The Firmament of the Pleiades

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Soukyu no Subaru


  • Title: 蒼穹の昴 (そうきゅうのすばる)
  • Title (romaji): Soukyu no Subaru
  • Title (Chinese): 苍穹之昴 / Cang Qiong Zhi Mao
  • Title (English): The Firmament of the Pleiades
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Historical, politics
  • Episodes: 25 (Japan) / 28 (China)
  • Viewership rating: 5.1 (NHK dubbed version)
  • Broadcast networks: NHK (Japan) / BTV (China)
  • Broadcast period: 2010-Jan-02 to 2010-Jul-10 (NHK subtitled version) / 2010-Sep-26 to 2011-Mar-27 (NHK dubbed version) / 2010-Mar-14 to 2010-Mar-17 (BTV)
  • Air time: Saturday 22:00 (NHK subtitled version) / Sunday 23:00 (NHK dubbed version) / 2 episodes nightly at 19:42 (BTV)
  • Theme song (Japan version): BALLAD by Hamasaki Ayumi


In late Qing dynasty China, Chun Er, an impoverished country youth, makes a living picking up manure in order to take care of his sickly adoptive mother Lian Zi and younger sister Ling Er. In a desperate act, Chun Er performs self-castration to obtain reward money from the government to cure his mother's illness. Liang Wen Xiu, the son of a wealthy landowner, discovers that Lian Zi is actually his biological mother, and is extremely touched by Chun Er's sacrifice. He and Chun Er head to The Forbidden City with Ling Er in hopes for a better future. Wen Xiu becomes the top scorer on the imperial exams and is rewarded with an important position in the Qing court while Chun Er would become a top eunuch greatly favored by Empress Dowager Ci Xi. Their fates are intertwined with those of Ci Xi and her puppet emperor Guang Xu as they become embroiled in the political intrigue of a tumultuous era.

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Correlation chart
Qing Court Ministers
Imperial Wives
Eunuchs and Servants
Imperial Family
Military Personnel and Scholars

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Episode Information

Episode Subtitle Ratings (Japan - NHK dubbed version)
01 The Forbidden City 4.6
02 Mother and child 5.3
03 Apprenticeship 4.8
04 Selection of the empress 3.8
05 To the imperial court 3.6
06 The emperor's favorite 6.2
07 Hearsay 4.5
08 Song of the dragon's jade 6.0
09 The spirit of love 4.0
10 Wedding gift 5.2
11 The first interview 5.2
12 Each battle 5.8
13 Outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War 4.3
14 The waves of revolution 4.5
15 Assassination plan 4.1
16 Yang Xi Zhen's death 3.7
17 Revenge 5.0
18 Identity of the mastermind 6.2
19 Rushed reform 5.9
20 Yuan Shi Kai 4.3
21 Betrayal 5.2
22 Mid-Autumn Festival banquet 6.8
23 Bloody coup 5.6
24 Begging for mercy 7.1
25 Eternal Pleiades 6.3
Average 5.1

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