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The Rose of Versailles Manga Returns After 40 Years in New 1-Shot

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
16-page story focusing on Andre to mark 50th anniversary of Margaret magazine

Riyoko Ikeda is returning to her The Rose of Versailles classic historical shōjo manga after 40 years to pen a 16-page chapter in this year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine on Saturday. The one-shot will focus on Andre as a boy before he met Oscar.

The new one-shot is being published in a special "Anniversary Book" extra that is being bundled with Saturday's issue of Margaret to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the magazine. Shueisha launched Margaret in 1963 as a weekly publication, and the magazine changed to being published twice a month in 1988.

Ikeda wrote the original manga in Shueisha's Weekly Margaret magazine from 1972-1973. 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 is releasing 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.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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