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The Story of Saiunkoku, Vol. 1 (The Story of Saiunkoku #1)

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Shurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from holding office. The emperor Ryuki, however, refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Shurei is asked to become a consort to the emperor to persuade the ne’er-do-well ruler to govern.

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by VIZ Media LLC (first published June 26th 2006)
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Feb 19, 2011 Estara rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, read-in-2011
Of course I was biased to like this version of one of my favourite female empowering animes - which sadly got too little PR in the West due to Pioneer/Geneon suddenly vanishing from the anime publishers list in the US. I was quite grateful that Funimation finished the first series, but the second series was only available in fansubs - and I haven't heard of this world developing a strong fanbase, so I hardly think we shall get it in English.

There are many powerful shoujo heroines, but here you h
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
Frankly, the only decent thing I can say about this book is that the art is lovely. The rest...debatable.

For one, everybody is beautiful.

No no, I don't think you fully get this: Every. Body. Is. Really. Freaking. Beautiful.

This wouldn't be much of a problem if all of them didn't look EXACTLY the same. All the men are pretty. All of them have long hair. All of their hair is light. All of them have heart shaped faces. ALL OF THEM HAVE ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME FACE AND BODY STRUCTURE.

That makes di
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I hadn't heard of this before. Even the anime. So I wondered how the manga would be after watching a bit of the anime, which is pretty good. And this volume, I kind of like it. Same with that art style. Characters are interesting or well, the ones that are introduced so far and its only the first volume. Good start though.
Jul 05, 2015 Ren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, own-and-read
4 bintang

Baru nyadar ternyata komik ini harganya lebih mahal 5000 ketimbang komik m&c biasa dan ditag D di belakangnya. Awalnya mikir, jangan2 banyak adegan ngeres nan menjurus yang ga disensor. Atau karena ini reverse harem, maka banyak hint yaoi dimana - mana atau adegan yaoi beneran :v.

Tapi, nyatanya ngga :P. Tag dewasa buat komik ini masuk akal walaupun tokohnya benernya usia masih remaja (17an), karena isinya memang, surprisely butuh pemikiran. Ngga terlalu kerasa di vol ini, tapi baka
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Shurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from holding office. The emperor Ryuki, however, refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Shurei is asked to become a consort to the emperor to persuade the ne’er-do-well ruler to govern.

Shurei enters the palace as Ryuki's consort, but he has yet to seek her out. It is rumored that men, not women, share the emperor's bed
Dec 04, 2015 Sesana rated it liked it
Better than I had thought it would be. I like Shurei, but the story surrounding her just didn't grab me. The art is pretty, but the character designs are too similar overall. Better than average, and I have no doubt that this will find many devoted fans. Not sure I'm going to be one of them, though.
Feb 14, 2016 Kati rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book. Wonderful art, touching and often funny story... I loved the anime and I'm loving the manga!
Sinai C.
Feb 06, 2012 Sinai C. rated it really liked it
Ok, after rereading it for a second time...I'm ready to be nicer.
Again, it deserves it's two stars for drawings because it was honestly such a beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL thing to read. The pictures were so elegant and pretty. The illustrator really has so much talent in this area. The men are pretty, the women are pretty, and everything is just...perfect.
Now, after reading it again, I get a lot more of what the plot is supposed to be about. I'm not half as confused as I was before! So bas
Dec 18, 2014 Indo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ini bukan cerita cinderella yang biasa, walaupun tokoh utamanya cowok kaya dan cewek miskin. Yang bikin menarik, si cowok yang notabene kaisar itu selalu kelihatan polos, padahal sebenernya di balik "kepolosan"-nya dia selalu melindungi si cewek dari intrik2 di istana. Cuma di saat-saat tertentu dia menunjukkan kepiawaiannya, dan selalu ketika si cewek nggak lihat :D :D :D

Secara keseluruhan ini manga yang sangat layak dikoleksi, ceritanyanya menarik, gambarnya bagus, dan banyak cowok cakep berte
In which a destitute but idealistic young noblewoman becomes the emperor's consort in order to persuade him to take on the responsibility of actually governing. (Re-read 10/10/11 to refresh memory.)
Dec 25, 2014 Padma rated it it was amazing
Great story, great art! Recommended
Dulu udah perna baca english scanlation nya tapi lupa ceritanya karena udah lama. Sekarang baca terjemahan indo nya dari m&c dan niat mengkoleksi komik 1 ini. Emang kalau komik adaptasi (novel) itu emang beda ya, plot ceritanya ga cetek dan alurnya sudah direncanakan dgn saksama.

Jadi ceritanya itu bersetting di suatu negara fiktif "Saiunkoku" atau Kingdom of Colored Clouds, yang dilindungi oleh 8 immortals (sejenis dewa mungkin?) dengan namanya masing2 Kou
Apr 29, 2011 Kayt rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Shurei Hong is poor, but of noble birth, and has dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court. Alas, women are barred from holding office. However, when the emperor's advisors get fed up with his shirking of duties, Shurei is asked to become a consort and whip him into shape.

I was surprised by how good this manga actually was. Shurei is a likeable heroine--at first she comes off as a bit too stereotypical: fiery, penny-pinching, and crass, but with the first 10 pages we see that s
Dec 16, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
After reading several positive reviews about this series on some blogs that I follow, I decided to give The Story of Saiunkoku a try. It sounded a little off the beaten track when it comes to shoujo, being centered around politics, specifically women's role in politics, so I was intrigued.

The story is good thus far (I've read through the first five volumes of the story), with good character development and a well-crafted plot with political intrigue set in what appears to be a Chinese-inspired
S. J.
Sep 11, 2013 S. J. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Manga lovers, teenage girls, people interested in manga
Recommended to S. by: Library
My local library is making a liar out of me. I've always said that I'm not a shojo fan (exceptions being Fruits Basket and Ouran Host Club), but I have now found two series in the shojo genre that are amazing and I'll be rereading them for years to come.

This series is set in a fictional (and slightly fantastical) world that draws heavily on particular eras of Chinese and possibly Japanese imperial courts. The main character, Shurei, is the daughter of a noble but poor civil servant working in t
Ok, where to begin . . . .

Well, I will start by saying that this review will go between volumes 1-5. If anybody knows any online site that goes even further than volume 5, let me know.

Anyway, I guess I should say that as sad as this is I'm still having problems with their names. I can tell the difference between characters but it's just that some names are so similar that when their names are mentioned I'm thinking, who?

Going into this series, I thought I was going to hate it. The idea that this
Apr 19, 2015 Rochelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
The story centres around Shurei Hong, who is poor but of noble birth. She gets selected to be the Emperors consort as she is very smart and teaches children who may become civil servants (which she, as a woman, cannot do) and may exert some influence over him so he may take up his governing duties.
I like that the female protagonist is smart and ambitious but also kind. As with a lot of manga, she doesn't have a lot of flaws(so far) but she is funny and likeable. Ryuki, the emperor, is also more
Feb 22, 2012 Rasheta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I don't normally give Manga five stars as usually they aren't as amazingly good as this one is. I had seen the anime and rather liked it, but heard that there was more to the story. Taking that into consideration I sought out the manga.

I picked up the manga today thinking it would be like reading the anime, imagine my surprise when it was enough like it I could see the influence of the manga on the anime but it was also vastly different. The Emperor seems like less of a spoiled overly rambuncti
Mar 11, 2011 Matthew rated it liked it
The story and concept here are great. Shurei Hong is part of a noble family, but a family with serious financial troubles. To help her family's finances Shurei takes a position as consort for the new 19-year-old emperor who seems more intent on leaving all the work to his advisors. Shurei is sent in to give the emperor a better sense of responsibilty and take command of his realm.

It's very character driven with some nice bits of humor worked in. The art---from the girls to the boys to the backg
May 03, 2016 Luna rated it liked it
2-3 Stars
Given up after 4 books.

I love the artwork, I really do - because it’s stunning. Somehow though I’m just not connecting with this series – it’s not bad but after the third book I getting bored and I decided by the end of the fourth that it wasn’t worth continuing. Might return later to try again.
Jul 30, 2014 R.A. rated it really liked it
I picked this up because I was curious and then when I read that it was about a woman who couldn't become a civil servant because only men can, I knew I had to give it a try. It was equal parts funny and heartstrings pulling. It is a feel good shojo romance set in a place inspired by ancient China.
Amy Keeley
Aug 02, 2014 Amy Keeley rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
[Note: I read the whole series]

Very good series. No romance, though there are constant hints at the possibility. It is, however, a very good story about a woman trying to follow her dream in spite of all obstacles. Recommended.
Jul 05, 2012 Chrissy rated it it was ok
The premise delightful. The execution pathetic.

Honestly this was saved from one star only by comparison with its screen adaptation.
Conflicts feel terribly contrived, and every twist lined up is painfully obivous.
Shurei Hong is the single biggest problem with the story. In a book filled with characters who are forgettable and dull Shurei stands out by sheer force of Sue. She is so very poor, but only by comparison to her station. We are always reminded of her hard work, but are never SHOWN her st
Lilly Watts
Mar 22, 2014 Lilly Watts rated it really liked it
The series is not finished, so be warned you will be extremely frustrated!
Feb 22, 2014 Yy added it
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Amanda Huber
Mar 08, 2012 Amanda Huber rated it really liked it
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Ovi Choihyunsang
Apr 27, 2015 Ovi Choihyunsang rated it really liked it
very interesting
Dec 09, 2014 Katherine rated it it was amazing
Awesome series!!!
Rachel (Sfogs)
Sep 30, 2014 Rachel (Sfogs) rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
So adorable :-D
Leah Jones-barrett
Aug 24, 2014 Leah Jones-barrett rated it it was amazing
Great story, I like it.
K.C. Rivers
Jan 16, 2012 K.C. Rivers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, historical, shojo
Okay, so the storyline really wasn't mind-blowingly awesome. Interesting, yes. But the artwork was gorgeous, and I'm just a flat-out sucker for beautifully drawn manga. Or perhaps just beautifully drawn manga men. I'm not sure which. Whatever the case, I loved the characters and the artwork enough to be spell-bound.
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