The Story of Saiunkoku

Information
The Story of Saiunkoku, Saiunkoku Monogatari
Type: TV
Premiered: Spring 2006
Aired: Apr 8, 2006 to Feb 24, 2007
Producers: NHKSogo Vision
Studios: Madhouse
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Viewed: 47
Scored: 7.98/10 (26,203 voted myanimelist)
Synonyms: Saiunkoku Monogatari
Genres: AdventureComedyDramaFantasyRomanceHistorical
Most people think being born into a noble family means a life of comfort and wealth. That couldn't be further from the truth for Shuurei Kou. Despite the Kou family being an old and important bloodline, they've fallen on hard times. Shuurei's father works as an archivist in the Imperial library, which is a prestigious position, but unfortunately not one that pays much. To put food on the table, Shuurei works odd jobs such as teaching young children or playing live music in a restaurant―and even then, it's barely enough. Then, one day, a court advisor makes Shuurei an offer. If she becomes the concubine of the new, but lazy, emperor and teaches him how to become a good ruler, then she will receive 500 pieces of gold. Never one to turn down good money, Shuurei accepts the proposition. After all, the new emperor only prefers men so her virtue is safe… or so she thinks. The more time she spends in the palace, the more her old dream of becoming a court official is reignited. There's only one problem: she's a woman and women do not become government officials. Shuurei may be able to turn the emperor into a good ruler, but will it be at the expense of her own aspirations?
Characters
Li, Kouyuu
Main
Ran, Shuuei
Main
Shi, Ryuuki
Main
Shi, Seiran
Main
Kou, Shuurei
Main
Youshun
Supporting
To, Eigetsu
Supporting
Tei, Yuushun
Supporting
Shusui
Supporting
Shourin
Supporting
Sai, Shou
Supporting
Sa, Sakujun
Supporting
Sa, Kokujun
Supporting
Sa, Soujun
Supporting
Sa, Chushou
Supporting
Sa, Shunki
Supporting
Rou, Ensei
Supporting
Ran, Ryuuren
Supporting
Raien, Haku
Supporting
Kourin
Supporting
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