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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


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Ranked: #4362
Popularity: #1026
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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
Fujisaki, Ayuna
Fujisaki, Ayuna

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

Opening Theme

"Hajimari no Kaze" by Ayaka Hirahara

Ending Theme

"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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Anime: Juuni Kokuki
Novel-based fantasy anime with a girl as the main protagonist. Saiunkoku without the traveling to another world aspect and with more comedy. The worlds of Saiunkoku and Juuni Kokki are very complex with their own history etc. Characters and their relations to each other are more deep then it seems at first glance. Plus the plot centers around how to rule a country and responsibility coming with this. not to forget the historic costumes...just watch them both... 
reportRecommended by DarkLaila
Anime: Fushigi Yuugi
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. 
reportRecommended by AngelLily
Anime: Akatsuki no Yona
Aside from both shows being a reverse harem with a historical setting, the main leads are quite similar. They are both very strong willed, never running away from problems, and they have a clear goal in which they're set on achieving. Both leads also have a protector who they knew since childhood, and that protector is willing to do anything to keep the main leads safe.  
reportRecommended by Enna
Anime: Hanasakeru Seishounen
Even though it might not look it at first both anime are kind of similiar.
Both have strong-willed heroines with no physical strength, even though Shuurei is much more clever in my opinion.
Both heroines have no clue whatsoever about love.
Both turn out to be more than the cliche reverse harem and include political intrigue as well as some action and adventure.
Both series show some unexpected plot twists.
Both offer a great deal more quality than the Angelique/Hanasakeru series (thank god <.<).
Both are reverse harem. 
reportRecommended by kujika
Anime: Ouran Koukou Host Club
Both reverse-harem type shows with similarly intelligent, practical women at the center. Ouran's a little perkier and funnier (and frankly, better) overall, but if you're a fan of the genre and like watching all those pretty, pretty guys falling in love one by one... 
reportRecommended by lowell
Anime: Hakuouki
In both anime, lots of bihies and one main girl involved with them. I think the art is also somewhat similar to eachother. The plots are different, but if you enjoy this you enjoy the other! (There's also a second season for Saiunkoku Monogatari) 
reportRecommended by maji_saikou

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