Saiunkoku Monogatari

The Story of Saiunkoku

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Tale of Saiun Country, Story of the Land of Many-Colored Clouds, Kokumono, Saimono, ColourCloud Palace
Japanese: 彩雲国物語
English: The Story of Saiunkoku
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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
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, Reverse HaremReverse Harem
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.881 (scored by 3568135,681 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #8352
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2145
Members: 98,264
Favorites: 1,158

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Shuurei Kou, the daughter of a noble yet impoverished family, is a clever young lady who dreams of becoming a government official and contributing toward her country. However, her dream is out of her reach as such a position is forbidden to women. While her father works a low wage job as an archivist at the palace, Shuurei has to juggle odd jobs to make ends meet. Then, one day, an unexpected visit changes her life.

Shuurei is called to assist Ryuuki Shi, the new emperor who is known for slacking on his duties and preferring the company of men. Tempted by the generous compensation, she readily accepts the chance to become the young emperor's consort for six months. Luckily, she is not alone as Seiran Shi, her trusty friend, joins her as Ryuuki's bodyguard. While tasked with transforming the new emperor into a responsible ruler, court life and politics prove troublesome as Shuurei faces the challenges of her new life.

Set in a fictional country, Saiunkoku Monogatari centers on the idea of meaningful leadership, its adversities and the rewards that come alongside a prospering nation.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Maruyama, Masao
Shishido, Jun
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Sakoi, Masayuki
Episode Director
Ootani, Hajime
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Hajimari no Kaze" by Ayaka Hirahara

Ending Theme

"Saikou no Kataomoi" by Sachi Tainaka


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 ...
Nov 13, 2009
Mixed Feelings
I couldn't fall in love with this dull "romantic" anime. It was more about government than love, honestly I wouldn't watch this anime if you want some comedy and romance. It'll kill your vibe to watch anime for about two weeks. The characters are explained well, but the whole story was a bit above average because of some of the fighting/government scenes. Overall, it's not something I would recommend for starting anime watchers, but veterans who have nothing else to do.
Jul 21, 2016
I've just finished watching Sainkoku Monogatari, and I can tell that it was quite horrible....

The anime has nice artwork, good sound, and nice music, there's an interesting atmosphere, but....

The story ruins it all. The very first story arc was quite interesting, but once it was over, everything fell apart.

The biggest problem is that main heroine has a bad case of a "Mary Sue" syndrome. She acts in reckless and outright stupid fashion at any opportunity she gets, but is ALWAYS saved by some convenient deus ex machina. Every single time, someone mysteriously arrives, intervenes and saves Shuurei (main heroine) from another trouble she managed to ...

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