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Rose of Versailles Manga Gets 2 More New Chapters

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
"Episode 9" debuts later this month, November, focuses on Rosalie

This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine revealed on Thursday that Riyoko Ikeda will serialize a two-part extra episode of 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 45 pages, with five pages in color.

The two-part manga, titled "Versailles no Bara Episode 9," focuses on Rosalie, who served Marie Antoinette until her execution. After those events, she begins to notice suspicious activity around her husband Bernard.

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 8," ran in two parts in October and November 2016.

Udon Entertainment announced in July 2015 that it has licensed the manga series and planned to release the first two-in-one omnibus volume in the second quarter of 2016, but has not yet released the 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. Most recently, DLE Inc. created authorized parody shorts with Flash animation.

The manga is inspiring the Shiritsu BeruBara Academy ~Versailles no Bara Re*imagination~ (Private BeruBara Academy: Rose of Versailles Re*imagination) project from Otomate. The project has both an unspecified "screen adaptation" and a game adaptation simultaneously in the works.

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