The Story of Saiunkoku 2nd Series - Recommendations

Alt titles: Colourcloud Palace 2nd Series, Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Series

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Hanasakeru Seishounen

Hanasakeru Seishounen

Kajika is the fourteen-year-old heiress of the Burnsworth Corporation who just wants to live a normal life, but her father has other plans. He informs Kajika that her fate is a heavy one to carry and he will only tell her the full details when the man she intends to marry is by her side. As such he has set up a ‘marriage game' for her; Kajika will meet three men that he has specifically picked out and she is to select one of the three to become her husband. There's just one catch; Kajika must also make her chosen man fall for her, since the ‘suitors' are unaware of the game in which they are participating. For a girl who has never loved anyone except for her pet leopard, this game will prove to be a trial. With her over-protective childhood friend and personal shadow, Li Ren, keeping a close watch, will Kajika be able to choose who will become her lifelong partner and finally learn of her true fate?

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Galadriel Galadriel says...

Both animes have many similarites and the most obvious one is the reverse harem aspect, centered on a strong and inteligent female protagonist and surrounded by protective male characters.Both animes have a very well defined political aspect.If you like one of this two animes im sure you will love the other one as well.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

Both of these shows feature a very strong willed female protagonist who is outspoken and outgoing, highly dedicated to and enthusiatic about the task at hand, and who manages to charm everyone around her.  Both women are followed around by a primary friend/bodyguard and a whole host of other strong, attractive men as they deal with every problem that comes their way.  While the setup for each show seems romance based, and there are plenty of romantic moments for the fangirl in you, the primary focus of each show is political, as the main characters try to deal with the problems in their countries, from corruption, to assasination attemps, to would-be usurpers of the throne.  If you are looking for a show that is a bit more intelligent than the standard shojo, but still lets you be a fan girl every now and then, these shows are definitely for you.

The Twelve Kingdoms

The Twelve Kingdoms

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.

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Lazuline Lazuline says...

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

Kyo Kara Maoh! 3rd Series

Kyo Kara Maoh! 3rd Series

It is not easy trying to juggle being both a high school student and the Demon King of another world, but Shibuya Yuuri is trying his best. With Yuuri’s family on Earth driving him mad and everyone in Shin Makoku up to their usual antics, everything has returned to normal – but not for long. Behind the scenes, all is not peaceful as there are those within the ten noble families that seek to replace Yuuri as Maou with someone who doesn’t disappear off to another world for weeks on end. With his coming of age ceremony approaching, can Yuuri convince those who doubt him that he is fit for the job?

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cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Whilst at first glance this may appear a strange recommendation to make, both of these series share some similarities. Aside from the shared mix of humour and plot, both Kyo Kara Maoh series 3 and Saiunkoku Monogatari series 2 have central characters who have accepted or gained their positions of power in their countries and are striving to make them better, whilst having to deal with the politics that surround them.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

The universe of the future is divided between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT. After a year of war, ZAFT attacks the neutral colony Heliopolis to steal five prototype mobile suits. The mission is a success, but a young man named Kira stumbles upon the fifth Gundam, and he may be the Alliance's only hope...

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stingreis stingreis says...

Though these anime's are very oppsoite when it comes to action, and setting, but they're both full of politics and slight romance. Gundam SEED has slightly more romance in it than Saiunkoku Monogatari, but it isn't apparent until late into the series.

Saiunkoku Monogatari is a slower anime whose base story line reflects the political actions needed to create a peaceful society and to help the people that live within that society. In Gundam SEED, the main purpose that the Gundams were built for are to create peace between the Earth and Plant.

Both have very intricate plot twisty, and a lot of deciet, that must be overcome by intelligent political stances.

Pretear

Pretear

Awayuki Himeno is a normal schoolgirl who is in a bind: her father’s remarriage yielded two new cruel stepsisters, and to top it off, she meets seven men who call themselves Liefe Knights. They reveal to her that she's a Pretear, someone who can lend powers to them when their powers aren’t enough to defeat the evil creatures called mayouchuu. Now, she has to fight the ambitious Fenrir, whose only purpose is to leech the life force from all living beings. Can Himeno save the world and find a way to deal with her growing feelings for one of the Liefe Knights?

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Galadriel Galadriel says...

this two animes have many things in common, in both animes we see a strong female character surrounded by male characters, in both animes we see a well defined fantasy, magic aspect (especialy in Pretear).If you like one then be sure to check the other one as well.

Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique: Kagayaki no Ashita

Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique: Kagayaki no Ashita

After defeating the Spirit of the Sacrea which prevented the newly born Seijuu Universe from developing, Angelique hears that the Queen of Seijuu Universe – the one who maintains the stability of nine Sacrea - has disappeared. Moreover, she cannot go back to her home universe because the dimensional corridor connecting both universes has been destroyed. The Seijuu Universe is still in danger and Angelique is left alone without the support of nine Guardians. What should the Legendary Etoile do to find the Queen and bring her back?

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Galadriel Galadriel says...

Looking for reverse harem animes? Look no more Angelique ~Kagayaki no Ashita~ and Saiunkoku Monogatari share many similarites, both animes are centered on a charismatic female protagonist who is surrounded by male characters.If you like one of them then for sure you will like the other one.

Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom

Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom

Disguised as a man, Chizuru Yukimura has come to Kyoto searching for her missing father, a doctor who developed a magical elixir that increases the drinker's speed, strength and healing abilities. Instead of her father, however, she stumbles across a battle between the Shinsengumi and the Furies, evil vampire-like creatures of their own making.

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snivets snivets says...

Both Hakuouki and Saiunkoku are stories about strong female characters who are surrounded by various male characters who are historical figures. They take place in two totally different time periods, but both protagonists similarly encourage and assist the characters around them. Hakuouki does lean in a darker, supernatural direction with less romance, but I think fans of Saiunkoku would enjoy it nonetheless.

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: World's Greatest First Love 2

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: World's Greatest First Love 2

Because Ritsu Onodera hates to rely on family connections he quits a job as a literature editor at his parents' company, Onodera Publishing, and winds up taking a job at Marukawa Books. To his chagrin, he is assigned to the shōjo manga department in spite of having no interest or experience in it. And on top of that, he has an awful first impression of his high-handed editor-in-chief, Masamune Takano.

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Moirain Moirain says...

I have to repeat, what I wrote about first seasons of these series: 

Both main characters Shuurei and Ritsu are working hard to succeed professionally (Shuurei has it more complicated, since she is first female to enter male dominated government; not that Ritsu has it completely easy, he has to learn lots of things about his new field of speialization) and at the same time they are refusing relentless declarations of love.

Snow White with the Red Hair

Snow White with the Red Hair

Shirayuki is a spunky pharmacist with bright, apple-red hair unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Even the prince of the kingdom she lives in is entranced by her locks, and demands that she become his concubine. Not wanting to be viewed as an object prized purely for its novelty, Shirayuki flees civilization and heads towards the forest. Here, the girl meets the charming Zen, who rescues her from Prince Raji's clutches and reveals that he is a prince as well. The two become close friends, and Shirayuki decides to return to Zen's castle with him, to pursue her dreams. But becoming a palace pharmacist isn't easy, especially since her unusual hair color and close relationship with the prince tend to draw unwanted attention...

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Both of these shows are about a strong, caring, and brilliant woman who develops a close friendship with a member of the royal family (prince or emperor), and who desires to be an employee of the court.  Both women are adament about accomplishing their goals using their own power instead of their relationships with influential people, and both men attempt to win the woman over using their personality instead of their position.  In each show, the women assist in crises that arise in the kingdom and earn the respect of those around them.  If you liked one show for the heroine, the romance, and the interpersonal relationships, then you will like the other.

Snow White with the Red Hair 2nd Season

Snow White with the Red Hair 2nd Season

After Zen confessed his feelings for her, the young herbalist continued her studies and the prince doubled his efforts to keep up with her pace. But just as everything seemed to be falling into place, Shirayuki's happily ever after is put on hold. An old enemy has resurfaced with grave news that a mysterious boy has been searching for a girl with apple-red hair-but his intentions are unknown. With the kingdom of Clarines on high alert, an invitation arrives from Tanbarun that Shirayuki is to be the guest of honor at Prince Raj's upcoming ball. Preparing for the boorish prince's ball is one thing, but nothing could have prepared Shirayuki for the grander adventure to come. When the mysterious boy finally catches up with her, the beautiful maiden is swept into a harrowing journey that will put her face to face with her past as she determines what her future holds.

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