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Rose of Versailles Gets 2 New Chapters About Marie Antoinette

posted on by Karen Ressler
"Episode 8" of Ikeda's new chapter series begins this month

This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine announced on Wednesday that Riyoko Ikeda will serialize a two-part extra episode of her The Rose of Versailles manga in the magazine's 22nd and 23rd issues on October 20 and November 5, respectively. The episode will have a total of 79 pages.

The two-part manga, titled "Versailles no Bara Episode 8," focuses on Queen Marie Antoinette and the genius watchmaker Breguet.

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.

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 7," ran in two parts on December 19 and January 4.

Sheuisha published The Rose of Versailles volume 11, the first in four decades, in August 2014. The volume included the first four "Rose of Versailles Episode" one-shots. The 12th volume, with the fifth and sixth Episode one-shots, shipped in July.

Udon Entertainment announced in July 2015 that it has licensed the series and planned to release the first two-in-one omnibus volume in the second quarter of 2016, but has not yet released them manga.

The manga inspired a 40-episode anime in 1979-1980 that Right Stuf released in North America in 2013 in two DVD sets. 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 a live-action 1978 French/Japanese film.

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