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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


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


Score: 8.091 (scored by 16371 users)
Ranked: #4372
Popularity: #932
Members: 38,363
Favorites: 786
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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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Adaptation: Saiunkoku Monogatari
Sequel: Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Season
Summary: Saiunkoku Monogatari Soushuuhen

Characters & Voice Actors

Kou, Shuurei
Kou, Shuurei
Kuwashima, Houko
Kuwashima, Houko
Li, Kouyuu
Li, Kouyuu
Hiyama, Nobuyuki
Hiyama, Nobuyuki
Ran, Shuuei
Ran, Shuuei
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Shi, Seiran
Shi, Seiran
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Midorikawa, Hikaru


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

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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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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
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
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
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
The thing that makes these truly similar is that the main character is a girl, surrounded by guys who she helps get through various difficulties. In fruits basket, Tohru helps them get through the emotional problems related to the Chinese Zodiac transformations; whereas in Saiunkoku Monogatari Shuurei helps the Emperor and those in the government work through their various problems. Once you've gotten to about episode 11 in Saiunkoku Monogatari and almost anywhere in Fruits Basket, you can REALLY see how they're similar. 
reportRecommended by isss
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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