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Versailles no Bara

Alternative Titles

English: The Rose of Versailles
Synonyms: 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)
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.371 (scored by 14,507 users)
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Ranked: #1862
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Popularity: #1673
Members: 45,975
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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


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

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"Bara wa Utsukushiku Chiru" by Hiroko Suzuki

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"Ai no Hikari to Kage" by Hiroko Suzuki

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Aug 25, 2007
mistress_reebi (All reviews)
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
Feb 25, 2010
RobdeFR (All reviews)
[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
Nov 12, 2014
MystikalStylez (All reviews)
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
Oct 18, 2014
Lydiia (All reviews)
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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