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10th Feb '16 8:45:50 AM creader
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* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: Beautifully averted. Shuurei is able to be successful in a male-dominated society through brains and hard work, and she's allowed to be as feminine as she wants while she's doing it, dammit. In fact, Episode 12 of the anime has Shuurei getting advice from her friend Kouchou, the highest-ranking courtesan of the Kogoro brothel (Shuurei used to keep the brothel's account books). Before Shuurei leaves, Kouchou gives her a box full of fancy cosmetics, referring to it as "a woman's war-paint" and encouraging her to "wear it into battle". Shuurei does exactly that on the day of the Imperial Exam, in a MundaneMadeAwesome moment.
27th Jan '16 11:00:07 PM Prfnoff
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''Saiunkoku Monogatari'' (English title: ''The Story of Saiunkoku'') is a series of short novels by Sai Yukino that has been adapted into a two-season-long (78 episodes) anime, and a manga. The series is set in Saiunkoku, an ancient China-esque country divided into eight provinces named after colours, with eight noble families to match: Kou (crimson; "Hong" in the English versions), Ran (blue), Heki (green), Ko (yellow; not to be confused with the other Kou, which uses a different kanji), Haku (white), Koku (black), Sa (brown), and Shi (purple; the ruling family).

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''Saiunkoku Monogatari'' (English title: ''The Story of Saiunkoku'') is a series of short novels by Sai Yukino that has been adapted into a two-season-long (78 episodes) anime, anime (Creator/{{NHK}}, 200608), and a manga. The series is set in Saiunkoku, an ancient China-esque country divided into eight provinces named after colours, with eight noble families to match: Kou (crimson; "Hong" in the English versions), Ran (blue), Heki (green), Ko (yellow; not to be confused with the other Kou, which uses a different kanji), Haku (white), Koku (black), Sa (brown), and Shi (purple; the ruling family).
4th Oct '15 12:56:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Not really pointed out or used for comedy, but Shuurei seems to be holding down a truly spectacular number of part-time jobs before entering the palace. We know for a fact that she's a teacher and the accountant for a brothel, but she also apparently cleans restrooms and plays her erhu in several places, among other things. She does even more in the light novel, such as stints serving as handmaidens for rich families. Basically, she is willing to do any job that pays. Seiran seems to accompany her to most of these (with the exception of the brothel) while still acting as the family's retainer and serving in the army.
4th May '15 4:55:47 AM Ramidel
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* NotWhatItLooksLike: Shuurei often comes across Ryuuki and another man in an...ambiguous situation and hurriedly excuses herself. While Ryuuki does [[BiTheWay swing that way]], there's always a perfectly good explanation for why he's talking about flowers with another {{Bishonen}}.
17th Mar '15 1:42:43 PM nombretomado
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The first season of the anime was licensed in North America by Creator/{{Geneon}} in 2007, but only 2 of the 9 planned volumes (totalling 10 episodes of the 39) were released before the company folded. After nearly a year in limbo during which time the dub and subtitle work were completed {{Funimation}} released and distributed the rest of the season as part of an agreement which also saw several other "orphaned" series finished. As of December 2010, however, Geneon's license and Funimation's distribution deal have expired and the series is out of print. The second season (episodes 40-78) was never licensed.

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The first season of the anime was licensed in North America by Creator/{{Geneon}} in 2007, but only 2 of the 9 planned volumes (totalling 10 episodes of the 39) were released before the company folded. After nearly a year in limbo during which time the dub and subtitle work were completed {{Funimation}} Creator/FUNimation released and distributed the rest of the season as part of an agreement which also saw several other "orphaned" series finished. As of December 2010, however, Geneon's license and Funimation's distribution deal have expired and the series is out of print. The second season (episodes 40-78) was never licensed.
17th Sep '14 5:04:26 AM JoieDeCombat
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* [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe Aren't You Going To Ravish Me?]]: Said almost exactly word for word by Shuurei to [[spoiler:Sa Sakujun when she's sort of captured in the Sa Residence, but she's glad he's not going to (yet), rather than insulted.]]

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* [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe Aren't You Going To Ravish Me?]]: ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Said almost exactly word for word by Shuurei to [[spoiler:Sa Sakujun when she's sort of captured in the Sa Residence, but she's glad he's not going to (yet), rather than insulted.]]
17th Sep '14 1:32:26 AM Soufriere
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''Saiunkoku Monogatari'' (''The Story of Saiunkoku'') is a series of short novels by Yukino Sai that has been adapted into a two-season-long (78 episodes) anime, and a manga. The series is set in Saiunkoku, an ancient China-esque country divided into eight provinces named after colors, with eight noble families to match: Kou (crimson; Hong in the English versions), Ran (blue), Heki (green), Ko (yellow; not to be confused with the other Kou, which uses a different kanji), Haku (white), Koku (black), Sa (brown), and Shi (purple), the ruling family. The series follow Shuurei, a young woman - 16 at the beginning - whose family is very poor despite being a part of the Kou clan, one of the most noble of the eight clans. Shuurei has dreamed of becoming a government official since she was a child, but cannot make that dream come true because the exams that one must pass to qualify to become an official are barred to women.

Because of her family's poverty - a result of the Civil War for the throne eight years before - Shuurei and her family's retainer Seiran (who is really more a member of the family than anything else) have to work constantly to make ends meet. Shuurei herself teaches at a small temple school, does the accounting for a brothel and countless other odd jobs to earn money. So when Grand Advisor Sho, one of the most important people in the country, arrives at her house and offers her a job paying 500 gold pieces, Shuurei accepts immediately. As it turns out, this job involves temporarily entering the palace as the Emperor's consort, something Shuurei is less than happy about. The current Emperor, Shi Ryuuki, was the youngest of his brothers, but unexpectedly found himself on the throne when all the other princes killed each other in a civil war eight years before. Ryuuki, at only nineteen years old, seems to have no interest in governing, has yet to take in any consorts or produce an heir, and rumor has it that he prefers men over women. Shuurei's job is to act as a sort of tutor to Ryuuki, and turn him into a proper ruler.

Several attempted poisonings and assassinations later, Ryuuki has, under Shuurei's influence, become a good emperor, and he decides to make it his goal to make Shuurei's dream come true, and give her to opportunity to become Saiunkoku's first female official.

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''Saiunkoku Monogatari'' (''The (English title: ''The Story of Saiunkoku'') is a series of short novels by Sai Yukino Sai that has been adapted into a two-season-long (78 episodes) anime, and a manga. The series is set in Saiunkoku, an ancient China-esque country divided into eight provinces named after colors, colours, with eight noble families to match: Kou (crimson; Hong "Hong" in the English versions), Ran (blue), Heki (green), Ko (yellow; not to be confused with the other Kou, which uses a different kanji), Haku (white), Koku (black), Sa (brown), and Shi (purple), (purple; the ruling family. family).

The series follow Shuurei, a young woman - 16 at the beginning - whose family is very poor despite being a part of the Kou Kou/Hong clan, one of the third most noble of the eight clans. Shuurei has dreamed dreamt of becoming a government official since she was a child, but cannot make that dream come true because the exams that one must pass to qualify to become an official are barred to women.

Because of her family's poverty - a result side-effect of the Civil War for the throne eight years before - their actions during a war (more on that below) Shuurei and her family's retainer Seiran (who Seiran, who is really more a member of the family than anything else) else, have to work constantly to make ends meet. Shuurei herself teaches at a small temple school, does the accounting for a brothel brothel, and countless other odd jobs to earn money. So when Grand Advisor Sho, one of the most important people in the country, kingdom, arrives at her house and offers her a job paying 500 gold pieces, Shuurei accepts immediately. immediately without even asking (or caring) what the job is.

As it turns out, this job involves temporarily entering the palace as the Emperor's consort, something Shuurei is less than happy about. The current Emperor, Ryuuki of the Shi Ryuuki, clan, was the youngest of his six brothers, but unexpectedly found himself on the throne when all the other princes killed each other in a civil war eight years before.earlier. Ryuuki, at only nineteen years old, seems to have no interest in governing, has yet to take in any consorts or produce an heir, and rumor has it that he prefers men over women. Shuurei's job is to act as a sort of tutor to Ryuuki, and turn him into a proper ruler.

Several attempted poisonings and assassinations later, Ryuuki has, under Shuurei's influence, become a good emperor, and he decides to make it his goal to make Shuurei's dream come true, and give her to the opportunity to become Saiunkoku's first female official.



The first season of the anime was licensed in North America by Creator/{{Geneon}} in 2007, but only 2 of the 9 planned volumes (totalling 10 episodes of the 39) were released before the company folded. After nearly a year in limbo - during which time the dub and subtitle work were completed - {{Funimation}} released and distributed the rest of the season as part of an agreement which also saw several other "orphaned" series finished. As of December 2010, Geneon's license and Funimation's distribution deal have expired and the series is out of print. The second season (episodes 40-78) was never licensed.

The manga has been licensed by Creator/VizMedia and is being released under their Shoujo Beat line. The light novels remain unlicensed.

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The first season of the anime was licensed in North America by Creator/{{Geneon}} in 2007, but only 2 of the 9 planned volumes (totalling 10 episodes of the 39) were released before the company folded. After nearly a year in limbo - during which time the dub and subtitle work were completed - {{Funimation}} released and distributed the rest of the season as part of an agreement which also saw several other "orphaned" series finished. As of December 2010, however, Geneon's license and Funimation's distribution deal have expired and the series is out of print. The second season (episodes 40-78) was never licensed.

The manga has been manga, which covers the first story arc, was licensed and released by Creator/VizMedia and is being released under their Shoujo Beat ''Shoujo Beat'' line. The light novels remain unlicensed.



* [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe Aren't You Going To Ravish Me]]: Said almost exactly word for word by Shuurei to [[spoiler: Sa Sakujun when she's sort of captured in the Sa Residence, but she's glad he's not going to (yet), rather than insulted.]]

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* [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe Aren't You Going To Ravish Me]]: Me?]]: Said almost exactly word for word by Shuurei to [[spoiler: Sa [[spoiler:Sa Sakujun when she's sort of captured in the Sa Residence, but she's glad he's not going to (yet), rather than insulted.]]



* AttractiveBentGender: [[spoiler: Li Kouyuu]]. (Mentioned in the novel, he was forced to participate, crossdressed as a girl, and won ''first place'' in a the annual youth beauty pageant when he was a kid. But this is top secret.) In a humourous manga extra, Ryuuki, Shuuei and Kouyuu end up participating in drag contest for various reasons and are noted to be quite attractive. They are all upped by [[spoiler: Ko Kijin]].

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* AttractiveBentGender: [[spoiler: Li [[spoiler:Li Kouyuu]]. (Mentioned in the novel, he was forced to participate, crossdressed as a girl, and won ''first place'' in a the annual youth beauty pageant when he was a kid. But this is top secret.) In a humourous manga extra, Ryuuki, Shuuei and Kouyuu end up participating in drag contest for various reasons and are noted to be quite attractive. They are all upped by [[spoiler: Ko [[spoiler:Ko Kijin]].



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Seiran is very amicable but he is utterly ruthless by nature except to Shouka, Shuurei and Ryuuki. Kind, BumblingDad Shouka is [[spoiler: the infamous assassin of the Emperor Black Wolf and is willing to let demons run rampant in cold blood to save his dear daughter]]. The biggest twist of all, mild-mannered and ever smiling Tei Yuushun is the [[spoiler: sole survivor of a clan vassal to the Kou family who were wiped out by the previous Emperor and belongs to the faction that are plotting Ryuuki's downfall]].
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Sa, Kou/Hong, and Hyou clans especially, but all of the eight noble clans have at least a little of this except for the Shi family - and that's only because Ryuuki is the only known member still alive by the time the series begins, four of his five older brothers having been executed thanks to their battling over the throne, and the fifth exiled and presumed dead.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Seiran is very amicable but he is utterly ruthless by nature except to Shouka, Shuurei and Ryuuki. Kind, BumblingDad Shouka is [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the infamous Imperial assassin of the Emperor Black Wolf "Black Wolf" and is willing to let demons run rampant in cold blood to save his dear daughter]]. daughter.]] The biggest twist of all, mild-mannered and ever smiling ever-smiling Tei Yuushun is the [[spoiler: sole [[spoiler:sole survivor of a clan vassal to the Kou family who were wiped out by the previous Emperor and belongs to the faction that are plotting Ryuuki's downfall]].
downfall.]]
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Sa, Kou/Hong, and Hyou clans especially, but all of the eight noble clans have at least a little of this except for the Shi family - family, and that's only because Ryuuki is the only known member still known to be alive by the time the series begins, begins four of his five older brothers having been executed thanks to their battling over the throne, and the fifth exiled and presumed dead.



* CannotSpitItOut: A serious problem in the Kou clan. Reishin just cannot tell Shuurei that he is her uncle and in general, has trouble expressing his affections to people who are dear to him except his big brother Shouka. In the backstory, Shouka keeps from his brothers that he is [[spoiler: the Emperor's assassin Black Wolf and the one who killed their formidable great aunt]]. Reishin realizes the truth but in turn hides it from both Shouka (that he knows what really happened) and Kurou (that their eldest brother just pretends to be clumsy and [[spoiler: becomes an assassin for their sake]]).

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* CannotSpitItOut: A serious problem in the Kou clan. Reishin just cannot tell Shuurei that he is her uncle uncle, and in general, general has trouble expressing his affections to people who are dear to him except his big brother Shouka. In the backstory, Shouka keeps from his brothers that he is [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Emperor's assassin Black Wolf and the one who killed their formidable great aunt]]. aunt.]] Reishin realizes the truth but in turn hides it from both Shouka (that he knows what really happened) and Kurou (that their eldest brother just pretends to be clumsy and [[spoiler: becomes [[spoiler:becomes an assassin for their sake]]).



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Shuurei's sidekick, Shin Suou aka Tan-Tan. Sure, he's a slacker, a tanuki-loving borderline CloudCuckooLander, and shows little initiative in his job unless physically pushed and pulled into it by Shuurei, but he's highly perceptive of people's character and has an excellent nose for clues enough to earn fame as one of the most successful investigators in the Inspector General's office. It is unclear, though, if he really just likes [[ObfuscatingStupidity playing the fool]].
** In a side-story, it is revealed that Prince Seien's mother, who he remembers as a sickly and weak-willed person, [[spoiler: manipulated her father into committing treason and thus got her son out of the palace via being exiled. She also made a deal with the Hyou clan for a deadly curse aimed at her husband with the "your heart or your life" ultimatum]].

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Shuurei's sidekick, Shin Suou aka Tan-Tan. Sure, he's a slacker, a tanuki-loving borderline CloudCuckooLander, CloudCuckoolander, and shows little initiative in his job unless physically pushed and pulled into it by Shuurei, but he's highly perceptive of people's character and has an excellent nose for clues enough to earn fame as one of the most successful investigators in the Inspector General's office. It is unclear, though, if he really just likes [[ObfuscatingStupidity playing the fool]].
** In a side-story, it is revealed that Prince Seien's mother, who he remembers as a sickly and weak-willed person, [[spoiler: manipulated [[spoiler:manipulated her father into committing treason and thus got her son out of the palace via being exiled. She also made a deal with the Hyou clan for a deadly curse aimed at her husband with the "your heart or your life" ultimatum]].



** In a sidestory, Shouka notes the irony of Shuurei, daughter of [[spoiler: the master assassin Black Wolf]], doing her best to save people suffering from a plague in Sa province.
** A young Shuuei was sent to serve Prince Seien but was dismissed for his lack of skills. He determined to train and prove himself to the prince, but then Seien was exiled. [[spoiler: After he gets himself disinherited, he was re-assigned to work under Seiran. And in the end, it is noted that he has become stronger than Seiran]].
** Ryuuki and Shuurei make a bet that if he manages to persuade her, she will marry him. [[spoiler: In a later novel, Ryuuki practically forces her to marry him not as "Shuurei" but as the eldest princess of the Kou clan]].
** A young [[spoiler: Tei Yuushun]] tried to seek help from a young Reishin, the future head of the Kou clan, to avoid the massacre of his clan at the hand of former Emperor Senka and was rudely rejected. Years later, he is among the very few people who have Reishin's affection and respect, and in turn is shown to be fond of Reishin.

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** In a sidestory, Shouka notes the irony of Shuurei, daughter of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the master assassin Black Wolf]], doing her best to save people suffering from a plague in Sa province.
province.
** A young Shuuei was sent to serve Prince Seien but was dismissed for his lack of skills. He determined to train and prove himself to the prince, but then Seien was exiled. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After he gets himself disinherited, he was re-assigned to work under Seiran. And in the end, it is noted that he has become stronger than Seiran]].
Seiran.]]
** Ryuuki and Shuurei make a bet that if he manages to persuade her, she will marry him. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In a later novel, Ryuuki practically forces her to marry him not as "Shuurei" but as the eldest princess of the Kou clan]].
clan.]]
** A young [[spoiler: Tei [[spoiler:Tei Yuushun]] tried to seek help from a young Reishin, the future head of the Kou clan, to avoid the massacre of his clan at the hand of former Emperor Senka and was rudely rejected. Years later, he is among the very few people who have Reishin's affection and respect, and in turn is shown to be fond of Reishin.



* DubNameChange: The name of Shuurei's family is changed from Kou to Hong in the English localization to avoid confusion with the similar sounding Ko, as the short vowel/long vowel distinction which Japanese audiences could hear just fine would be lost on English ears.

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* DubNameChange: There's a couple, both {{justified}}.
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The name of Shuurei's family is changed from Kou to Hong in the English localization to avoid confusion with the similar sounding Ko, as the short vowel/long vowel short-vowel/long-vowel distinction which Japanese audiences could hear just fine would be lost on English ears.



** Also BilingualBonus: both name changes are simply the result of reading those exact same characters in Mandarin Chinese, rather than Japanese.
* EveryoneIsRelated: Characters from the Kou and Shi clans are related to each other one way or another. Seiran, who is Kou Shouka's adopted son in all but name, is [[spoiler: Ryuuki's brother]]. Shouka's brother Reishin is married to Yuri-hime, who is [[spoiler: the previous emperor Shi Senka's half-sister]], and adopts Li Kouyuu, making Kouyuu cousin to Shuurei and [[spoiler: Ryuuki and Seiran]]. At the end of the novel series, [[spoiler: Shuurei marries Ryuuki]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Long, flowing hair marks a person's status as being a prince. Thus when Prince Seien is exiled, his hair is cut short and he keeps that hairstyle as [[spoiler: Seiran]].
* EyeScream: Late in the series, a flashback shows how Shiba Jin came to lose his eye: when he first met the very young Ran Jyuusanhime, she insisted that she wouldn't let him come near her or the corpse of her murdered mother unless he gave her his eyes. So he stabbed one of them out. He was about to do the same to the other before she stopped him, too.

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** Also BilingualBonus: both BilingualBonus Both name changes are simply the result of reading those exact same characters in Mandarin Chinese, rather than Japanese.
* EveryoneIsRelated: Characters from the Kou and Shi clans are related to each other one way or another. Seiran, who is Kou Shouka's adopted son in all but name, is [[spoiler: Ryuuki's brother]]. [[spoiler:Ryuuki's exiled older brother Seien.]] Shouka's brother Reishin is married to Yuri-hime, who is [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the previous emperor Shi Senka's half-sister]], and adopts Li Kouyuu, making Kouyuu cousin to Shuurei and [[spoiler: Ryuuki [[spoiler:Ryuuki and Seiran]]. At the end of the novel series, [[spoiler: Shuurei [[spoiler:Shuurei marries Ryuuki]].
Ryuuki.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Long, flowing hair marks a person's status as being a prince. Thus when Prince Seien is exiled, his hair is cut short and he keeps that hairstyle as [[spoiler: Seiran]].
[[spoiler:Seiran.]]
* EyeScream: Late in the series, a flashback shows how Shiba Jin came to lose his eye: eye when he first met the very young Ran Jyuusanhime, she insisted that she wouldn't let him come near her or the corpse of her murdered mother unless he gave her his eyes. So he stabbed one of them out. He was about to do the same to the other before she stopped him, too.



* GambitPileUp: Pretty much everyone with a name is creating one, involved in one, or a sucker for one. Sometimes all three. Shuurei pulls off a particularly fine XanatosGambit against the Merchant's Guild in the second season of the anime: correctly expecting them to stonewall her when she approaches them for help in combating the outbreak of plague in Sa Province, she lets them stall until a message arrives from the Emperor declaring that if they haven't reached an agreement already, he's commanding them to do the work for free. She then pleasantly suggests that she's willing to pretend they'd come to an agreement by the time the message arrived... in return for some extra concessions from them for her understanding.

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* GambitPileUp: Pretty much everyone with a name is creating one, involved in one, or a sucker for one. Sometimes all three. Shuurei pulls off a particularly fine XanatosGambit against the Merchant's Guild in the second season of the anime: anime correctly expecting them to stonewall her when she approaches them for help in combating the outbreak of plague in Sa Province, she lets them stall until a message arrives from the Emperor declaring that if they haven't reached an agreement already, he's commanding them to do the work for free. She then pleasantly suggests that she's willing to pretend they'd come to an agreement by the time the message arrived... in return for some extra concessions from them for her understanding.



* HannibalLecture: Ruka gives Ryuuki one but he is not impressed. [[spoiler: Ou Ki]], on the other hand, shakes the young Emperor to the core by pointing out how ineffectual and selfish he is.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Li Kouyuu and Ran Shuuei are always together. The yaoi fangirls were suitably displeased when they both [[spoiler:turned out to be straight]].

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* HannibalLecture: Ruka gives Ryuuki one but he is not impressed. [[spoiler: Ou [[spoiler:Ou Ki]], on the other hand, shakes the young Emperor to the core by pointing out how ineffectual and selfish he is.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Li Kouyuu and Ran Shuuei are always together. The yaoi fangirls {{yaoi fangirl}}s were suitably displeased when they both [[spoiler:turned turned out to be straight]].straight.



* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Ryuuren often strikes people as weird because of his out-of-ordinary antics that only makes sense to him. [[spoiler: Subverted in that he is perfectly capable of acting normal, albeit [[BewareTheSillyOnes only when he is serious]].]]

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** Many of these proverbs are adapted into English proverbs in the subtitles and dub.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Ryuuren often strikes people as weird because of his out-of-ordinary antics that only makes sense to him. [[spoiler: Subverted ubverted in that he is perfectly capable of acting normal, albeit [[BewareTheSillyOnes only when he is serious]].]]



* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler: Shouka inherited the title Black Wolf from his mentor]].

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* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler: Shouka [[spoiler:Shouka inherited the title Black Wolf from his mentor]].



* NotWithThemForTheMoney: Shuurei ''hates'' extravagance thanks to her personal experiences with poverty and want. As a result, she's unimpressed and even angry with Ryuuki's attempts to shower her with gifts, only accepting them when they can serve a practical purpose, such as when he sends her a block of ice during the heat of summer - and even then, he has to be careful. Similarly, her father is the eldest son of the prominent Kou family and has contacts in ''very'' high places, but allowed his salary from the Palace Archives to be cut back to little more than pittance because he's simply too easygoing and disinterested in financial matters to speak up about it.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Watch out for people who appear to be silly, incompetent, or lazy in Saiunkoku. The third episode is even titled "The shrewd hawk hides his talons," which is a Japanese name for this trope.

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* NotWithThemForTheMoney: Shuurei ''hates'' extravagance thanks to her personal experiences with poverty and want. As a result, she's unimpressed and even angry with Ryuuki's attempts to shower her with gifts, only accepting them when they can serve a practical purpose, such as when he sends her a block of ice during the heat of summer - and even then, he has to be careful. Similarly, her father is the eldest son of the prominent Kou family and has contacts in ''very'' high places, but allowed his salary from the Palace Archives to be cut back to little more than a pittance because he's simply too easygoing and disinterested in financial matters to speak up about it.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Watch out for people who appear to be silly, incompetent, or lazy in Saiunkoku. The third episode is even titled "The shrewd hawk hides his talons," Shrewd Hawk Hides His Talons", which is a Japanese name for this trope.



* PoorCommunicationKills: What lies at the core of the drama involving Reishin and Kouyuu in the novels. Reishin just does not know how to tell his adopted son that the boy is dear to him and thus does not have to live solely for his approval. In the end, he resorts to the drastic measure of [[spoiler: stubbornly refusing to work so that Kouyuu will get him fired. Unfortunately, Kouyuu does not get the memo and instead does Reishin's work, which leads to him being accused of overstepping his authority.]]
* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: "[=SaiMono=]"

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* PoorCommunicationKills: What lies at the core of the drama involving Reishin and Kouyuu in the novels. Reishin just does not know how to tell his adopted son that the boy is dear to him and thus does not have to live solely for his approval. In the end, he resorts to the drastic measure of [[spoiler: stubbornly [[spoiler:stubbornly refusing to work so that Kouyuu will get him fired. Unfortunately, Kouyuu does not get the memo and instead does Reishin's work, which leads to him being accused of overstepping his authority.]]
* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: "[=SaiMono=]"
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* RapunzelHair: Almost all the characters. [[strike:Even]] Especially the men.

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* RapunzelHair: Almost all the characters. [[strike:Even]] Even the men. Especially the men.



* ScarpiaUltimatum: Given by [[spoiler: Sa Chusho to Shuurei when he wants her to marry Sakujun. He threatens to set fire to the city and kill one of her advisors if she doesn't go through with it. She still refuses.]]
* SlidingScaleOfBeauty: Out of the full harem of pretty men in the series, Kijin is the one who has the "Divine Beauty" status up to a thousand. Anyone (with only a few exceptions), men or women, will instantly faint, go blind, tremble, and be disabled to work for years upon seeing his face in a flash. Hence, that's why he wears a mask in public all the time.

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* ScarpiaUltimatum: Given by [[spoiler: Sa [[spoiler:Sa Chusho to Shuurei when he wants her to marry Sakujun. He threatens to set fire to the city and kill one of her advisors if she doesn't go through with it. She still refuses.]]
* SlidingScaleOfBeauty: Out of the full harem of pretty men in the series, Kijin is the one who has the "Divine Beauty" status up to a thousand. Anyone (with only a few exceptions), men man or women, woman, will instantly faint, go blind, tremble, and be disabled to work for years upon seeing his face in a flash. Hence, that's why he wears a mask in public all the time.



* SpoilerOpening: Ryuuki, I am sorry but your efforts to convince people you are gay do not fool the audience one bit once you and Shuurei are revealed to be the OfficialCouple.

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* SpoilerOpening: Ryuuki, I am sorry sorry, but your efforts to convince people you are gay do not fool the audience one bit once you and Shuurei are revealed to be the OfficialCouple.



* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: A common tactic for assassination. Most memorably, Sa Sakujun [[spoiler: poisons his own water and hides the antidote in the tea as a gamble about Shuurei's feelings for him]].

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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: A common tactic for assassination. Most memorably, Sa Sakujun [[spoiler: poisons [[spoiler:poisons his own water and hides the antidote in the tea as a gamble about Shuurei's feelings for him]].him.]]



* UnexpectedSuccessor: Youngest (and seemingly weakest) sons seem to end up being leaders quite often in Saiunkoku, courtesy of [[BigScrewedUpFamily power struggle in the clans]]. Or in the case of the Kou brothers, because the elder sons drop the position and the youngest gets stuck with it.

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* UnexpectedSuccessor: Youngest (and seemingly weakest) sons seem to end up being leaders quite often in Saiunkoku, courtesy of [[BigScrewedUpFamily power struggle struggles in the clans]]. Or in the case of the Kou brothers, because the elder sons drop the position and the youngest gets stuck with it.



* WillTheyOrWontThey: Ryuuki and Shuurei's situation.

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* WillTheyOrWontThey: Ryuuki and Shuurei's situation. [[spoiler:TheyDo.]]
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* SurpriseIncest: While they didn't do the deed, [[spoiler: Ryuuki jokingly asked Seiran to sleep with him after he woke up holding his hand. Seiran is secretly Seien, his older brother.]]
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* ObfuscatingStupidity:
** Watch out for people who appear to be silly, incompetent, or lazy in Saiunkoku. The third episode is even titled "The shrewd hawk hides his talons," which is a Japanese name for this trope.
** When the Emperor uses a completely obvious alias, everyone just pretends that they don't know it's the Emperor. Including Shuurei.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity:
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ObfuscatingStupidity: Watch out for people who appear to be silly, incompetent, or lazy in Saiunkoku. The third episode is even titled "The shrewd hawk hides his talons," which is a Japanese name for this trope.
** When the Emperor uses a completely obvious alias, everyone just pretends that they don't know it's the Emperor. Including Shuurei.
trope.
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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The name of each episode is a Japanese proverb.



** Watch out for people who appear to be silly, incompetent, or lazy in Saiunkoku.

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** Watch out for people who appear to be silly, incompetent, or lazy in Saiunkoku. The third episode is even titled "The shrewd hawk hides his talons," which is a Japanese name for this trope.
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