Rose of Versailles Manga Inspires Rose/Vinegar Potato Chips
posted on by Egan Loo
Frente's snack maker Koikeya announced on Friday that it will begin selling rose-scented vinegar-flavored potato chips — inspired by the classic shōjo manga Rose of Versailles — throughout Japan on November 7. Since 1993, Koikeya has been selling other flavors of Suppa Mūcho Chips — a Japanese/Spanish/English loanword combination that literally means "Very Sour Chips." The company notes that the brand is overwhelmingly more popular among females than males.
Made from Hokkaido potatoes, the new flavor is described by Koikeya as "representing the world setting of Rose of Versailles" and "overflowing with lavishness." The flavor comes from pink rose rock salt for a characteristic sweet-and-sour taste.
Riyoko Ikeda's original manga follows Lady Oscar, a girl raised as a man to serve in the palace guards, and the intrigue that surrounds her in Queen Marie Antoinette's court before and during the French Revolution. The manga has sold over 15 million copies since its 1972-1973 run in Shueisha's Margaret magazine. It has been adapted into a 1979-1980 television anime series, 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. Lady Oscar, complete with her signature red rose in her mouth, appears on the new flavor's packaging.