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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!
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
Kiba is a wolf, one of the last of his kind, and his dream is to find Paradise in a world torn asunder by war. Cheza, the legendary Flower Girl, can lead him to Paradise, but there are others who desire her, and help from other wolves at his side may not be enough. Driven by his noble spirit, he will not forsake his quest.
Both animes are about a journey which had been started in order to findthe place where the main characters can live peacefully. Next similarity can be this, that i both shows the main characters are wolfs. If you like this kind of anime - with slow action and plot filled with bystanders - you simply have to watch what I recommend.
This will seem like an odd pairing, but hear me out. If the part that you liked in one show was watching a human with wolf mannerisms, then by all means, watch the other show as well! The moods, settings, and so forth are quite different, but the same animal traits shine through in both series.
With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?
Well in Princess Mononoke There is some romance and in this there is also romance. The relation is a guy falling in loving with a wolf girl. Also something not so important but something i admired was both animes had giant wolves.
Both anime explore the bittersweet idea of the ending of the age of gods (particularly wolf-gods), and the beginning of the age of technology. The atmosphere in both is one of primarily of serenity and wonder amidst troubling times.
Innocent, naive, and locked in the castle tower since birth, Princess Arete wants nothing more than to escape the royal life and live as the commoners live, and to see things that she has only dreamed about in her books. One day, her wish is granted -- though under less than ideal circumstances -- by the sorcerer Boax, who charms her into becoming his wife. On his flying machine from the days of magic, Arete embarks on a mystical journey full of discovery, enlightenment, and wonder beyond belief...
Both Spice and Wolf and Princess Arete are charming, intelligent medieval fantasies, more interested in character relationships, and to varying degrees social status, than warfare. Both also boast a thoroughly pleasing and appropriate soundtrack.
Both Spice and Wolf and Princess Arete are sweetly slower paced anime starring main characters who are on an adventure to find themselves. Both tales unfold through watching the development of thee main characters as they discover their road to happiness. NBoth Spice and Arete have the same poignant atmosphere. If you enjoyed one, give the other a try.
For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...
Both of these animes have one major thing in common, a girl that can hold her own against ANYONE she will face. However, Elfen Lied has a lot more gore.
Both these series contain a "hidden from ze world" beautiful supernatural woman (complete with fuzzy ears/"bones" was it? Totally cute ears though) that falls into a selfsufficent man's life and causes trouble. But, the good nature of the protagonists allows them to put up with and help our yet-to-be heroines whom end up finding a place in both of their hearts through a series of challenges they face during their time together. We later get to watch the men develope and eventually become the heroes we knew they were and always wanted them to be. Thus, fufilling our hearts with satisfaction!
Side note. Elfen Lied is super gory and is more science fiction/supernatural.
While Spice and Wolf is more humorous and is about trading and traveling. The most super natural thing is both protagonists' amazing cleverness ;P