Rose of Versailles Gets 'Episode 6' Manga Story in March, April

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This year's third/fourth double issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine announced on Monday that Riyoko Ikeda will publish "Episode 6" of the new Rose of Versailles short stories. The episode will get two parts in the eighth issue on March 20 and in the ninth issue on April 4. The latest addition to Ikeda's revival of her historical romance series will "reveal the secret of Oscar's birth." Both chapters together will total 100 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 in 2013 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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