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Rose of Versailles

Alternative Titles

English: Rose of Versailles
Synonyms: Versailles no Bara, Berusaiyu no Bara
Japanese: ベルサイユのばら


Type: TV
Episodes: 40
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 1979 to Sep 3, 1980
Premiered: Fall 1979
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.441 (scored by 8,634 users)
Ranked: #1322
Popularity: #1493
Members: 24,020
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Raised from birth as a man, the Lady Oscar commands the palace guards at Versailles in the years before the French Revolution. Her beauty and noble spirit make her a shining figure in the eyes of both men and women but she is torn between her chosen life of service and duty to class and country and her own heart and desires. She lives as a noble amidst the opulence of Versailles but her keen senses and compassion are not blinded to the poverty of the French people.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

de Jarjeyes, Oscar François
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Tajima, Reiko
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Grandier, André
Grandier, André
Shigaki, Taro
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Antoinette, Marie
Antoinette, Marie
Ueda, Miyuki
Ueda, Miyuki
Fersen, Hans Axel von
Fersen, Hans Axel von
Hori, Katsunosuke
Hori, Katsunosuke
Nozawa, Nachi
Nozawa, Nachi


Dezaki, Osamu
Dezaki, Osamu
Nishikubo, Mizuho
Nishikubo, Mizuho
Episode Director
Suzuki, Hiroko
Suzuki, Hiroko
Theme Song Performance
Ikeda, Riyoko
Ikeda, Riyoko
Original Creator

More episodes Episodes(40/40)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Oscar, the Destiny of a Rose
Oscar! Bara no Sadame (オスカル! バラの運命[さだめ])
Oct 10, 1979
2 Fly! An Austrian Butterfly!
Mae! Austria no Chou (舞え!オーストリアの蝶)
Oct 17, 1979
3 A Spark in Versailles
Versailles ni Hibana Chiru (ベルサイユに火花散る)
Oct 24, 1979
4 Rose, Wine, and Conspiracy...
Bara to Sake to Takurami to... (バラと酒とたくらみと...)
Oct 31, 1979
5 Tears with Dignity...
Kedakasa wo Namida ni Komete... (気高さを涙にこめて...)
Nov 7, 1979

Opening Theme

"Bara wa Utsukushiku Chiru" by Hiroko Suzuki

Ending Theme

"Ai no Hikari to Kage" by Hiroko Suzuki

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Yesterday, 1:16 PM
"Rose of Versailles" is a great piece of anime history. But more than just being an interesting fossil, I think it stands on its own if you enjoy historic dramas. It's hard to think of any modern anime with such a sweeping and ambitious historic story. Sure, there are good modern dramas, but if you are starting to bristle at the repetition, I think you'll enjoy going way into the past for this one that is certainly free of modern anime tropes.

The story is strong and works on many dimensions: Oscar, a noble, is raised as a boy by her father and allowed to join read more
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Nov 12, 2014
Many people argue that The Beatles are the greatest musical group to date. Even though I disagree, it is impossible to deny the influence they have in their own industry and beyond. They are without a doubt one of the most powerful cultural forces ever. I find that Rose of Versailles is very similar.

The difference in production value of a 70's anime compared to today's anime is probably quite proportional to 60's music and today's music. Back in the day, creative minds had much less to work with, but still were able to produce masterpieces that overshadow almost everything in their respective industries today. Is read more
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Jun 16, 2015
If you combined certain elements of Revolutionary Girl Utena with the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, you'd get Rose of Versailles.

One of the best aspects of the anime is the plot, which revolves around the years leading up to the French Resolution. Not only is the historical aspect of it based on real events (with some creative liberties taken), but also real people such as General Francois de Jarjayes (who inspired the main lead character Lady Oscar).

Another great aspect of the plot is that discusses classism (discrimination btw. classes), gender roles, power struggles, and justice in a way that entertains the viewer, pulls read more
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Oct 18, 2014
Wow, what a story. I can't believe I haven't watched this anime until now. No, I can't believe what I just watched. I'd always thought that the forbidden love romance between Romeo and Juliet was tragic... I'd always thought that Shingeki no Kyojin was epic. I'd always thought that stories like Clannad and AnoHana were masterpieces. But wow, Rose of Versailles puts all of these shows to shame. Who knew that an anime, which some people (idiots) call "cartoons", could portray such a realistic, romantic, tragic, and captivating historical story about the events leading up to the french revolution - 1700s. Rose of Versailles read more
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Though the content is significantly different (a space opera as opposed to a story on the French Revolution), the presentation and themes are very much similar. Political corruption—especially within the aristocracy—is a major theme in both titles. Both sides of the conflict are never portrayed as being intrinsically good or bad: there are only circumstances. Some parallels also exist within the characters; for example the relationship between Oscar and Andre resembling that of Reinhard and Kircheis. 
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Based on manga of the same author Oniisama E nad Lady Oscar has a similar spirit. In spite of telling about completly diffirent things both anime has a similar way of the storyline- every little thing has a meaning. Other thing common in both animes is a way of creating characters- they aren't bad or crystal, everyone has pros and cons- like in real life.  
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