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The Story of Saiunkoku, Vol. 1

Book 1, The Story of Saiunkoku

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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!

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 06, 2010 – This story began as a series of light novels by Yura and Yukino and was subsequently adapted into an anime, drama CDs, and a manga written and illustrated by Yura. Set in the fictional empire of Saiunkoku, it follows Shurei Hong, a clever and hardworking girl born to a noble family that has fallen on hard times. Unable to fulfill her ambitions to work in politics, she accepts an offer to work as a consort for the childish Emperor Ryuki. Finding it difficult to even meet Ryuki (he initially pretends to be someone else to avoid her), it is quickly apparent that this will be no easy job even for the ambitious Shurei. However, she soon notices the good in Ryuki that few others have taken the time to see, and they become a charming odd couple of sorts. Indeed, the centerpiece of this story is the interactions between Shurei and Ryuki; the subplots are interesting but mostly serve to further develop their relationship. The story is endearing, striking a good balance between humor and romantic subtexts, and the art pays a strong attention to world building detail.

Customer Reviews


while i am happy to see this here. I am STILL WAITING FOR YOU TO GET THE ANIME. is it really that hard. I have been saying it for years now. Saiunkoku and 12kingdoms animes need to be on itunes. PLEASE. i am tired of watching it on illegal sites just because i want to see it again. GET IT. now please

The Story of Saiunkoku, Vol. 1
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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Manga
  • Published: Jul 14, 2011
  • Publisher: VIZ Media
  • Seller: VIZ Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 172 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Story of Saiunkoku
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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