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Saiunkoku Monogatari

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

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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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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Series TV 2007 Sequel

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Saiunkoku Monogatari (Light Novel) 2003 TBD
The Story of Saiunkoku 2005 TBD
Name Role
Miwa OSHIMA Character Design
Jun SHISHIDO Director
Kunihiko RYO Music
Sai YUKINO Original Manga Creator
Ikuko SHIMOGAWARA Producer
Yuji SHIBATA Producer

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Saiunkoku Monogatari VivisQueen 7/10 Jun 4, 2008
Story of the Land of Many-Colored Clouds VivisQueen 7/10 Jun 4, 2008

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Saiunkoku Monogatari Eveamlizya 9/10 May 12, 2011
Story of the Land of Many-Colored Clouds Eveamlizya 9/10 May 12, 2011
Saiunkoku Monogatari anne21201 8/10 Jan 30, 2010
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VivisQueen

Both anime feel quite similar in approach to romance. Firstly, both concentrate on the tensions between a poor but very intelligent female and her wealthy-yet-seemingly-shallow male interest. Comedy in both is light-hearted, with a combination of slap-stick and irony, and tends to be geared towards the silliness of the wealthy/advantaged. Despite the comic elements, both anime are highly successful in bringing out the deeper personalities and troubles of their characters. Their animation styles are also of similar quality, with bright, soft hues, and gorgeous bishounen males.

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Both of these anime have a unique type of humor. If you're a shounen-ai fan you will really love the sibling love between Hikaru and Kaoru from Ouran as well as The Emperor and Seiran from Saiunkoku Monogatari. Also, the female protagonist in both is like a magnet for handsome men.

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It's a fairly safe bet to say that almost anyone who enjoyed one of these will probably enjoy the other. While the premises are very different, the two have the same light, comedic feel to them with just a little seriousness thrown in here and there. The main heroines have quite a few similarities - not simply in the fact that they are both strong, intelligent females but also regarding smaller details - and the lead males both have the same sort of childish but romantic charm. Each series is sweet and romantic in its own way and very entertaining, and if you happen to be watching one then I highly reccomend pairing it with the other.

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wolfangel87

Angelique and Saiunkoku Monogatari have spunky, fun loving girls that get thrust into the political spectrum of life.  Angelic take on a more fanciful approach but both series have the same concept.

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yukichii

In both series there are a lot of powerful and beautiful characters! They have similar historical settings, romance, and fantasy. If you liked Saiunokoku Monogatari, you should watch Harukanaru Toki.

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Both Saiunkoku and Harukanaru showcase the power of a girl. They both show that a girl can be a channel of great power and courage.

Also both series are littered with good-looking men of different natures.

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When anime draws themes from history and mythology outside Japan, the favourite subjects are European-style pseudo-mediaeval fantasy, or quasi-Chinese history and mythology. Into the latter category, Saiunkoku Monogatari and Kumo no you ni, Kaze no you ni both fall. With a strong female protagonist, a great deal of action and romance, and the occasional tear-jerker moment, these are very similar stories.

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In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?

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WitchWillow

Both Seirei no Moribito and Saiunkoku Monogatari (1st & 2nd series) are shows about women forging new paths in careers traditionally reserved for men. They also showcase a sweeping saga of a mythical/mystical land and the part these female protaganists play in securing the land's future while being true to themselves. Beautiful animation and a wonderful score only add to the already wonderful story-telling.

wickedshizuku

These series have a female protagonist that you can't help, but loving. Both of them have to go through many trials to persuade royalty to accept their destiny.

While Saiukoku Monogatari is more political based, and Seirei No Moribito action based; they both have a good conclusions.