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From Viz: 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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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've watched the anime, and the ending of THAT series dissapointed me.
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You'd think that Shuurei would accept his feelings and they'd end up together, but it just drags you on. There was more romance between her and that bad guy, but she like doesn't show much love to the emperor. >: ( poor guy.
I am a lil hesitant on reading the manga, cause i was pissed off about the ending of the anime. I know they are usually different, but still.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Haven't read this Manga yet
I just finished watching both the anime series of Saiunkou monogatari and I gotta say This is such a great anime; I have no words that would do justice to it. I had started watching it a long time ago but then I gave up on it for some reason. But then I remember how great the main female character was and how rare it is to find a heroine in anime who is so completely and utterly cool like Ko Shuurei. She is smart, funny, unbelievably driven, and best of all she is not a whiny cry baby who requires a man to be complete. Other than Shuurei, my other favourite characters were the Emperor, Shi Ryuuki, and Sa Sakujun. Ryuuki was so adorably lovable, he could be so wonderfully cool when carrying out Imperial duties and yet so silly and innocent at other times, waah Kawaii!!! I loved Sa Sakujun even though he was somewhat villainous. I loved how he was so in love with Shuurei and always trying to seduce her, and plus he is just so magnificently gorgeous Kyaaaa! There were so many positive qualities I admired in the main characters, which made me want to be just like that. The soundtrack is another thing I have fallen head over heels for. This anime was a lot like Seirei No Moribito, mostly because the setting and the music were of a historical era and both have strong women who carry out missions of countrywide importance, plus the emperors in both are super lovable. Ah I could talk about this for ever. I will miss Shuurei and all the other characters… too bad the next series (Just like NANA) might not be made and if made it will be too far in the future and who knows I might have lost my love of Anime then. Sigh…
I tried reading the manga, but animated action and color is so much better after all, plus the manga plot is far behind the anime.
(PS: I know I just gave a review of an anime in a manga section, sorry for that. I wonder if there's an anime review site just like this Manga site...)
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??