After I finished watching Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, I suddenly felt a need to watch a reverse harem anime. The only series I can and only want to watch at that time was Saiunkoku Monogatari. That’s how I started watching this.
The story is about Kou Shuurei, a girl who is living a simple, if not poor life, despite her family name’s social status. She has a dream and that is to be a government official. The major problem is that only men are allowed to take the National Exam for those who wanted to become an official. What will she do? Or rather how will she achieve her dream?
It is realllyyy a reverse harem. From Seiran, the exiled prince; Ryuuki, the childish emperor; Shuuei, skilled swordsman; Kouyuu, the tsundere official; Ryuuren, the eccentric genius and another one in the latter part of the series. Thank goodness that not all of the guys loved her (unlike in other reverse harem) but they all do admire Shuurei’s personality. The story is not fast-paced although it’s not slow too. It take its time to progress and explain almost everthing (since there are still some mytsterious things on the story). The political issues here are rather real with a touch of fantasy. It also showed different sides of the characters. It’s not just the growth of their personalities but also its depth. There’s more to them aside from being a bishounen.
I like the art of the series. It’s a total eye candy. They can be overly colorful sometimes but I can forgive that. Most of the characters are flashy maybe because of their noble ranks. The song which are Hajimari no Kaze for the op song and Saikou no Kataomoi for the ed song. The ed song is a bit sad for the series unlike the op song.
What I like most in the story is how Shuurei stand up as a woman. She’s intelligent and perseveres on achieving her dreams. She fights on what she believe is right and acts accordingly. It’s just that she’s dense and clueless when it comes to love so some guys tend to take advantage of that. Another lesson you’ll learn here is, whichever path you take or whatever decision you made be sure you won’t regret it. Be responsible for it and it is better if it is for the greater good.