“Peony Elegy: No Desires” is a more realistic take on concubines in a harem. It’s life and death for these concubines.
|Alt Title||Peony Elegy: Song of No Return, 芍药挽歌·不还曲, 芍薬挽歌〜宮廷の妖魔〜 不還曲, 작약만가 : 불환곡|
|Creators||Intorno (인토르노, Chinook, 隼艺)|
|Licensed?||Not in English – Official Japanese Translation, Official Chinese Translation|
|Genre||Drama, Historical, Psychological, Romance|
Summary of Peony Elegy
A tale of cruel revenge in the heart of the Imperial Palace.
This is the story of a Court Lady, Longhee, who has spent numerous years between the high walls of the Inner Palace, and of her son, Un, the First Imperial Prince.
It follows their lives as they struggle for survival and guard one another against the treachery that lurks in the darkness of the Imperial Harem.
I quite like this story, but it made me feel very uncomfortable several times.
It has a very intricately woven plot, but it’s still easy to follow it. I do think the concubines aren’t necessarily bad people, but they do what they must to survive.
One of the instigators have a daughter that seems to suffer from autism or something similar to that. She desperately wants to protect her girl from being sold off to a foreign country. I think many of us can be understanding to her feelings.
The 2nd prince is honestly horrifying. Not that he’s looking odd, but his behaviour is just so… psychopathic. He is demanding Longhee’s son and stabs people left and right. Just put him out of his misery, please!
I barely saw him and I was happy he got poisoned. Not for the concubine who was accused, she seemed to be a good person who wanted nothing but to survive. I suppose that’s why the series is called “No Desires”.
Recommendation: Maybe? I won’t continue it, but if you like concubines, harems and intrigues you might enjoy it more.