhead whose selfish actions are turning the starving population against her. Amidst the sordid schemes and terrible tragedies, and with the tide of history sweeping against the nobles, can Oscar protect her new King and Queen whilst upholding justice for the oppressed peasants of France?