Posted by psgels on 28 July 2007 with categories: Saiunkoku Monogatari


I’m not happy with the twist that came in this episode. Not happy at all. The rest of the episode was nice enough for an aftermath, but I found myself not caring because of that particular development. I really felt cheated, and this is the second time that Saiunkoku Monogatari pulls this off. I’m really getting worried about this, because Saiunkoku is developing a nasty habit that also plagues shows like Naturo and Bleach: the utter refusal to kill off its characters.

Both the deaths for Sakujun and Eigetsu were beautiful. Both deaths were so awesome because they were backed up by a huge amount of building up. The fact that both of them live again due to an anticlimactic Deus ex Machina that popped up after they were supposed to have died really ruins the magic of these moments. I was able to ignore it once for Sakujun, but it’s going to get difficult when this anime tries to get away with the same stunt again.

Anyway, about the rest of the episode, now that Seiran is busy again, we find Ryuuki wondering what his purposes might be. The next arc is also introduced, but I can’t say anything about that yet, because I couldn’t understand what was said. Oh, and we get to know the identity of another one of the eight sages: Yo-sensei. So that makes the known sages now:
– Sho Taishi.
– Riou.
– Yougetsu, who now is sleeping soundly inside of Eigetsu.
– Yo-sensei.
– The one who was resting inside Shuurei’s mother (Bara-Hime), and now seems to sleep inside Shuurei. (thanks to a few commenters for that info)
– And I wouldn’t be surprised if one was sleeping in either Shunki or Eiki, to explain the powers they have.

9 Responses

  1. VikitChan says:

    so…Eigetsu is dead or no O_o”?*confused*

  2. psgels psgels says:

    He lives. Yougetsu is now in a deep sleep somewhere so that Eigetsu could live.

  3. VikitChan says:

    yay xD ty >D

  4. Hopeless says:

    Sort of spoilery, but…

    Ryou is certainly not one of the sages. His magical power comes from being part of the enigmatic Hyou clan, as does that of Eiki, Shunki and Ren (as seen when he possessed Doushu’s body). Each of the sages represents one of the eight major clans of the county, and the Hyou clan is not one of them (although it is an off-shoot of a major clan). “Bya Kuya”, the spirit inside Yougetsu, definatly does seem to be one, however, and You-sensei is certainly so.

  5. MysteriouX says:

    Then what about Shou Taishi, which of the noble families is he from or represent?

    It can be argued that the Hyou family is descended from 1 of the sages but due to their supernatural abilities, they stayed away from politics so that no one can take advantage of their powers.

  6. psgels psgels says:

    I always thought that the Sho-family was also part of the eight great families, but I could be wrong on that one.

  7. MysteriouX says:

    Here is the list of 8 colored clans: Kou (crimson), Kou (Yellow), Sa (Brown), Ran (Indigo), Shi (Purple), Heki (Green), Heku (White), Koku (Black)

  8. Hopeless says:

    Shou Tasihi is the sage of the Shi clan, the imperial family, hence why it is his duty and role to advise the emperor as he does.

    Now, as for slight spoilers..

    The Hyou clan are descended from the sister of the first emperor, and so are technically an offshoot of the Shi clan. There has been no indication in the show that one must be an immortal to use magic; Ren, for example, was clearly not so and yet he could possess the body of Doushu and create powerful magic circles.

  9. kanny says:

    I was dissapointment about this story because Ryuuki was passing out without reason and this episode is already begone! What a shame! I wanted to watching this episode but when I was looking for it, they was nothing! But about Kouyuu, why he’s becoming so evil and his body full of red light, anyway? I DONT GET IT!!!!

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:25 PM)
    Altogether there is no good explanation as to why Berserk has been on the fringes for the last 20 years. The silver lining is that it looks like things are picking up for the franchise- with a new series, two new games and frequent manga releases- so here’s hoping we get a much bigger budget for the next cour, and god willing maybe even a studio change. And I’m getting greedy, but gimme that From Software Berserk game! That would be an instant cash mine.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:18 PM)
    @Vyse: I was actually thinking of that, and the dark mature content is definitely a factor. Yet looking at what’s trending at the moment, with AoT and Kabaneri, it seems that the more violent stuff are bankable now. And it’s not like anime is stranger to adapting material that hasn’t finished yet. So I’m guessing that Miura is hard to work with probably, and maybe he’s tight about giving studios the license.
  • Rusty
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:16 PM)
    I like it better when animes are different then the manga because normally i know how everything will end after reading the manga.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:07 PM)
    And I’m more than open for an anime to do things a bit differently from the source, I mean look at the new berserk they included an action scene that wasn’t in the manga, I liked that.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:59 PM)
    @Mike: Makoto Takahashi! Makoto Takahashi! I know who he is, I spent a while looking at his art, best example of good oldschool shoujo style. He also is credited with kickstarting the shoujo-ai genre I think…
    @Bam: flowers of evil both improved on and took away from its source material.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:16 PM)
    Furthermore, it’s not as if Berserk is so special by itself that a decent adaptation is automatically impossible. You’re watching one right now. If you think otherwise than it boils down to personal preference.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:13 PM)
    @Vyse It’s obviously not trying to cater to children, the studio knows its audience. I wouldn’t automatically assume that just because it’s an anime adaptation that it’s an attempt to please everyone.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Because the story is so dark and so violent, its hard to cater to a middle ground audience that includes kids or maybe even adolescents.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Hey Bam, the reason for Berserk’s neglect is how unadaptable it is to other media. As a manga it stands as a monolith. but the thematic and graphical content -as well as the long and rather convoluted presentation – don’t lend well to either anime or games.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:58 PM)
    Yeah, you could even easily do a spin of series in the berserk universe, it’s that well thought out unique and huge. I dreamt myself continously into that world – mostly because of it’s bright, shimmering side, which aren’t mentioned that often because of it’s ultra dark counterpart.

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