Saiunkoku Monogatari

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

TV (39 eps)
4.135 of 5 from 4,655 votes
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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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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

Galadriel's avatar by Galadriel on Nov 17, 2009
Score: 9.8/10

Plot: "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... 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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