Saiunkoku Monogatari
The Story of Saiunkoku
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Saiunkoku Monogatari

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Synonyms: Colour Cloud Palace, Tale of the Land of Colored Clouds, The Story of Saiun Country, Tale of Saiunkoku, Tale of the Land of Many-Coloured Clouds
Japanese: 彩雲国物語
English: The Story of Saiunkoku
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 9
Chapters: 44
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 8, 2005 to Mar 24, 2012
Genres: Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance
Theme: Historical Historical
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Beans Ace
Authors: Yura, Kairi (Art), Yukino, Sai (Story)


Score: 7.801 (scored by 14871,487 users)
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Ranked: #12892
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Popularity: #3523
Members: 5,755
Favorites: 69


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Volumes: /9
Chapters: /44


The story, which takes place in the fictional medieval empire of Saiunkoku, follows the adventures of Shuurei Kou, a descendant of a noble family that has fallen on hard times. Her father serves as librarian in the Imperial palace, a post which offers prestige and respect but little compensation. Shuurei teaches in the temple school and works odd jobs to make ends meet, but her dream is to pass the imperial examinations and take a post in government, a path forbidden to women. Shuurei's plans come to an abrupt halt when the Emperor's Grand Advisor makes a startling offer: join the imperial household for six months as the young Emperor's consort, and teach the Emperor to be a responsible ruler. If she succeeds, the financial reward will be great. The story details Shuurei's growing relationships with the Emperor and other members of the court, the intrigues that surround imperial politics, and Shuurei's commitment to better herself and her country.

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Saiunkoku Monogatari was published in English as The Story of Saiunkoku by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from November 2, 2010 to April 2, 2013.

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Feb 25, 2019
It surprises me that this manga isn't more popular! (warning - some spoilers)

-Story: Starts out a bit cliched (attractive young girl roped into being a mock concubine/wife for attractive young royalty) but it develops a lot more after that point. I appreciated that the female MC (Shuurei) didn't fall in love with the king at that point, and actually removed herself from that situation once she had accomplished what she set out to do. There is a good balance in the story between action, politics, Shuurei's personal ambitions, and her relationship with the characters around her. I also felt like the pacing of the show ...
Jul 9, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (8/44 eps)
Not bad, but not amazing, just fine.

I have read and watched some incredible stories about history, or history combined with fantasy, so this didn't impress me a lot. If you have already read or watched Akatsuki no yona (action and romance), Under the queen's umbrella (drama and suspense), Moon lovers scarlet heart: ryeo (drama and suspense), Ashi-girl (Comedy and romance) or Kanata Kara (romance); then, this is just another story based on history-fantasy.

The story at the beginning is cliché and when the true story and drama starts, it's a bit confusing and nothing impressive.

It comes out to be barely impressive because the manga ...

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Recent Forum Discussion

Saiunkoku Monogatari's Final Volume (Volume 9)
blue-y - Apr 5, 2013
8 repliesby DreamingBeats »»
Nov 19, 2018 7:10 PM
Who does Shuurei end up with?
anayardz - Jun 7, 2012
1 repliesby violity »»
Jan 10, 2017 5:13 AM
I love the manga!
blue-y - Aug 20, 2011
1 repliesby Cynderella »»
Feb 17, 2012 12:04 PM
Side story of Cross-dressing event in vol.2
blue-y - Mar 3, 2011
2 repliesby blue-y »»
Aug 20, 2011 1:01 PM