The 17th Sokan emperor is on his deathbed and his son is poised to inherit the kingdom. One minor problem stands between the young heir and the throne: he must first chose a bride. Among the thousands of girls who flock to the Forbidden City for a chance at becoming royalty is Ginga, a quick-witted, outspoken farm girl who thinks that any life outside the rice paddies sounds like an improvement. She is in for more of a challenge than she anticipated, however, when she sees her competition. Can Ginga rise to the challenge and prove that she has just what it takes to help lead a nation? Like the Clouds, Like the Wind is often mistaken for a Studio Ghibli or Hayao Miyazaki film because of its inspiring themes, strong young heroine, and soft, detailed art style; however, this animated drama was produced by Studio Pierrot.