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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  • ratsgnoF
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 07:27 AM)
    @Emma I agree. When you look back, teenagers are retarded and do a lot of stupid stuff.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:51 AM)
    @ak184: Sporadically mildly entertaining with an enjoyable final stretch. Though at times I found myself falling in and out with the series.
    @Aidan: I would be more than happy to read your yahari review.
    @RatsgnoF: Looking back at being a teenager, I can’t say that moment of a persons life isn’t free of melodrama.
  • ak184
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 11:53 PM)
    Out of curiosity, for those who were watching it, what did you all thought of jojo stardust crusaders? Now that it has recently ended
  • ratsgnoF
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 05:35 PM)
    IMO I think that emphasizes how important their relationships are with each other. It shows how the characters have developed and change. They’re very vocal about how they feel and what they want. To the point where it would seem melodramatic.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 03:17 PM)
    @Emma, I never disliked the movie. And I do think it did that archer vs Shirou fight much better. But the problem with it is that it basically removes coherency from the story. People would just be downright confused watching it if they have no knowledge. The movie is pretty much fan service.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 03:13 PM)
    I was actually thinking of writing up a Yahari review. Overall I enjoyed it but I felt that it got far too melodramatic at points over relatively little. It just felt like the characters where making mountains out of molehills.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 07:59 AM)
    That exactly why it’s so good. It’s not very cliche like most animes. The characters themselves have very interesting personalities. Personalities that are actually unique. Not those personalities that every main lead has. Very cliched anime is bad. I can literally predict what happens next watching it the first time. Seeing those 3 interact and struggle is very enjoyable It’s kinda down to earth in a way.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 07:02 AM)
    I think, watching Yahari, that its time I stopped bashing the “Too many teenagers thing in anime”, better to make the teenage characters we get actually interesting people.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 06:57 AM)
    If they do plan a season 3, it probably won’t be out for about a year or two. The last 2 episodes were adapted from volume 11 which was released 5 days ago.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 06:48 AM)
    That final episode of Yahari’s second season pretty much left me saying “Season 3 where and now”
    And “You can’t end this here”.

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