The anime series The Story of Saiunkoku is based on the series of Japanese light novels written by Sai Yukino. Produced by Madhouse Studios and directed by Jun Shishido, the series premiered in Japan on NHK on April 8, 2006. The first season ran for 39 episodes until its conclusion on February 24, 2007. The series' second season, referred to as Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Series, premiered on April 7, 2007 and ran for another 39 episodes until its conclusion on March 8, 2008.

In May 2007, Geneon Entertainment announced it had acquired the licensed to releases the anime in North America with English language options.[1] In September 2007, after only two volumes had been released, Geneon closed its North America operations.[2] In July 2008, Funimation Entertainment announced that it will distribute several Geneon titles, including The Story of Saiunkoku.[3]

The series uses three pieces of theme music. "Hajimari no kaze" by Ayaka Hirahara is used for the opening theme for both the first and second seasons. For the ending theme, "Saikou no Kataomoi" by Sachi Tainaka is used for the first season, while "Asu he" by Teruya Miho is used for the second season.

Episode listing

Season 1

# Title Original Airdate
01 Every Good Deal Has A Catch
"Umai hanashi ni wa ura ga aru" (うまい話には裏がある)
April 8, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kou Shuurei lives in Saiunkoku’s Imperial City, Kiyo. A stunning young lady from the honorable Kou Clan, she makes a living by teaching children and struggles to make ends meet. One day, a high official from the Imperial court, Advisor Sho, arrives with a once-in-a-lifetime offer. Dazzled by the chance to be allowed in the Imperial compound and the high compensation rate, she readily accepted his offer and becomes a consort and tutor for the new Emperor of Saiunkoku.
02 A Frog in the Well Knows Not About the Ocean
"I no naka no kawazu taikai o shirazu" (井の中の蛙大海を知らず)
April 15, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shuurei enters the Royal Harem as the consort and person-in-charge of educating the new Emperor, Ryuuki. As she spends the days with him, she has the inkling of an idea that he isn’t the fool everyone makes him out to be. On the contrary, she feels that he may turn into a good king if given the right opportunity and education. After learning that Ryuuki has never gone into the city, she secretly takes him out to the downtown area in order to show him the lives of the common people.
03 The Capable Falcon Hides Its Talons
"Nō Aru Taka wa Tsume o Kakusu" (能ある鷹は爪を隠す)
April 22, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
One month has passed since Shuurei became a royal consort. Ryuuki kept his promise to Shuurei and gradually started to get involved with political affairs. One evening, out of the blue, Ryuuki pays a visit to the Royal Harem carrying roses in his hand. Shuurei is flattered by this change of heart, but is taken aback when she realizes that Ryuuki cut his hands up when he gathered the roses for her. She tends to his wounds and recounts the story of Rose Princess to her audience of one. In the meantime, an incident occurs during a royal banquet that threatens the peace of the entire kingdom, not to mention Shuurei's life!
04 Casting Pearls Before Swine
"Sore wa takara no mochigusare" (それは宝の持ち腐れ)
April 29, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After participating in a swordfighting tournament, Ryuki discovers his exiled brother Seien is closer at hand than he previously believed.
05 There Is No Genius Without Hard Work
"Doryoku ni masaru tensai nashi" (努力に勝る天才なし)
May 6, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei meets Ryuren Ran, the eccentric brother of the General of the Shaorin Army.
06 Lacking The Finishing Touch
"Garyōtensei o Kaku" (画竜点睛を欠く)
May 13, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei is kidnapped by forces who may or may not be working against the Emperor's interests.
07 Even The Strongest Swimmer May Drown
"Yoku oyogu mono wa oboreru" (よく泳ぐ者は溺れる)
May 20, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The plot against Ryuki and Shurei comes to a head as the conspirators are defeated. With her task complete, Shurei leaves the palace.
08 Wanting To Borrow A Cat's Paws
"Neko no te mo karitai" (猫の手も借りたい)
May 27, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei returns to her work at the temple school. Ryuki begins writing a proposal that would allow women to take the official examinations. Ensei Ro, one of Seiran's friends, arrives from Brown Province.
09 The Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step
"Senri no michi mo ippo kara" (千里の道も一歩から)
June 3, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei disguises herself as a boy to assist the Imperial bureaucracy during a heat wave.
10 Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
"Mateba kairo no hiyori ari" (待てば海路の日和あり)
June 10, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The reason bandits have been attacking Ensei Ro is revealed; while acting as temporary governor of Brown province, Ensei angered the local nobility by rejecting corruption and bribes. As he has not passed the official examination required to be a high official, Ensei returns his seal of governorship to Ryuki. Ryuki passes a law allowing women to take the official examinations.
11 There Is No Cure For Lovesickness
"Koi no yamai ni kusuri nashi" (恋の病に薬なし)
June 17, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Seiran and the rest of the household watch over Shurei after she catches a bad cold while chasing a troublesome student. Reishin Hong ontinues to conceal from Shurei that he is her uncle. Reishin fears that if Shurei knew his identity, she would hate him as the man who took her father's place as head of the Hong clan.
12 Discretion is the Better Part of Valour
"Nigeru ga kachi" (逃げるが勝ち)
June 24, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei comes to the aid of thirteen-year-old Eigetsu, who is attacked by bandits while visiting the imperial city to take the official examination. A local gang challenges the city's crimelords and Kochou, the madam of a brothel and Shurei's longtime employer.
13 From A Gourd Comes A Horse
"Hyōtan kara Koma" (瓢箪から駒)
July 1, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ryuki earns the fealty of the local crimelords by resolving trouble with a gang who had been harassing examinees. Shurei takes the imperial examination and passes with the third highest score.
14 On A Rock For Three Years
"Ishi no ue ni mo sannen" (石の上にも三年)
July 8, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After making a bad first impression Shurei and Eigetsu are ordered to spend their first two months as imperial officials cleaning the lavatory and shining shoes.
15 Children Do Not Know Their Parents' Hearts
"Oya no kokoro ko shirazu" (親の心子知らず)
July 15, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Koyu Ri ponders his course in life and his relationship with his foster father Reishin Hong, who took him in on an apparent whim.
16 There Are No Devils In The World
"Wataru Seken ni Oni wa Nai" (渡る世間に鬼はない)
July 22, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A rumor spreads that Reishin Hong manipulated the imperial examination to allow Shurei to pass. As Reishin is imprisoned, Shurei, Seiran and Eigetsu face betrayal by a friend helping the conspiracy.
17 Let Sleeping Dogs Lie or Poking a Bush Draws Out Snakes
"Yabu o tsutsuite hebi o dasu" (藪をつついて蛇を出す)
August 26, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
In retaliation for the arrest of Shurei and Reishin, the Hong clan goes on strike, causing half of the imperial government to shut down. Shurei and Eigetsu rush to finish their report before the official inquiry begins at noon.
18 You Can't Hide By Burying Your Head In The Sand
"Atama kakushite shiri kakusazu" (頭隠して尻隠さず)
September 2, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The plot against Shurei is defeated after she passes a verbal examination before the Emperor and assembled officials with flying colours. Shurei and Eigetsu's report furnishes evidence against the corrupt Sa clan official who plotted against them.
19 If You Love Your Child, Send Her On A Journey
"Kawaii ko ni wa tabi o saseyo" (かわいい娘には旅をさせよ)
September 9, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ryuki appoints Shurei and Eigetsu as co-governors of Sa Province.
20 Flowers Blooming from Dead Wood
"Kareki ni hana saku" (枯れ木に花咲く)
September 16, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Seiran recalls the events that led to his exile 13 years ago and the family that took him in.
21 The Wise Know When to Approach Danger
"Kunshi ayauki ni chikayorazu" (君子危うきに近寄らず)
September 23, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As Shurei prepares to leave for Sa province, she, Eigetsu and Ryuren Ran hear rumours of a ghost inhabiting the imperial palace.
22 Where There is Life, There is Hope
"Inochi atte no monodane" (命あっての物種)
September 30, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei, Eigetsu, Korin, Ensei and Seiran leave for their journey to Sa Province, all the while assassins are following them, hired by the Sa Clan. Eigetsu, Korin, Ensei and Seiran are caught during their stay in a hotel, while Shurei is safely hidden.
23 It's the Company that Makes Travel Unpleasant
"Tabi wa Michizure Yo wa Nasake" (旅は道連れ世は情け)
October 7, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
While the rest are caught at the borderguard in Sairi, Shurei has to make her way on her own to Kinka. She seeks help from the Merchants Guild, becoming a servant to a man whom she met on the streets: Lin Senya.
24 Water on a Sleeping Ear
"Nemimi ni mizu" (寝耳に水)
October 14, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ensei and Seiran were set free from their prison thanks to Kokujun, as Shurei and Senya were finally departing after days of waiting, on Shurei's part. Eigetsu and Korin were also freed by Kokujun, who volunteered to bring them to Kinka.
25 An Accidental Resemblance
"Tanin no sorani" (他人のそら似)
October 21, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei muses over the new information she learned from Senya that the Hong princess is to marry the second son of the Sa Clan. She also sees a strange resemblance between Senya and Ryuki. Ensei and Seiran follows Shurei's trail of Kanrou Cha, and Eigetsu and Korin are en route to Kinka.
26 Ravens In The Moonless Night
"Yamiyo no karasu" (闇夜の烏)
October 28, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The real identity of Lin Senya is revealed, and Shurei is caught in his clutches in Chrysanthemum Castle. Seiran and Ensei heads over there to rescue Shurei and to catch Sakujun. He escapes with Shurei's flowerbud hairpin, telling her to go to Koren.
27 The Prettier the Flower, the Higher the Branch
"Hana wa Oritashi Kozue wa Takashi" (花は折りたし梢は高し)
November 18, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After recuperating from her fatigue Shurei struggles to discern her emotions. As a result she finds herself upsetting Seiran.
28 Worry Gives Small Things Large Shadows
"Anzuru yori umu ga yasushi" (案ずるより産むが易し)
November 25, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei and Eigetsu finally begin to learn that their positions will not come easy. Shurei allows time for Seiran in order to make up for her recent shortcomings under the guidance of Ensei. Kokujun asks to protect Shunki before he sets off for Koren to confront his brother.
29 Many Years' Worth of Thoughts in a Single Day
"Ichijitsu Senshū no Omoi" (一日千秋の思い)
December 9, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei, Eigetsu, Seiran, Ensei, and Shou Sai head for Koren after hearing of the blockade occurring in Koren. Shortly after their departure the Emperor, Shuei, and Koyu make it near Kinka. Emperor Ryuki and his comrades come to the assistance of Seiran and Ensei in order for them to pass the blockade in Koren. Shurei prepares herself for Sakujun's confrontation.
30 Women Are Brave
"Onna wa dokyō" (女は度胸)
December 16, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei, Eigetsu, Seiran, Ensei, and Shou Sai break into Koren and head to Shou Sai's sister's home. They find two letters waiting for them there. Meanwhile, Kokujun confronts his grandfather Chushou, while Shunki begins to make her way to Koren.
31 A Diamond In The Rough
"Hakidame ni tsuru" (掃きだめに鶴)
December 23, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei leaves the group's hideout to meet with Sakujun, becoming a guest at the Sa manor. Shourin brings Shunki to Koren and meets up with Eigetsu, Seiran, Ensei, and Shou.
32 A Woman's Word Is Her Bond
"Onna ni mo Nigon Nashi" (女にも二言なし)
January 6, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei searches the Sa stronghold for Kokujun and Eiki with some help from Shourin while Sakujun continues to be his creepy self around Shurei. Shurei meets with Chushou and staunchly declares her unwillingness to cooperate with the Sa clan.
33 No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk
"Fukusui Bon ni Kaerazu" (覆水盆に返らず)
January 13, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
It's the night of the selection ceremony for the new head of the Sa clan. Ensei, Eigetsu, Seiran, and Shunki sneak into the Sa stronghold and split up to help quell Chushou's plans. Shunki reveals her secret.
34 Poison Gets the Better of Poison
"Doku o motte doku o seisu" (毒をもって毒を制す)
January 20, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei and Shunki descend underground to find Kokujun, who claims the title as the next head of the Sa clan. He arrives as the appointment ceremony to claim his new place. Eigetsu and Ensei complete their plans and apprehend all of the top officials in the Sa clan. Meanwhile, Seiran confronts Sakujun, where they play a game of chance with their lives on the line.
35 Meeting Is the Beginning of Parting
"Au wa wakare no hajime" (逢うは別れの始め)
January 27, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Seiran's game of death with Sakujun doesn't go as planned, but there are other poisons at work. Shurei goes to meet Sakujun one last time to retrieve her hairpin.
36 All is Right in the World
"Yo wa subete koto mo nashi" (世はすべてこともなし)
February 3, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei and Eigetsu finally meet the other assistant governor, Tei Yushun. The recent drama begins to wrap up and settle to a conclusion; Sa Enjun's noble goals also come to the surface. Shurei and Eigetsu finally make it to the appointment ceremony as Sa Province's new co-governors.
37 Tears Fall Like Rain From Heaven
"Ame wa ten kara, namida wa me kara" (雨は天から, 涙は目から)
February 10, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei has been working over time with no rest in order to keep her mind off the death of Sakujun. Though she tries to hide the pain of the death of someone she loved, no one seems to be able to comfort her, until an old bosom friend comes along.
38 There Is No Today After Today
"Kyō no Nochi ni Kyō Nashi" (今日の後に今日なし)
February 17, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei and Seiran return to Hong province for the palace celebration, and they are accompanied by their new supporters, Yushun Tei, In Sai, and the new head of the Sa clan, Kokujun. All the government officials stand in the Imperial Palace as they wait for Shurei's and Yushun's grand entrance. Shurei is acknowledged as the governor of Brown Province who saved it from collapse. She sees Ryuki once again and presents her proposal for the future of Brown Province. She asks Ryuki to go over her proposal on making Brown Province a center of academic research, and this will benefit Brown Province 100 years later. Everyone is amazed at Shurei's proposal and supports it. She receives everyone's applause.
39 Fate Is An Inscrutable And Interesting Thing
"En wa I na Mono Aji na Mono" (縁は異なもの味なもの)
February 24, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei and her company in the capital celebrate, but while this is going on Ryuki and Shurei must deal with the many emotions coming from the reuniting and plausible separation again.

Season 2

# Title Original Airdate
01 There's no Place Like Home
"Wagaya ni Masaru Tokoro Nashi" (わが家に勝る所なし)
April 7, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Winter continues from the last season; Shurei is still in capital city while the New Year celebrations goes on. Koyu is informed about Kuro's plan of getting him to marry Shurei, and becomes awkwardly shy around her. Koyu goes to the demon's party and gets incredibly drunk. Meanwhile, Shurei needs to tidy up the house when she discovers she is going to have some important guests, but her friends are no help...
02 Doesn't matter whether you're laughing or crying
"Naku mo warau mo onaji isshō" (泣くも笑うも同じ一生)
April 14, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The new year's celebrations continue, Shurei collects permissions from the Departments and Clans. Meanwhile, Eigetsu reveals his past to Korin and Ensei. Koyu is still considering marrying Shurei...
03 Birds of a feather flock together
"Rui wa Tomo o Yobu" (類は友を呼ぶ)
April 21, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ensei receives a letter from an old man (from Koringun), informing them of a strange movement of a certain cult, founded by someone that goes by the name ‘Lin Senya’. As Shurei goes home, Ryuren once again does his hideous flute playing, and Kokujun actually thinks it’s beautiful. Reishin discusses Shurei's marriage opportunities with Shoka.
04 If Winter Comes, Can Spring Be Far Behind?
"Fuyu Kitarinaba Haru Tōkaraji" (冬来りなば春遠からじ)
April 28, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kuro comes to the Hong residence to discuss Shurei’s martial future with Shoka. Upon hearing that the head of merchant’s guild in Kiyo refused to met with her, Shurei runs to find Yushun. As she makes her way around the imperial palace, Shurei is confronted by a mysterious man. Back in Brown Province, Ensei receives another letter saying that a snow fox was discovered near Koringun village, the site of the strange epidemic which triggers past memories for Eigetsu.
05 Love is not stingy in giving
"Ai wa Oshimi Naku Atau" (愛は惜しみなく与う)
May 5, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Before the man could approach Shurei , he’s interrupted by Shoka. It is revealed that the man is Rio Hyo, the head of the Hyo clan. Rio had taken an interest in Shurei, who reminds him of his Bara-hime. Seiran gets Ryuki to start an investigation into Rio and the Hyo clan. Shurei and Koyu talk but are interrupted when Yushun arrives with a letter from the Governor of Black Province. Eigetsu, knowing that his life is coming to an end, decides to leave for Koringun village and bids farewell to Korin.
06 A Peal of Thunder in the Blue Sky
"Seiten no hekireki" (青天の霹靂)
May 12, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei meets with Governor Kai who tells her of Eigetsu’s past. He also gives her some medical texts written by Eigestu’s former caretaker Dousho, who was the legendary doctor Kashin. During their meeting, Shurei receives letters from Eigestu and Ensei informing her of all the occurrences in Brown Province. She immediately summons all the doctors to the palace and gives them the texts which held a great deal of information about the current epidemic. Shurei convinces the head doctor in Kiyo to order as many doctors as possible to Koringun village. Eigetsu meets with Ambassador Hei and assures him that Shurei will come with the help that they need.
07 Wholeheartedness Penetrates Even Stone
"Isshin Iwa o mo Tōsu" (一心岩をも透す)
May 19, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As the doctors go over Dousho’s texts, they stumble upon the cause and treatment for the illness. The only way to cure it is for the patient to undergo surgery. Unfortunately, none of the doctors present knew how to perform it. Shurei hears of one who can and remembers that he is an old family friend. Dr. You agrees to go to Brown Province and to also train all the doctors along the way. Using Dousho’s texts as an incentive, Shurei gets the Merchant’s guild to agree to send aid as well.
08 After Doing One’s All, One Leaves Things Up to Heaven’s Will
"Jinji o Tsukushite Tenmei o Matsu" (人事を尽くして天命を待つ)
May 26, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei’s drastic actions causes her to be summoned by the Imperial Court to justify them. Ryuki orders that the Imperial army deal with the mountain cult but Shurei openly refuses. Realizing how in the process a great deal of lives could be lost, Shurei convinces him to allow her to deal with the cult on her own despite the risk to her own life. After everything was settled, Shurei breaks down under all the stress but she recovers in time to bid farewell to Ryuki and promise him that she will return safely.
09 Meeting the Buddha in Hell
"Jigoku de hotoke ni au" (地獄で仏に会う)
June 2, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Eigetsu is helping the ill villagers but is lured away by a cloaked man who looks identical to the deceased Dousho. Flashbacks to Eigetsu’s past are shown. In the present, Eigetsu awakens tied up inside of a cave after being beaten. After seeing the man again, Eigetsu immediately realizes that he is not Dousho. Korin runs away determined to find Eigetsu. Shurei’s group with Shuei as her escort arrives in Korin but are denied entry. Luckily, Ensei and Shou Sai force the gate open and the group makes camp inside. Shuei gives Ensei Seiran’s Kansho before departing. Shurei asks Ensei that if the time comes to perform an extraordinary act.
10 The Awaited Person Finally Comes
"Machibito Kitaru" (待ち人きたる)
June 9, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The story moves on to explain the meaning behind Shuurei's request to Ensei, and why she's worrying over being blamed for the disease when she's clearly not the one who caused it. Preparations for the treatment are being done by the doctors on the side of Shuurei, while Shuuran leads the people of Sekie village to Koringun to speed up the treatment process. Shuurei and her company however receives some harsh welcome as they enter Koringun, with people still believing the rumors spread by the Jasenkyou.
11 The husband is always the last to know
"Shiranu wa teishu bakari nari" (知らぬは亭主ばかりなり)
June 16, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shuurei arrives with the doctors but becomes faced with much resistance from people of Koringun who still blames her for the disease. They are thrown in a pinch as these people, headed by Shuon, rebel against Taishu’s orders and is determined to prevent them from entering the town. Will Shuurei and the doctors be able surpass this hurdle to save the people in time?
12 There is No Courage If You Do Not Do What Is Just
"Gi o mite sezaru wa yū naki nari" (義を見てせざるは勇なきなり)
June 30, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After successfully entering the town, Dr. You and the rest of the doctors prepare and begin treatment on the sick people while Shuurei and Ensei make sure to prepare everything that is needed or lacking. As more patients enter the town, the doctors continue to operate nonstop, saving most of them. As Shuurei and Dr. You prepare to leave for Sekiei Village, Shuuran and Riou joins the group to guide them, while Seiran finishes preparations to go to Sekiei Village as well. Meanwhile, Eigetsu discovers the intentions of the Jasenkyou while Ryuuki comes face to face with the head of the Hyou clan.
13 Hastiness Leads to Failure
"Seite wa Koto o Shisonjiru" (急いては事を仕損じる)
July 7, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
While Ryuuki unsuccessfully tries to invite the head of the Hyou clan to some tea, the fake Doushu waits for Eigetsu to die or Yougetsu to appear. Ensei heads to Sekiei Village ahead of Shuurei and meets up with Seiran in the village. Seiran refuses to accept the sword Kansho from Ensei, telling him that until everything is over, he is to keep it by his side. While Shuurei and company formulate a plan to infiltrate the Jasenkyou hideout, a tired and normal clothed Ryuuren shows up in their camp. Kourin gets gets help from Shuuren, enabling her to be reunited with her special person.
14 Enter the Tiger's Den
"Koketsu ni Iru" (虎穴に入る)
July 14, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
While Kourin starts the rescue operation, Ryuuren tells a sleeping Shuurei that he'll go ahead to meet Eigetsu. After a touching reunion(and a long one at that), Eigetsu urges Kourin to save the villagers rather than him. Seiran and Ryuuren infiltrate the Jasenkyou hideout in different ways, with Seiran rescuing the villagers and Ryuuren helping an unconscious Eigetsu back up. Meanwhile, Shuurei and Ensei walks inside the hideout and meets with the man called Senya, oblivious to the trap set before them.
15 A Flash of Time
"Issun no Kōin" (一寸の光陰)
July 21, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As Shuurei and Ensei place Senya under arrest, Senya tries to buy time to make Shuurei step on the trap, but is surprised when he discovers that all the villagers are gone, and his men are replaced with men from the Sashu army, with Serian leading them. As Shuurei takes a step forward towards Senya, activating the trap, and is set immobile. But before the trap fully activates she is rescued by Riou, who tells Senya that he was betrayed by his own people and doesn't have a body to go back to. Eigetsu asks Kourin and Ryuuren to bring him near Kashin's body, before collapsing and to be replaced by Yougetsu.
16 Candle in the Wind
"Fūzen no tomoshibi" (風前のともし火)
July 28, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As Kourin falls ill from the shock, she is brought to Sekiei village to recover, while Yougtesu is visited by the spirit of Kashin, and is requested a favor from Dr. You, who is one of the Eight Sages in disguise. As dawn breaks, Kourin is visited by none other than Eigetsu, who tells her Yougetsu has once again given him life, enough to die of old age. Meanwhile, officials at the Imperial Palace are outraged that the outbreak has been resolved, and try to prevent the credit from falling to Shuurei. Ryuuki is forced to demote Eigetsu, and Shuurei is suspended to Joukan, or a rank in name only. As Sekiei village begins reviving, Shuurei and company receives a letter from the Palace, informing them of their demotion.
17 Seven Ups and Downs
"Ukishizumi Nanatabi" (浮き沈み七度)
August 4, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shuurei and company throw a feast to celebrate the revival of the cities in Korin, when they are visited by Governor Kei the next day, Governor Kei handing the gift entrusted to him by Ryuuki to Shuurei. As Shuurei and Seiran depart for Kiyou, they are sent off by all the people in Korin. After arriving home, they witness the first buds from the Sakura tree they got from Ryuuki, with Spring now approaching.
18 The Road is Distant After Sunset
"Hi Kurete Michi Tōshi" (日暮れて道遠し)
September 15, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Past events are shown: The journey to Koringun, the operation on the sick villagers, successful entry to the hideout of the Jasenkyo and the capture of its members, and Eigetsu coming back from the dead. Ryuuki wonders whether his decision to have Shuurei unemployed would cause her to slap him.
19 Counting Your Chickens Before They Hatch
"Toranu tanuki no kawa zanyō" (捕らぬ狸の皮算用)
September 22, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Seiran delivers a message to Ryuuki from Shuurei, stating that their next meeting would be when the sakura bloom. Ryuuki offers Tei Yuushun the position of Prime Minister, but Yuushun only accepts if the Emperor accepts the ten conditions he has set. Two men try to propose to Shuurei while on the way to the Kogarou to meet Kochou about a painting, and is greeted warmly by Kochou's guest.
20 Futile Efforts
"Noren ni ude oshi" (暖簾に腕押し)
September 29, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Karin, the name of Kochou's guest, finds Shuurei to be quite cute, then leaves when she sees the painting. Shuurei and company find out that the paintings are fake and find counterfeit coins while still in the Kogarou and dashes off to find out who did it with the help of Shin Suou, one of the guys who proposed to her and is also an official. Shuurei and company find a lot of forgeries in the shops around town, while Seiran notices that someone is following them.
21 Like Father Like Son
"Kaeru no ko wa kaeru" (蛙の子は蛙)
October 6, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As they continue searching for forgeries, Shuurei and company discover that prices for everyday household prices are slowly rising and ask for the help of Sai Rin. Shin Suou is baffled why Shuurei tries so hard even though she is suspended, while Karin comes back to the Kogarou and recognizes the painting Kochou has put up for display. Karin goes to the place on where the painting is situated from and is found by Ryuuki and company. Shuurei and Company arrived minutes later and discover that the place is Shin Suou's home. Shin Suou leads them to a locked building, then opens the door to reveal Banri, Karin's son, painting the forgeries.
22 The Parasite In the Lion’s Body
"Shishi shinchū no mushi" (獅子身中の虫)
October 13, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shuurei and company learn that Banri was tricked by two men into doing the paintings, while Shin Suou reveals his amazing insight on how his father is part of the painting forgeries but is not involved in the money counterfeiting. But before they can do anything, someone else had sent soldiers from the Imperial Palace arrest Shin Suou and his father on counterfeiting and forgery charges, which carries the death penalty. Shuurei goes through the official procedures and with some "persuasion" from Seiran, convinces Shin Suou to help lower the penalty on his father. Shuurei meets with Ryuuki and watches the first Sakura blossoms from the tree, with Shuurei "venting" her anger on Ryuuki for the suspension.

Shuurei already a joukan but to make matters worse officials have proposed the idea of kicking out useless joukan in less than a month. No departments are willing to take Shuurei either. Meanwhile she helps the other joukan. In the process she meets a strange joukan Seiga-kun. }}

24 One Good Turn Deserves Another
"Nasake wa hito no tame narazu" (情けは人のためならず)
October 27, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
25 The Hardships of Youth Are Worth Bearing
"Wakai Toki no Kurō wa Katte mo Seyo" (若いときの苦労は買ってもせよ)
November 3, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
26 Even The Wise Look Like Fools When They Keep Mum
"Taiken wa Gu naru ga Gotoshi" (大賢は愚なるが如し)
November 3, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
27 The One Who Waits Has It Worse Than The One Who Is Waited For
"Matareru mi yori matsu mi" (待たれる身より待つ身)
November 11, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
28 Peaches and Chestnuts in Three Years, Persimmons in Eight
"Momo Kuri Sannen Kaki Hachinen" (桃栗三年柿八年)
November 24, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
29 Absence Makes The Heart Grows Fonder
"Tōzakaru hodo Omoi ga Tsunoru" (遠ざかる程想いが募る)
December 1, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
30 The Silent Firefly Is More Likely To Be Consumed By The Flames Of Love
"Nakanu hotaru ga mi o kogasu" (鳴かぬ蛍が身を焦がす)
December 12, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
31 One Reaps What One Sows
"Mi kara deta sabi" (身から出たさび)
January 5, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
32 With Painful Reluctance
"Ushirogami o hikareru" (後ろ髪を引かれる)
January 12, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
33 One Changes With Time
"Tsukihi Kawareba Ki mo Kawaru" (月日変われば気も変わる)
January 26, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
34 Bluer than Indigo
"Ai yori aoshi" (藍より青し)
February 2, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
35 Crossing a Dangerous Bridge
"Abunai hashi o wataru" (危ない橋を渡る)
February 9, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
36 Go to where your Heart Seeks
"Jinsei Itaru Tokoro ni Seizan Ari" (人生いたる所に青山あり)
February 16, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
37 The Eyes are the Mirror of the Soul
"Me wa kokoro no kagami" (目は心の鏡)
February 23, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
38 Friends through Life And Death
"Funkei no Majiwari" (刎頚の交わり)
March 1, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
39 Fate Crosses the Distance
"En Areba Senri" (縁あれば千里)
March 8, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shurei and company return from Ran province back to the Imperial City. Ryuki tells Shurei that he can't wait forever for her, because as the emperor, he has a duty to get married. He suggests a contest to her: if he can win her over within a certain length of time, then he wins and she will marry him. If he can't, then she wins; he will never ask her again and he will instead marry Jyuusan-hime, who has succeeded Shusui as head of the court ladies. Shurei agrees and asks him how long the contest will last; the series ends with Ryuki whispering the deadline "Until the sakura blooms" into Shurei's ear.

See also


  1. "Geneon to Sell The Story of Saiunkoku DVD on August 28". Anime News Network. 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  2. "Geneon USA to Cancel DVD Sales, Distribution by Friday". Anime News Network. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  3. Funimation Entertainment (2008-07-03). "FUNimation Entertainment and Geneon Entertainment Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement for North America". Press release. Retrieved 2008-12-21.

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