Saiunkoku Monogatari is labeled as a “Comedy, Historical, Romance, Shoujo” anime on Anidb. Normally, I’m not too big a fan of the historical and shoujo genres, but since Ayu fansubs was doing it, and I like most of the series they sub, I thought I’d give this anime a shot.
Shuurei Kou is a hot musician who comes from a respected, but poor family. Gigs are pretty hard to come by, I guess, and her dad is just a librarian. She and her friend, Seiran Shi, live a pretty comfortable life, though. At first, I thought Seiran and Shuurei were married, but I guess they’re just good friends (Seiran owes her a life debt or something).
One day, the emperor’s right hand man shows up and offers Shuurei a 500 gold job! She probably wants to spend it on a sweet mount or something. Anyway, she accepts before hearing what the job entails. Bad idea. This is where the anime turns into Indecent Proposal. She has to be the emperor’s wife. Luckily, the emperor apparently plays for the other team…
Seiran’s job is to make the emperor a better guy in half a year. I guess after that she can just go home and be normal again. Most of the first episode shows her adjusting to life in the palace and meeting hot guys. This includes some guards and a dude that wears something suspiciously close to emperor clothes…
So basically, this is a shoujo reverse harem with bishounen. Why am I watching this again?
The character designs are okay, I guess. Shuurei is as cute as they come. I just have a problem with the bishounen to cute girl ratio. It’s like, 6:1! This is more of a function of the story, and not really about the character design, though. If you like bishies, you’ll probably dig this anime.
The animation is good for the type of anime. Usually when I think of historical anime, I think boring stills and ugly characters. The style gets wacky sometimes, so that keeps the boredom levels low. It doesn’t get to the point of SD, but I guess that would be inappropriate, huh?
Speaking of historical, the OP sounds like an 80s song! I think they channeled Cyndi Lauper when they recorded this! It’s not bad, but I don’t really like it. The ED is nice. It isn’t overly awesome, but it has a unique sound, and I like it.
Saiunkoku Monogatari isn’t a bad anime, per se. It just doesn’t really appeal to me personally. I can see this being a fairly popular anime for those more into the bishie shoujo genre, though. If you like that kind of stuff, I’d definitely recommend Saiunkoku Monogatari.