Posted by psgels on 2 February 2008 with categories: Saiunkoku Monogatari


Haha! This has to be the most comprehensible Saiunkoku Monogatari-episode I’ve seen in months. Finally I can understand things again without the help of Impz’s summaries. ^^; Sure, there were a few things that I didn’t pick up, but I’m glad enough that at least this episode didn’t feel like a giant Rubik’s Cube.

The episode starts after what happened at the end of the last episode, and Ensei cheers Shuurei up a bit. He then also agrees to go along with her to the Ran-clan. Ensei also notices that Shuurei hasn’t been sleeping well, so he forces her to go to sleep, while Seiran notices this and threatens to kill the guy. After this, Seiran asks Ensei to make sure that Shuurei returns safely from the Ran-clan.

We then switch to Shouka, Juusanhime and Ryuuki, leaving the capital, with Seiran and Yuushun seeing them off. The next scene is between Shuurei and Ki Kouki, who asks Shuurei that now that she’s going to the Ran-province anyway, that she should investigate a guy named “Shiba Jin”, and I think that Shuurei knows fully well what this means if she goes in too deep, and Juusanhime’s lover might get arrested if she does her job of investigating too well. He also orders her to bring back a few souvenirs, and to not go after Ryuuki if he decides to agree with his engagement with Juusanhime. When Shuurei runs off, she passes Seiga, and the guy has a really suspicious grin on his face while she passes him.

Next up, we see Ensei, Shuurei and Suou in a carriage, heading to the port. They then get surprised by an overly worried father of Suou, who underwent a total change of characters since we saw him first. It seems that he’s really proud of his son now, and he’s still thankful to Shuurei on how sh got him out of prison, it seems. At least, I think that Shuurei was the one who did that, I could be wrong. In any case, he entrusts Suou to Shuurei for the trip. ^^;

The next scene shows Shun and Shusui, as they too seem to be heading for the Ran-province. Shusui isn’t doing well, though, and she struggles to go up the mountains. For some reason, Shun also puts up an eye-patch, to cover for the eye he’s missing. Shusui then mentions a number of strange characters, though that story is one I couldn’t pick up. What’s important, though, is that at one point, she gets possessed again by that strange thing that got hold of her a few episodes back. She calls this thing “Ruka-sama”.

Shuuei has meanwhile finally arrived at the Ran-palace. His triplet-brothers aren’t there, but his brother Ryuuren and his sister Gyoku (I think that’s how she was called) are present. Ryuuren takes off into the woods again, and Shuuei gets to reuinite with his sister. The thing is that he wasn’t really keen on that, and for some reason he was reluctant to meet her. I didn’t pick up exactly why, as she seemed like a really nice person (they even played together when they were kids), though if I had to guess then he did some thing to hurt her in the past. I didn’t pick up what exactly that was, though. Also, Setsuna, is that the name of one of Shuuei’s triplet-brothers, or is that yet another of his brothers?

The episode ends with the ship on which Shuurei, Suou and Ensei are sailing in order to get to the Ran-province. Suou gets seasick, and Ensei’s remedy is basically to knock the guy out so that he’s unconscious during the trip. ^^; The ship then gets struck by a whirlpool that the area is famous for. According to a local legend, one person once threw a manju in the whirlpools and they disappeared. For some reason, Shuurei thinks that this legend is important somehow.

On a side-note, those whirlpools were really badly animated, but then again, this is Madhouse. Their animation is either incredibly good or incredibly bad, and you can really see in this episode that it was meant to save a bit of animation-budget.

6 Responses

  1. rev says:

    Gonna need a third season if this goes on

    How can everything ends in 5 episode. Well, I guess it can

    Anyone reading the novel? Need some spoilers about the length of this arc ;)

  2. daimazu says:

    the woman Gyokuka is Shuuei’s sister in law, the wife of one of the triplets (Yuki). Setsuna is the collective official name of the triplets (their inofficial names are Yuki, Tsuki and Hana) Shuuei used to be in love with her in the past.

  3. shun says:

    daimazu- nice, you explained it very well.
    rev- based on the speed on how the arc goes, there is a possibility that it can end in 5 episodes, but don’t expected it to be too detailed. if you want to go deep in the story, suggest you to read the novel or fan-translated novel. (

  4. shun says:

    oh, btw, shuei’s sis-in-law’s name is Gyoka ^^

  5. shun says:

    sorry, typo, make her “Gyokuka” ^^6

  6. kaeboo says:

    it can end in 5 episodes… to where the novel has also stopped. the next book will be coming out in may, based on charmian’s blogs.

    :)

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:13 PM)
    @Aidan: you know what’s the difference? I gave credit to Fate where it was due. It has problems but I never called it “shit”, because that’s not true. I never called your love for it the “purest form of complete total blind Bias” cause that is not true! And I’m man enough to admit mistakes, and didn’t need groupies to jump in and speak for me.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:12 PM)
    PS: love Akira, like GITS, love Cowboy Bebop and surprisingly like serial experiments Lain.
    I don’t need to hate on Eva to prove I am awesome.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:11 PM)
    @Aidan: I remember a time in your own words where you said “I can reign in my bias about fate and write about it on here”
    And “I’ve gotten over that people hate on/don’t like fate/zero, theres no reason to force yourself Kaiser”.
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    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:10 PM)
    You heard it here people. If you hate on Eva, you are an SAO fan.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:08 PM)
    …do you even know me at all.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:07 PM)
    It’s a fact that people hate on Eva to sound cool, and that’s a seriously low form of pack mentality. They call Akira overrated, Ghost in the Shell boring, Cowboy Bebop lame, Serial Experiment Lain gay and so on. None of it is sincere or of any merit. Lots of it are newcomers that want to justify their lack of knowledge by trying to make it as if these were all worthless to begin with, so now they can just say that SAO is the best show out there.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:01 PM)
    Or basically just run along with it.
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    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:01 PM)
    Just to clear up some disengunous assumptions. I do have shows I like more than Fate. Considering that you are going on this long in defense of Eva and still claim not to have blind bias is that not proof that you do. I mean you can talk crap about Fate any day here. Mention the deus ex machina, heavy exposition, crap pacing and even call the writing bad and you know what I will say?
    Yup on that, still gonna buy the blurays though.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:01 PM)
    I can imagine probably/potentially getting a far more positive reaction from End of Eva now and talking of it, it reminds me that how as I’ve gotten older I respond much better to mindscramblers, I could just let the film wash over me now.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:54 PM)
    @Bam, there is no fact in opinion.

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