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Legendary manga Versailles no Bara will have an anime film

A press release officially confirmed that the manga is written and illustrated by Riyoko Ikeda, Versailles not Bara (Rose of Versailles), will be an anime film adaptation. The press release did not reveal production details or a scheduled release date.

The tagline for the video reads: “They lived hard, beautifully…“. Ikeda herself drew a special illustration with a half-joking message saying that fans never forget. In addition, the previously announced exhibition “Rose of Versailles 50th Anniversary Exhibition: Rose of Versailles Forever“, at Tokyo City Overlook, will feature a promotional image, as well as some of the character designs and background rendering art, starting on September 17.

Ikeda started publishing the manga through the magazine margaret from the publisher Shueisha in May 1972 and was suspended in December 1973. Later, it was published again between April 2013 and February 2018, accumulating fourteen volumes of compilation. The drama inspired a studio-made forty-episode anime adaptation. TMSE Entertainment and was released between October 1979 and September 1980 in Japan.

Shojo manga (women’s manga) of the 1960s consisted mostly of simple stories aimed at school-aged girls, which did not deal with topics such as politics and sexuality, which were considered taboo. These attitudes began to change in the 1970s, when new authors began to move shojo manga away from an audience of children towards an audience of teenagers and young women.

This change came to be embodied by a new generation of shojo manga artists known as the 24 Year Group, of which Ikeda was a member.; the group was so named because its members were born in or around year 24 of the Showa era (or 1949 in the Gregorian calendar). The group greatly contributed to the development of shojo manga by expanding the genre to incorporate elements of science fiction, historical fiction, adventure fiction, and same-sex romance: male (yaoi) and female-female (yuri).

Summary of Versailles or Bara

Hoping to unite their countries in an alliance, the Empress of Austria arranges the marriage of her daughter, the beautiful but spoiled Marie Antoinette, to the crown prince of France, Louis XVI. Arriving at Versailles, the Austrian princess meets Óscar François de Jarjayes, the captain of the royal guard, an apparently elegant young man, but to Antoinette’s surprise she is a woman.

The youngest daughter of a noble family without a male heir, Oscar was raised as a boy to continue the family’s military legacy. Stuck by the strict rules of her new job and her desire for companionship, Antoinette immediately takes a liking to this intriguing young woman, and wastes no time in befriending her. However, with the new baby queen abusing her power, Oscar is torn between maintaining his loyalty to the royal family and dealing with growing concerns about the poverty of the common people.

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