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Palace Meidi


Alt Names: alt パレス・メイヂalt Palace Meiji
Author: Kuze Banko
Artist: Kuze Banko
Genres: Drama DramaHistorical HistoricalRomance RomanceShoujo ShoujoSlice of Life Slice of Life
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: In an alternate-universe Meiji era Japan, Misono Kimiyori, a fourteen year old boy from an impoverished noble family, begins to work in the Palace to alleviate his family's debts. There, he encounters the Girl Emperor, Akiko. This meeting is the start of an interesting new relationship.
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Hopefully someone will pick this up, it would be a shame not to see the end.

I don't understand why everyone care so much about historical accuracy??? There are history books for that. Every book (of fiction and otherwise), documentary, movie etc relating real events have whole invented and guessed parts let alone a manga that isn't even depecting any actual historical event and inventing a good part of the story.

I can and should criticize characters that make uncharacteristically stupid decisions in comics or is not consistent with its own setup. Especially when it's done specifically to extend the drama. And am allowed to like and dislike what I want!

 

Sugar coating history, even in fiction, can lead to dangerous misconceptions about it.

 

BS. This isn't history class, this is a comic!!! Anyone trying to learn history by reading this is going about it all wrong!

 

 

Also, "dangerous misconceptions" wha?! LOL yes, I got some slight misunderstanding regarding japan in the 1900, OMG. I'm in danger! Or so says Waxes. But then we are all in danger since this shits made up anyway!

 

And it is a misconception that emperors didn't have ultimate power put forward by the comic. Not a dangerous one, since there is no danger involved.

 

Geez, anything remotely based on history and you got idiots who just can't take the comic getting criticized at all. Even with the author themselves saying 'this isn't history folks!'

Truepurple, I think you may be a little confused on the genre of this manga. Akagami-no-Shirayukihime is a historically inspired fantasy. Palace Meidi is alternate universe historical fiction lset in a specific time and place (Japan circa 1900-1914), with social rules and customs the author must conform to. To criticize her for that is like criticizing an historical movie depicting slaves in the antebellum South for showing brutality. Sugar coating history, even in fiction, can lead to dangerous misconceptions about it. Not that this manga is particularly accurate (it's actually a lot more feminist than many in that era would have been comfortable with), but Banko did a lot of research for the setting. It shows in the manga.

Welcome to the world of comics where this comic is (It specifically says that at the beginning, it is not the past!) based on a fictional world and a fictional setting where the author can make it how ever they want it to be.

 

And readers can like or dislike what ever they want!!!!!

 

Even being an emperor you can't change how people from your time think. You are only one and you need both the influential people and the general public help, you can't go against their opinions.

 

     BS, emperors have ultimate authority to do whatever the hell they want. You may have people who go against you if you brush too many people the wrong way, that's the risk of any dictatorship. That is why you set it up with people loyal to your way of thinking, getting rid of those with other ways of thinking that would go against what you want.

 

BillionGull: it's only natural she (or someone else) would need to go there as an apologize, a prince from another country was injured there,

 

It's almost like you think someone said otherwise. Who are you talking to?

Welcome to the past society.

It's full of sexism and class-ism, after all, it's the past.

People here have others customs and values that's why a female emperor wouldn't be easily accepted. She is only allowed to be a empress because it is supposed to be temporary.

Even being an emperor you can't change how people from your time think. You are only one and you need both the influential people and the general public help, you can't go against their opinions.

Also, it's only natural she (or someone else) would need to go there as an apologize, a prince from another country was injured there, stopping a possible war where a lot of people can die is more important than a single person life. Yes, it's a risky bet the empress going there on her own, but it would have the best outcome. (Empress sending someone else = Shows to Russia they don't trust them)

A person's feelings have no place on a country government. It's brutal but it's still true.

Please don't apply values from this century on a manga with a Meiji era setting.

 

Pretty much this. One can't suddenly just deny problems because they don't like them as they would still exist anyway. Back then, common sense and norms were very different. 

     I like the main characters but the setting is brutal. Severe sexism and class-ism, almost everyone only caring about appearances, no regard for truth, peoples feelings, maybe even not so much regard for life. Absurdly strong beliefs in horribly rigid absurd "traditions" to the point of putting them over everything else. Like the emperor almost dying because of their absurdity, like they valued this other stuff so much more than her life that should be the center of their world with their heavily class-ism structure.

 

    I like this story better, https://bato.to/comic/_/comics/akagami-no-shirayukihime-r999Same concept, minus most of that stuff I just mentioned.

 

She should either hold onto power, not give it up to her half younger brother, change how things work. Or get the hell out of there when she can, become a diplomat like the russian suggested, since her peoples culture, sucks badly. Oh and marry him, I'm sure he could be convinced to go with you.  Though the feelings of the maid are a concern too.

Welcome to the past society.

It's full of sexism and class-ism, after all, it's the past.

People here have others customs and values that's why a female emperor wouldn't be easily accepted. She is only allowed to be a empress because it is supposed to be temporary.

Even being an emperor you can't change how people from your time think. You are only one and you need both the influential people and the general public help, you can't go against their opinions.

Also, it's only natural she (or someone else) would need to go there as an apologize, a prince from another country was injured there, stopping a possible war where a lot of people can die is more important than a single person life. Yes, it's a risky bet the empress going there on her own, but it would have the best outcome. (Empress sending someone else = Shows to Russia they don't trust them)

A person's feelings have no place on a country government. It's brutal but it's still true.

Please don't apply values from this century on a manga with a Meiji era setting.

     I like the main characters but the setting is brutal. Severe sexism and class-ism, almost everyone only caring about appearances, no regard for truth, peoples feelings, maybe even not so much regard for life. Absurdly strong beliefs in horribly rigid absurd "traditions" to the point of putting them over everything else. Like the emperor almost dying because of their absurdity, like they valued this other stuff so much more than her life that should be the center of their world with their heavily class-ism structure.

 

    I like this story better, https://bato.to/comic/_/comics/akagami-no-shirayukihime-r999Same concept, minus most of that stuff I just mentioned.

 

She should either hold onto power, not give it up to her half younger brother, change how things work. Or get the hell out of there when she can, become a diplomat like the russian suggested, since her peoples culture, sucks badly. Oh and marry him, I'm sure he could be convinced to go with you.  Though the feelings of the maid are a concern too.

The Russian characters are definitely fictional, however, I'm pretty sure that this is inspired by the Otsu Incident.

The plot thickens! Unfortunately, here I don't think we have real-life Russian nobles: since it's Akiko's twentieth birthday, we have a fixed date for this episode: 3rd August 1901. At this point, in our world Tsar Nicholas II reigns in Russia — the same who will be deposed and then executed by the Bolsheviks in 16 years — but when that happens he will only have four daughters and a thirteen year old son called Alexei, who wouldn't have been born in 1901.

 

Now, if in Palace Meidi's world, Alexander III still reigned then his crown prince would be Crown Prince Nicholas, and then a Prince Alexander (died a baby in our world; would be 32 years old), then a Prince George (died in 1899 in our world; would be 30 in 1901), then a Prince Michael (still living in 1901; 23 years old then), and two princesses (one older than Michael, one younger). So we have to suspend our disbelief a bit further with these Romanovs...

Obligatory Dun dun dun... So... How will this drama turn out i wonder? Who found his ring? Is the crown prince ok? How much longer wil the empress have to wait before she can bang her servant? Next time on Palace Medei Z!

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Obligatory Dun dun dun... So... How will this drama turn out i wonder? Who found his ring? Is the crown prince ok? How much longer wil the empress have to wait before she can bang her servant? Next time on Palace Medei Z!

I wish this was translated quicker.

having the emperor of japan jealous over you? you bastard

A magnificent one, but one nonetheless!

having the emperor of japan jealous over you? you bastard

Love it, thanks for the hardwork!

A harem? In my Palace Meidi?

Damn it author. Why do you do this to me. Now I can't decided who he should marry. Also that dog is the best. 

(...) If we consider some historical accuracy to the manga, we can conclude that in this universe, princess Akiko (born August 3, 1881, died September 6, 1883) survived instead of his actual son Yoshihito, who was to become the Taishou-tennou.
Since we learn that

Spoiler

 
Seems we have to wait a little longer to see how much historical accuracy is in this manga and where it's supposed to be set...

 
Spoiler

 

(...) I had just assumed she was making all of the characters up, since I knew that there had never been a female emperor. (...)

 
Not in the modern era, but "there have never been" is a bit too strong a turn of phrase.  There are eight Empresses in the Wikipedia list of Emperors of Japan, the last of them being Go-Sakuramachi, who reigned in the 18th Century (1762–1771).

vaguely related sort of, may be worth a read who knows

http://bato.to/comic/_/comics/shounen-princess-r18072

Hmm, so we know that Arthur is the corresponding 3rd prince of GB in the story(courtesy to DeadGuyKai for the info). If we consider some historical accuracy to the manga, we can conclude that in this universe, princess Akiko (born August 3, 1881, died September 6, 1883) survived instead of his actual son Yoshihito, who was to become the Taishou-tennou.
Since we learn that

Spoiler

 
Seems we have to wait a little longer to see how much historical accuracy is in this manga and where it's supposed to be set...

Wow! I hadn't realized how much of a real alternate history this was. I should have known, though. The mangaka posts a lot of different research on twitter. I knew that she was drawing the palace based on real photographs of the Tokyo Imperial Palace during that time. I had just assumed she was making all of the characters up, since I knew that there had never been a female emperor. 

 

I found this drawing of Prince Arthur of Connaught visiting Japan in 1906, as part of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. This looks a lot like the scene in Chapter 8. Interesting.

Hmm, so we know that Arthur is the corresponding 3rd prince of GB in the story(courtesy to DeadGuyKai for the info). If we consider some historical accuracy to the manga, we can conclude that in this universe, princess Akiko (born August 3, 1881, died September 6, 1883) survived instead of his actual son Yoshihito, who was to become the Taishou-tennou.

Since we learn that

Spoiler

 

Seems we have to wait a little longer to see how much historical accuracy is in this manga and where it's supposed to be set...

Welp, now we know what Misuno's next job title is gonna be.

This chapter left me cold...

"England's Third Prince, Prince Connaught"  Yo Author I like you but Connaught aint an English Given name it's the name of a Province in Ireland.  Just go with William man, maybe throw in a Richard or a Charles.

 

Or make Connaught the Surname to establish that in addition to there being a different Royal Dynasty of Japan that there's also been some Succession Wackiness going on in the rest of the World with Britain being formed by an Irish Dynasty instead of the Scottish House of Stuart.

 

Though the only ATL Ruling Dynasty of England I will personally accept is the Glorious House of Habsburg.

Queen Victoria's 3rd son Arthur had the title Duke of Connaught.  He would therefore sometimes be referred to simply as "Connaught".


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