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The Rose of Versailles 

Berusaiyu no bara (original title)
The story of Lady Oscar, a female military commander who served during the time of the French Revolution.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Reiko Tajima Reiko Tajima ...  Oscar Francois de Jarjayes 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Tarô Shigaki Tarô Shigaki ...  Andre 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Hisashi Katsuda Hisashi Katsuda ...  Louis XV 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Nachi Nozawa Nachi Nozawa ...  Hans-Axel von Fersen 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Keaton Yamada Keaton Yamada ...  Alain 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Keiji Mishima Keiji Mishima ...  Gerodere 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Miyuki Ueda Miyuki Ueda ...  Marie Antoinette 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Noriko Ohara ...  Narrator 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Rihoko Yoshida Rihoko Yoshida ...  Rosalie 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Yoneko Matsukane ...  Jeanne Valois Contesse de la Motte 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Yoshiko Kimiya Yoshiko Kimiya ...  Countess du Barry 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Yoshito Yasuhara Yoshito Yasuhara ...  Louis XVI 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Reiko Mutô Reiko Mutô ...  Duchesse de Polignac 41 episodes, 1979-1980
Akio Nojima Akio Nojima ...  Bernard 41 episodes, 1979-1980
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Storyline

From the time of her birth, Oscar François de Jarjayes was raised as a man by her father, a French general. She went on to become the commander of the guard for the French Royal Family, and makes a name for herself as a beautiful and honorable figure among the noble classes of Versailles. But this is the era of the French Revolution, when the French citizens were living in utter poverty while the French royal family and nobles were surrounded by extravagant luxury. The irony and cruelty of such conditions was unbearable, and while Oscar has a duty towards the ruling class, her sense of compassion and kindness moves her to support the poor. This series examines the historical occurrence of the French Revolution, where the peasants of France led a revolution against the nobles, as seen through the eyes of Oscar. Written by Oscar

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 October 1979 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Oscar See more »

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TMS Entertainment See more »
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(40 episodes)

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Color
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Trivia

Osamu Dezaki and his brother Satoshi Dezaki, both reknowned names in anime, worked on this show. Osamu was the series director, while Satoshi worked on the sixth and eighth episodes. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Otaku no video (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Ai no Hikari to Kage
("Light and Shadow of Love")
(Ending Song)
Music by Kôji Makaino
Lyrics by Michio Yamagami
Performed by Hiroko Suzuki
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Accurate history while using interesting substitute character
17 May 2013 | by rwaller-688-593340See all my reviews

Rose of Versailles is a great anime to show young people to spark an interest in European history. For the most part, the events depicted are pretty accurate, and the portrait of the doomed young Queen is pretty much spot on. A lot is made of the lead character, Oscar, being "fictional," but it should be pointed out that her place in the drama of the French Revolution is not fictional -- the role she plays is the role of Lafayette. Lafayette did, of course, fight in the American Revolution, he was appointed to commander of the Garde Nationale when things turned bad, and he was protector of the Queen, and he did try to stop the violence and ultimately switched sides in the Revolution. He was also a glamorous figure who always appeared in uniform and was quite popular with the ladies at court. It works amazingly well to have a woman as Lafayette. A lot of interesting discussion can be generated by weighing the results of re-imagining him as a woman.


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