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Saiunkoku Monogatari

Alternative Titles

English: The Story of Saiunkoku
Synonyms: The Tale of Saiun Country, Story of the Land of Many-Colored Clouds, Kokumono, Saimono, ColourCloud Palace
Japanese: 彩雲国物語


Type: TV
Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2006 to Feb 24, 2007
Premiered: Spring 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: NHK, Sogo Vision
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Light novel
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.071 (scored by 18,789 users)
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Ranked: #4442
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Popularity: #1050
Members: 45,915
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Episodes: /39


Saiunkoku is a world of eight provinces or houses, each named after a different colour. The new Emperor, Shi Ryuuki, has gained for a reputation for being uninterested in courtly matters and for flaunting his love for men. Shuurei, although born of the important Kou family, has difficulty making ends meet. She easily accepts an invitation to be the Emperor's concubine in order to turn him into a good ruler. The mysterious Seiran, a young man who was adopted by her father, goes with her as Ryuuki's bodyguard. Entering the imperial palace revives Shuurei's dream of being a court official and, together with the many companions she meets along the way, continues moving bravely forward while trying to fend off the Emperor's advances.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kou, Shuurei
Kou, Shuurei
Kuwashima, Houko
Kuwashima, Houko
Shi, Ryuuki
Shi, Ryuuki
Seki, Tomokazu
Seki, Tomokazu
Shi, Seiran
Shi, Seiran
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Li, Kouyuu
Li, Kouyuu
Hiyama, Nobuyuki
Hiyama, Nobuyuki


Shishido, Jun
Shishido, Jun
Sakoi, Masayuki
Sakoi, Masayuki
Episode Director
Yoshida, Reiko
Yoshida, Reiko
Script, Series Composition
Yamada, Yuka
Yamada, Yuka

More episodes Episodes(39/39)

Episode Title Aired
1 Every Good Deal Has A Catch
Umai Hanashi ni wa Ura ga Aru (うまい話には裏がある)
Apr 8, 2006
2 A Frog in the Well Knows Not About the Ocean
I no Naka no Kawazu Taikai wo Shirazu (井の中の蛙大海を知らず)
Apr 15, 2006
3 The Capable Falcon Hides Its Talons
Nou Aru Taka wa Tsume wo Kakusu (能ある鷹は爪を隠す)
Apr 22, 2006
4 Treasure Buried Is Treasure Wasted
Sore wa Takara no Mochigusare (それは宝の持ち腐れ)
Apr 29, 2006
5 A Genius Can't Better A Hardworking Man
Doryoku ni Masaru Tensai Nashi (努力に勝る天才なし)
May 6, 2006

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"Hajimari no Kaze" by Ayaka Hirahara

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"Saikou no Kataomoi" by Sachi Tainaka

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Feb 20, 2009
Oh, Saiunkoku Monogatari. I will never understand why this show isn't more popular. But I digress.

Story: 10

At first glance, the plot may seem a bit shallow - a girl becomes the consort of a reluctant Emperor, let the silliness begin! - but wow does it become so much more. Essentially, Saiunkoku Monogatari is an engaging drama filled with political intrigue disguised as a simple reverse harem story. Even the simplest details connect to overall story and the plot becomes more and more developed as the show progresses.

Animation: 8

Not much to say here other than Saiunkoku Monogatari does have an overdose of bishies. Don't let read more
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Jun 22, 2007
Almost everyone who has seen Saiunkoku Monogatari has compared it to Fushigi Yuugi. Sure, there are similar elements, such as the ancient China setting, the characters\' appearance and of course the reverse harem. However, I think that the thing that links both series the most is that they\'re both really good.

The story focuses on Shuurei Kou, a resident of Saiunkoku. She dreams of becoming a government official and throughout the series, we see her chasing that dream, as well as juggling love, friendship and work at the same time.

I greatly admire Shuurei, as well as the other women characters in this series. She\'s definitely not read more
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Aug 28, 2009
TITLE: Saiunkoku Monogatari (The Story of Saiunkoku)

LIGHT NOVEL, ANIME: Saiunkoku Monogatari was originally a series of light novels written by Yui Sakino and illustrated by Kairi Yura. As of the time of this review, the series is still ongoing, with fourteen collected novels and three side story anthologies.

The anime adaptation of Saiunkoku Monogatari was directed by Jun Shishido (well-known for his work on Hajime no Ippou: New Challenger and as an episode director on Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad) and was produced by Studio Madhouse (well-known for their work on Death Note and Dennou Coil). It aired on Japanese TV from read more
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Jan 1, 2008
Many people say Saiunkoku Monogatari is like Fushigi Yuugi. I, however, find them very different. Fushigi Yuugi is more fictional and serious, while Saiunkoku Monogatari will almost always have you cracking up and is completely realistic. They do both have female main characters that work hard to achieve their goals though.
Speaking strictly about Saiunkoku Monogatari, there is an overall plot that contains many shorter stories within it. One of the best things about this series is that it seems spontaneous - one event leads directly to another. However, this shift is never fluid. There are always obstacles that the main character - Kou Shurrei - read more
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