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Shurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from holding office. The emperor Ryuki, however, refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Shurei is asked to become a consort to the emperor to persuade the ne’er-do-well ruler to govern.
Shurei enters the palace as Ryuki’s consort, but he has yet to seek her out. It is rumored that men, not women, share the emperor’s bedchamber. Shurei must think of a way to stop the emperor from shirking his responsibilities, but she has to find him first!
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SO ANNOYING! i love this story to death but the manga is like...dead. and the anime has only 2 seasons!!!!!!! T-T i wish there is a 3 season...at least...+ nothing happened between shuurei and the emperor...!!!!! i feel like crying when i think about that. why doesn't the sensei write more T-T anyone like me out there who wants this series to continue??
Loved the Anime
It was one of the best things I've ever watched/read, and I'm not saying this lightly. Sigh....there are so many good things about the story, especially all the political intrigue and ongoings, which I love. All the characters are likable, and each have their own distinct personality. There aren't many extremes personality wise. My current favorite characters are Shi Seiran, Yougetsu (love this guy), Ensei, and Ran Shuuei along with Kou Shouka and (minor character) Kijin Kou, the treasury person. I would have liked to call Shuurei one of my favorites as she is the main character, but I felt that she was too naive. Her personality was real enough, but I guess I just like the extremes anyways. ^.^'
Personally I like Seiran better than Ryuuki. Ryuuki is just too childish. Sure he might play on some maternal (and I'm assuming that most of the people who read this are female) feelings, but it gets irritating sometimes. Seiran is much more mature and (most of the time) reserved.
This is most interesting josei I've read/watched so far. Interconnecting plots, intriguing backstories, along with an fascinating universe make it a definite read/watch. But those that are just hung up on action stories wouldn't like this genre. Don't read it if you don't like politics (and I use that term loosely).
EDIT:: Never mind, my favorite character has become Sakujun. Curse you episode 35!!!!!
... Last updated on April 18th, 2011, 11:36am
A manga that you'll want to read, despite the slowness.
I first picked up the series because of the pretty artwork. And when reading this series, I fell in loved it. It wasn't girly romance that involves guy-chase-girl-who-chase-another-girl or cry-a-bucket-of-tears-and-everything-shall-be-ok storyplot. It's mostly talk about Shuurei trying to get into politics (where back in the days girls stay home and be good wives instead) and what the main character is trying to do to make Saiukoku a better place. For a politic-hater like me, it's not that annoying to the point I want to throw the manga against the wall, but rather wanting to read some more. And for a female like her, I like the girl power showing out. =D
An update for others. This is originally a novel, which became very popular and the same artist decided to do a manga version while the novel was still going on, thus the artist is VERY slow when it came to updating. The anime was also spawn from this and it ended earlier than the novel's ending. So if the anime ending pissed you off, it's not the real ending. They just had a hard time finding the right moment to give it the ending for the anime. Since the novel recently ended, I do hope the manga will update quickly.
... Last updated on November 9th, 2011, 11:08pm
can't get enough of this manga and anime. love how some of the characters have 'hidden' personalities. and I agree, the character and plot twist build ups are awesome!
i really hope they make a season 3 for the anime and make the other light novels part of the manga
thats not the end
to the person below
thats the ending of the second season of anime, not the entire anime the anime is currently in indefinite hitus
I really liked this one. The art is well done the character build up is realistic. Sure it is typical in a lot of ways but it is not overly syrupy. Which is nice because I'm tired of women being portrayed as idiots and having no desire to better themselves outside of getting the man. This is a good repeat read.
awww the characters are all so cute. they all have their own presonalities that make them special and unique. especially the majesty. hes adorable so cute. I havent seen the anime but i think the manga is not as bad as the people say it is. I also think its best to read the manga then watch the anime always best to do that.
I can relate
I'm very happy that a lot of people really like Saiunkoku Monogatari. It's such an interesting story and it's not like the others.It's really a josei, Fave_chan? I thought that it was also shoujo. So sad. Until now, it still isn't updated. I hope that they will continue the anime. Well, my favorite character would be Seiran, because he's so passionate, don't you think so? Especially at the time when he slammed his fists after getting really pissed off with Sa Sakujun. Anyways, you're all really cool!
... Last updated on March 15th, 2010, 3:13am
I agree, it rocks, shame that the manga is so far behind the anime, but it actually is much truer to the novel than the anime is. The novel is still ongoing and is past the anime now (by a couple of volumes). I like the art, the backgrounds are so detailed.
A manga and anime that you should die for
I neglected this manga at first because of the weird title but now I know I'm so wrong. This is also the first time I have seen such a beautiful woman in term of intelligence and passion. An extremely heart-warming story in which the heroine is an epitome of virtue and a symbol for all women to strike for. It's nice to know that Shuurei didn't fall into the typical type of shoujo heroine as she created a whole new image of herself as a strong woman in a modern society, dared to challenge the old stereotypes in which men should be the pillar of all.