The well-known delicacy SPANKU (@spanku_u) recently assured that the manga is written and illustrated by Riyoko Ikeda, Versailles not Bara (The Rose of Versailles), will have a new anime project as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. The information is still from the official confirmation.

Versailles not Bara

Ikeda began publishing the manga through the magazine Margaret from the publisher shueisha suspended in May 1972 and December 1973. It was later re-released between April 2013 and February 2018, spanning fourteen compilation volumes. The play inspired a forty episode anime adaptation produced by Studios. TMSentertainment and on display in Japan between October 1979 and September 1980.

Shojo manga (women’s manga) of the 1960s consisted mostly of simple stories aimed at school-age girls, which did not cover topics such as politics and sexuality, which were considered taboo. These attitudes began to change in the 1970s, as new writers began to move shojo manga away from a child audience toward a teenage and young female audience.

This shift was embodied by a new generation of shojo manga artists collectively known as the 24 Year Group, of which Ikeda was a part.; The group was so named because its members were born on or about year 24 of the Showa era (or 1949 on the Gregorian calendar). The group was instrumental in the development of shojo manga, expanding the genre to include elements of science fiction, historical fiction, adventure fiction, and same-sex romance: both male-male (yaoi) and female-female (yuri).

Summary of Versailles no Bara

Hoping to unite her countries in an alliance, the Empress of Austria arranges the marriage of her daughter, the lovely but spoiled Marie Antoinette, to the French Crown Prince Louis XVI. Arriving at Versailles, the Austrian princess meets Óscar François de Jarjayes, the captain of the royal guard, a seemingly elegant young man but, to Antoinette’s surprise, he is actually a woman.

The youngest daughter of a noble family with no male heirs, Oscar was raised as a boy to continue the family’s military legacy. Stifled by the rigid rules associated with her new position and the desire for companionship, Antoinette immediately takes a liking to this fascinating young woman and wastes no time befriending her. However, when the childish new queen foolishly abuses her power, Oscar finds himself torn between maintaining his loyalty to the royal family and dealing with growing concerns about the poverty of the common people.

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