Posted on 1 March 2008 with categories: Saiunkoku Monogatari


I’m not exactly sure why… this episode was a clear aftermath and yet I found it was one of the most enjoyable ones of the third arc so far. I originally thought that seeing Shuuei and Ryuuki develop would be the best thing about the final episodes of the second season, but seeing them actually use this development turned out much more interesting.

Overall, the Kouki-arc just didn’t match up to the Government-Official-arc and the Sa-Province-arc, but that’s only logical. I now see that this arc is far from over, and all that the episodes have been doing is building up. Even the past few mini-arcs were just meant to develop the cast, and to make them ready for the real meat of this arc. It’s just like the Sa-province arc. The first twenty-or-so episodes also were a bit disappointing at times, and Sakujun took a lot of episodes to become likable, but the second half of that arc, with the disease and all simply rocked.

I really hope that Madhouse will continue next year with the third season for Saiunkoku Monogatari. There are just too many interesting plot-points unresolved to not let it happen: there’s Ouki, who’ll be trying more and more to take over the throne, which will bring Kouki, Seiga, Shuurei and Suou more to the foreground as they will definitely be asked to investigate and prevent this takeover. Then there’s the Bara-hime storyline with the big Riou and of course the big mystery about Sakujun’s whereabouts. Furthermore, we still haven’t seen anything of the plans to marry Kouyuu out to Shuurei. Then there’s also Seiga, who majorly lacks in development, considering how important his character is. Overall, that’s more than enough to fill a third season and close this story off properly. Please, Madhouse, don’t abandon this series just yet!

On other news, I was pretty surprised that Shouka didn’t prepare any explanation whatsoever to Shuurei about what the heck he was doing when Ryuuki wandered off on his own. I doubt that he would never make such a mistake to anyone other than Shuurei and Bara-hime. I think that that’s one of the reasons why he originally fell in love with Bara-hime. Somehow, he just couldn’t get his assassin-act together in front of her. ^^;

6 Responses

  1. maglor says:

    If I remember properly, I believe the anime series has covered most of the published novel materials. If there is to be next season, we may need to wait two or three years for the author to publish enough new books for the third season.

  2. shun says:

    Muwaha~ [sob sob sob]

    Shuei’s officially cut off from his clan in order to follow Ryuuki~ [sob] [blows nose~]

    but i do wish the staff can put some effort to make this scene cry for me but i guess they won’t [mad]

  3. KaeBoo says:

    I agree with maglor on this one. Each Season covers practically about 5 or 6 to about 7 or 8 novels each season.

    Published novels end at volume 12. the next one will be coming out in May 1st. the blogosphere will be seeing summaries of the novel and some translated scenes about a month after that, then who knows when the next one would come?

    It’s like kyou kara maoh and initial d… i just hope they stick to the novels.

    i would rather wait that long than have a crappy ending.

  4. ami says:

    I also wish that there will be a third season.. I wonder if Shuurie mom is the Bara-hime (rose princess)..?? from the story that Shuurie use to tell Ryuuki when she was in the palace… then that mean that Shuurie is somehow also a goddess maybe even one of the 7 color guardian… wonder wonder..
    just love the series.. would love to see more of it…

  5. Renny says:

    I have a feeling that 3rd season will be out… but not in the near future… I agree with the fact that there are still alot of plots which still remain as mystery..

    Arghh… will ryuuki and shuurei end up together? will shouka uncover his identity to all and the truth behind the Bara Hime love saga? will seiran be recognized by the court as Price Seien and cause a big hooha thereafter?? 3rd Season!!!! PLsss!!!!

    By the way, these are reali Nice reviews!!

  6. Faith says:

    Please give me a third season!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:57 AM)
    Good answer =)
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:50 AM)
    I think that the internet has, to an extent, weakened the influence of critics. Now, everyone with enough spare time can be a critic. In this deluge of people with their own opinions, it’s hard to figure out who’s opinion is, for lack of a better word, better. Rather than look at any one critic, they may look at a conglomeration of critics. Even still, with the wealth of info about any given thing, they may just decide to see it for themselves.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:47 AM)
    I guess I’m curious as to how effected people are by the professionals reviews when they decide to see a film.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:45 AM)
    well, critics are part of the audience too. they’re just more “knowledgeable” about the field.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:45 AM)
    yeaahh! Lia ED, been so long (i think).
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:43 AM)
    Audience accepting things, yes thats important , but critic approved also carries its equal worth, not just talking comics here on both sides of the world but in general…also interests me…in the end who has most influence , the critic or the audience? How influenced are the audience in comparison by critics to their own judgement non effected by critics?
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:42 AM)
    ah manga disney. will it ever return.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:39 AM)
    Thats a pretty interesting comment vincent and nyan. As Shoujo art was as far as I know the basis eventually for moe/lolicon.
  • Vincent
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:35 AM)
    @Nyan so essentially Shoujo is a manga time capsule XD
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 02:33 AM)
    Not to say that there aren’t certain broader trends among demographics, of course. Hell, the funny thing about shounen/shoujo artwork blending is that the shoujo art style came out of a time when manga all looked roughly the same regardless of demographic, lol

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