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The Rose of Versailles

Alt titles: Rose of Versailles

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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?

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Rose of Versailles 1972 TBD
BeruBara Kids 2006 Same Franchise
Name Role
Osamu DEZAKI Director
Kouji MAKAINO Music
Riyoko IKEDA Original Manga Creator
Seiichi GINYA Producer
Shunzo KATO Producer

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The Rose of Versailles VivisQueen 8.5/10 Oct 8, 2007
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Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena

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?

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kamirura
A girl who wants to be a man... and dresses that way too. Just like Oscar, this young woman is a strong girl who wants to change the world and help the weak ones. This series contains more fantasy and magic though and is less realistic than Rose of Versailles. So if you're looking for something more fantasy inspired but still with the drama and love triangles be sure to check this one out.
Zadillo
The flowery style is almost identical, and you should enjoy the female heroine who is acting like a man in some ways.
Eriadu

Oscar and Utena are very much alike, both wishing to be a sort of "prince" in their different situations. Flowers are important symbolism in both, and the contemplation of what a woman should be is a theme both address. Revolutionary Girl Utena is a slightly more fantastical adventure and a stranger look into the subconscious than Rose of Versailles, which makes them interesting to compare to each other.

Nocturnalgloria

Rose of Versailles and Revolutionary Girl Utena bring to the front the issues of gender identity. The titular heroines in these series choose to take on traditionally male roles which create a tension in these characters as they struggle to conciliate feelings with duty. In both series there is a recurring theme of roses and sword fighting; they both deal with Revolutions albeit of a very different nature and are concerned with moral nobility. Rose of Versailles has a more social and linear approach while Utena spins into a heavy psychological study that renders narrative almost obsolete. Breaking through illusions, be them class based or emotional hang-ups, is at the heart of these two anime.

Bonnie

Shoujo Kakumei Utena and Versailles no Bara are two of the most influential anime shoujo series of all time, and they both MADE a difference. Although they are very different series and have a time gap of around 15 years, they have some common roots that will make at least some of the people who enjoyed one, enjoy the other. It's obvious that Versailles no Bara had a big impact on the concept of Shoujo Kakumei Utena.

The main characters of both Shoujo Kakumei Utena and Versailles no Bara have similar principles: one can say that Oscar is Utena's parent - even though being females, both of them dress as males and have quite the manly part in the series. They fight with swords and they look amazingly good in their uniforms. Other common points are the pointy and classy character designs, the amazingly complex love schemes, the troubled relationships, the gorgeous and short fighting scenes and, most important of all, the thousands and thousands of roses, everywhere.

If you watched one of these series, you might want to check on the other one. They're very different, but it's very obvious that one had a great impact on the other.

Pippin4242

Although the creators of 'Revolutionary Girl Utena' claim not to have viewed 'The Rose of Versailles', this claim frankly lacks credibility, for the one owes much to the other. These two tales of free-spirited young women who embrace the spirit of masculine battle without giving up their identity as women challenge popular conception of gender and chivalry, often using roses as a symbolic motif. However, 'The Rose of Versailles' ('Berubara' to fans) focuses strongly on the historical aspect of its story, exploring such real-life events as the arrival of Marie Antoinette at the court of Versailles, the affair of the diamond necklace, and the French Revolution, while 'Revolutionary Girl Utena' is a frequently surreal trip through the psyches of its diverse school-based cast. Both are absolutely fascinating anime, and quite significant markers in the history of shoujo anime. The one is unmissable if you liked the other.

ohtoriakio

The seires are both about strong women who stand against adversity and both also have a theme of breaking gender bounderies. The director of Utena (Ikuhara) himself states that ROV was a great influence in making the series

reccaphoenix

Utena is a direct "successor" to Oscar - they are both honourable duelists who put their battles above men and don't let their gender keep them from doing what they want to.  They even share a similar style.  Both of these series have great duels and character interactions.

VivisQueen

Rose of Versailles and Revolutionary Girl Utena share similar key themes of women cross-dressing to be heroes, struggling against their traditional gender roles, and trying to overcome the sexism of their peers. They also convey similar stylistic touches of shimmering eyes, limp-limbed bodies, and vibrant pastel colours.

foxhead556

Both have a unique character being females but dress and act like men. As for story Utena is a bit more fantasy as opposed to Rose of Versailles. But overall you can say that Utena is the daughter of Oscar with their similar traits.

snivets

Here are two anime with similar main characters (female dressing like a male) and similar flowery art styles. They have totally different plots, yet both heavily utilize jealousy as a driving force in the characters' actions.

Idiotchan

Both Rose of Versailles and Shoujo Kakumei Utena's main characters dress and act like men.Both characters are linked with roses and they both fight with swords.

McGreddy

Both explore themes of gender and sexuality, both heavily utilize roses, both heavily utilize sword duels.

HoopoeBird

Both feature strong female characters that dress as men. Both are dramas and feature shoujo elements.

Le Chevalier D'Eon

Le Chevalier D'Eon

D'Eon is a French nobleman bent on serving his Divine Majesty Louis the XIV to the best of his abilities, following in the footsteps of his beloved sister Lia de Beaumont. However, his straight-forward role with the secret police is interrupted by the sudden death of his sister while on a diplomatic mission in foreign lands. In his desire to find the truth of her murder, he comes before the King and becomes closely entwined in the mysterious organization known as Le Secret du Roi. He quickly finds himself embroiled in a realm of spiritual energy where death is a gate to greater powers and the Psalm of the King brings destruction in its wake. D'Eon must ask himself what is the price of truth and who will pay it, as the French Revolution looms inevitably nearer.

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elendil

Both Rose of Versailles and Le Chevalier D'Eon are set in France, during or near the French Revolution, with life at Court featured heavily in both shows. They also both feature a main character of questionable gender! While Rose of Versailles has more of a romance theme to Le Chevalier D'Eon's political intrigue, if you are interested in historically-based anime and enjoyed watching one of these shows, you'll enjoy the other one as well.

Antic

The most obvious similarity between Le Chevalier D'eon and Rose of Versailles is the shared setting (pre-revolutionary France, although Chevalier takes place a bit earlier than Rose.) The protagonists of Chevalier and Rose are both struggling with their identity, especially gender identity. There's even a bit of crossover in some of the historically based characters, and it's interesting to see how their roles vary between the two series.

Although they fall into different demographics (seinen/shoujo), and Chevalier's focus is more on action and political intrigue while Rose's is on drama and character, I think that both series have enough of each to appeal to the same fans.

Tessa

So lets see. The only reason why I finde this 2 series verry similar is the main charachter and the historic theme of bouth animes.In Le Chevalier D'eon as well as in Rose of Versailles we have the main charachter who is stucked betwen 2 faces. The face of a woman or the face of a man. In Rose of versailles Oscar was raised as a man, but she is going to love as a woman. Determinated, courageous and proude as a man, but fragile like a woman. In Le Chevalier D'eon our main charachter, a male is possesed by his twin sisters soul who want's revenge. Traped between the 2 personalites he is confused and at a point doesn't even know who is the real him.In bouth series the confusion because of the 2 faces life apear at some point and finishes when the charachter is finaly accepting the person that he is. In Le chevalier D'on this crisis is a bit more stronger because he is actualy controled by his sisters spirit.If you watched one of this movie for his historical tipe you will surely like the other for the same reason. In bouth the action is situated in France.Corruption, kings failing and the thirst for power. You can finde them all in this animes.Conclusio: if you liked one of them you'll surely like the other.

Animedreamer240

Nothing else comes close to the comparison between Le Chevalier D'EON and The Rose of Versailles. Both anime take place during the French revolution, and the stories focus on a character who faces gender-role issues. The anime are even more similar given the fact that they use the same kind of characters taken from actual history, such as King Louis, Maximilian Robespierre, and the Duke of Orleans. In a way, Le Chevalier D'EON is like a spin-off of The Rose of Versailles with a touch of fantasy.

kenshina

Both animations are hapening in France during the reign of Louis' at the Palace of Versailles. If you like the classism, then it's the first choice to watch. The two animations have exactly what it needs to express the noble class and the villagers.

Nocturnalgloria

Le Chevalier D'Eon and Rose of Versailles manage to combine some rather unusual elements: sword fights, a somewhat historical setting around the pre-French Revolution period and gender issues. While Le Chevalier is a much more modern and action/supernatural driven anime than the more emotional classical shoujo that is Rose of Versailles, both manage to include some of the same historical characters and feature a protagonist who often impersonates the opposite gender.

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Brother, Dear Brother

Brother, Dear Brother

No sooner has Nanako Misonoo started attending Seiran, the most prestigious girls’ school in Japan, when she is unexpectedly chosen to join its most exclusive club, the Sorority. Believing that she was given preferential treatment by the Sorority’s leader, the beautiful and intimidating Miya-sama, Nanako’s jealous classmates begin to bully her. Slowly, life at Seiran begins to unravel and Nanako wonders why the Sorority chose her over more eligible candidates. Not only that, what could lie behind Miya-sama’s mysterious smile? With only the letters to her ‘dear brother’ to help her make sense of it all, Nanako must try to find answers to these and many more questions.

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yukichii

Both series are adapted from the mangas created by Riyoko Ikeda, so I'm sure you'll like the story. Both have deep, strong, bohemian characters and really touching stories. If you liked Rose of Versailles, I'm sure you'll like this series too.

Bonnie

Both Rose of Versailles and Oniisama E are very different series, although, they share powerful bonds: the author of the manga, the extremely influential female mangaka, and dearest Ryoko Ikeda.

As stated above, both series are extremely different both in story and in style, but much of the dramatic plot, complicated love affairs and absorbing characters can trace a parallel line between the two of them. Some characters of Oniisama E even share striking physical resemblances with some characters from the Rose of Versailles: the Magnificent Three, Miya-sama, Kaoru-no-Kimi and Hana no Saint-Juste look just like Marie Antoinette, Andre and Oscar from Versailles no Bara. Special enphasis on Saint-Juste: no true fan of Oscar should miss Oniisama E because of Saint-Juste - they're like living portraits of each other.

I recommend these series because they come from the same author, the same source and, thus, even thought they are quite difference, they have some similarities that may appeal fans from both sides.

Ajna

If you enjoyed Ikeda Ryoko's work with this anime, I'm pretty confident you'll end up liking even this one; despite the different setting, many characters are very similar not only in design, but also in personality and development.

VivisQueen

Brother Dear Brother is the natural successor to Rose of Versailles. You'll notice they have the same animation style (although BDB is younger), and you'll find a similar melodramatic style and tragic complexity to the characters as in Rose. There's no way you won't like Brother Dear Brother if you're a fan of Rose of Versailles and want more.

Idiotchan

Their stories aren't similar but they're made by the same person and they are both about changes.You will know what am I talking about when you watch the whole anime.

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

The war between the monarchical Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance has raged ceaselessly across the galaxy for over a century, with the fleets of both powers having fought countless battles. Currently the conflict revolves around the strategic Iserlohn Corridor, one of only two passages of space through which the two forces can access each other. Here the Empire has built the nigh-impregnable Iserlohn Fortress, whose deadly weaponry has thwarted repeated efforts by the Alliance to capture her. Phezzan, a neutral mercantile state, controls the other corridor. The long war has resulted in an indecisive stalemate, but there are two men from the two worlds who will change everything: Wen-Li Yang, a gifted strategist from the Alliance who wants nothing more than to retire and be a historian; and Reinhard von Lohengramm, a man from the Empire whose ambition knows no bounds. Their loves, struggles, triumphs and failures play across an interstellar stage of intrigue, war and death.

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VivisQueen

Both Rose of Versailles and LOTGH have tragic, complex political plots with multi-layered characters who are admirable and reprehensible in equal measure. Furthermore, both shows take a broad look at numerous characters over the course of their plot, without diminishing their depth. In terms of differences, LOTGH is a sci-fi, unlike Rose of Versailles, which is a historical show, but they still share an 18th century aesthetic. Not to mention the most obvious similarity - both are old anime which exude that classic feel in style and presentation. If you enjoyed one, you'll enjoy the other, because both are superbly realised.

zenithofanime

as u can see both series revolve around political revolution as its the major part of plot. both the series deals with nobels,count,countess,concubines,racism,riots,death,war e.t.c and have superb lead characters with same fates.there are many similarities(except for the era) and both the series are well renowned classic anime titles. hence one cannot miss any of these two.

 

Wickerman

LotGH surely is the sibling of Versailles, who were separated at birth. Versailles (Oscar) to protect the well being of all she loves. And LotGH (Reinheart) to conquer the Stars in the name of those he loves.

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Both stories are told in epic proportions, with plenty of side drama that never gets tedious.  Lady Oscar like Reinheart we can see from even before starting the shows are destined to fall yet we have hope for them. Reinheart by power and curruption and Oscar by preventing those same desires.

Berserk

Berserk

Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?

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ohtoriakio

Both shows deal with commoners who rise in the royalty ranks, and both feature characters (main and secondary) who through hardship and sacrifice discover who they really are. Both have a hierachy theme throughout and deal with the dark side of humanity.

skitxophrenic

Don't let the shoujo sparkles, pretty dresses and bold colors fool you -- The Rose of Versailles and Berserk have much more in common than meets the eye.

Both shows take place in a time where battles were fought with swords and horses, and a great deal of time is spent in both series focusing on the soldiers who fight battles -- either for noblemen or for hire. However, what makes Berserk and Rose of Versailles so similar is their expertly crafted characters who change over time; the relationship between Guts and Griffith closely mirrors the one which Oscar and Marie Antoinette share. Furthermore, both series are wrought with tragedy and mature emotional issues that I haven't seen in many other places. 

All in all, while Berserk is definitely the scruffier, gorier series, it's fantastic characters and solid plotline make it a solid recommend to The Rose of Versailles. I highly recommend both!