Shurei's dad didn't seem particularly surprised, but I somehow doubt that Shurei, Koyu, and Ryuki know. Or maybe they do, but figure they can keep it from happening? Reishin joins in, and then Shurei arrives. Shurei easily passes the public exam that's meant to prove she's truly capable of being a civil servant.
Later, Shurei and Eigetsu learn that they're to be joint governors of the Sa Province, with Ensei and Seiran around to help them. Ryuki is sad about sending Shurei away, but knows that it's the work she wants to do and is good at. A side story shows several of the series' men participating in a cross-dressing contest. Kijin Ko aka, the government official who normally wears a mask is the winner.
Those still reading this series for the romance are going to be sorely disappointed. Because I'd seen the anime, I knew it was coming. I honestly have no idea if we'll get to come back to the romance at the end of the series, or if Ryuki will just give up at some point.
I think Shurei will be fine — it's Ryuki I'm worried about. The efforts to defend Shurei were nice. I'm still trying to decide how I feel about Official Ro bullying Shurei and Eigetsu because he felt they had the most promise out of all the new civil servants. However, it was kind of sweet that he was the one leaving snacks for them.
I had thought maybe Shurei's dad was arranging all of that. The politics in this volume was nice and a little twisty, although the stuff about the ring and Sa Province confused me a little.
Reishin remembers this, but Kuro doesn't. Then, we learn more about Ryuren Ran, the most recent exam's most eccentric examinee.
Shurei and Eigetsu become friends with him and deal with the mess his too-successful gambling creates. Ryuren seems like he'd be a hard person for Ryuki to make use of, but Ryuki comes up with something — he asks Ryuren to journey through Sa Province, acting as his spy. Oh, and also, Reishin had eerily life-like masks of Shoka's face made.
The stuff with Ryuren was mostly silly. The stuff with Reishin's Shoka masks was just I get that Reishin loves his brother, but he needs to scale it back some.
My favorite part of the volume was probably the flashback at the beginning. I enjoyed getting to see young Shoka, who apparently has had to do and see horrible things from a very young age. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. A period fantasy in which a palace consort must guide a feckless emporer to assume the throne. 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.
The emperor Ryuki, however, refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Reads R to L Japanese Style for teen audiences. Customer Reviews. Average rating: 5 out of 5 stars, based on 1 reviews 1 ratings. See all reviews. Write a review. Average rating: 5 out of 5 stars, based on 0 reviews. Very good story and very well written. I recommend this manga to everyone. See more. Verified purchaser.
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