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The legendary manga Versailles no Bara could have a new anime

The renowned leaker SPANKU (@spanku_u) recently assured that the manga written and illustrated by Riyoko Ikeda, Versailles not Bara (The Rose of Versailles), will have a new anime project as part of its fiftieth anniversary celebrations. The information is pending official confirmation.

Versailles not Bara

Ikeda began publication of the manga through the magazine margaret from the publisher Shueisha in May 1972 and suspended it in December 1973. Later, it was published again between April 2013 and February 2018, accumulating fourteen compilation volumes. The play inspired a forty-episode anime adaptation produced by studios. TMSEntertainment and issued between October 1979 and September 1980 in Japan.

Shojo manga (women’s manga) of the 1960s consisted largely of simple stories aimed at school-age girls, in which topics such as politics and sexuality, considered taboo, were not dealt with. These attitudes began to change in the 1970s, when new authors began to move shojo manga away from a children’s audience towards an audience of teenagers and young women.

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

Synopsis for Versailles no Bara

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

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

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