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Rose of Versailles Gets 'Episode 5' Manga Story in October, November

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine announced on Saturday that Riyoko Ikeda will publish 'Episode 5" of the new Rose of Versailles short stories. The episode will get two parts in the 22nd issue on October 20 and in the 23rd issue on November 5. The latest addition to Ikeda's revival of her historical romance series will follow Major Victor Clement de Girodelle.

The first chapter will have 37 pages, be featured on the magazine's cover, and include a color opening page and four color chapter pages. The second chapter will be 33 pages and include five color pages.

Sheuisha published The Rose of Versailles volume 11, the first in four decades, on August 25. The volume included the first four "Rose of Versailles Episode" one-shots.

Ikeda launched the original manga in Shueisha's Weekly Margaret magazine in 1972. The story is set in the intrigue-filled court of Queen Marie Antoinette before and during the upheavals of the French Revolution. Lady Oscar is a young woman raised as a man to serve in the palace guards.

The manga inspired a 40-episode anime in 1979-1980 that Right Stuf released in North America this year in two DVD sets and that Viki is streaming online. In addition to the television anime series, the manga inspired a 1990 animated film, a long-promised but unreleased animated film remake, perennial musicals by the all-female Takarazuka Revue since 1974, and even a live-action 1978 French/Japanese film.

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