I bought the complete first season of The Story of Saiunkoku on DVD. After seeing the second season online, I was a little dismayed by the ending. There was a case not brought to an ending and the princess still had not chosen a love interest. I thought if I bought the paperbacks, I would discover what the emperor of Saiunkoku whispered to Shurei and if Shurei finally accepted his proposal. I bought volume 8 of the story of Saiunkoku; volume 9 has not been completed in English. So, I guess it will be sometime until my questions are answered. Oddly enough when the story has a sad ending, I can not bear to see the movie more than once and I will never keep the paperbacks. It would be nice if princess Shurei married the emperor and raised a daughter similar to herself.