Rose of Versailles

Versailles no Bara

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In 1755, Marie Antoinette is born in the royal family of Austria and raised in luxury. However, the fate of the future queen of France is set in stone—at the young age of 15, she has to leave her family and marry the crown prince of France. At the same time in France, a girl is born in the family of the Commander of the Royal Guards. Upset at not having a male heir, her father decides to raise her as a man and names the girl Oscar. Oscar is trained from a young age to become the leader of the Royal Guards, but she is yet to discern that the will of the queen sometimes does not equal the good of the people. Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Riyoko Ikeda, Rose of Versailles depicts the fateful meeting of Marie Antoinette and Oscar, which is bound to influence history and change the life of the people facing the French Revolution as the clock ticks toward the end of the French royalty.

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English: The Rose of Versailles
Japanese: ベルサイユのばら
Type: TV
Episodes: 40
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 1979 to Sep 3, 1980
Premiered: Fall 1979
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: Nippon Television Network
Licensors: Nozomi Entertainment
Studios: Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Source: Manga
Genres: Military, Historical, Drama, Romance, Shoujo
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 1080p
Type: BD, Eng Sub


Osamu Dezaki – Director
Mizuho Nishikubo – Episode Director
Hiroko Suzuki – Theme Song Performance
Shingo Araki – Animation Director, Character Design
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Bara wa Utsukushiku Chiru” by Hiroko Suzuki
ED1: “Ai no Hikari to Kage” by Hiroko Suzuki

Episode List

01: Oscar, the Destiny of a Rose
02: Fly! An Austrian Butterfly!
03: A Spark in Versailles
04: Rose, Wine, and Conspiracy…
05: Tears with Dignity…
06: A Silk Dress and a Rugged Dress
07: Who Wrote the Love Letter?
08: Oscar in My Heart
09: Sun Sets, Sun Rises
10: A Beautiful Devil, Jeanne
11: Fersen Departs for the Northland
12: Oscar, at the Duel at Dawn
13: The Wind of Arras, Please Respond…
14: The Secret of the Angel
15: Countess of Casino
16: Mother, Her Name is…
17: Now the Time of Encounter
18: Suddenly, Like Icarus
19: Farewell, My Sister!
20: Fersen, a Farewell Rondeau
21: The Black Rose Blooms at Night
22: The Necklace Shines Ominously
23: Cunning and Tough!
24: Adieu, My Youth
25: A Minuet of Unrequited Love
26: I Want to See the Black Knight!
27: Even if I Lose the Light…
28: Andre, a Green Lemon
29: A Marionette Starting to Walk
30: You are the Light, I am the Shadow
31: A Lilac Blooming in the Barracks
32: The Prelude to the Storm
33: A Funeral Bell Tolls in the Twilight
34: Now “The Tennis Court Oath”
35: Oscar, Now is the Time to Flee the Nest
36: The Watchword is “Au Revoir”
37: On the Night of Passionate Vows
38: In Front of the Door of Destiny
39: His Smile is Forever Gone!
40: Adieu, My Beloved Oscar




As influential to shoujo as One Piece was to shounen. The tragedy of the French Revolution as told through a shoujo perspective.


An old anime that is actually enjoyable. Animation is gorgeous for an old gem. Strong female lead, some action, romance, and plot twists.


A classic tale of love and tragedy, I believe it to be iconic and influential to anime as Romeo and Juliet was to literature.


Incredibly beautiful and surprisingly accurate interpretation of the French Revolution.


The character’s take a while to come into their own but Deazki’s dramatic direction is entertaining and surprisingly powerful.


I own this on DVD. And it is worth the money. Personally, everything I would want from a tragic romance.



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