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The Story of Saiunkoku, Vol. 6
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, 172 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by VIZ Media LLC
(first published October 26th 2010)
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I adore Ryuuki and am still a bit upset that Shuurei wants to put her career aspirations before him and leaving him all alone. GASP! I know! I just wish that she could somehow have both - her career and Ryuuki, that is. I wish that she didn't have to choose. ...more
You know what Saiunkoku reminds me of right now? Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small. Specifically in its portrayal of a woman entering a male dominated field and gritting her teeth to push through all the unfair behaviour and outright attempts to get her to fail. I find Shurei (and Keladry of Mindelan) amazingly admirable this volume, I want to cheer her on and take her as a role model. Ryuki appears to good effect too (showed leadership ability in his resolution of the city gang storyline a ...more
Another excellent volume, though a bit on the short side (at 162 pages) and disjointed, since it serves as the intermediary between that random Kogaro Arc from volme 5 and the start of Shurei and Eigetsu's time as Initiate civil servants. Still had some truly fantastic moments--loved Kocho's "always be proud that you are a woman" words of wisdom and that moment at the end where Shurei tells Seiran she won't come crying to him or let him rescue her this time--not from this, which is the dream and ...more
I am enjoying this story more and more with each volume. Shurei continues to break ground for women in politics in her society, but that doesn't mean she won't continue to encounter opposition. That there are men in power who could step in at any time (and who really want to) to aid her but don't because she has to climb her way up on her own makes the story even stronger with characters that you really feel for in this frustrating situation. Go Shurei! Yay girl power! :) ...more
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