4.254 out of 5 from 28 votes
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!
Both manga start in a similar way, with the poor heroine finding out about a high paying job at the palace where she has to be the emperor's temporary consort/bride. While Ookami-heika no Hanayome is focused on romance Saiunkoku Monogatari puts its emphasis on politics but still maintains a dose of romance.