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Versailles no Bara  
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The Rose of Versailles focuses on Oscar François de Jarjayes, a girl raised as a man to become her father's successor as leader of the Palace Guards. A brilliant combatant with a strong sense of justice, Oscar is proud of the life she leads, but becomes torn between class loyalty and her desire to help the impoverished as revolution brews among the oppressed lower class. Also important to the story are her conflicting desires to live life as both a militant and a regular woman as well as her relationships with Marie Antoinette, Count Axel von Fersen, and servant and best friend André Grandier.

Licensed versions of this manga have been published in Italian, French, German and Spanish.


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Associated Names
Berusaiyu no Bara
Hoa hồng Véc xây
La Rose de Versailles
Lady Oscar
Lady Oscar: Die Rose von Versaille
Róża Wersalu
Rose of Versailles
The Rose of Versailles
Versaille no Bara

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Latest Release(s)
c.Special chapters 1-3 by Rov Scans (1125d ago)
v.4.5-10 (v2) by Rov Scans (1125d ago)
v.10 (end) by Rov Scans (1618d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Ongoing, by Shueisha in 1972; Volume 11 in 2014)
5 Volumes (Hardcover, by Shueisha in 1976)
10 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Shueisha in 1984)
2 Volumes (Aizouban, by Chuokoron Shinsha in 1987)
12 Volumes (Anime-ban, by Chuokoron Shinsha in 1993?)
5 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Shueisha in 1994)
12 Volumes (All Color-ban, by Chuokoron Shinsha in 1996)
4 Volumes (Konbini-ban, by Shuiesha in 2002)
9 Volumes (Kanzenban, by Shueisha in 2006)
5 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Shueisha in 2009?)
6? Volumes (Konbini-ban, by Fairbell in 2009?)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 10

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (185 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.96 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 18th 2017, 4:33am PST



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Original Publisher
Chuuoukouron Shinsha (1987, 1993?, 1996)
Fairbell (2009?)
Shueisha (1972, 1976, 1984, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2009?)

Serialized In (magazine)
Margaret (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

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3 Month Pos #1682 increased(+203)
6 Month Pos #1923 increased(+217)

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On 517 wish lists
On 37 unfinished lists
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Rose of Versailles Gets 'Episode 6' Manga Story in March, April 512 days, 9 hours, 15 minutes ago
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Dang it, I underestimated this manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Adorbs
June 20th, 2016, 6:04am
Ugh so after a certain event, I had to stop reading this. The ending was okay, I guess? First, I was confused who the MC was here. I first had to establish who the MC was so that I can put my heart into reading this. I can't fully express my feelings about the manga and what had happened because I'll give a lot away and I don't want to put the *spoiler* option here. So, yeah.

It was a great read I assure you. Read it in one go. After reaching volume 10, I was too frustrated to read the entire volume--I skimmed through it and it was enough. Overall, it's an 8 out of 10 for me. Oscar was a great character! I loved her

... Last updated on June 20th, 2016, 6:06am
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Classic series   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by CCheshire
October 17th, 2015, 6:09pm
Finally got around to reading the complete original manga a few months later on a lark. I'd already seen the anime but it's always nice to see RoV again.

The art style is very retro and took some time to get used to after Ch 1 but steadily improves as we see the different events unfold with Oscar. If you find the art style to be odd I'd still suggest reading a few chapters as the story is worth it.

I'm a huge fan of how the manga revolved around Oscar and her relationships with people around her from M.A. to Andre. Also, it worked well as historical fiction piece too and didn't feel completely silly.

Side note: Although, I've been reading manga for a while and it's interesting that I haven't found series similiar to RoV as it's truely one-of-a-kind story.
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What to say...   
Rating: N/A
by ForteAtrox
October 4th, 2012, 11:51am
The Rose of Versailles... A old, classic manga in which people love to exaggerate about. Something I noticed about manga is that when something is labeled an old school type of manga, people only want to say only good things about it. I'm probably the only person giving this manga a not so good review that isn't whining about lack of yuri (there is no yuri).
Personally, I don't dislike this manga but nor do I love it. It's in middle grounds with me, maybe it's because I haven't been able to read the complete series yet since the scanlations aren't done but even then I don't know if I can say things like, 'best manga', 'absolutely amazing', and all that.
History, like everyone said, is quite accurate and simplified which I agree. Characters? They're alright, sometimes they can be irritating but hey, it's a shoujo manga. I can appreciate Oscar's strong character as well as her sense of loyalty and justice, she's a good character but I just don't see enough of her in my point of view. I think the main reason I'm not very hyped up about this manga is because after hearing about how genius and utterly amazing this manga is, I started it with really high expectations (I mean why not? Heard great things about Glass Mask and it didn't let me down), but after reading chapter after chapter, volume after volume, waiting for that really big awesomeness of this manga to pop out and punch me out, I never got it. I sat there confused for a long time and attempted to re-read and I still didn't get that punch. Had I started it with lower standards I might have enjoyed it more but my expectations hadn't been met so I can't rave about how stunning this manga is. ): Yes, it was my mistake to think so highly about this manga before reading it but you can't blame me...
Now, now, I'm not saying this manga bad or anything, I would recommend it to people who are interested in it but my advice to people who are giving this a try, just forget about all the raving comments and reviews about this manga and read it with a fresh mind with no impression about how this manga is suppose to be.
Please don't kill me Rose of Versailles fans.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yukinoluna
December 6th, 2011, 8:00am
This manga is really good! I usually hate old style drawings, but reading this made me ignore the art. The storyline and plot is fantastic, and Oscar is really awesome! You can't deny the fact the Jeanne is really, really evil.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by CiellavonNightmare
July 12th, 2011, 1:57am
I had this manga on hold/wish list for like two years. Back then, I didnt really like old art yet, nor was I a fan of crossdressers. But of course that changed (as I am now a genderbender historical old art freak), but it took me until yesterday to pick this up again and I must admit, it is as far yet one of the best mangas I read, and the best old art. There is no stupid shojo heroine, no female rival, no stupid plot. It's plain perfection. How they managed to fit in Oscar in the events of the Revolution, and how they showed the growth of the characters (spanning from about twenty years, right?). It also got rid of the stereotypical description of Marie Antoinette being a bit**. It actually showed how she was loved to how she was hated. It portrayed the perfect combination of politics, realism, history, and romance. Not to mention, there was barely a hint of shojo-ai. It was probably idolism and admiration, but no yuri or what. And bishies :"> ahhhh...not to mention, it's the guys who are in love and learn to give up, not some jealous ex girlfriend trying to sabotage things..And above all, Oscar has shown duty-over-emotions. Her loyalty, courage, everything, I'd have given everything to be Oscar herself. biggrin
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it was my fav manga when I was kid   
Rating: N/A
by shouichi
March 17th, 2010, 10:48am
I really love this classic romantic story!!! I love Oscar x andre!!! I had read it when I was still in Elementary school and this one was my fav manga!'s not yuri. maybe shoujo ai since there are some hints of Oscar x Women. But Oscar loves man, dear. Fersen and then Andre i think smile

... Last updated on March 17th, 2010, 10:49am
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Rose of Versailles   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
June 30th, 2009, 2:55pm
There's so much to recommend this manga. The art is really lovely, full of detailed Rococo architecture and clothing and the sparkly eyes 70s shoujo is famous for. The plot is interesting and the history is mostly correctly presented.

The only thing I have against this is how the historical figures are presented, seemingly classified as either "good" or "evil" to better suit the plot. Mme Du Barry is portrayed as "evil" for some reason, despite the fact that she was historically a good person and was injustly snubbed by Marie Antoinette. Antoinette herself is portrayed as a sweet, angelic girl who was only frivolous and snobbish because she loved beauty and wanted to protect the court from unfit people. I think more could have been done with those characterizations.
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My Favorite Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Nights1stStar
December 21st, 2008, 6:57am
My favorite manga. While some of the history facts are simplified to appeal to mainstream readers, ROV has some of the best character development I've ever seen, and ably deals with themes of independence and freedom through both the Revolution and the show's wide and diverse cast. Oscar is the strongest person I know; she tackles gender issues and feminism in a way better than any other character in any medium ever has. The anime adds filler episodes and ultimately belittles Oscar's triumphs and struggle for emancipation as if romance was the only thing she was fighting for, but the manga fortunately rises above such prejudices and gives Oscar the full character development suited to her, so she fights for her country's independence, her own indepence, and her right to love despite her gender role on equal parts. The yuri is minimal, but it's there in Rosalie's devotion to Oscar and the playful flirtations of the court ladies. And to give any manga a low rating just because it doesn't contain yuri is too extreme anyways. Thus, I highly recommend ROV to anyone looking for an intelligent manga with strong, female characters, and whirling, epic plots. Remember, this is the series which saved my faith in manga, anime, and perhaps fiction in general.
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watched episode 1   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by jigoku
November 27th, 2008, 10:05am
i am disappointed to know that this is not yuri..
i only watched episode 1 an there are hints that oscar will be linked to andre so.. i think ill just stop there xp
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A true classic, it picks up after a couple of volumes...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by elianthos
April 25th, 2008, 6:58am
...and unfortunately for the English-speaking audience, the scans are not up to there yet (the manga and the -even more awesome- anime are well known and have been succesfully and repeatedly published in European countries, like Italy and France, at least since the 80's ). Art is a bit old, with lot of sparkles and flowers, very old school shoujo in that department, so if you're not used to it it might be an obstacle to your enjoyment at first (I grew up with it, so I had no problems with the artwork, but I see how younger readers used to contemporary art styles might be put off by it) . In any case the art does improve along the way. But plot and characters are outstanding and really grow on you, especially Oscar and Andrè: the lady and the servant, the light and her unseparable 'shadow' and protector since their childhood together, both dealing with the changing French -and European- society as XVIII century Revolutions approach *_* .
It's a tale of self-discovery and revolution (on many levels), of everlasting love, duty and honour, feelings and justice versus status and class, hope and sacrifice. A tad melodramatic (well, it was both the era and the authoress' trademark style ) , but totally worth the read, and very moving, and quite well researched, despite some narrative license ^^V.
Furthermore it's a piece of culture and manga history and one of the most influential works as far as kickass heroines pursuing self-awareness and self-realization go, and of course the male characters are up to the challenge , both in attitude, ethics and looks . Ah, beauty and substance nicely rolled into a lavish period package, with some healthy feminist sprinkles. How wonderful wink , how refreshing compared to many of nowadays titles .
I fondly suggest you to watch the anime, complete English fansub of it are available on the net wink . I tried the Live-Evil one and it had also decent video quality, provided the source.

... Last updated on April 21st, 2010, 10:55am
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