Posted by psgels on 23 February 2008 with categories: Saiunkoku Monogatari


Now this is what I’ve been hoping for! This episode was terrific in terms of storyline. So many things happened at once, and finally the building-up of the previous half year is paying ff. But still, it’s so sad to see that the budget-problems become more and more apparent. Such a major episode should be paired with terrific animation, like what we saw around the climax of the first half of the second season. Instead, the creators treated us to lots of distance-shots, thick lines and still frames. I really don’t like the trend that MadHouse has been setting to screw up their adaptations as they draw near their end! I mean, they’ve got excellent staff, but I’m getting more and more the feeling that it’s their producers who are incredibly lazy.

Well, putting that aside, another reason why I loved this episode was because it again was quite easy to understand. The ship with Ensei, Suou, Shurei and Ryuuren crashes off a waterfall. As everyone becomes conscious again, Ryuuren goes off to find some springs for water, after which Shun comes to pick up Shuurei, by the orders of his master. His orders were to take just Shuurei away, so Ensei and Suou stay behind and collect supplies for the way back.

As Shuurei and Shun walk up the mountain to the castle, Shuurei asks whether he’s heard about Shiba Jin, though Shun says that she had the wrong person. The two then enter the castle, and Shun brings Shurei to the prison cell where Ryuuki lies. Shuurei is really glad to see that he’s fine, though before she has the time to call out to him, Shusui appears, using the same spell that failed, twenty episodes ago. Shuurei then falls unconscious and gets taken away.

We then switch to Ryuuki, who’s finally woken up. Right next to him stands a Shusui, who claims that she’s possessed by a member of the Hyou-clan, which is why she’s acting so weird. I guess she was an easy target for them, because she already lost herself before. In any case, Shusui begins to taunt Ryuuki at how he’s incompetent at his job, and how he should just give up. After this, Ryuki begins to develop even more. That night on the mountains has really convinced him what an idiot he’s been, and he’s determined to now become a real king.

Then, Ran appears. It indeed seems that he’s been following Ryuuki all along, and after hearingt his confession, he decides to step in and save Ryuuki from Shushui. After this, the Hyou-member orders Shun to take care of Ryuuki, leaving the body afterwards. Shusui then turns into her fighter-mode again and starts chasing after Shuuei. Juusanhime also arrives to stop her, after which quite a funny conversation follows, where Shuuei ends up using a dirty trick to remind Shusui of Shouka. After a few slaps from Shuuei, Shusui returns to normal.

Juusanhime then stays to fight Shun, while Shuuei, Ryuuki and Shusui escape. When they are out of the castle, Shusui goes back in to save Shuurei. Shuuei then brings Ryuuki back to Suou, and goes back along with Ryuren to save Shuurei. Ensei went ahead of them, as he seemed to have the same idea. As Ryuuki wakes up, he wants to go back to save Shuurei, though Suou stops him. After all, he’s the king and everyone just went through the trouble of saving him. After hearing this, he finally understands a new part of his responsibilities.

Meanwhile, back in the castle Shuurei is still unconscious. The member of the Ryou-clan seems to be called Ruka, and it was basically her plan to use Ryuuki to lure the Bara-hime in Shuurei towards her. It’s here where Shouka in scary-mode appears again, and breaks some kind of mirror that’s important for Ruka. Strangely enough, Ruka doesn’t seem to be shocked by this, so at least something must have gone according to her plan. In another part of the Castle, Juusanhime now gets the chance to finally say goodbye to Shiba Jin, as it really seems that he works for the enemy and he’s out to kill Ryuuki. That scene seriously rocked.

There’s one thing I don’t understand, though: what’s the real relationship between Shun and Shusui? Where did they meet each other? Is Shun the reason Shusui gets possessed? Which Shusui went along with Shun to the castle? Did she come on her own accord, or was she already possessed by Ruka back then?

In any case, let’s hope that the final two episodes end the second season with a bang, so that the creators can return in a year or two to finish this story. With such a fan-base, there’s a good chance that it’ll happen some day. But then again, Claymore was even more popular, needed a second season even more badly and there are still no signs of any continuation… which leaves me kind-of worried.

2 Responses

  1. maglor says:

    Although I like Saiunkoku Monogatari, it is showing the classic problems of Shojo series that everyone is a royalty, celestial being, or super human.

  2. shun says:

    oh~sssssssssssss#!+! Jun and Jyusanhime should be fighting with each other while breaking up, NOT JUST STANDING THERE!!!!!!!! *major disappointment >M

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:47 AM)
    the original LoK:Blood Omen was a pretty expansive RPG tho. Nosgoth felt like a lived-in world with quite a sprawling story and landscape. You can equip weapon, armor, item and magic from an interesting set, and it was one of the few vampire games were you could use all of their famed forms: bats, wolf, specter and even a human disguise to talk to town-folk who will remain dead and come back as ghosts after slain.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:44 AM)
    @Aidan: well the company went bankrupt, so whatever they were doing didn’t work out for them too well. Eternal Darkness had decent gameplay imo- the sanity meter was a pretty cool concept. They tend do expect too much and overload their battle mechanics which aren’t as robust as they think.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 03:24 AM)
    Bloody hell. I was going to quit at Soul Reaver 2. And you tell me the game doesn’t even end there?
    Silicon Khight seem to me like a company who tend to go for story over gameplay. Same went for eternal darkness. Shit gameplay, good story. It’s a pity that sequel kickstarter didn’t get funded.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:35 AM)
    Time doesn’t do PS1 era 3D games any favors either. The never-before-seen scope and sprawling worlds end up feeling claustrophobic now, and low polygon models with no texture don’t get any better with age. The style, story and voice-acting still remain commendable tho.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:29 AM)
    @Aidan: That’s generally what happens when you break relations with the original creators (Silicon Knights of Eternal Darkness and MGS:Twin Snakes fame) and then overshoot your capacity so much that you end up breaking an already reduced game straight in half; the story of which doesn’t get resolved until LoK:Defiance.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:24 AM)
    I don’t think I’m invested in any anime/manga franchise’s story as much as Berserk; which probably sucks cuz we have a pretty high chance of never seeing it concluded. I speculate that if we don’t get to an important juncture before the next ‘break’ then the series will end up unfinished.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Kaiser: yeah it’s nice to see that Miura still got it, that was some of the kinetic battles that he’s known for. It’s all good to have him meeting his deadline schedules too; he might be back on the horse for real this time.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:17 AM)
    As someone who used to play this games demo on a PS1 and loves the design of the character and story…I think it’s fair for me to say that Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver kinda sucks.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:07 AM)
    I expected more of the chrono crusade author but the plot has now descended into a mess.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 02:07 AM)
    I the only one really disappointed by how the manga, World Embryo turned out? Ever since after the revealed the identity of the villain its all been downhill.

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