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.
Kyouta and his friends just want to rock out all day and night long, and with a new record deal, it seems they'll be able to do just that. But when the women around him, including his best friend Yokko, start revealing strange powers, Kyouta finds himself at the crux of an ancient conflict, torn between love and loyalty.
Both Aquarian Age and Juuni Kokki have a story that will pull you in. A serious and strong plot can be found in both of these shows (not to mention some nice music).
In the distant future, mankind has mastered space and spread empires across the galaxy. While many choose to colonize distant planets, others choose to remain amidst the stars, ultimately giving rise to a new brand of humanity known as the Abh. Both genetically and culturally different from their Earth-dwelling peers, the Abh soon find themselves engaged in a bloody war that rages across hundreds of planets and set out to restore peace by means of conquest. Enter Jinto, a nobleman and ambassador of the recently acquired Hyde system whose duty is to represent his peoples' interests and rule on the Abh's behalf. In order to be officially coronated to this position, a cold-but-beautiful Abh princess named Lafiel arrives at Hyde to escort him back to the empire's capital. When they are suddenly attacked by an anti-Abh liberation front, however, the festivities are cut short, and the two must flee for their lives against all odds.
Both 12 Kingdoms and Crest of the Stars have earned a special place in my collection as true rarities in the anime world. Aside from their temporal dispositions, with one in space and the other in a medieval setting, the two explore similar themes regarding the human experience. Both are unique, intellectual, mature dramas set inside scintillating worlds -- if you loved one, I guarantee you'll love the other.
The animes are completely different, but in 1 thing they are quite similar in a unique way: they are both one of the few animes around that are able to create a world that completely draws you in.
It was that aspect of both animes that made me love them
Ever been mistaken for a member of the opposite sex? For Makoto, this embarassing situation becomes reality when he and two classmates are inadvertently transported to a magical world full of castles, royalty, and giant armored bugs. There, he is mistaken for Fatora, a missing princess, and quickly becomes entangled in a seven day quest to find her, all the while fending off female advances and trying to clear his name!
Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...
Call it a gut feeling, but I think that fans of either Twelve Kingdoms or FMA will also love the other. They are both fantasy adventures set in a rich and expansive alternate world, with own culture and different countries. Wars of the past and tension of the present are themes present in both shows, and they combine politics with action in a way that is both interesting and exciting (although the focus in FMA is more towards the action, while politics is more important in Twelve Kingdoms). Enjoyed either of these shows for having both an interesting story and setting, and awe-inspiring moments, then do not miss out on the other!
In both series, the characters travel a fantasy world - FMA is more focused on action but also has some conspiracy/thriller elements in it, which is the same for The Twelve Kingdoms. The Twelve Kingdoms unfortunately does not have that much action scenes - there are a lot of battles and fights in the story, but they are mostly only implied, not shown in full length.
The characters are very well designed in both series.
The Twelve Kingdoms also has a very slow start in my opinion, so don't stop watching if you don't enjoy it after the first few episodes, it gets a lot better. Don't worry if you don't get the story in every detail when you first watch it, because there are a lot of recollection episodes.
Arslan is the prince of the Palse kingdom, a beautiful country which is located amidst the sand dunes. Peace in the land of Palse is soon disrupted when the Lusitanian army attacks, led by a man known as Silvermask who claims to be the true heir to the throne. After fleeing his home under siege with his only remaining general Daryoon, the young prince travels from kingdom to kingdom, gathering the support and loyalty of new friends, including Gieve the minstrel, Pharangese the warrior priestess, and Narsus the master strategist to help him reclaim his beloved Palse.
If you liked the complex, highly immersive world of Twelve Kingdoms, definitely watch The Heroic Legend of Arslan. It's just as political, packed with fantastically characterised cast, has a witty intelligent script, and a beautiful, beautiful setting. Just note - like Twelve Kingdoms, it has no real ending. But that's a small price to pay for something so good.
What is the nature of kingship? Two young people have been thrust into this role following tumultuous events in their fantasy country. Both the Heroic Legend of Arslan and Twelve Kingdoms also ground their fantasy in historical detail - Arslan is clearly inspired by the countries along the Silk Road, while Twelve Kingdoms takes the internal divisions and strife of China as its model. While both shows also include some surreal fantasy elements, the question of how to govern and lead well and a somewhat serious interest in the hisory of this fictive fantasy worlds is quite important to either show. If you enjoyed one, the other may be worth viewing.