The Story of Saiunkoku - Recommendations

Alt title: Saiunkoku Monogatari

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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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jarga jarga says...

Both stories involve a lot of politics. If you liked the detailed ideas that are involved in the running of the provinces in Saiukoku Monogatari then Twelve Kingdoms is for you. The serious moods and political settings that are common throughout Saiunkoku Monogatari can often be seen in Twelve Kingdoms as well. The storylines are well thought out and both of them are a decent length to enjoy.

elendil elendil says...

Saiunkoku Monogatari is like the younger cousin of Juuni Kokki. Both shows deal with a central female character who works through adversity to eventually rise up and take a position of authority in a world modeled after ancient China. While Saiunkoku is more playful, has more comedy, and an element of romance, Juuni Kokki's rich mythology and increased focus on politics gives it that feeling of depth that pushes it from "entertaining" to "classic". If you enjoyed Saiunkoku, Juuni Kokki might become your newest favorite anime.

Kasyll Kasyll says...

If you're an enthusiast for strong heroines who strive to better the world regardless of all of the hardships they must endure and how strenuous the obstacles are, then Juuni Kokki and Saiunkoku Monogatari will certainly entertain you.

Katakana Katakana says...

The organization and administration of a state and the problems that come with it; if you like to see these things in an anime then The Twelve Kingdoms and Saiunkoku Monogatari are for you.

melonjuice melonjuice says...

Both Saiunkoku Monogatari and Juuni Kokki are based upon a main female character and her hardships that she has to deal with. Each unique and irresistible main character tries to help change her country with the help of her friends, and each anime has a heartwarming story. You will grow to love each of these series.

Arielle Arielle says...

Even thought twelve kingdoms is more fantasy based, both these anime are alike. It is all about kingdom, politics and protocol.

A woman fighting for recognition, plots are made against them with friends from all places that come to help.

WitchWillow WitchWillow says...

Both The Twelve Kingdoms and Saiunkoku Monogatari have the same courtly intrigues and heroism for the good of the nation. They also share the concept of an emperor who rules alone. Both anime have an intelligent plot and sub-plots, motiviated characters with well rounded personalities, and a strong female protagonist. In The Twelve Kingdoms, the nation is founded through magic, but the magic itself is understated and is not overwhelmingly flashy or fight oriented.

chamomille chamomille says...

Both anime have political character. Both are about governing the country, understanding peoples' needs. If you liked one because of learning how to rule, how to oppose those who follow they own interest, you would surely like the other.

djcurry djcurry says...

Both shows are very political orientated The female characters are very influential in running the country. In the Twelve Kingdoms the female is the ruler and in Saiunkoku Monogataria she is the kings lover.

GosoxJ GosoxJ says...

Both series craft detailed fantasy settings and incorporate grand plots with heavy emphasis on politics and goverance. If you enjoyed either heroine's journey there's a good chance you'll enjoy the other's.

coffeebreath coffeebreath says...

These two anime give off a feeling so amazingly similar it feels stupid not to rec them. A strong female character with great political influence, an ancient land rich with history, a cast of supporting characters so varied and colourful that many of them are sure to find their way to your favourites list, and a story constantly full of promise and intrigue. I would say they're just about as great as each other too. 12 Kingdoms has a greater feel of adventure where Saiunkoku is somewhat slower and heavier with political dialogue. Saiunkoku also has an element of romance, but to even think of it as a typical fluffy shoujo would be wrong. Definitely check out one if you liked the other!

Kirenahana Kirenahana says...

Both are great anime, and if you liked the historical/ political part in Saiunkoku Monogatari (and not only the admittedly large amount of bishounen in that anime @[email protected]) you will definitely love the Twelve kingdoms, which, in that sense, is even more complex and satisfying (being based on a book helps). For those who have watched Junni Kokki, if you loved the historical part but wanted a bit of romance too, Saiunkoku is perfect for you. For those who liked the action part, maybe not so much, as there aren't many (any) decent fight scenes in the latter.

Napoleon1 Napoleon1 says...

Both had similar artists working on them, so the feels are very similar. Both have a fantasy-ancient China setting, with a strong female protagonist.

Yona of the Dawn

Yona of the Dawn

In the kingdom of Kouka, Princess Yona lives a sheltered but peaceful life with her pacifist father, King II. Surrounded by attentive servants and protected by her bodyguard Hak, Yona's only difficulties in life are her unruly red hair and trying to convince her father to let her marry her cousin, Soo-wan. But on the night of her 16th birthday, Yona suddenly loses everything she holds dear and is forced to leave the castle. With no one left but Hak to defend her, Yona realizes that she must become strong if she is to survive. She embarks on a quest to find allies, and an ancient legend involving the Crimson Dragon King and his four Dragon Warriors may be her key to reclaiming her kingdom.

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utsusemi utsusemi says...

Yona--so far, anyway--is more tightly plotted, more actiony, and with a more interesting heroine/love story than Saiunkoku, while Saiunkoku has a bigger cast of interesting secondary characters. Both are very shoujo-y takes on fantasy palace intrigue featuring strong-willed, altruistic heroines that combine sparkly eyes and showers of rosepetals with (variously depth-ful) ruminations about what it takes to govern a troubled country well. 

staffordshire staffordshire says...

a girl surrounded by a bunch of pretty boys. both animes have a similar setting in time. both animes show how a girl is making her way through to the top. both shows are good and even guys would enjoy them.

shaynaleah shaynaleah says...

Seemingly shallow, reverse-harem anime. Actually complicated political story, and interesting characters + plot.

LadyFate LadyFate says...

Yona of the Dawn draws on fantasy, whereas Saiunkoku Monogatari is more political, but they both feel historical and have strong female leads. The plots are different, but if you like one you may enjoy the other.

shiboo18 shiboo18 says...

Both have political machines and strong heroine and one sided love..

Could be considered reverse harem..But romance is not the main theme of anime.. Rather politics is.. But dont expect too many twist and turns..

thatotakugirl thatotakugirl says...

Both series feature strong female characters who grow and learn with the help of their bevy of attractive male counterparts, who while useful and nice to look at, allow our leading lady to shine as she guides them out of sticky situations with luck, pluck and a healty does of shojo spirit. 

crossyuki crossyuki says...

just agreeing with these people they are bothe exeptional impirial shoujo anime with at least eventualy strong leads

PurplePeopleEater PurplePeopleEater says...

Both anime feature a strong female lead surrounded by men trying to make it in "a mans world." Both include supernatural events, drama, hints of romance, a strong male "body guard", a princess, and some comedy as well as a couple of completely hopeless but entertaing characters. If you like any of the mentioned things in one of these anime, you will probably enjoy the other anime.

lewcuifang lewcuifang says...

both have strong-willed female characters who are surrounded by lots of hot guys, very shoujo type of storyline, with romance element in it, their strong belief in doing what's right morally influences the guys around them to willingly stay loyal to the female

AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Stories have a similar atmospere with a young female lead that continues to grow throughout the series.

betachick betachick says...

main character in yona is kinda spoiled in the begining main character in monogatari is always pretty stable.

ladycloche17 ladycloche17 says...

Saiunkoku no Monogatari is a classic! Undoubtedly, Akatsuki no Yona draws many inspirations from this series. Saiunkoku no Monogatari is also my favorite anime of all time! It boasts wonderful characters, powerful female mc developments (beginning to sound familiar yet?) and beautiful love and historical element styled themes. 

snivets snivets says...

When I started Yona, I thought of Saiunkoku right away! Both are set in historical Asia-influenced fantasy worlds, and the stories heavily feature politics, families, and various conflict. Both also have intelligent female protagonists who become stronger as the series progresses, and are serious about justice and doing the right thing.

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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GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

Both of these shows are about a strong, caring, talented, 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 forging their own path and 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.

AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Set in ancient times, both shoujo series are stories of royal sons who meet hard-working, independant women with whom they fall in love.

lewcuifang lewcuifang says...

both female protagonists are independent, strong-willed, smart, educated women who have very close relationships with a prince/king, works in the royal court and dignified in their ways, earning the respect of the guy friends of the prince/king and many other bishounens, also involving lots of romance element mainly revolving around the prince/king, however both female characters also gain attention from lots of other guys in the anime

marsonearth marsonearth says...

It's very similar in a way where the main girl protagonists falls in love with the prince/King, and while she works and studies hard to achieve something great of her own, King works hard on his duty to "impress" the girl. In the end they fall in love of course, how ever, the story does not end with them marrying. Though its the first season.

Astelia Astelia says...

They have a lot in common. The main heroine wants to pursue her dream no matter how difficult it may seem sometimes.

APRP98 APRP98 says...

BOTH

1. Determined female leads with their own strengths 

2. Leads work towards their dreams with the support of the male lead

3. Palace and discrimination conflicts

Allynna Allynna says...

Both are happy romance anime. They have a very similar feel. Both possess a female lead with strong heart.

shnuii shnuii says...

Again, strong and smart girl, supported by a bunch of handsome, smart and strong guys but don't put a shadow over her. 

LuckySerpent LuckySerpent says...

both portay a strong female lead character. they both face hardships but overcome them. and during this story they find love.

sandbecca sandbecca says...

Love both of this and if you love one you must love the other too.The story of saiunkoku season 1 is the best but i think that bacuse i saw it in dub and the second season dosent have a dub version.snow white... is about love and what it meens to have a royal status.

AnimeDebutante AnimeDebutante says...

  1. Both shows take place in a royal court and involves court intrigue.
  2. The female characters are both strong and independent career women. They aren't damsels in distress.
  3. Both shows depict the development of the respective relationships as they grow over time. Both relationships are based on affection and respect, not just lust.
  4.  Both are fairly light, relaxing shows.

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

While reading "The Universe of the Four Gods", best friends Miaka and Yui are mysteriously transported into a strange world full of magic and unfamiliar faces. As if their arrival was determined by fate, Miaka is revered as the Priestess of Suzaku, the savior of their warring country, who was destined to arrived in a flash of light, from a land far away. Betrayal, love, and heartache accompany this fantasy-filled tale of friendships torn apart, and hope that never fades.

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abbyz44 abbyz44 says...

I believe that if you liked Saiunkoku Monogatari that you will definitely like Fushigi Yugi. The setting feels the same, and also in both the main character, a girl, is trying to overcome the difficulties she faces as being the "lesser" sex.

yukichii yukichii says...

Both stories center around a girl who can save the country. The characters and their relations are very similar. I should tell you that there are many bishounen characters in these series. The stories are very well developed as well in both. I felt like Alice in Wonderland while watching these series, so I think you'll like this anime a lot too if you liked SM.

Canal Canal says...

Both FY and SM take place in a country that is similar to ancient China. The main heroines do their best to help the people of this country and they're surrounded by many handsome guys, including the emperor himself.

xoSushi xoSushi says...

If you liked Saiunkoku Monogatari, then you'll like Fushigi Yugi The Mysterious Play. The settings are almost the same, and the characters are somewhat similar to each other. It's also a reverse harem, where there are lots of boys falling for one girl.

kamuriakane kamuriakane says...

The heroines in Fushigi Yugi and Saiunkoku Monogatari become more than they believe possible with the help of some very pretty bishonen men. In a fantasy world that resembles ancient China, a young girl is called upon to help save the country from destruction. In addition to the similar story, they both share many of the same top-notch seiyuu!

cutieanime cutieanime says...

both series have similar feelings about them.. in terms of romance and settings.. if you liked one, you will surely like the other..

AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Similar ancient Chinese setting, both reverse harems and they have similar "feel" to them. Only Fushigi Yugi was dubbed all the way through, however.

lewcuifang lewcuifang says...

both stories have a female who was aided by lots of bishounen in their quest in a historical setting 

AnimeDebutante AnimeDebutante says...

Both are reverse harems with strong romance themes. The settings of both are based on imperial China. However Saiunkoko doesn't have any fantasy or magic.

Both female characters are strong. However in Saiunkoko, she is a career woman and reformer. She saved the kingdom through good deeds and hard work. In FY, the MC is a savior figure there to save the kingdom through magic.

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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sarwor248 sarwor248 says...

Both series feature a smart heroine who ends up surrounded by male suitors. Everyone around her is sucked in by her charisma, and she helps everyone she meets with their problems. Both anime blend comedy with drama and romance really well.

chamomille chamomille says...

Both anime are about a cheerfull and energetic girl with strong personality that reaches everyone's heart. Both anime are quite romantic (and full of bishounen) and have political character. If you liked one, be sure to check out the other.

Nymn Nymn says...

A world of politics, drama, a reverse harem of bishounen and of cause, romance. I can't think of anything else that would come as similliar. They're also among the best shoujo anime/manga you'll ever come across. Enjoy. :)

Galadriel Galadriel says...

in both animes we see a young, smart, beautiful and strong female character surrounded by bishounen who are attracted by her charismatic personality and also both animes have a deep political aspect.If you seen and liked one of this two be sure to check the other as well.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

In Hanasakeru Seishounen and Saiunkoku Monogtari the female protagonist is extremely smart and is able to keep up with her male counterparts along the way in whatever the situation is.  They also seem to be able to make every situation turn out great no matter how much the odds seem to be against them.  Not to mention both heroines are surrounded by amazingly hot looking guys!

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.

MoonXArtemis MoonXArtemis says...

Both reverse harems, with a strong-minded girl. All males are mature and dependable. The female in both anime is kind, intelligent, beautiful, and caring. Both stories are very interesting and keeps you wanting for more. 

lewcuifang lewcuifang says...

both stories involve strong, smart and charismatic female protagonists who attracts lots of bishounen in their quest to fight against serious political issues and other serious matters of their country, lots of romantic moments between one female and a bunch of male characters

Slovania Slovania says...

They really are both similar and alike                                                                                                                               

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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Gila808 Gila808 says...

Both of these animes have a strong female lead who has come through difficult times. They're both romance stories with reverse harems and they're both historical. (and they both make me smile when I watch them =}) Saiunkoku Monogatari is a little more light hearted than Hakuouki, and longer, but I highly recommend both of them. 

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

It is not hard to see how Saiunkoku Monogatari and Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan are similar.  The strong female characters take on a role unlike the ones they are supposed to be playing in these historical settings.  There is also a bit of romance thrown in.

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. I think fans of both shows would enjoy the other.

Kinnara Kinnara says...

For anyone who enjoyed either the Hakuouki series or the Saiunkoku stories the other is a must-watch. The setup – a young girl trying her best to reach an unusual dream in the world of men (and oh how pretty THEY all seem to be) – is very similar, as are the slow pace and the animation style. With a little romance and a thematic soundtrack these anime are a splendid way to pass the extra hours on a melancholic summer evening.

PurplePeopleEater PurplePeopleEater says...

Both animes have a female lead being protected by a bunch of males but still strong in her own way. Both include swordfights and the supernatural. Both take place in a historical or historical like setting. There is a lot more fighting, drama, and deaths in Hakuouki where as Saiunkoku is more PG (for lack of better words) and feel good. Still, both are enjoyable.

Kyo Kara Maoh!

Kyo Kara Maoh!

Upon trying to save a friend from bullies, Shibuya Yuuri finds his head in the unlikeliest of places -- the toilet. Like a flash, Yuuri is then inadvertently sucked in, transporting him somewhere else! In this unfamiliar world of flying skeletons and magic, he is informed by a group called the Mazoku that he is to be the next Maou -- ruler of the kingdom! With harrowing and embarassing situations ahead, can our hero swallow his pride and lead a war against the common people when he can't even tell the difference between a slap in the face and a marriage proposal?

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dreaming0 dreaming0 says...

In both of these anime, the main character is a young person who is doing their best to try to make their country a better place for people to live. In both cases, the protagonists are surrounded by bishounen characters that care a lot about them and will do just about anything to protect them. Both anime also depict rivalries between countries, races, and families, and show the struggle to maintain the peace between them. Though there is some humor to be found in Saiunkoku Monogatari, Kyo Kara Maoh! is more liberal with its comedy.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both of these series have central characters who are both extremely kind-hearted and positive. Both Yuuri and Shuurei are characters who want to make life better, for not only those around them, but for everyone. Both characters also have a solid group of people around them trying to help them as much as they possibly can, so that they can overcome the barriers that they face in getting to a position where they can actually do something good. Whether it be trying to become the first female governor or learning how to be a king in a completely new world, both characters work their hardest to help solve the political conflicts they face to make life better for all.

HollowNobody HollowNobody says...

Both Kyo Kara Maoh! and Saiunkoku Monogatari revolve around an enthusiastic and young main character placed in a government setting and surrounded by bishounen. There are also shounen-ai undertones and a good amount of humorous situations caused by these undertones in both shows.

Slovania Slovania says...

                                                                                                                               Yes this anime is bae

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...

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VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Both anime feel quite similar in approach to romance. Firstly, both concentrate on the tensions between a poor but very intelligent female and her wealthy-yet-seemingly-shallow male interest. Comedy in both is light-hearted, with a combination of slap-stick and irony, and tends to be geared towards the silliness of the wealthy/advantaged. Despite the comic elements, both anime are highly successful in bringing out the deeper personalities and troubles of their characters. Their animation styles are also of similar quality, with bright, soft hues, and gorgeous bishounen males.

faerieponey faerieponey says...

Both of these anime have a unique type of humor. If you're a shounen-ai fan you will really love the sibling love between Hikaru and Kaoru from Ouran as well as The Emperor and Seiran from Saiunkoku Monogatari. Also, the female protagonist in both is like a magnet for handsome men.

Sinisdextera Sinisdextera says...

It's a fairly safe bet to say that almost anyone who enjoyed one of these will probably enjoy the other. While the premises are very different, the two have the same light, comedic feel to them with just a little seriousness thrown in here and there. The main heroines have quite a few similarities - not simply in the fact that they are both strong, intelligent females but also regarding smaller details - and the lead males both have the same sort of childish but romantic charm. Each series is sweet and romantic in its own way and very entertaining, and if you happen to be watching one then I highly reccomend pairing it with the other.

Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.

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egg egg says...

These are both anime that have characters that have to figure their way out of situations (rather than by brute force). The characters are fair and just in worlds that are not always so kind.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The female protagonists in Saiunkoku Monogatari and Spice and Wolf give off the same type of character feeling in how they approach situations.  Even in a time where the female was not look on as being smart these two female leads take every aspect of a situation into account and figure how to correctly deal with the problem

PurplePeopleEater PurplePeopleEater says...

There are several differences between these two animes such as the amount of fighting, social status of the characters, reasons for relationships, etc. However, both have a female lead who is strong, witty, intelligent, able to stand among men, and a male lead who stays by her side and lears from her while helping her reach her goal. Both anime take place in a historical like setting. Both of these have comedy, drama, and hints of romance as well as some supernatural elements. Of you enjoy strong and intelligent female leads, historical settings, and men getting outwitted by a woman, you will likely enjoy both of these anime.

Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time – A Tale of the Eight Guardians

Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time – A Tale of the Eight Guardians

After their protector gods are stolen, a high school girl named Akane descends from the skies to the people of Kyou. She has within her the power of the Dragon God and is welcomed as a savior; but has she come to save Kyou, or destroy it? While she struggles to control her power, her demon summoner works behind the scenes to use her as a tool of vengeance. To make matters worse, the 8 Hachiyou who would defend her have not yet been fully gathered. Even as they come to Akane’s side, they must first fight their own demons before they can help her return Kyou’s gods…

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yukichii yukichii says...

In both series there are a lot of powerful and beautiful characters! They have similar historical settings, romance, and fantasy. If you liked Saiunokoku Monogatari, you should watch Harukanaru Toki.

adle adle says...

Both Saiunkoku and Harukanaru showcase the power of a girl. They both show that a girl can be a channel of great power and courage.

Also both series are littered with good-looking men of different natures.