When nobleman and gypsy-born Serge Batouille arrived at Laconblade Academy, he had no idea his life would change forever. Upon arriving, he is roomed with the sexually-voracious and flirtatious Gilbert Cocteau, which ensures that life at the prestigious school will dole out more complications and confrontations than either boy has dealt with in the past. Together, these two young men brave love, growth, and the pain of youth, all while growing closer together than anyone would have thought...
Fifteen-year-old Marion is intelligent, handsome and loved by everyone at his French boarding school, but the boy holds nothing but disdain for both his classmates, and himself. For Marion is devoted to rationalism, believing that emotions such as anger and love are unnecessary – even sex is merely a means of ensuring a species' survival. But deep down, this attitude is simply a façade that was carefully constructed to protect Marion's naivety and fragile emotions, and when a chance encounter brings a seductive adult woman into his life, even he won't be able to retain his icy exterior...
Both of these movies are based on manga by the same author, and it's pretty obvious. Characters are ultra-pretty, plot is rife with (awesomely tacky) melodrama, some shounen-ai elements (far more so in Song of Wind and Trees) and both capture the same decadent French ambiance.
I liked Natsu e no Tobira oodles more, but both are still recommended for fans of early shoujo.
Mira Munakata is a typical high school freshman; he goes to school, hangs out with friends, and has sex with his father. Ok, maybe not so typical. With the affections (and advances) of everyone from childhood friends to senior classmates, Mira has a wide selection of prospects to choose from; but the only one he really wants is his loving (literally) father Kousuke. So, when Kousuke stays out late and is rumored to be married to his beautiful co worker, what’s a boy to do but cry?
If fluttery shounen-ai romance is your thing, Song of Wind and Trees and Papa to Kiss in the Dark are for you. I didn't care much for either, but think this is a good recommendation pair regardless. Papa definitely tries to be a comedy, while Song has a fairly serious tone.
When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself one day. Now, Utena is a teenager at Ohtori Academy who's athletic and notorious for dressing in a boy's uniform. When a member of the Student Council humiliates a friend of hers Utena challenges him to a duel, and he accepts only when he sees she possesses a rose seal ring. She soon discovers that this is no normal duel - it's a bizarre and ritualistic battle that the Student Council regularly conducts. In fact when she wins, Utena finds to her considerable chagrin that she gets to have Anthy Himemiya, a rather docile student, as her 'Rose Bride'. If she wants to keep Anthy she'll have to win more duels against members of the Student Council and others. What is the ultimate purpose of these duels and Anthy's role as the Rose Bride?
Since General de Jarjayes of France’s Royal Guard always wanted a son, he brings up his only daughter Oscar to dress, fight, and behave like a man. When Oscar’s excellent swordsmanship wins her the honored position as bodyguard to Louis XVI’s new bride, Marie Antoinette, the Jarjayes household believes it can finally be proud. However, what nobody realizes is the pit of thorns the royal court in Versailles has become – with all its excessive opulence, it attracts not just those with status and wealth, but also those with ruthless ambition. To confound matters, Marie Antoinette turns out to be an airhead whose selfish actions are turning the starving population against her. Amidst the sordid schemes and terrible tragedies, and with the tide of history sweeping against the nobles, can Oscar protect her new King and Queen whilst upholding justice for the oppressed peasants of France?
While the main theme of these two series is considerably different they both take place in Pre-Industrial France and cover their respective time periods with some historical accuracy. In both there is the theme of social injustice and the scars it leaves on people. There is plenty of drama in these series and the artwork invokes an old school ambience that is very similar. Furthermore, both deal with forbidden loves; Rose of Versailles deals with class differences while Song deals with the growing romantic attachment between two boys. These are bittersweet anime through and through. RoV focuses both on political aspects as well as individual conflicts with plenty of history, and Song deals almost exclusively with the tortuous relationship between the two main characters in a very slow paced and poignant manner.