The Story of Saiunkoku, Vol. 1 by Kairi Yura and Sai Yukino
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 bedchamber. Shurei must think of a way to stop the emperor from shirking his responsibilities, but she has to find him first!
My Rating: ★★★★★
Some three years ago, my friend Adrian gave me Saiunkoku Monogatari books as pasalubong. He knew how much I loved the anime so he gave me copies of the manga when he went home for vacation from his doctoral studies in Japan.
So I still don’t know how to read the manga (it’s in Nihongo). But I love it so much! The story is so complicated and beautiful and funny and amusing and at the same time, heartbreaking. I love Shurei Hong – the protagonist – she’s so strong and wise for her age. I love her love interests too – Ryuki and Seiran.
It’s not the usual shoujo story. The story is so beautifully-written and the characters are really lovable and fun. I can say the same for the setting as well. Most of all, who would not love the art? It’s gorgeous! 😀
I don’t want to spoil the story for you so that’s all I’m going to say.
I recommend this series to everyone. You won’t regret it if you read it. 🙂
Happy reading! 🙂