Both animes are set in Ancient China, and the character design is rather similar. Although Saiunkoku doesn't have an adventurous plot like Fushigi Yuugi, whoever liked the background of Fushigi Yuugi should check Saiunkoku Monogatari.
This anime struck me as very similar from the very begining, Saiunkoku developed its own story line, but the time period is simlar, and the characters are simlar as well. From the loveable emperor, to the distant traveler. Saiunkoku is perfect if you liked everything about Fushigi except for the overly mushy Miaka and Tamahome.
the time and place that revolves around the story is similar. it's also a reverse-harem, bishie infested anime. not only are there a lot of bishies, most of the characters on both anime falls for the main girl. on top of that, both heroines on both anime have some facial similarities.
Fushigi Yuugi and Saiunkoku Monogatari is somehow the same because of its reverse harem type. They make you fall in love with the guy and girl characters too. For me, Saiunkoku Monogatari is better than Fushigi Yuugi because of its story. Saiunkoku Monogatari is more on the realistic/political side with the side dish of comedy and love...
this is similar because there are love triangles, kinda same drawing, and both are ancient time.. ^^
both animes are set in the ancient era...
besides,some of the characters look so much alike...
especiall with emperors hotohori and ryuuki
both have strong women as the protagonist and are surrounded by handsome and reliable men...the art is similar too
They are not alike but -
1. both of them take place in ancient China
2. Hotohori = Ryuuki
3. Shuurei and Miaka kinda looks alike
4. Seiran is a bit like Tamahome.
The differences are mainly -
1. Too much Politics in Saiunkoku while FY focuses on romance and plot.
2. Shuurei is more formal, womanish while Miaka is a simple girl and feels more with her emotion.
3. FY is better.
one similarity between fushigi and saiunkoku is that there are more than one factions on each show
They both happen in ancient china. Both are centred around strong girls. They also have similar character design.
Both story lines involve the semi-innocent tough girl who has to choose between an emperor and a close friend. In Fushigi Yuugi, it gets to the love story much faster than in Saiunkoku, but with them both set in ancient China with the strong hearted heroine, the emotions are extremely similar!