Saiunkoku Monogatari (aka SaiMono to its fandom) literally translates to Tale of Kingdom of Iridescent Clouds.
SaiMono started as a series of light novels by writer Yukino Sai (illustrated by Yura Kairi). It was turned into manga and anime in 2006/2007. My first encounter with SaiMono was through the anime.
SaiMono is a fantasy josei (adult ladies) anime, set in a fictional kingdom called Saiunkoku that was loosely based on Imperial Chinese empire. The story opens with the introduction of Kou Shuurei, daughter of the Royal Archivist in the capital city Kiyou. Shuurei was approached by the Emperor’s advisor to enter the palace as the Emperor’s concubine for three months. Her mission was to reform the truant and layabout Emperor into a competent and capable monarch. In her quest, she and the viewers, were introduced to the denizens of the palace and the world of Saiunkoku in general. Read the rest of this entry »