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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  • Vincent
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 10:01 AM)
    Watched Letters from Iwo Jima again. Ken Watanabe is a great actor.
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:32 AM)
    Note that it’s not just regular AIDS, which is definitely treatable if caught early, it’s some dtug resistant SUPERAIDS that the character in question got from a blood transfusion soon after being born
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 09:29 AM)
    It’s not that the disease being AIDS is really all that important. You could even replace with anything, even Sudden Moe Death Syndrome from Clannad and the emotional impact would still be as blunt and forced.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:02 AM)
    Oh for fucks sake sword art? You put HIV drama into your show?
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:57 AM)
    Pretty much looking forward to the next two episodes and hope it gets more seasons too.
    I also liked how bleak it was.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 AM)
    *how twisty
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    . I was told to stay away from story six. Story seven was the most developed and ambitious of the selection but I feel mixed on it and didn’t really get into it until midway or so.
    Still I do love weird tales anthology stuff and this all fit the bill for me.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    The first story even I have to admit was genuinely horrifying, uncomfortable and got under my skin and of the selection it still stands out as having the greatest impact. The second one was good social commentary but doesn’t really give me much I didn’t already know. Stories three and were the most emotionally investing for me. I thoroughly enjoyed who twisty, twisted, truly nasty and cruel story five was and it is my second favourite of the lot.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    I did however feel that some of the dialogue and acting could have done with some very very slight tweaking in parts/some segments.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:53 AM)
    Okay even though I don’t watch western tv shows all that much I finally properly spent whole day going through black mirror. For the larger part this is creative, unpredictable, well thought out/written, varied, I like the technological end of it, the stories manage to fit into the short film runtime without ever feeling like they needed more time and its clear that Charlie Brooker has a lot to say with this and is very intelligent man, some of it does ring fairly true.

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