The Story of Saiunkoku (TV)

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© Sai Yukino, Kadokawashoten / NHK, Sogovision 


 
Related anime:
    (The) Story of Saiunkoku (manga)
    (The) Story of Saiunkoku Second Series (TV 2) (sequel)

Alternative title:
ColourCloud Palace 
Saiunkoku Monogatari 
حكاية بلاد الغيوم الملونة (Arabic) 
彩雲国物語 (Japanese) 
彩雲國物語 (Chinese (Taiwan)) 
Genres: drama , romance , supernatural 
Objectionable content: Significant 
Plot Summary: Saiunkoku is a world of eight provinces or houses, each named after a different colour. The new Emperor, Shi Ryuuki, has gained for a reputation for being uninterested in courtly matters and for flaunting his love for men. Shuurei, although born of the important Kou family, has difficulty making ends meet. She easily accepts an invitation to be the Emperor's concubine in order to turn him into a good ruler. The mysterious Seiran, a young man who was adopted by her father, goes with her as Ryuuki's bodyguard. Entering the imperial palace revives Shuurei's dream of being a court official, and, together with the many companions she meets along the way, continues moving bravely forward while trying to fend off the Emperor's advances. 
User Ratings: 1032 ratings have been given [details]
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 Bad: 3 votes (sub:3)
 Awful: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Worst ever: 2 votes (sub:2)
Seen in part or in whole by 2052 users, rank: #503 (of 6067)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 8.116 (Very good), std. dev.: 1.5867, rank: #360 (of 6061)
Weighted mean: 7.984 (Very good), rank: #460 (of 6061) (seen all: 8.21 / seen some: 7.65 / won't finish: 5.56)
Bayesian estimate: 7.979 (Very good), rank: #302 (of 4612)
Running time: 25 minutes per episode 
Number of episodes: 39 
Episode titles: We have 39
Vintage: 2006-04-08 to 2007-02-24 
Opening Theme:
"Hajimari no kaze" by Ayaka Hirahara 
#01: "Hajimari no Kaze" by Ayaka Hirahara 
Ending Theme:
"Saikou no Kataomoi" by Sachi Tainaka 
Links: We have 1
News: Show:
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DVD (Region 1)
    Story of Saiunkoku - Complete Collection (DVD) 2009-10-06
    The Story of Saiunkoku (DVD 1) 2007-08-28 (from $22.48)
    The Story of Saiunkoku - w/ Artbox (DVD 1) 2007-08-28 (from $6.99)
    The Story of Saiunkoku (DVD 2) 2007-10-16
    The Story of Saiunkoku (DVD 3) 2007-12-04
    The Story of Saiunkoku (DVD 4)
    The Story of Saiunkoku (DVD 1) 2008-10-07
    The Story of Saiunkoku - w/ Artbox (DVD 1) 2008-10-07
    The Story of Saiunkoku (DVD 2) 2008-10-07
    The Story of Saiunkoku - w/ Season 1 Part 1 Box (DVD 3) 2008-10-07
    The Story of Saiunkoku - Season 1 Part 2 (DVD 4-6) 2008-12-02
    The Story of Saiunkoku - Season 1 Part 3 (DVD 7-9) 2009-01-27

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Jun Shishido 
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida 
Script:
Ayuna Fujisaki (ep 2) 
Kurasumi Sunayama (ep 3) 
Reiko Yoshida (eps 4-5) 
Storyboard:
Hiromi Yokoyama (eps 2, 12) 
Jun Fujiwara (ep 3) 
Jun Shishido (eps 1, 5) 
Kimiko Tamai (ep 7) 
Kiyotaka Ohata (ep 9) 
Shigeru Kimiya (ep 8) 
Takeo Takahashi (ep 4) 
Yo Miura (ep 6) 
Yumi Kamakura (ep 10) 
Episode Director:
Hajime Ohtani (eps 2, 5, 8) 
Hiromi Yokoyama (eps 4, 9) 
Makoto Shinohara (eps 1, 7) 
Shota Kawajiri (ep 6) 
Tokio Yamauchi (eps 3, 10) 
Music: Kunihiko Ryo 
Original creator: Sai Yukino (novel) 
Original Character Design: Kairi Yura (novel illustration) 
Character Design: Miwa Oshima 
Art Director: Tsutomu Nishikura 
Animation Director:
Ki Duk Park (ep 9) 
Kimiko Tamai (ep 4) 
Kyong Seok Choi (ep 8) 
Nam Yul Park (ep 2) 
Seong Jong Kim (ep 6) 
Tatsuyuki Maeda (eps 1, 7) 
Tomoko Shimizu (ep 3) 
Sound Director: Fusanobu Fujiyama 
Director of Photography: Shinya Matsui 
Animation producer:
Masao Maruyama 
Satoshi Yoshimoto 
Clean-Up Animation: Hitomi Takei 
Color design: Chiharu Tanaka 
Conceptual Design: Kazuo Watanabe 
Editing: Kashiko Kimura 
In-Between Animation: Kanoko Abe 
Key Animation: Mika Takazawa 
Photography:
Natsuka Kawano 
Tomohiro Suga 
Production Coordination:
Atsuko Kashiwagi 
Hideo Ihara 
Recording: Hiroyasu Yamashita 
Sound Effects: Shoji Kato 
Theme Song Arrangement:
Akihira Koyama (ED) 
Takeshi Fujii (ED) 
YANAGIMAN (OP) 
Theme Song Composition:
ID (OP) 
Sachi Tainaka (ED) 
Theme Song Lyrics: Sachi Tainaka (ED) 
Theme Song Performance:
Ayaka Hirahara (OP) 
Sachi Tainaka (ED) 
Hikaru Midorikawa as Seiran Shi 
Houko Kuwashima as Shuurei Kou 
Tomokazu Seki as Ryuuki Shi 

Akemi Okamura as Shusui 
Eri Sendai as Kourin 
Hidenobu Kiuchi as Ryuuren Ran 
Kazuhiro Nakada as Kijin Kou 
Kentarou Itou as Ensei Rou 
Kouji Ishii as Shoutaishi 
Mitsuaki Madono as Reishin Kou 
Mitsuru Ogata as Soutaifu 
Naoki Bandou as Sataiho 
Nobuyuki Hiyama as Kouyu Li 
Shuuichi Ikeda as Shouka Kou 
Susumu Chiba as Sai Shou 
Toshiyuki Morikawa as Shuei Lan 

Akemi Okamura as Young Ryuuki(ep 4) 
Atsushi Kisaichi as Hakumei Heki 
Azumi Yamamoto as Kinren(eps 2, 8) 
Daisuke Namikawa as Eigetsu Tou 
Daisuke Sasaki as Assassin(eps 6-7) 
Eri Moritani as Man(ep 2) 
Erika as Touwa 
Hana Takeda as
Female Official(ep 3) 
Prostitute(ep 12) 
Woman(ep 5) 
Izumi Satou as Female Official(ep 3) 
Jin Nishimura as
Jirou Kei 
Official Kei 
Junichi Suwabe as Sa Soujun 
Kahoru Sasajima as Youshun 
Kaori Yamagata as Kochou(ep 12) 
Kaya Miyake as Prostitute(ep 12) 
Kayato Ohashi as
Vassal(ep 4) 
White general(ep 9) 
Kayato Ohasi as General Haku 
Kazuya Kobayashi as Courtier(ep 8) 
Keiko Nemoto as Man(ep 2) 
Keikou Sakai as
Guest(ep 12) 
Rebel(ep 10) 
Kousuke Toriumi as Sa Kokujun 
Mami Horikoshi as Eiki Hyou 
Masami Iwasaki as Sa Chuushou(ep 23) 
Masataka Sawada as Doctor To 
Miho Soda as Ryushin 
Minoru Inaba as Seikintou leader(ep 12) 
Mitsuaki Hoshino as Hakushu Minister(ep 3) 
Miwa Kohinata as
Customer(ep 2) 
Prostitute(ep 12) 
Nobutoshi Canna as Yuushun Tei(Lt Governor) 
Noriaki Sugiyama as
Santa(ep 12) 
Shourin 
Rumi Shishido as Sa Shunki 
Ryotaro Okiayu as Kou Kurou 
Ryusaku Chijiwa as Seikintou man(ep 12) 
Takashi Oohara as Courtier(ep 8) 
Takehito Koyasu as Sa Sakujun (Lin Senya) 
Takeshi Hayashi as High Official(ep 3) 
Tomoko Yamada as Female Official(ep 3) 
Tomoya Koizumi as High Official(ep 3) 
Toshiyuki Kusuda as
Assassin(eps 6-7) 
Guest(ep 12) 
High Official(ep 3) 
Ryushin's father(ep 11) 
Yoko Sasaki as Sai Rin 
Yoshihisa Kawahara as Guest(ep 12) 
Japanese companies
Animation Production: MADHOUSE 
Broadcaster: NHK 
DVD Distribution: Geneon Entertainment, Inc. 
Production: NHK 
Production Cooperation: Sogo Vision 
English staff
English cast
Executive producer:
Katsuhiko Tsurumoto (eps 1-30) 
Yushin Soga (eps 31-39) 
Casting Director:
Gregory Berry (eps 20-39) 
Randi Riediger (eps 1-19) 
Dialogue Editing:
Aaron MacDonald (9 episodes
eps 8, 10, 23, 29, 31-33, 38-39
)
 
Derek Seaborn (ep 26) 
Donovan Johnson (6 episodes
eps 6, 9, 22, 24-25, 36
)
 
Gabriella Cheung (8 episodes
eps 4, 11, 13-14, 28, 30, 34-35
)
 
Masako Uchiura (6 episodes
eps 16, 18-20, 27, 37
)
 
Matt Gauthier (ep 17) 
Ryan McKinnon (7 episodes
eps 1-3, 7, 12, 15, 21
)
 
Willis Lombard (ep 5) 
Re-Recording Mixing:
Derek Simpson (eps 24-39) 
Keith A. Goddard (eps 11-23) 
Mark M. Pinder (eps 1-10) 
Recording engineer:
Donovan Johnson (eps 1-5, 11-39) 
Michael Iske (eps 6-10) 
Script Adaptation: Michelle Clough 
Subtitle Script: Kim Wishart Goddard 
Supervising Producer: Diana Gage 
Talent Coordination:
Robin Maria Koning (eps 1-5) 
Theresa MacFarlane (eps 6-39) 
Video Post-Production:
Kimmy Alexander (eps 20-39) 
Michael Hey (eps 1-15) 
Sean McConkey 
Shannon Lum 
Voice Direction:
Karl Willems (eps 1-15) 
Keith A. Goddard (eps 16-19) 
Marc Matsumoto (eps 24-39) 
Michael Dobson (eps 20-23) 
Andrew Francis as Seiran Shi 
Brad Swaile as Ryuuki Shi 
Kelly Sheridan as Shuurei Kou 
Russell Wait as Shi Seiran(Animax dub) 

Andrew Toth as Koyu Ri 
Brian Dobson as Shoutaishi/Advisor Sho(eps 30, 33-34) 
Dale Wilson as Soutaifu/Advisor So 
French Tickner as Sataiho/Advisor Sa 
Jason Simpson as Ensei Rou 
John Novak as Shoutaishi/Advisor Sho 
Kyle Rideout as Kokajun Sa 
Louis Chirillo as Reishin Hong 
Mark Oliver as Kijin Kou 
Matthew Erickson as Ryuren Ran 
Michael Adamthwaite as Shuei Ran 
Michael Kopsa as Shoka Hong 
Muriel Hofmann as Tou Eigetsu 
Reece Thompson as Eigetsu To 
Ted Cole as Sho Sai 

Andrea Libman as Kinren 
Andrew Toth as Assassin(eps 6-7) 
Brenna O'Brien as Lady in Waiting(ep 32) 
Brian Dobson as Courtier(ep 8) 
Cathy Weseluck as
Court Lady(ep 3) 
Lady of the Evening(ep 12) 
Ryushin 
Chantal Strand as Kourin 
Colin Murdock as Meisho 
David Orth as Kuro Hong 
Don Brown as Secretary Sai(eps 14-18) 
Drew Nelson as Spy(ep 17) 
Fred Henderson as
Big Boss(ep 13) 
Official Ro 
Gabe Khouth as Hakumei Heki(eps 14, 16, 18) 
Harvey Gold as Chusho Sa(4 episodes
eps 23, 27, 30, 33
)
 
Hiro Kanagawa as Kuku(ep 23) 
Jacqueline Samuda as
Eiki Hyo 
Lady Owner(ep 24) 
Janyse Jaud as
Kocho 
Lady of the Evening(ep 12) 
John Murphy as
Sakujun Sa 
Senya Rin 
John Novak as
Bandit(ep 10) 
General Haku 
Visitor(ep 2) 
John Payne as
Man B(ep 20) 
Sa Family Member(ep 34) 
Sojun Sa 
Kelly Metzger as
Boy(ep 2) 
Court Lady(ep 3) 
Ryuuki(Young-ep 4) 
Touwa/Toka 
Ken Kramer as Yusa(ep 25) 
Lisa Ann Beley as
Koyu Ri(Young; ep 15) 
Lady of the Evening(ep 12) 
Seien's Mother(ep 20) 
Shokun Hong 
Mark Oliver as Assassin(eps 6-7) 
Matthew Erickson as Seiken Gang Member(ep 13) 
Michael Adamthwaite as
Courtier(ep 8) 
Man A(ep 20) 
Townsman(ep 24) 
Michael Coleman as Santa(eps 12-13) 
Michael Daingerfield as
Customer(ep 12) 
Official Kei 
Michael Dangerfield as Official Kei 
Michael Dobson as
Department of Protocol Official(ep 14) 
Santa's Father(ep 13) 
Seikin Gang Member(eps 12-13) 
Michael Kopsa as
Doctor To 
Governor of Haku Province(ep 3) 
Narrator 
Sa Family Member(ep 34) 
Mike Waterman as Shorin(eps 28, 30-33) 
Natalie Walters as
Lady in Waiting(ep 32) 
Shunki Sa(eps 34-36) 
Nicole Oliver as
Boy(ep 2) 
Court Lady(ep 3) 
Shusui 
Paula Lindberg as
Lady in Waiting(eps 32, 34) 
Rin Sai(ep 37) 
Ross Douglas as Shin Sai(eps 27, 29, 31) 
Ryan Hirakida as Yoshun(eps 28, 30-31) 
Scott McNeil as
Official Wa(ep 16) 
Seikin Gang Boss(eps 12-13) 
Shawn MacDonald as
Customer(ep 12) 
Official(ep 22) 
Ryushin's Father(eps 11, 18) 
Senka Shi(ep 20) 
Trevor Devall as
Enjun Sa 
Guard(ep 25) 
Sa Family Member(ep 34) 
Vincent Tong as
Guard(ep 25) 
Jun Yu(eps 28-31) 
Yushan Tei(eps 22, 36) 
English companies
ADR Production: The Ocean Group 
Broadcaster:
Animax Asia 
Animax India 
Distributor:
FUNimation Entertainment  (North America; expired) 
DVD Authoring: Blink Digital 
Licensed by: Geneon Entertainment Inc. (expired) 
Recording Studio: Ocean Studios 
Korean staff
Korean cast
(none)
Il Kim as Ryuuki Shi 
Jeong-Sin Wu as Shuurei Kou 
Seung-Jun Kim as Seiran Shi 

Dong-Gi Yun as Kijin Kou 
Eui-Jin Chae as Kourin 
Gwang-Ju Jeon as Ryuuren Ran 
Hong Jinuk as
Ensei Rou 
Soutaifu 
Im Chaeheon as Sataiho 
Min-Seok Kim as Shouka Kou 
Seo-Yeong Kim as Shusui 
Seok-Jeong Yang as
Kouyu Li 
Sai Shou 
Yong-Wu Sin as
Reishin Kou 
Shuei Lan 
Yu Heamu as Shoutaishi 

Gwak Yunsang as Sa Kokujun 
Gwang-Ju Jeon as Yuushun Tei 
Hong Jinuk as Kou Kurou 
Hyeon-Wu Byeon as Hakumei Heki 
Jeong Hunseok as Sa Sakujun(Lin Senya) 
Min-Seok Kim as Sa Soujun 
Seo-Yeong Kim as
Kochou 
Shurei's Mother 
Seon-Ju Lee as Eiki Hyou 
Sin-Hui Park as Sa Shunki 
Tae-Yeol Jeon as Eigetsu Tou 
Korean companies
Broadcaster: Animax Korea 
Polish staff
Polish companies
(none)
Broadcaster: Hyper 
Polish cast
(none)
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
(none)
Chinese (Taiwan) cast
(none)
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