Saiunkoku Monogatari

Alt title: Story of the Land of Many-Colored Clouds

TV (39 eps)
4.133 of 5 from 5,234 votes
Rank #597

In an ancient and mythological land called Saiunkoku, the people have begun to recover from a period of war and famine; thus, when an official from the imperial court offers the impoverished and beautiful Shuurei more money than she could ever dream of in return for a favor, she jumps at the chance. What she doesn’t count on, however, is being asked to become a concubine to the recluse Emperor and help him transform into a better leader. What’s more, the Emperor shows little intelligence, seems to have no interest in ruling, and is rumored to prefer men. One thing’s for certain: Shuurei has her work cut out for her!

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VivisQueen's avatar by VivisQueen on Jun 4, 2008
Score 7/10

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Saiunkoku Monogatari is one of those pleasant surprises where you get a lot more than you bargained for; indeed, far from being a fluffy, witless romance, this title offers a rare formula of ‘pink politics' where a girl tries to make it in a man's world as governor of an empire. Saiunkoku Monogatari's appearance actually gave me the wrong impression at first. I was in the mood for a... read more

Jenuine's avatar by Jenuine on Jan 5, 2016
Score 9/10

After putting off watching this for the longest time, I finally gave it a go. This is a review for the first and second season. I enjoy long and detailed plots with a good amount of episodes, so this was something that interested me. The characters are one of the best assets. They're lovable and you'll be attatched just for that reason alone. The art is classy, and as far as characters go, the women in this are... read more

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Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Series TV 2007 Sequel

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Saiunkoku Monogatari (Light Novel) 2003
The Story of Saiunkoku 2005

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