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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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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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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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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 »

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Spoofed in Otaku no video (1991) See more »

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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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French beauty
7 July 2006 | by IkuharaKunihikoSee all my reviews

In France in 1755 a daughter was born to the famous royal guard family Jarjayes, named Oscar Francois de Jarjayes. Since her father desperately wanted a boy to continue his work as a royal guard to the queen, Oscar was raised as a boy and learned how to fight and fence. Oscar and her friend Andre were soon assigned to Versailles to protect Marie Antoinette. There they discovered a lot of affairs from madam du Barry, Jeanne de Motte and others. But Andre fell in love with Oscar and in 1789 the French revolution started, forcing them to choose if they want to be loyal to the queen or to the people...

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"Lady Oscar" is a real treat for all nostalgic anime fans and history lovers. Namely, despite the fact that Oscar is a fictional character, almost 90 % of it's story is actually ( loosely ) accurate. For example, I thought that the whole double crossing affair by Jeanne de Valois de la Motte, who dressed a prostitute as Marie Antoinette to trick cardinal Rohan into thinking that the queen likes him and bought an expensive necklace ( worth 200 million $ by todays standards ) on Antoinette's account, and who was later led to a court where she said that Antoinette was a lesbian, was just a gross exaggeration by the anime makers. But I was surprised to find out that not only did Jeanne really exist, but that this actually did happen!

Still, the real hero(ine) is Oscar, a fascinating woman always dressed as a man, and her tragic romance with Andre, which creates subtle gay themes. The director Osamu Dezaki directs this anime on the limit of fantasy, not caring so much about the structure or the sometimes dry events, as much as creating opulent, excellent characters. Oscar is the highlight of course, a woman trying to find her place in the world and history, choosing if she should be loyal to the rich queen or to the poor people.

Grade: 8/10


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