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Saiunkoku Monogatari

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

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2006 to Feb 24, 2007
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.111 (scored by 14742 users)
Ranked: #3872
Popularity: #829
Members: 33,173
Favorites: 735
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Popular Tags

comedy historical romance shoujo

Synopsis

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.

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Saiunkoku Monogatari
Sequel: Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Season
Side story: Saiunkoku Monogatari Specials
Summary: Saiunkoku Monogatari Soushuuhen

Characters & Voice Actors

Kou, Shuurei
Kou, Shuurei
Main
Kuwashima, Houko
Japanese
Kuwashima, Houko
Sheridan, Kelly
English
Sheridan, Kelly
...
Li, Kouyuu
Li, Kouyuu
Main
Hiyama, Nobuyuki
Japanese
Hiyama, Nobuyuki
Toth, Andrew
English
Toth, Andrew
...
Ran, Shuuei
Ran, Shuuei
Main
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Japanese
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Adamthwaite, Michael
English
Adamthwaite, Michael
...
Shi, Seiran
Shi, Seiran
Main
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Japanese
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Francis, Andrew
English
Francis, Andrew
...

Staff

Shishido, Jun
Director
Yamada, Yuka
Script
Yoshida, Reiko
Script, Series Composition
Fudeyasu, Kazuyuki
Script



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Feb 20, 2009
adamantine
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
jet2r0cks
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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Recommendations

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.
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...

Opening Theme

"Hajimari no Kaze" by Ayaka Hirahara

Ending Theme

"Saikou no Kataomoi" by Sachi Tainaka

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