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Member's Poll #2 (by *pergamjee, after a conversation with ~mitayashi on these topics) : Which aspect of SaiMono interest you the most? Would your answers be different for the anime, the manga, and the light novels? Comments and examples, please. 

32%
61 deviants said Relationships (love/hate/family/friend/enemy)
18%
34 deviants said Period/Ancient Costumes and Hairstyles
14%
27 deviants said Complex/complicated Characters
13%
25 deviants said Lovely bishies
12%
23 deviants said Strong Female Characters (Shurei, Kocho, Sairin, Kourin ...) ... oops, sowwy! I forgot to include this! ~Emocorita reminded me of it.
9%
17 deviants said Governance + Politics
1%
2 deviants said Others (examples?)

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:iconshizukaxxxsecret:
ShizukaxxxSecret Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist
I am intrigued by strong female characters and complex characters.
I feel those who chose bishies are pretty shallow lol.
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mokayuki Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Almost every guy is in love with Shuurei, But she wants none of it. All she wants is to become a Court Official lol is pretty funny. All in All i think if she was to go with someone it should b Seiran
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Lavellan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It was difficult, but I those the relationships! Honestly, I went into Saiunkoku not expecting much of anything - it was just a suggested anime on my youtube bar. I was interested in the world, though, and I was also pleasantly surprised for the bishies! XD When the political stuff was introduced, though, I got really intrigued - but ultimately, I think I really got hooked on the relationship aspect. I really wanted to see how it would all resolve itself, and with the political undertones, I think that amplified it - after all, with the politics at play (and Shuurei's dreams!), what would happen?

However, it's also important to mention that another big factor was probably Shuurei's character. It's difficult to find interesting female anime leads. Shuurei is determined, and while she may need help at times, she is able to support her own weight, and she doesn't fall into a lot of the anime tropes for female leads (let alone female characters in general - ie: extreme hothead, reverse abuse, etc). If Saiunkoku didn't have Shuurei as the main character, I think it would have been a pretty different story (for better or for worse). 
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elly-98 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I voted for the Costumes and Hairstyles.. I found historical anime the best because they are fully of ancient costumes the men are BISHOUNEN.. with long hair....mmm... and the love story aren't simply like a shoujo so aren't superficial
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vidkid19962 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I really enjoy the outfits and cultural backgrounds in the show it is really interesting to see that sort of stuff~
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DoonyaYAMI Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Voted for pretty bishonen *yummy* *W* . beside that, there are gorgeous ancient costumes and relations between some characters, romance. :)
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jaja1998 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
shuurei and ryuuki are so cute :3
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LyrykenLied Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the series for all these themes at once, it's pretty much impossible to vote for one of them. But I'd say relationships for it's very present and well mixed with the rest ^-^
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Mae-Gwyn Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Complex characters are key to an interesting plot.  If your characters are the same through out and everything about them is known right at the beginning, then it doesn't make the story fun and the story itself can't develop.
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crow-ash Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For me...in things like anime/manga/games, it varies on what I like. In this case what drew me most to SaiMono was the period. I've always enjoyed period pieces most likely because I myself feel out of place in my own time. So it is nice to see other periods.
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FlowerAkane Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what I love most from saiunkoku anime is of course the female main chara Shuurei, she is the best, I love her so much.. but beside that, what I love the most is its originality from the story, the character, the animation, and the story flow.. I know that there are many historical anime with good character like saiunkoku, however saiunkoku has its originality (I think its lay on shuurei for most of time) that make this anime different and better than other typical anime history.. also the character on this anime is all fit perfectly, they are honest and awesome.. love this anime soooo much :D
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DoonyaYAMI Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful bishies of course ^^
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BAK123 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student
defiantly Strong Female Characters, and there arnt many of them in other manga/anime but i wish they were. i chose this cuse no mater what the challenge was they phased it head on with the support of there friend and family :iconeweplz:
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TakoxTako Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well, I love romance ^^
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xXJoseeeyXx Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
actually i like everything of it...
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MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I only watched the anime, and even if I liked everything of it overall, the aspects that interested me most were the Governance + Politics ones. ^^
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crazysakuru Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if I could I would also say the lovely bishes and the clothing style :D such an interesting history!
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AyuMayuki Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All! ^-^ :heart:
My vote was on the relationships though, but it was hard to choose between it and the handsome bishies! :( :giggle:
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Sakura-A-Night Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I would half to say every thang is what I like aboult it. the story is the main thang I like. although the hot boys is a big part of it. but the story and strong people in the story.
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kryfionka Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I always like the relationships the most. That anime is not a exception. I love especially romances. So Ryuki and Shurei conquered my heart.
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tennisbunnyrox Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i pretty much liked just about everything(relationships, characters, strong heroine, costumes, politics, bishies.) :D but what first attracted me was that it was a reverse harem and the bishies. xD
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icegirljenni Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
I am not fan of strong female characters, I was actually looking for more love development between Shurei and Ryuuki. So I voted for relationship :aww:
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KitaMikichi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how every character has his/her own little quirks. ^^ That's what makes the series so much fun!
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SpeedingTurtle312 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Governance and politics was the initial reason, then I stayed for the personalities and their interactions with one another. The pretty bishounen don't hurt.
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Royale-Blue Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Let's see, I became intrigued with the Period/Ancient Costumes and Hairstyles of SaiMono. The artwork is amazing! But, I also got to love the relationships. Yup! I haven't finished watching it yet, but the politics and governance is also very interesting! =D
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Alislinn Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ancient costumes and hairstyles!
But the relationships too
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Arisa102 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Bishies all the way~
Then relationships!
No matter whether I am talking about the manga or anime, those two characteristics are my fav
Although I have to admit that the political and supernatual aspects of the anime were what kept me hooked through the second season. But for the manga... Bishies!!!! Seiran!!!!
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caseyedith Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
I love anything character-focused, as well as pictures of dress/hairstyles. I've only seen the anime, so I can't comment on differences between that and the manga.
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Miyeong Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   General Artist
Period/Ancient Costumes and Hairstyles. I like how the ancient people dressed in Korea,Japan,China.
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:iconpergamjee:
pergamjee Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Ahhh ... have you seen the beautiful official artworks of SaiMono here? ...[link]
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Miyeong Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   General Artist
Yes I did!Beautiful artwork!♡
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MoonBeamDust Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I chose the complex characters, but theres so much more that I like about Saimono like politics, the costumes and yes, the delicious bishies :iconhurrplz:. One of the things that appealed to me was the strong independent female lead, especially in a harem themed anime. Often in this genre, the female is just a ditzy airhead who can't do anything for herself, whereas in Saimono Shuurei isn't so easliy charmed by attractive males or the perspective of living a rich and comfortable life. If Shuurei where like to be those cliched female leads other reverse harem stories she probably would have just married Ryuuki from the start and that would have been totally disappointing
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pergamjee Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
:iconohnoesmushroomplz: Oh noes! I forgot to add "Strong Female Characters" as an option!
This was in my mind when I was thinking about the poll ...
... but when I was actually creating it, it slipped my mind! :icontuzkiheadbangplz:

Yup, Shuurei and Kocho and Sairin and Korin are all amazing characters!

[maybe I should go and add it in!]
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ElenirLachlagos Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Puh. I don't know what to choose!
The bishies and the ancient costumes drew me in. The theme of politics set it apart from the other that are all about romance/personal drama. I'm normally not much of a fan of political drama, but I do hate the annoying shoujo teenage drama. Most of all I love some of the characters and their relationships.

I chose the characters because I couldn't choose several. :/
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:iconpergamjee:
pergamjee Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
:iconohnoesmushroomplz: Oh noes! I forgot to add "Strong Female Characters" as an option!
This was in my mind when I was thinking about the poll ...
... but when I was actually creating it, it slipped my mind! :icontuzkiheadbangplz:

[I have added it in as another option]
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:iconelenirlachlagos:
ElenirLachlagos Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Ah, even with that I would not be able to decide on one reason alone.
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:iconpergamjee:
pergamjee Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
^^
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:iconelenirlachlagos:
ElenirLachlagos Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I changed my mind and chose "others".
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Aefener Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Hehe, I would have to check all options! I love lovely bishies but it's not enough to pick my interest since a lot of yaoi has bishies but the plot is cliché or trash. Saiunkoku Monogatari has everything that is according to my preferences: complex characters and their relationships, lovely bishies, China or Japan setting, great historical costumes (I just adore those kimonos and robes!) and I also enjoy when politics is involved.
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:iconpergamjee:
pergamjee Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
:iconohnoesmushroomplz: Oh noes! I forgot to add "Strong Female Characters" as an option!
This was in my mind when I was thinking about the poll ...
... but when I was actually creating it, it slipped my mind! :icontuzkiheadbangplz:

[I have added it in as another option]

Would that option have been checked by you too? :D
I like strong female characters ... no ditzy airheads for me!
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LadyKnightAlanna Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I am shallow. The lovely bishies and Period/Ancient Costumes and Hairstyles drew me in (I flipped through the Japanese magazine that serializes the manga...one of the freebies in the issue was a miniature Saiunkoku artbook). That said, I stayed with the series because of the governance and politics.
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pergamjee Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
wow! you mean Japanese manga magazine readers can get Saiunkoku artbook (minature or otherwise!) as freebies?! :faint:
boy, am I envious! ^^
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:iconladyknightalanna:
LadyKnightAlanna Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Yes! Usually the freebies are a bit lame, but the artbook I got is about twelve pages long and has several full-colour images as well as a sort of "bonus" chapter. If only I could read Japanese I'd be all set! It's from a magazine called Asuka DX (they also serialize the DN Angel and Trinity Blood mangas), but I haven't been able to find a store that sells it since I got my Saiunkoku issue a few years ago :/
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charlenequek Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the relationship between Ryuuki and Shuurei the most :dummy:

Especially how Shuurei tries to avoid Ryuuki initially. XD Playing hard-to-get in her single minded focus to becoming an excellent government official.
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:iconpergamjee:
pergamjee Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
ahhh ... I am thinking of another poll ... on relationships! :nod:
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:iconcharlenequek:
charlenequek Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do it! :#1:

:iconblushplz: between Ryuuki, Seiran and Shuurei XD

Though they both look so handsome, Ryuuki is nicer than Seiran :iconteheplz:
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EsenEcho Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
oh this is hard...so many factors make me watch this show, but I think the govt. and politics set it apart from so many other reverse harem, relationship and historical anime I know.

I love all these factors, but I think that one makes Saiunkoku stand out from the rest.
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:iconpergamjee:
pergamjee Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Have to agree with you on that ... and that's why I like Juuni Kokki so much too --- do you know that anime?
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EsenEcho Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
ohmyglob yes! I do! I been meaning to read the novel (most likely I will not for I am the worlds laziest reader and schools so time consuming), because the anime leaves the story at such an odd spot (I heard it got canceled) such a shame.
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pergamjee Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
wow! you are able to read the light novels? I read the fan-translated ones - Juuni Kokki fans are lucky to have English fan-translations - I haven't found anything for Saiunkoku beyond a couple of chapters!

But you know, right, that Fuyumi Ono is not writing anymore of her amazing light novels on this wonderous story - so, although the novels did continue further than the 12K anime series, it didn't get to 'the end', so to speak. I am dying to know what happened to Gyoso and Taiki!!!! A fan-translation of the last light novel tells that Taiki is rescued from Hourai, and ends with Risai and Taiki visiting Yoko, then flying off to look for Gyoso ...
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