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.
Yukari is a typical high school student on the fast track to attending a university, but her boring life leaves much to be desired; that is, until a motley crew of fashion design students ask her to model their new clothing line: Paradise Kiss! Now, Yukari must choose if she will reject the life her mother has laid out for her, and start making choices on her own for the first time. While taking her first steps into adulthood, Yukari also begins to realize that with freedom comes responsibility; a life in the fashion industry isn't an easy one, especially for someone unsure of her own intentions…
In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.
It may seem bizarre to recommend a science fiction anime to people who enjoyed a the epic fantasy of Juuni Kokki, but there are certainly parallels of quality that can be drawn between the two. If you are not picky about genre, but enjoyed the supreme intricacy with which the world of Juuni Kokki was designed, then you will be equally awed by the technical accuracy and meticulous attention to detail in the futuristic setting of Planetes.
Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?
Kou Shuurei and To Eigetsu, co-governors of the Sa (Brown) Province, are determined to revitalize Sa Province 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!
The slayers is a lot more comical than twelve kingdoms but both anime feature strong female role models in a fantasy setting.
This is often refreshing if you are tired of the 'timid' girl stereotype.