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.
Time has passed since the incident with Shinou and Soushuu, and Yuuri has returned to Shin Makoku to resume his normal duties as Maoh. But being the Demon King has its drawbacks as life is never simple; from dealing with enraged dragons to love testers, Yuuri must try to solve each problem that comes his way whilst trying to keep his sanity intact. Soon Yuuri meets the mysterious young king of Small Shimaron, but his new acquaintance appears to have an agenda of his own. Will Yuuri’s ability to see the good in people and his attempts to make alliances with other countries through friendship be enough to get him through this situation?
If you like the royal and political themes in any one of these anime's you are bound to find the other one equally nice. Even though Kyo Kara Maoh has more elements of comedy in it, they are both series that make you concider what you yourself would do in a similar situation and the element of being taken into a different world with mythical beasts and fantasyinspired heroes leave you longing for more.
Youka, a thick-headed boy, has been forced into Zenshinkyou Temple to learn martial arts. During his short stay at the temple, he quickly decides that their style is not for him, and takes up an ancient martial arts style, Gyokujo Shinkei, under the beautiful female master Shouryuujo. Because of his oath to her, he has made an enemy of Ribakushuu, the evil sister of Shouryuujo, as well as the Zenshinkyou. After many years of training, a disaster of events occurs, and now a grown-up Youka must find Shouryuujo and a way to defeat Ribakushuu.
Juuni Kokki (12 kingdoms) may not be as classic as the old tale of bravery and love, but they both send your imagination running wild. They both have the classic events that make up a wonderful saga or legend, and they are both wonderfully made.
In a sand-swept land of caravans, brigands and adventurers, legends tell of the ominous dungeon towers that suddenly appeared 14 years ago. It's said that by clearing one of these prisons, you can obtain treasure beyond your wildest dreams, and even form a contract with magical genies of immense power - assuming you make it out alive. In this world, Alibaba is a young rogue who wants nothing more than to get rich by clearing all of the world's dungeons, starting with the nearby tower Amon; Aladdin is a curious young boy with a magical flute and a hidden ability; and Morgiana is a slave who can't escape her chains. As their fates intertwine, the three find themselves wandering the land, battling powerful enemies, and taking a stand against powerful forces that seek to corrupt the weak and innocent.
MKR is a Clamp anime about three girls who are taken from Tokyo during a school field trip, and transported into a fantasy world. Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuzaaki, and Fuu Hououji must fight a slew of enemies, overcome trials and tribulations, and face their inner demons to save Cephiro, a wonderfully detailed world, from a dastardly evil and powerful Priest, Zagato.
Hikaru, Umi, and Fu are 3 best friends who are soon to go their seperate ways, until fate interjects and their lives are changed forever. From the skies comes the fortress of Cephiro, a long-dead land whose leader, Eagle, is desperate to destroy the Earth and fulfill his sister's one wish. The only hope for humanity is the three who are endowed with the Ovum, allowing them to fuse with guardian spirits capable of fighting off the evil. With the demise of the world eminent and the Cephiro's invaders ready for attack, the fate of all people lies with these girls, mystical powers, and hope...