These anime and donghua feature members of a royal family. They may be rulers, royal heirs, or people who have become royalty by other means, such as marriage, divine decree, or simply taking the throne. In rare cases, an exceptional individual will actually build their own kingdom from the ground up. While some characters enjoy the wealth and privilege their position affords them, others may be trying to distance themselves from their royal responsibilities. More tragic figures include survivors of fallen kingdoms and exiled royals fighting to survive and, in some cases, reclaim what they have lost.
High Fantasy is a subgenre of Fantasy focusing on entirely original worlds and histories, as opposed to Low Fantasy, where the magical and/or supernatural instead intrude upon the Earth that we know. Note that the term "High" does not mean this subgenre is of inherently greater quality than the other, though of course many have identified such a coincidental trend.
It is a common misconception that High Fantasy and Low Fantasy instead refer to the level to which magic and all it entails are integrated into the world, with those where said elements are abundant being "High" and if rare then "Low." This is, however, completely incorrect, as the distinction is actually in how removed the world is from our own.
There is, naturally, a spectrum between the subgenres, rather than a clear-cut line. Isekai, for instance, is somewhere in the middle, as though works of that genre typically involve a completely fictional setting, the real world is still relevant. For that reason, no Isekai appear on this list, thankfully.
Because of the popularity of what was mentioned above, High Fantasy is in something of a state of decline. Note that the majority of entries shown are from before the turn of the century. Care has been taken, however, to include more recent examples, few though there are.
Sequels, remakes, spinoffs and the like are omitted for brevity.
Anime with mecha that's less sci-fi (or not at all) and more fantasy-based where the mechs are more like mechanical or magical giant suits of armour and feudal knight-like. Anime likes to blend sci-fi and fantasy together so some of these are going to be kinda' specious, especially towards the end. For series I will only link the first or base anime rather than listing all the sequels.
This stack excludes original anime as they have no demographic as well as anime where the female is just a Deuteragonist (Unless in instances where she has equal or even more importance than the male protagonist).
Due to stack limitations i will only include the first season of each respective anime.
If i accidentally added any anime that is one of the no go genres, please inform me so i can remove it, thank you.