Udon Entertainment Adds Rose of Versailles Manga
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Udon Entertainment announced at its Comic Con International panel on Saturday that it has licensed Riyoko Ikeda's classic shojo manga Rose of Versailles.
The series will be released in two-in-one omnibus volumes to quicken the publishing schedule. The first volume is slated for the second quarter of 2016.
This will be the first official English release of the manga.
Ikeda launched the 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.
Ikeda published a 16-page one-shot, "Rose of Versailles Episode," in Shueisha's Margaret magazine in 2013, 40 years after the end of the original series. She has since continued penning The Rose of Versailles short stories for Margaret, the most recent of which, "Episode 6," ran in two parts on March 20 and April 4.
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.
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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