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Rose of Versailles

Alternative Titles

English: The 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: Wednesdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Licensors: Right Stuf
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.431 (scored by 9,062 users)
Ranked: #1342
Popularity: #1520
Members: 25,529
Favorites: 1,005
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In 1755, Marie Antoinette is born in the royal family of Austria and raised in luxury. However, the fate of the future queen of France is set in stone—at the young age of 15, she has to leave her family and marry the crown prince of France.

At the same time in France, a girl is born in the family of the Commander of the Royal Guards. Upset at not having a male heir, her father decides to raise her as a man and names the girl Oscar. Oscar is trained from a young age to become the leader of the Royal Guards, but she is yet to discern that the will of the queen sometimes does not equal the good of the people.

Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Riyoko Ikeda, Rose of Versailles depicts the fateful meeting of Marie Antoinette and Oscar, which is bound to influence history and change the life of the people facing the French Revolution as the clock ticks toward the end of the French royalty.

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Characters & Voice Actors

de Jarjeyes, Oscar François
de Jarjeyes, Oscar François
Tajima, Reiko
Tajima, Reiko
Grandier, André
Grandier, André
Shigaki, Taro
Shigaki, Taro
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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Aug 25, 2007
Since when did history become interesting? Lady Oscar (The Rose of Versailles) may seem like it came from the French Revolution judging by the animation style, but the storyline is extremely well written. There is an excellent cast of characters each with their own personality. Lady Oscar is a classic and should be viewed by every anime fan, especially those who are into shojo.It's similar to the Hollywood movie, "Marie-Antoinette," however, it shows the events going on inside and outside of Versailles with a plot that is more enjoyable. (It isn't an anime showing the day and the life of Marie-Antoinette partying. Also, her personality read more
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Feb 25, 2010
[This review is spoiler free]

I finished Versailles No Bara. I am perplexed by this late experience of mine and I’m angry at myself, angry because I could have watched this one sooner, after all, I have it on my “plan to watch list” since the time Live-Evil were still subbing it, that makes it 4 or 5 years, a lot of time. Why haven’t I watched this title sooner? Oh well, better late than never.

At the beginning I was feeling a little hesitant to start watching Versailles No Bara/Rose Of Versailles because I kept hearing people comparing it to Revolutionary Girl Utena. I didn’t dislike 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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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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Both feature young women blurring the gender line with sword fights. 
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Both BeruBara and Chevalier feature crossdressing and genderbending main characters in a revolution-era French setting that's as accurate as possible, sans the liberties that, of course, had to be taken to create the story. 
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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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Besides the historical reference there is a striking similarity between the characters of Aramis (Anime Sanjushi) and Oscar (Rose of Versailles). Anime Sanjushi however gears on a light-hearted and melo-dramatic road than ROV's tragic landscape. Both anime are also focused in serving the royalties. 
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Both are reasonably serious shows with a focus on political intrigue, back-stabbing nobles and how cruel people can be. But Berserk is set in a fantasy universe with demons and monsters, with a lot of battles, whilst RoV is a historical anime that takes place in France, documenting the beginnings of the French Revolution.
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