Almost everyone who has seen Saiunkoku Monogatari (彩雲国物語) has compared it to Fushigi Yuugi. Sure, there are similar elements, such as the ancient China setting, the characters’ appearance and of course the reverse harem. However, I think that the thing that links both series the most is that they’re both really good. The story focuses on Shuurei Kou, a resident of Saiunkoku. She dreams of becoming a government official and throughout the series, we see her chasing that dream, as well as juggling love, friendship and work at the same time.
Truth be told, I usually prefer anime series that are set in modern time and in the real world. The fact that it’s set in ancient China threw me off at first, but by watching it I was able to see what a gem it really is. It was very entertaining, educational and even funny at times. Saiunkoku Monogatari was able to sway my preference because it is truly an inspiring tale and it should be seen by everyone.
Opening Theme:”Hajimari no Kaze” by Ayaka Hirahara
Ending Theme: “Saikou no Kataomoi” by Sachi Tainaka
Saiunkoku Monogatari Season #1: OST 1 / OST 2
Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Season
Opening Theme: “Hajimari no Kaze” by Ayaka Hirahara
Ending Theme: “Asu he” by Teruya Miho
Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Season Original Soundtrack
Saiunkoku Monogatari Song of Memory