Versailles no Bara

The Rose of Versailles

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Berusaiyu no Bara
Japanese: ベルサイユのばら
English: The Rose of Versailles
German: Die Rose von Versailles
French: Lady Oscar
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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
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MilitaryMilitary
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.331 (scored by 3028630,286 users)
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Ranked: #2342
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Popularity: #2104
Members: 99,171
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Both feature young women blurring the gender line with sword fights. 
report Recommended by caperclaw
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. 
report Recommended by Veronin
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. 
report Recommended by Anomalous
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. Also, Griffith looks awfully similar to Lady Oscar (all that long, fluffy hair...) 
report Recommended by aimaimami
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.  
report Recommended by Eire
Quite unusual for their time, both of these vintage series have a tomboy with a sword who is actually a royalty that was raised as a boy. Both take inspiration in European aesthetics, though unlike Rose of Versailles, Princess Knight is entirely fictional. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
Hanasakeru Seishounen (HsS) is actually adapted from a fairly old Shoujo manga. The Rose of Versailles (RoV) is an older classic of the same genre. While the former is set in modern times, it involves royal political struggles and revolution of a fictional country. This is obviously similar to French revolution, the main setting of RoV. The main characters in both shows are strong-willed and charismatic females (Kajika in HsS and Oscar in RoV) destined to play important roles in their respective eras. In addition, the developments of romance bear some similarity in how the MCs learn about their true love. RoV is more of an epic  read more 
report Recommended by Manganatic
Both of these animes focus on the harsh realities of war and are both very tragic. Versailles no bara starts out sweet and focused on marie Antoinette but then it focuses on Oscar and the French Revolution. The moments that showed the poverty stricken characters that were forced to starve are tear jerkers. They are both portrayals of real tragedies from history. 
report Recommended by SanetoshiX
Do you want a strong female protagonist, a great story and good characters? Well both are excellent choises. VnB is located at the time of the famous French revolution is a classic shoujo that has marked generations. A beautiful story about tragedies, passion and a woman's struggle for freedom. Akatsuki no Yona is the journey of a fragile spoiled princess who saw her world fall and her incredible development as she faces her destiny head-on to become a great leader and warrior. Two works of different generations but that manage to deliver a beautiful material of quality. Watch and you will not regret it. 
report Recommended by leo_07
Both series slowly build a touching story of personal rediscovery. 
report Recommended by MegaDany97
The major plot point for both shows is that there's something amiss in their respective societies; they explore morality and those who have power over everyone else. Characters' relationships with each other are important and both somewhat explore sexuality/gender identity in the context of their societies. Despite having very different settings (Versailles being a show from the 70s about historical events while Shinsekai is newer and takes place in the future), care went into the world building of both. 
report Recommended by flyingdolphin
When the acclaimed manga Rose of Versailles was set to get an anime adaptation, it was a given that someone would try to match it in regards of subject matter and theme, and so we got Isabelle of Paris. Both shows came out in 1979, both have a female lead who is good with a sword and looks good in a (male) military uniform, both have lots of melodrama as the world burns, and both use revolutionary Paris as their location, just for Versailles it's 1789 and for Isabelle it's 1870. Both even feature a vigilante figure wearing a domino mask. 
report Recommended by RetroAnimeMike
Two retro anime with the signature late 70s early 80s shoujo artstyle (those sparkling eyes!!) Both series also have similar storytelling styles, with the drama escalating as the episodes go on and progressively becoming more and more bingeble And thru all that drama both manage to show interesting depictions of the daily life, culture, and struggles of the places and times they're set in 
report Recommended by DigiCat
its very similar to lady oscar, especially in the subject of the sexual identity in a context of a renascentist/ gothic era. Its very dramatic and passionatte so as heroic and misterous. The history unfolds around de Crown and being a king.  
report Recommended by Damenides
From completely different eras and with completely different settings, but there's some similarities in how the plot twists and turns while giving a sense of drawing to an impending fate. They share in the theme of fighting against oppression and pursuit of a sense of freedom. Features strong but imperfect female characters 
report Recommended by 5hadow17
lady oscar 
report Recommended by childangel
If you're interested in historical anime about French upper class, then give these two a watch. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
The two shows are very much different, but Belamis in Starzinger is basically Oscar from Versailles. In a world of space cyborgs she uses an electric sword and wields it with great dexterity. Only introduced in episode 36 of 73, she is motivated to fight for justice and prove her mettle and thus develops a complicated relationship with the heroes of the show, mostly fighting against them. Her design is obviously inspired by Oscar. 
report Recommended by RetroAnimeMike
Both are classic shows and deal with old fashioned politics and themes of war. Berserk however is told from a completely different perspective and has a lot of supernatural elements involved. 
report Recommended by Church_of_Yeezus
Both are set in France around the same time and the main characters are both girls who know how to handle an épée. The Rose of Versailles is more historically correct though and its success was the main reason for "La seine no hoshi" being produced in the first place. So if you like this series, you should definitely check out The Rose of Versailles as well ^^ 
report Recommended by Rocket_Dive
Another series by the same director, Tadao Nagahama. Both shows share the major theme of revolution, and both feature plenty of melodrama, swordfights, horses, frilly dresses and crying. 
report Recommended by Dr_Nick
If you like one of these shows, you're going to love the other. It's really as simple as that. Both are French novel adaptations flawlessly brought to life in anime form by director Osamu Dezaki. I could praise him endlessly but the entire staff for both shows deserves a medal or two. Both shows retain a very serious tone and can be pretty melodramatic, with RoV diving a bit more into romances whereas Remi is more of a somber adventure following his everyday life as he barely gets by. The art and music in both are very high quality if you're into old stuff (honestly  read more 
report Recommended by Echelon
Although Les Miserables begins in a usual WMT manner, midway into the series the Rose of Versailles influences and comparisons start pouring in at full force. For starters the story of LM takes place shortly after the French Revolution, which as you could obviously guess was not magic that fixed things overnight... Paris was still a wreck. While RoV typically put you into the shoes of the higher classes and rich, showcasing the twisted politics of an aristocracy, it did depict the lower classes at times but not nearly as often as LM did which was pretty much for the entire second half of the  read more 
report Recommended by Echelon
Both stories take places in history and have some well-known historical characters. Both main characters are strong willed woman who pretend to be a man (not all the time though).  
report Recommended by Kio_
Stories of young girls compromising their own ambitions and the good of others, with circumstances outside their control forcing them to mature quickly. Lots of character conflicts with political turmoil. Kemono no Souja Erin takes a more optimistic approach while Rose of Versailles is significantly more dramatic. 
report Recommended by Shocked
The anime have different vibes but one common factor is that both the main characters are women who are of noble origin, that carry around swords who find themselves realizing how evil the nobility really are.  
report Recommended by Mirania
While the main theme of these two series is considerably different they both take place in Pre-Industrial France and cover their respective time periods with some historical accuracy. In both there is the theme of social injustice and the scars it leaves on people. There is plenty of drama in these series and the artwork invokes an old school ambience that is very similar. Furthermore, both deal with forbidden loves; Rose of Versailles deals with class differences while Song deals with the growing romantic attachment between two boys. These are bittersweet anime through and through. RoV focuses both on political aspects as well as  read more 
report Recommended by Nocturnal
- Both heavily involved with politics that deal with royal families where situations take place over rumors and interpersonally - Unique art style 
report Recommended by cornonacob
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. 
report Recommended by dillian
Both are about young queens and their hardships in managing their kingdoms. Rose of Versailles follows Marie Antoinette during the late 18th century in France, while Twelve Kingdoms follows Youko in the kingdom of En, one of twelve kingdoms in a mysterious land separate from the world we know. There is a fair amount of court politics and oppression of the lower class in both. 
report Recommended by Numi