Saiunkoku Monogatari

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

TV (39 eps)
4.134 of 5 from 5,545 votes
Rank #615

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

delolmo's avatar by delolmo on Mar 23, 2016
Score 8/10

Saiunkoku Monogatari is a hidden gem. In terms of the story line I must say it was very well developed. For the length of this season, the story was well paced so that it did not go too slowly for the audience to lose interest and it did not go too fast for the audience to get lost in the plot.  This anime has a little bit of everything. Although it revolves heavily around politics, there is a little bit... 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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