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Story of Saiunkoku, The DVD 1 (Hyb) + Artbox

Saiunkoku is a country with eight powerful houses governed by one emperor. However, the new leader Ryuki Shi doesn't care for his new role and is rumored to spend his days chasing after noblemen. Enter Shurei Hong, a princess whose family has fallen upon hard times. Her dreams of becoming a government official are unattainable since she is a woman, but if she agrees to become the emperor's consort and turn him into a respectable ruler, she will be greatly rewarded...


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Story of Saiunkoku, The Graphic Novel 1

Shurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from holding office. Meanwhile, Emperor Ryuki refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Shurei is asked to become a consort to the emperor to persuade the ne'er-do-well ruler to govern. Now she must think of a way to stop the emperor from shirking his responsibilities, but Shurei will have to find him first!


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Story of Saiunkoku, The Graphic Novel 2

After realizing Ryuki has been faking his ignorance, an enraged Shurei demands to be sent home immediately. Ryuki then locks Shurei in her room, unaware he has now put his consort in great danger...


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Story of Saiunkoku, The Graphic Novel 3

Shurei has returned to her normal life at home, but once more the palace finds itself in need. She is asked to work as an assistant in the Ministry of the Treasury, but as women aren't allowed in, Shurei must pretend to be a boy!


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Story of Saiunkoku, The Graphic Novel 4

Shurei has been disguising herself as a boy to assist Kijin Ko, the esteemed Minister of the Treasury. Despite Ryuki's plan to allow females to take the civil service exam, many remain opposed to the idea, including Kijin. Will Shurei be able to convince the discerning minister to change his mind?


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Story of Saiunkoku, The Graphic Novel 5

Shurei falls ill and a group of indulgent yet inept men try to tend her. But while her family and the ministers from the court debate how to nurse her back to health, the emperor seizes the chance to sneak into her bedchamber for a visit.


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Story of Saiunkoku, The Graphic Novel 6

The Blue Scarf Gang continues its attack on Kogaro. Yogetsu's strength during the battle gets the notice of the underworld bosses who want to recruit him, but Ryuki says the boy is already promised to him...?!


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Story of Saiunkoku, The Graphic Novel 7

Though Shurei and Eigetsu passed the Imperial Exam with high marks, they are being bullied as they go about their duties as new civil servants in the palace. But it seems the pair may have found an unlikely ally...


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Story of Saiunkoku, The Graphic Novel 8

Shurei has been falsely accused of cheating on the Imperial Exam by those who don't want women working as civil servants. Shurei must attend an inquiry to prove her innocence, but her opponents are plotting to make sure she never arrives at the palace.


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Story of Saiunkoku, The Graphic Novel 9

While Shurei is receiving her assignment from the emperor, her father Shoka is visited by his younger brother Kuro. Kuro believes Shoka fled the Hong clan to shirk his duty as leader, remaining ignorant his older brother's dark past...


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