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.
Shuurei Kou and Eigetsu To, co-governors of the Sa Province, are determined to revitalize the region by making it a research capital. The road isn’t easy, though - opposition still remains and playing politics as the first female governor can be tricky. To add to the hardships, a mysterious illness in Sa Province gives a shady cult an opportunity to gain power by preying on the people’s fears. Eigetsu and Shuurei are undaunted in their goals, but with the prejudices of the times and Eigetsu’s past coming back to haunt him, can the young governors overcome the odds?
Looking at a mirror produces a reverse image of oneself. This mirror image, though so similar to the beholder, is in fact the beholder's exact reversal. This is perhaps the relationship between Saiunkoku Monogatari and The Twelve Kingdoms.
The play of politics and the role of individuals mark the foundations of a prosperous kingdom. The tale of such individuals who will pave the way for the kingdom is the primary focus of Saiunkoku Monogatari and The Twelve Kingdoms. The main heroines that thrived to pave politics and prosper their kingdoms did so in the exact reversal of the other (while one relied on intellectual means, another would use force and charisma). Ultimately, one can draw countless comparisons and contrasts between these two images. Yet, like the image viewers see in the mirror, loving one image would connote the loving of the other. After all, they are mirror images.
Note: Saiunkoku Monogatari 1 ~ The Twelve Kingdoms Book 1; Whereas, Saiunkoku Monogatari 2 ~ The Twelve Kingdoms Book 3
Meet Lina Inverse, a mighty sorceress who fights evil in the name of... greed, gluttony and black magic?! When she meets Gourry, a swordsman whose skill with the blade is rivaled only by his stupidity, Zelgadis, a grumpy sorceror who's been turned into a golem, and Rezo, a priest known for his benevolence (with a dark secret), you know her adventures are just beginning!
Claude Kenni just wanted to shine free of his military father's shadow, a desire that made him take unnecessary risks. One of those risks whisked him off to an unknown planet full of monsters and magic. There, he met Rena Lanford, an energetic girl with mysterious abilites who believes he is a hero of legend. Soon, they're off on an expedition to find the cause of the monsters and the truth behind the sorcery globe all while hiding the technology he brought with him. Looks like Claude's got bigger shoes to fill than his father's!
In a post-apocalyptic future, where the world has turned into a desert and the remains of humanity live under the rule of the Third – beings with a third eye on their foreheads. Accompanied only by her tank's AI, Bogie, Honoka tries to make a living as a handyman on the edge of civilization, and she tries to avoid resorting to violence as much as possible; but when situations demand it, she and her sword become a force to be reckoned with. When Honoka is hired by the mysterious young man named Ikus, the Third suddenly take great interest in them; and thus, Honoka’s story truly begins…
If you enjoy a story that is centralised around a very strong female lead, then Twelve Kingdoms and The Third are both outstanding shows. Most of the enjoyment and deep story comes from the female protagonist having to look deep within herself to see her true power and potential.
Both are set in a fantasy world, with enough action to keep the viewer hooked. I'm sure fans of one will love the other.
STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...