Posted by psgels on 27 January 2007 with categories: Saiunkoku Monogatari

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Short Synopsis: After the eventfulness of the previous episode, all the different characters prepare themselves for the upcoming events.
Good: Altered OP; Kourin; only now Sakujun’s impact on Shuurei becomes clear.
Bad: Sakujun may be a bit too perfect. I want to see some challenges for him as well. :)
Overall Enjoyment Value: 7/10

Ah, the aftermath. The chess pieces are preparing themselves to be moved. Quite a lot of things happened, though, since there are so many characters who have a role in this arc. First of all, Sho Taishi seems to have arrived in Kinka. That’s pretty fast of him, considering everyone else took months to reach it. He considers giving the ring to three possible parties: the two governors, Tei Yuushun or Eiki. It also gets revealed that Sa Taiho did some pretty bloody things in order to get the lead over the Sa Clan in the past.

We also see a few glimpses of Tei Yuushun in this episode. I’m not sure what exactly his role is in this anime, but it seems to be a very important one, in order to be nominated for getting the ring. In any case, he’s now been locked up for half a year by none other than Sa Sakujun. Who this guy named Eiki might be… I have no idea. I’m suspecting we’ll learn more about him in the future episodes.

Still, the most important focus of the episode was Shuurei. Only now, it becomes clear how much Sakujun has made an impact on her. The guy is a bastard, though because he seduced Shuurei, she doesn’t see it that way. She hasn’t thrown away the instrument he bought for her. She never tied her hair up again. She never spoke of Sakujun’s real name. I’m wondering where this will go.

7 Responses

  1. CherylHew says:

    Eiki is… I don’t want to make it a spoiler for you LOL Even though it isn’t exactly spoiler material, just that you mixed her gender up =p

  2. hwo angel says:

    tei yuushun is an official who help the governor as rou ensei.As there are two governors,there are two assistants THAT’s why he has a seal in order to do his task.HE S BEEN LOCKED UP HIMSELF to keep the authority of governement because the sa clan wants the seal.

  3. reslez says:

    Aaah~~~!! You’re right to point out the new Sakujun bits in the OP. In this episode I was really surprised to see Shuurei, who had resisted Ryuuki’s charms so easily, become weakened and confused by frat bastard prettyboy Sakujun. WTH? I thought Seiran’s reaction was extremely interesting. Throwing yourself in front of the train in order to prevent the mistress from falling for the ‘wrong’ person…? I also think it’s interesting that Shuurei outright said that Ryuuki and Sakujun are like little boys. This is the real reason Shuurei never fell for Ryuuki and why I was surprised she reacted so strongly to Sakujun (aside from his resemblance to said Ryuuki). Basically, Ryuuki needs to grow up a bit before Shuurei will be interested. It doesn’t seem likely we’ll see such a story arc any time soon, however, with all the relevant parties parked in Sa province. This show needs more Ryuuki :) Also, Tei is a really interesting character.

    And every time I see Sakujun with the blossom kanzashi I want to yank it from his hands and beat him on the head with it. You’re supposed to *give* jewelry to pretty girls, not steal it from them :)

  4. memo says:

    eiki was mentioned in earlier episodes, and we’ve seen glimpses of her 2-3 times, she seems pretty cool.
    as for shuurei’s reaction to sakujin, that really is odd. i don’t like how she seems to keep comparing him to ryuuki, like he’s ryuuki’s replacement since she can’t have ryuuki without giving up her dream to be a gov. official. no worries about that with sakujin, so perhaps she’s weakened her defenses against him.

  5. Muse_Abuse says:

    Eiki is Sa Enjun’s wife. To be honest, I hated this ep. because Shuurei was mooning over Sakujun and Seiran ‘confessed’ to her. I was screaming WTF?! while I was watching and not happy that they made the whole thing into some complicated love affair..Pitting brother against brother (if indeed Seiran was telling the truth about his feelings).

    I hate that Shuurei gives more thought to Sakujun’s ‘I love you’ than to Ryuuki’s one. I really think that Ryuuki is the maturer of the two, when he was willing to let Shuurei go and fulfil her heart’s desire and was willing to wait for her without pressuring her. I believe that had he been the childish man Shuurei had painted him to be, he would’ve immediately flew into a rage and demand that they head to Kinka now to see his beloved Shuurei. IMHO, Shuurei is not giving him credit.

    They damn well better not make anymore guys fall for Shuurei..I’d be uber pissed.

  6. rianax says:

    Shuurei wasn’t mooning over Sakujun, but dealing with how he messed with her head. Shuurei is an extremely smart and capable young woman, but very uneasy and unsure with the concept of romance and love. Ryuuki always was honest and respectful with his intentions towards Shuurei; Sakujun was anything but.

    And Seiran did so much confess as say that h would marry Shuurei himself rather than let her be taken in my that sexy murderous Sakujun.

  7. maya says:

    Hey psgels! I just caught up to this episode since I’m a little behind in watching this show, and I just wanted to let you know that you’re doing a PHENOMENAL job in blogging this show. I love reading your opinions, and I’m sure everyone commenting will agree. :) This is definitely the best show that’s being subbed right now.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.

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